Wednesday, February 07, 2007

XLInt Adventures

Hope everybody had a great SuperBowl weekend. As has happened every year for the past 9 years or so, I went over to my sister and brother-in-law's house in Valencia, CA for their annual SuperBowl party.

Now, I don't follow football at all so I don't really care who scores the most touchdowns or anything. I'm there for all the people, food, fun and games to be had. My sister Laura usually has around seven courses of food that come out almost every hour, so by the time I roll out of there, I'm about ready to burst. This year was no exception, and there were many hot dogs, pastrami sandwiches, rice, nachos, and desserts to be consumed. My brother-in-law Mike sets up games to be run before, during half time, and after the game. Games like nerf H-O-R-S-E (in this case, "T-D"), nerf football toss (which I won this year, but got totally shut out of in the first round this year), and Speed Blackjack, among others. Money can be won during these games, the most of which can be had by getting the most answers right on a Questions Pool Mike comes up with. Questions like, "Will the total points scored in the first half by both teams be over or under 24½?" and "Will the total number of interceptions thrown in the game by both teams be over or under 2½?" Team Figueroa won this last year for Big Money, but Ric's judgment and common sense was clouded this year by his love for the Bears. Luckily, Courtney, his wife, knew better and claimed the runner up prize, so got a bit of loot out of it.

New this year to the festivities were the "Feats of Strength." It's a bit late for Festivus, but that didn't stop my sister Linda from wrestling Mabelette to the ground at random intervals throughout the day. It's difficult to say whether Mabelette enjoyed these spontaneous attacks, but if I had to venture a guess, the answer would be "Hell no." I'm just glad Linda stayed away from me, as she became very angry after a trouncing she got from Courtney and me during a 3-player Tetris session on our connected Nintendo DS'.

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