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Foosball Aviva

November 22, 2009

A couple of friends stayed over the house this weekend, and we decided to pull out a bouncing ball and see how their son and Aviva enjoyed the ball. They both loved “kicking” the ball, as you can see in this video we captured of Aviva and me playing “foosball”.

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(as always, you might need to visit the actual post to see the video – it is also online on Facebook if you’re on there)

Aviva’s 5th Month Birthday

September 23, 2009

Hard to believe Aviva is 5 months old already! Lots to talk about over this past month. To start with, of course, our monthly photo with the giraffe:

Aviva 5 Months

Over this past month, Aviva took her first visit to the East Coast (Baltimore and DC), along with having her first experience swimming, and then also starting “swim lessons” (more like organized play time in the water) at the pool down the street. She’s also become a ton more interactive and talkative. Pictures and videos show this best, of course: (as always, you might need to visit the actual post to see the videos)

Aviva as the talkative one:
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Aviva’s first visit into the water, at the hotel pool in Baltimore:
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Aviva’s first swim lesson:
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And of course, pictures:
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GOOOOAAAAALLLL!

August 2, 2009

With the growth of the Sounders FC in Seattle, it is only natural that Aviva would want to play soccer (by Aviva wanting to play soccer, we mean, I want Aviva to like soccer of course; so does her Zayde (grandpa); he refs tons of soccer games each week). So after getting a pair of soccer-ball decorated shoes, on her feet they went!

Ole! Ole! Ole!

March 22, 2009

Last Thursday was the opening game of the new Major League Soccer team in Seattle – Sounders FC; they won the opening game 3-0 over the New York/New Jersey Red Bulls. While a few of my high school friends were mocking me (on Facebook) for being excited for the game (especially as the game was on the first day of March Madness), the entire team is energizing Seattle sports – they’ve sold over 22000 season tickets, and this opening game was televised live on ESPN2, with 35000 fans in the audience. Even our friend Rudy was very excited! I think a lof ot the excitement is that a new team (combined with the year the Washington Huskies basketball team had), started to turn the fate of Seattle sports back from the dismal year of 2008 – as ESPN put it, that was the worst year for a city in the history of sports.

This game surely provided that excitement for the rest of the year – we looked much better than the Red Bulls (last year’s championship runner up) across the board, dominating the offensive end, and clearly being faster and more physical. The weather was a crisp 45 degrees, and the fans were fully enjoying themselves. A great start for the franchise! Right as the game ended, I remembered I had my portable video camera on me, so here’s a sense of the ambiance.

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(you’ll need to visit the actual post to see the video).

Birthday Present(s)

December 31, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!The comparison between birthday presents is quite striking this year. One present, which a friend of mine graciously got for me, was to have the Seahawks wish me happy birthday on the big screen during the Seahawks-Jets game on December 21st, which unfortunately, as it turns out, we were not able to attend (then again, neither was he, so I don’t feel as bad!) – as with much of the city, we were snowed in, and going to see a 3-10 team (at the time) did not seem quite worth the schlep across town. If we would have known this surprise was happening, we definitely would have done everything we could to have made it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ShovelAmazonOne present I wish I had received was a shovel; having one would have made our snow easier to deal with, especially, as I pointed out in previous blog posts, the city did nothing to deal with it. Friday of last week, I drove around to quite a few stores, looking for a snow shovel, so that I would have one for the future, if not this storm. Being unsuccessful (everyone was out, at least for a week), I decided to place an order on Amazon, especially since I have free 2-night shipping due to Amazon Prime. This way, we will have one for the next storm (3-4 more years?), and I won’t be caught shovel-less again. I figured if I waited for the stores to get stock back, I would forget about it, so ordering online it was. The box finally came today – and the FedEx guy said to me: “Wow, that’s a weird sized box – and strangely light – what is it?” Informing him that it was a shovel, he just laughed – and mentioned it was a great idea – he’s going to order one now too! He’s right – the box is strange – and very, very tall – look at how much it dwarfs Molly. At least I am prepared now for the next snowstorm!

Worst Year in History of Sports? Seattle

December 24, 2008

Seattle SportsESPN’s current homepage says it all (Sporting News also recently had a front page article on this topic as well).

Let’s count the ways:

  • Football – Seahawks (4-11, after being favored to win the division, and of course, us having season tickets), Huskies Football (0-12 – first BCS team to lose all of its games), Cougars Football (2-11)
  • Basketball – Sonics are now in Oklahama City, so no NBA team left – and even they are 2-24
  • Baseball – Mariners were a woeful 61-101, firing their general manager and coach
  • Hockey – No NHL team here, unfortunately
  • The senseless loss of Ed, the Tuba Man :(

Not a good one – on the upside, there’s a new soccer team coming to town – Sounders FC!

To add on to the pain for us, I am primarily a Detroit Lions fan, and they’ve hit 0-15, the worst record in NFL history… not a lot of good times watching football this year.

