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West Coast Vacation

Longest comic ever... Had an AMAZING time!
-Garvin (^_^)


















































































































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Rib Cook Off

place holder.
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Cleveland Half Marathon

place holder.
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Pittsburgh Half Marathon + Anniversary

place holder.
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Bill BDay

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Leah BDay

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Joe 30th BDay: D.C. Road Trip

Enjoy the Comic Blog!
-Garvin (^_^)






































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Leah BDay

Had a fun time in Rochester!

Happy Birthday Leah! Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Bonus BDay2: Sushi + Bowling

Mmmmm sushi and bowling. Good way to end wind down this year's bday.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Bonus Bday1: Double BDay (Joe+Me)

Yay! Headed down to CBus to celebrate Joe and my birthdays.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Surprise NYC BDay Weekend! LIN-tense!

Had an amazing BDay! I'm very lucky.

Enjoy the comic.
-Garvin (^_^)








































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Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!
Nuff Said. Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Another Cavs Game

Ug another Cavs game.... another loss. Still had a good time pigging out.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Cle Aquarium

Checked out the brand new Cle Aquarium!
Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)














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Alicia 29th BDay!!!

Yay BDay! Sorry for the blurry pics had to use the phone. I forgot to load the memory card on my uber camera.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Post-Chinese New Year Dinner

Sooo much food. Happy New Year!
-Garvin (^_^)

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Holiday Valley 02

Back-2-Back skiing! Wahoo!
-Garvin (^_^)


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Cavs v. Bulls

Uggg... Wosrt lost in team HISTORY. OMG! Oh well still had a great time.. up until -41 diff hahahaa.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Pre-Chinese New Year Dinner

Way too much food. Happy New Year!
-Garvin (^_^)

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Holiday Valley

Yay! First time skiing this season.

i <3 snow. Enjoy the comic.
-Garvin (^_^)












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Happy New Year!

Yay back from Vegas!

Enjoy the comic.
-Garvin (^_^)














































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December Update-A-Palooza!

Tons of December Christmas albums.

Enjoy
-Garvin
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Happy Thanksgiving

Yay! Thanksgiving!
-Garvin (^_^)

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Update-A-Palooza

Been a while since an Update-A-Palooza, but Becka and I have been scrambling around all of October.

Hopefully this will be the last Update-A-Palooza.
-Garvin (^_^)

Oct-12: Off to CBus for Mia's BDay Party and to drop off BDay presents for Teresa and Gary.



Oct-23: Celebrated Becka's BDay with a fun and fancy dinner at Pier W. We got the best table in the house and the
food was great as usual. We then went home and made cupcakes and watch the Proposal.



Oct-24: Becka's Dad and Judy visit. We celebrate Becka and her Dad's BDay.


Oct-30: Neighborhood Clam Bake. Mmmmmm.


Nov-4: Teresa, Gary, Lisa, Joe, and Mia all came up from CBus to relax for the weekend. We ate non stop AZN food.
Noodle Cat, Kumo, LiWah.
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Sweetest Day!

Enjoy the "Sweet" comic.
-Garvin (^_^)






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Columbus Half Marathon

Will post the official Marathon pics when they get posted.

Enjoy the comic.
-Garvin (^_^)










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Becka West Coast Tour

Becka went to Vegas to met her mama and family from Australia. Then she went off to AZ to visit friends and to see
Emily and Hagan's new baby.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. The picis from IN-N-OUT Burger.

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Philly Trip

We brought fancy special cupcakes from CLE to Philly. They were extra tasty. Becka and I had a great time hanging
out with Sofiya and Mike.

Happy Birthday Sofiya!
-Garvin (^_^)

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BIG Italy Update!

The comic may have gotten a little out of hand it's over 60 pages!

Enjoy the pics and the comic.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Forgive the spelling mistakes in the comic. It's the first draft.










































































































































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Codonics Invades Cedar Point

Got a lot of co-workers together to hit up Cedar Point this weekend. We missed all the rain on Saturday. Sunday turned
out to be the better day. ::phew:: The total head count was 25. At the end of the day we got 19 peeps to battle it out in
bumper cars.

Enjoy the pics and comic.
-Garvin (^_^)
























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July 4th Weekend

We had a fun-filled time at the Bay this weekend.

Yay! 4th of July!
Enjoy the pics and the comic.
-Garvin (^_^)






















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New Album: Tumi

Created a new album right under 2k11_Photo_Album. This will have all our fun-filled Tumi pics.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes that pics in that album are larger.
p.p.s. Also yes, there are a LOT of cat pics... have been getting used to the new uber cam.








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Happy 7th Anniversary!

Becka and I celebrated out 7th anniversary!

Enjoy the pics and the comic.
-Garvin (^_^)










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Jenna Visit

We miss Jenna.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Memorial Day Weekend

Had a great time sleeping in and breaking in the new grill.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Kalbi Beef Recipe Below:
4 boneless rib-eye steaks, each about 1/4 inch thick 
For the beef and marinade:

4 boneless rib-eye steaks, each about 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons sake, rice wine, or sherry
2 tablespoons Asian (dark) sesame oil
8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 scallions, both white and green parts, trimmed and minced
2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in a small bowl and whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Arrange steaks in
one layer in a baking dish. Pour the marinade over them, cover, and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

Preheat the grill to high. When ready to cook, oil the grill grate.

Remove the steaks from the marinade and drain. (Discard the marinade.) Put the steaks on the hot grate and grill,
turning with tongs, 1 to 2 minutes per side for medium rare. Transfer the meat to a cutting board and let rest for 2
minutes. Slice across the grain.

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Cleveland Asian Festival

The fam got together to hit up the Asian festival. Had a lot of fun filling out bellies.

Enjoy the comic and pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Family Dinner Night

The grill almost burned the house down. Time to get a new grill.

Enjoy the comic and pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Grillin' It Up!

Had to grill it up today. The weather was too nice. Tried something new today. Mmmm bacon wrapped hot dogs.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)


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Mother's Day + 2 BDays

Celebrated Mother's Day and two birthdays (Jackie and Tony) today. Boy were we stuffed.

Enjoy the comic and pic.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Codonics TechTalk

Did a TechTalk on Kinect at Case today. I must admit I was super nervious as usual. Everything went very well.

Go Team! Enjoy the comic.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Canada Weekend

Had a relaxing weekend. Lot of driving, but definitely worth it. aye.

Enjoy the comic.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Happy Birthday Bill!

Yay! We celebrated Bill's BDay this weekend. We all had a great time hanging out and wishing Bill a happy birthday.

Happy Birthday Bill! Enjoy the pics and the comic re-cap.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Devner: DevCon

Went to Denver for a Flex Developers Conference. Had a good time. Learned a ton and can't wait to geek out more.

Enjoy the pics and the comics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Here's the link that I found a lot of good food in Denver.

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Super Ultimate Update-A-Palooza!

Yeah sooo I know it's been a while since I've updated Digidreamerz. Sorry been super busy with some g-14 classified
stuff (Rush Hour movie reference). Anywho... quick update with what's gone on so far...

Das Time Line:
Feb-14 VDay:
For VDay I surprised Becka with some dark hot chocolate. In the evening we made VDay dinner and
watched Watson PWN all on Jeopardy.



Feb-18 BDayWeekend_CodonicsSurprise:
Gary Keefe finally pulled one over me. He and Becka pulled together a
Codonics surprise BDay party for me. I must admit I was quite surprised and very happy to be part of Team Codonics.



Feb-19 BDayWeekend_DnB:
Celebrated my BDay with friends at Dave and Busters. Tickets galore.


Feb-20 BDay:
Officially 30... ug. Started the morning with opening presents that everybody sent in and some BDay
breakfast. Had cake at HoWah. Joe, Lisa, and Mia made it too. Then had dinner at Brasa. Meat galore.


Feb-21 BDayMorePresent:
Becka, Leah, and Mama S's gift to me was a new TV and Reuben Sandwich kit. Mmmm.


Feb-22: We get a Cat.


Feb-27 BDayPresentsAgain:
Met with with Becka family and got a cool roller bag. We had dinner at Salmon Daves.

Mar-23 NetsVsCavs:
Becka and I hit up the Nets vs. Cavs game. We had a good time. BSpot was good as usual.


Mar-25 LeahBDay:
We hit up Lolita for dinner and chilled out at Becka's fam's house. The cake was AMAZING!


Mar-29 HeatVsCavs:
It was all about closure. What an EPIC Game. It was a bonus that the Cavs Beat the Heat.
Enjoy the vids. You can hear all the booing.


Lebron Intro Video:

The Cavs beat the Heat Video:

Apr-02 BSpot Date: Had some errands on teh east-side, so Becka and I hit up BSpot in Chagrin. The milkshakes are
HUGE! Sorry for the grainy pics, only had the Droid to take pics.
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Snowshoe Adventure!

Yay! Decided to go showsheing late last night. Who knew Ohio Metroparks had some snowshoe trails. Fun fun!

Enjoy the comic and pics!
-Garvin (^_^)



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Post-Chinese New Year Dinner

Oh yeah even more food than the Pre-Chinese New Year Dinner. Teresa and Gary are in town for the festivities too.
Dinner was super-late, but worth the wait.

Enjoy the tasty pics.
-Garvin (^_^)




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Pre-Chinese New Year Dinner

[Feb-01]
Mmmm sooo much food.... sooo little time. I made sure to have a light lunch soI would have extra room for dinner
tonight. We had tons of food and played games on the iPad. Yay!

[Feb-02]
Brought in Chinese New Year "Lucky Candy" for all of Codonics Engineering. Mmmmm.

Can't wait for Chinese New Year!
-Garvin (^_^)


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Presents from Jenna

Yay! Back from our super-vacation and we are treated with presents from Jenna.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Epic Vermont/Montreal Vacation

Just got back from an epic vacation! Had some really good skiing in Vermont. It was nice to get away from it all for a full
week. Ok long comic, so I'll keep the blog short.

Enjoy all the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

Snow Dog Video:


Panoramas:


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Cavs Game

Took a break from work and hit up the Cavs game with Leah tonight. We had tasty food at the B-Spot. Mmmm burgers,
Lola fries, and a chocolate milkshake. Unfortunately the Cavs lost. Sad

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Present-bonaza!

Finally we caught up with Bill and Alicia to do Christmas presents and BDay presents. What do you know third times is
the charme. Took almost a month, but we finally did it. We met up after work at Panini's in Strongsville. Bill finally got
his Christmas presents. Alicia got the rest of her BDay presents. Becka and I got Christmas presents.

Yay Presents!
-Garvin (^_^)

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Chicago Weekend

Had a great time hanging out with Gary and Joe this weekend in Chicago! We did a lot of eating and went to the
Weezer concert.

Enjoy the comic and pics.
-Garvin (^_^)



If you made it down this far... below are a couple panoramas from Gilt Bar and the concert:

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Ski Weekend + Uber Goggle Test Run

Sunday: This weekend rocked. Becka decided to come along too. Holiday Valley was super icy, still fun. The goggles
rocked. It took a little while to get used to wearing goggles again. The 45 MPH it record at Holiday Valley was a hiccup.
After, skiing we went to Ellicottville Brewing Company (EBC) for dinner.

Monday: Day two, I went to ski Holimont, which is closed to the public on weekends. It snowed the night before and there
was fresh snow everywhere. The skiing there was phenomenal. At most there were no more than 40 people on the hills.
I did manage to record a couple 35 MPH runs Winking After a good 21 runs, Becka and I hit the road for home.

The goggles are AMAZING! They just updated the syncing software, so when you upload your data it will know what
resort you were at. I put a couple screen shots of the HUD and the syncing software.

Enjoy the pics and comic.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Will see how long I can keep the comics coming Winking
p.p.s. Yes, I know there is no iPhone5... that's the joke.

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Happy New Year!

Yep continuing the comic theme blogging.

Happy New Year! Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Mini-Update: Misc Holiday Pics

Yay! Did presents tonight with Martin and his family. We had a good time chillin' out and watchin Kyndra play with
wrapping paper.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Merry Christmas!

Hi Gang

Trying out a different way to blog. The pictures below will be in a comic book layout. Hope you enjoy! There are a lot
of pictures sacttered throughout 3 albums. You'll find all the fun pics within "Misc Holiday Pictures", "Seto Christmas",
and "Seto Xmas pt2 TeresaGaryCam".

Merry Christmas!
-Garvin (^_^)

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Matt BDay with Skiing

Sooo Matt is in town for the holidays... what better way to rub it in that he's older than me, than to celebrate his BDay! We
all went up to Holiday Valley to ski. It was our first time this season and Matt's since ~6 years. We had a great time! The
slopes were pretty good and there weren't that many people.

After skiing, we hit up Ellicottville Brewery Company for some tasty dinner. Success! They still had their tuna wontons! It
turns out almost everything I ordered they were out of it :/ Oh well... there's always next time. Becka, Leah, and I treated
Matt to skiing and cool Disney calendar for his BDay/Christmas gift.

No broken bone = Successful Trip
Happy BDay Matt! Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes, that is a Tron t-shirt I have on.
p.p.s. And Yes, it does glow in the dark.



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Epic Cavs Game!

Sooo Becka and I weathered the blizzard and headed out to the Cavs game early today. The roads were nasty. We made
it early and on our way to the Team Shop I was asked if I wanted to play the match game at the end of the first quarter.
We were told it would be on the jumbo-tron and that my friends could come down and watch. After filling out the
necessary paperwork and getting the special passes, Becka and I hit up the new Team Shop. It was AMAZING! It had
2 stories and tons of merchandise. Then we had to hit up B-Spot for a tasty bologna hamburger and some porky fries.
Mmmmm. Stephen met up with us there.

Shortly after the 1st quarter started, we all head down to the DJ area to get ready for the match game. Apparently, you
finish Boobie's (Daniel Gibson) phrase. For example he says, "Reach for the ____" and the choices were a) Stars,
b) Sky, c) Cookie, d) something else. I had to get 3 out of the 5 questions right to win a prize! Luckily Becka and
Stephen were by me helping me out. We got 3 correct right off the bat, so I didn't get to do the other 2. I got a Cavs
prize bag that had a lot of goodies in it, and the section I was playing for got free Lake Erie Monster tickets. Yay!

Towards the 4th quarter, we decided to head down to the lower bowl to snag some awesome seats. When we first got
down there, it was packed and no seats could be found. Luckily, Wilbur (Cavs usher) scoured for 3 open seats for us.
He hooked us up and we had AMAZING seat for the 4th quarter. Unfortunately, the Cavs lost again. It was at least a
close game.

Enjoy the Vid and Pics!
-Garvin (^_^)



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7th RSNA!

Yay made it through another long RSNA! Boy what a long week, quick run down with highlights below:

Friday(11-26): I got pat-down by old dude. Our plane took off 5 hours late. It took 2 planes and 3 boarding just to get to
Chicago. Luckily our 2nd deplane we all hit the bar. First day of setup went rather smoothly. We all got dinner at
Pegasus. Good Greek food, loved the lamb. To top off the night we hit a bar off Rush.

Saturday (11-27): Day 2 of setup, It was the OSU Michigan game. I made sure to pack my OSU gear for setup. We got
everything up an running for the show in no time. For dinner we went to Harry Caray's for some amazing meat. I got
bone-in-ribeye (which I can never turn down) worth every penny.. and it costed a lot of pennies Winking It melts in your mouth.
We chilled the rest of the night at the hotel bar with Codonics peeps.

Sunday (11-28): The first day of the show went off without a hitch. I started out the day with a run and my standard airborne
anvil cocktail Mmm. After the show we went to Sushi Naniwa obliterated our per diem again. The unfiltered sake and the
mochi ice cream is what put us over the top Winking Afterwards we met up with others at Mickey's (Ohio bar) for some drink.
RunKeeper Summary: 3.54 mile - Holiday Inn -> Willis (Sears) Tower -> Millennium Park -> Starbucks
http://rnkpr.com/acae8e

Monday (11-29): The show was quite busy. Later we hit up Carmine's and then hit the Dublin Bar right across the street.
RunKeeper Summary: 3.43 mi run - Holiday Inn -> -> Magnificent Mile -> Handcock Building -> Starbucks
http://rnkpr.com/acbc92

Tuesday (11-30): I went out to a customer dinner with Caesar and Mike at Flemings. The customer ran into something
and couldn't make it. I had bone in filet, which was sooo tender you could cut the meat with your fork. The whole night
Caesar kept on saying it was my birthday, soo they put a candle on our dessert and gave me a fancy box of chocolates.
I then met up with Brian a The English… long story short Me = Wing Man = Epic Fail.
RunKeeper Summary: 4.38 mi run - Holiday Inn -> Willis (Sears) Tower -> Millennium Park -> Handcock Building ->
Starbucks http://rnkpr.com/acc88a

Wednesday (12-01): I played Big Buck Hunter early in the morning with Mike. It was amazing! They also had a Tesla in
their booth too. I chilled with Randy and crew for something low key. I ended up driving the rental van. We had 3 gps
devices blaring and 4 different people telling me where to drive ALL while in Chicago traffic. You can image how much
fun a that was, but at least we made it Winking. We ended up picking Greg and hit up China Town. Ty recommended Emperor's
choice. It was amazing! I convinced people to try the peking duck. It was a first for a couple people and they were not
disappointed. Mmmm still thinking about the duck.
RunKeeper Summary: 0 mi run - wanted to rest before bigger run tomorrow.

Thursday (12-02): The show was pretty dead on Thursday. Tear down was really quick. I got to the airport and didn't get
pat down. I ate at the Chili's and then streamed the Cavs/Heat game on my Droid... tnt.tv requires flash... fail iPad.
RunKeeper Summary: 6.43 mi run - HolidayInn -> Willis(Sears)Tower -> MillenniumPark -> GrantPark -> Lost -> Navy
Pier -> Handcock Building -> Starbucks

Yay another RSNA is in the can! Can't wait for next year!
-Garvin (^_^)












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Early Christmas!

Matt was in town so we did an early Christmas for me. Everybody (Alicia, Bill, and Matt) got me and limited edition Halo
Reach Xbox360! Mmmmm. It even plays special Halo sound effects when I eject discs or power the system up. SWEET!
Sooo technically Casa de Seto is done with Christmas and it's not even December yet hahahaa.

Yay! Can't wait to transfer everything to the new box.... after I get back from Chicago :-\
-Garvin (^_^)


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Martin BDay

Martin had a bowling party and some tasty dinner at Korea House. Must remember to hit that place up again. The
service was slow, but totally worth it... Mmmmm. We finished the night off with presents at Martin's house. We all got
him a new Xbox360 with Kinect.

Happy BDay Martin!
-Garvin (^_^)






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4 BDay

We celebrated 4 BDays today. In one blast we did, Melinda, Becka, Teresa, and Gary's BDays. It took a little while to
sync up everybody's schedules. We ate at Macaroni Grille and dessert at Cold Stone.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)


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Kinect-a-thon!

Last cook-out for the year (maybe)... soooo we got some sausages from Gibbs and powered up the Kinect. Everybody
was able to act a fool in front of everybody. Nate even mustarded enough courage to impress everybody with his Dance
Central skillz. We got four different kinds of sausages at Gibbs: Loaded Bake Potato (mashed potatoes, bacon,
cheddar, and green onions), Black & Bleu (Guiness beer, garlic, and crumbled bleu cheese), Caribbean Jerk, and
extra-garlic kielbasa. We also had teriaki beef, and chicken wings too.

Enjoy the tasty pics
-Garvin (^_^)







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Mini-Update: Becka BDay Part2

Becka cashed in her ticket for shopping extravaganza. We all had a fun time at the mall. Updated "Becka BDay Party
Part2" album with pics from the aftermath.

Enjoy.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Happy Halloween!

Having our new snazzy sushi costumes, we had show them off to our neighbors. Sooo Leah, Becka, and I went
trick-or-treating in our little area. Our neighbors loved the costumes, but had no candy, 3 out of 4 houses gave us beer.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Happy Birthday Gary too!

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Codonics Halloween

Sooo yesterday we decided we should dress up for the Codonics Halloween Costume Raffle. Unfortunately, that left us
little time to decide and make our costumes. However I did remember that I filed away a sushi baby costume back in the
day (link). We took the instructions and made adult sized versions. We started collecting supplies at Target, Bed Bath &
Beyond, and Jo-Ann Fabric at 8pm and wrapped up everything around 2am.

Our costumes came out pretty SWEET! It was nice that Glenn wasn't the only engineer that was dressed up this year.
After work Leah and I hit up Shinto (with our costumes), to get some carry-out. We got some weird looks hahahaa.

Enjoy the Tasty Pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. To get the aerial shot of us, I duct taped the camera to the ceiling of the kitchen.
p.p.s. If you didn't figure out the green pillow is supposed to be a ball of wasabi Winking







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Mini-Update: Misc

Nuff Said... (Y_Y)

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Becka BDay Part2

We celebrated Becka's birthday with some Kripy Kreme Doughnuts at Codonics today. In the evening we made tasty
sandwiches, and ate cake. Tonight was when Becka was able to open up the rest of her presents. Winking

Happy Birthday Becka
-Garvin (^_^)




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Olmsted ClamBake

Everybody from the Landing of Timberlakes got together today to do a clambake. We got one of our neighbors to cook,
who happened to be a chef at a Cleveland hotel. The food was amazing and the weather turned out to be perfect. Leah
and I also whooped some butt in cornhole too. It was her first time and my second time playing it. Also, whoever made
dessert... rocked my world.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Becka BDay Party Part1

We started the day off with some ice skating at the Cleveland Hts. Rec. Center. We had a great time skating around.
Unfortunately the rink is only open for an hour and a half. I skated with Kyndra for a bit. She had a blast! She kept on
saying, "More.. more... more..." Luckily my hands were big enough to hold her and the walker Winking No one broke any
bones and we all walked away to skate another day.

We all had a great time working up an appetite. For dinner we hit up Buca di Beppo. We ordered a TON of Italian food.
Note to self... 4 small plates will feed a table of 9.5 people. After dinner, we went home for cake, presents, and an
episode of Kailan. For the BONUS ROUND... Alicia, Bill, Becka, and I went to Dunkin Donuts for a late night snack.

Yeah... goin fee it tomorrow... enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)










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In Between BDay

We celebrated "In Between BDay" today. We combo-ed Pete and Becka's BDays tonight. We started the festivities with
a Ton of Indian food from India Garden... Yum! We then did presents and dessert. We capped off the night with an
episode of Castle

Yay BDays!
-Garvin (^_^)


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Sweetest Day

Oh yeah... we celebrate Sweetest Day... even thought it was a corperate invented holiday to sell chocolate... It's true
look up. Becka got me a fun card with a cute drawing on it. I got Becka a shiny heart card, a stuffed Keroppi, and the
Babies documentary.

Enjoy the "Sweet" pics
-Garvin (^_^)



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Arizona Trip/Wedding Part2

Mostly Becka's pics. Monday involved Hagan and Emily opening wedding presents. The rest of the week was hanging
out with AZ friends and eating... a lot.

enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)






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Arizona Trip/Wedding Part1

Arizona was fun and HOT.

AZ Trip (in a nutshell):
Wed:
Becka left one day early to help out with wedding stuff with Emily.

Thurs:
After a long day of work I booked it to Tucson Arizona. Hagan picked me up and we met up with Emily and Becka.
We ate at their favorite Greek restaurant.

Fri:
Becka and Emily ran some late minute errands for the wedding today. It freed up time for me to do some work and put
my ironing talents to good use. I banged out 5 shirts and 2 pants like it was nobodies business. Becka help Emily get
ready, while the guys got ready at the courthouse. After the wedding we took pics around the courthouse. Before we
went to Hagan's parents' house for dinner, we stopped to decorate Emily and Hagan's bed with some rose petals and
tea lights. Dinner was great! Emily and Hagan's family is very inviting. We stuffed our faces with chicken and homemade
ice cream.

Sat:
Today was a low key day... full of nonstop eating. Becka and I hung out with Jenna all day. We ate at the Good Egg
for bfast. After we were full, we went shopping. Then we ate at BTO for some yogurt. At Jenna's house we hung out, and
I got to ride Jenna's sister's ATV... VRoooooom! Then we went to El Guero Canelo, which was featured in Man V. Food (link).
Our goal was to eat a Sonoran Dog. Sonoran Dog = bacon-wrapped hot dog + soft Mexican roll + pinto beans + chopped
tomatoes + onions + jalapeno sauce + cheese + mayonnaise + ketchup + mustard. Then we visited Jenna's classroom. It
had tons of fun toys! We topped the night off with putt putt and gelato at Frost.

Sun:
Today was all about the wedding reception. Lots of running around and lots of getting things together. Everything
came together real nice. I had to make some signs, so I turned to google and downloaded a wedding power point Winking Emily
surprised Hagan with a custom made Bender (from Futurama) cake. It turned out AWESOME! The food spread was
Mexican with the largest tub of guacamole EVER! Becka's maid of honor speech went well. Half way through the
reception, (running theory) a kid pulled the fire alarm, so everybody had to grab their tech and run out of the place. We
had to wait for the fire department to turn off the alarms. The silver lining was that it made for a good photo op with the fire
truck and the firemen. Then everyone danced the night away.

Mon:
Did another work meeting and ate at In-N-Out Burger before I flew home.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Will update with part2 when Becka gets back.











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Sofiya BDay

Becka and I sent Sofiya her super-cool-extra-bling present. We also used fun Japanese snacks as packing peanuts.

Happy Birthday Sofiya!
-Garvin (^_^)


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Asian Mass

Sooo Martin invited everybody to a super Asian Mass. Apparently once a year, the Asian Catholic communities get together
to have a super-mass with little bits and pieces from each culture. Even Bishop Pilla attended! Afterwards, they is a feast of
all kinds of Asian foods mmmmm.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

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Mini-Update: Misc, House Albums

Updates to Misc, House Albums. Becka and I held hostage some Jenni's ice cream from Melinda and Tony.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes, that is a Chococat mask I am wearing.

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Lisa and Joe Baby Shower

We (Becka, and I) headed down to CBus this weekend for Lisa and Joe's baby shower. We had a great time decorating
onesies for Mia. The food was good too. Afterwards, we hung out with Teresa and Gary some more.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Halo: Reach (Y_Y)

Bill, Matt, Nate and I took off Tuesday, so we could do the midnight launch of Halo: Reach. Actually, Matt took the ENTIRE
week off for Halo. We rocked 4 screens in the living room! Bill and I got the legendary editions, which were HUGE! We
had a great time gaming the night away. We successfully polished off the game by 8ish, so we had plenty of time for the
traditional McDonald's BFast Mmmmmm.

Enjoy the nerdy pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. And Nate didn't press any buttons to skip the ending cinematic. Winking




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Zara and Glenn Baby Shower

Yay! Went to Zara and Glenn's Babdy Shower! We got to play a baby guessing game and have Awesome cupcakes. The
cupcakes were decorated as cute animals. Everybody had a great time. Best part was when Iris was eating the cupcake.

Enjoy the messy pics Winking
-Garvin (^_^)


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Megan and Troy's CLE Vacation

Megan and Troy are on holiday and are traveling to USA (San Francisco, Chicago, Cleveland, NYC, Vegas) from Australia.
We hosted the Cleveland leg of their uber vacation. We had a GREAT time hanging out and relaxing with them.

Quick Recap:
2010-09-03: Becka and I picked up MEgan and Troy from the airport after work. We quickly hit up the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame. Troy had been attending Jiu-Jitsu classes in each city they had been visiting, so we headed to the east-side for
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. We found a new bar that had amazing food. We ended the day with some Malley's ice cream. Mmmmmm
2010-09-04: Today we had a full day with plenty of walking. We got a snack at Light Bistro in Tremont. Then we hit the
MetroPark Zoo. Leah lost phone at some point. Then we got our shop on at Beechwood Mall. Troy got some Air Jordans,
which are like 50% cheaper than the shoes in Australia. Megan got some come cool clothes at Express. For dinner we
went to Ho-Wah next door. As usual Mama and Dad made way too much food. Being completely stuff did not deter us
from conquering the Ultimate Sundae. Yes, if you are keeping track that would be twice in less than 24 hours.
2010-09-06: On their last day in Cleveland we took them to Giant Eagle to get some candy and treats. After that we took
a quick peek at Dick's sporting goods and then off to the airport Sad

Enjoy the Albums... I've split the pics from Megan and my camera.
-Garvin (^_^)






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Codonics BBQ

Yay! We went to Casa de Edwards today and have a fun filled Codonics BBQ/pool party! Even the rain and the thunder
didn't stop the party. Becka and I brought some potstickers, and veggie plates.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Tim's kid has a bright future in snicker-doodles.
p.p.s. Yes... I did steal one of Rich's cool Codonics balloons.


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Happy BDay Kyndra!

Yay More CAKE! Headed over to Martin's to celebrate Kyndra's 3rd BDay. There was tons of people and tons of good
food fomr Siam Cafe... Mmmmmm. We all had a good time running around and burning off cake and Chinese food.
Leah, Becka, and I got Kyndra some cool coloring books and Kai Lan stuff.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Mama BDay & Ohio State Fair

Yay Did a surprised Mama BDay party while most of the fam was in Columbus this Saturday. We had a GREAT time at
the Ohio State Fair. There was soo much deep fried stuff: buckeyes, mac n cheese, oreos, twinkies just to name a few. I
even got to go down the potato sack slide once. At one point we split up from Mama, se we decided to take a cheesy
picture and made an iron poster.

After the fair we went back to Teresa and Gary's to play a board game. Yeah the guys won. The next time the girls
should bone up on Ms. Pac Man and The Incredible Hulk.... long story. Mama enjoyed all her presents and dinner...
up until she couldn't pay the bill. LOL!

Enjoy the the gut busting pics
-Garvin (^_^)






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Mini-Update-A-Palooza: Misc, House, Matt weekend, Codonics, Donna Sue Bday, Leah Bike

Sorry for the lack of updates... probably playing too much StarCraft2 Sad Well you know the drill.

2010-07-25 Matt Weekend Album: Matt and Jocelyn were in town for the weekend for the Yankees game. We also
got our game on... 5 LCDs and 1 baby.
2010-07-27 Misc Album: KMart discount for StarCraft2 made me break down and scoop it up. Many sleepless night
in my future.
2010-07-27 House Album: Baby bird looking for mama.
2010-07-09 Donna Sue Bday Album: Yay family night and cupcakes!
2010-07-30 Codonics Album:
Added group pic of co-ops. (Y_Y) they grow up so fast.
2010-08-03 Leah Bike Album: Leah got a bike. Had to squeeze Becka and Leah in the front seat to get the bike to fit.

Enjoy the Albums
-Garvin (^_^)




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Mini-Update-A-Palooza: Jenna Misc, Boo-LeBron, Kitty, Codonics Ice Cream, Pig Roast

Hi Gang

Tooo bummed out about LeBron to do a proper update. Soooo I'll just do a quick mini-update-a-palooza.

2010-07-07 Jenna Misc Album: Went to Schnitzel Haus and had awesome Germany food. Then hit up East Coast Custard.
2010-07-08 Codonics Ice Cream Social Album: To beat the heat Gary K bought everybody in engineering ice cream... Mmmm.
2010-07-09 Boo-LeBron Album: Lebron announce he is leaving for Miami and all of Cleveland implodes. Created a quick
album with all the sad pics from CLE. Just my quick 2 second rant... What gets me most is they way LeBron did it. I understand
it's a business and he can take his game where ever he so chooses.... but you don't have to have a 1 hour special on yourself
and dump Cleveland for the whole nation/world to see. It was totally mismanaged from a PR stand point. At least I will no
longer undecided when LeBron and Kobe play
2010-07-09 Built-A-Kitty Album: Took Becka to Build-A-Bear so she can make her Hawaiin Hello Kitty.
2010-07-10 Pig Roast Album: Got invited to pig roast. Ate lots of piggy. Tooo stuffed.

