Weekend: Gasparilla 5k 2011; Avenue Q; misc awesome

(1) Hanging out with Cam, Melissa and Frank Thursday night.
(2) Hanging out at Devin’s Friday night with Christina, Melissa and Eduardo; good food, beer and shark stories around a backyard fire pit
(3) Saturday morning, Gasparilla 5k in Tampa, beat my goal by 30 seconds with a time of 33:27.
(4) Saturday night, Avenue Q (great) at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre downtown with Joy, Heather, Pam, and two new friends, Leonor and Cynthia.
(5) Sunday afternoon, watching my first-ever polo match at the Sarasota Polo Club with Jovee, Chrissy and Saba. Dressed up as Jeff Goldblum for a celebrity look-alike contest. Met two ultimate players, Dan and Justin, from out of town, just because we were throwing a disc around.
(6) Sunday evening, birthday party with Jovee and Chrissy at South Lido County Park. Played beach bocce!
A few pics from this whirlwind:
Gasparilla 5k:
Avenue Q:
Sarasota Polo Club:
Birthday at South Lido County Park:

New Apt

So this marks the end of an era. The end of my time at Heron’s Run Apartments. It’s been a swell 7 years! I’ll miss the green landscape, and community pool and hot tub, and my 3rd-floor balcony and view. I won’t miss the pollen.
I am off to greener pastures, in the form of a villa, which as I understand it, is kind of like a condo. But different. In any case, it’s big, is newly renovated, has two floors (stairs!) and a two-car garage. It’s in a nice neighborhood too. Looking forward to sharing it with my sweetie.
Spent the majority of the weekend moving items from my and Joy’s places to the new one. Was looking forward to Ultimate today, but a wall of rain cancelled those plans! Next week I guess.

Hackers; UPA Club Ultimate Championships; Camping

So, chilling at home. Thursday night. Doing laundry and watching “Hackers” for the first time in something like 10 years. Jeff loaned it to me; I think I’m going to buy it. Yeah the tech is a little dated, but it’s charismatic, the soundtrack is great, and Angelina Jolie is freakin hot. It’s also a time capsule of sorts.
Brought my work desktop home. Out of space. So I’m repartitioning to get some room back.
Tomorrow it’s an off-Friday; I am volunteering at the Ultimate frisbee national championships, AKA “The 2007 UPA Club Ultimate Championships”, which run today through Sunday. It’s a mostly-US-based tournament, but Canadian teams are allowed to compete, and both Vancouver and Toronto are representing. So far Vancouver’s team, “Furious George”, isn’t looking so hot; they went 0-3 today. We’ll see how they do tomorrow though. I’ll be radioing in scores for the games and taking care of other business at the fields — you can keep track of all the action at the tournament website.
After the day’s games end, I’ll be heading to dinner with the volunteers, then off to HIllsborough River State Park with the kru. I’ll spend the day there, then back to Sarasota for Sunday’s Ultimate finals. I can’t wait 🙂

Halloween Horror Nights and Hurricane Hat 2007

I had a great time this weekend thanks in large part to the good organizational skills of my friend Eric G. He was heading up to Orlando on Friday for a business trip; the following day was the Hurricane Hat tournament. He figured, why not invite some people to the hat tournament, and go to Halloween Horror Nights the night before?
Sounded like a great idea to me, and to Carolina too. We carpooled up to Orlando and met Eric there; went for dinner and hit Universal Studios. It was surreal at first; they were pumping out fog into the street in broad daylight — that was spooky enough by itself. But by the time darkness hit, things got into full tilt. We went to several great haunted houses, which were great. We didn’t manage to make it to Friday the 13th haunted house by the 2am close time — which we were saving for last — but that’s okay. The ones we did make it to were great. There were staff in costume running about spooking people out with taps on the shoulder, “boo!” or whathaveyou. If you’re wondering how that’s supposed to work, well, they’ve got a no-costume policy for all visitors. At one of the haunted houses, some of the staffers zombies had working chainsaws, except without the chains. Believe me, when it’s dark and you hear a chainsaw going and can smell the gas, and can see it being waved towards you, you don’t spend too long figuring out if there’s something spinning on the end.
Got to go on the Mummy ride twice, which was awesome. The only way we managed this is that when we first got there, they had technical difficulties, so we went to another haunted house and came back later… to them just opening! No line at all. Awesome ride. Liked it so much we immediately ran through the gift shop and back to the entrance, where we ran through the maze-like waiting area and almost made it all the way through line-free. We had to wait about 15 minutes. Not bad, but I’m sure glad we did it early in the night, because there’s no way we would have made it through later on.
So yeah, Halloween Horror Nights was fun. We caught the shuttle back to the hotel and caught a couple winks and then it was off to the hat tournament.
Arriving shortly after 9am, we all ended up on the same team — Yellow, aka “Goldenrod(s)” — which was unexpected and fun. There were 8 teams total, and two divisions. Though we didn’t end up winning any of our games, we played hard and I did meet a lot of really cool people, a number of which I’ll be adding on Facebook shortly.
Speaking of which, if you’d like to add me on Facebook, you can do so by searching for my first and last name, and my profile should come right up. From there, just click “Add to Friends” and you should be good to go.
On to the pics!

Main entrance to “downtown” area; no admission required to get in here

Sitting in Patrick O’Brien’s having hurricanes

We tipped him and he played us a few tunes

She was after my head

Entering Halloween Horror Nights

The streets were really done up well

Du nuh du nuh du nuh

This haunted house was the best we went to all night… talk about totally tripped out

Jack the ringmaster and his assistant Chance at the Carnival of Carnage

Video from the Carnival of Carnage

Mel’s Diner looking a little different tonight

Making a backhand pass

Breaking for the endzone

Getting a pass to Sam through a hole in the cup

Dave going down low for the throw

Team Goldenrod(s) after our 4th and final game of the day. Exhausted but happy.

*Evil cackle*

3:10 PM 9/10/2007
Krishen Greenwell: haha, phil from ultimate just commented on my blog
Krishen Greenwell: //krishengreenwell.com/blog/2007/09/a_few_pics_from_last_weeks_pic_1.html
Krishen Greenwell: the video i posted contains the wipeout in question
Cameron Bahan: man
Cameron Bahan: think I am going to have to get out running again soon
Cameron Bahan: miss it watching the videos and pictures
Krishen Greenwell: heheheh
Cameron Bahan: yea
Krishen Greenwell: it’s all part of my plan
Cameron Bahan: ah ha ha haaaa
Krishen Greenwell: 🙂

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