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Saturday, December 31, 2005
Here is where we stand today...
I took Logan and Reagan to their game this morning at O-Dark-Thirty. Their team pretty much demolished The Strikers something like 11-3. Logan had a goal and three assists. Reagan played much better than she has recently - she was moving around a lot more. Today was the first game that Dave did not ask Logan to play keeper.

When I got home I attempted to organize my office. I say attempted, since I was not successful.

I took the SIX speakers for Fran's truck back to Wal*Mart and came home with four correct ones. I installed one of the four in the truck.

I am trying to figure out where we are going to eat before tonight's game (Stars v Kings.)

Also I should note that I have locked up second place (out of seven) in my fantasy football league. Last year against the same yahoos I finished fifth.

Here is the remaining status of the Honey Do list:

* Fix the stupid plug on Fran's laptop
* Fit more new parts on the motorcycle
* Get two more correctly fitting speakers for Frans Truck
* Replace the five speakers in Fran's truck
* Rotate the tires on my truck
* Fix the OS on Big Daddy
* Fix the stupid Tivo
* Fix Marissa's very smart computer (its apparently running slow)
* Take Fran to the Stars Game on News Years Eve

Here is the list of stuff that is now done:

* Clean the air cleaner on my truck
* Paint and caulk the gable vents
* Fix the garage door: Phase A, Phase B.
* Take down all the Christmas Decorations and stick them in the attic
* Install the Kuryakyn Levers, mirrors and covers on the motorcycle
* Purchase Fran an organizer
* Replace the stupid fuel filter in my truck
* Replace the stupid fuel filter in Chuck's truck
* Install the new faucet and valves in the kitchen
* Fix the stupid leak at the rent house: Phase A, Phase B
* Get kicked off the company ski team.
* Get tickets to the Stars Game
* Give Amy the HFN
* Take Marissa to her soccer game
* Return the stupid SIX wrong speakers for Frans Truck
* Get four more correctly fitting speakers for Frans Truck
* Replaced one of six speakers in Fran's truck
* Get up at O-Dark-Thirty and Take the kids to soccer on News Years Eve


Friday, December 30, 2005
Better
I got up early this morning and headed to the rent house to meet with the second plumber about the Evil Blue Pipe. Ed, a Chiefs fan finally turned up with his sidekick the cowboys fan. Ed was pretty cool. He quoted me $1950 to replace the pipe, which he estimated at 36 feet. Ed would put in new 1" copper grade M. My brother suggested Grade K copper. Now Ed told me that the K is too stiff for the job - which makes sense to me. Ed told me that they could do the job in a day and that the water would only be off for 45 minutes or so. If I do the job, Ed will get the contract.

Before Ed got there, I had inspected my hole, which was about 1/3 filled with water. The question is was this water from the leak? Or was it seeping in from the highly saturated ground around the hole? Today I brought my shop-vac with me to pump out the water. Which I did. I also dug up a bit around the exposed pipe and the leaky joint. Then stupid joint started to leak again. So I shut off the water and removed the joint. It came apart pretty easily. Then I went to Lowes and found the correct replacement - two 3/4 inch PB compression fittings. I replaced the joint with the new parts and turned on the water. The new parts seem to be holding just fine. So I think I will see what happens over the next week before committing to get Ed on the job.

Fran wanted to go to the Stars game for News Years Eve. Sharon my long time admin assistant has season tickets and found a pair for me today. So I picked up those on the way home.

And I picked up the reflector that I broke yesterday on Fran's truck.

Fran got her organizer today and was very happy.

When I got home Fran surprised me with a New Motorola RAZR V3 Cell phone! Fran's V600 had died because she is cursed when it comes to electronics. So she went ahead and replaced my V600 as well. The RAZR is certainly cool. The V600 has been by far the best phone I have ever owned. I hope the RAZR can do better!