Enjoy the Albums
-Garvin (^_^)



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PIB 4th of July Weekend

Yay! Jenna, Becka and I went up to PIB for the weekend. Went went up Saturday afternoon and had a
Super-RELAXING weekend.

Highlights:
   + Sleeping in
   + Fireworks
   + Patio Chicken
   + Shopping
   + Candy shop
   + "The World's smallest" margarita bar
   + Neighborhood cookout

Enjoy all the pics. Happy 4th of July!
-Garvin (^_^)




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Indians Game + Fireworks

Took Jenna to the Indians game. We've never been let down by the fireworks show at the Jake.... errrr I mean the
Prog(ressive Field). The weather was nice. This was the first time we got the AMPM All you can Eat tickets. You get to
eat all the popcorn, hotdogs, nachos, and peanuts you can stomach. Mmmmmm. In the end we put away 5 hotdogs,
2 nachos, 2 cups of peanuts, and 3 cups of popcorn. Unfortunately, the Indians lost (again). We had the PERFECT
seats for the fireworks show! My favs are the loud little ones that make a boom noise.

Yay! Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)



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Lake Erie Crushers Game

Sooo the local minor league team offered Lebron a max contract for a month for Lebron night. They gave out 1000 free
tshirts. We (Jenna, Becka, and I) met up with Ashley, Chris, and Alicia to take in the game. Boy did we get our money's
worth. It went all the way to the 12th inning. Half the gang bailed out around the10th inning. Unfortunately the Crushers got
crushed. Oh well. We all had good time relaxing and eating snacks.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)



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Jenna BDay!

Yay! Jenna is in town for the week! Today we celebrated her BDay! It was a baseball themed BDay Party. Everyone
wore baseball gear. We played wiffle ball and had a BBQ cook out. The movie for the night was Major League.
Baskin-Robbins did it again... and made an AWESOME baseball cake.

Enjoy the pics. Happy BDay Jenna!
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Made a "Jenna Trip Misc" Album for all the random pics we might take while she's in town.






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Happy Father's Day!

Yay for Father's Day! Leah, Becka, and I headed up to Ho-Wah to surprise dad with a card. I drew a chubby panda
bear, cause we got dad anUrban Active gym pass. After Ho-Wah, Mama, Leah, Becka, and I went to Brio for brunch.
Then we shopped the calories away at the Rack.

Happy Father's Day!
-Garvin (^_^)


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Pittsburgh Anniversary Part 6!

YAY! for anniversaries. It's that time again kiddies. Becka and I made our yearly pilgrimage to Pittsburgh for our
anniversary. On the way there we stopped off at the Grove City Prime Outlet mall, so Becka could check out the Juicy
store. The drive was ok... excluding the monsoon that hit us on the way to the outlet mall and the 15 minute wait to
cross the Liberty Bridge.

The view from the restaraunt was cloudy but spectacular. The food was fresh and AMAZING as usual. Becka had the
ahi tuna, and I had stuffed jumbo sea scallops. What were they stuffed with you might ask yourself... crab cake of course.
Mmmmm. Surprisingly what stole the show was their new dessert. It was called an Oreo lollipop. It consisted of a ball
of chocolate mousse, dipped in chocolate, and rolled in Oreo cookies... oh yeah there was creamy gooey caramel in the
center too. WOW!

When we got back home, we swung by the McDonald's to have a nightcap Winking which consisted of a sweat tea and a
small fry.

Happy 6th Anniversary!
-Garvin (^_^)




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HoWah Day

Today we went to Dad's place so Mama S. could get some Chinese food and see mom and dad. The food was top-notch
as usual. We had soup with shrimp chips, steak, duck, fish, bbq pork, and coconut shrimp. We had a good time stuffing
out faces with Chinese food. Afterwards, we hit up Nordstrom Rack to shop off the calories.

I've tucked all the pics in the "HoWah and More" Album. There you will find a couple pics of us at #1Pho as well.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Lotlia Birthday Party

After work we went to Lolita for Mama S's BDay. We all had a great time there. The food again was AMAZING!
Everyone got the roast pig special. This time is was piggy with some beans, spicy sausage, and a little crispy skin to
top it off. It was sooooo good. I know I'll be dreaming about it later. For dessert we had a grab bag of tasty treats.
They had really good Guinness gelato.

Enjoy the tasty Pics.... Happy BDay Mama S.
-Garvin (^_^)




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Berea Rib Fest

Yay Mama S., Leah, and Becka made potato pancakes and blueberry pancakes this morning. Bfast was rounded off
with some sausage from Gibb's Butcher Block Mmmmm.

Later in the day I met up with Teresa, Gary and Mama to hit up the Berea Rib Cookoff. We got half slabs from Texas Pit,
Smokin' T's, and Armadillo's. After we stuffed our faces with meat and corn, we found the only place that sold jumbo beef
ribs. Note to self... Desperado's is where we need to start the rib fest next year. We also won 6 fishes at the ping pong
game tent. Mama, Gary, and I used to do that ALL the time back in the day.

Ugg all meat-ed out. Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Cle Art Musuem + Little Italy

Fun fun. Took Mama S to the Cle Art Museum. It's been around 7 years since I've been to the Art Museum. I used to do
a lot of studying and drawing there. Luckily for us since they are renovating the entire museum admission was FREE.
The didn't have all their exhibits open, but it was good to to walk around. They had some good pieces (Monet, Warhol,
and Rodin Mmmmm).

After taking in the exhibits, we when to Little Italy to eat and buy some snacks. We ate at Trattoria's and then got snacks
at Corbo's Bakery.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)



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Mama S Market Day

Mama Shaffer is in town for the WHOLE week. We went to the West Side Market today to take in the sites and pick up a
couple of things. The weather was AMAZING! When we got there, we parked next to a fresh new BENTLEY! We saw
tons of tasty food. We even picked up some flowers for Mama S's room. After we dropped off our stuff we hit up Gibb's
Butcher Block for their weekly sausage sampling. They have a ton of good/unique sausages there.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. You might also noticed I have primed some empty photo albums under May.... they'll get filled with fun pics later in
the week.



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Mike BDay!

Yay! Today is Mike's BDay. We (Becka and I) got him an Uber-Limited-Edition Canon thermos that looks like a Canon
lens. Apparently, only a few hundred were made for a Canon press-release at the last winter Olympics. Regardless, it
looks Super-Cool! Also, he got a cool 3rd Gen Ambient Weather Clock with color changing dial.

Happy Birthday Mike!
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Wahoo! Another friend in the 29 club.


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Day of Food Festivals

Apparently Saturday was the day to hold food festivals

Round 1
We (Melinda, Tony, Alicia, Bill, Becka, and I) met up at Paramatown Mall for the Pierogi Festival. We ate pretty much
something from each stand. A couple highlights:
  +Hotdog pierogi combo… don't knock it till you try it.
  +Baked chicken pierogi.
  +Eating giant pierogi at the end of the round.

Round 2
After we were full, we went to the first annual Asian Festival in Chinatown. We met up with Martin, Jackie, Kelvin, and
Mama. The turnout was a lot better than I thought and it was well organized. Most Asian cultures were accounted for:
Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Polynesian. A couple highlights:
  +All the Asian food.
  +Sumo wrestling with Bill and me.
  +Tony destroying kid's dad in sumo.
  +More food.
  +Korean martial arts demo.
  +Eggroll eating contest.
  +Awesome henna artist. Becka got something done on her hand.
  +I bought a super-cool ramen pin.

Bonus Round
Since we were in the neighborhood we hit up Greenhouse Tavern for some dinner. Of course I HAD to order the animal
style fries (reference previous post for why the fries are so awesome).

But wait there's more Round
We hit up Parmatown Mall to get our cars and some dessert, which consisted of Mallie's, Orange Julius, and Dairy Queen.
Afterwards we topped off the night with Shrek 2.

Defineitly a loooong day. The belly is really full and happy.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Over 5000 people showed up... even the Cleveland Mayor made an appearance. The Sunday Plain Dealer ran an
article on the event (link).






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MiniUpdate: House

Updated House Album with Becka's Ratatouille's ratatouille pics.

Mmmmm
-Garvin (^_^)

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Update-A-Palooza: House, Codonics, and Tony BDay

Hi Gang

Been super-busy at work, hence the Update-A-Palooza. You know the drill.

May-2nd: House Album Update. Becka made some potato pancakes. Mmmmm
May-18th: Tony BDay Album. Celebrated Tony's bday with some dimsum and some Corbo's cake at Mama's place.
May-17th: Codonics Album Update. Pretty much crammed all of Codonics Eng in Hong Kong Palace to meet up with Cindy
and Chris.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)






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Cavs Playoff Game

Becka and I went to the CAVS play off game tonight. We bought the tix from Ross. The seats were good. The CAVS were
a bit shaky to start but they came through in the end. Afterwards, we me up with Stephen and had some amazing snacks at
Greenhouse Tavern. The Animal Fries were AMAZING! It's fries with cheese, gravy, bacon, mustard, and a fried egg.
Mmmm.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)



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Bill BDay Party

We all got together today to celebrate Bill's BDay today. We met in the afternoon to go bowling and chill out. It ended up that
it would be cheaper to just rent out two lanes and get pizza and pop included. It was nice the place had the handicap bowling
ramps for the kiddies. We all had a good time bowling it out. It did get competitive towards the middle. Nate even started
looking up tips and techniques on his iPhone hehehee.

After bowling we headed home to do cake and presents. The cake was Pittsburgh Penguin themed. We got Bill some Batman
stuff, Halo Mega Blocks, and a new Xbox360 HD. After we were done with cake we chilled out with the iPad, and the Mega
Blocks.

The explain the stripper envelope. There was talk to take BIll to a strip club, but it fell through... hence the stripper drawing, and
a wrinkle dollar bill in the envelope.

Enjoy the album
-Garvin (^_^)





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Mini-Blog: Home Sweet Home

Pretty low key today. Made sure to run to Excalibur for some sweet sweet redemption... Gary will know what I'm talking about.
It's been a year in the making hehehee. I had some extra time when I go back, so I played some more roulette and blackjack.
I won around $100. We hit Caesar's and Fry's Electronics before we left for home. The flight was pretty uneventful. Got a
couple drawings done and lots of Mr. Driller action on the DSi.

Enjoy the pics. Good to be back home.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Mini-Blog: Run, Run, Run

Quick blog before I start packing. I went for a quick run yesterday. Made it to the Mirage and played some roulette. I won
$230! Wahoo! Made sure to hit the Bellagio to walk around. They were working on the conservatory and using tons of
flowers to make a new spring installation. It was very colorful and smelled wonderful.

Did a lot of walking at the show yesterday again. Pretty much a lot of walking and talking from 8-8 yesterday. At least
I'm getting some exercise. After our last meeting Gary took me to an All-You-Can-Eat Sushi place right off the strip. The
place was nice. Ending the day off with mochi. Mmmmmm.

Ok time to pack. Enjoy the update.
-Garvin (^_^)



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Mini-Blog: Walk, Walk, Walk

Wow! Tons of walking yesterday. Walked from 8-6. Had a good time see a lot cool stuff. After the show, we got some
really good Italian food at the Venetian.

Updated the Album
-Garvin (^_^)

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Mini-Blog: Landed in Vegas

Made it to Vegas. I sat next to some cool people on the plane. Made it to the Sahara and unpacking right now. I'll try to
update the 'Las Vegas' Album when I get a chance.

Enjoy the album update.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Science Center and the Hubble IMAX Movie

Hi Gang

Went up to the Great Lakes Science Center to hit up the Hubble IMAX Movie. Since we were going to be at GLSC for the
IMAX, Bill, Becka, and I went their early to hit up the exhibits and geek out. The exhibits were fun, but they had one level
closed for renovations. They had a new section sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic. The Hubble movie was really good.
Ian even thought we were going in space hehehee. After the movie we went to Fat Fish Blue to have dinner. The food was
good, but really really slow hehehee. Mmmmmm corn bread.

Enjoy all the geeky pics in the Science Center Album
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes, my shirt says "Science Geek" Winking


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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! Early this morning, I got Leah and Becka's Easter treats ready before I left for the east-side to hit up church
with mama. The girls enjoyed their presents. The stuffed animals are 100% organic... even the dye that is used for the
color. Becka and I didn't plan it out to have Rocky have bunny ears. It was a complete coincidence that I cut bunny ears
out this morning thinking it would be cute and she drew Rocky with bunny ears in my Easter card last night. LOL!

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. I got the colorful serving tray that Rocky is in from Target. Winking


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Jackie BDay Party!

Yay! We celebrated Jackie's BDay today. Unfortunately, Becka was sick and Leah had to work... so it was me manning the
festivities for 6 hyper-energetic 9-year-old girls. We kicked off the PARTY with an iCarly word find, while i set up an Easter
egg hunt. The first 4 girls that finished the word search got prizes from the prize bag. After the word search, I had the girls
split in to 2 teams. They had 10 minutes to find as many eggs as possible. The team with the most eggs wins prizes from
the prize bag. IT took them no more than 2 mintues to find everything. Next time... I'll hide then in bigger places. After the
games we had KFC, pizza, and cake! Mmmmmm. After the cake, it was pretty much on auto-pilot. They did presents,
played little games, and watched tv.

Happy Birthday Jackie!
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes there was hot sauce for the KFC...Mmmmmm
p.p.s. and Yes again... I was eating KFC during all the games.


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Lolita!

We got to Tremont early, so we (Leah, Becka, and I) went to Lilly, a homemade chocolate store. They had all kinds of
chocolates with bacon, lime, etc in them. It was pretty expensive per chocolate, but very good. Every once in a while it's
all good, but could become a costly habit Winking Also they specialized in drinking chocolate. Oh boy was that good. Becka
says, "It is the best drinking chocolate in the world".

So after satisfying our sweet tooth we met up with everybody (Alicia, Kathleen, Nate) at Lolita. Lolita is Iron Chef Michael
Symon's other restaurant. In fact, in the beginning Lolita was Lola before Michael became famous. The reason for dinner
on Tuesday is because Lolita does a pig roast on Tuesdays.... "while supplies last." We ordered the last 6 orders of the
pulled pork and it was good. Also... as a quick sidenote, the bone marrow is way better at Lolita than the bone marrow at
Lola. At Lola, the marrow is fried and comes in a small quantity. At Lolita, the marrow is still in the bone with some tasty
spices on top.

We had a good time. We'll be back. Enjoy the pics!
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. The panorama is from Lilly.





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Leah BDay Party!

YAY! Leah's Birthday Party! We hit the Metropark Zoo in the afternoon and saw a whole bunch of cool animals. My favs
were the red panada, and the baby black kangaroo. We did manage to take a group pick in front of a sleeping koala.
Afterwards we came home, ate wings, and made personal pizzas. We had tons O fun making and decorating our own
pizzas. Then we watched Toy Story 1 and 2 on blu ray in preparation for this summer's release of Toy Story 3! We got Leah
a cool Moo-Cow Cake from Dairy Queen.

Enjoy the fun filled pictures.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. My pizza had a cheese crust and topped with tons of meat and mushrooms in a flower pattern Winking
p.p.s. If you look closely in our group pic you can see the napping koala bear.





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Leah BDay Family Dinner

Yay for family! We met some Codonics people at the Velvet Tango Room for some pregaming for family dinner. The place
was nice, but the service was definitely slow. After some fancy drinks we went to Light Bistro. The food was tasty and the
tapas were amazing. My fav was the ox tail tapa... mmmmmm.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)


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Lisa and Joe BDay

Road trip Columbus for Joe and Lisa's BDay. We had pizza, watched Up, and played board games. We had a great time
catching up with everybody and eatin tons of food.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)



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Cheeseburger Cake

Sooo I made the mistake of saying "It can't be to hard to make a cheeseburger cake..." Leah sent out an email with a cool
cheeseburger cake from Whole Foods. Unfortunately, they don't make it at every Whole Foods. I got my supplies to JoAnne
Fabrics and sent the evening making a cheeseburger cake. It came out pretty good. It's made of 3 marble cakes and
fondent.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. The cake was for Joe's BDay.

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Cavs Game

Yay! Cavs vs. Celtics! Leah finally got to cash in her Cavs tix from Christmas. We had a good time watching the Cavs kick
butt. During half time I hit up B-spot (Michael Symon's place) to get two orders of Lola fries. Mmmmmmm. The game was
CRAZY!

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)



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Ski Weekend

Day1 (Mar-7th):
We took Monday off to do a nice ski weekend. Bill and I shoved off early Sunday morning to hit Holiday Valley in Ellicotville.
The skiing was pretty good and there weren't that many people there. We hit pretty much every trail, including the glades
and a terrain park. After skiing we heading into town and hit up the local brewery, EBC. The tuna wontons were AMAZING.
We brought in our ski passes to get 10 Seneca dollars at the casino.

Day2 (Mar-8th):
We started Monday at Dina's, an awesome bfast place. Then we skied Holimont. Holimont is closed to the public on the
weekends, but since we took the day off we could do Holimont. It was pretty dead, which rocked! After skiing, we went back
to EBC for dinner. After dinner we went back to the casino to get our 10 bucks for the day.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes if you noticed from the pics... I did get new Oakley sunglasses. Winking jk... The hair went to Pantene Beautiful Lengths (link).
They make wigs for cancer patients.






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[Mini-Update] R.I.P. Igloo Sad

The igloo that Leah and I built caved in today. Insta-skylight Winking

Updated the Igloo Album. Enjoy.
-Garvin

p.s. Also updated the SuperBowl Album with Nate's pics too.

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Igloo Project

On the way home from sushi Leah and I stopped off at Target to get a couple desk organizers for snow bricks and a garden
spade for digging. We are 90% done with our igloo. It's about 6.5ft in diameter. We have the top to finish. It took us around
6 hours to get where we are now. Almost....

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Will update the album when we finish the topper.


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Sushi Rolling Class

Ok last BDay celebration for me this year. We had a sushi rolling class at our (Becka and me) favorite sushi place. We
lucked out. The guy teaching the class is the guy that always prepares our sushi when Becka and I stop in. Todd (sushi
guy) hooks us up with a lot for sushi. We rolled +28 ROLLS! Needless to say we didn't even dent all those rolls Winking

Enjoy the tasty pics
-Garvin (^_^)



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Cleveland Car Show

Yay! Went to the Cleveland Car Show with Alicia, Nate, and Bill today. Got to see a lot of new shiny toys. Finally got to sit
in a CTS wagon... and it was wagon-tastic. We had a good time cramming ourselves in to a lot of cars. I got to rock my
cool Caddie shirt and Mo Williams was there signing autographs. Unfortunately, there was no Chevy Volt Sad

Enjoy the shiny pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Update pics from Nate, and Bill coming soon.



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[mini-update] Misc Alubm

Just a quick mini-update. Just uploaded some random pics from Red Lobster (Friday Lent), and some pistachios I got for
my BDay.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

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[Micro-Blog] BDay Sunday

Wahoo! Made it throughout the week with out exploding with ALL the I've been eating. This morning the fam went to 100th
Bomb Group Restaurant. OMG! was there a lot of food. There was an omelet station, caving station, dessert table, and
even mini-taco Mmmmmm. After a short movie break, Becka and I met up with Alicia and Bill at Brio for dinner.

Thanks to everybody for everything. Definitely very thankful.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)





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[Micro-Blog] More Presents

Yay! Leah and Becka surprised me with more presents when we got home. Matt got me Wii Sports Resort and a Motion
Plus. Both Leah and Becka made me super-cool cards. I also got chocolate cover twinkies and a sushi rolling class.

Yay for Family and Friends.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Uggg still soooo FULL.


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[Micro-Blog] Post-Chinese New Year Dinner

The food continues... We had our post-Chinese New Year Dinner tonight.... Yes after out Pho Feast... Ugggg. Soo much
food.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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[Micro-Blog] BDay Pho and Cake

Ahhh started the DMV. Met everybody for Pho today. When I say everybody, I mean EVERYBODY. I think the head count
was at 15. YAY! Sofiya's mama even came. We all had a good time stuffing our bellies with Pho and broth. Then we had
ColdStone cake at Mama's house.

Mmmm Cake
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Mike and Sofiya took some nice pics of the fam with his fancy cam. Will post when I get the images.


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[Micro-Blog] BDay Dinner Part1

Going to be a super long weekend of food. Swtiching to micro-blogs to keep the site up to date.

Peeps at Codonics surprised me with a super-cool robot card and we went out to a Mexican place (First wave of lots of
food). For din din, Becka and I met up with Sofiya and Mike at Parallax in Tremont. The restaurant was nice. The food
was fresh. I also got a card from Alicia and Bill's parents.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! Becka and I technically celebrate Valentine's Day already, but we see had cards to give Winking Leah
also got a heat and some treats. We had a good day eating pho for lunch and Cleat's wings for dinner. Mmmmm

Enjoy the love filled pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Happy Chinese New Year!!!

YAY! Happy New Year!
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. It's the year of the tiger.
p.p.s. Updated 'House' album with super clean house pictures.

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Pre-Chinese New Year Dinner

Right after the game, Becka and I went to Li-Wah to meet up with the fam for the Pre-Chinese New Year Dinner. So Mom
and Dad ordered food for 11 people, but only 6 people showed up. Needless to say, we had more than enough food...
more than usual Winking The food was tasty as usual.

Enjoy the food pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Valentine's Part2/Garvin BDay Part1

Sooo Becka surprised me with really good Cavs tix for my Valentine's Day/BDay present. We watched the Cavs destroy
the Nets. The seats were in the lower bowl. We had a light snack at Iron Chef Michael Symon's burger place...
foreshadowing for next blog entry about Pre-Chinese New Year Dinner.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)




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Super Bowl Party

Had over 70 wings from Cleats, two large pizzas, chips, and veggie plate. Cleats' dry rub wings were AMAZING as usual.
Everyone had a good time pigging out and watching funny commercials. I think the Bret Farve commercial was
HILARIOUS!

Yay! Saints! Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Updated-a-palooza!

Sorry Gang been super busy at work... as usual. You know the drill. Quick update on new Albums

Jan-24 Alicia BDay: Made sure to do something on Alicia's BDay. We got together and hit up Outback for some tasty food.
Then we attacked a cookie cake that I topped off with a doggie cookie that I found at Giant Eagle.
Jan-30 Alicia Bday Part2: For Alicia BDay celebration we had dinner at Fahrenheit and then went to Howl at the Moon.
The food was pretty good. Will need to go back for more later.
Feb-03 Case Cuda Tech Talk: Been working with a student group about Codonics giving back to the university. The turn
out was good. And Mike did a great job! Can't wait for more Tech Talks. Will need more pizza next time Winking
Feb-06 Valentine's Day Part1: Becka and I braved the aftermath of the blizzard to go to a cooking class/tasting at
Maggiano's with Chef Brian. We had a good time. The food was "yummy". We even won a raffle at the very end too.
Later that night I gave Becka half of her present early. She got bacon popcorn and baconnaise. Mmmmmmm.

Enjoy all the albums
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. If you check out the Valentine's Day Part1 album you can see my Chef Spider-Man drawing Winking




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Wine Tasting and Red Steakhouse

Yay! Teresa and Gary are in town! We hit up the Cleveland Wine School for a little wine tasting before dinner. We
sampled 6 different types of wine. Teresa and Gary brought cheese and crackers Mmmmm. The wine was good. We'll
need to come back again. Quickly afterwards, we hit up Red the Steakhouse. The place had really good food. The
filet would melt in your mouth. I had tons of king crab meat. Dessert was great too Mmmmmmm.

Enjoy all the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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[Mini-Update] Teresa and Gary Album

Added a Teresa and Gary Album under 2k10_Photo_Album. Copied their HongKong and Taiwan pics in there.

Enjoy
-Garvin
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Giant Snow Man

Leah wanted a to make a snow man today. The snow wasn't good packing snow, but we made do with what we had. We
ended up making cylinders of ice blocks from our recycling buckets and stacked them on top of each other. By our
estimates it was 7.5ft tall. Notice the snow man is way taller than me. We still need to bulk it up and make it look like a
real snow man.

Updated the House album. Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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[Mini-Update] Jenna Presents and First Snow = Skiing

Another quick update.

01-04: Got back home from HK and opened up Jenna's presents... Yay more presents.
01-06: Fresh snow = skiing. Reuben, Leah, and I hit up Boston Mills Ski Resort. It's been snowing for a few days now.
YES!

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. More sking pictures as the season continues.... can't wait.



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Hong Kong Recap

Yay! Back Home! Quick blog... lot of unpacking to do Winking

Hong Kong was great. Super tired and will need to re-sync from the 13 hour time difference.

Bulleted Highlights:
+ Family Time.
+ AMAZING Chinese Food... lots and lots of food.
+ Had an awesome view at the Prince Restaurant for the New Years Celebration. Happy New Year 2010!
+ Lots of ice milk tea... like 3-4 cups a day lot.
+ Trying new kinds of food... onion foam and a dessert you don't eat... nuff said.
+ Harbor boat ride on a junk.
+ Ocean Park Pandas, soooo cute. Couldn't take one home.
+ Disney Land Hong Kong was fun. Small, but fun.
+ Playing the Buzz Lightyear game 5 times in a row. Highest level was 5.
+ Jumbo floating restaurant.
+ Hong Kong is WAY cleaner/nicer now… very reminiscent of Japan.
+ Taking over 900 pics.
+ Riding up the World's longest escalator.
+ Architecture.
+ Haggling at the Jade Market.
+ Starbucks had awesome snacks and fruit juices.
+ Walking… a LOT of walking.
+ Getting out-teched by all the AZN people with their SUPER fancy cameras... will need to fix that next time Winking

Table of Contents:
Flight, Intercontinental Hotel, Big Buddha, Food...........................HongKong Vacation 001 Album
Jumbo, Ocean Park, Prince Restaurant, 2010 Fireworks.................HongKong Vacation New Years Album
The Peak, Harbor Junk Ride, Bo Innovation..................................HongKong Vacation 002 Album
Disney Land, Flight Home...................................................HongKong Vacation 003 Album


Happy New Year! Good to be back home.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. I <3 my digicam cause it can do panoramas Happy


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Happy New Year!

Greetings from the future!

Happy New Year from Hong Kong!
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Working on updating the site when I get some down time. Check the albums Winking



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[Mini-Update] Chirstmas Recap...

Abridged version of Christmas....

12-23: Met up with Matt at Strongsville Mall and gamed the night away(part1).
12-25: Midnight Mass. We(Leah, Becka, and I) did presents at Casa De Seto (part2). In the evening, we did Christmas with
Becka's Family (part3) and ate a lot of food.
12-26: Gary and Teresa came up and we did presents at Jackie and Kevlin's house(part4). Then we got down on some
dimsum and shopping
12-27: Met up with Bill, Sofiya, and Mike for some Sushi Rock(part5). Ate too much sushi again hehehee. Mmmm.

Happy Holidays!
See ya when we get back to the States.
-Garvin (^_^)


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[Mini-Update] Codonics Presents and Matt Meeting

Yay! just a mini-update, before Christmas goes into full swing.

12-22-2009:
Dropped off presents at Codonics. Yay! Everybody enjoyed their gifts.

12-23-2009:
Met up with Matt to give him his BDay and Chirstmas presents. Then we Halo-ed the night away, just like old times.

Happy Holidays!
-Garvin (^_^)

P.S. New pics in "Christmas Break 002" Album



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Early Christmas

Micro Blog:
+ Had Bill and Alicia over to do Christmas
+ Worked on the extra prime rib from the Codonics Party
+ Exchanged presents.
+ Bill got clothes.
+ Alicia got clothes and a piggy bank.
+ Leah got lotions and pedicure stuff.
+ Becka got clothes and girly stuff.
+ I got Devestator and underwear Winking
+ We watch Four Christmases.

Merry Chirstmas!
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Added some empty albums, so I can update the site on the road during winter break.



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Non-Sanctioned Codonics Holiday Party

Micro Blog:
+ No Official Company party, so we all came together to throw one ourselves.
+ 2 things that make a Codonics Party... Alcohol and Door Prizes! We had them both Winking
+ Had over 25 people at the house.
+ Took a week to clean up the house... yeah that dirty.
+ Made a 17lbs. prime rib and got mashed potatoes from Famous Daves.
+ Everybody had fun decorating their gingerbread men.
+ Had a raffle for prizes(scratchy cards, Target tokens, and a Best Buy cert.).
+ Lots of Guitar Hero.
+ It was a LOT of Fun.

Yay for another year for Codonics... Go Team!
-Garvin (^_^)







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Steelers and Browns Game

Hi Gang!

OMG! Boy did I freeze tonight. It was weird that I had to dig out my skiing gear before it snowed. It was negative 6 when
we got to the stadium. I convinced 5 Steelers fans (Alicia, Tom, Bill, Papa Lutz, Mark, and Mike) to come and watch the
Browns get DESTROYED. I figured it was inevitable, given the Browns' track record.

We lucked out, the Family Zone was not in front of the wind. When I got to the game, I had nothing but I stick of Juicy Fruit
to eat. Needless to say I ate everything I could get my cold icicle-ly fingers on. I downed 2 cups of hot chocolate, bratwurst,
and a chicken finger basket with fries. Funny thing was that while I was eating my fries, little ice crystals were forming in my
ketchup. Later, a mama two rows in front of us had her whole cup of pop freeze. That's just CRAZY-COLD.

There was tension in the air, because the Browns were up the entire game and lots of Steelers fans. In the end, the Browns
actually pulled off the win.

You'll have to forgive my blurry pics, my hands were shaking too much. I did manage to get a pretty cool panorama of the
Browns Stadium.

Go Browns! Sorry Steelers fans.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. There's always next year... hahahahaaa
p.p.s. Will update with Bill's pics.


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Star Wars at the Q

Hi Gang

Leah and I started our adventure to see the Royal Philharmonic perform Star Wars songs by heading to the airport to ride
the RTA Rapid. The ride was pretty quick, around 20 minutes. We got to Tower City and went straight to will call to pick up
our tix. After that we went and met Kathleen, Ian, and Nate at Fat Fish Blue. The food was great. I got a shrimp po boy, and
Leah ordered a few appetizers, which turned out to be the biggest meal by accident. Sidenote: The cornbread had corn in
it… a sign that it is good Winking After din din we headed to the Q.

It was PACKED! I was surprised there were Star Wars fans of all ages. Even the two little girls (no older than 11) in front
of us was all into it. Later, I heard their mom mention that they just recently had a Star Wars birthday party that had Jedi
tests hahahaa… AWESOME! The orchestra was amazing. They had a HUGE LED screen to play all the Star Wars clips
from. During intermission all of us when up to the 4th floor to check out the NASA exhibit. It was cool and in the Cavs
practice court. Yes, there is another basketball court in the Q. It was pretty sweet too. Leah and I both made sure to
touch the hoop.

Fun Facts:
+ Star Wars: In Concert is a unique multi-media event featuring music from all six of John Williams' epic Star Wars scores.
+ Narrated live by Anthony Daniels (the actor who portrayed C-3PO in all six films)
+ The production features a full symphony orchestra and choir, accompanied by specially edited footage from the films
    displayed on a three-story-tall, high-definition LED super-screen - one of the largest ever put on tour.
+ Accompanying the concert is an exclusive exhibit of Star Wars costumes, props, artifacts, production artwork and
    specially created behind-the-scenes videos from the Lucasfilm Archives.

After geeking out at with the exhibits, we headed home. The RTA Rapid was packed. Seems like everybody got off at the
Brookpark exit. Might look into it for Cavs games and stuff. The Rapid was pretty fast and kinda easy to get tickets from
their new machines.

