Wedding and Honeymoon Journal: Entry #14

June 4, 2009 at 9:40 PM (Disc Golf, Travel, Wedding)

We got married on May 24, 2009 in Juneau, Alaska on the Gilkey Glacier.  We enjoyed a spectacular honeymoon in Juneau, Alaska as well.  We kept a handwritten journal throughout our trip.  A master list of all journal entries can be found here.


Friday, May 29, 2009 – 6:20 AM AKDT

We’re sitting in the airport in Juneau right now.  I was giving this time period serious naptime consideration, but there are things that need to be talked about!

We chilled yesterday, and it was awesome.  We shipped Stephanie’s dress and other wedding related items back to our home via USPS.  We got some tasty pizza at a parlor named Bullwinkle’s.  Kudos to Bullwinkle’s for not only having a decent selection of arcade games, but for having two (that’s right, TWO!) fully functional pinball games.  The arcade game as a genre is dying, and it seems as though pinball games have taken a beating more than other games over the years.

We followed lunch with another enjoyable and scenic drive to the end of Glacier Highway.  Here’s a fun fact: there are more miles of mine tunnel in Mt. Roberts (over 300) than there are miles of paved road in Juneau.

(Look here to see photos.)

Juneau is a lot like the ESVA in some ways, primarily because there is just the one primary road.  Actually, that’s the only similarity.  The folks on the ESVA would have a freaking conniption if ten thousand tourists from cruise ships were dumped in downtown Onancock or Cape Charles.  Little veins would pop out of their necks and their heads would explode.

Now comes the fun part.  I played disc golf at Aant’iyeik Park just “out the road” in Juneau.  It kicked my tubby ass.  I used the PDGA website to make contact with J.D., aka Monkey, and we met up around 4:30 PM at the park to play a bit before the Tombstone tourney at 6 PM.  I shot about even through nine holes, before we headed back to the meeting area to get the tournament started.  I ended up finishing fifth out of 21, which I felt was decent since I’ve only played twice in the past year and a half.

What needs to be talked about is the course itself.  Some would call it a good hike.  I felt as if I’d ascended small mountains.  You know, small ones.  Like the Himalayas.  Is K5 in Alaska?  The guys have done a great job making the wilderness a playable disc golf course, but footing, even on tee pads, was treacherous at best.

I think I talked about cow’s parsnip and devil’s club previously in this journal.  I got really familiar with those particular species of local flora.  Playing 27 holes at this park was more tiring than all of the activities that we did this week put together and squared.  I’m still pretty sore.  Never has using my feet to work the pedals of a vehicle seemed such a dicey proposition.  I feel like I was lucky to make it back to the inn alive.

Looking back on the week, it’s been pretty awesome.  I mean, I got married.  That’s definitely cool.  I got to fly in a helicopter and a float plane.  Almost as cool.  I got to play disc golf in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.  Definitely more coolness.  It’s been a week I’ll never forget.

Now I just need to stop hitting my wedding ring on everything. 🙂

– Ben


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Saturday Happenings

April 19, 2009 at 12:57 AM (Family, Friends, Home Improvement, Sports, Wedding)

Ben and I have had a very busy weekend already.  Ben made us a yummy breakfast of eggs and pancakes before we each headed out to take care of business.  My friend Talissa and baby Mazie met me at Chris Nicholson Salon & Spa for my wedding hair trial run.  The experience was fun and stressful.  I’ve NEVER had a professional updo.  I never went to prom in high-school and I’ve never had an updo for any other occasion.

I went in with pictures of some half-updos that I found online (for example, this one and this one).  However, the stylist was very concerned about the moisture on the glacier and my “do” holding its shape.  So, she convinced me to try a full updo.  I wasn’t thrilled about the first updo that she did which was frustrating for both of us.  But, the second updo was better.  I was absolutely exhausted after spending 2 hrs at the salon.  It’s hard choosing a style for yourself based on zero experience.  Unfortunately our wedding setting doesn’t allow me to have my ideal hair style, but I think the style she chose will work just fine.

