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My (Realistic) Perfect Man Day

Big Dan's RamblingsI was listening to an interesting conversation on my way into work the other day. One of the DJs was checking out the site BroBible.com and came across this article about a Man’s Perfect Day. It sparked a conversation amongst the hosts of the show as to what their Perfect Man Day would be. I found the conversation interesting and decided to check out the article. It was amusing to say the least. I’m not going to argue the author’s ideal day – it involves golf, fishing, great food and multiple sexual escapades (some with celebrities). It sounds downright perfect.

But it’s not realistic. I mean, honestly, if you think that an average Joe like you and I have any chance of having a naked Scarlett Johannson give us a massage on a private jet ride back from a fishing trip in the Bahamas after playing Augusta earlier in the morning, you’re crazy – I mean, really, do you know how much a private flight costs (that was sarcasm folks, look it up!)?

Regardless, this whole conversation got me thinking about what a realistic Perfect Man Day would consist of – who would I spend it with and what would I do? After some careful thought, I realized that I could honestly put together two Perfect Man Days – one in the summer and one in the winter – and neither one would necessarily trump the other.

Anyone who knows me is keenly aware that my passions tend to revolve around going fast sideways. Give me a board of any kind and I’m generally a happy guy. With that thought in mind, here are my ideas of a Perfect Man Day: Read more of this post

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Family, Friends, Food, & Fireworks

Well, the 2005 4th of July weekend is in the books, but it’s far from forgotten. What a great weekend it was. Veeco, in an unnatural act of kindness (I’m sure there was some other reason, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt), gave us all Monday AND Tuesday off. A 4-day weekend! Let’s see if I can remember how all the debauche…err, fun, went.

The weekend started off with a great meal with the in-laws at a place call Sagamore Grill (I think) on Jericho Turnpike while we waited out the yahoo’s on the road. We rolled up to MA with virtually no traffic. Very uneventful drive up, which was nice.

Saturday: Woke up Saturday morning around 8-8:30 and made it over to Bungay Brook with Zac and Anthony around 9:30. I proceeded to win a fun 18-hole round with the best score I’ve ever gotten when playing 18 (100) and was about 3″ away from breaking a three digit score. Went back to the house and just farted around with the folks. Went to my cousin’s All-Star baseball game and then came home and went swimming. Some of the extended fam came over and we had a nice little cook-out. Fun city!

Sunday: Slept in nice and late and then leisurely got ourselves ready for some fun. Drove down to Fall River and met up with Rob and Amy at their place. We met up there (great drive – even saw a hawk) and headed out to Marc’s boat. Spent the rest of the afternoon wakeboarding and hanging out in the boat. After picking up some food (and booze), we headed over to Rob’s buddy Jake’s place for a BBQ and shindig. The gang there had already ate upon our arrival, so we fired up the grill and made a feast. As the night wore on, we rolled out some ‘pizza dough’ (very inside joke) and ‘cooked’ it. Everyone on that lake lights big bonfires on the water’s edge, so we got to see them and a fireworks show (private – nothing professionally done) that lasted about 1.5 hours and rivaled anything professional I’ve ever seen. Great night!

Monday: Hung out with Mom and Pop and said good-bye to Z and Alys. Ant and I played 9-holes at Fore Kicks (I kicked his ass again) and we just chilled. Ris and I made dinner that night – steak, potatoes, and shrimp on the grill – and we just enjoyed being on the lake and with each other. It was a great way to spend time with each other.

Tuesday: I got up fairly early for a vacation day (8ish) and headed over to Semco around 9:30 or so. Hung out there and talked shop for a while. Then it was time for Ris and I to get on the road. The ride home sucked, but it was worth it, because the weekend was just great!

It’s Been a While

Wow! I can’t believe I haven’t posted in here in so long. Just a quick heads-up. I decided to remove all the Geocaching blog entries simply because I’ve logged about 10-15 more since then and I didn’t put them in here. There’s no sense in putting it in two places – Geocaching.com and here.

A lot has happened since my last blog.  Let’s break it down by month:

March – I turned 26 – next year will be depressing. For some reason, I’ve always dreaded 27. I did a lot of snowboarding and all in all just had a good time. My in-laws got me an iPod Shuffle. Best thing in the world for me!

April -Ris turned 26. No big parties for either of us. We just hung out and enjoyed it. I didn’t work all that much this month as I ended up being selected for Grand Jury Duty. 14 days (Mon – Thurs every week) of service meant I was sitting around in a courthouse for about four weeks. Interesting stuff most of the time though. I ended up going to the docs to find out about my knee. This looked to be the beginning of something not so good.  We visited my folks this month as well…liitle did I know it’d be the last time I’d get to see my old dog, Amber 😦

May -Kept up with Physical Therapy (PT), but it didn’t do much good.  Again, another sign of bad things to come.  I actually did a fair amount of partying this month.  We went to Buffalo for Courtney’s (my sis-in-law) college graduation and then upstate to my wife’s cousin’s Bat Mitzvah.  I got h-a-m-m-e-r-e-d at this.  Stupid drunk.  I was so hungover the next day that I had to leave work early.  And, we ended the month off with partying, for Memorial Day, at the Beach House.  Unfortunately, my surfboards were stolen from us (at the beach house) this month.

June -It’s been a pretty crappy month.  My boards were stolen, I had to go to Minnesota for work, my dog had to be put down due to a HUGE amount of tumors in her, and then I found out I needed to have both my knees operated on.  We were able to get up to MA for Father’s Day weekend.  It was also my Dad’s birthday and Marissa and my wedding anniversary.  It was a good weekend, even if the cloud of putting Amber down was around us.  Alyssa and Zac showed up and Anthony even stuck around.  I’ve been playing a lot of golf and watched my Sox work their way back into first place in the AL East while the Yankees bomb.

So, in a nutshell, that’s what’s been going on…not like anyone is going to read this…..

MA Here We Come

Well, it was my Mom’s B-Day yesterday and it’s been about a month since we saw them, so we’re heading up to MA this weekend to see them. Ris’ parents will be in Newport, RI (a short drive from my folks’ house), so it looks like the whole gang will get together (as Courtney will be with Mike and Fredda and Alyssa & Z are coming down from VT as well). Sat AM is golf for the boys and then everyone’s off to Newport for dinner. Hopefully the weather holds out for us. It’s not looking good so far:

  • Today: Sunshine along with a few clouds. High 84F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy this evening, then becoming cloudy after midnight. Low 64F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
  • Tomorrow: Overcast with showers at times. High around 75F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
  • Tomorrow night: Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. Low around 60F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Weather.com has been know to be wrong in the past though…we will see. Like I said though, I am looking forward to golfing. Maybe I’ll do some fishing with my Dad if the weather is less than stellar. That’s always good for a laugh as I’m better at catching trees and other assorted crap than I am in catching fish 🙂