100-Day Picture Challenge!

Posted: May 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

I am starting this picture challenge, it should be fun times….

Day 01 – A picture of yourself with fifteen facts
Day 02 – A picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest
Day 03 – A picture of you as a baby
Day 04 – A picture of yourself and a family member
Day 05 – A picture of your favorite memory
Day 06 – A picture of a person you’d love to trade places with for a day
Day 07 – A picture that makes you laugh
Day 08 – A picture of your most treasured item
Day 09 – A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most
Day 10 – A picture of someone you do the craziest things with
Day 11 – A picture of something you hate
Day 12 – A picture of something you love
Day 13 – A picture of your favorite band or artist
Day 14 – A picutre of your favourite store
Day 15 – A picture of something you want to do before you die
Day 16 – A picture of someone who inspires you
Day 17 – A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently
Day 18 – A picture of the sexiest Woman alive
Day 19 – A picutre of something you love to do.
Day 20 – A picture of somewhere you’d love to travel
Day 21 – A picture of something you wish you could forget
Day 22 – A picture of something you never leave the house without
Day 23 – A picture of your favorite book
Day 24 – A picture of someone you miss
Day 25 – A picture of you from last year
Day 26 – A picture of something that means a lot to you
Day 27 – A picture of your favorite night
Day 28 – A picture of your favorite place in the world
Day 29 – A picture that can always make you smile
Day 30 – A picture of your favorite quote
Day 31 – A picture of food you made
Day 32 – A picture of what you did today
Day 33 – A picture of somewhere you went today
Day 34 – A picture of your favorite morning
Day 35 – A picture of your hometown
Day 36 – A picture of your pet
Day 37 – A picture taken at school
Day 38 – A picture of your favorite drink
Day 39 – A picture of your favorite food
Day 40 – A picture of your friends
Day 41 – A picture of your favorite weather
Day 42 – A picture of you listening to music
Day 43 – A picture of you celebrating
Day 44 – A picture that describes your life
Day 45 – A picture of your favorite cartoon character
Day 46 – A picture that you edited
Day 47 – A picture of your favorite animal
Day 48 – A picture of you more than 10 years ago
Day 49 – A picture of you and your best friend(s)
Day 50 – A picture of yourself
Day 51 – A picture of you wearing sunglasses
Day 52 – A picture of you dressed up
Day 53 – A picture of you in a car
Day 54 – A picture of you on your last vacation
Day 55 – A picture of you with a date
Day 56 – A picture of you all bundled up
Day 57 – A picture of you in your backyard
Day 58 – A picture of your hair all done
Day 59 – A picture of you at prom
Day 60 – A picture of you at a sports game
Day 61 – A picture of you in the fall
Day 62 – A picture of you on a ride
Day 63 – A picture of luggage
Day 64 – A picture of you at work
Day 65 – A picture of you at a park
Day 66 – A picture of you in the air
Day 66 – A picture of you doing something childish
Day 67 – A picture of you falling
Day 68 – A picture of you outside
Day 69 – A picture of a crazy night out
Day 70 – A picture of someone you don’t go a day without talking to
Day 71 – A picture of you with people you work with
Day 72 – A picture of you with unbelievable scenary
Day 73 – A picture of you somewhere warm
Day 74 – A picture taken professionally
Day 75 – A picture of you receiving a reward
Day 76 – A picture of you drinking something
Day 77 – A picture of you and friends making silly faces
Day 78 – A picture of you in the dark
Day 79 – A picture of you in the water
Day 80 – A picture of you and someone you love being silly
Day 81 – A picture of you with a character
Day 82 – A picture of someone you love asleep
Day 83 – A picture of you and a teammate
Day 84 – A picture of a school project
Day 85 – A picture of your favorite holiday
Day 86 – A picture of someone who helps you with school
Day 87 – A picture of someone you grew up with
Day 88 – A picture of your dream car
Day 89 – A picture of you at a hotel
Day 90 – A picture of you wearing your favorite color
Day 91 – A picture of you and your friends playing a game
Day 92 – A picture of your school
Day 93 – A picture of your favorite board game
Day 94 – A picture of you and your friends eating
Day 95 – A picture of you on a plane
Day 96 – A picture of your favorite movie
Day 97 – A picture of something you no longer have
Day 98 – A picture of you and your friends out somewhere
Day 99 – A picture that was first on your facebook.
Day 100 – A picture of you smiling.