When I got home, I went to replace the speakers in Fran's Truck. When I pulled the new speakers out of the box I realized that I got the wrong ones. The ones I bought are 4x6, but the ones in the truck are 6x9. Drats. Did I mention that there are SIX of them? That now need to be returned. And SIX more that need to be purchased. Thats 18 frigging speakers!! Sheesh. Also Fran finally figured out that I removed the drivers side door speaker and had not put one back in its place. ooops!

Then I took Marissa to her game. Their team lost 0-3. My friend Amy was coaching the game before Marissa's game. She watched a bit of Marissa's team play, then she collected my Huge Freaking Notebook on Software Development Product Lifecycle. (Sidenote: Amy is a programmer who worked for me back in my Nielsen days and her company is doing some PLC work. My Huge Freaking Notebook is the definitive source on BIG PLC. If you are into that sort of thing. Which I am not. In spite of my ownership of the definitive source. 'nuff said.)

Tomorrow I have to get up at O-Dark-Thirty to take Logan and Reagan to their 7:30am soccer game on the other side of the universe. So I need to cut this diatribe short and get my ass into bed.

Here is the remaining status of the Honey Do list:

* Fix the stupid plug on Fran's laptop
* Fit more new parts on the motorcycle
* Return the stupid SIX wrong speakers for Frans Truck
* Get SIX more correctly fitting speakers for Frans Truck
* Replace the SIX speakers in Fran's truck
* Rotate the tires on my truck
* Fix the OS on Big Daddy
* Fix the stupid Tivo
* Fix Marissa's very smart computer (its apparently running slow)
* Take Fran to the Stars Game on News Years Eve
* Get up at O-Dark-Thirty and Take the kids to soccer on News Years Eve

Here is the list of stuff that is now done:

* Clean the air cleaner on my truck
* Paint and caulk the gable vents
* Fix the garage door: Phase A, Phase B.
* Take down all the Christmas Decorations and stick them in the attic
* Install the Kuryakyn Levers, mirrors and covers on the motorcycle
* Purchase Fran an organizer
* Replace the stupid fuel filter in my truck
* Replace the stupid fuel filter in Chuck's truck
* Install the new faucet and valves in the kitchen
* Fix the stupid leak at the rent house: Phase A, Phase B
* Get kicked off the company ski team.
* Get tickets to the Stars Game
* Give Amy the HFN
*
Take Marissa to her soccer game


Thursday, December 29, 2005
I did get something done actually....
I forgot to mention that when I was at Home Depot today they did have the stainless air gap that was looking for. So the sink project is totally completed. Really. Sheesh.

Unfortunately, with regard to Big-Daddy, I have applied all the files suggested by Microsoft KB Article 237566 with no luck. So its back to the friggin drawing board on that one!


Today Pretty Much Sucked
I made a claim on my insurance for the The Blue Pipe problem. They called me back to tell me that it wasn't covered by my policy. Drats.

I called three plumbers to give me a quote on replacing the pipe. Two are coming tomorrow to give me an estimate. The third guy quoted me $2000 over the phone based on what I told him. He basically disagreed with my brother and suggested that if I could get the leak fixed at the joint, that I should live with that solution for as long as possible. The cat at the Home Depot also went along with that analysis. He suggested that I take some teflon tape and wrap the pipe 12 times with the teflon then put the joint back together.

Tomorrow night Marissa has a game while Logan and Reagan have practice at the same time across town. I made arrangements to meet a former co-worker at the game. I asked Fran to take the other two to their practices. Fran refused, so that pissed me off.

I started to work on replacing the speakers in Fran's Truck. Did I mention that there are SIX of them? I had bought some connectors which bridge the after market type connections with the factory plugs. Otherwise I would have to cut and crimp on the aftermarket type. Well I got the first speaker out of the car when I realized that it has a new type of connector - not the tried and true traditional Ford connector. And I broke the reflector on the drivers door when I took the door panel apart. So I went to Ford and ordered a new reflector ($10 freaking dollars!!). And I took the connectors back to Autozone. And I went to Fry's in search of new connectors. Of course they didn't have any. Then because I was so pissed off at Fran, I stopped work on the speaker project. It was a good attempt, but not much progress was made.