Mazie and I

Mazie and I



While I was at the salon, Ben took the Civic in for an oil change.  He also headed to Lowes to buy some switchplates, weed eater oil, and a window washing contraption.  A few months ago my mom gave us my stepdad’s weed eater (he passed away in June 2007).  It hasn’t been used in over 2 yrs.  Well, with some manual reading and throttle tweaking, Ben was able to successfully use it to chop down the jungle in our front yard.

Ben Using the Weed Eater

Ben Using the Weed Eater

Ben Acting Silly After Weed Eating

Ben Acting Silly After Weed Eating

When I returned home, Ben grilled lunch for us.

Ben Prepping the Grill

Ben Prepping the Grill

Me Hanging Out On the Deck

Me Hanging Out On the Deck

After lunch, Ben finished weed eating and I worked on a photo project for the house.  While sorting through some photos, I found some pics of myself and my brother, Robert, as kids.  Check them out below.  It was fun walking down memory lane.








After the weed eating and photo stuff, we washed the bay window in our smaller living room.  We were finally able to find a pole long enough to reach the window.  Yay!

I spent the remainder of the evening relaxing, reading, blogging, etc. while Ben and our friend Jon spent the evening watching the UFC fight at Bailey’s, a local sports bar.

What did you do this weekend?

– Stephanie

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Top 10: As I Get Older…

April 12, 2009 at 10:16 PM (Family, Food, Friends, Gaming, Home Improvement, Humor, Sports, Top 10 Lists)

This weekend was a busy one for Stephanie and I.  She’s going to write about all of the fun and not so fun stuff we did in a post of her own, but it got us thinking about how we aren’t kids anymore.  So without going into too much detail about the weekend itself, here are 10 things that make me feel as though I’m getting really old really quickly along with 10 things that make me feel like a big kid most of the time.  If you can identify with any of these, let me know.  Feel free to share your own moments, too!

Things That Make Me Feel Old

  1. Stephanie and I drove to 5 different stores looking for just the right pair of large pots in which to plant some perennials. We ended up going back to the 3rd store, in case you were wondering.  I suppose this could be 2 items by itself.  We were shopping for plants and also were looking for a pot, of all things–definitely a moment of realization that reminded me that I am becoming more and more like my parents every day.  Additionally, we’re able to have long, detailed conversations about the plants we see in yards we pass.  I actually know the names of several plants that I would like us to have at some point.  Wisteria, one day I will have a place for you!
  2. I can wait to open things. One of my best friends, Charles (a.ka. Porkchop), got a PS3 for Stephanie and I as a wedding gift.  It sat unopened for at least 3 days.  I certainly never saw that one coming.
  3. I tidied up my desk at work. No one asked me to or anything.  It just happened.  It was almost like an out-of-body experience.
  4. My nephew, age 7, will most likely never play a video game that is not in HD. How am I supposed to explain the hours that my first NES joyfully occupied in my life?
  5. I don’t know if anyone besides me has been looking for good ol’ shooter-type games, like Gradius, Life Force, R-Type, or 1942, but they are damn hard to find. Near impossible.  The side- and top-scrolling shooting genre seems to be left behind.  Thanks to the wonders of the Sony Playstation network, there are a few downloadable games that fit this role.  You can download a direct port of the original R-Type I and II as a bundle and there is a remake of 1942 called 1942 Joint Strike that is pretty fun.  What I really want is a frickin’ $50-$60 full on new game.  I’d take a new sequel, even.  Imagine Gradius V or something, not as some little afterthought $9.99 downloadable special, but as the monster time killer that it could be.  It could have a bajillion different powerups and stuff.  Remember when a lot of enemies would get on screen at one time and the game would slow down because of the overload?  Or imagine if enemy ships were fully realized 3D models that could rotate.  What if the game got more physics based?  There is just a ton of stuff out there, and the best game genre of my youth is a dying creature that has failed to adapt over the years.
  6. I was at a neighbor’s house a few weeks ago and ended up playing some Rockband 2 with his kids.  I sucked.  They rocked. Worse yet, I was sitting there amazed that they were able to kick butt like that.  It seems like an eternity ago that I was the one kicking ass and taking names at any game that was put in front of me.  I beat Golden Axe in 2 hours on Christmas day!  I keep wanting to find a way to make them play the original Ninja Gaiden on the NES with me, but I have a feeling they’d smack me around with that one too after 10 minutes or so.
  7. Some kids rode their bikes across our yard as a shortcut yesterday.  I was mildly offended. I was shocked that I was offended.  I grew up making shortcuts out of peoples’ yards with my bike.  God forbid those poor people had a mild incline or even a hill, because that bad boy was going to get jumped on my badass BMX several times daily.  Egads!
  8. I can watch golf on TV. ‘Nuff said.
  9. I see kids doing things and think to myself that what they are doing isn’t safe and wondering where their parents are. Worse yet, I see kids doing things and make a mental note that my kids are never going to do what I’m witnessing.  Additionally, I see young girls out and about and consider joining a religious cult that will make it impossible for any daughters we have to display any skin at all.
  10. I am used to being called “sir” when I go out. That’s fine.  It’s just good manners.  I still say it to folks, no matter their age.  However, I was called “mister” by a teenager at the grocery store not that long ago.  I don’t even know why that got under my skin, but it did.