Enjoy the pics and May the Force be with you Winking
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Will definitely go again next year.



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RSNA

Friday:
Ahhh another RSNA has come and gone. This was my 6th RSNA! Booked it to Chicago the day after Thanksgiving. Of
course going to the airport, it just had to blizzard on the eastside. Luckily I made it to the airport. When we got to Chicago,
we hit the ground running. We did drop-offs and booth setup. The drop-offs went really quickly, so a lot of people had
extra time to work on the main booth. This is the first RSNA that we actually started unpacking products for the main booth
on Friday. We were trucking it. After a hard day's work we hit up Carmine's for some tasty food.

Saturday:
Today was just as smooth as Friday. We set up the rest of the booth and was able to bust out early. We hooked up with
our friends at Laurel Bridge and ate at the Clay Oven. It is a Codonics fav for Indian food. After din din, Jeremy and I had
to high tail it back to the show floor to work on more stuff with Gary. Jeremy and I got back to the hotel a little after midnight.

Sunday:
YAY! First day of RSNA! It felt different. There wasn't as many people and it seemed subdued. The flow was definitely
different. It felt like it was a Thursday and not a Sunday. After the show we went to Sushi Naniwa. Stephen and I bulked
up our order, so that people could try some more rolls.

Monday:
Flew out of OHare and headed in to work.

It's been fun, see you next year RSNA.
Enjoy the pics



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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi Gang

Yay! for Thanksgiving! Yesterday we went to Becka and Leah's aunt and uncle's house for some tasty Indian food and
some family time. This afternoon we had dimsum with the fam and checked out the black friday deals. Afterwards Jackie
came home with us and helped Leah and Becka make mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. She had a good time cooking
and watchng movies. Dinner was amazing and filling.

Gobble Gobble... Happy Thanksgiving!
Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)



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Week Update: Food Show, House, Wine Tasting, Cavs Game

Sorry Gang... Been super swamped at work, so I haven't been able to sit down and just update the site. Below is a quick
run down of what all has been going on.

Nov-14 (House Album Update): The morning before the food show, we had a visitor. It was a fox! It was just lying by the
pond just soaking up the sun.

Nov-14 (New FabFoodShow Album): We (Alicia, Tom, Leah, Becka, and I) went to the Fabulous Food Show at the I-X Center.
It was AWESOME! We got to see a whole bunch of celebrity chefs and got to sit in on Iron Chef Michael Symon's food theater.
There were a lot of tasty samples to be had. The best part is ALL the food is LOCAL. YAY OHIO! Afterward we hit up road house
for some grub.

Nov-17 (No album yet... pending Nate's post processing): We (Kathleen, Nate, Bill, Becka, and I) went to Lockkeeper's for
a wine tasting. They did a wine pairing with wine from Italy. It was fun and the food was great. My favs were the pheasant with
pistaccio stuffing (like a mini Thanksgiving dinner), and the filet.

Nov-21 (New Cavs Game Album): Becka and I bought tickets from Ross for the 76ers/Cavs game. We had a good time
watching the Cavs kick butt and munching on chicken nachos and Lola fries (Yes... the fries from Michael Symon Rest.).

Enjoy the new albums.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Everything should start to settle down after Thanksgiving.


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Corn Maze = aMAZING

Early this morning, I woke up early to hit up Walmart for they pre-black Friday sale. They were selling an Xbox360 Arcade
for regular price, but you got a $100 Walmart card. And when I trade in my busted Xbox, it will have only costed me $20
for a new Xbox.

Anywho this day was about an AMAZING HUGE corn maze. Nate, Kathleen, Ian, Bill, and I all hiked it up to Hiram to
check out a corn maze. We had a fun time hiking around the corn. We did get stuck at check point 12, becuase some
kid ripped it out of the gorund and hid it. Luckily for us, Nate found it tucked away in the corner. After the maze, we hit up
a local joint called The Deck. It was pretty good. On the outside it looks like a total dive, but on the inside it was nice and
clean. The high point of The Deck as the Lobster Claw game.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Mini-Update: Cavs Game and Jenna Surprise Albums

Hi Gang

Just a quick update.

Nov-3: Went with Stephen and his crew to the Cavs game. It was nice catching a Cavs game. They looked good. Hope
they can keep it up for the rest of the season. We also got burgers at Michael Symon's new burger place in the Q. It was
tasty. I got the one with fried bologna and Lola fries Mmmmmm and Go CAVS!

Nov-5: Jenna sent a surprise package to Becka and Leah. All of Jenna's kids worte Leah thank you letters for the leaves
that she sent them. They were all really sweet... and misspelled Winking LOL! And Becka for some UofA gear.

Enjoy the new albums
-Garvin (^_^)


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Triple BDay in CBus!

Becka, Leah, and I booked it down to CBus for the day to celibrate Teresa, Gary, and Becka's BDays. We did presents
and headed off to the German Village. Our mission as the Sausage Haus. It was on the show Man vs. Food. It definitely
did not disappoint. We ate tons of different sausages and fresh sourcrout. After we filled our bellies full of meat, we got
dessert for Lisa and Joe's place. We chilled at there place for a little and played with Fat Princess and ate dessert. YUM!

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)



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Happy Birthday Gary!!! and Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Birthday Gary!!! Will celibrate tomorrow.

Yay! We finally got our FIRST Trick Or Treaters today. Thanks to Jeremy at work for bringing ther kids all the way over. It's
been 4th Halloweens and we FINALLY got some kids to stop over. Wahoo! We made special bag with treats in them.

Happy Halloween
-Garvin (^_^)

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Inbetween BDays!

Yesterday while Becka was at class Leah and I made a top secret cake for Becka and Pete for their inbetween BDays. We
decided to do a scary cake with a cool web on it. Today Becka got her present from Sofiya and Mike in the mail. And
Becka, Leah, and I got together with Donna Sue and Pete to celebrated Becka and Pete's birthdays. We got a ton of hot
tasty Indian food. After dinner we did presents. Pete for some cool nerd toys, including a signed print from xkcd. Becka
got fancy nail polish and some tasty treats. Then we did the top secret surprise cake. Everybody liked the spider and
the cool decorations on the side the cakes.

Updated "Becka BDay Misc" Album... Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)




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Happy Birthday Becka!!!

Becka got Sofiya and Mike's BDay card in the mail. We kept it low key and watched Ocean's 13 (which completes the
trilogy in 2 days) and did presents. Becka got a jacket from Banana Republic, haunted ginger bread house kit, wireless
mini mouse, PJs, dessert erasers, Hello Kitty Pez dispenser, and a venus fly trap kit.

Updated the "Becka BDay Misc" Album.. enjoy.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Becka's BDay Continue

Becka's BDay weekend continues with #1Pho with family and a relaxing day of movies and lounging around. I started a
Becka BDay Misc. Album to store all the random BDay pics this week. Jackie and Kelvin picked out a present for Becka at
McDonald's. They each chose their favorite Happy-Meal Toys... Awwww Winking Then we made turkey sandwiches (I made the
Ultimate Turkey Sandwich.... reference blog above), watched Oceans Eleven/Twelve and had some cake.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. [Mini-update] Updated House album.... Leah made some bread this morning.



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Becka and Kathleen BDay Dinner

We went to Maggiano's to celebrate Becka and Kathleen's BDay. Of course... we had a lot of tasty food. After dinner
we tired to walk it off in the mall.

Ugg still full. Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes.. Becka has a new haircut.


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Jaun and Kat's Wedding!

The flight was pretty standard. 2 hours to Houston… got some ribs at my favorite BBQ place in the airport, and then another
2 hours to Tucson. I got pretty far with the new Mario and Luigi game. Emily, Hagan, and Becka, picked me up. I pretty
much passed out at Em's place. The morning of the wedding, Becka and I celebrated Sweetest Day… already made a
separate album for that.

In the morning, We (Karina, Becka, and I) hit up The Good Egg for breakfast. I had an awesome bfast burrito called the Hot
Juan. It had chorizo and jalapenos. After that we headed off to the salon. We met up with Mama Shaffer there and went
looking for champagne for Juan and Kat's bed room. We found a place called Bevmo! The place rocked. I found a cool
little bottle of sake where the lid doubles over as sake cup too… AMAZING! I hope it tastes good… want to buy more little
bottles. After the BevMo run Mama S. and I went to check into the hotel, while Becka and Karina went to Juan's to get
ready.

After a quick nap… Mama S. and I headed to the Z Mansion to accomplish my first mission. I had to dress up the birds on
the fountain with a vail and a min i tux. Once I found some floral tape it was smooth sailing. The costumes came from a
party store which were meant for champagne glasses Winking The wedding went off without a hitch. It was super short (<20
minutes) and done by Juan and Kat's friends. The food spread was nice. They set up 3 serving stations (pasta, chicken
teriyaki, carne asada). The food was very good. I loved the carne asada. During the wedding we left to Jaun and Kat's
place to decorate their bed room. We changed the bed spread, put up 103 candles around the room, and to top it off we
sprinkled roses all over the place.

I was good to see Becka's AZ friends again.
Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. More pics to come when Becka comes back in town tomorrow.



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Juan and Kat Wedding

Coming Soon...
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Happy Sweetest Day!

Yay! It's that time of the year again... Happy Valentines Day!... wait what?!?! It's not Valentines Day... It's that other day of
the year where cards stores make up a holiday Winking I degress. Got to do Sweetest Day in Tucson this year. Oh by the way
It IS HOT in AZ! I was surprised... this was the first time Becka remembered it was Sweetest Day! I got her a flower
pendant from Swarovski, which should count as a Sweetest Day-Birthday-Christmas present... Yeah ouch. Any who...
Becka got me a nice Sweetest Day card and a baby Snoopy.

Enjoy the pics.
<3 Garvin (^_^)


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Lovely Lola!

Ahh back to regular old blogs, no more micro-blogs. We (Nate, Kathleen, Alicia, Bill, Leah, Becka, and I) hit up Lola last
night. We had an AMAZING time. The food was really good. For those who don't know. Lola is a restaurant owned by
Iron Chef Michael Symon (the bald guy with the soul patch). His known specialty is bacon mmmmmm.

What we ate....
Appetizer:
Beef Cheek Pierogi- wild mushrooms, horseradish creme fraiche
Crispy Bone Marrow- Bone marrow with various accompaniments.
Today's Charcuterie- Pickled vegetables, crostini, mustard

Entrees:
Duck-
magret breast, green beans, charred scallions, almonds, "romesco" sauce
Smoked Berkshire Pork Chop- chiles, cheesy polenta, bbq onions
Roasted Chicken- wild mushrooms, baby carrots, confit
Lamb- sausage, rib chop, sweetbreads, fennel, arugula, pinenuts
Beef Hanger Steak- pickle sauce, chiles, lola fries

Dessert:
Pear & Walnut Backed Alaska-
oregonzola blue cheese, brown sugar meringue, roasted concord grapes
Coconut Carmel Bavarian- chocolate cake, toasted pecans, fresh cherries
6.A.M. Special- fresh toast, maple-bacon ice cream, caramelized apple

The appetizers were a great way to start our adventure at Lola's. The restaurant was known for their bone marrow. The
marrow was a first for me. It was exactly like foie gras, which I LOVE. You spread the marrow on your bread like butter and
It came with some salt, salsa verde, and onion jam. The smoked duck and lamb was amazing too. The entrees were good
as well. Sidenote, the sweetbread was the best part of the lamb dish. The pork chop was cooked perfectly and had a hint
of heat. The Lola fries were lightly salted and had a hint of rosemary on them, very tasty. Will need to start adding rosemary
to my fries, YUM. Of course dessert hit the spot. My fav was the 6A.M. Special. It was breakfast in a dessert form factor. If
anything.. might need to stop back just for dessert. Afterwards, we hit up Malley's for a light night snack.

We had a great time eating some amazing food. Can't wait for the next place we all eat at (foreshadowing).

Enjoy the tasty pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Might be a good place to stop by before Cavs games Winking



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[micro-blog] Wedding Day

Last mirco-blog.
Took Mike to get watch readjusted.
Ran back home to get real shoes
Went to Starbucks in the morning with Mike.
Took a picture with a squirrel.
Took pics around Cleveland.
Girls were frozen.
Wedding was quick, but good.
The reception was super-fun.
Barb used the same toast that I had penned in (Thank God for Backups... yes that prepared).
Food was filet, chicken, and asparagus.
Did the chair dance and no one got hurt.
Mama and Dad had a good time talking with Mike's Mama and GrandMama.
Everybody had a GREAT time!

Albums created:
Leake Wedding[My Pics], Leake Wedding[Mama Pics],
WeddingReception[My Pics], WeddingReception[Mama Pics]

Toast from wedding....
To love.. laughter… and happily ever after… may your love tomorrow be even greater than your love today. 
To Mike and Sofiya Leake.  mazel tov!



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[micro-blog] Bachelor Party part2

Finally the "Official" Bachelor party with everybody.
Did it in the parking lot of J. Alexanders.
Made "ACME Bachelor Party In-A-Box".
Everybody got some Magnum 40 ouncers. Mmmmm
There was a cool Hula girl with presents tucked in her.
Mike got a new iPod Touch and some headphones.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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[micro-blog] Rehearsal Dinner

Rehearsal dinner was at J. Alexander.
There was around 17 people.
Primer Rib super-good... as usual.
Mike got the groom's party cool pics and gift cards.

Everyone had a great time and walked away stuffed.
Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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[micro-blog] Happy Birthday Glenn

Got Glenn a cool Evil Robot Card.
Gift was Wii points.

Happy Birthday Glenn!
-Garvin

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[micro-blog] Wedding Rehearsal

Got tux.
Was late Sad
Wedding rehearsal went smooth.
Ate at Winking Lizard.
Waited for Bill to sober up.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Kinda like this micro blogging stuff... Lots faster. Maybe all my blogs can be in haiku format Winking



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[micro-blog] Case Career Fair

Went to Case to recruit potential co-ops.
Cut hand with rust bungie cord.
Went to Urgent Care.
Got Tetnis shot.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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[micro-blog] Blink-182 Concert

Ok gang Super-Quick-Blogs. This week is going to be rough.

Gary and Joe drove from Columbus.
Got refund on Blink Tix.
Joe mad Weezer canceled.
We ate burgers.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Mike's Bachelor Party

Hi Gang

Quick write up for Mike's Super-Bachelor's Party! Going to be really busy this week.

Fri:
Bill and I woke up early and flew to Chicago and then Denver. We met up with Mike and Jeremy at the airport. We checked
into the Hyatt and walked around. By 4:30 we figured we should start standing in line for the Great American Beerfest. The
line was LOOOOOONG! It looked like it wrapped around most of the convention center. The beerfest was from 5:30-10. We
hit a lot of "interesting" ones, from a salmon ale to a pumpkin pie one. After an evening of drinking and FOUR BATHROOM
BREAKS… yes it was needed (it's what an old person must feel), we hit up Chilie's.

Sat:
We headed out of the city and hit up a very good breakfast place. The thick cut bacon was delicious. We then hiked it up to
Dillon and checked out the nice scenery. After some nice chilling out, we went to Idaho Spring for some ATV-ing. The Quad
Squad people were really cool. We had an AMAZING time. The views were breathtaking. It was a trill going over all the
rocks, zipping between trees, and splashing in puddles. Surprisingly, we all survived (no bruises or cuts) our 2 hour
excursion. We then busted back to Denver to get ready for a very nice meal. We ate at the 1515 restaurant, and just like
the ATV-ing it was also breathtaking and amazing. We did the 5 course meal were the chef pick what you eat. Of course
we bumped it up and had the wine pairing as well. Each dish was just mouth watering. It is EASILY on my top 5 places to
eat. The pork cheek and the New York strip was done to perfection. The meal rocked my world hard enough that I will
actually write a positive review on opentable.com.

Sun:
This was our cool down day. We had a great breakfast at Le Peep and chilled out at the airport. Bill and I flew to Kansas
City, St Louis, and then to Cleveland.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

P.S.
This week is going to be soooo long. Just a preview... We've got a Blink-182 concert, Mike and Sofiya's Wedding Rehersal
and dinner, and then the Wedding. Should be fun. Watch out for lots of pics.


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Juan Bachelor Party

Becka flew out to Pheonix, AZ to meet up with Karina and Juan to have a quick bachelor party. They had a great time at
Dave and Busters and just chilling out.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Pittsburgh Recruiting

Just got back from the Gulf Coast... and I hit the road to check out Carnagie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh
for some hot recruiting action. I won't talk to much... but the kids were were pretty impressive. I know my table looks a bit
sparce, but I (and a few others) thought it was a little casualy networking meeting. When I got a table, I took everything out
of my folder and tried to cover as much as the table as I could.... not too bad for last minute. After the event, I did a quick
run to get a layout of the area. I ran past the botantical garden and ended up at Schenley Park. There were having a jazz
festival there. I got bubble tea as a Chinese-Sushi stand?!?! Yeah I know a Chiense-Sushi stand at a park that's
AWESOME!!!! Afterwards, I got some take out congee at a little Asian restaurant. Got a meeting at Pitt tomorrow and back
in the office.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Recap: Gulf Coast Vacation

Sept-4th: Becka and I busted out of Codonics at 5 and met up with Gary and Teresa in Atlanta. We flew together to
Pensacola. After we landed we drove and hour and a half to Gulf Shores AL. Joe and Lisa had already set up camp with
tasty goodies already.



Sept-5th: First full day in AL we leave for New Orleans?!?! We drove through Mississippi and hit the tip of Louisiana. The
drive was around 3 hours to get fried chicken at Willie Mae's. The restaurant was featured on the Food Network and there
were tons of people waiting outside to get in. We go the last table of the day. Mmm it was good. The rest of the day we
hung out in New Orleans and checked Bourbon St. and the French Quarter. we got some tasty beignets. The girls went
shopping and the guys went to Harrah's Casino to gamble a little. I won +400 bucks on the roulette Happy.



Sept-6th: We actually stayed in Gulf Shores today. The day started off with Joe make his spam hash... Mmm spam…
and we had mimosas. Gary and I grew on spam sandwiches back in the day. We then hung out onto beach and had a
sand castle contest... it was a draw. The we buried each other in the sand and made creatures from the head. Joe was
a mermaid, Gary was a octopus, and I was a butterfly. To finish off the night, we ate at Hazels buffet where everything
was fried, but tasty.



Sept-7th: Happy Labor Day! More beach time in the morning. Then we did the Original Oyster House for lunch. Then we
shopped till we dropped at the outlet mall... Mmmm labor day sales! We had dinner at Gulf Shores Steamers, a place that
didn't have any fried food, FINALLY!!! Then we watched Enchanted.



Sept-8th: Had crepes, spam sandwiches, and mimosas, while we watch The Price is Right... Now we're on Vacation Winking
We went to the Wharf, a shopping area, and dropped the girls off at Aveda for their spa day. We, the guys, went to watch a
movie, Extract. Afterwards, we took a sunset dolphin cruise. It was fun, we saw a hand full of dolphins and caught a
beautiful sunset. For dinner we went back to The Original Oyster House.



Sept-9th: Joe and Lisa left early in the morning to visit their relatives in the morning. We (Gary, Teresa, Becka, and I) hung
out on the beach on last time, before we would head to Pensacola beach. On out way out we hit Lambert's Cafe for their
famous throwed rolls, where they throw their rolls at you. The drive wasn't too bad, about an hour and a half to Pensacola
hung out on the beach and ate at Hemingway's.



Sept-10th: We hit up the beach in the morning and dropped off Gary and Teresa at the airport. Becka and I ate and had
fun drinks at Crabs. The place was nice... wish we could have taken Gary and Teresa. Then we did more hanging out on
the beach. For dinner we ate at H2O and had sushi. To top off the night, we watched oceans 13 in bed.



Sept-11th: We did a quick hour on the beach and headed home. We had some fried chicken on Atlanta and arrived in
CLE around 8ish.



The vacation was exactly was the doctor ordered. It was nice to get away for a little bit and chill. I can tell you that I wrote
ONLY 1 work email.. and it was only 2 sentences. Will definitely need to pen in more vacations down the road. I know
Gary threw out Italy and I threw out any place to ski... soooo we'll see what we hit up next. Can't wait!

Enjoy ALL the pics
-Garvin (^_^)




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Cake Pictures

Our last cake class Sad We did roses tonight. I tried to use up as much frosting as I could. Becka and I had tons
of fun. Will definitly need to sign up for the fondant class later.

All the cake class pics are under one album.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Also updated the previous week's cake class pics as well.


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Put-in-Bay weekend

Put-in-Bay for the weekend. Becka's aunt from Texas was up, so we joined them for a fun filled weekend of
relaxing and eating. Mmmmmm. It was good catching up with everybody. We had dinner at a new Irish pub,
which was pretty good. On Saturday, we got our putt putt on and rested the rest of the day.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)



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Cake Classes

Today was our second class at Jo Ann Fabric. We got to actually decorate a cake today. We worked on
technique and made a rainbow cake. Becka's cake says "YAY!" on it and has a yellow border around the
bottom. My cake says "Eat Me" and is has a mixed pastel color border around it.

We brought the cakes in for Codonics to eat the day after Winking

Enjoy the tasty pics. Two more classes left.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Huge Update! (9 New Albums)

Hi Gang.

It's been a while (close to a month) since I've updated Digidreamerz. Hopefully things will be more on track.

::fingers crossed::
-Garvin (^_^)
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The Feast

Mmmm more food. Today we hit The Feast in Little Italy. There was sooo much tasty food. We tried to eat as
much as we could. Of course we ended the night off with waffle and ice cream.

Yum
-Garvin (^_^)


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Ratatouille Night

Mmmmm Rataoullie for tonight. Not just any ratatouille but the ratatouille from the Pixar movie Ratatouille.

Enjoy the tasty pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Cuyahoga County Fair

This week is the Cuyahoga County Fair. We had a good time walking around and seeing tons of animals
and stuffing our faces with all things fried... even oreos. MMMMMmmmmm.

Enjoy the tasty pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Alicia Car Trouble

Alicia's car decided to turn itself off while on the highway. Luckily for her, she was an exit away from her
apartment. It took her 45 minutes trek it back to her place and give me a buzz. We all waited for the tow
truck show up and drop it off at the dealers. Apparently some bird build a nest in the engine and it blocked
a sensor. Fun fun.

Enjoy the sad pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Mama BDay Party

Happy BDay Mama! Mmmm more cake. Gary and Teresa came to town. We got Mama a new printer for
her computer and took her to Maggiano's for lunch.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Kelvin BDay Party

Happy Birthday Kelvin!

Yay for cakes and presents. Kelvin score a cool bowling set and some cars. Kelvin had a fun time.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Sofiya Wedding Shower

Mama S., Alicia, and Becka hit up Sofiya's Wedding show today. They had a great time eating and playing
wedding shower games.

enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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National IT Admin Day!

Happy National IT Admin Day! The last Friday in July is IT Admin Day. We got Scott and Jeremy some
Nerds candy and a funny computer card. I drew Dilbert and Glenn on the cards.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

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Summer BBQ

Yay! Mike's in town... so we all got together and had a little BBQ. We had hamburgers, hotdogs, and teriyaki beef. Mmmmm.
The weather cleared up and it turned out to be a super-nice day. When Mike and Sofiya left, we played 1 vs. 100 on Xbox
Live till the wee hours of the night. We ended up hooking up Bill's and Leah's Xboxes down stairs too, so that we could
increase our chances of getting in the mob. Unfortunately we didn't make it Sad Oh well it was fun.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Jo-Ann Fabric class: Sewing 101 Pillow Case

Sewing 101 was SUPER-FUN! We learned a whole bunch of new stuff. Our teacher was super energetic. We all had a
fun time not sewing in a straight line... hahahaaa.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)



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Bill BBQ

Super Impromptu BBQ. Jenna wanted to make s'mores before she busted back, so today was the day. Bill made hotdogs,
hamburgers, and sausage. Mmmmmm We all had a good time and made some tastey s'mores to top off the night.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Jenna's Malley's Surprise

Yay! Today was the final piece in Jenn's surprise BDay trip. We rented the sign to Malley's to wish Jenna and Alicia Happy
BDay. We all had fun time demolishing the ultimate sundae. For dinner we snacked on bar food at FatHead (a new place
we've been dying to check out). It was pretty good. Wish I was more hungry.

Enjoy the "Sweet" pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Put-In-Bay

Fun day at Put-In-Bay. We actually came in on Friday night, so we'd have a full day at the bay. Yes, the first thing we did
when we go off the boat was to eat at Patio Chicken. Mmmmm. We were lucky, the weather was nasty in the morning, but
it ended up clearing up.We did the touristy stuff today. We did the cave, winery, and monument thingy. We had a tastey
dinner at The Crew's Nest. The ride back on the Jet Express was interesting. It was pretty bumpy all the way back to shore.

Enjoy the fun pics.
-Garvin (^_^)



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4th of July Chicago Road Trip

Long trip.... going to break it down in outline form.

Thursday:
+ Right after work we hit the road.
+ Got to Chicago around 11pm.

Friday:
+ Woke up had a big breakfast at the hotel.
+ Went to the Sears Town (aka Willis Tower) and checked out the new glass floor (just opened a few weeks ago).
+ Walk through Taste of Chicago.
+ Went to the Shedd Aquarium and saw lots of sea creatures.
+ Ate a Chicago-style hotdog. It's got mustard, relish, peppers, tomatoes, and onions. Mmmm.
+ Waited along the river for the fireworks. Apparently the 4th of July fireworks were on the 3rd.
+ The fireworks were really good.

Saturday:
+ Shop till you drop. Hit up the Magnificent Mile. There were a lot of fancy shops. I found a Tumi bag that I want.
+ Had dinner at Fogo de Chao. All you can eat Brazilian BBQ. We were all definitely stuffed.
+ Then went to the Navy Pier to watch more fireworks.
+ Met up with Martin and his fam for a bit.

Sunday:
+ For bfast we had my favorite pizza. Giordano's deep dish pizza with pepperoni, sausage, and mushroom. We barely
dented it. Jenna and I both had 2 slices and Becka almost finished one.
+ We went to check out Wrigley Field. At first we were just goin to see it, but we figure we might as well catch a game.
+ I got $60 tickets for 20 bucks. Yay!
+ To finish out Chicago experience we went to a place I found called iCream. You get to pick all the ingredients for you're
ice cream, and they make it from scratch right in front of you. They use liquid nitrogen to speed up the process of course.
+ Got home around midnight.











Enjoy all the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)
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Jenna BDay Dinner

Happy Birthday Jenna! We celebrated Jenna's BDay tonight at Shinto's We have tons of sushi and they brought out a
sparkling dessert for Jenna. We did manage to stop off at SpudNuts to check out there doughnuts. We ended up with a
dozen free doughnuts. We topped off the night with some of Jenna's favorite ice cream, rocky road. We got Jenna a trip
to Chicago for her birthday (foreshadowing for upcoming album).

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)



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Codonics BBQ

Yay Codonics BBQ! Chris is leaving Codonics at the end of summer. He is leaving me his smoker. Sooo we decided to
through a big BBQ for everybody. We did a smoker pork shoulder. It took more then 10 hours! to smoke the entire shoulder.
While we waited for the pork to cook we just got our game on and played a lot of Tiger Woods for the Wii. Everybody had a
good time and walked away with a happy belly.

enjoy the juice pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Teresa's Big Graduation

Sorry Gang for not putting this up sooner. Teresa had her big OSU graduation in the football stadium. Looks like everyone
had a good time. Both Tony and I were out of commission. The whole fam got Teresa a MacBook Pro.... Yes the new one.

The new album has Mama Seto's pics from Teresa's Doctoral Convocation too.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Toronto SNM Tradeshow

It's not as kinky as it sounds. The SNM show is the Society for Nuclear Medicine and it was in Toronto. Luckily, I had my
Canada hockey jersey to wear, so I can blend in with the locals... HAHAHAA. This will be a quick post. Wanna eat dinner,
post the new pics, and go to bed soon.

Friday: Left for Toronto with Patti. When we got to Toronto we has a tasty bfast. Mmmm. Then we rushed off to the Metro
Convention center. We finished everything early and busted out around 2-ish. Afterwards we chilled at an Irish restaurant.
Everybody had a long day, so while other were taking a nap a took a quick run to the Chinatown. It was huge and had tons
of tasty foods. We hit up CRUSH and Beir Market for beers and food. I got the "sea bass" and finished half of Nick's
chicken flat bread. Mmmmm.

Saturday:
During my morning run, I twisted my ankle pretty badly and to top it off it was on me to get the configs and set up
done. I was given the all mighty binder and the keys to the booth. In the morning a did my rounds. It just took twice as long,
because I was gimping around and using my rolly bag as a crutch. All of the walking definitely was a bad idea. Luckily the
convention center had an on staff nurse during the show. So I scored some ice and elevated my leg on our push cart. The
nurse was soooo nice, she was your typical grandma, but a nurse.I managed do everything possible by 12-ish and didn't
have anything scheduled till 1:30, so I figured I should hobble my way to the street and get some lunch. Mmmmm sausage.
Later the crew came on over and we finished the rest of the hooks ups. Everybody was hungry so we grabbed some tacos.
This first night of the SNM show is an evening reception. They have appetizers and booze. The apps were good. They
had dimsum... yah i know DIMSUM! Continuing the roller coaster day, the company taht had the booth next too us finally
showed up. And it was a guy that I haven't seen since I graduated Case. Doug was a character. Caught up with him for a
couple minutes. After the show closed at 8pm, we hit up King street for din din. We found a place that had a rooftop patio.
The weather was soo nice and the food was amazing. Mmmmm duck.

Sunday:
Last day in Canada. In the morning when Nick and I went to the drug store to get candy, I picked up a thank you
card and some chocolate for my Grandma Nurse. I even drew a little doggy on the envelope. LOL! she said I looked
handsome in my suit and my mama would be soo happy Laugh (Awww I miss my Grandma Nurse) The day went blazing fast.
I finished everything that I needed to do and busted out. The trip back home was uneventful. Had a corned beef sandwich
at the airport. I did see the 2010 winter Olympics' mascots. Must schedules something for the Olympics next year Winking

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)



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5th Year Anniversary: PA or Bust!

WOW! Becka and I actually celebrated our anniversary on time this year... who would have thunk it?!?! Well as usual we
made out yearly trek to Pittsburgh to eat at our restaurant, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto (the place of our first date). For
appetizers, we got shrimp cocktail and calimari. If you notice there's a lot of smoke coming out of the shrimp cocktail.
That's because the dish had dry ice around it to keep it chilled. Becka and I ordered the daily specials for out main course
and dessert. For dinner we had scallops wrapped in applewood bacon served with mustard potato salad. For dessert
we split a lemon pound cake with raspberry sauce. Afterwards we walked around. The weather was super nice.

YAY! 4 Love and Anniversaries!
Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)



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Teresa Doctoral Convocation

YAY! Congratulations Teresa! Today we booked it down to Columbus for Teresa's Doctoral Convocation. When we got
there we had 30 minutes to scarf down as much food as we could put down. Mmmmmmm. The food was from Lemon
Grass, the place where the fam had dinner. The food was good. Gary and I got to watch and take pics of Teresa walk
across the circle. Mama, Gary, and I took a ton of pics. We made sure to yell as loud as possible when they called out
Teresa's name. After the convocation, they had a reception. It was a mad house. Tons of people crammed under a tent
trying to get some cheese Winking Everyone had a great time. Afterwards, Becka, Leah, and I had to go to Jeni's for the BEST
ice cream every. My fav flavor is Pistachio Honey Mmmmm. We got back home around 2am and it was definitely easy to
fall asleep.