Then I got the news that I was being kicked off the corporate ski team.

So now I am working on Big-Daddy. I am pretty dang sure that the problem is with the Hardware Abstraction Layer in Windows 2000. In plain language - the software wants to see dual processor hardware, and I stuck a single processor motherboard in there. So windows is pissed off as a result. Its all outlined in KB article 237566. So far I have not made great headway. I have all the files pulled from my backup Domain Controller that are required to fix the problem. But getting them on Big-Daddy in the Repair Console is a problem. I should probably just get a replacement Dual MB on eBay (speaking of eBay Fran's organizer will be here tomorrow but I wanna tell the fedex man to take it away).

So there ya have it. Nothing accomplished today, and I was kicked in the teeth by my employer, by my wife, and by my insurance company.

Great.

So here is the remaining status of the Honey Do list:

* Fix the stupid leak at the rent house - Phase B
* Fix the stupid plug on Fran's laptop
* Fit more new parts on the motorcycle
* Replace the SIX speakers in Fran's truck
* Rotate the tires on my truck
* Fix the OS on Big Daddy
* Fix the stupid Tivo
* Fix Marissa's very smart computer (its apparently running slow)

Here is the list of stuff that is now done:

* Clean the air cleaner on my truck
* Paint and caulk the gable vents
* Fix the garage door: Phase A, Phase B.
* Take down all the Christmas Decorations and stick them in the attic
* Install the Kuryakyn Levers, mirrors and covers on the motorcycle
* Purchase Fran an organizer
* Replace the stupid fuel filter in my truck
* Replace the stupid fuel filter in Chuck's truck
* Install the new faucet and valves in the kitchen
* Fix the stupid leak at the rent house: Phase A
* Get kicked off the company ski team.

PS: Fran finally relented and will allow me to take Marissa to her game while she takes Logan and Reagan to thier practice.


Should the Olympics be about Competition?
Every year for the last upteen years BMC(Remedy) has been involved with a charity ski race to support the Special Olympics of Northern California. Last year I skied my way on to the top team which helped them improve from Second to First! Throughout my involvement, I got the feeling that they did not like having one of "The Texans" on the team. So it was not a surprise that they did not invite me back this year.

Today I sent the organizer this email message:

-----Original Message-----
From: Hughes, Chris
Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2005 7:11 AM
To: Marketing Organizer of the Event
Subject: FW: Winterfest ski-off details

Hi MarketingGuy -

My contacts on 'the team' have alerted me to the upcoming ski-off details. It appears that the invite only went to the N.Cal employees. Was that as a matter of convenience or policy? If I were interested in participating this year would I be able to receive an invitation?

Thanks,

Chris in Sunny Dallas.

And this is the response I received:

----Original Message-----
From:
Marketing Organizer of the Event
Sent: Thu 12/29/2005 5:03 PM
To: Hughes, Chris
Cc:
Subject: RE: Winterfest ski-off details

Hi Chris:

The NoCal-only invitation was both policy and convenience. We only have funds for one team this year, so it was considered more appropriate to keep the invitation to those employees in the area covered by this Special Olympics chapter. We had 16 people express interest in the 8 team places, so at the moment it looks like we'll be able to fill the team from the local pool of employees.

I hope you don't feel too put out by this decision. If we have a rash of drop-outs, I will make you first on my list to call.

Regards
MarketingGuy in an overcast Bay Area.

Frankly I think the response sucks. Last year there were two of us from Texas - one on each team. We were targeted by the locals. It was an easy way to knock two people out of the running. But the thing is, it's a RACE. May the best man win. Right?? And isn't that what the special olympics is really all about??


