Interstellar Adventure
Adventure: the pursuit of life — Daniel Roy Wiarda

Arbor Hills Thursday Night

Thursday, June 30, 2005

As has become my custom on Thursday nights, I ran with my AT chica friends April & Caroline, and we were joined by Jude, a new AT member. We were on the lookout for Jerry (who I'll be racing with at Mineral Wells) too. We found his truck, but never found him...hmmmm. Arbor Hills Arbor Hills is a gorgeous park that has both paved trail and moutain biking trails. I have yet to ride my bike out there, but am itching to do so. I've run the trails, and they seem just about my speed on the bike. Easy. :) Lookout from picnic pagoda From picnic pagoda Pavillion (that little pointy roof thing waaaay over there) The trail starts out with a nice downhill into the park. Trail start Crosses a stream, where April likes to let her dog, Zoe, frolic on hot days. Stream Stream bed Along the trail The city just added a new 1 mile loop to the paved trail. The first half of the loop is all uphill, then it goes back down into the little valley. Up one of the big hills Pavillion from the trail (same pavillion as seen above) Trees More trees There are little hideaways to sit and relax on...if you're of the mind to sit and relax that is. Rock bench (see, I'm running so fast, it's all just a blur!) Then, of course, to get back to the parking lot, you have to run up another big hill. Bridge before the big hill at the end This is all uphill Whew! After running 2.3 miles in 26:24 (11:30 average pace), we headed over to Mi Cocina for a little dinner and after-run beverage. I actually ran a little more...from the parking lot I ran back to find everyone else, and Caroline and I ran back down to the bridge at the start of the big hill so we could run the hill again! I told you before, once just isn't enough! Has to be done twice. Walked/ran about another 10 minutes total. Mambo Taxi at Mi Cocina...sucker was $8! April & Caroline with their Mambo Taxi's...well deserved ladies! See you next Thursday girls! But, we've got to find some $2 beer specials...mojitos and Mambo Taxi's are gonna put a big dent in my wallet!

Mmmm, mojitos...

The wine tasting at Il Sole was disappointing. There were four wines to taste, a pinot grigio, a chardonnay, a pinot noir and a sangiovese blend. The wines were all good, but not great. Definitely not what I expected from a wine bar touted as one of the best in Dallas. The appetizers served were also nice, but not fabulous. The AT Chicas Enjoying wine April & I toast So, after my cohorts in crime and I had tasted each of the wines and lamented the appetizers, we headed over to the Samba Room. This is where the night got interesting. Thank you Caroline, Bobbie, Kari, April & Angela for being so much fun! The Samba Room is famous for their mojitos. Mojitos are a devilish rum concoction, with mint, sugar, lime juice and soda. We had several pitchers of mojitos. Oh my. Oh dear. Yes we did. We laughed, we drank, we danced, we had a great time! Photo evidence has been censured, but what I feel I can share is below. Oh my. Oh dear... Bring in the mojitos  Cheers girls!  Angela, Kari & April  Me, Caroline & Bobbie  We love mojitos!  Random male butt  Dance, dance, dance!  I'm the dancing queen  Caroline dancing  Bobbie  She's shakin' it!  Hot mammas! 

Quick Update!

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

YAY! I'm so excited! Hip Hip Hooray! I got a new J O B! YES!!! Excellent career opportunity, and much, much closer to home! I just cut my commute from 45 minutes each way to less than 10! Great job, great company! YAY ME! Phew! *Doing a happy dance!!!*

Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Yeah, if that's not a dumb name for a ballclub, I don't know what is. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Rediculous. Anyhoo! Last night I went to the Ranger game at Ameriquest Field. Well, that's the name of the place, but to me, it will always be The Ballpark in Arlington like it was when it opened in 1994. Yeah, Hicks sold out to corporate interests just like every other ballclub. Approach to the Ballpark Approach to the Ballpark Ameriquest Field Ameriquest Field from the outside We were guests at a suite in the outfield. One of the new AT members, Colby, works for a company that actually offices in the Ballpark! How cool is that! Lobby Entrance to Suite Lobby Entrance to Suite AT members Melissa and Matt AT members Melissa and Matt View of the field from the suite balcony View of the field from the suite balcony Kids park Kid's fun park Slingshot game Slingshot game Jumbotron Jumbotron Ameriquest Field Ameriquest Field Picnic tables Picnic Tables Ranger's bullpen Ranger's bullpen Angels lineup Angels lineup National Anthem National Anthem Texas Rangers Texas Rangers! Play ball! Play ball! I want a Ranger tattoo! I want a Ranger tattoo! Ameriquest bell rung at every home run The Ameriquest bell. They ring it after every homerun. Team Pennants Team Pennants and retired Rangers' pennants Flags Ballpark Flags Ballgame on Ballgame on! Later in the game Later in the game Hi everyone! Hey everybody! Kids park stayed busy all night Kids park stayed busy all night. I left at around 9:45 pm, while it was still tied 1-1 in the 10th inning. I had quite a drive home! This morning on the news they said the Rangers lost 5-1 in extra innings. One of the Angels hit a grand-slam. Bummer. But, it was still a fun game to watch, and I had a great time talking with Melissa, Matt, Travis, Jennifer, Colby and Amy. Fun times! Tonight it's off to Il Sole with some of the AT chicas for a wine tasting. It's in the swanky Uptown area of Dallas, so I have to say I'm looking pretty cute and ready to have some more fun tonight! Stay tuned!