Here are my 12 of 12 photos for March. We went to Las Vegas for my cousin’s birthday. Needless to say, these photos could have been insane but I was more interested in drinking than photo taking. Oh well! Here they are…
Packing up the crates. The dogs were going to spend the weekend with my sister.
This is our library! We just put it together last week. It’s definitely coming along!
Traffic on our way out of PHX was heavier than I expected. The construction didn’t help.
Our friends Hollie and Paige. What a beautiful photo!
This part of the drive is designated as the Joshua Tree Scenic Highway. Too bad I didn’t get any photos of Joshua trees.
Mike took this excellent photo as we were slowly heading towards Hoover Dam. 1.5 hours just to get to the checkpoint. Yuck.
Once they finish up this bridge, the trip to Vegas will be speedy!
The view from our room in The Fitzgerald Hotel and Casino on Freemont Street.
Mike is relaxing before we head down to get our drink on.
My friend Hollie brought her baby on the trip, a bottle of Jack. She didn’t even crack it open the entire trip!
Mike played this big slot machine in the NYNY Hotel and Casino. The electronic sign is laughing.
Hollie and I at the Nine Fine Irishmen pub in the NYNY Hotel and Casino. I love this place but it is soo expensive. We were already drunk from our adventures in downtown Las Vegas so that helped with the tab at this joint.
There you have it, the 12th of March in Las Vegas, NV.
If you follow me on Twitter, you most likely know I went to Disneyland for my birthday (3/23). Below are some pics that I posted via Twitter and some that I did not. Enjoy!
I added a gallery under these few photos that I felt needed to be featured.
I was saving Emily from the Evil Emperor Zurg!
Emily and I on the Tea Cups.
I had to snap this photo of this guy who is clearly too busy to be at Disneyland!!
Enjoy the rest of my photos in the gallery below.
The Bar Tab Fiasco – The Story
We had a birthday event for my friend Erin this past Friday night. It was taking place as Geisha A Go Go in Scottsdale. My friend Erin loves singing karaoke and this place has private karaoke rooms that you can rent. Her plan was to rent the large room and invite some of her closest friends to participate in some karaoke fun with some drinking thrown in. Upon arrival, Mike, Hollie, and I opened a tab for our drinks with my credit card. I’m not sure how many other groups did the same, but it appeared that a majority of the partygoers had. As the night moved forward, it was becoming apparent to me that rounds of shots that were being ordered were not being placed on any particular tab. At the end of the evening, we not only had our own tabs but also a room tab that needed to be covered. The room tab was $350 and some change! The remaining guests all chipped in $20 towards the main bill but that was not enough to cover the whole thing. We were still $76 short. I ended up covering that part while another person covered the extra $$ for the tip. Anyway, it was a complete fiasco and ended up costing me over $100 for alcohol that I never even touched the whole night (I was sick and the DD).
So what’s the best way of avoiding this type of situation? I’m thinking that we should institute a “cover charge” next time to make sure that our final bill is covered, even by those who leave early before the final bill arrives.
Venting session complete.
Okay, I realize that this post is a bit behind schedule. I’ve been very busy with work and Mike. :) Anyway, the 4th of July this year was full of good times. My friend Erin had come up from Sierra Vista for a weekend of Diamondbacks baseball and invited me to go to the game on the 4th. There were going to be fireworks after the game and I figured, why not!? Last year I spent the 4th sitting out at Tempe Town Lake from 7pm in 100 degree heat*, let’s just say that this was much better. For my $10, I got to see a baseball game (we lost) and fireworks in an air conditioned ballpark? What could be better?! The photo above is one I took of the fireworks after the game.
I also attended another game with Erin on Saturday. Again, the D-Backs lost. Oh well, it was still fun! I’ve been to more baseball games this year than I have in the past two years. I think the thing I like most about going to baseball games is that you don’t really have to watch the game. Don’t get me wrong, I watch the game but I also spend a fair amount of time socializing.
*For those of you not familiar on how things work in Phoenix, Arizona, it can easily be over 100 degrees for hours after the sun has gone down.
Last Thursday I was paid… that means time to give to another worthy cause.