Blue Pipe is Evil and other projects...
Yesterday I finished up with the Garage Door project, which turned out to be a bit more tricky than I originally envisioned. Several years ago the arm which connects the door to the opener had come loose. I had reconnected it but in retrospect is was reattached too low on the door which had caused some extra torque on supporting member which I fixed Tuesday. So I moved the support arm and I also noticed that it had been upside down, which contributed to the torque problem. Still after all of that, the door was still striking the opener rail. I had hoped that moving the arm would solve that problem, but it did not. So I fabricated a bracket which would raise the rail about and inch and a half. Upon inspection I could see that one of the hinges was still not operating properly. So I replaced a sheet metal screw with a lag bolt and pounded out the dents a bit more and finally I proclaimed the garage door working and complete.

Then I packed up my truck and headed to the rent house. The front lawn was completely mushy as was the neighbors yard. I recall that there was a shutoff valve in the front bed that had been lost to the landscaping many years ago. I surmised that the valve might be the source of the problem. I took an iron rebar and used that to find the long lost valve box. Then I had to clear out the hawthorn bushes which had taken over the valve box. Then I started to dig. Finally I had dug out the valve box. The valve was totally disintegrated. I turned on the water and it was clear that the leak was coming up from the service line rather than the valve. So I excavated more of the service line and tried again. This time I could see the water squirting out from connection which attached the service line, which is blue plastic, to the pipes that lead inside the house, which are copper. It looked like a compression fitting so I tightened it up and that seemed to fix the problem.

So then I called my brother who is a master plumber. And that's when I learned that BLUE PIPE IS EVIL. Apparently there have been lawsuits and settlements and according to my brother, there are only three things that one can count on in life: Death, Taxes, and Blue Pipe will fail. Drats.

Today I called the Consumer Plumbing Recovery Center. I learned that if my pipe had failed within ten years of when it was installed (1988) it would have been covered. And the claim would have had to been filed by year eleven which would have been 1999. Except that the stupid lawsuit had not even been filed by then. So basically I am outta luck. Unless I want to sue Shell Oil myself. Which I might just do. Since I am so pissed off.

So it looks like I will need to get someone to replace the 25 feet of service line before the rest of that sucker blows!


So here is the remaining status of the Honey Do list:

* Fix the stupid leak at the rent house - Phase B
* Fix the stupid plug on Fran's laptop
* Fit more new parts on the motorcycle
* Replace the SIX speakers in Fran's truck
* Rotate the tires on my truck
* Fix the OS on Big Daddy
* Fix the stupid Tivo
* Fix Marissa's very smart computer (its apparently running slow)

Here is the list of stuff that is now done:

* Clean the air cleaner on my truck
* Paint and caulk the gable vents
* Fix the garage door: Phase A, Phase B.
* Take down all the Christmas Decorations and stick them in the attic
* Install the Kuryakyn Levers, mirrors and covers on the motorcycle
* Purchase Fran an organizer
* Replace the stupid fuel filter in my truck
* Replace the stupid fuel filter in Chuck's truck
* Install the new faucet and valves in the kitchen
* Fix the stupid leak at the rent house: Phase A


Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Ebay Mania
On Christmas Eve Fran finally got around to informing me of her desire to have a PDA organizer. So with some research she decided that the Sharp OZ-590A will do. On Monday I found this eBay auction for the same. Now if you look at the bid history you will see that there were two rookies that had been going at it since Christmas Eve in an effort to win this item. Each would raise the other the minimum bid amount ($.25). I lobed a bid in there on Monday just to announce my presence. Yesterday I watched these two turkeys battle it out as the auction closed. With two minutes remaining they each upped the other with the minimum bid amount (now $.50). The stakes were getting higher as newbie pushed the offer to $7.54. With 27 seconds on the clock I struck with a bid of 10.05. They would have to raise the bid six times with the minimum bid amount to win. Rookie2 quickly countered with 13 seconds on the clock, and amazingly he offered more than the minimum - but in his excitement his bid was less than twice the minimum so it was really ineffectual. That pushed my offer to $9.50 as the clock ran down. WE WON!

