Family Bunco Night on Saturday

On Saturday we had another family over (there are 7 of them . .  Irish and Catholic) to play bunco. Unfortunately, I was even-steven at 18 wins and losses. But, we all had a fun time. The best part was telling two of the younger guys that you have to talk nice to the dice and that’s why we weren’t rolling any twos. So, I spoke nice (whispering) to the dice and rolled a two and then did it again 3 or 4 times. Then I said,  “watch I won’t say anything this time and I won’t roll any twos”. Sure enough I didn’t. It was quite amusing.

Steve and Mike’s 14th Annual Turkey Bowl

Black Friday is the day for my Annual Turkey Bowl. This is the 14th year, and as usual the weather was nice. Not as nice as yesterday (60 degrees) but nice enough for the annual flag football game.  Friends, family, co-workers, former co-workers, etc. showed up with ages ranging from 10 to 44. The two-hour, no-break game was fun as always and my team came out on top this year by a score of 5-4.

I slept in until 9AM this morning as Lisa and Joshua got up at 3AM to try to get a deal on a laptop at Best Buy, but were too late (read too far back in the 150 yard line) for the tickets which the store personnel start passing out at 4AM. They were back home by 5AM.  Following the game Lisa made pizzas and then I took a several hour “nap”, from which I awoke with already sore muscles.

Soccer Season is Over

Well, Paul’s team (and mine) finally played our last makeup soccer match.  We went through a rough section in the middle of the season due to so many disruptions due to weather. There were two games to go and we were third from the bottom out of 11 teams. But, the boys played great and we won the last two  by a score of 1-0 and 3-1. The last game was against the 3rd place team! We were hoping to be able to stay in the Challenge I bracket and not move down to Challenge II. Those 6 points (1 for a tie and 3 for a win) propelled us into 6th place because the bracket was so competitve that several teams had 10 and 11 points. We had four wins. But, to my surprise, 6th place means that we should be moving from Challenge I to Classic next spring. This a big step for this new team and I’m already getting calls from players of other clubs who want to come play for us. Classic is the third tier in the state competitve league which goes from top to bottom: Premier I, Premier II, Classic, Challenge I and Challenge II.

For this winter we are planning on some scrimmages, an indoor soccer session, and a tournament in Pueblo in February. We have our work cut out for us.

Elk Camp 2006

Well, we went on the annual elk hunting trip in Creede, Colorado, nestled in the San Juan mountains. Unfortunately, neither Joshua nor myself managed to get an elk. We saw some bulls, but we had cow tags. The trip was very nice, having gotten really close to some moose, big horn sheep, and of course the scenery was beautiful. Check out the photos in the Elk Camp 2006 photo album.

I love going into the mountains, even in the winter. Very peaceful. One guy in our camp got an elk Tuesday right near dark. We all helped him pack it out on Wednesday using backpack frames. We hunted the morning and by the time we made our way over to him he had it quartered and ready to load up. It was 3 mile hike back to the trucks. The first mile was down a drainage with fallen trees and a creek and in 4 to 8 inches of snow. That was a little tricky, but then the rest was a march downhill on an old logging road which is now closed. The rear quarter I was carrying was around 80 pounds. On the hoof it probably weighed in at over 350 pounds, which is typical for an adult cow elk.

The moon photo with the ring around it was not a cmaera effect. We were going between tents around 10PM when we noticed it and everyone took pictures. It was even more awesome in person as we looked up and it nearly filled the sky. As you can see from the photos of Bennet Creek and Snow mesa we hiked all over the place trying to locate the elk. The hunting unit is huge and so it takes some work trying to track them down. With the full moon and clear skies the elk were feeding at night and then hiding out during the day. They aren’t as skittish as deer so many times you need to be nearly right on top of them to even know they’re near.

Better luck next year.