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Well, I had an incredible weekend. It all began on Friday night, when I went to see the new X-Men flick. I’ll post a quick review of the movie this evening. For now, I’ll say that I honestly giggled about 15 times during the movie. Also on Friday, we put together a futon using instructions that might as well have been written in hieroglyphs on papyrus. We began the process at about 6:00, and 3 hours later we had disassembled the first two pieces twice because the instructions forgot to mention where some parts went. We went to watch the movie, came back and finished the futon, only to find that we had put it together backwards.

Now, I’ve put together a lot of “Wal-Mart” furniture: bookcases, shelves, a different futon, a computer desk, some bed stands, etc. Never before had I so completely put something together so badly. Needless to say, I was a little upset.

Saturday, I volunteered with the Tour of the Gila. This is the biggest cycling race in southern New Mexico. I spent the morning sweeping the roadway of debris, since the racers come flying by at about 35-40 MPH. A tiny little rock can be disastrous. I must say, I was a little surprised at the courtesy expressed by the cyclists. Many of them took the time to say “Thanks for helping put on the race” or “you guys did a great job getting this organized.” Especially during a warm up lap, if I was sweeping, racers cruising by would yell out a quick “Thank you for helping us out” or “Thanks man.” It was really rewarding.

However, the afternoon was a little less pleasant. I had used some sun screen in the morning, at about 7:00 AM, but by about 2:00 in the afternoon I was starting to get toasty. I had plenty of water, but we were all busy, so I couldn’t exactly take a break to run home for sunscreen. My arms, legs, and neck got a wicked burn. I still had fun, met some cool racers and volunteers, and saw some good racing action, but I could have done without the sunburn.

Sunday, therefore, was spent on my ass. I basically took up position on the couch and didn’t relinquish it. Pizza Hut brought dinner, and HBO entertained me. It was truly something. I was sure, however, to call my sister, to gloat in case she hadn’t seen X2. She hadn’t, but I didn’t gloat as much as I could have, not seeing the movie was punishment enough. From Saturday night after the race to Sunday Evening, I saw Spider-Man, Mr. Deeds, Red Planet, Unforgiven, and assorted shows. Ahhh, DirecTV.

Steven wants to play hardcore mode on Diablo II, and I decided I would indulge him. I haven’t gamed at all in the last few months, and I need to gear up for the release of Star Wars Galaxies. Nothing really appeals to me more than playing a character that basically lives in Star Wars. Well, maybe living with Natalie Portman. Or, living with Natalie Portman in the actual Star Wars universe.

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