God I love the psychology of EBAY! :-)


Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Progress
Yesterday I worked on the garage door. This is a doublewide unit where two pillars had sheared completely and two hinges had fallen apart. Yesterday I reinforced the broken pillars and I repaired the two hinges. Part of the repair required using epoxy which had to set up overnight. So phase two of the repairs will come today. I had allowed the door to be run without proper adjustment, and I am sure that's what caused the damage. So today I will adjust the stupid thing.

Yesterday we took down all of the Christmas stuff outside and got that put away. While I was on the ladder, I tool the opportunity to paint and caulk the gable vents.

I also cleaned the air filter on my truck.

So here is the remaining status of the Honey Do list:

* Fix the stupid garage door: Phase B
* Fix the stupid leak at the rent house
* Fix the stupid plug on Fran's laptop
* Fit more new parts on the motorcycle
* Replace the SIX speakers in Fran's truck
* Rotate the tires on my truck
* Fix the OS on Big Daddy
* Fix the stupid Tivo
* Fix Marissa's very smart computer (its apparently running slow)

Here is the list of stuff that is now done:

* Clean the air cleaner on my truck
* Paint and caulk the gable vents
* Fix the garage door: Phase A
* Take down all the Christmas Decorations and stick them in the attic
* Install the Kuryakyn Levers, mirrors and covers on the motorcycle
* Purchase Fran an organizer
* Replace the stupid fuel filter in my truck
* Replace the stupid fuel filter in Chuck's truck
* Install the new faucet and valves in the kitchen


Monday, December 26, 2005
Honey Do's
And I don't mean melons. I bought Fran one of these fancy Hansgrohe faucets to replace the 10 year old Moen in our kitchen. I had noticed that the crappy valves weren't working either - so I needed to replace those too. And, the Moen had trim to fit over a standard 3 hole sink. The Hansgrohe did not - so I needed to get some trim thingys as well. First stop Home Depot. I found a nice stainless plug for one hole. I figured I'd put a soap dispenser in the second hole. The depot had chrome dispensers but not nickel or stainless. And the depot did not have the nice quarter turn ball valves. So I punted on the Depot and headed to Lowes - which conveniently is right next door. Lowes had my valves, they also had a brushed nickel soap dispenser. But only chrome plugs. So I got the valves and soap dispenser and went back to the depot to get my plug and then headed home and finished the installation. Neither Depot nor Lowes had a stainless "air gap" which is the doo-hicky for the dishwasher - so I still need to upgrade that. But the rest of the install went perfectly!

Now before all of that, I had Fran's Step dad bring his Expedition over so that I could change his fuel filter. The freaking filter requires this little plastic "tool" which costs a half a cent to make and it pisses me off that they just don't include the stupid thing with each filter. My truck also needed a new fuel filter so I did that one too.

It was a beautiful day and one that necessitated taking the bike over to the depot. I recently purchased new Kuryakyn levers, mirrors and covers for the brake and clutch reservoirs. So I put those on the bike before making my run the depot.

For the rest of the week:

* Fix the stupid garage door
* Fix the stupid leak at the rent house
* Fix the stupid plug on Fran's lapop
* Clean the air cleaner on my truck
* Fit more new parts on the motorcycle
* Replace the SIX speakers in Fran's truck
* Rotate the tires on my truck
* Take down all the Christmas Decorations and stick them in the attic
* Fix the OS on Big Daddy
* Fix the stupid Tivo

There has gotta be more....


Sunday, December 25, 2005
Feedburner Feed
For those of you listening through RSS, I've added a feedburner feed. The Feedburner feed should aggregate this blog as well as the Hughes Clip Blog. So point your RSS aggregator here.


