Deal or No Deal

We just got back from my parents house, and I just have to make a post now.  We went over there to celebrate Gwendolyn’s birthday.  We also haven’t been there since they’ve installed their new Bullfrog Spa.  Let me tell you, its the king of hot tubs.  With 4 seats, and interchangeable jet packs on each seat, you can customize your own spa.  Another feature I enjoyed was the mood lighting.  You can set the underwater light to a number of settings, changing its color, or having it cycle through colors at varying speeds.  Finally after spending about an hour in the spa, they had to force me out.  I’m still so relaxed as I type this.

When we came back inside, my parents said that they had a game for us to play.  I couldn’t think of what they could be talking about, and as it was getting late, I hoped it was a fast game.  We sat around the new kitchen table and they bring out a bunch of folded index cards with numbers on them.  They then say we are going to play Deal or No Deal!  The game was set up so they had 10 index cards (the briefcases) numbered 1-10.  Inside each card they had written an amount from $1-$100. (1, 2, 5, 10, 20,25,40,50,75,100).  Whatever money we won, was going to be our anniversary present, as our 2nd year anniversary is next Tuesday.  So to pick our ‘briefcase’ I thought of using one of the #’s 4, 2 or 9 (4-29 our anniversary).  I didn’t like only being able to choose one of those 3.  So I combined them:  4+2=6; 9-6=3.  We took briefcase 3.  To pick our next cases we went with #2.  Inside was $75!.  ouch.  Each turn my dad was playing Host, and the Banker.  My parents say he is really good at guessing what the banker will offer on the show.  I’d like to know how they come up with the bank offers myself. The banker offered us $22 on the first round.  No Deal.  the game then went as follows:

  1. Opened case #4 = $50! Banker offered $17.  No Deal.
  2. Opened case #9 = $40! Banker offered $24.  No Deal. We just lost 3 top amounts. 🙁
  3. Opened case #8 = $2! Banker offered $27.  No Deal.
  4. Opened case #10 = $10! Banker offered $36.  No Deal.
  5. Opened case #6 = $25! Banker offered $38.  No Deal.
  6. Opened case #7 = $1! Banker offered $55.  No Deal. It started to get more tempting now, and we had to debate if we should try one more time.
  7. Opened case #5 = $5! Banker offered $75.

Now there was only case #1 and #3.  With the amounts of 20 or 100.  Although my parents did not know what was in what case, I saw my dad try to sneak a peak into case #1.  At this point he was saying we shouldn’t take the deal.  I just couldn’t decide if I should trust him or not.  He might be wanting us to win, or he might be trying to save himself some money! 🙂  I said I would rather lose $25 and take the deal, then to lose $55.  So we took the deal at $75!  As it turns out, we should have listened to my dad, as we held the winning briefcase!  What a fun game of deal or no deal.  That was way better than watching it on tv, even if they added dramatic pauses, and it was for much less.  We still had a great time getting 75 bucks!  Thanks mom and dad!

Happy Birthday!

Just wanted to wish my lovely wife a Happy Birthday.  We had a wonderful time celebrating her birthday.  The past weekend, her family and mandy spent the weekend with us.  The girls went garden shopping, while the boys stayed home.  Gwendolyn found another mini metal chicken that matches the bigger one quite well.  I also gave Gwendolyn, two more funky (small) metal chickens for her birthday.  Our backyard is starting to look like a chicken coop.

I hope to get some pictures up soon.

Camping Fun

IMG_7026.JPGWhat an awesome weekend! After a year of planning, okay not literally, (but I did have the idea a year ago to go camping with 4 other couples) we finally got one couple to go camping with us. Our friends Cory and Anne, from Gwendolyn’s HCPL days came along with us at Huntsville State Park. Overall the park is very nice with plenty of shade, a nice lake, and plenty of trails. The only thing negative about it, seems to be the lack of ‘privacy’. While most parks have spots that are more secluded or surrounded by brush, this one lacked either. It was pretty crowded, but I have to say, we were with a very polite group of campers. It was always peaceful and quiet.

IMG_7005.JPGGwendolyn’s favorite new camping thing is the camping kitchen we got at Academy before we left. We went to the store planning on getting an extra little table so we could keep our picnic table clear, but then Gwendolyn discovered the camping kitchen. She and Annie loved cooking on it this weekend. Check it out! One of the funner things we did was go mountain biking. Before leaving I bought a bike rack to take the bikes camping. Since Gwendolyn and I are on an exercise kick right now, what better way to get some exercise in while camping. Looking at the trails, I saw a loop that went around the entire lake, that was about 6 miles. Before this Gwendolyn and I have only ridden about 4-5 miles. Although I really wanted to do the big loop, I decided we should start small and ride to the front of the park and back. That was a good choice. Although we both had to walk our bikes up a few hills, I’m very proud of us both, for making it through. I know at about the 3/4’s mark for me, my legs were on fire. I was just dreading the next incline. The next day amazingly we didn’t feel to bad, so we decided to go for one more ride. We rode about 1.5miles to the damn, enjoyed some s’mores that were packed for us by Cory and Anne, and came back to pack up.

IMG_7014.JPGSpeaking of Cory and Anne, they made the camping trip so much more enjoyable. It was so much fun sitting around the campfire laughing and playing games and enjoying the funky flames! It even makes camp life easier when you have help cooking and cleaning. Amazingly this was Cory’s 2nd time to go camping! I have to say he’s already well equipped and well adjusted to the camping life. Thanks for joining us, guys. You rock!

Be sure to check out the photos!

Games vs Violence

I was going to put this in for this weeks links, but I think its too good for it not to have its own post.  Here we have the best graph ever made:

Games vs Violence

And the data that backs it up: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/glance/tables/viortrdtab.htm

I don’t think much more needs to be said, but this digg quote:

“If this trend continues, Crime might be non-existent by the time Nukem Forever is released…”

Links of the Week

I just wanted to say I think our April Fools joke seemed to have worked well.  I don’t know what the big deal is, it’s just a little ink. 😉 Now here’s some links to keep you entertained over the weekend: