Family Fun Center!

I don't remember when it exactly started but, for years and years, we've used the phrase "Family Fun Center" as code for "There are kids around so stop your damn swearing!" 
I think it might have started back when we bowled in a league at The Memorial Union at ASU and there was a couple that had some wildish kids that inspired the swearing. And, using the term "Monkey dust" as a curse. I thought they were awful children at the time but now I think they were just kids trying to have fun while their parents ignored them.
As we were driving back to Sea-Tac Airport this weekend, I spotted this on the side of the road and could barely contain myself. Yes, there's a real place called Family Fun Center.
Who knew?
Actually, I may have known the phrase was based on an existing establishment but forgotten. Those years at ASU were, well, let's just say a while ago and leave it at that.

Board Game Tuesday

Three of my colleagues and I have continued our monthly rotation of board games playing during our lunch so I thought it was time for an update on what we've played. With a few exceptions for vacations, we've all played every week. It's been good bonding time and generated some great memories. I think my favorite takeaway over the past few months is my colleague's extreme bitterness on his multi-month second place finish streak. I would have been ecstatic. He was frustrated beyond belief and finally broke it with a first place last week.

Grrr. This game. You build your own species and try to collect the most food for the win. I was pretty good at building my defenses and stuck to the herbivores but one of my colleagues was the king of switching back and forth from carnivores and killed me. Literally, a few times. I never won. I did call my colleagues jerks. A lot.

Carcassonne is a tile laying game with meeple placement. Where you put your meeple (little people figures…

New Habits - Maybe

I've seen Tools of Titans on several Must Read book lists this year and was intrigued enough to put it on my hold list for the library. Before I could get it, one of my colleagues read it and recommended it highly so I was even more eager to peruse it.

Broken into three sections (Healthy, Wealthy and Wise), this book is jam packed with anecdotes, strategies and suggestions made by various "titans" of industry, healthcare, sports, entertainment, science and other fields. 
I chose to take my time reading this instead of my usual speed reading rate and took a break about half way through to absorb what I'd learned. I also implemented some takeaways from Ferris' personal daily rituals with my own interpretation.
In the morning: List three things you're grateful for. Big or small, write them down and ponder for a few moments on why you're grateful. This was just like the "3 Gratitudes" exercise I did on the blog a few years ago. It's a wonderful w…

'Tis The Season!

This text message from my son today sums it up well:  1 more day till football. I'm ready to get mad about fantasy.

Here are my drafts from my two leagues.

With the #5 pick out of 12 teams:

QB Aaron Rodgers (I took him in the first round because he's so dreamy and I wanted to be able to fully root for him and my team).
QB Jameis Winston
RB Jay Ajayi (my #2 pick who's not playing week 1 thanks to Hurricane Irma #firstworldproblems)
RB Mark Ingram
RB Darren Sproles
RB Robert Kelley ( I literally didn't know who this was which shows how little attention I pay to the Redskins)
RB Alfred Blue (my last pick and a total throwaway who is also hurt so a total throwaway)
WR TY Hilton
WR DeAndre Hopkins (totally disappointed me last year so why not let him hurt me again?)
WR Emmanuel Sanders
WR Kenny Britt
WR Mohamed Sanu
TE Delanie Walker
D Kansas City
K Matt Bryant

I have the projected #1 WB, K and D. How can I possibly lose?

With the #11 pick out of 12 teams:

QB Russell Wilson

"Working" From Home

I rarely work from home.

My reasoning is that I love people and go nuts being by myself all day (unless I'm reading a book then I don't need ANYONE). Secondly, because I have too many meetings that I need to be physically present for (we don't do remote stuff beyond conference calling for the most part).

But, truly, it's so that I don't off my cat out of pure frustration.

Here's how a typical work attempt goes:

I sit down at the table and open my laptop.Starbuck jumps on the table, steps on to the laptop and tries to head butt her way into getting me to pet her.I push her off on to the floor and try to resume work.She immediately jumps back up on the table, steps on the laptop and tries to head butt her way into getting me to pet her.I pick her up and drop her on to the floor.She immediately jumps back up on the table, steps on the laptop and tries to head butt her way into getting me to pet her.I pick her up and drop her more forcibly on the floor.She immediate…

My Nemesis

I hate technology. Which, knowing that I work in Information Technology, seems pretty crazy. But, I do.

In my defense, it hated me first.

Especially printers.

Most specifically, the printer in our department.

It's not even become a noteworthy incident anymore because of how many times I send something to this printer, walk across the room to get my print then stare at nothing while hoping something is going to come out.

The latest was yesterday:
I sent a document, walked over and found that the printer was turned off. I turned the printer back on but no print job came out.Walked back to my desk and saw a message saying the printer wasn't found. Made sense, it had been turned off after all. Paused and resumed my print from my machine and walked back over.Still no print job. Walked back to my desk, canceled the job completely and reprinted to the same printerWhile walking back over, I asked a colleague to try to print. Got to the machine and my colleague's print job was ther…


I can't recall the last four days in a row off from work that I've had that didn't revolve around a trip, a family event or being sick as a dog. Maybe never.
But, I did last weekend and it was glorious!
The 4th of July is a work holiday and several departments were encouraging their people to take the 3rd off as well. We all knew it was going to be a slow day. I thought, "Why the heck not?" and marked myself down for vacation.
My plan was simple. Reading and sleeping.
I started with Friday night. After a couple of beers with Steven, I headed home and hit a book for a while. I then stayed up clearing shows off my DVR before heading to bed to read some more. Saturday was a wake up, read between doing laundry and watching some more TV. Sunday was great because there was no laundry. Just books, a nap and TV.
Monday looked to be a lather, rinse, repeat activity but my friends, The O'Malley Babes, enticed me out with an opportunity to hang in their pool, drink beer…