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watching the L.A. Kings win the Stanley Cup… a story

The Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils went to battle (the finals) for the holy grail of hockey… the Stanley Cup.

Mike loves hockey.

We live near Los Angeles.

Some of the games were played in Los Angeles.

The games were shown on a commercial television channel.

We don’t have commercial (satellite/cable) tv anymore.

BUT! We do subscribe to a hockey website.

Mike thought maybe he could watch the games on the hockey website.


Blacked out on there.

Poor Mike, he can only see the scores on the hockey website.

Better than nothing.


Jeff is in New Jersey.

He can get the games there.

He has a plan.

He has SKYPE.

We have SKYPE.

Jeff sets it up on the east coast. A big screen TV, a ladder, a computer and we’re all set.

I set it up on the west coast. My netbook and… well, we’re all set (not so much to do on our end).

Mike’s happy… he gets to see the finals.

I’m happy… I don’t have to hear him whine that he can’t see the games.

I also get to talk to Jeff during intermission.

Life is good.

(Great kid we’ve got!)

Best of all… Mike got to see the Kings WIN the STANLEY CUP.

Hooray for modern technology!



Max wasn’t so happy.

Mike didn’t pay attention to him for three hours each time a game was on.

If looks could kill…

gifts from thailand & vietnam

We got a package yesterday from Jeff & Vanessa that was full of gifts from Thailand and Vietnam!

I (the dishaholic) got  two beautiful bowls, a blue wooden one made by the Hmong tribe in northern Vietnam and a blue & white ceramic bowl made by a disabled person through the Reaching Out program in Hoi An, Vietnam. The bowl is the second handmade Hmong item that I have. Years ago I bought a little lizard, made by a Hmong woman, that was being sold at the Peace Corps Convention for Returned Volunteers in Chicago. Makes me want to watch Gran Torino again (for the umpteenth time). I saved the notes about the origin of each of my bowls and the newspaper they were wrapped in.

Mike got an elephant t-shirt from the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where Jeff & Vanessa have both volunteered.

There were also gifts for Steve, Karina, Leslie and Steven in the package. Steve got a bird-on-a-wire t-shirt, Karina got a purse made by the Hmong tribe, Leslie got a bracelet made by the Hmong tribe and Steven got a Technics t-shirt. It was like Christmas all over again… in January.

And, of course, the stamps on the package were a gift in themselves. I saved them (did anyone think I wouldn’t?), along with the postal receipt.

Then… the box became a new toy for Max.

Looks like Max is checking to see if it’s addressed to him. Later on Alma took a turn poking around the box, but I didn’t get a photo before she wandered off. Happy day for everyone.

I doubt that any package – contents as well as the package itself – has been enjoyed more.

One last thing….

Steve gets into trouble even when he’s in his own house. Don’t know what we’re going to do with him.