Enjoy the fun fill pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Will do a mini-update when I get mama's pics. She got pics from their dinner and convocation pics.



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Teresa and Gary Honeymoon

Huge album update! Sooo huge I've split them up into two albums. Looks like Teresa and Gary had a great time. They
went to Tahiti and Bora Bora for their honeymoon. If the pics look familiar you've probably seen them on the covers of
magazines like Travel and Leisure (Yes the huts above the water and everything... so jealous). The water looks amazing
and it sounds like they had a BLAST!

Enjoy the awesome pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Cavs Cookout

We had another super impromptu Cavs cookout. We pretty much decided to have a cookout right before seeing UP.
Sidenote... UP is and AMAZING Movie... Great story and awesome animation. Pixar Animation out did themselves this
time. We also rocked a dual screen layout and watched the Pens game on the other TV. Unfortunately both teams lost.
The Cavs will have to wait till next season. At least we got to fill our bellies with Nathans hotdogs and cheese burgers.
Mmmmmmmmm.

Enjoy the tasty pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Gary and Teresa's Love Mobile

Sooo Gary and Teresa come back from their honeymoon and I wanted to do something special for them. I got a ton of
window pant and went to town on Gary's Envoy.

Enjoy Gary and Teresa's Love Mobile
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. It was extra hard to write SETO backwards on the sunroof Winking


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Cavs vs Magic Game 5

A must win situation... Leah and I went on a search for Cavs tickets. I was able to get tickets for less than what they were
going for on flashseats.com so SUCCESS! The game was amazing. At first I was a bite nervious when they blew away
their 20+ point lead again. The Cavs were able to pull it together and win by 10+ points. There were a lot of famous
people at the game too... Jay-Z (rap super-star), Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steeler QB), and Alex Rodriguez (Yankee
slugger), just to name a few. We had a great time!

Enjoy the fun filled pics. Go Cavs!
-Garvin (^_^)


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Round 2: Cleveland Rib Cook Off

Oh Sweet Mama... more meat. We went to the Cleveland Rib Cook Off today. The food of course was tasty. The weather
turned out to be amazing. We had ribs, lemonade, chips, fries, funnel cake, waffle ice cream, and roasted corn. Mmmmm.
Needless to say we definitely walked away stuffed. PigFoot had the best ribs again and Carolina Rib King were the only
crew with beef ribs.

Enjoy the tasty pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Mission Impossible: Escape from Rochester

Your mission if you choose to take it... Drive to Rochester, pick up U-Haul trailer, move everything to trailer, and haul
everything back in less than a day. Sounds fun huh? Actually it was super-fun. Becka and I Left at 7am for Rochester. We
began packing as soon as we got to Leah's apartment. By 5pm, the U-Haul was jam crammed. We then had dinner at
Good Luck. It was a nice little bistro-like restaurant. The food was incredibly fresh. We shoved off around 9pm. U-Haul
suggests to drive 10 to 15 mphs below typical speeds. The drive was a little bit longer, but I made sure to pound back 4
cups of coffee at Good Luck. I ordered coffee with a french press. Mmmmm.

So when we go back home I realized that I had put the lock on backwards, where the key hole was covered by the bar. So
used a wrench to clamp on the key and bang the top off so that i can cram it between the bar and the keyhole. It's easy to
understand if you check out the pics.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. The title is a shout out to Mission Impossible and the Escape From LA movies Winking


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Berea Rib Cook Off

The first day of the Berea Rib Cook Off has free admission, so Becka and I decided to get some tasty over priced corn right
after work. Great way to enjoy the great weather. Desperado's by far had the best ribs that we tasted. They were the only
people that had beef ribs.

Enjoy the tasty pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Photobooth Analysis

Upon further analysis... I was wrong we did not cram 14 people in what was meant for 10 people. We
crammed 15!!!

1:Garvin 2:Tony 3:Alicia 4:CK 5:Bill 6:Teresa 7:Papa Seto 8:Leah
9:Lisa 10:Kelvin 11:Gary 12:Jackie 13:Becka 14:Bill 15:Sally

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)
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Wedding Photobooth Album

Boooo! The Digidreamerz upload messed up last night. Oh well... Updated all the pics. As an added bonus, I just
grabbed ALL the photobooth pics. Team Seto took the record for most people in the booth, 14 people!

Enjoy all the pics.
-Garvin


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The Day After

Continuing the the weekend of non-stop eating we had dimsum with Gary, Teresa and some of their friends. We
swapped pics later that afternoon. For dinner we had two slabs of sushi. Fun fun!

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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The Gary & Teresa Seto Wedding!

Yay! today is Gary and Teresa's special day... and I had two tasks to do... 1) don't lose the rings 2) don't pass out during the
best man speech. The wedding was nice and the reception was AMAZING! The nicest reception I've been too.
Below the timeline...

8:30am
Woke up early and made a Panera and coffee run. My Aunt Yim and Uncle Thomas drink a lot of coffee. I purposely didn't
eat anything for avoid any stomaches.


10:10am
We got ready for the photographer to come over. To make sure I wouldn't lose the rings I taped the bag to my pant pocket.
Gary opened his present from Teresa. He got a couple groom and bride build-a-bears and a really pimp watch.


10:50am
Off to the church in the CTS.


11:15am
We got the church ready and helped the florist set up stuff. And in between helping out more family photos. Once all the
prep-work was done we chilled behind the tabernacle with Gary.


11:50am
False start... After a quick blessing from Father Jetter (yeah I snuck in a pic), it was game time. He took us out, but unfortunately the candles
weren't lit, so we had to walk back hehee. I thought the false start was good. It helped break a LOT of the tension. The
pic below is of us walking back from out false start Winking


12:06pm
Wedding Time! I had the best seat in the house. The maid of honor and I sat one step towards the alter. I did manage to
grab a pic by shooting from the hip. I think every 5 minutes I was checkin my pocket that I still had the rings. The only thing
that we messed up was, everybody (except Gary and Teresa) forgot to bow in front of the alter... oopsies. Father Jette did
a great job!


12:45pm
Time for pics. There was little time for pics. Supposedly there's another wedding right after us. We drilled down the list as
fast as possible. Efficiency was key.


1:20pm
Limo time! Jumped into a stretched Excursion. The Excursion was nice. It was brand new with color changing fiber optics
on the ceiling and along the walls. Enjoy the Pringle cat fight.



1:53pm
First stop art museum. The weather was still holding up, so we first hit up an out door place. Unfortunately, it began to rain
20 minutes in the shoot. Luckily Gary and I went to Golf Galaxy the other day and got some huge umbrellas. We still took
some nice shots with umbrellas.

2:46pm
We get to The Arcade to take some more pics.

3:15pm
Get to the pier for some more pics.



4:08pm
We get to the Marriott and check out the digs and Gary and Teresa's Presidential suite! The suite was out of this world!
Top floor with bar, pool table, dinning room, two flat screens, and a huge bathroom.... oh and I forget there's an AWESOME
view too. WOW! Before the reception we pregamed with pool and beer.


5:00pm
Hors d'oeuvre hour. The food was amazing and were were starving. All we had were snacks and champagne for lunch
while running around taking pics. Joe and I destroyed the food. There were bacon wrapped scollops (Joe had 10 I had 8),
shrimp cocktail (Joe: 8 Me: 3), and beef wellington (Joe: 6 Me: 2). The food was soo good. Oh yeah and more pictures.


6:00pm
Wedding reception time. It was AMAZING! By far the best wedding I've been to. Everyone had a great time! Gary and
Teresa did the cake first, then the tea ceremony, speeches, food, and then dancing. I've been practicing my speech for the
last week and whenever I had free time today. I had written 2.5 speeches and in the end I ended up with the streamlined
one. I got through it with out a hitch. They had a photo booth that they rented out last minute. It ROCKED! More fun than
an amusement park. It was wide and we tried to cram as many people as we could in it. There were attendants to help
out and begin scrapbooking all the pics from the booth. In the super-crammed one you'll notice Alicia's thumbs up in the
background. Also as a sidenote: Mama rocked her hand-painted dress. Super-Cool!. We had fun all all night long.






12:01am
Of course after the party was the After-Party! A few of us when up to Gary and Teresa's Presidential Suite to keep the
party going. More pool, beer, and hanging out with friends and family.


Enjoy all the albums. Congratulations Teresa and Gary! Live long and prosper (potential ending to my best man speech).
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. There's more pics. Will do mini-updates as they trickle in. YAY!
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Wedding Rehearsal/Dinner

A lot happened today so I'm going to take a time line approach to try not to miss anything. Also I've sorted the albums
based on where I got the pics from. Ok here we go time line time...



1:00 pm
Got off work early. Knew it was goin to be a long night... so I took a nap while Becka and Leah were getting ready.


4:00pm
Get to Mama's house, unpack house, and get ready to go to church for rehearsal. Kelvin borrowed my hat.


5:00pm
Meet at the church and go through the dry run. Father Jette was Awesome/Funny as usual. I might admit this is the part
where I start getting nervous. I didn't want to forget anything. Everything thing seems pretty straight forward.


7:30pm
Rehearsal dinner time... the beginning of a NON-STOP food eating weekend. We had a ten course tradition Chinese
wedding dinner. The ten course meal has a special significancy to it. The food list went... roast pork, shark fin soup, fried
crab claws, seafood melody,fish, lobster, crispy chicken, abalone, crab noodles, shrimp rice, fruit, and some sweet pastries.
Everybody walked away stuff. Yay! The Tam family showed up then too. We took a lot of family pics... a foreshadowing of
what's to come. Gary also handed our his groom's man gifts too. We all got pimp watches.





10:00pm
We get home and talked the night way with friends and family. We had a packed house again. Mom, Dad, Gary, Tam
family (4), Lisa, Joe, Leah, Becka, and Me... that makes 12 people... YAY for family!

2:00am
Joe was snoring soooo loud I couldn't sleep. I had to go down stair and sleep on the couch. Funny thing... I could still
hear him down stairs.

Enjoy all the albums
-Garvin (^_^)
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Mother's Day/Tony BDay

Celebrated Mother's Day one day early this year. Met up with Mama and Melinda at Wonton Gourmet... Mmmmm. Mama
got some Swarovski crystal stuff and some flower bulbs that we'll plant for her some other day. We all had a great time
drinking milk tea and stuffing our faces. We also kinda celebrated Tony's BDay by giving Melinda his presents.

Yay! Happy Mother's Day and Happy Birthday Tony!
Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Mini-Update: House Album

Quick mini-update to House album. There were two ducks hanging out of our house in the morning.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

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Bachelor Bachelorette Parties

The guys had their bachelor party and the girls had their bachelorette tonight. To sum it up lots of drinking, lots of food,
and more drinking. Everybody had a great time! Nuff said...

I will say the restaurant (Rosendales link) the guys ate at was SUPER-NICE. The way I found/chose the place was list
all the restaurants in Columbus and sort by price and start from the top. The food was AMAZING, but the portions were
small. We spent sooo much money they gave us 3 free valet parking vouchers to come back again. And yes we will
come back... we just need to save a little more money and remember the girls next time Winking

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)



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Impromptu Cavs BBQ

Riding the wave of the good weather (3 GREAT days in a row!) we've had in Cleveland, we HAD to have a BBQ today.
Sent some txt messages around noon and in a matter of minutes we were gettin some grub at Giant Eagle to grill it up.
While shopping Becka and I took in the Game Stop trade-in offer for a DSi. We had Nathan's hotdogs, smoker sausage,
corn on the cob, potato salad, chip, and apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Mmmmmmm. To finish off the day we threw rocks
in the pond.... Ian's idea Winking

Enjoy the tasty pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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H&R Block Party

When to H&R Block's end of the season party. We had a fun time. The people were nice and the food was good. They
served prime rib and chicken with cream mushroom sauce. The theme was "Deal or No Deal" and they gave funny little
prize. It was nice to see everybody having a good time. H&R Block threw a great for it's employees.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Mike Visit = Indians Game

Yay! Mike's in town. We decided to enjoy the nice weather and take an in an Indians game. We had a great time
sitting in the sun and watching the Indians. Gary and Teresa joined us as well. The tix were SUPER-CHEAP... 9 bucks!
Unfortunately, the Indians lost Sad The silver lining was that the Cavs won Winking We also lucked out, Progressive Field had
a fun fireworks show.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Jackie BDay Party!!!

Yep that's right... If you've been keeping track, that's THREE BDays in less than a week. That's a lot of cake. (^_^) We
had a lot of fun at Jackie's BDay. It was Hannah Montana themed. Jackie and her friends played musical chairs,
scavenger hunt, and a Hannah Montana word search. Jackie scored a couple DS games, and a Hannah Montana
guitar. Becka even had time to teach her how to play "Mary had a little lamb" before we left.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Bill BDay Party!!!

Yay! another BDay! Happy BDay Bill!!! For Bill's BDay we got everybody together and hit up Gusto! (link) in Little Italy.
We all did pretty well at keeping it a surprise. Gusto! was Great! They had really good food there and the service was
amazing. There was an accordion player that played happy birthday to Bill twice. To top off the night, we had a cake
from Corbo's Mmmmm.

Enjoy the tasty pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Teresa's Bridal Shower

We had a great time in Columbus! The bridal shower was at a local wine shop Vino 100. They did a wine tasting that was
paired up with different foods. Yum! Teresa and Gary banked on tons of cool gifts. Afterwards, we all hit up Easton to get
our game on and to have sushi.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Day 5: Dublin Marathon... On your mark... Get set... GO!!!

Nothing like getting a quick run in before your flight. Unfortunately, it was from the car rental to our gate. Below is a quick
blow-by-blow.

+ Drop the car off. Gary and I sprint off to the terminal.
+ Gary sprinted all the way, while I accidentally followed the wrong AZN.
+ Joe meets up at the ticket line, but he thought we took his bag with us. It was still at the car rental place.
+ Gary sprints back to the car rental, while Joe and I wait in line.
+ Gary gets back as they are printing tickets.
+ Go through security.
+ Joe left his bag (yes the same one) at security. We double back a couple yards.
+ Get to customs, but had to fill out form in another room.
+ Get to gate (the finish line) right before boarding.

Great to be back.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Day 4: Last Day Sad ... Road Trip!

Last day in Ireland. We hit the road hard today. We drove 3.5 hours to the west coast to the Cliffs of Moher. It was pretty
cool. Amazing view. The drive to the cliff was fun. The twisty roads was fun. I took a panorama of the twistiness that went
up and down the steep hills. Then we drove up the coast to Galway. That was ok. We had some good fish and chips there.
With out last night, we hit up Porterhouse and then the Casino.

Peace out Ireland!.. it's been real.
-Garvin (^_^)



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Day 3: Rise and Shine

Since we didn't "officially" use our Dublin Passes yesterday, we decided to jam a lot of stuff together. Today was an early
day. We got up around 6am (1am EST) to get out of the city and hit up Wicklow National Park. We did a little ~3 mile hike.
The views were amazing. After we go back to town we hit the Dublin Pass hard. We went to the Dublin Castle, City Hall,
and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Then we had some tasty dimsum... yeah I know in Dublin. Apparently there is a large population
of AZNs. To top off the night we accidentally found a casino. This casino was super-cool. Everything was automated
(I <3 robots). They had automated roulette tables and blackjack tables that would roll the ball or flip the cards.

Time for some sleep. Long day tomorrow. Driving to the west coast.
-Garvin (^_^)



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Day 2: Missed it by that much... Day of bad timing.

Today's theme was "Bad Timing". We slept in till noon today. Granted daylight savings happened last night, so we lost an
hour. We hit the road and went to Blackrock Markets. We found a great place to eat. The market was ok not as much stuff.
We left Blackrock to the Dublin Castle. Unfortunately when we got there they were closing. There were a lot of markets
around so we went shopping. We found the Captain Americas restaurant. It was every comic book nerds dream. They
even had a drink called the Red Skull A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Then when we tried to go to the Lobster Pot, but found out they were
closed. A lot of places started closing around us, even the nice restaurant at the hotel. Eventually, we just ended up at at
the bar in the hotel instead. Then we hit the town for some beer and walking around. To top of the night of "Bad Timing",
we came back to the gelatoria and they closed on us, so we couldn't even get dessert Sad

Enjoy the update
-Garvin (^_^)



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Day 1: No Sleep... Lots of Food and Beer

So the flight was loooooooooong, but we made it to Dublin. The weather is very much like Cleveland cold, windy, and
cloudy. We got a lot stuff done today. First got a nice Irish breakfast. Then we checked into the castle. Yep I said "castle".
No draw bridge or moat though Sad After we filled out belles with breakfast and pastries, we headed off to the Guinness
Storehouse. The Guinness tour was fun, too bad they didn't take us through the actual plant and we were dead tired. At
the top of the Guinness building they have Gravity Bar at the top floor where you're surrounded with windows. I made a
quick panorama of the Gravity Lounge. After Guinness, Joe took a nap while Gary and I worked out. We had dinner at
O'Shea's Merchant for some authentic Irish food. Later we hit a couple pubs from some beer, and music. The night was
still young so we topped off the day with some Chinese food. Surprisingly the food was really good. I foresee them in our
future, especially when we know they don't close until 2am.

In saving off everybody's pics, I quickly realized there was going to be a LOT of pics. So much, that they will not be
manageable/browsable. I have split the albums by who took the pics, so the pics are still in chronological order.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Matt Visit

When Matt's in town we get our bowl on. We had a yummy dinner at J Alexander's. Then we hit up Freeway Lanes for a
couple games of bowling. Matt almost beat me twice. The first game I had to get a at least 11 pins in the last frame.
Luckily, I got a spare and a few pins. In the last game I had to get 20 pins to tie. Luckily I got a spare and a strike to tie.
Phew! Close call. Funny enough Matt and I tied with 122 and Jocelyn and Becka tied with 71. Weird...

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Jenna Visit

YAY! Jenna was in town this weekend for Becka and Jenna's annual shopping extravaganza. They definitely got their
shop on. We had a great time eating at John Q's and hanging out at a bar downtown.

Enjoy the fun pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Surprise Gary Keefe BDay

It's been a month or so in the making, but we (Ross, Erica, and I) surprised Gary with a 50th birthday party. We did a
Hawaiian theme. Everybody had a good time. Gary was truly surprised. We got him a nice blu-ray player.

enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. I also included the pics I photoshopped for the roast.


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Leah BDay

Happy Birthday Leah! YAY! We had a great time




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Joe and Garvin Birthday Weekend

We celebrated a double birthday this weekend, mine and Joe's. We had a good nice dinner at McCormick &
Schmick's. They did mess up the meats, but everything was tasty. Later we battled the night away at Street
Fighter 4.

Yay for Family! and Birthdays!
-Garvin (^_^)


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Cleveland Car Show

The Cleveland Car Show was funny. Becka got some time to do some potential preliminary shopping.
There was definitely extra emphasis on fuel efficiency and hybrids. Of course I had plenty of time to drool
over the GMC Acadia and Cadillac CTS Mmmmm.

Enjoy the shiny pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Ski-Spa Weekend

Yay for Skiing. This weekend I took the girls up to New York for a ski-spa weekend. We stayed at the new Seneca Casino,
which was right down the street from Holiday Valley. I dropped Becka and Alicia for their spa appointment, and I hit the
slopes. The skiing was good. I did come back early to get ready for dinner. We made reservations at the casino's steak
house, The Western Door. Wow their food was really good. Alicia even ate a little piece of smoked salmon! The restaurant
brought out a little birthday cupcake at the end of dinner. Before we left, we asked our waitress about a good local breakfast
joint. She admitted that she was biased to Dina's, because she worked there too, but highly recommended the pancakes.
Dina's was super-tasty! After breakfast, Becka and I dropped Alicia at the ski lodge and hit the slopes. We had a fun time.

Enjoy the fun-filled pics.
-Garvin (^_^)



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Garvin BDay

My birthday was pretty low key. Becka and I went to our favorite sushi place, Shinto. Unfortunately I left my
digi cam at Codonics, so we had to use our cell phones. We stuffed our faces with lots of sushi. The beef
sashimi came out in a "cool" (pun intended) leaf shaped ice place.

Enjoy the tasty blurry pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Happy Valentine's Day <3

Happy Valentine's Day! Yay! Soooo today I surprised Becka with Hello Kitty waffles for breakfast. We had a
great morning and exchanged cards/presents. Later that day Sofiya and Mike stopped over so we can go out
to dinner. We got reservations at Pier W, Mmmmmmmmmm. There were a couple highlights besides the
awesome food and company. We think were going to see a wedding proposal. There was a cute old couple
that sat next to us. Which by the way grandma could eat, she put away a couple lobster tails. Finally, they
needed our table for more guests, so they shuttled us to the bar with a free bottle of champagne, SCORE!
When we got home we celebrated me getting older. Sofiya and Mike got me a super-cool Spyder shirt.
Can't wait to wear it Winking

Happy Valentine's Day!
-Garvin (^_^) XOXO


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Flood of 2009

Becka and I were away from our house all weekend with family activities. Unfortunately, our sump pump
decided to poop out, and lightly flooded out basement. My running theory is that that sump pump was
working over time with the warm temperatures melting all the snow around the house and at some point it
just keeled over and pooped out.

I took today off and tried to get everything in order. First was to get pump out the water. I headed over to
Cleveland plumbing to pick up a new sump pump. It took me twice as long together, because apparently
Butternut Rd. is ALSO Lorain Rd. UGGGGGGG! While I was there I picked up a back up battery and a
secondary sump pump that will kick on if the new one dies. After I got the new sump pump up and running,
I headed over to Taylor Rental to rent a blower fan, carpet extractor, and a dehumidifier. Sooo far I have
sucked out 5 buckets of water with the carpet extractor. The basement has been disinfected and smells
clean now. Will continually run blower and the dehumidifier over night.

Booo sad pics.
-Garvin (Y_Y)

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Lakers v. Cavs

Cavs against the Lakers today. Bought tickets way before the season start. Who know that the Cavs would
be undefeated coming into this game. They were 23-0 at Cleveland. Unfortunately, Kobe and crew were
too much for the Cavs tonight. The Lakers brought and end to the Cavs great streak. We still had fun at the
game. Of course nachos were involved, mmmmmm.

Go Cavs!
-Garvin (^_^)

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Post-Chinese New Year Dinner

Finally did the post-Chinese New Year Dinner. Everybody came over and had a good time. As usual, we
had a ton of food. We ate till we passed out.

Enjoy the tasty pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Case Career Fair

Went to the to the Case Career Fair for Codonics today. Been helping out lately. Boy! did I feel old when I
stood in the employer check-in line and they ask me if I was there for student check-in Sad On a good note,
they did serve doughnuts and coffee to all the employers in the morning Happy

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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SuperBowl BBQ (SB^3Q)

Got a jump start on getting ready for the BBQ early in the morning. I had to dig a clear path to the grill. The only
good thing with a lot of snow on the porch, was that I could use it like a refridgerator. I just put all the tins of meat
right into the piles of snow. The BBQ was fun. There was a lot of meat! Mmmmmmm. Everybody brought
something. Bill and Alicia brought over their peanut butter balls (kinda like buckeyes Winking). Nate and Kathleen
brought over some really good cheese dip. The secret was red sauce mmmmmmm tasty.

Menu:
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
Wings
Teriyaki Beef
Smoked Sausage
Hot Dogs
Chips
3 kinds of Cheetoes
Cheese Dip
Corn
Mix Veggies
Rice (wouldn't be a party without the rice)

Enjoy the tasty pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes there are a lot of leftovers. Will be eating meat for the next two weeks.

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Motorcyle Show

Got to hang out with Bill, Nate, and his Dad, Greg, at the Cleveland motorcycle show. The show was cool and
packed. Everybody was fighting for a parking spots. There were a lot of design elements to take away from. It
was fun to see all different kinda of bikes. I even got to sit on a cool Harley V-Rod.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin



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Presents

Becka's final Christmas present came in today. I got her a Bath Blizzard. I saw it on an infomercial one night and
ordered it. Who knew they were in such high demand? They were on back order when I made my order. Oh well
better late than never. Not only did she get the Bath Blizzard she got the soap maker too. You can make fun
shapes and animal with soap, Ooooooooo.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Also did a quick mini-update to the Misc album. We ran into a Chinese New Year Lion dance, while shopping, soooo I had to take some pics Winking


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Alicia BDay

We celebrated Alicia's BDay today. We kicked off the day with a big cookie cake Mmmmmm. Then we headed
over to Brasa, a Brazilian BBQ, for din din. It like your typical Brazilian BBQ, they just serve you tons and tons of
until you give up. Nate, Kathleen, and I made it through ALL 15 kinda of meat. Afterwards, we went to the Imporv
to get our laugh on. The comedian was HILLIAROUS. Will need to she her, next time she comes back to town.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Pre-Chinese New Year Dinner

We had our pre-Chinese New Year dinner tonight and boy were we stuffed. Good time hanging out with fam and
watchin Lebron make a buzzer beater shot to win the game over Golden State.

I create a general Chinese New Year Album to hold both sets of pics.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Can't wait for post-Chinese New Year dinner.


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Codonics Album: Update

Updated the Codonics pics. There was a reason for me taking a pic of me and my super pen that Mike got me,
but I can't say any specifics. Once it's official I'll post more pics.

Thanks
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Also updated the house album too.

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Girl Talk Concert at CBus

Gary got all of us Girl Talk concert tickets. The concert was really good. Felt old with all the young kids jump around Winking

enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Happy New Year! It's an Update-A-Palooza!

Wahoo! What a good way to start the New Year... with an Update-A-Palooza! Not much has gone down since Christmas,
but a LOT of pics have been taken.

Quick Summary:
+ Added new 2k9 album with a handful of generic albums (Codonics, House, Misc, and Skiing)
+ [12-31-2008] New Years Eve: Garrett, Gary, Teresa, Becka, and I rang in the New Year at one of our favorite sushi
places, Shinto
+ [01-11-2009] Presents: We finally wrapped up presents at the house today... Wahoo the tree gets to come down (Y_Y).

Enjoy the pics!
-Garvin (^_^)


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Merry Christmas!

Hi All

Made a "Christmas Break" album to hold all the fun filled pics from the holidays.

Christmas Break in a nutshell:
+ Had two Christmas dinners back to back. One @ 6 (Donna Sue and Pete's place) and the other one @ 11 (Mama's
house).
+ Both dinners were super-tasty!
+ Matt stopped by one night. We bowled the night away, and got some ice cream afterwards.
+ Saw the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Carl and Mama S.

It was good to relax with friends and family.
Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)



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Mike and Garv's 6th BAOMTALOFEOTY Dinner [Kinda]

It's that time of the year again. Time to hang out with our friends and family and.... stuff our faces with lots and lots of tasty
food. Given everybody's busy schedules, we decided to have a light family dinner. Funny thing is that I didn't expect more
than 2 people to show up, but then everybody's schedules cleared up. Soooo we went and had a quick BBQ for everybody
(a lot less prep time). Everybody had a good time. Later, Mike and Sofiya stopped over to hang out.

Enjoy the tasty pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. This may be the last winter BAOMTALOFEOTY dinner. Might be easier to do something in the summer. Mmmm BBQ!
Start thinking of what to add to the new menu.


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RSNA wrap up

So much for the daily updates... hehehee oh well. Highlights listed below.

+ Tom doing his Flavor Flav impersonation
+ Giordano's DEEP dish pizza
+ Running around during tear down
+ Fun with everyone at Codonics
+ Too much meat at Fogo de Chao (Yes I hit ALL the meats)
+ Saw a +100 inch plasma screen
+ Running to a different terminal to catch an earlier flight with Glenn

enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)



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Live-Update: RSNA Day1

Still in Chicago.... soooo mini-micro-updates for the week.

First day of RSNA setup. Fun fun. Got to wake up at 5am this morning. Setup went by fast. We got everything done by 5.
Then we got really good seafood at Catch ThirtyFive.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)
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Mini-Update: Thanksgiving

Mini-Update to Digidreamerz. In Chicago for work now.

Thanksgiving was fun and filling.... as usual. Morning dimsum at Li-Wah was mad crazy. We (Becka, Leah, and I) also
watch Bolt (two thumbs up.). The dinner was good. Tons of Fam and food. This year we had the dinner at Aunt Sally
and Uncle CK's new house.

Enjoy the tasty pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. The mashed potatoes and pumpkin pies were great.


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Don't Forget to VOTE!

GO VOTE!
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Becka and I already did... w007!

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Gary BDay Surprise!

We had a great time surprising Gary this weekend. Teresa got the ball rolling in it. The road trip started off on a good note.
The cheapest gas was $1.96/gallon. That's AWESOME! Becka and I drove to C-Bus and we carpooled it with Joe and Lisa
to Cincinnati. We tried to surprise Gary with Tom-Tom at the front door... only to find that Teresa opened the door and Gary
was sleeping HAHAHAA. He had tons of fun celebrating Gary and Teresa's BDays. We played Boggle and other board
games. And what Seto gather doesn't have TONS of food. We went to great tapas place for dinner. I still haven't stopped
thinking about the ox tail with foie gras. Gary had to roll to Jacksonville Sunday afternoon, so we had to call it short after
brunch.

We mad sure to stop off at the outlet mall on the way back home. The Coach store was BANANAS! There were soooooo
many people. Almost everything was 50% off. The best deal were the polo shirts @ Aeropostale for 99 cents!?!?!

Enjoy the fun and tasty pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Happy Halloween! + Happy BDay Gary!

3 Years and still no trick or treaters (Y_Y)... booooo! Oh well... maybe next year. Codonics was a hoot. A couple people
came dressed up. I had my Stitch hat and gloves. Becka had a witch Hello Kitty shirt and a black cat hoodie. The top
costume prize goes to Glenn. He and Zara worked on a cool wizard costume.

Enjoy the fun pics. Happy Birthday Gary!
-Garvin (^_^)

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Jay-Z Concert

Oh WOW! What an Awesome concert! Definitely in my top 3! Sofiya and I got our gangsta-on and kicked it at the Obama
rally, which was a Jay-Z concert hosted by Lebron James. Mama Seto was able to score some tix to the event. The place
was PACKED! Jay did sets from almost every album he was on.

Enjoy the crunk pics and videos!
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Jay-Z uses a mac (evidence provided below).
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In Between BDays (Pete and Becka)

What's better than one birthday??? TWO! of course. Yay! we celebrated Pete and Becka's BDay. We had a tasty dinner
at Sam and Dave's. And later we did presents and had chocolate cake... yum. Pete's presents were StarTrek themed,
as evident by the card Winking

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Happy Birthday Becka!

Yay! Happy Birthday Becka! We FINALLY made it to Melt Bar and Grilled (plug) last night. Wow! they had really really
good food. Total comfort food! Everybody had a good time stuffing their faces with cheesy sandwiches. To top it off, we
split even got a fried twinkie. Afterwards, we watched Enchanted and had grasshopper pie (Becka's favorite).

Happy Birthday Becka! Enjoy the pics!
-Garvin (^_^)


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Becka Surprise BDay DC Road-Trip

Yay! Good Road trip. A part of Becka's birthday present was that I surprised her with a mystery road trip. It took her a bit
to figure out where we were. The present was to go to Washington DC and see the new Ocean Hall in the Smithsonian,
that just opened a month ago. The Smithsonian is my favorite thing about DC. You can nerd out there and spend DAYS
in each museum.

The running theme for the trip was "winging it", since it was hard to judge just how much time we would be spending at
each place. We left for DC on Friday around 10pm and rolled into the hotel around 4am-ish. We spent pretty much the
entire Saturday geeking around the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. The newly added Ocean Hall was AMAZING.
They did a real good job with it. We also made sure to check out the Hope Diamond too. After they kicked us out of the
Smithsonian, we hiked it to the Washington Monument and then the Lincoln Memorial.