Things That Make Me Feel Young

  1. I get excited about playing video games. I was downloading some stuff from the Playstation network and I felt like a kid in a candy shop.
  2. I laugh at farts, especially when I drop a silent one and am waiting for my unsuspecting victim.
  3. I still rate my own belches on a personal scale that takes into account both volume and duration.
  4. I still play with Transformers. Additionally I get a giddy feeling when I think about the new Transformers movie coming out in June.
  5. Baseball is just as boring to watch on television now as it was when I was growing up. I like when some things don’t change.
  6. I still visit Toys ‘R Us and roam the toy aisles of stores. Shopping for stuff for my niece and nephew is my cover story.  Shhhh.
  7. If my friends get a new board game, I can’t wait to play it with them.
  8. I still like Honda Civics.
  9. I still get psyched up about opening Christmas gifts. Sure, I’m not getting Super Mario Bros. 3 this year, but I still think a gas gauge for my grill is pretty spiffy.
  10. Mom’s macaroni and cheese is still as good today as it was when I was growing up. And it’s still a holiday-only specialty.  Let’s hear it for good times!

– Ben

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Fantasy Football Semifinals – Mission Accomplished!

December 14, 2008 at 8:47 PM (Fantasy Football)

Tyler Thigpen, Wes Welker, Steve Smith, and the Miami DEF/ST led me to fantasy football victory this week.  Well, I should say a near victory.  My opponent has Derrick Ward of the Giants to play, still, but my lead is such that it would take an NFL record-breaking day on Ward’s part to give my opponent the victory.  With that in mind, I’m going to prematurely pop open the virtual champagne!

Next week are the finals for my FFB league.  I don’t know who I’ll be facing yet, since the guys facing off in the other semifinal bracket have a close game between them.  Each of them has key players playing on MNF, so I won’t know the final outcome until Tuesday morning, most likely.  I’m never up late enough on weeknights to catch the end of a MNF game.

I’m rooting for you, Tom!  I don’t want to play the other guy!  🙂

I know all of you have been closely following the FFB stuff I’ve been posting, so keep those fingers crossed to that I can bring home some cash next week!


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Fantasy Football Playoffs 2008

December 11, 2008 at 9:57 PM (Fantasy Football)

I know many of you are dying to know how my fantasy football season is going.  I successfully qualified for the playoffs and successfully made it to the second round (semifinals).  Right now I’m riding the hot receiving trio of Greg Jennings, Steve Smith, and Wes Welker.  I know you are asking yourselves, “How did Ben draft all three of those receivers?”  My answer is this:  My starting QB this week is Tyler Thigpen.

I’ve got a tough matchup this week, and the Chicago-New Orleans game tonight features Drew Brees versus the Chicago defense/special teams, both of whom my opponent is using.  Fortunately, I’ve got LT playing against KC and my trio of stud receivers all have favorable matchups.  Steve Slaton, my waiver wire MVP this year, is playing against Tennessee, but I’m confident that he will do well enough to make me happy.

A whole $20 is on the line this week.  If I win, I’m in the finals, where I’ll most likely be facing the regular season champion.  He rode the arm of Kurt Warner and the hands of Anquan Boldin to the best record in the league, but hopefully their luck will run out if I get to play him next week.

Cross your fingers, folks.


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