Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bye, Bye 00's

(Quiz: Where's Ben?)
A Concise History of the 2000's Decade
*I rang in Y2K at Calvary Temple Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana playing loud worship songs for screaming Youth Group kids, Sarah was there too ( the Youth Group) * I graduated from Taylor University and skipped the ceremony to be at my best friend's wedding! * Headed west with some buddies, tried to swim across the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, almost died, had to be rescued * Moved to Fort Wayne to be involved at Soul Trip * Got a random job at the airport * For three years flew all over the world, sometimes for 24 hrs (England, Australia, Europe, Brazil w/ future boss, etc..) * Met a girl (Sarah) * Dated that girl * Ben got married to Becky in the desert * Got engaged * Bought a house * Got married * Honeymoon at Las Bugambilias in Oaxaca * Quit airport * Got random job at environmental consulting firm * Got a dog (June) * Steve got married to Shea * Went to New York to see Andrew * Stood in line at Beard Papa's for cream puffs * It was worth it * Got another dog (Pete) * Grandpa Fritz died * Caleb's Born to Jeff and Steph *Went to Japan * Sarah pregnant * Eden's born to Jeff and Steph * Grace is born to Jacob and Abigail * Went to game five of the AL Championship with Jeff * $150 blew across a parking lot and landed at my feet * Sort of looked for the owner * Not found * Money bought our tickets * Tigers bomb in the World Series * Greyson's born to Steve and Shea* Son (Cash) is born * Went to Tahoe * Steve flips jet-ski spilling gasoline all over the pristine lake * Polar bear swimming * Jackson is born to Ben and Becky * Next summer at Lexington * Start new chruch with friends * Sarah pregnant again* Jacob is born to Steve and Shea * Sophia is born is born to Jeff and Steph *Daughter (Story) is born .... a lot happened in the 2000's and the story continues in the 2010's
(much was left out: create your own concise history)

Best of 2009:
- Girls Album
- Wilco The Album
- Morrissey Years of Refusal
- The XX
- David Bazan Curse Your Branches

- Olive Kitteredge - Elizabeth Strout
- Downtown Owl - Chuck Klosterman
- American Salvage - Bonnie Jo Campbell
- Let the Great World Spin - Collum McCann

Random memories/thoughts:

1. Dave Ford taught me how to drive with your knees on the way home from a softball tournament in Lansing once.
2. When given the chance Gaines boys will always order cookie dough or brownie batter, and always order a large orange juice when at a restaurant for breakfast.
3. Few things consistently make me cry except these 1) Sports movies 2) Unexpected sports victories, and 3) Chesley Sullenberger


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ernie Harwell

There's an excellent article on Ernie Harwell on

"How do you say goodbye to a man who's been in your ear for your entire life? "

"It is said in Michigan that the sound of Harwell's voice makes men think of their fathers."

Saturday, December 26, 2009

A few Christmas Photos

Astoria. Greek Town. Detroit.

Cash and Story meet Santa Norm.

My favorite photo.

Story, disinterested and unlady-like on Christmas morning.

We had a great Christmas week. Wes had the week off, and we spent four days relaxing in Brighton. The boys went sledding, Bill tried his best to annoy me, we rode the People Mover, AND the kids met Santa! Even though Santa was accidentally called "Norm" numerous times throughout the visit, Cash never caught on and has been talking about it ever since. This may have been the first time Cash was rendered speechless. He kept pointing at the floor and making strange grunting noises. He did manage to tell Santa he wanted a tool (aka the toy jackhammer he's been coveting from Target).

We miss you and wish we could've spent the holidays together with all the kids running around. Hope you all had great, relaxing weeks.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

18 touches, 1 strike

been watching a lot of soccer lately. i even went to mexican league championship game here in mexico city: monterrey vs. cruz azul.

monterrey won in great fashion 2-1. i left the stadium drenched in beer.

this goal reminds me of why i love soccer - because it reminds me so much of hockey.

grey, watch and learn.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Miracle Coyote

Meet the wiliest of all coyotes: Hit by a car at 75mph, embedded in the fender, road for 600 miles - and SURVIVED!
When a brother and sister struck a coyote at 75mph they assumed they had killed the animal and drove on.
They didn’t realize this was the toughest creature ever to survive a hit-and-run.
Eight hours, two fuel stops, and 600 miles later they found the wild animal embedded in their front fender - and very much alive.
Daniel and Tevyn East were driving at night along Interstate 80 near the Nevada-Utah border when they noticed a pack of coyotes near the roadside on October 12.
When one of the animals ran in front of the car, the impact sounded fatal so the siblings thought there no point in stopping.
‘Right off the bat, we knew it was bad,’ Daniel explained. ‘We thought the story was over.’
After the incident around 1am, they continued their 600 mile drive to North San Juan - even stopping for fuel at least twice.
But it was only when they finally reached their destination at 9am did they take time to examine what damage they may have sustained.
At first it looked as though it was going to be quite gruesome.
‘[Daniel] saw fur and the body inside the grill,’ Tevyn East said. ‘I was trying to keep some distance. Our assumption was it was part of the coyote - it didn’t register it was the whole animal.’
Daniel East got a broom to try and pry the remains out of the bumper and got the shock of his life.
‘It flinched,’ Tevyn East said. ‘It was a huge surprise - he got a little freaked out.’

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Fin de en D.F.

Some snaps from mom and dad's recent trip to México D.F.

1. Yaniv Bar Yosef brings his holiday decorations to class.
2. Family dinner in my casa.
3. Apprentice world traveler strikes pose at Museum of Anthropology.
4. Before climbing Pirámide del Sol.
5. On top of the 3rd largest pyramid in the world.

Was an amazing weekend and I don't think anyone out there has a greater thirst for Mexican history than Bill Gaines. Who's coming down next?


Tuesday, December 08, 2009

First Snow!

First snow in the Fort: 12/8/09 - Cash's reaction this morning was, "Perfect". Dude's been gearing up for this, and has plans for a snow fort, snowman, and snowballs tomorrow.

Don't Do It!!!

Don't get rid of my Tiger, Dombrowski!!!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Little G turned three!

Hey all Grey turned three yesterday, here are some pics form the 5 minute birthday party we had. He could careless about anything but the cake and ice cream. And a pic of Jake for good measure.