Monday, August 29, 2005

More Boulder Stuff

The picture to the left is me out in Andrea and Todd's backyard in Boulder. As indicated, they live right inbetween the mountains and the scenery is just jaw-droppingly beautiful.

On Tuesday, with overcast skies above, we hiked again during the late afternoon and then the whole gang ended up going for Mexican food. I ended up getting upset at the girlfriend for not getting the cheque for me, as she was too busy playing with her nephew. I guess I should have leaped across the table and grabbed it - I wanted to pay for every meal on the vacation since our hosts were kind enough to let us stay at their place the whole week. I thought it was the least we could do. Oh well, it was a pretty inexpensive dinner anyway. Todd had met us at the restaurant in his own car so they said we could stick around the downtown area and have some 'alone time' for the rest of the night. We ended up spending an hour and a half in the Boulder Bookstore - an amazing place by the way. I picked up Bill Clinton's autobiography "My Life", as I've always been fascinated by the man. I also purchased a cool book by Joseph Trento entitled "The Secret History of the CIA". I haven't cracked that one yet but I've always been a big fan of spy stories and movies so I thought this was a natural for me!

The weather continued to stink on Wednesday. Boulder gets over 300 days of sunshine a year so the cloudy, dreary weather is extremely uncommon. Jacky accompanied her sister to her ultrasound during the day so I basically slept in and then relaxed the rest of the day. Jacky and I hit an Italian restaurant that night and I had a fantastic veal parm dinner. We hit my new favourite ice cream place again (Cold Stone Creamery) and just walked around the town. Peaceful!

On Thursday night, Todd, Andrea, Jacky and I ended up going to a fancy French restaurant called Brasserie Ten-Ten. I had an amazing Coq au Vin...just incredible! The picture on the left is of Jacky and I before dinner on Todd and Andrea's deck. Ahhhh.

Friday was a crazy, hectic day. Jacky and I took Cole out for the afternoon so that mom and dad could clean the house in preparation for Andrea's birthday party later that night. We first ventured to this cool, kid-friendly car wash to get the new Audi all cleaned up for Andrea and Todd's friends. We bought Cole this beautiful antique car that he had his eye on for sometime as per mom. We then went to this little amusement park where they had mini-golf, go-carts and video games. We were doing great until the video games portion of the day. The place had these games where if you do well, you get tickets that can be used to buy various toys. Of course, the better toys demanded that you have a LOT of tickets. Oh yeah, money meant nothing there either - you HAD to use the tickets! There was also this EVIL game that got Cole upset: basically, there was a machine with a bunch of dolls in it - you put your fifty cents in and use this joystick to maneuver a set of claws within the machine and then push a button to get those claws to grab the doll. This thing was IMPOSSIBLE! By some miracle, I was able to get a toy on the third try, a cute little squirrel. I proudly presented this to Cole only to have him say he didn't want it - "I want that one!". He points to a doll that is completely burried and you could only see the animal's feet. Exasperated, I went back to the machine and put over five bucks into the damn thing, getting nothing out of every attempt. Jacky made things worse by telling him that the man behind the counter might be able to help. "Sorry maam, I don't have the key to the machine." Crying ensues. He finally came around but have I ever learned that kids are tough to please!!!

The party that night was tremendous. 12 couples came over for a night of chatting, martinis, music and laughs. The party was catered by another nice Mexican place; excellent food. Most of the guests were neighbors of Todd and Andrea - one of the chaps I talked to works on fibre optics for NASA. Wowza! Anyway, everyone was extremely friendly and I had a great time throughout the night.

Unfortunately, every vacation has to end eventually. We went for some breakfast down on Pearl Street on a cool Saturday morning and after some walking around, took off with Andrea for the airport. Andrea, Todd and Cole were fantastic company and I had an absolutely great time in Boulder. Just a great vacation!

EDIT: For a reason I'm too lazy to investigate, my photos aren't displaying properly here anymore so please visit my photo site here to see the two pictures.

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