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August 06, 2006

My 34th Birthday

Ania went out of her way to make my birthday an awesome day for me. I had a really nice time with my family, and got some really cool gifts!

The Friday before my birthday, I got an Xbox 360 (Taylor's and Carter's bad influences didn't help my attempts to resist and Ania & my parents thought I should treat myself), Halo 2 (I always regretted not having an Xbox because I wanted to play this game), and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (The game's as good as I thought; thanks, Mom & Dad!), so that laid the foundation for video gaming fun over my birthday weekend. ;)

Update: Jené and Carter sent me the game Prey for my birthday. I agree with Carter's review; it's sometimes dizzying, but fun! Thanks, guys!

XBox 360 Halo2 Ghost Recon AW Prey

The morning of my birthday, Ania led me out to our backyard. My mother-in-law, Wanda had conspired with Ania and our friend Marlena (who let them use her SUV to carry it home) to get me a European White Birch tree! It's my favorite kind of tree, and I enjoy seeing them every time we're in Tahoe. I really like the sight and sound of the leaves rustling and fluttering in the wind.

Next, we went to Rutherford Grill (which is happily becoming a bit of a birthday tradition for me) and my parents treated us to an indulgent lunch, after which we went home and Ania and I played video games & relaxed for the rest of the day. :)

PHOTO SUMMARY: My 34th Birthday

August 05, 2006

Go See Champions on Ice

As part of celebrating Ania's birthday, we went to see Champions on Ice today. It was stunning! If you get a chance to see this, don't miss it; it's like having our own private Olympic ice skating performance right here in the Bay Area. It was easy to get to, not too crowded, and the performances knocked our socks off!

Champions on Ice

Grilled, smoked salmon, before & after

My pepper-crusted, mesquited-smoked, grilled salmon:

grilled smoked salmon