In keeping with our theme, we walked back to the hotel looking for a good place to eat. We found McCormick & Schmick,
which oddly enough was a place I was going to make a reservation for. Dinner was great! The food was super-tastey and
we had an awesome waiter. He was definitely not B-Team... in fact... not even A-Team... more like All-Star-Hall-of-Fame
Team. Later out waiter found outit was Becka's birthday and didn't charge us for dessert.

Sunday was fun too. The day before, I had found out that twice a year the White House opens it's garden to the public.
After we got pass security we got to see all the trees that the presidents planted. We made sure to grab some pics by the
rose garden. It was pretty cool to get sooo close to the White House. After the garden tour, we zipped through a few more
museums to check out there gift stores. We made sure to shove off in the afternoon, so that we didn't get back too late.

On the way back home, we stopped off at a Prime Outlets, did some quick shopping, and grabbed some grub. When we
dropped Bill off in PA, his dad got the jump on us in a hairy-ghouly costume.

Happy Birthday Becka! Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Will definitely need to go back for the Cherry Blossom Festival.
p.p.s. A special thanks goes out to Starbucks for keeping me awake.



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Sweetest Day

I surprised Becka with a little Sweetest Day present while we were on out DC trip.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes I know Sweetest Day is a made up holiday.... but the way I see it... is there's 2 sets of Guys... One set of guys does
Sweetest Day and the other hears about it over and over and over again. Winking

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Patterson Fruit Farm

Yay! for family time! We headed to Patterson's fruit farm to pick apples. Becka's never been apple picking. It's been since
high school since I've been there. We had tons of fun. The weather was sooo nice. We picked a ton of apples and run
around like little kids... good things Jackie and Kelvin was with us Winking

Enjoy the fun pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Their apple cider was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

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Pittsburgh Anniversary

Off by a couple months.... ok... ok... 4 months to be exact. I've been pretty swamped at work. With the end of the year
looming, we had to make our yearly trek. I finally had a free weekend to do a quick road trip.... Sooooo Becka and I
quickly booked it to Pittsburgh before something else came up. It was a good road trip. Only one hiccup... where 4
lanes got squeezed down to 1, which added 30 minutes to the trip. Lucky, we left super-early.

The food of course was AWESOME! Becka had ahi tuna sashimi style. I had a jumbo tiger prawn, stuffed with lobster,
and wrapped in bacon! Mmmmmmm! And to top it off they had StarBucks coffee.

Happy Anniversary!
-Garvin (^_^)

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Sofiya BDay

Yay! Another friend in the 27 Club! We all had a good time eating at Cheesecake Factory and drinking fun drinks! After
we were stuffed, we headed over to The Fox and Hound to burn some of it off with some pool.

Happy Birthday Sofiya! Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Glenn BDay

Wahooo! OCTOBER is HERE! This means LOTS and LOTS of birthdays. The first of them being Glenn. We had a great
time at Glenn's place. Codonics peeps + pizza bagels = good times. Glenn took the day off and chilled (GREAT IDEA),
should try that next year Winking

Happy Birthday Glenn! Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Mama Shaffer Weekend

Mama Shaffer stopped up for the weekend. Below is a quick recap... Sorry only had the digi-cam for Put-in-Bay (PIB).
Will get some pics off Alicia or Mama S. laters.

Friday: Stuffed our faces at Bucca de Beppo with Bill, Alicia, and the Purchasing Mommies.
Saturday: Pho with Seto Family, then off to PIB to relax.
Sunday: @ PIB, boated around and ate lots of food.
Monday: Mama S. leaves 10am... She'll be back soon.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Columbus Rib Cook Off

Continuing our jam-crammed-weekend... Becka and I headed down Columbus for a rib cook off. We hooked up with Lisa
and Joe. The cook off was super-tasty. The good thing about this rib cook off is 1) they take cash... yes no rib tickets. 2) the
have tons of other foods than ribs.... Mmmmm peach cobbler and desserts. Man we were soooo stuffed on the drive back.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)


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Cedar Point

Got some tix from Melinda to goto to Cedar Point, so Beck, Leah, and I hit the Soak City. The park was fun. Leah and I did
most of the water slides. Wahooo! After we were soaked out we cleaned up and dropped off Leah to goto Put-in-Bay.
Since we had two tix to Cedar Point, we went back to the main park to hit Snoopy on Ice, and play games. Snoopy was
AWESOME! They did a really good job with the show.... two thumbs up.

Enjoy the fun pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Back to the STATES

It was SUPER-FUN, but it's good to be back in the STATES! Gary and I had tons of fun running around and taking in the
sites. We pretty much covered everything. Below is a quick outline of what we did and what what we ate. You'll notice we
did a lot of eating... which is another thing both Gary and I are good at too Winking lol. Speaking about food throughout the
outline, I'll tag items with "[FOOD]", seeing how it was a big theme this weekend. Overall Gary and I got a small tasting of
what London as to offer. We hit all the big places pretty quickly. Some of the places you could easily spend more than a
day at.

Enjoy... or what they say in London CHEERS!
-Garvin (^_^)

Friday/Saturday:
We did a LOT of walking today. We walk every where. Gary and I bumped into each other in the immigration line. Thank
goodness... cause my cell phone didn't work there. We did some the big touristy attractions.

+ 8 hr flight flight.
+ Met gary in the immigratin line and hit the ground running.
+ Took the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station... kinda like Times Sq. Station in NYC, where you get get too a lot of trains.
Lots of good food to be eaten there (Explained further below).
+ Checked into St. George's Hotel. A little hotel, but it served it's purposes. One bed, one shower, and a tv... what more
can you ask for (notice I did not say air conditioning).
+ [FOOD] @ Cafe Panini. I got a waffle with maple syrup and Gary got a panini sandwich.
+ Buckingham Palace was nice. We tried to stay for the "Changing of the Gaurd", but it got rained out. There was a
torrential downpour, and it seemed like Gary and I were the only ones that didn't bring and umbrella-el-la-el-al (Yeah
listening to Rihanna right now). Getting rained on sure works up and appetite Winking (Oh man that was a good segue).
+ [FOOD] While getting lost (Hey it happens when you wingin it... Especially in a country that you've never been in). We
passed a sushi shop called Wasabi. We each picked up a rice triangle snack with spicy chicken. Mmmm these are the
same ones that I hoard up on when I go in Japan for Codonics.
+ V and A (Victoria and Albert) Museum: In short it's like of the Smithsonian, but with TONS of ART. The place was very
cool and free. You can easily spend more than a full day there, just looking at the pieces that you wanted to see.
+ [FOOD] The cafeteria to the V and A, was equally spectacular. We had Honey salmon, chips and coke. Sidenote: Looks
like Coka-Cola owns all of London.
+ Harrods was Nordstroms, but for very very rich people. OMG! All the super name brands that you read about (for those
who read fashion mags) are all out and displayed like in a regular mall. We saw A pair of socks that was $30 (US).
+ [FOOD] Of course rich people get hungry too. They had a AMAZING food market. Typically, travel books will show the
market, because it's so lavish. Gary and I bought some tastey food curry samosas, and a duck srping roll. Sidenote:
Need to tell Dad about our findings. Mmmm-Good.
+ Walked to Hyde Park: Saw the Princess Dian Memorial fountain. The fountain was cool. It was a circular ring of water that
flowed down hill.
+ [FOOD] Apple juice and OJ was needed from all the walking... looking back at it we should have prolly had water as well.
+ Big Ben: Not much, but a large clock tower. We heard it chime.
+ British Airways Millennium Eye: loooooong line for it, so we fast passed it (Disney-style). And by fast pass, I mean we
paid double to jump the line. Paying twice as much for everything became an obvious for the week. Some part was
due to the fact the US dollar is getting its butt kicked.
+ McDonald's has fish sticks here oooooooo.
+ [FOOD] The Pasty Shop: After much searching for din din , we settled for some meat pies around Victoria Station. They
were extra tasty.
+ [FOOD] Still a bit hungry after our gigantic meat pies, we went to Wasabi in Victoria Station to get individually wrapped sushi.

Sunday:
We hit the markets today. We saw a lot of cool stuff and did a lot of shopping.

+ [FOOD] B-fast of champs Latte with a croissant.
+ Spitalfields Market and other un-named-shady markets: On our way to Spitalfields Market, we ran into another market.
This had a lot of cheap knock off stuff. Did some good souvenir shopping there Winking Once we got to Spitalfailds, we saw a
lot of cools stuff. It was exactly how our books described it. It is an open Market with a lot of designers selling one of a
kind kick-nacks and wheres.
+ Bricklane and even more of a shadier market: Right after Spatalfields we went to Bricklane, which was know for all their
street vendors. The shady part comes from when we went towards the end it became obvious that these people were
selling stolen stuff, for example, a guy was not only selling a suit case and clothes, but even the shampoo and soap.
+ [FOOD] Canteen: A high recommended place from our books, and now we know why. The food was fresh and really
really good. We had roast duck, and fish and chips and roast duck.
+ [FOOD] BIG meat on a stick. On our way to one of the markets, we saw a long (4.5 feet) skewer that was roasting a hug
pig. When I took a picture of the of it, they gave us a sampler for our interest.
+ [FOOD] Kansars Indian Food: We had to have curry, considering that Lodon is known to have a huge Indian population.
We ate curry chicken, curry samosas, garlic nan and rice. Of course it was good.
+ Tower of London: We did a quick walk around. I like the Traitor's Gate. Next time we might go inside of it Winking
+ Tower Bridge: What we see in more London postcards.
+ London Bridge: not as cool as the Tower Bridge, as Gary called it "Disappointment #2". Sidenote: Disappointment #1
was something that happened when he was on business.
+ Chinatown: More shopping of course. There is a lot of food to be eaten there. Chinatown is right smack in the middle of
London's theater district. We ended up finding a multi-story arcade..... of course in Chinatown Winking Got played to Mario cart.
We found a Royal Dragon in London. Sidenote: Royal Dragon was the name of one our parents restaurants.
+ [FOOD] Random Chinese restaurant (sorry don't remember the name): We had shark fin soup with crab meat, peking
duck, sweet and sour sour ribs (which Gary ordered in Chinese... insta-street-cred), and fried eel with chili and salt. Yum!

Monday:
+ [FOOD] Starbucks b-fast. We had a lot of writing ahead of us.
+ Post Office: We sent over 20 postcards. The ones that I wrote are prolly ALL illegible.
+ Tate Museum: Was interesting... Gary and I started at the wrong exhibit. Instead of working up to the weird-borderline-
masochistic stuff we walked right into the hardcore stuff. I've seen some hard stuff before, but that stuff took the cake. Of
course, Gary and I ran outta that exhibit real quick. The other exhibits were really cool. The had some pieces that I've only
seen in books before.
+ [FOOD] Vanilla and honey smoothe
+ St. Paul Cathedral: Very decked out. Did a quick walk by for it.
+ [FOOD] Moshi Moshi Sushi: This was a conveyor-belt sushi joint. Seeing how Gary and I missed a conveyor-belt place in
Japan, We had to do it. It was fun collecting up all the dishes.
+ Comic book store: What do nerds do on vacation... you guessed it go to the comic book store. lol. We ran into it on
accident on the way to the British Museum. The good thing was they had a comic that I've been trying to find for the pass 2
months. Yay London.
+ British Museum: The building was cool but very confusing. It's easy to get lost in the building. Gary and I hit some of the
bigger highlights, like the Rosetta Stone.
+ [FOOD]: Water and chocolate mousse.
+ Hamleys: It's a huge toy store, much like FAO Shwartz in NYC.
+ [FOOD]: Went to McDonald's to plan our next move, so we had a cheese burger and an apple pie. Apparently in Europe,
McDonald's deep fries their apple pies. This makes it more crispity and tasty, than what we do in the STATES.
+ [FOOD]: Dog and Duck: We had to hit up a pub while in London. This was on a list of top 10 pubs to visit.
+ Now what do 2 Chinese kids do after a pub... you guessed it back to the huge arcade in China town to lay down some
records on machines. We played some super-fun arcade games. There's one where you need to pound on the screen with
a hammer.... great stress reliever. In the hammer game, we got some #1 rankings in some of the sub-games. Over all we
got 2nd place.
+ Crystal Rooms: Not done with spending money we hit the casino... conveniently located very close to Chinatown.
+ [FOOD] Pig's Ear: Yet another pub, but with really really good food. The book recommends reservations. We came late,
but luckily they gave us a table. Gary had Beef belly salad, and the rib eye. I had a spicy crab salad, and pork tenderloin.
For desert, we had some ice cream. Should have took more pics, but it was too dark and I didn't want the flash to be going
off. Oh well, next time.
+ Pack like crazy and try to get 4-5 hours of sleep.

Tuesday:
Woke up at 6am (London-time... which was 1am EST). Checked out super quickly and headed for the Gatwick Express.
Gary's Delta line was nuts. Didn't know that Delta was huge in London. Luckily for Gary he's a Silver/Maroon member, so
he got to check in the business elite section. If Gary didn't he would have come close to missing his flight. My check in was
super easy. They even made it super easy for me cause I was flying business class. We ate at a place called "Eat.". We
had English muffins stuffed with scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage. After I walked Gary to his gate, I headed off to my
gate. Of course they had to search me. I felt a bit bad for the guy, cause my bag was super messy. I must have had +10
cables crammed in my rolly bag. I did get to board first because of business class, which was nice. It was nice to have
enough leg room to stretch out. The next to me was free, so I sprawled my tech across to first class seats. The food was
good. I made sure to take pics of the menu. They even had a dessert sunday. Mmmmm. 'm working on this blog as I fly
back to Cleveland. It'll be interesting to see if I can make my 3 o'clock meeting. Yes, I'm going in to work today.


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Seto Bros Invade London

Off I go. Can't wait to get there.
Posting Tuesday night.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Codonics Summer Picnic




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Back from Disney

A vacation is what the doctor ordered. It was great just relaxing and running around like a big kid. If I blogged about
everything we did I wouldn't be able to update the site in a timely manner, sooo below is a quick summary of each day.

Vacation Summary:
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Sat: Woke up super-early to catch our flight. After we landed, we hit the town and went shopping for supplies (juice, cereal,
sun block, ...). We chilled the night away at Downtown Disney, while Teresa and Gary went to a wedding.
Sun: Went to Animal Kingdom. They actually added a lot of stuff there. You could spend an entire day there now. The big
things were, the Nemo Musical, Ants 4-d movie, and Everest. Boma was pretty good, for a buffet.
Mon: Monday was super-fun. Epcot is my favorite park. you can nerd out there. We got our own dinners from around the
world. Never had enough time to hit everything. The fireworks show was good.
Tues: Free-day #001 We all opted to visit Coco Beach to chill out. Teresa, Gary, Becka, and I signed up for some surfing
lessons from Ron Jon's. In the process, we lost my new Garvin-Proof camera to the ocean. R.I.P. new digi-cam. The kick
in the pants was that I didn't even pull off the pics yet... soo we're missing pics from Sat. to Tues. Sad oh well that's life. Teresa
and Gary left early to go swimming with dolphins. While we stayed later and Leah met up with a friend. We met up to hit the
clubs at Downtown Disney.
Wed: Free-day #002 We decided to try to knock somethings off at Magic Kingdom on out second free day. We didn't think
we could finish off everything in just one day. We left early to go get dressed up for our fancy din-din at the Contemporary
hotel. The hotel was amazing. They even had a balcony were people could see the fireworks. They even took it a step
further and synced the music from the park and played it in the restaurant. The food was very very TASTEY!
Thurs: Thursday was the marathon day. Funny-side story... I won a Disney Magic Moment Trivia certificate for answering a
question in a gift store. Jenna helped out by mentioned something about the pig in Toy Story being called ham. The
challenge was they girl asked me for his full name.. and I luckily guessed HAMptom. We were hopping that I had won a
DREAM, but no. I'll explain the DREAM later. We finished Magic kingdom in the afternoon and headed to Epcot for dinner.
The fish and chips from England were Super-Tastey. We headed back to Magic to catch the special July 4th fireworks and
the Light show parade.
Fri: Happy Independence Day! 4th of July... Hollywood Studios (AKA MGM Studios) was crazy. There was a new ride, Toy
Story Mania, that ALL the fast passes were sold out before noon and the line to wait was longer than 90 minutes. The new
ride just opened 3 weeks ago. The new show "Lights, Motors, Action", was awesome. Matt said they burn through a set of
tires in 2 shows and they have special custom cars with 4 gears for reverse for some of their stunts. We still had tons of fun.
The animation studio was great. We did it twice in a row. FINALLY WON A DREAM! What is a DREAM you may ask... well
Disney is running a sweepstakes called "A Year of a Million Dreams", where they giveaway a million random prizes
throughout the year. We've been watching people win DREAMS all week. They range from cruises to fast passes. It was
our goal the entire week to win a dream. We had no suck luck the entire week. As we cut across Hollywood Studios talking
about where it would be best to watch the fireworks, I noticed a a couple Disney workers were walking our direction so I said
really loudly "I wish we could ask someone about that." Of course, they bit and wanted to help out. Not only did they help
out, but GAVE us a DREAM by giving us a hand full of fast passes to the Rockin' Roller Coaster. Wahoo we got to check
that off our list. It wasn't a cruise or a shopping extravaganza, but we still got a DREAM. After using our DREAM we noticed
that people were camping out 3 hours in advance for the Fantasmic show. There were people sleeping at the gates ot the
theater. We had decided to camp out between the main street and the theater. The Independence Day fireworks were the
best fire works that I've seen. WOW!
Sat: We were Super-fortunate to be able to cross almost everything off out list even the DREAM, except for riding the Toy
Story Mania ride Sad All the guys woke up early to go stand in line before Hollywood Studios to opened. This would
guaranteed us a spot to ride/play Toy Story Mania. We showed up almost an hour early and there were people already
there. Apparently we weren't the only ones with that plan. There were a few people in the very front waiting to sprint to Toy
Story Mania. The ride was AMAZING! It was a mix between, a 4-d movie, and an arcade shooter. We played it and
busted out. When we left the ride, the queue was already full... OMG! We had din din at the airport and said our good
byes. Adios Disney (Y_Y)...

Enjoy ALL the pics. At last count there are over 600 pics. Can't wait for next time.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Happy Birthday Jenna!

We had a surprise birthday party for Jenna. While Jenna and Becka were upstairs playing a game, Bill and I decorated
downstair, per our dastardly plan. As soon as Alicia got to the house, we surprised Jenna and shoved off to Long John
Silver's. Once we stuffed our faces with deep-fried-goodness, it was time for cake and presents! Since I had finished all
my work for the weekend on Saturday morning, we could take an impromptu trip to Hershey World. Yes... we would spend
more time driving than in Hershey, but why not?

Hershey was AMAZING. The drive was around 5 hours and 30 minutes. Chocolate was in the air and the lamp posts had
kisses on them. We did the tour and a chocolate taste testing.

Happy Birthday Jenna!
-Garvin (^_^)


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Big Date... Anniversary part1

Blurry iPhone pics. Sorry for the blurry pics, but it's the best I could scrounge up before our (Becka and Me) big date. The
Sony digi cam is STILL missing right now (Y_Y).

Anyways... Becka made a res at Pier W, a nice seafood restaurant with a great view of the city and the lake. The food was
amazing.

What we ate...
Appetizers:
+ Lobster Sushi Roll
+ Steak Carpaccio
+ Lobster Bisque
+ Oysters

Main Course:
+ Alaskan King Crab
+ Filet
+ Ahi Tuna
+ Garlic Spinach
+ Mash Potatoes

Dessert:
+ Chocolate Peanut Butter Bomb

This was a great time to give Becka her anniversary present, seeing how we've been finding it next to impossible to get to
Pittsburgh to celebrate our anniversary properly. We had a great time people watching and looking at all the trophy wives.
We even next to a Cleveland Browns player.

Will definitely need to go back again.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Bill's New Toy

Bill picked up his Kawasaki Ninja today. It new, shiny, blue, and it can go fast, what more can any one ask for from a toy.
Bill practiced on the parking lot behind Ohio Motocycles to get used to the new bike. Then we (Becka and I) followed Bill
back to his house. From there Becka and I jetted to out date.

Sorry no pics yet, but I'll update the site as soon as i get my hands on them.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. As a cheap filler I did manage to find a Blue Kawasaki Ninja 250r off of google. Just picture Bill on top riding it.

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Joe Graduates

Joe's actually graduated. Who knew? Joe graduation was fun. Nothing like sitting in a hot stadium for a few hours. We
bumped into Lisa and Joe's family while we were looking for seats, talk about a small world. After the graduation, we all
headed over to Joe's house for some food and gaming, of course... how else would you picture a Joe graduation.
Everybody had a good time eating Chinese food (Joe's personal request), and playing Rock Band. The time went by too
fast and Becka and I were soon on the road again.

Enjoy the.... oh wait I can't find my digi cam... sooo you'll need to wait for the pics. I'll do a post, when I find the camera.
For the time being, just imaging Joe with a diploma and stuffing his face full of Chinese food.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Impromptu Pens Cookout

Wow what a day this turned out to be. What was supposed to be a get together and watch the Pens game, turned out to
be a chill-drink-beer-in-front-of-the-house-pray-for-electricity-bbq. Sooo to start our day the power went out we Alicia and
Bill came over. Since we had plenty of time, we all decided to run errands and get some food to bbq. Bill and I eventually
split up with the girls to head back home and hoped that electricity would come back on before the game. On the way
home, we picked up some beer and cheetos just in case we needed something to tide us over before the girls brought
back food to grill. Well when we got home, not only was the power still out, but through some mix up Becka had my house
keys. Bill and I were locked out of the house... sooo what'd we do??? Kicked back some beer, ate Cheetos, and pray for
electricity, so we could watch the game and get in the house. Sooo we shot the breeze and chiseled away at a big bag of
Cheetos. One minute after the game started, I heard sump pump flush out some water and I knew we had electricity.
Wahoo we were in.

The girls eventually made it back to the house with some grillin food. We made hotdogs, sausage, and hamburgers...
Mmm a well rounded diet if you ask me. Everybody had a good time, too bad the Pens lost.

Enjoy the tasey pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Memorial Day Extravaganza

Memorial Day weekend was jam packed full of food, as usually. Just this time around I think we ate too much... yes that's
right you read correctly "TOO MUCH FOOD" ?!?!? read on. The weekend started off easy we had Ali's graduation party.

[Round 1 Ali's Grad Party]
There was a lot of good food there, filled up on lasagna, sausage, and cookies. It was a nice warm up to stretch the belly
for the TWO yes TWO rib cook offs we were going to later that weekend. Ali's party was nice, lots of family and babies running
around.

[Round 2 Cleveland American Rib Cookoff]
It turned out to be a really nice day. The sun was out and the smell of ribs was in the air. We hit most of the rib stands. I
think we only missed 3 of them. The clear winner of the day was North Carolina Rib King (Note-to-self: will need to visit
Matt Winking ). I also got to introduce Leah and Becka to beef ribs. Some stands this year brought some beef ribs to sell. Not the
little ones that you might have seen in the stores, but the huge ones they use for big BBQs Mmmmmm. One beef rib was a
pound, look for the pic. If you've never seen one before, it the huge hunk of meat. Of course we had to top off the day with a
waffle ice cream sandwich. KUDOs on having running water, so people can wash their hands.

[Round 3 Berea Rib Cookoff]
Feeling a bit winded from yesterday's bout, we still headed to the Berea Rib Cookoff. The nice part about the Berea one is
that you can just give the vendors cash and not have to go get rib tickets. Seems like a trend that people are bringing out
the beef ribs this years. There were a couple of stands that had beef ribs at Berea too. I hope the trend continues. Of
course we tried the beef ribs too.

By the end of the weekend I could not look at any more meat. It felt like we ate the whole cow.
Enjoy the pics.... be forewarned... you WILL get hungry looking at the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Leah Graduation

Wahoo! Leah graduated! Tons of running around + tons of family and friends + tons of packing = tons of pics. Everybody
had a good time at Leah's graduation. Becka and I even got a workout out of it too. We managed to fit everything in the
Jimmy and store the rest of Leah's stuff at her boss's house. We had to fill the Jimmy up 3 times to get all of Leah's stuff to
her house. One of the times, we utilized some cable TV cable to secure a mattress on top of the Jimmy. Leah and I also
rolled down the window to use our arms to hold on to the mattress.... yep it looked pretty ghetto, but it got the job done.

The graduation was nice. There were tons of people. Afterwards there was a nice reception with some tasty cookies. As
soon as we took all the grad pics, we booked it to Tailgaters, a sport bar, to watch the Cavs and Celtics Game. We got
them to put the game on three screens in front of our table. We ordered a ton of junk food and munch on them as we
watched the Cavs loose... oh well there's always next season. What was funny was that on the other side of the wall at
Tailgaters was a bar with Boston Celtics fans watchin the game too. It got to the point where they would cheer and we
would boo. And they would cuss out the tv and we would cheer. hahahaa it was a fun time.

Enjoy ALL the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)







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Happy Mothers Day/Happy Birthday Tony

Birthday Cake for Mother's Day who can complain. We had two reasons to celebrate this Sunday. We were doing
Mother's Day and then celebrating Tony's Birthday, hence the birthday cake for Mothers Day.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Cavs Playoffs: Round 2 Game 3

In hindsight, I should have just created one big album for ALL the Cavs playoff games. Who knew we would win the lottery
so many times... oh well. Wahoo! The Cavs won. They needed to win this game. There were down 2-0 in the series.
Lebron is still struggling a bit on the offensive-side of things, but he making it up with assists and blocks. The place was
crazy loud and everyone had a great time. Game 3 was also Ali's Graduation present from Becka and me.

Enjoy the fun filled pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Oh yeah that's me kissing Becka, while she was in the Lebron cut out.



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Cavs Playoffs: Round 1 Game 5

The Cavs just needed one more win to go to the next round of the playoffs, but they couldn't pull it off tonight. Oh well, hope
they do better in Game 6. At least Becka and I got to drown our sorrows with 31 cents ice cream with Alicia after the game.

Enjoy the Tasty pics... Go Cavs.
-Garvin (^_^)

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1st Integrity Install Wahooo!

Dartmouth was once again a HUGE SUCCESS! Ross and I headed up to Dartmouth to install the the very first Integrity.
Once again we used our super move... i.e. we brought dunkin donuts Winking The install went super-smooth. We did a lot of
prep work before we got there (special thanks to Mike for the assist). It was pretty much plug and play. We didn't even
have to sprint through the airport this time.

Enjoy the pics. Go Codonics! Another product done.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. I really didn't smooch the Integrity my head is really 2 feet away from the box.

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Cavs Game 2

Round 1/Game 2 of the playoff... We got tickets, but I didn't go. WHAT?!?! How could this be? Had to go to Dartmouth for
work (Reference next blog about the Dartmouth trip). Bill, Emily, Stephen, and Becka had a fun time. The Cavs
dominated! I got to listen to the last quarter on the radio in the car to Dartmouth.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Thanks to Bill for taking the pics.

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New Product = Another Party!

Another new product another product. Instead of a house party, I found bowling alley Codonics could have a party at. We
all had a fun time. Gary K. even stopped by to show us how it's done. Yes there are vid of his greatness. To top of the
festivities, Ross got everybody pizza, pop, and a Integrity cake from Baskin Robbins.. Mmmmm.

Enjoy the fin pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes, that's me giving Gary bunny ears Winking

p.p.s. The Gary bowling vids are in the "Theater" section.

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Cavs Fan Appreciation Day

For the last regular Cavs game, the Q planed a "Fan Appreciation" day to celebrate the the playoffs. They have over a
million dollars in give-a-aways. Becka and I didn't win anything, but we had a great time.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Bill BDay Weekend

Bill BDay = PA Birthday Weekend. We hit the road to celebrate Bill's special day. Bill and Alicia hit PA on Friday night and
Becka and I headed up on Saturday morning. Saturday was jam-crammed for stuff. As soon as we got to Casa De Lutz,
we shoved off to Eant'nPark with Bill's crew to grab a hearty breakfast. The place was cool. They have smiley faces on
everything, even Becka waffle that she got. We go all the waitress to sing happy birthday to Bill (yes there's a movie in the
theater section). Then it was off to Baldinger's Market to buy some penny candy. The short story is that the penny candy
store was over 75 years old and that they were closing their doors this summer. The good news saw that they we be now
just relocating to some where else. Baldinger's was pretty cool. They had all sorts of candy and treats, yum!

Once we loaded up on sugar, it was time to run around like kids in the name of science. Yep you guessed it, we went to the
Carnegie Science Center. We got to play with robots, water and all sorts of fun stuff. The crowning achievement was
building Super-Tall-Super-Cool-Water-TOWER! Bill and I tapped the three water sources together to build up enough water
pressure to shoot the water into the big tube. Bill and I got soaked. I got lucky, just my pants were wet. Bill was drenched
from head to toe. The sports center was fun too. We got to do even more running around. We then had dinner at a place
that put fries in their sandwiches.... Mmmmm. We topped the night with cake back at homebase. The cake was cool it had
Optimus Prime driving on it.

Day two was fun filled to. Keeping in with the PA theme, we hit up Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe in Elwood City. Their chili hot
dogs and wedding soup were super-tastey. We hung out at the Lutz house for a bit and then went to Forbush for ice cream.
When Bill's dad got off from work, he made us a steak dinner, which we really good. At dinner, we started talking about
Cleland Rocka nd McConnell's Mill, so we did a quick impromptu road trip up to those places. The Cleland Rock rocked
(hahahaa couldn't help myself). You could see a ton of stuff from their. McConnell's Mill was cool too. We even had a
stick race.

That pretty much wraps it up. We definitely kept with the theme of PA all weekend. There are tons of pics (that I split up
into two albums) and movies (in the theater section). Enjoy. Happy Birthday Bill.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Impending Rain = Impromptu BBQ

What?!?! Surprise surprise... this is not another BDay post... who knew. Well the title pretty much sums it up. 5 days of
straight ran was coming and Bill had suggested a cook out somewhere. 24 hours later we were cookin it up at my house.
Some Codonics peeps made a guest appearance too. After we stuffed our faces with Nathan's hotdogs and brats, we
gamed it up with Scene It on the Xbox360.

Good times... Enjoy the new Album
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. There are some bonus Codonics pics too.

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Jackie BDay

Yes. If you''re keeping track we've celebrated THREE birthdays in less than one week. Uggg. Dare I say I'm too stuffed
with birthday cake. We all had a good time this morning. Nothing like starting the day off with cake and presents.
Mmmmm ice cream cake for breakfast YUM! Jackie got a whole bunch of Hanna Montana stuff. After we stuffed our faces
with cake we booked it to Cheesecake Factory.

Happy Birthday Jackie.
Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yay! for a new 2k8 April Album.
p.p.s. Next week is Bill's BDay... well I guess I've got more room for cake Winking

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Gary K BDay

Yay! We gave Gary a surprise birthday with a custom Keefe-a-nator cake. MMMmmmm.

Happy 49th Birthday Gary! Enjoy the pics in the Codonics Album.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Leah Bday

Mini-weekend in Rochester for Leah's Birthday. We hit the road right after Chinese school on Saturday. On the way there,
I found an Old Country Buffet in Erie PA. They were packed, of course, so we'll need to go back next time. We met with
Leah and her peeps that night and went to a dessert place called Phillips European. After we stuffed our faces with with
tasty treats, we bought snacks and sushi (yeah I some weird craving for it that night.. don't know why) at Wegmans. After
that, we packed up Leah's stuff and had a mini-slumber party at the hotel. Sunday, we hit Mario's brunch buffet. We were
soooo stuffed. I think we each had 4 platefuls of food. After brunch, we hit the road for home.

