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May 14th, 2003

01:06 pm

Well, now I've seen a tornado. Well, sort of. We had more severe stoms Friday night. This time a tornado got a little too close for comfort. It went about 2 miles west of my house. We were close enough to feel the change in air pressure and see the surrounding clouds getting sucked into the storm. It was dark so I couldn't make out much detail, but I think I was looking at a tornado. I could even hear the low rumble of the storm as it ripped through town. It got close to my parents too. They were right in it's path, but it lifted up, went over the house then dropped back down. We were all pretty lucky. I'm already tired of tornado season and it just got started.

Saturday I ran around with Randy all day. We did some shopping for the boat. We got some life jackets, an oar, some dock line and some of those bumper guard thingies. We're storing the boat at my Grandmother's place because she has a huge spot for an RV on the side of her house. We went over to put all our new stuff in the boat. It got us so excited that we just hooked the traler up to the truck and headed to Lake Thunderbird, about an hour South of our house. Randy was a little nervous because it was just the two of us and he'd "never taken the boat out with just him and female". Men are so silly. I don't know why they don't think women can be useful when assisting with typically manly endeavers. I keep trying to convince Randy that I am more useful than the average woman. I think he might finally be catching on. We got the boat in the water and I parked the trailer without incident. Keep in mind I had never towed a trailer before so I was having to learn on the job. We spent about three hours cruising the lake. I started learning to drive the boat. Driving the boat is much trickier than I expected. I think I'll get the hang of it though. I don't think I did too bad for my first attempt. We also stopped and swam at a couple of spots. The water was pretty chilly, but once we got over the initial shock, it wasn't so bad. When it came time, to put the boat back on the trailer, we worked like a pair of experienced boaters. It couldn't have gone any smoother and we got the boat lined up perfectly on the trailer. Randy was impressed by my usefulness. We totally kicked ass. I drove the truck part of the way home. Again, I was learning on the job. I'd never pulled a boat yet somehow managed to make a perfect right hand turn on my first try. Randy was stunned. I was just in the zone I guess. I even surprised myself. We had a blast at the lake. I cn't wait to go back. We are going to Lake Tenkiller for Memorial Day weekend. I hope things go as smoothly when we're being watched by a big crowd waiting for a turn at the boat ramp. I'm glad we were able to make a test run where there wasn't a crowd.

Sunday, we did some more shopping. Then we had my Mom and Dad over to dinner for Mother's Day. We had some big ass ribeye steaks that we cooked on the grill along with baked potatos, mushrooms, salad and bread. It was a great dinner. The steaks were the best Randy and I have ever cooked. We make such a good team.

We were all going to see the Coral Reef movie at the Imax theater together before dinner, but it was sold out. So we went back home and played Geri-ball instead. Dad and Randy had quite a Geri-ball series. They ended up playing a best of 7 series. Randy was up 3 games to 1 and was leading game 5 by 40 or 50 points. Then suddenly, my Dad just became totally unconscious. He was hitting everything and there was nothing Randy could do about it. Dad came from behind to win game 5, then completely dominated games 6 and 7 for the series win. In game 7, Dad almost got the shutout. Randy ringed his first points of the game on his final turn and lost 120-15. It was a very compelling series. ESPN needs to carry this stuff. It's great. The whole evening just rocked.

Guess that's all for now. This weekend, Randy and I will be putting some finishing touches on the boat to get it ready for Memorial Day. Also, Dad is having another one of his famous rooftop parties from the parking garage that overlooks the ballpark. It should be great as usual. I can't wait for the weekend to hurry up and get here. Later.