Quoting the article:

“Has any city ever endured a year in sports like the one the Emerald City is just completing? A 101-loss, last-place baseball season, despite a payroll of $117 million; a 62-loss, last-place NBA season; a 12-loss, last-place college football season (the first 0-12 season in the history of the Pac-10); an 11-loss (and counting) NFL season; four coaching/managerial changes; one general manager dismissal; and, of course, the hijacking of its basketball team to Oklahoma @$&%ing City. Sure, other cities have lost their teams or endured epic losing seasons, but for it all to happen in one calendar year? To end December without a single head coach or manager who was employed in January returning for the next year?”

Practicing with the ‘Hawks

September 22, 2008

12th man waterThe Seattle Seahawks finally won a game yesterday (too bad my Lions can’t say the same); a  lot of the credit can likely go to their new practice facility in Renton that opened this year. Joelle and I were lucky enough to go on a tour a couple of days before the team and staff moved in – the general public will no longer be allowed in, so we were ecstatic to walk through.

As with other posts, click on each picture for a larger version.

Pictures – one of the practice fields:

Aaron sleep 10 yard line Aaron 10 yard line  Practice Field

Locker room:

   Joelle Lofa Aaron TJ Duckett Joelle QB

Draft room – (i.e. preparing for my fantasy draft)

Draft Room Aaron Draft Wall Joelle Draft Room

Look – they use Cisco products!

Seahawks/Cisco 

Other fun pictures :)

Holmgren Parking Gatorade RoomHot tub

Video – running, running, running (with a little ickey shuffle while we are at it) – yes, I am a fool:

Aaron on the Seahawks Practice Field

Just like 1997 all over again: The Cup and The Hospital

June 4, 2008

nhl_drake_war_topBack in 1997, as I left school for the summer, I ended up with a pretty acute case of mono, which forced me to have a couple of stints in the hospital. During the first case, the Detroit Red Wings won their first Stanley Cup since 1995 – I remember being extremely jealous of all of my friends who were out partying that night while I was hooked up to an IV.

Fast forward to 2008 – the Detroit Red Wings just won their 11th Stanley Cup! Which of course means I have a medical issue to deal with – my leg pain and back pain I have been discussing just isn’t getting better, and we need to ensure there’s no long term nerve damage in my foot or ankle from the nerve irritation. So after a couple doctor’s appointments (neurosurgeon and orthopedist) yesterday to get opinions, and a realization¬† that any more doctors were not going to give us a new non-surgical direction to try, we scheduled myself for a lumbar microdiscectomy on Wednesday, June 11th (time to be determined the day before), at Swedish Medical Center’s Neurological Science Center with the neurosurgeon (Dr. Peter Nora), to hopefully remove this pain from my back (literally!)

microYou can either have a neurosurgeon or an orthopedist do this; we feel more comfortable with the neurosurgeon, both personally, and professionally. As I’ve told people: “If someone is operating anywhere near my nerves, I’d rather it be someone who works on the brain, not the hand!” That said, this is reportedly, and I’ve done a bunch of research along with the doctor’s words, a fairly common, routine procedure – it is not the kind of “back surgery” you hear people so often discussing having lifetimes of issues, etc… Obviously, there’s no guarantees, but isn’t a metal rod implant, or a fusion, or anything overly scary – it takes about a half hour under the knife, and if I wanted, I could likely head home that day to start recovery. We are planning on having me stay the night for one night, just as a precaution, which the doctor recommended in any case.

Notes, including videos, descriptions, guides:

Looking forward to getting healthy soon!

Go Bears! The NCAA Tournament Champions!

March 23, 2008

Yeah, yeah the Division I men’s tournament is still going on (and my bracket is in shambles; that is what happens when you have both USC and Duke in your final four and they’ve already dropped out. My championship game is still there, however – North Carolina over Texas).

WashU LogoBut who cares – in much more important news, WashU (my alma mater) won their first ever Men’s Division III national tournament in resounding fashion – 90-68 over Amherst. So as far as I am concerned, this year’s NCAA Tournament was a resounding success. Go Bears!

Coolest two things about this: a) CBS Sports showing highlights during their Division I coverage last night – that’s a likely a first for the school. b) Being at the sports bar with Joelle, watching Duke throwing away their game last night, I realized we had DirectTV at our table; I quickly scanned around, and found the game on CSTV. So while all the other fans were crying away the Duke loss, I was able to cheer like crazy! Cool :)

For more, see the following news articles:

Boo!

June 22, 2006
Not only did the US lose, but we didn’t even get a chance to see a repeat of the Ghana-Israeli flag waving like in the Czech game. A double loss!

Random thoughts:

  1. 6:55 is early for a soccer game.
  2. DeMarcus Beasley was real, real fast in the last world cup; what happened this time?
  3. The captain’s armband thing is pretty weird; some of the yellow one’s seem sort of Nazi-ish, which always scares me.
  4. That was not a foul; it should not have been a penalty kick.
  5. Would Freddy Adu have helped? :)


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