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BoyHead and I went to see the mighty Saint Louis Rams defeat the hapless New Orleans Saint today. But, alas, our hopes were dashed. The Rammies had a rough day, but managed to be up by three points with 28 seconds remaining in the game. Unfortunately, the hapless ones were the Rams defense. The Saints slid down the field to come within field goal range and popped one in for three. The little ewes closed up shop early in the overtime period to lose by three points. One young chap sitting in front of us (obviously a student of the game) explained that Mike Martz isn't a head coach, he's an ass coach. That's the best line I heard that day. The only excitement during overtime was a little altercation amongst the brothers Short Bus sitting in front of us. It seems that they were giving unsolicited advice to the coaches and players during the overtime period. They were politely asked to pontificate elsewhere.
Lovely Daughter was indeed completely radiant in her Homecoming dress. I'm sure she truly was the belle of the ball. She went with a group of friends and had a really good time. They all went out to eat Mexican food before the dance. I can't imagine eating chips and sauce or fajitas in a dress like that, but then LD is a bit more fastidious than I (although you'd never guess that by looking at her room). She reportedly danced quite a bit and had a really good time. My guess is that she'll have a pick of suitors for the next shindig.
Homecoming Parade. Homecoming Game. Homecoming Dance. Sorry for rambling, here are the pics.
As you can see, it was a beautiful day. The weather has been exquisite lately. High temperatures in the low 80's and lows in the upper 50's. Bright, crisp blue sky. The kids did a great job with the floats. LD and the rest of the cheerleaders walked in the parade and threw out candy. Personally, I was hoping for bacon and eggs, but I suppose that would have made a mess.
Homecoming weekend--gonna be a busy one. Tonight L.D. cheered at the freshman football game. Then we went out to dinner and came home to open her presents. That's right, among other things today is Lovely Daughter's 14th. Happy Birthday! I would have taken more pics, but the camera was out of juice.
As I've mentioned before, Lovely Wife is indeed an Artiste. She has been busily slaving away creating a masterpiece mural. It's a tropical theme. A vision of a beautiful sunset off the balcony and visible through the adjacent windows. She created this on a wall with a small nook and the closet doors on each side. All the semi circles and the two open french doors on either side of the sunset are not real -- just painted on a blank wall. What a view!
Second game of the freshman football season. The mighty Indians are on a roll at 2-0 after this game. Lovely Daughter continues to be the standout cheerleader of the squad (everybody I know thinks so).
It was a grand event which began with an impromptu fireworks display--actually L.D. found some giant sparklers left over from the 4th. First up on the agenda was pizza and snacks. Can't begin a proper party without the proper fuel. Next, it was off to Lazer Core for some laser tag and a few arcade games. After successfully defending planet from, well...each other, we headed back home to the treasure hunt. Lovely Wife had carefully crafted a story (hey, it even rhymed) with clues scattered about the neighborhood. Great fun--except for the cheaters. After some additional hijinks which included renditions of "Camp Granada" and "Madeline Katalina Lupestina....whatever" which were totally hilarious, it was time for presents and cake. By this time it was nearly midnight and Sir was fading fast, so I didn't manage to get any pics of the cake. Sunday morning, though, I was rarin' to go and so I concocted a wonderful breakfast: pancakes, sausage and onions, cheese eggs, hash browns and fruit. Woof, time for a nap. Oh yeah, a good time was had by all.
The High School football season has begun. Today the freshman High School Indians played the East Ipswich Slackjaws in a rousing game. It was 0-0 well into the third quarter when the Indians broke a run down the sideline....Wait a minute. It's not about football. It's about the cheerleaders. Today was Lovely Daughter's Cheerleading Debut. She got to wear her uniform to school and everything. Wuhoooo! I think I was as excited as she was.
The whole squad was great. Everyone knew their cheers. They did some great stunts. I even took a couple of short video clips which you can view here and here. It's gonna be a great year. I can't wait til Homecoming (what will I wear?)
We've been waiting eight long months for this day. The first day of the Rams regular season is afoot and the team and I are rarin' to go. BoyHead and I made the trip into the city to help out the team. We first headed to the South Broadway entrance 'cause I really wanted to get a picture of this guy. He was MIA at the preseason games and he was absent today as well. I've seen him at that same corner for every game in the past five years. I'm worried about him. I really miss the sound of his cowbell.
The Rams quickly got off to a very inauspicious start. Three possessions. Three turnovers. Then three fieldgoals. They managed to squeak by the Arizona Cardinals, but when the Rams play some NFL teams, they must do better than they did today if they want to be in contention. Many of the problems from last year managed to withstand the summer heat and take root in the new season. Three turnovers right out of the chute--sheeesh. Special teams also continue to be a problem--very lethargic kickoff coverage allowed Arizona a long return (and more yardage than they accumulated on offense up to that point). And what is it with those darned time outs. I think the Rams hate those things since they try to burn them up as soon as possible.
I took a couple pictures as we were leaving. The one on the left won the contest for the most dedicated tailgater. Look closely and you'll see that he as an air conditioned bus painted in Rams blue and gold. He's got a nice blue awning to keep out the sun. Looks like he's adequately stocked with the appropriate food/beverage combinations. He even has his portable satellite dish--just what every good tailgater needs. The picture on the right is just an "art shot". People tell me I have a good eye (it's the left one)
Yesterday, the two Lovelies (W. and D.) took off on a quest. Not for the Holy Grail. No, that would be too easy. They were searching for the perfect Homecoming Dress. For a brief instant, I thought that I might go with them. What was I thinking? The perfect dress is quite an elusive thing. Their five hour odyssey took them to the four corners of the Earth--but it was worth it. Lovely Daughter will certainly be the Belle of the Ball.
Today it was the St. Louis Fair and Air Show. Featured flyers were the Navy's Blue Angels. I've been in the Air Force and currently work at an airport and, yet, I NEVER tire of seeing this stuff. It really astounds me. The precision flying. The C-130 on JATO. The acrobatics. The noise. The speed. I love it all.
A good friend at church works at the airport and we were invited to view the spectacle from the flight line just in front of the hangars. Great view. Thanks Buddy!
Those of you who have been checking the kitchen page (and how dare you not!) know that Lovely Wife has been quite busy of late. She's been faux painting the basement of a friend of hers. Since she's done such a splendid job, I thought I'd let you in on it. I particularly like the fake bricks and rocks. The pictures don't hardly do it justice. When you're there in the room it looks real.