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Colorado Springs Revisited (MM)

We’ve now resumed our regularly-scheduled programming, bitches!  I was a tad drunk still when I wrote my last post, but I think I emerged from it unscathed.  It was a great dinner to say farewell to one of the most incredible team members our group has ever had.  In that spiel I wrote, I promised pictures – and pictures you’ll have!  You’ll need to click on the MY PICS link above and a Colorado Springs 2010 link will be awaiting you there.  Here’s a little bit from a previous post where I took a bit about what we did during the trip too.

Sept 10, 2010 – Day 1 Return to the Springs

Touring Garden of the Gods

Sept 11, 2010 – Day 2, Touring the Coors Brewery in Golden, CO

Sept 12, 2010 – Day 3, Driving up to the top of Pikes Peak

Sept 13, 2010 – Day 4, Visiting the Royal Gorge

This weekend was sooooo necessary – finally a time when I didn’t have to fly anywhere.  It is pretty exhausting to have to continuously fly – rest suffers greatly.  This weekend was thus a nice lazy time.  Made it over to JG Melon’s on Friday night for a splendidly wondrous burger experience on the Upper East Side with Lawrence.  He’s trying to figure out just what furniture he’s gonna want to keep before moving to Los Angeles, so I went over to help decide.  It seems like pretty much 80-85% of it is coming.  We’re going to need a decent-sized apartment in LA, that’s for sure.  Then on Saturday, we spent time with his family for Yom Kippur and saw his sister Alyssa who is ready to pop out that baby girl of hers!  Today was a very nice lazy day and we saw the movie Easy A which was hilarious and well worth seeing.

And now it’s evening and Larry is making Baked Ziti, we’re watching Contact on Blu-Ray, and tonight will be a new episode of Mad Men.  It’s truly a nice Sunday.  BTW, so bummed that Big Brother 12 is over, although gotta say I’m going to miss Britney mostly.  LOVE her.  She needs to come back on TV on the Amazing Race.  Her and Lane can be a team.  Would…be….awesome.

Photo Download (T-61)

There’s plenty to catch you up on, but I also have a task ahead of me: get these damn photos up on the site.

Well, first and foremost, my best friend Jeremy has gone back to Illinois for a sweet job and for a great change of pace. It definitely sucks that he is gone, but I think that in the long run it’ll be for the best. He was a blast to have around though, and he’ll be missed.

In other news:

– I’m fully booked the next two weekends for hiring conference goodness. The first conference is this upcoming weekend – I’ll be flying out to Chicago on Saturday afternoon and return on Tuesday afternoon. I don’t know anything yet about who I’ll be interviewing with, but honestly, and between you and me, I am not all that interested in that area to work and live in. If the opportunity is awesome, then I’ll have to rethink, but this is mostly a chance to practice interviewing and visit Chicago. Like I said, I’m still going to do my best to knock the interviews out of the park, but I think I’m mainly focused now on what is scheduled for the weekend following: a trip to San Diego for another hiring conference. That’s the one I’m hoping pans out, as it will include opportunities for the entire West Coast and Las Vegas. The more I think about it, the more I’d LOVE to go back to Vegas now. Weird, isn’t it? I was so done with that city. Or so I thought. I think I was just done with the job and needed a change. But the area, its conveniences, …gambling…, closeness to LA, …well, it’d be cool to go back. Speaking of which…

– Finally made the Las Vegas trip a concrete event – heading out there the first weekend of August and staying at the Flamingo this time – in one of the newly renovated rooms that are now called the GO rooms. Totally swank, with multiple plasma HDTVs around and all sorts of upgrades. It’s gonna be SWEET. Can’t wait to use the pool too, not to mention gamble gamble gamble!

Alright, so I really didn’t have ‘plenty’ to catch you up on. Here are some pictures to make up for my grievous lie:

So yes, I know this first set of pics is awful late in coming. But they’re cool to look at.

24 May 2007 – Went to visit the Royal Gorge with Dad and Pat

Dad at the bridge road
Dad at the bridge road24-May-2007 11:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 400
The trademark point
The trademark point24-May-2007 11:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
Dad walking to the bridge
Dad walking to the bridge24-May-2007 11:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Dad likes to point too
Dad likes to point too24-May-2007 11:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Nice picture of the bridge over the 1000-ft deep gorge
Nice picture of the bridge over the 1000-ft deep gorge24-May-2007 11:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
There's dad walking across the bridge
There's dad walking across the bridge24-May-2007 11:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
A nice vertical panorama of the gorge from the bridge
A nice vertical panorama of the gorge from the bridge24-May-2007 11:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
Detail of the bridge - notice the WOOD planking. No gracias.
Detail of the bridge - notice the WOOD planking. No gracias.24-May-2007 11:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 
24-May-2007 11:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
24-May-2007 11:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
24-May-2007 11:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
Looking straight down - notice the bridge's shadow
Looking straight down - notice the bridge's shadow24-May-2007 11:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
There's dad on the edge
There's dad on the edge24-May-2007 11:52, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Me on the bridge
Me on the bridge24-May-2007 11:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 

Now coming back to June. Which was last month. Okay, so what. KD & Eric threw a little party at their house when they came back from their honeymoon. I thought it would be a great time to drink heavily. It was awesome. The videos illustrate how silly it got. Good times.

