Curling

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So Sat. night Maria and I went Curling with some friends of her's from work, one of the guys watched the event on the winter olympics and went on a mad search to find out where to curl in Arizona. Slightly reluctantly Maria and I drove down to scottsdale having absolutely no idea what we were in for. Surprisingly It was a whole lotta fun I really had no idea I would enjoy it so much yes I did slip and fall flat on my back but it was a very graceful fall and I laughed very hard as I lay there on the ice staring at the ceiling. All things considered it wa a very good night indeed, in fact I am considering joining the Coyotes Curling Club, we'll see... For more info on Curling in Arizona check out Coyotes Curling Club by clicking here.

Back to the real world

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We are back from our weekend trip to Sedona, I really had no idea it would be so beautiful and peaceful there, it's known as a sort of artist's retreat and I completely understand why now. being up in the fresh air with all of the mountain landscapes, clouds and trees, you really forget your in Arizona a mere 2 hours away from normalcy.


As promised here are some pics of the Amara Resort where we stayed.

The Amara Resort exterior shot


the courtyard


A guest room (our room was actully bigger but we didnt take photos unfortunatly)


The room had a whirlpool bath perfect for two ;)


The room had windows all around with a private patio at each


A small water feature in the courtyard


Another shot of the courtyard


From the end of the courtyard you can see oak creek


The courtyard was filled with amazing art.


My favorite piece of art in the courtyard.


Maria by creekside.


Damn, its cold up here!


"The Creek" an upscale restaurant on the resort.


Maria's meal of choice
"The Petite Filet"
Cranberry-Blue Cheese Crusted Grilled Beef Tenderloin On A Leek-Boursin Potato Croquet with Tobacco Onions & Porto Demi-Glace.


My meal of choice
"The Amara Duet"
Grilled Tenderloin Finished with Cabernet Sauce & Jumbo
Lump Crab Cake with Leek & Red Bliss Smashed Potatoes,
Grilled Asparagus


Overall we had a really wonderful time, we plan to go back again soon and enjoy more of what Sedona has to offer.


Away we go.....

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The wife and I are leaving today for some much needed alone time. We considered quite a few places to celebrate our belated Valentine's day Las Vegas, Seattle, San Franciso were at the top of the list but we finally ended up decideing on Arizona. We'll be staying here I'll post a full review and some pics when we get back!

myspace The Movie

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I caught this on Current_TV this morning and thought I'd share. Enjoy!


Dreamweaver tip #1 "centered content"

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For those of you who enjoyed the ease of centering content on your HTML pages using tables in Dreamweaver MX and were left with a question mark hanging over your head when you upgraded and it would no longer work, here is a bit of help....

After the "DOCTYPE" code in every "new" HTML page Dreamweaver MX 2004 and up creates you will find the following code:

"http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd"

Deleting it - will allow your tables to behave as they did in previous versions of Dreamweaver which means you can then set 100% width & height once again allowing you to center your content on the web page.

Dot Bombed !

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Have you ever worked for a company in a downward spiral?

I have worked for two different web agencies which have dot bombed. If you've never experienced this your lucky, no matter how prepared you think you are for it it's still always a surprise when it happens. This is partly because most companies try to have their cake and eat it too, always assuring the employees that things are fine so the staff doesn’t start looking for new employment and business can continue to run as usual. So while you may have some indication that things are bad you usually have no idea exactly how bad things really are.

On my last day at one of the companies, I had been told that very morning the company had the resources to continue business as usual for about three months so we did not have to worry about the security of our jobs just yet. Worried but slightly relieved I had a whole three months to find another job, I went to my office and worked for a few hours. After I went to lunch with a few other employees, when I returned to the office there were people walking around upset some in tears. I was then informed the office would be shutting down effective immediately, It seems the CEO after thinking about it over lunch changed his mind and decided he would rather cut his loses now rather than in three months.

The sad thing is I have talked to dozens of people about their dot bombed experiences and it seems I got off easy I mean I'm sure you have all heard of Enron...

Happy Valentine's Day

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Since Google didnt add a Valentines Day logo or links to sites about the holiday I thought I'd post the history for fun. Enjoy!


Valentine's Days A Brief History

The holiday of Valentine's Day probably derives its origins from the ancient Roman feast of Lupercalia. In the early days of Rome, fierce wolves roamed the woods nearby. The Romans called upon one of their gods, Lupercus, to keep the wolves away. A festival held in honor of Lupercus was celebrated February 15th. The festival was celebrated as a spring festival. Their calendar was different at that time, with February falling in early springtime.

One of the customs of the young people was name-drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man drew a slip. The girl whose name was chosen was to be his sweetheart for the year

Legend has it that the holiday became Valentine's Day after a priest named Valentine. Valentine was a priest in Rome at the time Christianity was a new religion. The Emperor at that time, Claudius II, ordered the Roman soldiers NOT to marry or become engaged. Claudius believed that as married men, his soldiers would want to stay home with their families rather than fight his wars. Valentine defied the Emperor's decree and secretly married the young couples. He was eventually arrested, imprisoned, and put to death

Valentine was beheaded on February 14th, the eve of the Roman holiday Lupercalia. After his death, Valentine was named a saint. As Rome became more Christian, the priests moved the spring holiday from the 15th of February to the 14th - Valentine's Day. Now the holiday honored Saint Valentine instead of Lupercus

Sick

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Being sick is horrible. I thought I escaped the virus slowly making its way around our house but I guess with both of the kids and now the wife getting sick it was only fair I have my day of nausea too. Yuck!

Superbow-less Sunday

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So Saturday was a pretty good day. Maria and i had a wonderful lunch after which I treated her to a little shopping spree at the mall. I stopped by The Sports Authority and added a few more weights to my home gym and even picked up a demo of Black for PS2. Everything thing was peachy as they say, we picked up the kids from the sitter took them home put them to bed and we stayed up late watching a surprisingly great DVD and then it was off to bed for us too, or so we thought...

Around 1:00 am Sunday morning we were awakened by a coughing/gagging coming from our daughter’s room so in the usual parent freaking out fashion Maria quickly checked it out. Our youngest must’ve eaten something that didn’t agree with her and it looked as though whatever it was she ate was about to come up and say hello. Fortunately by 9:00 am she was fine as were the multiple sets of sheets for her crib, the carpet in her room and a set of sheets from our bed “who knew such a small child could throw up so much”?

Needless to say, Superbowl was the furthest thing from my mind Sunday afternoon, "I already knew who was going to win anyway" and if I tried to sit down on the couch for a couple hours of football I would be sleep 5 minutes after sitting down so I just found other things to occupy my time ie: Playing with the kids, video games, chatting with the wifey. The only things I do wish I didn’t miss was Jerome Bettis’ announcing his retirement and the commercials, no surprise though both I saw both this morning online. Gotta love the internet.