7 Days 
Saturday, 11 August, 2007, 18:03
My silly countdown series continues ...

... so I went out for a bike ride at Bullfrog Lake with a couple of co-workers. It was a fun ride, though the fact that I'm out of shape shows. I'm going to have to whip myself into shape, and return to Bullfrog Lake for another ride, because it's actually fun.

So, 7 days remaining. Julie's significantly more nervous than I am, which is odd because apparently I'm supposed to be the nervous one. We'll see how I get later on this week, but to be honest I don't think I'll get nervous until I get on the plane for St. Lucia, seeing how neither Julie nor I have ever been on a plane without at least one of our parents.

Anyway ... back to making dinner. Interesting, that I have only lived alone for about a month and a half, and in a week I'll go back to living with someone else :)
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8 Days 
Saturday, 11 August, 2007, 00:40
Yep, just over a week. First guest arrives tomorrow. I'm meeting up with a couple of co-workers to go biking tomorrow, and I honestly hope this sort of thing (with or without co-workers) becomes more common, as I need to get off my ass :)

Still not nervous, though ... told 28 customers today that I'm going to be out from the 17th until September 4th. Good times.

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9 Days 
Thursday, 9 August, 2007, 08:47
There are nine days remaining before I get married, and I'm totally not nervous. Interesting how things work out that way ... I mean, I'm supposed to be nervous, right?

Julie and I are skipping town on August 20th. We're heading to some tropical-type island to relax and do nothing. After this past year, we'll need it -- one thing I've learned is that the honeymoon is there to give you some time to relax after all of the planning. There's a lot of planning.

Our first international guest arrives this Saturday, the 11th. He's staying here until the 27th, probably because he has never seen Chicago before and one week isn't enough :)

I had a bigger post planned out this morning but it appears this is all I can give you today. I hope to have some more posts leading up to the big day. It will indeed be big ... current head count for the reception is 320.
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F1 WTFs 
Monday, 11 June, 2007, 23:07
Whether you know it or not, I am somewhat of a Formula 1 fan. I don't think I can be considered a F1 nerd just yet, as I don't know nearly enough about the politics behind the sport.

Anyway, the Grand Prix of Canada, held in Montreal, took place yesterday. There were numerous "wtf" moments during the race, but this morning two of them stood out. The first was the fact that Takuma Sato passed Fernando Alonso. We're talking about Super Aguri, a team that didn't exist a year and a half ago, passing Renault, who has been a mainstay of the sport in one way or another since the late 1970s. Freaking twilight zone.

The other moment occurred when Robert Kubica clipped Jarno Trulli and planted his car firmly into an inside wall at 150MPH+. The car practically disintegrated, and you could see Kubica's red helmet bobbling back and forth as the tub (yes, tub, because that's really all that was left of the car) rolled onto its side and came to rest. That wasn't what caused the "wtf." The cause was the fact that Kubica got away from that wreck with a freaking sprained ankle, and a light concussion. Either those cars are the safest in the world (try running head-on into a wall at over 150MPH in a streetable BMW and see if you survive), or Kubica had a horseshoe crammed up his rear-end.

I mean, the rest of the race was pretty whacked out as well. Four safety car periods, ten retirements, Heikki Kovalainen moving up 18 places from 22nd to 4th, Fisichella and Massa getting black-flagged (I don't think I've ever seen a black flag in F1), the list goes on and on.

Okay ... in other news, the house is getting painted this week. They start tomorrow night. I ripped up the carpet in the fourth bedroom to reveal some reasonably ugly hardwood, which will be repaired because I don't really like looking at it. I was hoping to move in last Saturday but that fell through, so I'm looking at this Saturday instead.
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Thursday, 31 May, 2007, 20:36
Remember that post in which I said I have a house? Yeah ... it's official now. We closed this morning. I have keys, I have a garage door opener, and I now have a lawn to mow before it gets too unwieldy :) Good times, good times.
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