22 June 2007 – Drinking at KD & Eric’s

22-Jun-2007 19:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
22-Jun-2007 19:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
22-Jun-2007 22:12, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
22-Jun-2007 22:12, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
22-Jun-2007 22:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
22-Jun-2007 22:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
22-Jun-2007 22:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
22-Jun-2007 22:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
22-Jun-2007 22:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
22-Jun-2007 22:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
22-Jun-2007 22:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
22-Jun-2007 22:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
22-Jun-2007 22:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
22-Jun-2007 22:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
22-Jun-2007 22:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 

During the last weekend that Jeremy was here, we all went to the restaurant Buca di Beppo – didn’t take too many pictures actually, but it was a great, HUGE Italian dinner. I hadn’t been to a Buca di Beppo since Carras’ going-away in Las Vegas back in 2004, so it was cool to go back to one. Also, before Jeremy left, I took some pics with his adorable dog, Kahlua. Magnum, Jeff’s dog, also got in the pics as that guy is a total camera hog. 🙂

22 & 26 June 2007 – Miscellaneous Pics

A true Buca di Beppo feast
A true Buca di Beppo feast23-Jun-2007 19:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Smiling Erin
Smiling Erin23-Jun-2007 19:44, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Me and Kahlua
Me and Kahlua26-Jun-2007 18:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
Kahlua laying down but Magnum looking cute
Kahlua laying down but Magnum looking cute26-Jun-2007 18:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Bye Kahlua!
Bye Kahlua!26-Jun-2007 18:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 

And finally, my most recent photo set from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. No, there’s not a zoo at my work. But the area of Cheyenne Mountain does indeed have a zoo, which is nestled up against the mountain. After having now been there today, I gotta say it’s a pretty incredible zoo. Not a huge zoo by any means, but it’s a well-designed zoo with just enough animals to see. They actually have one very noteworthy exhibit: this zoo has the largest collection of Reticulated Giraffes (which means spotted giraffes). They’ve built a really amazing pavilion for people to visit them, so that you can buy crackers and feed them to the giraffes at their head level. You’ll see what I mean in the pictures below. Anyways, it was fun!

1 July 2007 – Visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Erin at the Zoo's entrance
Erin at the Zoo's entrance01-Jul-2007 10:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Giraffes!
Giraffes!01-Jul-2007 10:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Our first cracker customer of the day
Our first cracker customer of the day01-Jul-2007 10:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
Me feeding our first brave giraffe
Me feeding our first brave giraffe01-Jul-2007 10:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
The giraffe was coy
The giraffe was coy01-Jul-2007 10:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Extreme closeup - giraffes are actually kind of cute
Extreme closeup - giraffes are actually kind of cute01-Jul-2007 10:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 
Wood lickers
Wood lickers01-Jul-2007 10:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
More giraffe goodness
More giraffe goodness01-Jul-2007 10:44, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Erin taunting the power giraffe
Erin taunting the power giraffe01-Jul-2007 10:44, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 
That's the Will Rogers Shrine as seen from the Zoo
That's the Will Rogers Shrine as seen from the Zoo01-Jul-2007 10:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 9.0, 10.487mm, 0.005 sec
Giraffe in Shadow
Giraffe in Shadow01-Jul-2007 10:47, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
He's ready for his closeup
He's ready for his closeup01-Jul-2007 10:47, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 
Giraffe Cliques
Giraffe Cliques01-Jul-2007 10:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
Giraffes love their crackers
Giraffes love their crackers01-Jul-2007 10:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
Here's the new baby giraffe at the zoo - so cute!
Here's the new baby giraffe at the zoo - so cute!01-Jul-2007 10:50, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.001 sec
 

And that’s the extent of the pictures, for now.

And before I end this post, I just wanted to also put it out there that thanks to all the advice you have provided, I’m going to be putting my house on the market – to sell. As my Uncle Richard succinctly put it: “Just sell the fucking house and move on”. No truer words have been spoken.

My private dream: I’d love to buy one of those high-rise condos in Vegas to live in, if I end up back there. How freakin’ cool would that be?????!!!!