Saturday, December 24, 2005
One mystery solved...
...The Skins are continuing to wear the goofy white over white uniform today for the battle with the giants.


Mark Cuban
I have been enjoying the hell out of Mark Cuban's blog recently. Joe Bob sez five stars. Check it out.


Friday, December 23, 2005
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas from the Hughes Clan

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Monday, December 19, 2005
Sweep!
The only thing better than beating the pokes on Monday Night is getting the season sweep!



After beating up St. Louis with the freaking white over white uniforms, they brought them back for the win in Arizona. Normally the Skins wear the Burgundy and Gold for home games. But, its a known fact that the Pokes hate wearing the blue. So the equipment manager went for the white over white AGAIN yesterday. Three games in a row. Sheesh.

But that combo seems to have some mojo. Will they wear it next Saturday against the Giants? Or for the final game in Philly, where they would normally wear the white top anyway? Its freaking me out.


Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Good Day for the Terps!
Sunday was an excellent day for the Terps. First, The Soccer Terps won the national championship. In the semi's they knocked off local favorite SMU, who by the way have something like ten players who played for the Dallas Texans, Marissa's Club. Then in the finals they beat the Lobo's of New Mexico. Nice work Terps!

Then Gary's Team took the floor in their first ACC contest of the season against the 6th ranked BC Eagles. The Terps put in place a strategy to prevent BC from outshooting them at the line. The plan worked as BC had fewer free throw attempts than Maryland had points made from the line. Let's face it, Comcast Center is just not a friendly place to play!


The Big Fire



Courtesy of the Dallas Morning News. This is a photo of the fire that almost caused us to be late for Logan and Reagan's game this Saturday. The fire has caused them to close one lane of the highway, which is now causing an extra delay on my evening commute!



Sunday, December 11, 2005
Dallas White Rock Marathon Relays
Since I had stopped training last June in order to rehab my screwed up hip, I have not run more than five miles, nor I have run anything faster than 7:30 pace. In spite of that my co-workers conned me into running with them on a relay team.

It all started when one of the sales guys told me that a bunch of them were planning on putting two teams together for the Marathon Relay. I told them that I had just started running and I could not run fast. He said, "can you do 8 min per mile?" At the time I thought this was an innocent query, but now I see that it was a salesguy setup. "Yeah I can do that," I replied confidently. That's when he said, "well Chris that's as fast as anyone else in the office can run! " So I was in.

I had decided to run the first leg of the relay. Its a long leg at 6 miles and its net uphill. So I was up early and happened to notice a message on my cell. It turns out that the chick who was supposed to run second missed her plane and would not be running. I called Kerry, who was the third leg and who was responsible for this girl joining our team. We agreed to split her leg. I'd meet Kerry at mile 8.

It was a phenomenal morning for racing. 35 degrees at the start. Everyone was overdressed, but I was in my shorts and Brooks singlet. We had fireworks and an F22 flyover - then we were off. It felt good, but I suspected that I was a bit fast, which was confirmed when I hit the mile mark in 7:00. But I continued and my next splits were: 7:18, 7:15, 7:26, 7:29, 14:48 (two miles), 6:40 for about nine tenths. I thought I might be able to run faster than 8 min miles but there was no way that I thought I could run every mile under 7:30. And by the way that's for eight miles - I reiterate - I have not run more than five miles in six months.

It turns out that the second team from our office failed to enter, much less run. We had a wager for bragging rights and lunch - and it looks like we won that. Kerry ran 7 miles, Danny 5, and Larry 6.2. Our team time was nothing special - but the key thing is that finished and will be dined appropriately!


SuperBlue98 5 Texas Spirit - 10
Today Logan's 98 team took on Spirit. We have never beat Spirit and today was no exception. Logan played Defender and Forward. While she was playing forward she received the ball about two feet from the right post. She was immediately fouled. Marissa took the kick and scored. Logan was also called for a foul today and one also yesterday. Both were good fouls - not intentional - and really the result of aggressive play.

