Sunday, June 24, 2007

Fun weekend!

Current mood: happy

Getting ready to leave Friday morning!

I had a great weekend getting away for a few days and finally meeting my soon-to-be sister-in-law Heather. Let me just say I already love her! She's so much fun to be around. I only wish we had had more time to spend down there, but alas, we all have schedules and since they're not married yet, she's still in Baltimore while my brother is in their new apartment in Laurel, MD, in between Baltimore and DC (closer to DC though).

Heather and Andy...what a couple!

This is just a funny picture. Seriously!

My Mom, sister Becky, and I left Friday morning and got back Sunday night. While I did enjoy a visit to RFK Stadium with Becky to see the Cleveland Indians play the Washington Nationals on Friday, visiting the DC LDS temple and the International Spy Museum on Saturday, the real highlight was Saturday night as Becky, Andy, and I stayed up until like 5:45 AM talking about virtually everything. It was so much fun. It's such a rare occurrance that we're all together with that much time, so none of us wanted to go to bed! The only thing that could've made that better was if my sister Katie had been there. THAT would've been PERFECT!

At RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, supporting our Cleveland Indians with about 10,000 other Cleveland fans who made the trip!

But anyway, I had a great time and it seems everyone else did too. We found out on Wednesday that my sister Becky lost her baby (she was about 2 months in), so it was good to get our minds on other stuff and have some fun. We should see Andy and Heather again in July when they come here for a weekend, and the wedding is September 8th. About the only thing I didn't enjoy about the trip was driving along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Not only was there construction project after construction project, but traffic jams galore (especially on the drive home) for no apparent reasons and total toll cost eastbound is $11 while westbound was $8. RIP OFF!! I can tolerate a few construction projects and slow-downs here and there, but the PA Turnpike was ridiculous!

Becky, Me, and Mom in front of the Washington, DC temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kensington, Maryland. It is a STUNNING building along the Capital Beltway (I-495)!!

Be sure to check out the pics I posted from this weekend in my pictures section, under "My Photos" album. Other than this, the play is still coming along, though Becky and I both enjoyed our little break from rehearsal. The show opens July 5!! I'm also still unemployed and have virtually lost all hope of finding any kind of job for the summer. I hope I'm wrong, but it doesn't look good. Oh yeah, I have a cold too. ICK.


Nari; June 27, 2007
First of all, I am so very sorry for Becky. What a difficult time this must have been for her.

On a lighter note, congratulations to your brother! I didn't know he was getting married, and so soon! Also a cool wedding date 09-08-07
Your soon to be SIL is very pretty and she and Andy look happy together.

Monday, June 18, 2007

End of an era

Current mood: contemplative

An era came to an end for our family this past Sunday morning as our cat, Topaz, died around 12:50 AM. It marked the end of almost 15 years of having pets in our house as Topaz was the last. For the first time since December 1992 we have no pets here, so it's kind of weird and the house definitely has an empty feeling to it. Topaz had been very sick the last few days to the point where she was hardly eating or drinking at all. The last day, Saturday, June 16, she was to the point where she could hardly move or even stand up. We ended up doing something we haven't done in awhile: taking her with us to run errands, mainly to see my grandpas here in Kent to deliver our Father's Day presents. Topaz (and cats in general) never liked riding in cars, but you couldn't tell that on Saturday since she was so out of it. She died on my bed with both Mom and I sitting on either side of her. It was sad to see her gasp for her last breaths and know there was nothing I could do but pray that she be taken quickly, which I did. Seeing that has been on my mind the last few days. Before that I don't remember ever seeing something die right in front of me like that. Ironically, the place she died was virtually the same place our dog Kipp died at in November as I moved my bed over the spot in my room where he died.

We got Topaz in May of 1993 when she was about 6 weeks old. By then we had had Kipp for a few months. Those two had quite an interesting relationship and it seemed the cat never let an opportunity pass to harrass the dog or jump out from behind a box and attack. Every once and awhile you'd see her little arm swinging out to get something from under a door or something. Sometimes she'd sneak into the lower cupboards and we wouldn't see her until we heard things crashing and moving around in there, opened the doors and she's walk out. Of course too there were the times we'd open the back door and she'd walk in having escaped without our knowing. Topaz also didn't care too much for visitors. At the first sign that someone was coming in the house, she'd hide until she either knew who it was (like if it was one of us) or stayed hidden until any visitor left.

Even though her loss isn't quite the drastic change that losing Kipp was, it is still a change that will take some getting used to. Cats are so much more independent than dogs, but I was still attached to her and was used to her routines and habits. I do miss her and honestly still miss Kipp too and he's been gone now for almost 8 months. I know I'll see them again someday, but it's still hard not having them here anymore.

Bye you and see ya later!

Topaz: April 20?, 1993-June 17, 2007


Nari; June 19, 2007
Jon, I am so sorry for the loss of your kitty. It's just awful losing a pet as you know they become a part of your family. Although it was tragic watching her take her last breath, I imagine there's something peaceful about watching her go to a better place. Topaz is at the Rainbow Bridge now.

LDS Drama Queen (Becky); June 19, 2007
Remember when she jumped into the fridge while Mom was cleaning it? Hahaha...we had to be careful not to shut her in there.

