February 20th, 2004

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DVDs, or lack thereof

It looks like the other half of my cold has found me. *sigh* Good thing the weekend's almost here.
[edit: ooh this is cool, I found a juice drink with vitamins and only 10 calories! Even though it's supposed to be good for colds, I don't like juice 'cause it's full of calories. This seems like a good compromise..yay!]

G came over last night; we've been talking forever about having a Movie And Pizza Night. His wife was busy watching CSI, and I had no plans, so it worked out well.

We planned throughout the afternoon, selecting what movie to watch. I looked through the list of movies he owns, and gave him several options. He came by that evening with two, and I started reading the boxes. I set them down, and we put his half-baked spinach pizza in the oven.

We sat down on the couch and discussed which movie to watch. Then I looked at the two boxes again. Then I looked back at him, embarrassed. "Um," I said awkwardly. "I just remembered. I don't exactly have a DVD player."

Everybody has DVD players these days. Everybody watches DVDs. It is so universal and so natural, I find myself forgetting I don't have one. Of course I have a DVD player...doesn't everyone?

This is a natural and understandable mistake for others to make, assuming that I have a DVD player. But you would think I wouldn't make it myself. You would think I would be aware of what my house contains. You'd be wrong. I really am that spacey sometimes.

In my defense, I actually am capable of watching DVDs when by myself, because my computer can play them. I just can't watch them in the living room, with friends, where the comfy furniture is. So it took me several minutes to remember that the DVDs would be useless.

(I'm not all that behind the times though. I do have a VCR, and it's not even a BetaMax! So there. I don't own many videos though. I'm more of a renter than a buyer.)

Fortunately, I have a ReplayTV, and it came through for us. We turned it on and found a few decent movies that it had recorded for me. Nothing that anybody recommended yesterday, but some good-sounding flicks. Eventually we selected A Place in the Sun, which was fairly interesting. The pizza was excellent, the company good...all in all a nice evening, even without any DVDs.
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The Long Version (part two)

To my great delight, I had five fans there cheering us on in Traverse City. G came, and she brought a friend with her. Also SG happened to be spending the weekend there as well, so she dropped by the competition with her boyfriend and his mother!

It was really cool having friends there. Although at one point my teammates were talking about me, and they joked that I am slut! Because I have always have some random friend coming to watch me skate, wherever we go. I think they are just jealous. It's true: I've had somebody from the area come to each of the 4 competitions we've skated so far this year. I'm afraid I'll break the streak in San Diego though, since I don't think I know anybody there. (hm, unless my friend from LA drives down!)

It is always particularly neat to introduce the sport of synchronized skating to a new person. It is so exciting to watch; it's a shame the sport is not more popular yet. After we skated, I watched some of the competition with our new fans. I explained some of the elements and tricks and such as we watched. It was really cool listening to them gasp with fear at some of the passthrus, and hearing them growing to love it!

After skating and collecting our medals, five of us went tubing. Tubing is like sledding, only with inner tubes. We went to a huge hill, at a place that rented you tubes and had a tow rope to drag you back up the hill! All of the fun, none of the work. It was freezing, but really fun...I'm so glad we went! As long as I'm going to be surrounded by snow anyway, it's good to get out and play in it once in a while.

After the tubing, my sister and I went back to G's. While she fixed an extraordinary dinner of prime rib and yorkshire pudding, L and I attempted to do our touristy duties. We walked downtown and tried to buy fudge and cherry butter. Unfortunately the little town had already rolled up its sidewalks for the evening, and nothing was open.

We trudged back empty-handed, forced to play Scrabble and drink wine instead. Bummer. Then we ate, and ohhhh, was it good! G is a great cook. For desert, we feasted on chocolates that C had sent with us for G. My sister won a second Scrabble match, then we watched Chicago -- a movie about women killing their husbands/boyfriends, perfect for V-Day (haha).

Sunday we slept in a little bit, then packed up and headed south. First we made one final stop in downtown, because we were determined to be Good Little Tourists and buy some fudge. This time we were successful, and we got a variety of tasty cherry-themed items. Then, the long drive back....fortunately the weather was much nicer than the drive up.

We drove straight to our "home" ice arena. Despite having competed the day before, we had a synchro practice Sunday night. We have far too little time before Nationals to be given a day off. So we had our usual practice, then we finally headed for home.

Once I got home and changed, caught my breath and read my email, I went out again! It was time for katester, sherdeb, and I to enjoy our traditional No Boys Allowed Anti V-Day celebration, which consisted of food, chocolate, and merriment at Chili's. I was exhausted by the time I got home again, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world.