After renting for a year, both Natalie and I have gotten sick of paying the man. So, we are taking our faith in our own hands and have decided to buy a home for us to grow into and experience life in, together.

After a crazy week looking at about 30 different houses and townhouses, and putting 3 contracts down, we finally got a break with one house we both really liked.  After being outbid on two prior houses, the owners on the house we liked, countered our offer and we accepted.
 
The townhouse that we both love is in a little town just west of Washington DC called Leesburg. Its just far enough from downtown and away from the traffic, but still less than an hour to get downtown if we wanted to head to the city for date night. 
It’s a middle townhouse with a huge back yard and a fence where Hunter will be in heaven.   On the main level, you walk into a great room from outside, which opens up into a great floor plan. The kitchen area is on the far side of the main level and it’s huge. We have a lot of counter space and cabinet space and it’s ideal for cooking. I can’t wait to sit down and just enjoy having a huge kitchen. 
 
On the top floor, there are three bedrooms which will be used as a guest room and the other as an office.  There’s also a full bathroom on the top floor.  In addition to those bedrooms and bathrooms, the master bedroom with walk-in closet and bathroom are also upstairs. 
The basement is finished which is perfect for a media room/sports area. I can’t wait to hang up and show off all my sports memorabilia. The laundry room is also down stairs, as well as a big utility room for lots of storage. We have a rough in for a bathroom to be put in later on in a couple of month, so I’m looking forward to that!
This is such a great starter house for both of us. We got a good price on the house, and with a few minor fix ups and upgrades, I think we could maybe even make some money off this house eventually.
I cant wait to spend my free time in Lowes or Home Depot on a Saturday afternoon with Natalie, deciding what we want in our house and not having to answer anyone. We finally got a piece of the pie.

Old Tobacco Road In Ashburn, VA

Posted: August 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

Hidden off the beaten path of a busy and growing Loudoun County, stands an old shack that only locals know of in Ashburn called Carolina Brothers Pit Barbeque. 

Nestled off to the side of the W&O bike path on mile marker 27.5, you can sit outside and watch the walkers, runners, cyclists do their thing as you eat. I have been driving by this shack for years and never really had the time or passion to go in to see what its all about. Boy, am I kicking myself in the butt.  After eating my pork bbq sandwich with Mac & cheese and baked beans, I can’t believe that I have been missing out on this great food all these years.
 
As you walk in on old wooden planks, it reminds me of an old county store that wold have existed in the 1900’s. It has a very “home like” feeling, as you can eat inside or take your food outside and eat on a picnic table.
 
After today I know it wont be my last time here, as I know I will be having dreams of this place in my sleep.

As a mega Washington Capitals fan, I am always reading articles and blogs about my favorite team. I have been a fan of the Caps since I was a baby. When I was 6 months old, my family had box seats at the old Caps Centre in Landover Maryland and my folks would take me to the games.  Ever since then, I have been hooked.

From 2000-2006 a local kid named Jeff Halpern out of Potomac, Maryland became my favorite player and I had to get his jersey. Just to have a local kid make it to the NHL was so exciting. This area isn’t known to produce NHL players.  Everybody always talks about football, basketball and even baseball, but hockey has been on the back burner for a very long time.

The summer of 2006 was a hard one for me, as my favorite player didn’t re-sign with my favorite team.  Jeff tested the free market and signed with the Dallas Stars. He was then traded to the Tampa Bay Lighting and ultimately traded to the Los Angeles Kings. This summer is a big one for Jeff as he hits the free agent market again.