Happy Birthday Leah!... Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! Yay for Easter. Sooo Becka and I decided to hang on the East-side for the weekend, to avoid the early
Sunday drive to Mama's house. Saturday night Becka stuffed Easter eggs and we hid them through out the first floor of
Mama's house. The plan kinda back fired when Kelvin woke up early and he got more eggs than Jackie. Mass was
PACKED! I made sure to leave for church super-early. I got one of the last spot in the parking lot. When I was coming in,
I noticed that a few people were making their own parking spots, by parking on top of the snow piles. We had Starbucks
and Dim Sum to wrap up the day.

Happy Easter! Mmmm Chocolate Bunnies
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. If you can't tell I just picked up a new Halo toy Winking

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St. Patrick's Day

Becka and I decided to drive down Lorain Rd. and look for some corned beef to celebrate St. Patty's Day. Of course! Cafe
Stratos had a corned beef dinner that day. Man I LOVE that place!

Enjoy the tasty pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Lutz 50th Birthday Party

Wahooo! What a fun time! Bill and Alicia threw a surprise birthday party for their parents, which ended up a surprise party
for their dad, because Mama Lutz found out. Becka couldn't make it Sad She was in Yuma with with Leah visiting their Mama.
The drive to Ellwood City, PA, was pretty uneventful. I did get to leave work early, which allowed me enough time to find
Vinny's Pizza. I think over 60 people showed up for the party. When Papa Lutz came in the restaurant , everyone yelled
surprise and sang happy birthday (vid in theater... check it out). Papa Lutz's eyes lit up when he saw the 32 lbs. Malley's
Billy the Bunny sitting next to the cake.

Of course there was tons of tasty food.... errrr well everybody else said it was tasty. I started to pile on all my food. First I
scooped up some chicken and mushrooms, then on to the pasta and meatballs (my kryptonite), and then a got to the fish.
That's when I said, "OH CRAP!" today is Friday, which equals NO MEAT. So I had to put away the plate and get a non-
meat-Catholic-approved plate. The night whizzed by soo fast. Mama and Papa Lutz had a good time opening all the
presents. Becka and I got them popcorn, ammo, gun money, Swarovski crystal flower, Alaska travel book, and huge Card
(which took along time to draw on the cover). There weren't as many haha-you're-really-really-old gag gifts. Most of the
presents were really thoughtful.

I spent the night at Lutz house. I slept like a baby. It was also the first time I could remember that I slept in passed 9:00am.
Mama Lutz made some tasty sunny-side eggs and ham for B-fast. Too bad Becka miss all the festivities. She would have
had a blast. Oh well I took a lot of pictures. I did manage to fill up Bill's camera with pics.

Happy Birthday Cecelia and Bill Lutz!
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Becka made the center pieces for the tables.

p.p.s. Yes that is a Choco cat pillow on Bill's bed Winking


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Yuma Spring Break

To be filled in by Becka.
(^_^)
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Melinda and Tony's Wedding + Blizzard of the Century = Family Fun

So we left an extra hour earlier than it would to have taken regularly and we made it right on time. The wedding went
smooth. Kelvin of course brought his A-game of cuteness. He had his little suit and a little red pillow for the rings. The
mass was really good. The priest even added the blizzard to the mix, a true sign he was really really good. Everybody
had a good time. It was touching, moving, an full of love. Tony will prolly get mad, but for the record he was the first person
to cry. Just kidding, I've NEVER seen Tony mad before. After the wedding, Melinda, Tony and the rest of their party went
off to the Cleveland Court House in their stretched Hummer to take pictures. As they trucked it to Cleveland, we all worried
that they wouldn't make it make in time for the reception, due to the fact that the FREAK blizzard was still coming down.
Little did we know, we should have been worrying about ourselves. Since we had a few hours to burn, we decided to head
home for and hour and grab a little snack.

When we got to Mama's home, the driveway was covered. We couldn't even get in the driveway... even with the huge
Envoy. We tried to hunt down a snow plow and bribe him to plow the house... little did we know Mama had already flagged
down someone and he was already plowing the driveway when we got back. We had some tasty ramen noodles and
booked it to the reception and there is where the fun begins... and by fun... I mean the sweaty-cardio-push-heavy-objects-
through-snow kind.

Just as soon as the Seto convoy (3 cars... Envoy, Jimmy, and a CR-V) left the station, we hit a road block. The Tam's CR-V
got stuck in the snow 5 feet from the house. Pretty much as soon as we pushed it out we got stuck again. To make things
worse, a snow plow was stuck in front of us and blocked BOTH lanes of the road. By this time two of our neighbors had come
out to help us. We split up, so we could move the snow plow out of the way and dig out the CR-V. Once we moved the snow
plow, we could focus on the CR-V. We had to get it unstuck a hand full of times, before we made it half way down the street.
Eventually, we drove the Envoy in front of the CR-V to essentially lay down some tracks for the it to drive over. After a couple
more good rounds of getting stuck and pushing, we got things moving. Boy was I tired. Once, we made it to the main road
we were pretty much good to go. There were a couple scary moments, but we all made it... 45 minutes into the cocktail hour,
but we made it! WAHOOO!

When we got to Embassy Suite, we learned that Melinda and Tony had no problem cutting through the blizzard in the
stretched Hummer. They actually got back on time. One of the groom's men said that Cleveland was completely shut down.
There were tons of cars stuck on the highway. Hmmm may need to buy one of those. Melinda and Tony's entrance was
GREAT! The DJ laid down some smoke at the entrance, and Tony busted in with his fireman outfit carrying Melinda.
Everybody laughed. The food of course was super-tasty and the wedding cake was from Little Italy, yeah no brainer...
considering how many cakes we've gotten cakes from Corbo's. We partied the night away, until they had to kick us out.
Thank goodness I was on Vegas time. It made it easy to hit midnight Winking hahahaa.

Enjoy ALL the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Cleveland got more than 15 inches of SNOW!
p.p.s. Apparently it's lucky to get married in the winter for Chinese, so I guess Melinda and Tony got extra lucky, because of the blizzard.
p.p.p.s. I try will get all the pics (over 2 GBs) to the download center this weekend.
p.p.p.p.s. Since our blizzard feast (not the good kind from Dairy Queen), I've re-thought my stance on big cars. I love huge
GMC trucks (Jimmy, Envoy). I might go check out the GMC Acadia... now that's a snow beast.

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Wedding Rehearsal: The Calm Before the Storm.

A quick follow up to the last post. Thanks goodness I took the red eye the day before instead of coming back on Friday.
That flight got canceled... thanks Gary Winking

Since I was back a day early, I was able to the wedding rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner. Everybody made it. Dad was
there too. He was going to give away Melinda during the wedding. The rehearsal went pretty smooth, but Kevlin's part
might not go as smoothly as planed. I think this was the first time he actually went inside the church. All the other times he
just cried and never went in.

After the Rehearsal, we went off to din din. The snow had been coming down pretty hard by now. It took a little more than
twice as long to get to the Willoughby Brewing Company. We all had a good time eating and chilling out with the the whole
fam. After we were full, we went off to Mama's house to rest up for tomorrow's big day.

Enjoy all the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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[Live Vegas Blogging 008] Chillin @ the airport

Man the last two hours were a blur. Once Gary and I decided I should take the red-eye back tonight to avoid the big storm.
I had to get new tickets, pack, check out, head to the airport, grab some din din (Wolfgang Express @ the airport). And just
when I got used to the pacific time zone, I need to fly back. I'm going to be sooo tired tomorrow. I land Friday 6:15am. Still
debating whether or not I go into work. I do still need to bone up for the Halo3 tourney starting Tuesday Winking hahahaa

just chillin @ the airport.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes, this is the last [Live Vegas Blog]

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[Live Vegas Blogging 007] Weather Alert

If you've been living under a rock, there's a HUGE winter storm coming up from Texas tonight (Reference nasty picture below)
and it's going to hit Ohio HARD. I think I'm going to punt the rest of the dev con and try to truck it back super-early TONIGHT.
Seeing how Melinda's wedding is on Saturday... I NEED to make it back by Friday. That's right kiddies Garvin's coming home.
Now whether or not I go to work tomorrow is another thing. I leave 1130pm (Vegas time) and arrive 6:30am (EST).

So on the way to cash out my fat ticket (reference +$500 imaage in the album) from roulette, I decided to burn all my singles
($7) on roulette again. I bet $5 on red and essesntaill $.50 on 16, 18,19,21. And guess what hit, 21! Hahahaa... It might be
a good things I'm truckin home. I might have lost all my money tonight Winking

::Excerpt from Weather.com::
BY THE TIME THE SNOW TAPERS OFF SATURDAY NIGHT...AN AVERAGE OF 8 TO 14 INCHES IS POSSIBLE...

REMEMBER...A WINTER STORM WATCH IS ISSUED FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF SEVERE WINTER WEATHER. LATER
DEVELOPMENTS... SUCH AS THE EXACT PATH OF THE STORM... WILL DETERMINE IF...WHEN...AND WHERE A
WARNING WILL BE ISSUED. STAY TUNED TO WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER RADIO AND TV STATIONS FOR FURTHER
DETAILS OR UPDATES.
::End Excerpt::

Hope things go well.. see ya soon.
-Garvin (^_^)

Earning Summary:
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
Earnings since last blog: $27
Total Earnings: $483.20


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[Live Vegas Blogging 006] Ballmer Keynote and more...

Boo Mike left today. Well, it was fun when he was here. Don't really know what I'll do tonight... but anywho... Today was
chalk full of nerd-ing out. Lots of session to goto. Mike and I hit Noodle Asia @ The Venetian. Mmmm good food.

After lunch was the big Steve Ballmer (CEO of Microsoft) keynote. It was fairly decent. It was less formal and more of a
Q&A format where a lot of developers were able to poke and prod Steve. Walking around the con, they have a place
called "The Pit" (reference to a Halo 3 map). Man my brian is mush, nothing like a full day of running around
(8:00am-8:00pm). Sooo after I got all my Qs answered, I went and packed all my junk up.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

Earning Summary:
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
Earnings since last blog: $0
Total Earnings: $456.20

Notes from the Sessions today (boring part):
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+ Creating Better User Experiences: Design Strategies
Ehh... it was ok. A lot of engineers booked it when there was class participation.
+ Creating Rich Dynamic User Interfaces with Silverlight 2
Definitely more technical than the last session. Will need to d/l Karen's code and poke around with it.
+ Touch Me: Where are Interfaces Going?
Ok. It was a comitee of people who were developing new UI of the future. It was cool they had a guy who was in charge of the
effects in the Minority Report.
+ Creating Better User Experiences: Design Methods
More group work.

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[Live Vegas Blogging 005] Keynote and Magic

Well today was the day to run around too all the sessions and nerding-out. The keynote was pretty good. It was completely
packed. They had to close the doors and send extra people to another meeting room, where they played a live feed. They
had some pretty impressive demos, now we'll see if anybody bites and starts using it. Microsoft is doing a lot of things right.
They debuted IE8 for the first time ever and also show the Silverlight sight for the NBC Olympics. It was like Tivo on steroids.
After the keynote, I met up with might at Cravings at the Mirage. Cravings is my favorite buffet, and you can't got o Vegas
without going to a buffet.

After we stuffed our faces with food, I went and played some roulette. I won enough to get some show tickets tonight.
Reference the +$180 in my "Earnings Summary" below. I actually won the $180 by accident. I won $90 bucks and instead
of hitting the cash out button, I hit the re-bet button. Wow! was I sooooo nervous when the ball was bouncing around.
Luckly, I won and tripled my money.

Then off to the the labs and sessions. Reference the Notes section for all the nitty-gritty-boring details.

Tonight, Mike and I went to Wolfgang Puck's Spago and had some tasty fancy food. I of course had the peking duck, and
Mike had the surf and turf. Desert was also amazing too. After din din we had to book it to the Rio to catch Penn & Teller.
The show was SUPER-COOL and we got to meet them after the show.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

Earning Summary:
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
Earnings since last blog: $180
Total Earnings: $456.20

Notes from the Sessions today (boring part):
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+ The Human Brain Relationship: Advanced and Adaptive User Interfaces
The room are completely packed. I had to stand then entire time. The guy was really good an made great points.
Some examples posted on nextgui.com

+ Building Rich Internet Applications Using Microsoft Silverlight part1
+ Building Rich Internet Applications Using Microsoft Silverlight part2 with Mike Harsh
The "Deep Zoom" demo was nice. Will need to make and app for Codonics. Examples are on Mike Harsh's blog
(blogs.msdn.com/mharsh). I even got enough guts to step up to the mic and ask a question.


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[Live Vegas Blogging 004] Elvis Siting!

Wahoo! Mike came in tonight. We headed over to Ceasar's to grab a bite to eat (Mmmm BBQ) and walk around. We went
through the forums and saw the Bellagio fountain show. FYI: Elvis is still ALIVE... apparently he chills out with Marilyn
Monroe by the fountain.

enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes, I will try to blog @ the keynote.

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[Live Vegas Blogging 003] Mix08 Registration

After winning big, I walked around and shopped. I did see the Master Chief wax statue @ Madame Tussaudos Wax
Museum from afar. I was tempted to pay full price just to take a picture next to it, but $24 is too much. For lunch, I went to
went to my favorate asain place, Noodle Asia. You know it's good, because when you look around most the people that
eat there are asian. I moved out of old room and they upgraded me to a deluxe room. Nothing too special, but it's above
the casino and not by the garage.

Today was registration and lab time for Mix08. It took a while to figure out where I needed to go. The Venetian is HUGE!
I did register and got my shwag bag (Referece below of all the shwag goodness). I camped out @ a lab computer and
hammered through 2 labs. The labs were pretty good, but my mind was all mush after the second one. I walked around
to check things out. Microsoft has reserved 2 floors of meeting rooms, for everybody to geek out in. It was cool, they set
up a Rock Band stage for a tournament. One REALLY REALLY cool thing was that they had two live demo models of the
Microsoft Surface. MS really out did themselves with the Surface. It's very Apple-ish, but more organic looking.... very
very slick. I will definitely play with it more this week Winking I took a quick movie and will upload to laters.

enjoy all the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. oops forgot to teh upbate the album from the lst post... oh well even more pics to post now Winking

Earning Summary:
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
Today's Earnings: $9.45
Total Earnings: $276.20

Shwag Bag Contents:
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
+ S/W lots of S/W
+ Microsoft boomerang
+ Microsoft pen
+ Mix08 Notebook
+ Silverlight book

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[Live Vegas Blogging 002] Morning Gambling

Of course, I'm on east coast time, so I woke up extra early today. I first hit the local games at the Imperial Palace. I won a
couple bucks on the wheel of fortune. Honestly, I just wanted to spin the wheel hehehee. Starbucks was packed, so I
headed to Mirage to play some roulette. My second bet, I hit 23 and all the side bets around it. The pics shows my bet
and how much I won. I booked it outta there as soon I cashed out. For my victory b-fast, I went back to Starbucks.

enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

Summary:
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
Today's Earnings: $286.75
Total Earnings: $286.75

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[Live Vegas Blogging 001] Flight

Will try to live blog from Vegas. I'm sure I'll end up in a boring lab or two. The flight was pretty uneventful. They played
"August Rush". Boy! am I glad Becka and I aren't flying every other week to see each other still. 3 hours seem a lot longer
now hahaha. Will need to register tomorrow and collect all the shwag.

Enjoy the 2 pics for now
-Garvin (^_^)

Summary:
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=
Today's Earnings: $0
Total Earnings: $0

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Cleveland Car Show

Oooo we saw tons of SHINY cars. Yay for toys! We got to check out potential cars that Alicia and Becka may buy.
Nothing like having all the cars under one roof to sit in and play around with. We got to see 2 of Lebron's pimped out
rides.

Enjoy the shiny pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Lesson Learned: I don't make enough money.... HAHAAAA JUST KIDDING
p.p.s. Will update the album when I get Bill's pics

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Joe BDay in Cincinnati

Happy BirthDay Joe! Technically it's on March 2nd, but today was the best time to all get together. We had a great time at
the Hof Brau Haus in Kentucky. After the German bar he booked it over to GameWorks to geek out for a bit. I did manage
to win a couple stuffed animal in the grabby claw game. Joe enjoyed his present, that we (Gary, Teresa, Becka, and I) got
him. It was a beer making kit! Hopefully, Joe doesn't hurt anybody with this present (Reference to Donut-Death-Machine
of Christmas-Past).

On the way back home I forgot my laptops, so we (Becka and I) had to turn back. This made us super late for Chinese class,
so we just joined up with Gary and Teresa for b-fast @ the Original Pancake House. Mmmmm it was tasty.

Happy BDay Joe!
-Garvin (^_^)

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New York Presbyterian

Another Codonics road show/ming-beta install, but this time we (Ross and I) went to New York Presbyterian. Wow what a
roller coaster trip. Again I can't say too many specific of the trip. As soon as we landed in Newark, we booked it to New
York Presbyterian (NYP). NYP is located in New York City... fun fun. We pretty much crash and burned on Wednesday.
What made it worse was that I didn't eat anything all day, except a bowl of cereal (picture in the album). I was super light
headed in the afternoon, which made it very hard to concentrate and fix everything. Man was I bummed. We crashed hard
enough to contemplate whether or not we should just go home and not burn another day @ NYP. We opted for having a
good dinner and giving it another shot on Thursday.

We had some AMAZING Thai food. Mental_Note: Go back next time I'm in NYC. The duck was great and the sweet curry
was just right. It definitely took the edge off of Wednesday festivities.

Thursday, round 2. We were armed and ready for giving it a second go around. I mean it's not like we could have done
worse hahahaa sooo just kidding. Once again we brought Dunkin Donuts for everybody. This time things went a lot better.
We got lucky and ALL the right people that we needed just happen to show up in the office we were in today. We got down
too all the problems that we were having yesterday and fixed EVERYTHING! It was more than they expected. We definitely
earned their respect and business. As soon as we debugged a Virtua problem, we booked it back to Newark, NJ to try to
catch the earlier flight. We made it just in time.

There's definitely themes to our trips. 1) Fixing virtua problems 2)Running and 3)Dunkin Donuts.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

P.S. For those who are following, our Track Record is 3-0.

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Happy Birthday! (part2 of 2) SURPRISE!!!

Yay! for surprise birthday parties. Everybody threw a surprise birthday party for me today. I knew something was up when
I saw Sofiya's car in the garage, but didn't figure things out until I was greeted by an Optimus Prime blanket at the door and
saw all the decorations. The theme of the night was "Games". We played Candy Land and Apples to Apples. I got my butt
handed to me in Candy Land. Grrrr the "Ginger Man" card... Grrrr I say. Of course there was tasty ice cream cake for all...
Mmmmmmm. Yes. Yes. we played Halo 3 at night Winking

Yay for friends! Enjoy the pics (Updated Garvin BDay).
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Cake count: 3

p.p.s. I also updated the Theater 2k8 section too. Becka and Alicia snuck in some vids.

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Happy Birthday! (part1 of 2)

Ug... gettin older and older by the second. The BIG 2-7 today... wahooo. Bill, Becka, and I were going to hit up a casino,
so I could spin a wheel of prizes. Things fell through, because of work... oh wel;, still have a great time on my B-Day!
What was supposed to be a small, low-key B-Day din din turned out to be a larger 9 party dinner @ J Alexanders...
Mmmmmm. We all had a good time, too bad they had to split the tables up. Everybody had a good time and we all
walked away stuffed. Becka did make me wear "Birthday Boy" pin.. that was fun.

Fun-SideNote: Someone at work got me a cake... Mmmmm Good stuff and a HUGE surprise! Becka and I attacked it!

It's almost time for my mid-life crisis.. YES! can't wait

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Melinda Bridal Shower

Don't get the wrong impression from the pictures... this was definitely a Girl's Only Bridal Shower... plus Kelvin. Winking Tasty
food, pretty decorations, cake, prizes, and presents for the Bride. It was fun!!

-Becka ^^


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Chinese New Year Dinner (part2 of 2)

Lost of Family + Lots of food = Yay! Second Chinese New Year dinner. This is the post Chinese New Year dinner. Part 1 was the pre Chinese New Year Dinner. We had tons of food... more than last time. Man, I'm getting good at packin up my stuff and setting up a temporary work center. I grabbed a mahjong table and set up shop. I gave one more crack at gettin the panorama of the dinner table, and this time it turned out better. The 2nd and 3rd image matched up. The 1st and 2nd not so much...oh well.

enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Dartmouth Part Deux

Back to Dartmouth. They liked what they saw last time, so we've come back to install a beta unit at their hospital. The trip
was fun, exciting, and breath taking. Literally, Ross and I were winded even before we got to Dartmouth. The quick
itinerary of our travels to Dartmouth:
2:30 - Leave Codonics for airport.
3:00 to 6:10 - Wait for SUPER-DELAYED plane and pray we make our connection in Baltimore.
6:15 - Herded like cattle in to SouthWest airplane
8:10 - Land in Baltimore and sprint to next concourse.
8:12 - Catch 2nd flight to Manchester, NH
9:35 - Land in Manchester and kiss the ground.... yeah we flew through a nasty storm while landing.
10:00 to 11:30 - Get rent-a-van and drive north to Dartmouth.
Total Travel Time: 9 hours.

Yeah that was fun. Eh... we made it to the hotel, so it's all good. The demo went super smooth. I can't really say too much
about it, but it was a GREAT SUCCESS to say the least. On our last day we did bring in some Dunkin' Donuts Winking The trip
back was pretty uneventful, which was good. I've got a lot of work this weekend.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Yes this is one day earlier. We needed to celebrate tonight. I am flying to New Hampshire tomorrow afternoon. Oh well,
at least there's less traffic going to dinner not on Valentine's Day. We had sushi @ DaiShin... Mmmmm. Then went home
for presents and for me to work/pack for my flight tomorrow. Becka got a super-cool Optimus Prime card with monkey
stickers, a couple Snoopy Valentine's Day books, and special t-shirts. What's sooo special about these t-shirts you might
ask. Well they are cool nerdy t-shirts, that have your old school Zelda health bar hearts on the front of them. Now the real
magic happens when you bring them close together(~2meters) the each health bar increments from 2 and a half hearts to
a full 6 hearts. It's really cool! Will need to rock them one night... perhaps next time we go bowling Winking We will definitely rock
them tomorrow. The people @ Codonics will be blow away HAHAHAAA. Becka made me a cool Tom Tom card and I got
a Choco Cat tea cup, Stitch pen, and a heart monster.

Smooch! Smooch! Happy Valentine's Day!
-Garvin (^_^) xoxo

p.s. enjoy the cool dry easer board art I left @ Codonics.
p.p.s. Mad props to thinkgeek.com for the shirts and transmitter packs


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Home and Garden Show

The Home and Garden Show was super fun today. We did a lot of walking today. The CTS was fully packed with Mama
Lutz, Alicia, Bill, Becka and me. Thank goodness I had comfy shoes on today. We did a whole lotta walking. There was
a lot of things to see and do. Becka and Alicia had a good time hanging out at the playground. I did get to drop some
knowledge about journey earrings. Who knew no one knew what they were and represented. Haggling with the diamond
ladies was interesting, I had to play the Cash-only card, which tipped the scales in our favor Winking . The show's theme was
"Bella Italia - A Tribute to Italy", soooo keeping with the theme we ate at Macaroni Grille. Yep. Yesterday was Chinese
day and today was Italian, definitely a Multi-Cultural weekend.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Chinese New Year Concert

Happy New Year! Again. Yes yes I know Chinese New Year was on Thursday, but today was the day the entire Chinese
school celebrated it. As of last week there were more than +900 people coming to the show, that's not even including the
+400 kids that are part of the school. Needless to say this would be the LARGEST group we have done anything in front
of ::GULP!::. It was cool to see what all the other classes were up to. It was hard to follow most of the show, because they
cut out the English translation parts to save time. Watching little kids mess up and running kept it fun. Our performance
went pretty smoothly, considering we had a technical glitch.

Keeping things Chinese, we headed over to Ho-Wah for din din. Yes... of course dinner wouldn't be complete unless we
hustled it over to Mally's for dessert. The good thing about trekking back to Olmsted was that it gave me time to digest.
Man was I stuffed. No worries I made sure to take a lot of pictures and movies.

Enjoy.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Will update with Bill's pic when I get them.


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Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year! Yay for the year of the Rat!
-Garvin (^_^)

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Chinese New Year Dinner (part1 of 2)

Ugg too full to sleep.

Oh boy am I stuffed! As usual, we didn't eat dinner until really late @ night (need to wait for Dad and Uncle to get off work).
What didn't help things was I ate lunch super early today, before a meeting. I was dying to eat @ 6, but dinner wasn't until
9-ish. The way I got around the hunger pains was just to take a nap when I got home-home (Mama's house)... and wait for
someone to wake me up when it was time to chow down.

Some background info: This dinner is really the pre New Year dinner. You're supposed to have one before the New Year
and one after.

Tonight's Dinner Menu:
+ Shark Fin Soup
+ Steamed Chicken
+ White Rice (Of course)
+ Lettuce Wraps
+ Fried Shrimp with a Cream Sauce
+ Pig's Feet
+ Crunchy Skin Pork
+ Abalone
+ Lobster
+ Talapia (It's a kind of a fish)
+ Seaweed Soup

I tried to make a little panorama of the aftermath with all the food. It kinda-almost-sorta worked.

Ug... time to roll my fat butt to bed... enjoy the pics and panorama.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. The second dinner will be on Feb. 16th, so look for the album to be updated around then.

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Congratulations it's a new...

Wahoo! It's time to welcome someone new to the family... Alicia's new 46inch Sony XBR! It's new and shiny (@_@)

Can't wait to watch movies on it and bask in all it's bright glory.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. I heart blogger.com That's how I wrote this post.

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Holiday Valley: Lots of twists and turns

Yeah... Definitely a fun filled-emotional-roller coaster ride... and that wasn't even the skiing parts. Bill and I hit the road
around 10am this morning. We made sure to fill our bellies with Mcdonalds goodness. Mmmmm toasty hash browns.
Yum! The first "Twist and Turn" was when we blew past our exit for route 86 and proceeded on 90 until we reached New
York. Luckily, Bill whipped out his Q and rerouted us, so we wouldn't have to backtrack all the way. Yes... so if you are
keeping score right now we went from PA to NY back to PA and back into NY a different way. Just when we thought
everything as smooth sailing, about a couple hours into skiing I realized I didn't have the car keys anymore. Yeah...
No Car Keys + 3.5 hours away from home = SCAMBLE-PANIC-MODE. Once again Lady luck (casino reference... to be
explained later) was on our side, someone had found the keys on a hill and had just returned them. I was soooo ecstatic
that they had the keys and we were able to go home.

Ok now that the drama part is outta the way I can talk about fun stuff that doesn't require SCAMBLE-PANIC-MODE (I get to
do that at Codonics enough hahahaa jk). Anywho Holiday Valley was great. The weather turned out to be pretty mild, so
just went with the Under Armor and the Beckham jersey. The powder was nice and soft, good far carving out nice turns.
There were a few icy patches, but no big falls... we still have all of our fingers. I did manage to get in a tree slaloming
run in one of the glades. It was a little rough, there were a lot of roots poking out, so it was like skiing and bumpy ice. I was
able to get it all out of my system until next time Winking Mardi Gras was as good as I remembered it. Nice, long, and fast. I
noticed they've upgraded their lifts too. In celebration for finding the keys... and to rest out tired old legs, I treated my self to
a waffle at the Waffle Cabin... Yum! The scenic runs always make it worth the trip up to NY. Holiday Valley was fun to ski
and it's still my #2 on my top Ski Places list.

On a sidenote, I resisted the urge to stop off at the casino on the way back. Apparently, they built a brand-spankin-new-shiny
Casino in Seneca. And we all know how i like the shiny stuff hahahaa. Oh well next time when we have more family there
we'll stop and put 20 on red.

Ug... goin feel old in the morning.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. More fun ski pics to come as soon as Bill hooks me up. Yes.. Bill got a pic of the guy at the lost and found Winking


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Chinese School American Idol (@_@)

LOL! We made it to the big show. Today we had to do our Chinese Animal song for some people. Those people would
then determine if we were good enough to perform for Chinese New Year in front of the entire school (+400 kids).
Everything went off without a hitch.... excluding we were missing the dragon and the dog, but we improvised and everything
worked out. We did feel old when we were too old to go to the "Teen Party" hahaa. We'll need to have a "Middle-Aged
Party" for all the adults Winking

Chinese New Year Party Info:
When: 02-09-2008 3:00pm
Where: Solon High School
Admission; $3 kids

Word on the street is that there'll be chicken nuggets... SCORE!
-Garvin (^_^)

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Happy Birthday Alicia!!!

Birthdays are fun and filling. As usual, we ate a lot and there were a lot of treats. Ok... where to start? Well the theme was the letter 'M', which stemmed from a convo Alicia and Becka had a while ago. Obviously Malley's was a MUST. Becka and I decorated the night before with pink streamers and a happy birthday banner. We had dinner @ Macaroni Grille, where they gave us a huge Birthday Brownie and sang Happy Birthday in Italian. Then off to Malley's to continue eating more desserts. Sidenote: They had the B-team on staff that night. Oh well the ice cream was still good. The Movie for the night was "My Mad Greek Wedding". But! What! There's More! More what? More Dessert. To top it all off we had a My little Pony chocolate ice cream cake. Wow what a night of desserts and presents.

Enjoy the pics... Happy Birthday Alicia.
-Garvin (^_^)



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Chinese-Animal-Hat-Night!

Nothing like the night before our Chinese animal hats are due to start them Winking hehehee It's just like college all over again.
We are learning an animal song to sing for Chinese New Year, but an added twist is that we make/wear a hat with one of
12 animals from the Chinese zodiac. I got the chicken. Becka needs to make a pig hat. Bill needs to make a snake hat.
The chicken hat came together pretty easily. Bill's idea to use the hard felt worked out Great! We took a shortcut with
Becka's hat and bought a stuffed pig at ToysRUs.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Will up date the album with Bill's snake hat tomorrow... need to remember the camera Winking


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Leah Back to school (Y_Y)

All winter breaks come to an end. Leah starts school tomorrow soooo you know what that means...
Rochester Road Trip! Nothing like a round trip to Rochester on Sunday Winking Man after packin up everything
in the CTS we barely had enough room for all three of us. hehehee The trip was fun. The only speed bump
we hit was that Leah forgot her dorm keys in Ohio Sad. Oh well... we still got in her room any who. Surprisingly,
there weren't that many cars out today. We had enough time to pick up Leah's room, and go to the grocery
store.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

REM: Send Leah her dorm keys.

p.s. Oh yeah... you'll notice this blog entry wasn't done a month after the fact Winking We'll see how long I can keep
this New Year's Resolution.


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Dartmouth Trip

Alan and flew up to Dartmouth for the day to do some alpha testing on our new product. Dartmouth is a very
important site for us. It renowned for being a very good teaching hospital. Can't really talk about the demo
too much, but everything went very well... even more than what we expected. Where is Dartmouth you ask?
It is in Lebenon, New Hampshire. We flew into Manchester and drove north for an hour and some change.
New Hampshire is a beautiful state. Will need to go back and vacay there one time.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. The hotel was real nice too.
p.p.s. Yes, I brought maple syrup back for Leah and Becka

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Best Seats EVER for a Cavs game.