Next week we play the Everton 98 team, a team that has yet to record a win.


SuperBlue99 - 5 Everton - 0
Logan and Reagan played this game Saturday. We were almost late for the game, as the highway was closed due to a Diesel tanker having caught fire.

Logan played keeper for the first half, recording a 2-0 shutout. As has been a theme in the 99 games, Logan's keeper skills, particularly punting, are FAR better than any of the other teams we have faced.

Coach Dave put Logan and Katie as defender for the first 12 minutes of the second half. Dave was clearly playing for the win. Neither Logan nor Katie were going to let anything by them. Logan went back in at forward for the last four minutes and pass the ball inside to set up the final goal.

Reagan was in and out throughout the game at forward. She had blast. One play in particular sticks out in my mind where she attempted to knock an opposing player off the ball. She is so small she just bounced out of there. I like that she is not intimidated at all.

Next week we play the Cuties who have recorded 11, 12, and 13 points in their last three games. I am told this is the essentially the FC Texas team that the 98s lost to last week. It will be an interesting game for sure!


Sunday, December 04, 2005
Skins Win in St Louis
But I gotta say I hate the white pants with the white tops. Once a year they bring out this combo. Blech!



Bike Run Swim
Today I went to the club. First I hopped on the bike and cranked out 13+ miles in 40 minutes. Most of that was spinning over 100RPM. Then to the treadmill, where I knocked out almost 5 miles in 40 minutes. That was my third 40+ minute run in three days - the first time I've done that since June. I am finally starting to feel better with my running and I am also starting to feel my fitness returning.

Anyway, back to the workout, after the mill and some stretching, I headed to the pool. I knocked out 550 (yards? - I am not sure if the pool is SCY or SCM.) My plan was to do at least 800 yards, but my right calf started to cramp up. So I called it quits.

It was a nice workout. Felt good. I wish I had time to do more bike and swim during the week.


Superblue98 - 1 FC Texas 99 Red - 3
This FC Texas Team had been on a tear. In their previous two games they had racked up 16 points against two 98 teams. So I was not sure how much trouble they might give us. Logan played the first 6 minutes at forward. She played well but the girls were not able to mount any significant attacks. Logan came back in and played defender. As usuall her defense was tenacious. Both teams played hard but FC put one in the net with less than a minute left in the half. In the second half they added two more goals, and finally with 2 minutes in the game Marissa scored one for the good guys! Logan played really hard and used her body to push their players off the ball. I was really proud of her play.

After the game Logan told me about being matched up against number 18 one of FC's forwards, who scored at least one goal and set up one or both of the others. Logan told me that she told herself that "no one was going to mess with her team." And that those thoughts made her mad and that made her play harder and tougher! :-)


Saturday, December 03, 2005
Reagan Kelley Queen of Kindergarten
Coach Judd tracked down Fran this week to tell us that Reagan is the only kid in Kindergarten that can do a pushup. She was amazed. Reagan got a Pony Point. I guess its the Gymnastics. Reagan is very strong particularly her core - the kid has six pack!


Xmas Lights
Just got done hanging mine. Thank heavens it was a beautiful seventy degree day in the Big D! Even with that, its a job I hate.


Texans -1 Blackwatch - 2
Last nights game was against a coach Marissa played with last spring. We don't have many positive things to say about Sissy. I missed most of the game. Fran reports that Marissa played an excellent game and indeed for the time I was there Marissa took a couple of shots on goal. Our parents complained about the refereeing in the game. Indeed in the 10 minutes of play that I saw the calls went 10 to 1 against us with no noticeable difference in play between the two sides. Then with two minutes remaining he gave Emily a Blue Card, which of course prevented our side from coming up with the tying goal. I for one will be looking forward to the rematch, hopefully with a difference ref.


Friday, December 02, 2005
The Gate is complete!

The Gate is complete!









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