After sitting around at my brother's place for a few days, not really doing too much of anything, the end of the week got a little busy for me. I'll start off with the days spent in Cedar Rapids!
I got up there Monday, sat in front of my brother's house for about an hour while I waited for him to get off of work, then we were going to meet up with one of my friends and go to the baseball game in town(Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Class 'A' affiliate of the Anaheim Angels [or Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim or whatever the hell they're called now. Personally, I think they should go back to the California Angels. Just for old time's sake]). Turns out he had to work later than he thought, so he missed the baseball game, but Jeff and I still had an excellent time. They have a deal called the "Belly Buster" on Monday games, for $7 on top of the ticket price, you get all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, and chips. Of course we had to get it. And I made sure to get my money's worth (3 hamburgers, 2 hot dogs, one cup of peanuts, a cup of popcorn, and a hamburger I smuggled out to give to my brother). On top of all of that, the game was exciting, a 1-0 win for the Kernels, with the 1 run coming on a couple of bad defensive plays: a runner on 2nd took 3rd when the 3rd baseman went to talk to the pitcher, and time was never called. By the time the defense realized the runner was going, it was too late. He then scored a couple of pitches later on a wild pitch. Minor league baseball everybody! The best part of the night may have been when a member from the opposing team (Burlington Bees, who happen to be an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals!) tossed a ball up to me, after much pleading and pointing to the Royals hat I was wearing. Awesome! I also got to see Jeff Bianchi, the Royals' 2nd-round pick in the 2005 draft, in action. He looked alright, had two walks and a single in the game. Unfortunately, I left my camera in my car.
We made Tuesday night burrito night, which was delicious, and a great decision, I must say. We also made it "Wii Bowling Drinking Game night," which was another great decision. Another one of my friends in the area stopped by, so we had a night of talking, drinking, and Wii bowling. We even played some darts, as shown in the picture. The second picture is my brother's pretty decent TV, showing some Wii bowling action.
Wednesday met up with Travis on his lunch break and had what may have been the best Mexican food I have ever had (which may stand until I go somewhere in Texas. I bet they have decent stuff there. . . ) at a restaurant called "Cancun." If you're ever in CR, go there and get the burrito with carnitas (pork). It's amazing. That night we did a little more Wii bowling and a little more drinking, but not quite as much as Wednesday night. And as always, Chico was on the prowl.
I went home Thursday, hung out, and watched Kenna, since my mom and step-dad were both working. Not too much happened. Except for the whole ridiculously strong thunderstorm that came through and knocked down a bunch of tree limbs and stuff.
I think Friday is going to require a couple of different blog posts. That'll come this weekend, I promise. For now, I need to do some yard work and then lounge and enjoy the beautiful weather!