Ok so Becka's Aunt SCORED THE BEST SEATS POSSIBLE for the Cavs vs. Sonics game. We sat ON the
court right. Did you hear me "ON" the court. It was our seats and then the court.. Nobody in front of us but
just the players. No Nosebleed seats this time. It was sooooo COOL! I couldn't even guess how much
these would cost (prolly 4 figures). You could hear Lebron talkin to all the players. All the players are larger
than life. They just tower over everybody. One thing that caught me off guard, was that I expected more
trash talking. I wish I remembered to bring my camera. Thank goodness Leah brought her's. They had a
special lounge (Mercedes-Benz Platinum Lounge) for all the people who had floor seats and a personal
waitress to get you food during the game... Yeah WOW! The morning after, we got to watch ourselves on
ESPN SportCenter. Since we were on the floor all the highlights had us in them Winking. That was weird to watch
us hehee.

Enjoy pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes I was tempted to tap Lebron on the back and say hi... but I resisted.
p.p.s. Usher wasn't there. Sad

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3...2...1... Happy New Year!

New Years Eve... What to do? What to do? Mike, Sofiya, Gary, Teresa, Jenna, Alicia, and Tom were all over
to join in the festivities. We made mini pizzas (Good idea Mike Winking) and got our drink on. Dick Clark was one
TV celebrating his 100th New Years... hahahaa not really, but it's up there. By the end of the night, it was
good to just pass out.

Enjoy the pics... See you next year...
-Garvin (^_^)

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Mike and Garv's 5th BAOMTALOFEOTY Dinner

5TH!?!? You better believe it. Half a decade. Friends + Food + games + more food... Mmmm. We had tons
of tons of food and everybody had a great time.

Here's to another 5 more years. Yay for friends!
-Garvin (^_^)


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Merry Christmas

Family + Presents + No work email... what more could I ask for. Wow what a fun filled Christmas. I think there's a direct correlation to the amount of pictures taken and the fun-ness had by all. There's over 300 pics.

Enjoy all the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Family Winter break

Wahoo... Winter break. I remember the day when I had winter break Winking Leah's on Winter break and family is
coming up from Alabama, sooo you know what this means... PARTYYYY! The first thing we was go to the
Cavs vs. Lakers games. That was fun. Kobe and Lebron under one roof (@_@).

What would a Winter break be with out some skiing!?!? We hit the slopes when The Tam Fam came up.
Alex and Christina decided to mix it up this time and go snowboarding. So I taught Leah skiing while I
gave Alex and Christina snowboarding lessons. Fun fun. The kiddies had a few bumps from some fall,
but everybody was OK.

Enjoy the fun-filled pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Come and Get'em.. Vids are up!

Wahoo! I took a break from studying for the Chinese final today and cranked out a quick
download theater page. Yes... yes... I know I have finished the theater since moving to the
new web site yet, but hey! this is a start Winking

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. No worries the movies are actually off of SetoVault.com, so things should be zipped.

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Leah Senior Recital = Road trip time

Leah's Senior Recital is kinda equivalent to Senior Thesis in engineering college... or the bar exam in
lawyer terms... ehhh or the Showcase Showdown in The Price is Right... so it' it's a pretty deal. Both
Becka and I called off work from Codonics and packed it up for an extended weekend. Mama Shaffer
came in from AZ on friday and we rolled out Saturday morning. There was still a lot to do when we got
to Rochester. The night before (Thursday), I cranked out a cool poster, which we made 35 copies of top
hang up around the school (Reference: check out the P.S.).

Sunday, we ran around getting all the stuff together for the reception after the recital, so you'll find a
couple grocery pics in the new album. We got a couple nice party trays of subs and wraps. Saturday
night, we got together with everybody to have a nice din din. The Mmmmm-good kind, that almost
cost as much as a Apple Laptop kind hahahaa. It rare that Becka, Leah, Peter, and Mama S. are all
in the same place, so you've gotta go all out.

Monday was the big show. Nothing like last minute trips to Rite-Aid and the Grocery store. Becka and
I had to wake up early to go pick up the party trays and any last minutes items. The reception step up
when smoothly, thanks to Beth and Ed.

Leah's recital was AMAZING. Everybody loved her performance. Her teachers had nothing, but praise
for her performance. For those who missed it (Uncle Robert ), I got everything on video. Over 3.5 GB of
data. I actually filled up my 4GB memory stick on my camera.

It will take me a bit to up load vids and put them in the theater. For now enjoy the fun filled-family pics.
-Garvin (^_^)





p.s. Check out the cool poster I made for Leah's recital (Click_Me). It came out pretty good.

p.p.s. We missed Uncle Robert. (Y_Y) He almost made it.

p.p.p.s. To all the kiddies out there... Becka and I do not condone excessive drinking.

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Happy December!

Happy December! Bill and I got to get our shop on (he beat me by a stupid penny... yes yes we made
sure to take a pick of the receipts). The girls got to get their jam on with Guitar Hero 3. Becka synced
Bill's guitar all by herself. WOW!!! We did try to watch Miss Congeniality,but only Bill and I made
through it. Granted it was around 3am-ish so who could blame the girls for fallin asleep.

Enjoy the Rockin pics.
-Garvin (^_^)



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RSNA: It's that time of the year again.

Full steam ahead. It always comes a LOT sooner than you expect. Especially this year, with all our
super-last minute changes. There was a lot of running around and eating very good food. RSNA went
really well. All the new stuff went over really well. A lot of people are psyched about Codonics this year.
You know what that means lots and lots of work for 2k8.

Enjoy the fun filled pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Happy Thanksgiving

Mmmmm Thanksgiving! Lots of Family and food. Would you believe I didn't do any Codonics work on
Thanksgiving?!?!?! Granted I worked till 4:30am that day, but I was intent on not working on
Thanksgiving.

Gooble Gooble. Enjoy the mouth-watering-super-tastey pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

Side-Note: Believe it or not I was packed early for RSNA!

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Happy Birthday Stephen!

Wahoo! Stephen from Codnoics turns 25 today. It's all down hill from here. I know from experience. Hahahaa

enjoy the Codonics Album update
-Garvin (^_^)

Note to self: Stephen is 25 now Winking


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[Live_Blog_#019] Cleveland or Bust

Off to the airport. I'll see everybody soon. Will make a quick stop in Houston and pick up some tastey
BBQ, then back to lovely C-town.

Part of me is sad to leave such a beautiful country with very very nice people, and tastey food. But the
other part of me will be happy sleeping in my own bed, getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Peace out... See you when I see you
-Garvin (^_^)

[Japanese Lesson] sayonara ::good bye::

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[Live_Blog_#018] Wingman wa doko des ka? November/12 Mon/2007 Filed in:

Yep that's right I threw up a pop quiz in the title today Winking For those who failed... I'm flying solo today.
Steve went home on Friday.

Thankfully, everything worked out. We got a lot of useful data and they were quite impressed/worried
(looong story). After I banged-out my last wrap up email from Japan, Hirozawa-san took me out to
dinner. We went Lawry's Prime Rib. The food was tasty. It should last me alll the way back to the States.

Will grab a quick nap before my late meeting tonight. Kickoff is @ 11pm and sould last till 2am (Japan
time). Eh... at least this will make going to sleep on the plane that much easier.

See you real soon
-Garvin (^_^)

[Japanese Lesson] Oyasumi nasai ::Good Night::

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[Live_Blog_#017] When in Rome... Do what the Romans do...

Well... I've got a lot of change to burn off before I leave to Japan... soooo off to Akihabara to shop and play
video games. I Got to play a lot of new games that we'll never see in the States. One cool thing is that they
have table top collectible card video games. So the machine has a table and you put your cards on the
table and it'll read what cards you have and where they are on the field. When the game starts, you need
move around you cards to do certain tasks and attacks. It's really cool.

I dropped off the loot and walked to Chiyoda (yes yes "Yoda"). It is were the Imperial Palace. Never been
there before so I figured I would be cool to go. On the way there I ran into a flee market thingy, which was
pretty cool. By the time I got to the park it was pretty much dark. Hopefully all the pics aren't too blurry.

I figured I would take it easy tomorrow. I should be well rested for tomorrow's connectivity test. Hopefully,
we get a lot of useful data. At last count, I need to write +20 postcards, so I might as well take a chip out of
it tonight.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin

[Japanese Lesson] Pasupoto ::Passport::

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[Live_Blog_#016] Weekend = time to catch up on work and some fun.

Ahhh it's the weekend. Nothing like taking it easy. Saturday was great. Got to sleep in for an extra hour,
then off to Asakusa to get my shop on and chill. Asakusa is my favorite place in Japan... yes even better
than Akihabara Winking There's little tents selling all kinds of nicknacks and snacks. My brother Gary and I
found this place the first time we came here and I always make it a point to come every time I'm on this
side of the globe. Too bad Steve and I didn't have time go here when he was here.

After I dropped off all my loot from Asakusa, I had a tasty lunch at the hotel. Next on the agenda was to
camp out at the CJ (Codonics Japan) office and catch up on emails and poke around with the Virtua.
Soon it was dark and I decided to walk back to my hotel so I can check out the Harley Davidson shop.
Wow apparently everything in there was all Tokyo exclusive items... so everything was extra expensive.

When I got back to my hotel room I found the CAVS game on. Wahoo! I caught the last quarter and
worked on the web site. Next I grabbed some spicy curry chicken and hiked it to Roppongi. It is known
for being the new hip area with a lot of American clubs and such. Of course I didn't go to any clubs, but
I did find my way in to an arcade where I can start getting rid of all my change. My accomplishment for
the day was getting the stuffed Stich from the claw machines. A lot of Japanese arcades are half video
games and the other half are claw games. Most of the prizes from the claw games are collectible things.
Well that pretty much sums up today in a nut shell. Boy are my legs pooped... did a lot of walking today.

Jam-Packed Day... Lots of stuff crossed off my list.
-Garvin (^_^)

[Japanese Lesson] Tomare! ::Stop it!::

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[Live_Blog_#015] Friday round up: Mini-demo, Keio round 2 demo, and more food

Wahoo! Both the mini-demo and Keio demo went smooth today. The LOVED everything @ Tokyo Metro
and want to test the final product ASAP. Round 2 of Keio was good too. Hayama-san and I went to Keio
this time around and we got everything to work. We also found a glitch in the GE pacs that had. The GE
field engineer fixed it in a couple hours.

To celebrate, Hayama-san took me out to Chinese food. We had tons of food. Surprisingly, it was real
Chinese food with a hint of some Japanese influence. Yum! I had a good time.

Sidenote: The CJ office LOVES Chinese food. When ever they get the opportunity to go they'll go.

Wahoo! the weekend is coming.
-Garvin (^_^)

[Japanese Lesson] Fire! ::Kaji da!::

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[Live_Blog_#014] Codonics Key = More Work Done

Well... what do you know the same applies for the CJ office. I now have a CJ office key, so I can get in
and do work on the weekend. Ehhh.... at least I won't be running around all over the place like on the
week days and I'll be able to wear my snap pants and Lebron jersey hehehee.

Can't wait to go home and sleep.
-Garvin (^_^)

[Japanese Lesson] Hospital ::byoin::

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[Live_Blog_#013] "Change of plans"...

Yep yep... the theme for the trip strikes again. Last minute demo for Tokyo Metro, right before Steve,
Mike, and Gary E. leave.

Gotta run
-Garvin (^_^)

[Japanese Lesson] Eigo no menyu arimasu ka? :Laugho you have an English menu?::

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[Live_Blog_#012] Korean BBQ in Japan?!?! eh why not..

Mmmmm I heart food. The Korean BBQ rocked. I'm may come back by myself this weekend if I've got
time. We got 5 plates of different raw meat and cooked it up. Our corner of the restaurant was all smokey.
You'll notice all the smoke when you see the pics. We even got to put on bids so we mess up our clothes.
Of course I broke mine half way through. hahahaa but I did manage to keep pretty clean.

Can't wait for the weekend so I can take a breather and catch up on my other work. Note to self: will need
a Virtua in my hotel room again (ahhh flashbacks from last year). Friday should be go smooth assume the
Keio thing goes better.

Enjoy the smokey pictures.
-Garvin (^_^)

[Japanese Lesson] Kore wa doyatte tabemasu ka? ::How do I eat this?::

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[Live_Blog_#011] Looong day... need sushi

Uggg... It stinks when things don't go according to plan.

Quick Summary:
+ The demo didn't work completely.
+ Gary bled on my notes.
+ Was standing on a hard server room floor for over 3 hours.. and boy were my back and feet feeling it.

Any who... going to go back tomorrow without Gary and see if we can do it right next time around. Steve
and I were beat and hungry, so we went to go get some sushi. Mizukami-san took us to a place that had
one of those sushi conveyer-belts. It was awesome, just how I've dreamed of it. For those who aren't in
the know, you just grab the plates as the pass by. Anything you like just take it. The pricing is done per
plate based on the color. Once you're done the waitress will and count up your plates. The unagi (eel)
was very very good. mmmmmmm.

After a long day a good lunch goes a long way
-Garvin (^_^)

[Japanese Lesson] Tasukete ::Help!::

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[Live_Blog_#010] Gone in 60 seconds...

Sooo... I woke up today and decided to take it easy, because we weren't leaving till 9PM. So I when to
breakfast in my running pants and my Keefe-a-nator shirt. That's until I met Gary K. in the morning for
breakfast. The first words out of his mouth "Change of plans..." which is apparently been the theme of
the Japan trip (referencing all the times we changes flights and hotel reservations). He pretty much said
he was busting out as soon as he finishes breakfast. Sooo I pretty much stuffed all my food in my mouth
and ran outta there. I had to shave and change at the same time. I even put on my tie while riding the
elevator. Gary likes to keep you on your toes.

mini-demo time...
-Garvin (^_^)

[Japanese Lesson] Gomen-nasai ::I'm sorry::
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[Live_Blog_#009] Eat... Drink... Be merry...

Oh boy did we eat yesterday. I'm still full from last night (@_@) We went to a place called Gonpachi.
It's pretty much a Japanese tapas restaurant, where they make their own soba noodles (Mmmmm). You
order a lot of little dishes.

Time for some sleep... mini-demo tomorrow.
-Garvin (^_^)

[Japanese Lesson] oishii ::delicious::

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[Live_Blog_#008] Japan Demo: Success!

WOW! I almost passed out during the demo. Everything went according to plan. Our dry run this
morning was a bit shaky, but when it was time to put up or shut up we brought it home. Hayama-san
did a GREAT! job at driving the demo. The meeting was supposed to go for only one hour, but the main
Fuji guy liked it so much he stayed for 2 hours.

Dinner will be good. 1) Hayama-san and I didn't eat lunch... too busy running around. 2) The restaurant
is supposed to have really really good food. 3) They filmed the big fight scene from Kill Bill there.

It should be much easier with the demo out of the way. Can't wait for the weekend to take a breather,
and to hit up the arcades Happy I'm taking a lot of pictures now. The album will be brimming with tons O
pics.

Follow-up meeting time
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes. It does hurt to look this good. Hahahaa jk.

[Japanese Lesson] i-meru ::e-mail::

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[Live_Blog_#007] ?Donde esta Akihabara?

Was too tired yesterday to put up this post when we got back, but now is better than never.

Steve and I decided to bust over to Akihabara and check out all the cool gadgets and gizmos. I've been
there before, but didn't remember just exactly how I got there. The fun part was we did what I usually do...
wonder aimlessly until I get there. Armed with a 4 year old map that I used when I vacationed here a long
time ago, Steve and I were able to ride the subway to the JR train, and then take the JR train to Akihabara.
I still think there's a quicker more direct way, but I'll fool around with that over the weekend, where I have
tons of time to get lost.

Wednesday morning will be our first/last live run of the demo tomorrow with Gary K. Then we'll need to box
everything and head off to Fuji. Ok going for a quick run to relax.

Game-Time Yo! Keep your fingers crossed.
-Garvin (^_^);

Pump-up theme song for today: Eye of the tiger.

[Japanese Lesson] Amerika jin desu ::I'm American::
[Japanese Pronunciation Key] (Should have put that on the first post... hehehee)
Japanese vowel sounds:
a = ah as in “father”
i = ee as in “feed”
u = oo as in “goose”
e = eh as in “let” or ay in “say”
o = o as in “gold”

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[Live_Blog_#006] Locked and Loaded.

Last full day before the Fuji demo ::GULP:: Everything is going well. Hayama-san has been drilling
through the test cases over and over. He'll definitely be ready to bring it home tomorrow.

Hirozowa-san decided to test my Japanese today with "Tonkatsu". I passed with flying colors Winking I think I
caught him off guard too hahaa. See below Japanese lesson for the answer. We had very tasty tonkatsu.

It rained all night yesterday so the weather has been cool and crisp. It made for todays morning run
very very nice. No pics from the run, I figure I would go light today. Believe it or not the Browns made
headlines in Japan?!?!?! I thought I was hallucinating after my run when I say the article. Steven and I
were successful ordering @ Starbucks this morning.

Almost game time.
-Garvin (^_^)

[Japanese Lesson] tonkatsu ::fried pork cutlet::

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[Live_Blog_#005] T minus 1 day before big demo.

Well, today was pretty positive. Ran into a couple speed bump, but Steve and I got over them. We tore
into the main conference room, and set up base camp. We had 3 latops, 2 disc importers, 2 large lcd
screens, and 1 Virtua XR. I think we have the warm and fuzzy we need for the Fuji demo, now that we got
over the speed bumps. Now what's left is to Hayama-san drill over and over the demo until he has the
whole thing memorized.

Wahoo! Go Codonics!
-Garvin (^_^)

[Japanese Lesson] biru ::beer::

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[Live_Blog_#004] See Garvin Run. Run Garvin Run.

Usually I like to run in morning when I'm in a different city, just to situated and figure out where everything
is. Not much has changed since last year. I did notice a new Starbucks and they redid a park.

So what's up with the pics with the fingers pointing in a specific direction, you may ask. Well I took pics of
landmarks when I ran so I wouldn't get lost this time. Hahaaa. I still don't think Alan knows I got lost in
Japan for an hour last year and barely made it back to the hotel to meet up with him.

Ok time to shower and get ready.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Got to bust out "Starbucks wa doko des ka?"... if you don't know what that means you haven't been
paying attention to your Japanese lessons.

[Japanese Lesson] Kore wa ikura des ka? ::How much is this?::

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[Live_Blog_#003] (>_<) What time is it?.. Can't sleep.

The time diff between Ohio and Japan is 14 hours. It's 11:50PM in Tokyo and I can't sleep... doh. I
passed out @ 5PM Japan-time (3AM Ohio-time) and I might have slept through Steve M. knocking at my
door. Oopsies. I was supposed to wake up @ 7PM to grab a little snack, but I just passed out and woke
up know. Hope he's not starving.

Sooo any who... getting here was a trip (pun intended).
4AM-Saturday (Ohio time) Wake up. Get everything together.
6AM (OH) Leave for Newark.
11:10AM (OH) Leave for Tokyo-Narita
2:20PM-Sunday (Tokyo Japan time) Arrive
3:10PM (JP) Catch bus to Tokyo Prince Hotel
5:00PM (JP) Check into hotel
5:10PM (JP) Passout
Grand Total of traveling 23 hours and some change... Thanks goodness I love to travel. hahaha

Ok... going for a walk to burn off some energy
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. I ending up beating the computer in Chess before we landed.. BOO-YAH! (^_^)

[Japanese Lesson] Sumimasen ::Sorry:: (oh yeah goin to use this puppy a LOT)

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[Live_Blog_#002] Are we there yet?!?!

Ok. 45% there. Around Alaska. I've watched Transformers two and a half times now (Sidenote: It's
WAY better on HD-DVD than a 5 inch screen). The cool thing is that the plane is fairly new so each
headrest has a little screen and a remote control that doubles over as a joystick for video games. The
games aren't that cool. I think I wrote better stuff back in high school with my ti-82 (that's right I brought it
there). the only game that requires thought is Chess, which I'm getting owned Sad

The only bad part so far is they tell you how much time is left on your flight. What's bad about it, is that
when I think an hour or so has passed... it's only been 20 minutes. Still trying to pass the time as best I
can. Will need to buy a new toy for the trip back... hmmmm I wonder if I could expense it? hahahaa jk

ok 8 more hours to go.
-Garvin (^_^)

[Japanese_Lesson] Watashi no namae wa Garvin des. ::My name is Garvin.::

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[Live_Blog_#001] Japan Trip begins...

Codonics Invades Japan...Wahoo! We'll see how the live blogging goes. I'll try to update at least every
other day (assuming I have internet and time).

I was all packed up a week ago Winking Now I'm just chilling in the Newark-Liberty International Airport right
now. I'm waiting for hook up with Steve M. @ our gate. The flight from Cleveland was pretty tame. It
was quite and I slept after I finished the sudoko puzzle in the Continental magazine. I may need to hit
up Starbucks before we shove off.

The flight to Tokyo will be a little more interesting... and by interesting I mean crammed-into-a-jumbo-
jet-for-over-13-hours-the-seats-are-too-small kind of interesting. Some of us don't have the luxury of
First class (::Cough Cough:: Gary Keefe). This will be my 3rd time going to Japan, so I'm used to the
flight now. Can't wait for them to wake us up for our Cup-o-Noodle... mmmmmm.

Oh.. yeah. I didn't get time to tell everybody, but my stay got extended by a couple of days. Now I'm
staying from Saturday Nov. 3rd to Tuesday the 13th. Wed Yeah I'll be missing 2 Chinese classes,
hopefully Becka, Bill, and Mama take really good notes.

Ok. powering down... enjoy the pics. and see you when I get back.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. The pics are not in 2k7_Photo_Album -> Codonics
They are in 2k7_Photo_Album -> November -> Codonics Japan Trip

[Japanese_Lesson] Starbucks wa doko des ka? ::Where is Starbucks?::

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Japan Trip

Codnics Invades Japan again. I hope Gary remembers his passport again. I've created the album and
will try to drop new pictures in it while I'm in Japan.

Wish me luck... Peace out.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes. I know... I posted this earlier than the 2nd Winking

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Early Halloween @ Stow

Wahoo Happy Halloween! Man was it a crappy day to go trick or treating. It was in the low 50s and
rainy. I think Bill ending up with a grand total of 16 trick or treaters. We topped of the night with
Transformers in HD-DVD of course Winking

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)
p.s. This is a partial album. Will need to get the pics from Bill.
p.p.s Man Bill's Mama's cake was good. The cherry dessert was to "die" for.... get it.. "to die for"... Halloween joke. LOL.
p.p.p.s. Just got Bills pics... so it's a complete album now.

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Becka Bday

Mmmm-Ug. More cake. Becka's birthday bash lasted two days. The first night we had a nice din din @
Wild Mango. Then on the second day we carved pumpkins and made pumpkin seeds. This was
Becka's first time making a Jack-O-Lantern. It turned out pretty good. My Master Chief Jack-O-Lantern
turned out pretty good. It was recognizable at least. I'll have to send it in to Joystiq contest (link).

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)
p.s. Update... A trick or treater @ Bill's house recognized it as Master Chief. Wahoo! Success!

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Codonics Album Update: Doodles

Been spending a lot of time @ Codonics, so when I need a little break I'll doodle on people's white boards.

Hehehee... enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

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Sofiya Bday

Even more cake. Yay! Mike came over to celebrate Sofiya's birthday. We had a nice dinner @ Blake's
Seafood in Crocker Park and then we kept it real will some cosmic bowling (Yes. we had white russians
to make it a true family bowling outing). We barely had enough room to eat some carmel latte birthday
cheesecake.

Mmmm enjoy the tasty pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Home Album Update: New Xbox 360

We welcomed our new bundle of joy to the Seto House. It's a New Baby Halo 3 Xbox360!

Yeah... I'm addicted to Halo3 jk.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Leah's Fall Break

Wahoo! Caitlin and Leah came over for their Fall break. Lots of fun and food. We road tripped it to
Cedar Point. Boy did it turn out to me a nice day. There was sunny (a bit hot... which is odd for
OCTOBER) and a clear sky. No visit would be complete without a visit to Mallies. Yum!

Enjoy the Scary pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. R.I.P. Xbox tear for the red ring picture (Y_Y)

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Indians vs. Yankees

Man did I feel conflicted and confused. Hahahaa. It turned out to be a good game. It was refreshing to
be at a Indians vs. Yankees and hear more Indians fans then Yankees ones. Becka and I had a great
time even though we had to stand for over 4 horus. Man did we feel old after the game.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. The preview sums it all up Laugh



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Melinda Bday Party

Mmmm... October is right around the corner. You know what that means... CAKES... lots and lots of cakes.
Melinda's birthday marks the beginning of the barrage.

enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

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HALO! 3! LAUNCH DAY! (Y_Y)

Yes... Bill and I took Tuesday off to play Halo 3. I believe vacation day well worth spent. We
(Becka, Bill, and I) got our Burger King Halo 3 meal and were good to go for the midnight launch.
The GameStop we were @ had over 100 preorders and the was pretty decent. It was DWARFED
by the mammoth crowd around the corner @ the other GameStop (Go fig. two GameStops in the
same mall). They had over 400 pre orders. We made sure to stop off @ the grocery store to stock
up on the snack-age. Bill and I gamed from midnight till 4-something P.M.

We came... We Saw... We Conquered...

We mowed down Halo 3 on Legendary (the hardest level) in 15 hours... and boo were we tired
afterwards.

enjoy the fun-filled-super-nerdy-pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. I also had spread the Halo love buy drawing Master Chief saying something positive for
the kiddies.
p.p.s. Yes Becka and I rocked the Halo 3 gear @ Codonics before the Midnight launch.


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Rochester Trip pt2

HUH?!?! No you don't have double vision. This is the second trip to Rochester this month.
Zooooooom. We had a fun filled time, even though it was shorter than usual cause
of Chinese school. Bowling and Target was super-fun as usual.

enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Rochester Road Trippin

Loooong weekend of driving... eating... moving... eating... moving... and more driving. As
usual our road trips include lots and lots of good food. You'll notice a lot of pics of us eating Winking
To ensure this move-in is successful I have assembled an elite team of experts.

Special Team's Roster
+ Leah: the Movee
+ Becka: the Sleeper/ Organizer
+ Bill: the Extra Back
+ Me: Project Manager/Driver/Bank

Saturday:
We crammed everything in the car and had just enough space for 4 people. But before we
could hit the road hard, we needed to make a special stop. Yep you guessed it, we needed
McDonalds! Mmmmm hash-browns and juice the breakfast of champions. Along the way
we decided to see how many different license plates we can see on the road (Reference
below: List O Plates). It was fun and prevented me from speeding away. We hit the ground
running when we got to Eastman. We moved everything from the car to her room and had
time to goto Target Twice before dinner @ Dino's. Mmmm Dinosaur BBQ is a must @
Rochester. After dinner, we just made it back to pick up Morris and Leah's stuff from long
term storage. Then we unpacked and organized the night away.

Sunday/Monday(am):
The morning started off good with Lindsay Lohan in "Just My Luck" Winking We first went to The
Spot (FYI: it was a Chevy dealership before it became coffee shop) to get some b-fast. Yum
a Mike Sandwich hit the spot (no pun intended). After we filled our bellies, we were ready
for more shopping @ Target, Parkleigh, and Wegmans. Bill and I had a fun time building
the shelves and organizer we just got from Target. We got everything done before dinner @
P.F. Changs. P.F.'s was fun. And yes... we conquered the Great Wall of Chocolate Winking Since
we got some beer @ Wegmens earlier, we had to pick up a bottle opener at Target. This
brought the Target trip counter to 4, which is on par for typical move-ins. The trip home was
pretty uneventful. Everybody passed out towards the later legs of the trip. We made it home
safe and sound around 1:40am-ish... and yes Bill drove home after that... ug.

No speeding tickets Wahoo! SUCCESS!

List O Plates:
1) Ohio (Duh)
2) Pennsylvania
3) New York
4) Arizona
5) Utah
6) Nevada
7) New Hampshire
8) Florida
9) Ketucky
10) Illinois
11) Ontario
12) Texas
13) Indiana
14) Maryland
15) Missouri
16) Michigan
17) Oklahoma*
18) Massachusetts
19) Virginia
20) Connecticut*
21) West Virginia*
22) New Jersey
23) South Carolina*
24) Arkansas*
25) Wisconsin
26) North Carolina
28) California
29) Maine
30) Rhode Island
31) Vermont*
32) Alabama
33) Tenesee
*- denotes that those plates were seen in a parking lot and not on the road.

We miss Leah (Y_Y)
-Garvin (^_^)



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Dave and Busters

So it's Leah's last day in C-Town and what do we do??? Play games of course. To Dave and
Busters we go. Wahooooo! Leah partied out on skee-ball. Becka was glued to Wheel of
fortune. Bill won the Tower of Tickets game. And I got to play basketball Happy After Dave and
Busters, we came back where Leah had to dig through a box of pretzels to find her surprise
presents. Ooooo presents are good. <> Leah was super-surprised to find
a new DS lite (Brain Age Edition). Need some sleep road trippin this weekend.

Yay for presents... Boo for pick packing
-Garvin (^_^)


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Viva Las Vegas!

Wow what a vacation. We had a great time going to strip clubs, getting tattoos, losing tons of $$$,
and totaling expensive exotic cars... and that was only the first night. Hahahaa! Just kidding... kinda.
We'll need to take everybody back next time. I sense a family vacation in the works Winking The Mama
and Pop Pop had a fun time as well. It's been a while since we've gone on a vacation as a family.
We should do it more often.

Quick Highlights:
+ Gary was the biggest winner of the week $$$ (^_^). We all expect really really good Christmas presents this year. lol. jk I heart my Wii.
+ Saw the Cirque du Soleil "O" show. It was fun. Now I have 2 of the 6 shows crossed off Winking
+ Blowing and undisclosed amount of money on a max betting on a certain crappy $5 slot (Max bet 1$5) machine.
+ Roulette was fun as usual.
+ Ate @ buffets every day.
+ The Eiffel Tower Restaurant was cool.
+ Becka and Teresa got to relax by the pool.
+ Everybody rode the gondola ride @ the Venetian.
+ Taking pictures with the Haagen Dazs mascot.
+ Hanging out with mom and dad.

What happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas!
enjoy das pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. I'll post Gary and Teresa's pics as soon as I get them.
p.p.s. The theater will be up soon. Need to up load vids of scantily clad girls dancing for Bill and Matt.

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Pre-Vegas Entry

Sooo I've got a break from packing for Vegas to post a little blog before I leave. The goal as usual is to win enough to pay for the whole trip. My mom and dad want to have a contest on who wins the most. I have created a VegasStats wiki page that I will live blog my winnings (and potential losses) every night. We'll see how I do with the live blogging Winking Ok more pick packing.

Peace out... and come on Lucky 7s
-Garvin (^_^)
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Put-in-Bay Weekend

What a weekend. Had lots of fun running around Put-in-Bay. There was tasty seafood and BBQ. We got turned onto "Entourage" too (note to self: buy dvds).

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

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Little Italy: The Feast

The Feast! Mmmmm Great Food time. I was quite proud of my Italian costume. Yes, I wore a Mario Bros. t-shirt to fit in (^_^) Hahahaa! (Thank you Joe for the T-Shirt.) We all had fun stuffing our faces with Mmm-Good Italian food and gambling. weeeeeee.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Oh yeah same day blog. Boo-Yah!


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Mama Seto Bday Party (Party/Cake 3 of 3 for this weekend)

Happy Birthday Mama! No Baskin Robbins today (@_@)... We got a cake from Corbo's... Mmmm nothing but the best for Mama. Yay! Gary's home this weekend. Dim sum and cake today. Yum.

