Burning the Christmas Tree

Now, we did not burn our Christmas tree because it was plastic, however, the real trees left for recycling by others are fair game. Tonight, for the first time, we joined our friends Jon Paul (Wife met him during Semester at Sea) and his wife, Sarah, at Fiesta Island for their Annual Christmas Tree Bonfire. I must admit that watching the trees burn so quickly is quite the sight and it also reminds us how quickly you can burn down your house (it would be the ultimate battle between the turkey fryer and the Christmas tree).

Sadly, with Christmas now over (unless you follow the Little Christmas tradition) and all the trees burned, we learned that our first bonfire was the last bonfire because Jon Paul and Sarah are moving to Denver in search of what San Diego cannot supply at the moment: affordable housing and good jobs. We wish them the best of luck in their journey and now celebrate our new free lodging in Colorado.

Sockers beat the Fusion on Soccer Date Night

Wife and I have discovered our new cheap date night (with cheap being relative to about $40 a go) by watching the San Diego Sockers play indoor soccer. On Monday we held our second Soccer Date Night at the Del Mar Arena with the Sockers versus the San Diego Fusion (the Sockers’ B team).

During the first half of the game, the Sockers dominated with 8 unanswered goals against the Fusion. With such a one-sided game, we felt bad and wanted to see the Fusion score at least one goal. Those would come later.

At half time I decided to surprise Wife with a Christmas gift so, I headed to the concessions to pick up two hot chocolates and stopped by the Sockers’ gear booth to purchase our first soccer scarf. Unfortunately, with the way the arena is set up, she saw me at the booth and knew what I had purchased before I made it back to the stands. Luckily, she was still excited and loved to fashion the scarf off for a few pictures.

Also during halftime and since it was 80s night, legends from the 1980’s Sockers came out to play a quick exhibition game (with no one keeping score). Even though some looked well passed their prime soccer years (one had a leg brace), they still moved around the field and easily would have put me to shame. Check them out as they play below:

During the second half, the Fusion came back out strong and scored multiple goals against the Sockers (I wonder if the Sockers let the Fusion score just to make the game a little more exciting). Here is Wife talking about the second half action (and her multiple layers of clothing).

In the end the Sockers held on to their lead and won 10-6 (you can read a full recap here). Afterward, and before the cold really set in, we turned the car heater on and drove back home to enjoy home cooked Italian food paired with a bottle of wine. I really do like being on vacation!

The Forbidden Planet

Even the young and dreamy Leslie Nielsen and the adorable Robby the Robot could not quite make The Forbidden Planet a crowd pleaser during the July Movie Night – Cheesy Moon. However I still think most people had fun enjoying the food (especially my moon shaped macaroni and cheese, or cheesy moons, brilliant I know) and the popsicles desserts.

I would also just like to thank the parental units for hosting their second movie night and also thank those who came and enjoyed themselves. Enjoy some pictures:

Food, Drinks, and Fireworks

You have to love the fact that in the United States of America people are always looking for a new holiday to eat and drink with friends. However, only on the Fourth of July can a person do those two and add in some fireworks.

So to honor those who decided the British had to go, Wife and I invited some friends over to my parents house (because they have a bigger backyard, okay, a huge backyard) for some BBQ and fun. One (for anonymity sake) of our guests was gracious enough to bring us some sparklers and some bigger fire spewing toys. While enjoying the lights and sounds we made sure not to burn down the house and left at the end of the evening successful.

Afterward our own little show (as you can see in the video above), we headed to Balboa Park to watch the professionals light off some fireworks. Then we drove back to the parents house for some dominoes and finally the bike ride back to our place.

I love holiday (a.k.a. three day) weekends.

Speakin’ of Fast Cars and Women

I know it has been a long while since I have last posted, so here is something new.

In October, the San Diego Automotive Museum had a little car festival the same day as the Air and Space museum’s Green Skills for Life event. While wandering around waiting for people to show up (the comittee, I know that that is the first problem, decided to open at 9 well before God is even up on a Saturday) we came accross a bright orange car made famous in a little known TV show Dukes of Hazzard. Below are some photos of the dukes boys lesser known and slightly challenged brother, me!