As we head into the 2010-2011 season, the Washington Capitals have their annual devolvepmental camp for draft picks in the recent years and for other prospects. This camp stands out for more than one reason, but the biggest reason is that Centreville’s own, Chris Bond is skating and is getting the attention of the management of the Capitals. 

Chris Bond, was born in the US, but grew up just outside of Vancouver, Canada.  He is now 18 years old and is in the midst of setting himself up for a career in the NHL.  When he was young, his dad was assigned to the U.S. consulate in Vancouver, and it was there that he learned how to play hockey and developed into a defenseman.  In the late 1990’s the Bond family moved to Centerville, Virginia.  Bond attended Bishop O’Connell where in 2009, they won the Virginia State Hockey title.  Shortly after, Bond headed west to Topeka, Kansas for a chance to play with the junior-level hockey team, the Topeka Roadrunners. He left for the winter to play with Topeka and came back after the season to finish up taking summer classes to graduate with Bishop O’Connell.

During the 2009-2010 season Bond had a good first year with 41 games, 0 goals, 14 assists, 14 points and 58 penalty minutes. These impressive statistics had the Capitals scouts buzzing, giving Bond a spot at the Capitals developmental camp held at Kettler Ice Plex in Arlington. It’s funny how things work out for Chris.  He has been visiting these camps as a fan for the past three years and now it’s his time to show his talent.  But, this year would be different as he strapped on the skates and skated with the best young talent the Capitals have. His shifts were short during the scrimmages during the week, but when he hit the ice, he had management talking.

What’s next for Chris only he knows, but he will be taking his big 6’2’’ frame to college or a more competitive junior hockey league, most likely in Canada. He will be eligible for the NHL draft in 2011.

I will always have a little place in my heart for Jeff Halpren who represented the DC area so well, but now it looks like he has to move over to make room for Chris Bond, as I now will be cheering for him to make it into the NHL. One day I hope to wear a Bond jersey.   I will wear it proudly, knowing that he calls DC home. Keep your fingers crossed that the Capitals draft him. 

Growing up, I remember sitting in the passenger seat of my dads black Chevy S-10 pick up and jamming out to all the greatest new songs that were playing on DC 101 as my old man and I were driving down interstate 66. Back in the 80s and 90’s they were the kings of rock radio in the greater Washington DC area. It didn’t matter what time of day, you had great new rock music playing. I worshiped DC 101 and was so proud that DC had one of the greatest rock stations in the country.

As I sit in my car today, all I hear is old replayed music that you would hear in a karaoke bar. I hear hip-hop, rap, dance, and techno on this station and it feels like a little part of my childhood is gone.

I started to think about why DC101 has done a 180 degree turn since I was a little kid and then it came to me. When I was little, DC101 was a independently-owned radio station and is now owned by Clear Chanel Communications which is just another billion dollar company in America that doesn’t care about the real music fan. I have stopped tuning into DC101 because of that sole reason. I want to hear new rock n’ roll.

Its like DC 101 has lost a step or two when it comes to new rock. Someone needs to shake them around and tell them its 2010.

How is the youth of today going to hear new bands? I feel that music shapes everyone into who they are as they grow up. As DC 101 keeps playing the same drawn out songs, kids will stop tuning in.

I guess with the age of the Internet and iTunes, radio has been going downhill, but you would still think that DC 101 would fight to get listeners and ratings. However, it just feels like they have given up. Maybe they should change the name of the station to “DC 101, Home of the Karaoke Music.”

In the past few years, I have turned my attention to Sirius Satellite radio. Not everyone is willing to pay to hear satellite radio, but I think they should, as Sirius plays anything and everything. I have found one of my favorite rock stations, channel 20: Octane which I always have on while I am driving. It’s truly a real rock station!

It makes me sad on many levels that DC 101 isn’t the same great radio station that it used to be. Mostly because when I have kids, I want them to feel the same as when I did as a kid, sitting on the passenger seat of my dads truck, jamming out.

Greetings great people of the great blog world…

I just wanted to drop a line and tell everyone that this is my first blog and my first new post of this great adventure I will be taking.

Well its 11:30 pm and that means its bed time… See you next time