Enjoy all birthday pics
-Garvin (^_^)
Cakes Eaten this weekend: 3

p.s. Phew... made it through all the cakes this weekend. Boy do I feel stuffed.

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Alicia Party (Party/Cake 2 of 3 for this weekend)

The Weekend of Non-stop cake eating continues today. Alicia passed both her Pharmacy test, so you know that that means... PAAAAARTY! The cake lady at Baskin Robbins out did her self again. All we told her to do was to make Pharmacy cake Winking We had another BBQ today with hot dogs and hamburgers. Mmmmmm. Then surprise cake #2 for the weekend. Later we went to the Indians and Yankees game. Becka and I both represented both team with Yankees caps and Indians T-shirts. Alicia and Leah also sported some Indians gear too.

Quick Notes:
+ Score was 11 to 2 Yankees won... of course Winking
+ Yellow shirt guy sucks
+ Bobby is super cool

Enjoy all the fun pics
-Garvin (^_^)
Cakes Eaten this weekend: 2

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Codonics Party (Party/Cake 1 of 3 for this weekend)

The final release of VirtuaXR is over and you know what that means... PARTY! OOO! WAH! OOO! PARTY! Everybody had tons of fun. There was enough food to feed a small army Winking Chris also brought his Harely Brew beer over. It was Great! Still haven't tried all of them yet, but the front runner is the Beerios one. yum. The surprise Disney Cars cake turned really good. Go Baskin Robbins! And just when you think it couldn't get any more funner (yeah I know)... Stephen belts out "It's Raining Men" on the Wii. I swear everybody's eyes were tearing up.

Enjoy all the tasty pictures
-Garvin (^_^)
Cakes Eaten this weekend: 1

p.s. I took tons of movies (2.2 GB worth) and I'll need to update the theater soon.
p.p.s. I will also convert some of the vids to mp3s, so people can set their favorite song as a ring-tone. It's going to be GREAT!



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Ohio Road Trip

Ohio Road trip... Vroooom! First stop Mansfield. We had some SERIOUSLY tasty at the Amish Door. Yum! Then off to C-Bus (Columbus). Yep you guessed it even more food and out weigh-in. The weigh-in is the official start to the "Loose the most % body fat" contest. It'll be an interesting next two months.

Enjoy
-Garvin

p.s. Joe still needs to upload the C-Bus pics to the familyFTP. (>_<) Expect a mini-update.


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Happy Birthday Kelvin!

Yay! Kelvin is 3! errr well kinda... technically he turns 3 on August 3rd. Any reason for cake I'm sooo there. Kelvin was happy he got tons of Thomas the train toys and a big hug ice cream cake. Mmmmm.

Enjoy that tasty pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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3BQ pt2

Wow another 3BQ. Mmmm more BBQ food yum. With all the Pittsburgh people I was soo tempted to where a Browns jersey... now if I only had Brows gear. The BBQ was great everybody had a great time. Becka even played some volleyball and croquet. oooooo I've got pictures to prove it.

Enjoy the Album
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. The album will get update with Bill's pics soon.


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Halo Munny

Wahoo for Art Projects. Just created a Misc Album to hold random pics through out the year. It's been a while since I've done and sculpting, so it'll be quite interesting how the Munny will turn out.

Enjoy the sketches
-Garvin (^_^)

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Indians Game

Impromptu Indians Game tonight. Wahoo! No way am I going to turn down hotdogs and nachos. Mmmm. We had a super-fun time, too bad the Indians got blown outta the park (Y_Y)

enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Down Time

Hi Gang

The site will be down for a bit while I fix some bugs. Yes the site has grown so large it makes my mighty mac buckle every time I update.

...
-Grrvin (Y_Y)
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Another year another Pittsburgh Anniversary

Fun Filled Anniversary... Gambling in Detroit and our annual dinner @ Monterey Bay Fish Grotto.

Enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes, I lost my phone @ the casino (Y_Y)... no I am not trying to get an iPhone. (Thanks Bill for callin Becka when the stranger that found my phone called you Winking

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Family FTP

The new family FTP site is up.  There is 750GB of backup storage for everybody to use.  Bill and I pretty much hammered it out over the July 4th holiday. Yes those are computer parts twisty-tied to a plastic milk crate. That's right we keep it real ghetto.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)

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Jenna Album tooooo full (@_@)

Over 1000 pics taken since Jenna came to Ohio... need to split into 4 seperate albums.

p.s. will prolly split into more albums when I've got more time.

peace out
-G (^_^)
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NYC Yo!

NYC Rocked! That is when we go there We were delayed for 5 hours. Something was fishy, when we saw tons of cots out. We all had a great time running around NYC.

Activities List:
+ Subway riding
+ Top of the rock
+ Chinatown dim sum and shopping
+ Times Square and shopping
+ 5th Ave. shopping
+ Central Park
+ Grand Central Station
+ Junior's Cheesecake
+ iPhone

Enjoy ALL the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Jenna Surprise part (Jenna Visit Album Update + Theater update)

Today was a jam-crammed day of fun and surprises (the good-kind like price is right good).  We started the day off @ the Codonics picnic.  We got an unlimited pass for putt-putt, bumper boats, and go-karts.  While we (Jenna, Leah, Jackie, Mama Seto, Becka and I) were chillin with the Codonics crew, Alicia and Bill were on a secret covert-ops mission.  They got the cake (Disney Princess cake… of course) and decorated the house.  Becka had planned out a surprise party for Jenna so we can give her a surprise gift.  Alicia and Bill did a GREAT job getting everything together.  The house was all pink-ified with streamers.  We relaxed by the pool while Mama got the grill already for a rib-tastic cookout.  When we got back we stuffed our faces with ribs, wings, lamb, and corn, while we watched Mean Girls.  Apparently Mean Girls to slowly becoming the birthday movie of choice (no complaints over here “I’m a mouse… duh.” hehehee).  The cake lady did an AMAZING job on the Disney Princess cake.  Laughs were had when we played pin the tail on the donkey.  For the record, I won @ pin the tail on the donkey.  Jenna was floored by her surprise gift.  I drew a fake ticket with clues on the envelope.  LOL! Tried to estimate where Mike’s house is in repect to here and NYC.  Hehehee and Yes that was Jenna’s surprise gift.  We’re (Jenna, Bill, Becka, and I) all going to NYC next weekend.  We’ll meet up with Gary and Teresa.  We finished the night of festivities off with some cosmic bowling and fake white russians (aka kahlua and cream).  Congrats go out to Bill who got a turkey with FOUR! STRIKES! WOW! (@_@)
 
Mmm Ice-cream cake.
-Garvin (^_^)
 
p.s. I’ve updated the theater with some fun vids.  Check out Jenna’s super grannie roll.  It’s amazingly accurate  
Side-story pt3: Bill met the ice-cream girl today (^_^) So everything worked out as planned


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Bill's BBQ (aka 3BQ or B^3Q)

Bill BBQ was fun Wahoo!.  There was tons of good food and to top it off we made smores 2x Wahoo!   Nothing like playing volleyball and croquet to make you feel old.  Mike was in town too 3x Wahoo!  It was nice to catch up with him for a bit.  We ended the night early.  Everybody was pooped from work.
 
Mmmm BBQ. Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Also, fixed Bill's fish magnet (hence the pic Winking

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Happy 23rd Birthday Jenna! (Jenna_Visit Album Update)

To start the day off right, we (Becka and I) bought McDonalds Mighty Kids meals for lunch.  We all (Jenna, Becka, Leah, Alicia, and Me) had a fun time @ Jenna's Birthday dinner.  We pigged out at Buca di Beppo.  Luckily our waiter was super-cool and let Alicia get a drink even though she didn't have her id on her.  We had tons of left over.  (Sidenote: the Chocolate cake is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! and HUGE!)  Jenna really liked all of her presents... even the naked men (you'll have to check out the pics)
 
Enjoy joy the update to the Jenna album (under 2k7_Album)
ug... I’m stuffed
-Garvin (^_^)
 
Side-story pt2: Got the ice-cream girl to add my house to her route Need to introduce her to Bill

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Relaxin Poolside (Jenna_Visit Album Update)

Wahoo!  Super-Nice day out.  You know what that means… POOL-Time!  We all got to chill @ the pool in our association.  There were tons of kids running around.  The coolest thing about this pool was that they let the kids bring in all kinds of toys.  Never been to a pool where they let you do that.  I’ll have to go pick up and inflatable basketball hoop   They make them, I saw a kid with one, lucky bastard.  I did manage to get some work done poolside (reference picture with my towel over my head).  We all had a great time relaxin, gettin some sun, swimming, and reading magazines.
 
Yay for pool-time!
-Garvin (^_^)
 
Side-story pt1:  Met the ice-cream girl and I have her schedule now Wahooo!  She comes every other day.

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Happy Father's Day

Yay! HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

Gary, Teresa, Becka, and me will treat Mama and Papa Seto to a Las Vegas Vacation. Dad hasn't taken a vacation since he took Gary and me to Disney World when I was in 3rd grade.

Can't wait... come on 7s (casino-talk)
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Yes, I did draw a fake ticket for dad.

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Game Night (Jenna_Visit Album Update)

Girls (Jenna, Alicia, and Becka) vs. Guys (Bill and Me).  The girls started strong with two crushing wins against the guys in the "Friends Scene It" game.  Jenna's just too darn good at that game.  Then we kicked it old school and played Bill's grandpa's "Trivial Pursuit" from 1981!, so all the questions are innately history questions to begin with It got late really quickly, but the guys prevented a shutout with a dominating lead of 3 pie slices to 1 pie slice to end the night.  We'll have to finish the game some other night.
 
Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)
 
p.s. From Trivia Pursuit…
Q: Name the Paris airport?
A: Orly Airport.

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Jenna's in C-town

Welcome to Cleveland!  Jenna's stayin till July 2nd wahooo!.  We just got Jenna's room all ready and built a little nightstand for her.  Yay! She should be quite cozy in our house.  Made a Jenna_Visit album under 2k7_Ablums, that will be updated regularly with all the mischief that we will undoubtedly get into.
 
Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Cavs in 3D

Cavs' game 2 in 3D HD. What could be better... oh yeah if they won. hehehee jk. We still had a good time with our funky 3d glasses and rise up towels. Becka and Bill did get their hair sprayed with cavs colors. We did find an r2-d2 mail box outside of the Q (Gund) Arena, now if we only had our light sabers to pose by it.

Go Cavs! enjoy the pics.
-Garvin (^_^)


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Code-A-Thon

Wahoo! laid down some ground work for a new Digidreamerz tool last week. Bill came over to put some hours in the tool. Of course we ended out code-a-thon with the new Forza 2 game.

code code... zoom zoom...
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. The cool tool will be ready in the summer. Be prepared for your world to be rocked.


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Matt Visit

Yay Matt's in town. The day kicked of with some putt putt, skee ball, and go karting @ Swings and Things. Nothing like pass the digicam to Bill as we zoom pass eachother to wake you up. It took two tries and nobody got hurt. The Berea Rib Cookoff was fun. Even better you don't need to get packs of rib tickets to get stuff, only to find that you are one or two tickets off.... grrr rib tickets. Ok enough ranting about rib tickets. We put away 3 slabs of ribs, 4 ears of corn, and a pile of extra-crispy-home-made potato chips. Mmmmm. And finally, a Matt visit wouldn't be complete without bowling and man did we bowl. 5 games (some regular and some cosmic) later we were spent and ready to be tucked it.

Boy were we pooped... enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Guess who got two turkeys? (hint: look at the new album)

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Crocker Park Field Trip

Wahoo Alicia's in Ohio. Time for a field trip to Crocker Park.

Go Cavs!
-Garvin (^_^)


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Alicia Graduation

CONGRATS! and Welcome to Ohio!

enjoy the pics in Bill's Album
-Garvin (^_^)

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Matt Jump

enjoy the vid. Matt the one in black with yellow on the rig.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Bill Update-A-Palooza

Yep yep... Bill gets his own Update-A-Palooza. Wahoo!

Updated Albums:
2k7_Photo_Album -> Bill's Big Move
Bill's Album -> 2k7 Bill House

New Albums:
Bill's Album -> 2k7 Pitts Car Show
Bill's Album -> 2k7 JavaOne

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Happy Mother's Day

What day is today?
Today is Mother's Day!
(What TV show was that from?)

Fun times today... nothing like lots of food and family time.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Leah's Wisdom Teeth

Yeow! (Y_Y)

Nuff Said.
-Garvin (^_^)

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Leah's Big Move

Right on the heals of "Bill's Big Move" comes "Leah's Big Move". Wahoooooo! Another Trip to Rochester. This time to move Leah out for the summer. We were armed with our tape gun and tons of boxes. We also got some tastey BBQ to boot. :-p Yum!

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. yes we were all pooped on the way back


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Weekend Project: MCE in Da House

It's ALIVE! It's ALIVE! Wahoo! I finally broke down @ CompUSA and bought the cheapest Vista computer I could get my hands on. CompUSA goes out of business next week so the discounts on everything helped a lot. So to get this PoS system up and running with Windows Media Center (MCE) I had to get a few more toys Yes Becka helped out too.

Parts_List:
+ PoS Acer Aspire Visa Basic pc (15% off... yeah not oo much horse power in this puppy).
+ Vista Ultimate Upgrade (50% off YES!).
+ Win-TV PVR USB2 (20% off... duh need something to convert the video feed so the PoS Acer doesn't need to do the processing).
+ Western Digital My Book Firewire 250GB storage (No discount
@ BestBuy... yes due to the PoS-ness of the Acer PC we needed more storage capacity for all those episodes of Gilmore Girls and PIMP my ride
+ 512MB Mem Stick from an old Sony Camera
(Again the RAM that came with the Acer was not going to cut it so We utilized Windows Vista ReadyBoost to give it a shot of speed).
+ Buffalo Wireless-G high speed wireless router.

Yes I do realize this sounds like a frankenstein, and quite frankly it is. lol. Once we had everything connected and configured (pretty much all of Saturday night and Sunday morning
... WOW I finally figured out what's been missing in my life... an MCE box. You would swear the design and functionality was was from Apple (minus the iPod white or brush metal interface . Yes that good and that A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Basically it's a TIVO on Steriods!

Wows of MCE:
+ On screen TV Guide.
+ Record TV. You can record the entire series or the episode you're watching.
+ Live TV pause. Great of those Lakers and Yankees games
Yes yes even those they are loosing.
+ Sports... With a click of the Xbox controller you can get a listing of all the sports games on TV, score for all games, and even player stats. Yeah WOW!
+ Movies... Just like sports, MCE will list all the movies playing on TV and download the movie poster to boot (too smooth).
+ Stream music to the Xbox.

Enjoy the Hot and Sweaty nerd pics... Mmm now that's hot
-Garvin (^_^)


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Bill's Big Move

Talk about a workout (@_@) Helped Bill move into his new house today. We got to move his +200lbs TV and had a rousing game of pick up stick(s).

enjoy the cool pics
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Bill also took some pics with his cam and look for the album to be updated down the road


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Jackie Birthday Party

Happy Birthday! mmmm cake. Jackie's Bday party was fun. Kids running around, cake, presents, and cake.

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Bary Bday Present Part 2

Ok I've got 1 word for Gary's Bday present... skank-tastic! Danity Kane and the Pussy Cat Dolls opened up for Christina Aguilera. Everybody had a great time and with each performer having less clothes than the other. lol! There's over 3 Gigs of movies and pics.

enjoy the pics and vids
-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. Warning! The movies in the "Theater" -> "Gary Present" are pretty larger so you may need to wait a while for it to download.



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Bill's Birthday Presents

Wahoo! Welcome to the 26-Club Bill. A fun filled day with presents, food and surprise movie. Bill's got some new bling (almost one of a kinda... more like 1 out of 200 ever made) for his wrist too

Sidenote: Believe it or not Dead or Alive (DoA) the movie was pretty good and funny, too bad it never made it to the theaters.

enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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Mini-Update-A-Palooza

Hey Gang

Finally got a few hours to myself to update the web site. Updated Album List with Quick Blurbs:
+ 2k7_Photo_Album -> "AZ Family in the House": Biggest update. Tons of Family fun with an impromptu road trip to Rochester (Oh yeah that was a loooooong day). Leah and I did make it into a real road trip and stopped off @ Buffalo to the original wing place. Mmmmmm. Worth every mile.
+ 2k7_Photo_Album -> "Codonics": Added good-bye Nick pics. ::tear::
+ 2k7_Photo_Album -> "Kalahari": Reference 03-31-07 post
... yeah I know I'm lazy. heheheee
+ Bill's Album -> "Box Fort": Self-defined.

okie dokie enjoy the Pics!
-Garvin (^_^)

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Peace Out Nick

Last Day For Nick (Y_Y). Added a micro-update to the Codonics Album
-Garvin (^_^)

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Kalahari Trip

Wahoo Fun-Filled Day @ Ohio's Largest indoor water park.

Enjoy the wet and wild pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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House of Bill

Congratulations to Bill! He has now entered the fun filled world for martgages. YAY!

Check it out "2k7 Bill's House" in Bill's Album
-Garvin (^_^)

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AZ Family in the House

Weeeeeeee... AZ Fam in the house. Becka's mama is in for the weekend and Leah is in for the week. Fun will ensue.

Look for updates through out the week in the "AZ Fam Week" Album.
Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)


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Pens Game

Up in Pittsburgh AGAIN... wow. The Pens game was super-fun. The nacho were also tasty.
Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)


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Cleveland Car Show

VROOOOOOM! Yay the Car show was fun. Nothing like a day of drooling over shiny cool cars. There was a cool all-terrain park for Jeep, and a racing strip for cars. We (Becka and I) also browsed around for potential SUVs.

Current Potentials (with notes):

Nissan- Rogue (Grrrrrrrrrowl......reminds me of a Lexus, very sophisticated, sporty, and sexy. I LOVE this car, but not sure what the mileage or price will be)
Pontiac-Vibe (2008 with all the upgrades. great gas mileage. Nice style. no heated seats?)
Pontiac- Torrent (2008. bigger and fancier than the vibe)
Jeep- Compass (2008)
Toyota- Rav 4 (2008)
Subaru- Outback (2008)
Honda- CR V (2008)
Hyundai- Tucson (2008 yay for Tucson, AZ)

Sidenote: the CTS2008 ROCKS SOOOO HARD! It's AWESOME.

Enjoy the Car Show Pics
-Garvin (^_^)


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HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Yay! for family and food.

As Bill put it "The year of the pig is going to rock!"

Happy Chinese New Year Everybody
-Garvin (^_^)


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Garvin B-Day Weekend

Yeah gettin older and older... the big 2-6 wahoo! (Matt sarcasm). Definitely can't complain, family, friends and CAKE! Mmmmm (^_^) Nothing like a fun filled skiing, cake eating weekend

Enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)

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Valentine's Day "Solder = Love"

Wow! What a Valentine's day! We kept it low key this year and had dinner @ home and watched "A Charlie Brown Valentine". The best part was Becka's Valentine's gift. Becka got a kit that came with a circuit board, leds and capacitors. She had to cut wires and hand solder everything on the circuit board (sidenote: no eye brows lost... pheww). It was quite impressive (Y_Y) ::tear::

Cheesy Song of the Day: I can love you like that/All-4-One (That's right old scholl)
-Garvin (^_^)

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Hocking Hills = ooooooh aaaaaaah (yeah that good)

OK sooo I guess I'm the only one in Codonics that doesn't know about this place. Everybody kept on telling me how beautiful this place is and great this place was. Who knew they were all right. The story starts with Gary wanting to get away for a weekend, so he booked a cabin in the middle of know where. Lisa, Joe, Teresa, Gary, Becka and I had an AMAZING time just chillin in the cabin, going on hikes, playing with the Wii (duuuh what do you think will happen when you lock up a whole bunch of AZNs in a cabin for a weekend , watching movies, playing board-games, and eating tons of food. The cabin was great. It had 4 bedrooms, a huge fire place (that we abused), pool table, hot tub, full kitchen, sauna, pool table, dart board, and direct tv. I've got the pictures from my camera, and Joe's. Gary's pics are still M.I.A.

Enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)



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4th Mike and Gary's BAOMTALOFEOTY Dinner

Another year has gone by and another successful Mike and Garv's Bad Ass Oh Mama That's A Lot Of Food End Of The Year (BAOMTALOFEOTY) Dinner. Not only did we get to stuff our faces with food we got to ring in the new year too

Menu:
+ Rosemary Lamb Chops
+ Prime Rib
+ Jalapeno Cornbread
+ Champagne Cheese Fondue
+ Garlic Mashed Potatoes
+ Mike's Family Punch (mmmmm)
+ Carmel Latte Cheesecake



Cheers!
-Garvin (^_^)
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Seto Christmas

Yay! It's Christmas time! You know what that means... TONS of family and relaxing. Wahoooo!

Enjoy the Album
-Garvin (^_^)


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Training and Becka and Jenna's Annual Christmas Shopping Excursion

Minneapolis, MN ...aka MALL OF AMERICA!!

Dual trip. Part A Training and Part B SHOPPING!! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Part A
Training for work in the negative degree weather!! BRRRRR
When I was scoping out the mall for the Shopping Excursion, I met a football player from the Vikings. He has four babies and a trophy wife.

Part B
Jenna and I have done our annual shopping excursions since elementary school. This was going to be the first year it might not work out... boo... so for my christmas present, Garvin gave the gift of the most amazing excursion ever! Jenna and I have dreamed about going to MoA for many many years, and our dream came true! We were even supplied special Vera Bradley bags to help us carry our loot, and it was already equipped with water and a protein snack!! Ready to go!

We had an amazing time at the mall. We saw Kellie Pickles (Pickler) perform,,, she's from American Idol (which I learned hehe). .. And of course we shopped but of course did not drop. (We are professional shoppers). We spent 24hours at the mall and were only there for two days! We rock!

Enjoy the pics,
Love, Becka (and Jenna and Garvin)

p.s. Added the movies to the Theater... enjoy Garvin (^_^)


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When Becka's Away... the Stripers come out and play Winking

Wire strippers that is So Bill found an Xbox360 controller mod (link-age) and you can prolly figure out the rest of the story What was supposed to be a one day project to do three controllers, quickly became a weekend long project to do just one. Xbox360 controller + Bill sleeping over two nights + 2 trips to Sears + 2 trips to radio shack = A back-lit Xbox360 controller with semi-working buttons



Enjoy the very blurry pics
-Garvin (^_^)
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! GOBBLE GOBBLE!

Lots of Family and Lots Food! What more can you ask for? Everybody had a Great time this year. Mama Shaffer came all the way from Yuma , AZ and Leah came from Rochester,NY. Can't wait for next year.




Enjoy All the TASTEY PICS
-Garvin (^_^)
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Emergence Day: Gears of War. We Came, We Saw, We Conquered!

Ok for those who don't know. Emergence Day was a 24-hour Gears of war tournament. To sum it all up... out of 55,000+ Bill ranked 108 and I was 237.

Quick Highlights:
+ Waking up @ 3:15am to start playing the tourney.
+ Bill took down an entire team of 4 by himself in "War Machine".
+ I took down an entire team of 4 with a chainsaw in "GridLock".
+ The reactions we got for taking them down single handedly.
+ Bill and I revived each other 10 times a piece in a match.
+ Super-Ultra-Spidey-Sense... Whenever Bill and I were forced on different teams, we would tell each other where our teammates were when we died, thus giving us easy kills cause we knew where they were hiding.
+ Running straight through the sniper tower in "GridLock" passing all the bad guys.
+ Bill not being able to head shot a downed guy @ point blank range and hearing people laugh @ him off my screen.




Enjoy the Super-Cool pics
-Garvin (^_^)
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Birthdays, Birthdays, Birthdays... Birthday update-A-Palooza

Sooooooo many Birthdays in October. Sooo here a 10 seconds recap... haunted hay ride... cake...Surprise Hello Kitty Waffle Breakfast... Ribs... more cake... cozy socks (Mama Ionina Reference.. just in case it was too obscure .. boat loads of sushi... MORE CAKE!.... HAPPY HALLOWEEN (yes that was chronological order).

Birthday List:
10-08: Sofiya
10-20: Teresa
10-26: Becka
10-27: Mama Ionina
10-30: Pete
10-31:Gary



HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
(^_^)
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Kim Wedding

Joe and Lisa's wedding was AMAZING. Everybody had a great time. I think the best part was when Lisa sucker-punched Joe in the face with cake soooo hard most of it lodge in his nose (and yes there's a pic .


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Codonics Invades Japan

Team U.S.A. Wahooo!!!

Sunday Highlights (Pre-Game):
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+ Team U.S.A. has landed.
+ The first Virtua made it to the hotel.  The second Virtua is still M.I.A.  Seeing how Monday is a Japanese holiday, it will probably arrive Tuesday.
+ Thanks God I sent a Virtua out one day earlier.

Monday (Pre-Season):

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+ Go to Codonics Japan and get everything ready for Medasys tomorrow.
+ Send a couple Japanese Studies to make sure everything is working.
+ Get real Japanese Disclaimer for SmartDrive from Hayama-san.
+ Begin Hayama-san crash course in all things i18n.
+ Walked through Akihabara (know for their techo bling and arcades).
+ Walked through Ginza (know for their expense shops).

Tuesday (09-19) (1st Quarter)
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+ Medasys 10:30 {Test, and get final Japanese Viewer}
+ 6 Hour Road Trip outside of Tokyo
+ Move to Aich Hotel Anjyo (Wahooo it has INTERNET!)

Wednesday (09-20)  (2nd Quarter)
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+ Codnics Road Show is at full steam!!! chuu chuuuuu
+ Okazaki Citizen Hospital 11:00
+ Okozaki Ichikoi Hospital 14:00
+ Toyota Medical Hospital 16:00
+ Back to Tokyo (by Train)

Thursday (09-21)  (3rd Quarter)

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+ Two more hospitals.
+ Got to receive real images. YES!!! REAL DATA!!!
+ Get CRUNK and celebrate.... (^_^)


Friday (09-22) (4th Quarter)

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+ Lost my Passport :-\
+ Wrap up with Hayama-san (crash course in s/w)
+ Alan leaves 11:00am

+ Visit Asakusa Temple

Saturday (09-22) (Homecoming)
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+ Leave Japan @ 11:00am





It's always fun to travel abroad to experience other cultures, eat good food, and realize just what we take for granted everyday.
enjoy the album
-Garvin (^_^)
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Alicia Visit

Skee Ball and Put Put (Miniature Golf for some people) what more can you ask for in a day.



enjoy
-Garvin (^_^)
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Cleveland Air Show

To be filled out by Bill

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Meet the Parents

To be filled out by Sofiya or Mike.

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Joe's Bachelor's Party

Joe's Bachelor's Party... mmmm I really can't talk too much about it... HAHAHAAA! Just kidding. The weekend went by super-fast. I won tons of $$$. Gary won some money. Joe won... errrr... um... well at least he got free drinks when he gambled. Pretty much we gambled a lot and ate tons of food. Enjoy the pics



-Garvin (^_^)

p.s. My camera died at the beginning of the trip. I will update the album with more pics when I get them from Gary.
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Steelers Game

Two trips to Pittsburgh in one year?!?! No I haven't gone crazy We all had a GREAT time! Saw a good game, had over priced stadium food, and saw trophies.



-Garvin

p.s. Yes the flash on Bill's cam is Super-Bright
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Nguyen Reception

Round 2 of Martin's wedding. The whole weekend of the reception in Cleveland was another great time. Boy do those Vietnamese know how to eat, 10 course dinners that last 3 hours are awesome. Good times with friends both new and old, awesome food, a little dancing, and an all around fun experience that I think everyone enjoyed.  And if anyone asks, I am 3% Vietnamese.




-Bill
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Nguyen Wedding

Four days of fun in Kansas City. Martin took that crazy leap and got himself married. It was quite the experience being in a Vietnamese wedding, plenty of good people and good food. My vocabulary of about 30 words didn't really help all that much, but I still had a blast. Congrats to Martin and Quyen.



-Bill
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Sofiya and Mike @ Boston

To be filled out by Sofiya or Mike.

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Das san castle to end all sand castles

The sand castle to end all castles! Well... errrr.. that's of course until we build another one. Could have used some more help, ahem Fun time @ Edge Water Park! Enjoy the pics.
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Happy Birthday Mama Seto

Just when we finished Kelvin's birthday cake, we get more cake!!! Wahooo!
enjoy the pics.

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Steam Engine Show... need I say more...

Steam Engines and Canons what else would you ask for in a Super-Cool Album. Check out Bill's trip to the Steam Engine Show in his album.
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Happy Birthday Kelvin

Yay more Cake and Presents! Enjoy the pics (^_^)
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Highland Heights HomeDays

Yay for Highland Hts. HomeDays and Double YAY for Becka being able to ride for free on the kiddie rides when she brings Kelvin, LUCKY! Enjoy the Album!
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Sand Castle Water Park

Pittsburgh Again?!?! What?!?! No we haven't lost our minds. We had a fun filled time at Sand Castle. Will definitely need to go back next year Enjoy the Pics.
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Happy Birthday Donut Sue

The title pretty much says it all Wahoo Party! Enjoy the pics (^_^)
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Sofiya New York Pics

Added pics from Sofiya and Mike's trip in NYC. You can scope them out in Sofiya's Album. Here is a quick tease
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Another year another Pittsburgh Anniversary

For our anniversary Becka and I always goto Pittsburgh (yeah its a looooong story). We've gone to the same restaurant in the same city 3 times now, which makes this our 2nd Anniversary!!! YAY ::Clap:: ::Clap:: okie dokie enjoy the pics.
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Matt Visit

Yay! fun filled time with Matt this weekend. From seeing the new house to ice skating to BBQ @ Mentor Headlands and wrapping up with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest everybody had a great time! Enjoy the pics.
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Canada-aye!

Back from Canada with tons O pics. Quick re-cap of the trip: Played "Name that Tune" to and from Toronto, Lots of eating {1/3 lb. sausages, dim sum, fancy stuff @ the CN Tower}, met famous Chinese watercolor artist, bought paintings for famous Chinese watercolor artist, went to super mall Eaton Center {6 stories of shopping goodness}, blew a lot of money, went to the largest Chinatown (second to only CHINA, yeah it was that HUGE , and last but definitely not least Joe made a new boyfriend. Everybody had a great time. Toronto is like a cleaner NYC. Goin back @ the end of the month

Enjoy the album. (^_^)
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Cleveland Rib Cook Off

We Came... We Saw... We Conquered... and boy are we STUFFED. :rum Roll:: Final Tally: 24 Ribs... 2 snow cones... 2 corn on the cobs with cajun powder... 3 large lemonades... 1 ice cream waffle sandwich... 2 free samples of vanilla ice cream... and 1 pack of Tums (for Sofiya We also met a Cleveland celebrity, Al "Bubba" Baker (history_linkage). He was representing for the Cleveland Browns and his ribs (tastey_Bubba_plug_linkage)... mmmmmm. Yes yes pics have been added to the 2K6 Album. Enjoy! (^_^)

p.s. yes Bubba's the one with the black shirt
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Becka's Graduation Wahoo

Wahoo! Becka Graduated today! We got to watch flying tortillas and everything. (check out the theater Enjoy the new pics.
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House Album is up

Enjoy the house album. It will be a running album so check for new house pics every once in a while.
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Big Upset in Cinci

Joe lost again! in a heated rib battle.
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Fun in Philly

Sofiya, Bill and I went to visit Mike in Philly... visited the New Jersey Adventure Aquarium Yay good times.

enjoy the pics
-Garvin (^_^)
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Garvin's BDay

Fun filled weekend! Jam-Crammed with Skiing, Food, Friends, more Food, House stuff, and even more Food!

YAY!
-Grrvin (^_^)
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