Thanks for writing that, it was nice to read....I'll miss the weasel, too, in my own special way.


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Maybe next year...

Current mood: disappointed

Maybe next year...the motto of all Cleveland sports teams since 1964!!

Well the Cavs have just been swept. It was quite a painful thing to watch really. Yes, the Spurs were DEFINTELY the better and more experienced team here, though even they would admit they didn't really play their best this series. But really, did they ever have to? The Cavs played SO BAD this series and not all of it was solely because the Spurs were playing such good defense or stuff like that. It really felt like watching the boring Cavs teams of the 1990's that were decent but incredibly boring because they wouldn't (or couldn't) score very much. Especially tonight's game...yikes. They couldn't hit a three-pointer to save their life or get a freaking rebound! Oh and let's not forget the careless unforced turnovers! GEEEEEZ!! Even with all that, outside of game 2, each game was pretty close and by no means a blowout. Had the Cavs played as well as they did in the fourth quarter of game 2 for that whole game, they could've won that one too! Really, they had a good chance to win all four games, but especially games 3 and 4, but their inexperience showed and the Spurs got the job done when they needed to and showed why they have been so successful the last eight years.

I'd like to also point out to all those who keep bringing up the Cavs "easier" road to the Finals. I agree for the most part; the West definitely has the greater teams like San Antonio, Dallas, and Phoenix. But don't forget that Dallas, who won the division that San Antonio is also in and beat the Spurs 3-of-4 this season, was upset in the first round by Golden State, so San Antonio was matched up with Utah in the Western Conference Finals, a team they match up way better with than the Mavericks. So, it is fair to say that while the Spurs did have a "tougher" road, it wasn't nearly as tough as it could've been.

I did enjoy listening to part of the game and the halftime show on WTAM 1100 AM on my way back to Kent from Kirtland. They interviewed a writer from Sports Illustrated who correctly pointed out that the Spurs went through a period as their current dynasty was being built where they couldn't get over the hump (aka the Los Angeles Lakers) and that it wasn't an overnight event that they became the great team they are now. He also said the Cavs are just at the beginning of a long run here and I believe that too. As my friend Daniel (who is by no means a Cavs fan) has said several times, "you better enjoy beating LeBron while you can." Oh well, it was an exciting run, though it would've been nice to get even one lousy win in the series. True, no one even expected the Cavs to make it this far. Sports Illustrated picked them to lose to New Jersey in six games and no one thought they could beat Detroit, especially they way they did! I am proud to be a Cavs fan though and it was nice to see the region finally have something to cheer about and be excited for. See you in the Finals next year! Cavs WILL be back!! At least the Indians won tonight!

Monday, June 4, 2007


Current mood: ecstatic

WOW...that's all I can say. WOW. I am SO thrilled about what the Cleveland Cavaliers have done so far!! Because all of the games were on TNT and we don't have cable, I either listened to them on the radio (WTAM) or followed them online ( But for game 6, I made sure I was near a TV so I could witness history, so I watched with my sister at my Ridinger grandparent's house here in Kent. WHAT A GAME!! It was exciting to watch and a little nerve-wracking, but I had faith. In all honesty, I always thought the Cavs would win the series, even after the first two games. I thought the Cavs really would lose the first two on the road and then win the next four. Why I thought that I have no idea, but I thought it nonetheless. I figured it would be a great series after the first two games, and a great series it was. The real kicker was game 5 in Detroit. Once the Cavs (well, LeBron) won that game, I knew they'd win game 6 in Cleveland. It was great seeing how excited everyone was and still is everywhere here. Keep in mind, Cleveland pro sports teams haven't won any overall titles since the 1964 Browns won the NFL title. The last World Series title for the Tribe was 1948, though they were oh so close to winning it in 1997. This will be the Cavs first appearance in the NBA Finals EVER, and they've been around since 1970.

So yes, I have faith the Cavaliers will win the series. I know it flies in the face of reason, but everything just feels different now. GO CAVS!! BEAT THE SPURS!!!

By the way, congratulations to Lebron James (hometown hero!) for an INCREDIBLE series (especially game 5...WOW) and to Daniel Gibson for an excellent series, especially game 6. STUNNING!!

And hey, let's not forget about the Cleveland Indians. Even though they lost the last 2 games of their series with Detroit (these two cities have been seeing a LOT of each other the last 2 weeks!), they still split the series and lead the AL Central. GO TRIBE!!!

Game 5 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Can you count how many Pistons are watching LeBron FLY?!? I know, it is FREAKIN AMAZING! (from the Detroit Free Press

Game 6...Cleveland fans rejoice behind LeBron in the Q. (from

Outside the Q (Quicken Loans Arena) in between it and Jacobs Field, fans watched on a big screen and celebrated at the end. The Indians-Tigers game had let out about an hour earlier with an attendance of over 38,000. It is estimated between 80,000-100,000 people were downtown for all this. (from

Sunday, June 3, 2007

All in good fun...

Current mood: jubilant

To all my liberal and Democrat friends, I'm sorry, but I just think this is HILLARIOUS!!


Nari; June 4, 2007
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LDS Drama Queen (Becky); June 5, 2007
Copycats...can't they come up with anything original?? Stupid democrats...:-)