This period, I have decided to donate to Equality Arizona. The mission of Equality Arizona is to secure, protect and defend the rights and welfare of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Arizona. Currently, Equality Arizona is looking for funds to fight SCR-1042 which is currently in the Arizona Senate waiting to be voted on. If this bill makes it through the Senate, it will be on the November ballot. Arizona has already answered the question about same-sex marriage and domestic partner benefits. Read more at Equality Arizona. The official statement can be found here.
Check my Benevolent Blogger Project page for an up to date list of all the causes I have contributed to. Also, more information on the whole Benevolent Blogger Project can be found at Mike’s website.
Today Mike begins a new adventure with a new job. Just posting this quick note to wish him all the luck on his first day. I know how crazy those can be and hopefully his first is a great one.
That is all.
Here’s a small pop quiz for all you loyal readers. This quiz is sort of in conjunction with the Grammar Police post from earlier this week.
Which of these sentences are acceptable?
1) I lent him my favorite toaster oven on Thursday.
2) I loaned him my favorite toaster oven on Thursday.
Any ideas? The phrasing of my question should have tipped you off. Both of them are correct (hence my use of are in the question.) Many will tell you that loan cannot be used as a verb, but this is not true. Feel free to use loan as a verb as much as you want. It is completely interchangeable with lend. There is only one exception to this rule and that is in the figurative sense. Example: “Friends, Romans, countryment: lend me your ears!” Obviously you’re not going to give the speaker your ears, so using loan would not be correct.
Now that I’ve bored most of you… lesson over. :)
P.S. I found out something interesting about Mike when we discussed this topic. He uses borrowed in a way that doesn’t even sound right. For example, he would say this sentence is correct. “I borrowed Mike my copy of Friday Night Lights season one.” I guess people from the upper midwest use this phrasing a lot but it’s technically incorrect English. Interesting (at least to a nerd like me.)
Mike has created the Benevolent Blogger Project and has challenged other bloggers to join. This is a very cool concept and after reading about it here, I have decided to join.
The whole process of getting started is very easy. As Mike mentions, searching for organizations you deem worthy of your time/money is the fun part. Since I just had a payday last week, my first contribution has been made. I will keep a running list of the organizations that I support at the bottom of this post. They will consist of groups, associations, and charities that are important to me and those I love. The list will grow as I give each month.
My pledge to the project is to give 4% of each paycheck away to a worthy cause. After running the numbers, I feel that this amount fits perfectly within my budget. This percentage has the ability to grow over time, but I think it is a good starting point.
I recommend you read about the project on Mike’s site and take some time to think about it. This project has the potential to become something big and affect many people around the world.
Who I Support
I will admit that I sometimes act as the grammar police around my friends. Mostly I call them on inproper useage for laughs. I am defnitely no expert in the grammar department, but there are certain rules that I do try and call people on in work emails and other written communication. Mike also reminded me of a great grammar rule through a joke he told me. Never end a sentence with a preposition. It’s a hard one to remember and it sometimes makes you wonder how to rewrite a sentence when you notice that you’ve just broken this rule. Here’s an example of an email conversation that I had with a friend/co-worker over this rule.
Friend: Where are the envelopes at?
Me: Incorrect grammar usage. Please revise your sentence and resend.
Friend: What? I’m asking you where the envelopes are at. What part don’t you understand?
Me: Seriously, I have no idea what you are asking. Please revise your incorrect sentence and resend.
Friend: AH! You are so dumb! Where are the envelopes?
Me: They have a stack located by the printer. I’m glad you were able to catch your mistake without me having to explicitly point it out.
Yeah, it is sort of extreme but I really only do it to get them all worked up. It’s all in good fun and they know it. Maybe it’s a bit annoying, but I don’t care.
I was surfing the web today and found this article at The Onion about commas. It’s pretty funny and very difficult to read. Check it out here.
Do you ever find yourself being the grammar police?
Today is Cinco de Mayo. Unlike St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated throughout Mexico. In fact, it’s largly ignored. I had a discussion with Mike about this day this past weekend. For the record, Mike was correct that it is not celebrated in Mexico and I was right that it exists because of the Battle of Puebla. Read the very short Wikipedia entry here.