- Alan's 50th
Sheila went all out for my 50th birthday
and surprised me by inviting 7 of my dear friends and my brother
to Colorado for a birthday weekend in early April.
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Sheila pulled off this surprise a little
over 2 weeks before my actual birthday so I was completely taken
in by the surprise which started with Crhis McCarley showing
up at my office with a story about how he was in town for a conference.
He then took me to lunch in downtown Boulder where I was shocked
to see someone whoe looked like Gene Slape talking to someone
who looked just like Mario Riveron, hey.... And so joined also
by Harry Chow, Kevin Lewis and Kevin Barrett we enjoyed the afternooon
in Boulder with mind blown. Later joined by Jason Robertson and
my brother Aaron we enjoyed dinner at Riffs in Boulder.
The next day the group ventured up for
a Snowmobiling adventure and it did turn into an adventure. First,
my brother collided with Chris rendering his machine temporarily
inoperable until with the help of Google we figured out the problem.
Then I got a little to carried away and stuck in a tree well
off the beaten path where I waited for 30 minutes before the
others found me. Thanks to the hardwork of everyone, particular
Chris and Jason, we finally freed the machine. It was the last
day of the season for the rental outfitters who did not know
show mercy when it came to charging us late fees and damages.
- Figuring out how to fix Aaron's snowmobile.
Turns out the machine will start, but not run if the throttle
plate is not closed all the way and since the impact knocked
the throttle assembly askew forcing extra tension on the throttle
cable. A quick adjustment and we were finally on the way again.
- Unfortunately, not too long later,
we spent a long time digging out the skis and getting this snowmobile
free. The snow around the front of the machine was 4 or 5 feet
deep and it just kept sinking in further.
The next day we decided to something
where collisions were signficantly less costly - tubing. Below
is a shot of the group. From left to right: Kevin Barrett, Harry
Chow, Alan, Aaron Gil, Chris McCarely, Gene Slape, Mario Riveron,
Kevin Lewis and Jason Roberston.Scottsdale at the ...
- Mountain Goats spotted on the way home...
Back down at home, Sheila put on a wonderful
Birthday Dinner Party for us all...
Two weeks and a few days later another
local surprise Birthday Party was organized by Sheila. Featuring
custom T-Shirts (white over 50, black under 50) we enjoyed dinner
Ten Ten followed by the challenge of
solving and gettinog out of the Enigma
Escape Room. The over 50 group finished
10 mintues behind the under 50 group, but I later learned we
had the harder room with a total solution rate of less than 30%
where the other room had a success rate of over 50%. So there.