Just like in Home Alone, the airport shuttle came to our house to pick us up around 11 AM. Fortunately, we did not leave anyone behind. Unfortunately, we didn't leave at least some of our luggage behind! It's a good thing bags fly free on Southwest!
Ben had flown before (on a plane), but not that he could remember, so he was a bit nervous. However, the excitement of the moment took over, and he did really well at the airport and on the plane. He was not too happy that we had to fly through some rain, but we made it onto the ground in Albuquerque without any major panic attacks.
Ben and I left Sharon and Dominic in charge of our bags while we shuttled to the rental car facility. We got our car, and headed to the Marriott Pyramid North in Albuquerque. As soon as we got checked into our room, we ordered room service! Yeah, baby....vacation!!
We went down to swim at the hotel pool in the evening. There was supposed to be a hot tub, but we couldn't find it anywher…
We watched the first half of the game at The Brass Rail, a new pool hall near our house. It was a nice bar and I had an excellent ham hoagie. However, the volume of the game was not on at the bar. I was surprised, because they had nice, big plasma screens all over the joint. I thought that they would have had more of a sports crowd. We ended up coming back to our house to watch the second half of the game. After about 5 minutes of listening to Joe Theisman and his cronies, I was ready to turn my volume down! Those guys say some of the dumbest things. A few weeks ago, Jaq ranted about Joe. I agreed with him then, and tonight’s performance just reinforced my opinion.
I expected an exciting game, and I was not disappointed! The Steelers continue to impress me with their ability to win games with clutch plays. Critics will find plenty to use to argue that the Steelers are not at the top of their game. That is fine. They are not at the top of their game. However, they are do…
Here are some words that I've marked for study from my edition of Beowulf, A Verse Translation, translated by Seamus Heaney:
throng (n)-a large crowd or multitude.--(v.i.)assemble in large numbers.--(v.t.)fill with a crowd. Eg: Happiness came back, the hall was thronged, and a banquet set forth.
alacrity (n)-cheerful willingness; eager promptitude. Eg: If I can do anything more for you, I shall act, my lord, with alacrity.
gannet (n)-a large sea bird. Eg: Across the gannet's bath, over the broad sea, whorled prows will bring presents and tokens.
whorl (n)-a spiral or coil-shaped part or pattern. Eg: See above (gannet).
prow (n)-the foremost surface of a ship; bow. Eg: See above (gannet).
hull (n)-1, the body of a ship, exclusive of masts and other superstructure. 2, the fuselage of a seaplane. 3, the shell, husk, etc. of a nut fruit, or grain.--(v.t.)remove the hull of. Eg: Then the broad hull was beached on the sand to be cargoed with treasure, horses and war-gear.