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Jim's Livejournal: 2002-2009 [25 Sep 2009|08:53pm]
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Back on September 26, 2002, I wrote my first entry on Livejournal. I thought it would be fun and different to document my life for a while, and that I would use Livejournal for a while until I got tired of it: I figured maybe six months.

Well, six months turned into a year. Then, two years. Then, even more. It's now been seven years that I have been documenting my life: to put that in perspective, a full one-fifth of my life is here in this forum.

I think the main reason I've kept going so long is that I've met all of you here: dozens of you. I've learned about your habits, your random thoughts, your big life changes, and everything in between. Several of you have gotten married and had kids. Several others have, well, had other changes. All the same, I have enjoyed meeting every single one of you. I have even met a dozen of so of you live and in person!

That being said, I think it's time for me to move on. My Livejournal has had a good run that has featured an interstate move, several job changes, some vacations, a marriage, and yes, even some maturation. A lot of maturation, in fact. There have been random posts, fun posts, and memes along with some serious introspection. I have moved on to other interests, and don't seem to be all that interested in writing posts to LJ anymore. Therefore, this post will be my last, coming one day short of the journal's seventh anniversary.

But don't worry, I'm not going away completely. I am still on Twitter (albeit sporadically at the moment) and Facebook (almost daily) and have no plans to drop either at this time. I'll be my usual self over there, just in a new forum. Think of a newspaper columnist simply moving from the morning daily to the evening daily.

I also will continue to read my friends list and some communities here, as I do enjoy those. I may comment occasionally, but do not expect to participate as often as before. But don't worry: if you are on my flist, you will continue to have my full attention when you post. I will also plan on keeping this journal and all the past posts online as an archive for the foreseeable future, mostly for my own reference as much as anybody's.

Thanks for the memories, Livejournal. It's been fun.

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." - Ecc 3:1

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2009 Reading List: September 15[ish] update [18 Sep 2009|12:38pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

This is my last update of this list on LJ, but I will continue to update this list twice a month over on Facebook, on or about the 1st and 15th, plus an additional update or two if I feel it's warranted. My goal for the year is to read 100 books, though you and I both know that's not going to happen.

Since the list will likely get long, I will cut-tag all but the few most recent. Dates shown are the dates I finished the book.

Don't expect many additions to this list this month, as we are going into the busiest month of the year at work.

67. September 9: O'Keefe, Kevin. The Average American: The Extraordinary Search for the Nation's Most Ordinary Citizen. (2005) 227 pp.
68. September 12: Harpaz, Beth. 13 is the New 18: and other things my children taught me while I was having a nervous breakdown being their mother. (2009) 271 pp.
69. September 15: Widmaier, Eric P. Why Geese Don't Get Obese (And We Do): How Evolution's Strategies for Survival Affect our Everyday Lives. (1998) 155 pp.
70. September 17: Tancer, Bill. Click: What Millions of People are Doing Online and Why It Matters. (2008) 203 pp.

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TOTAL BOOKS: 70 (Compare to 54 at this time last year)
TOTAL PAGES: 18,000 exactly (how cool is that???)
FICTION: 8
NONFICTION: 62 (Memoirs: 5)
ABANDONED: 2

PACE: 97 books in 2009

This is the final update of this list here on LJ as I prepare to shut this journal down later this month. But do continue to look for it on Facebook.

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2009 Reading List: 2009 Update [03 Sep 2009|09:37am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

I will update this list twice a month, or or about the 1st and 15th, plus an additional update or two if I feel it's warranted. My goal for the year is to read 100 books, though you and I both know that's not going to happen.

Since the list will likely get long, I will cut-tag all but the few most recent. Dates shown are the dates I finished the book.

Don't expect many additions to this list this month, as we are going into the busiest month of the year at work.

60. August 8: Braun, Lilian Jackson. The Cat Who Saw Stars. (1998) 227 pp.
61. August 12: Keyes, Ralph. I Love it When You Talk Retro: Hoochie Coochie, Double Whammy, Drop a Dime, and the Forgotten Origins of American Speech. (2009) 271 pp.
62. August 18: Smith, John L. Sharks in the Desert: The Founding Fathers and Current Kings of Las Vegas. (2005) 381 pp.
63. August 20: Midmore, Joe. First National Bank of Nevada. (1975) 177 pp. (I know: A history of a bank--particularly one I don't even have an account with--seems like an odd choice for reading material, but trust me, I had my reasons. They will be revealed someday. :-)
64. August 23: Queenan, Joe. Closing Time. (2009) 338 pp.
65. August 28: Elmaleh, Edmund. The Canary Sang But Couldn't Fly: The Fatal Fall of Abe Reles, the Mobster Who Shattered Murder Inc.'s Code of Silence. (2009) 189 pp.
66. September 2: Freeman, Michael. ESPN: The Uncensored History. (2000) 272 pp.



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TOTAL BOOKS: 66 (Compare to 54 at this time last year)
TOTAL PAGES: 17,144
FICTION: 8
NONFICTION: 58 (Memoirs: 5)
ABANDONED: 2

PACE: 98 books in 2009 (-3 since July 1; -2 Since August 1)

*FINAL* Scheduled LJ Update (before moving to Facebook): On or around September 15

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2009 Starbucks List [25 Aug 2009|10:29am]
Oh, no!! Not another list!!! (I must have OCD or something. :-) )

Below is a list of all the Starbucks I've visited in 2009. I'm noting only the first time I visit any particular store: repeat visits will not be mentioned. Unlike some others of you (you know who you are!!), I'm not trying to visit them all, nor am I going out of my way to visit them. These are just Sbux I've visited in the course of daily life.

1. January 3 1:19 p.m.: Sbux inside Target, 1550 E. Lincoln Way, Sparks NV
2. January 4 1:57 p.m.: Sbux inside John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks NV
3. January 10 3:59 p.m.: Sbux inside Barnes and Noble, 5555 S. Virginia St., Reno NV
4. January 13 12:45 p.m.: Sbux inside Safeway, 5150 Mae Anne Ave., Reno NV
5. January 22 2:05 p.m.: 10190 N. McCarran Blvd., Reno, NV
6. January 28 12:11 p.m.: 1610 Robb Drive, Reno, NV
7. February 5 2:57 p.m.: 300 Pyramid Hwy, Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
8. February 12 11:47 a.m.: 745 Sparks Blvd., Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
9. April 19 1:15 p.m.: 2835 N. McCarran Blvd., Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
10. May 19 12:17 p.m.: 4809 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV
11. June 8 3:17 p.m.: Sbux inside Meadowood Mall, 5001 #1 Meadowood Mall Cir., Reno, NV
12. August 8 12:54 p.m.: 6637 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV
13. August 15 1:35 p.m.: 5280 Longley Lane, Reno, NV (Drive-through)
14. August 21 3:48 p.m.: 4798 Caughlin Parkway, Reno, NV

It would be fun to use a mash-up to put all of these on a Google Map, just because. I may do that sometime, if I ever figure out how. Maybe at the end of the year.
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[19 Aug 2009|04:53pm]
For those of you anxiously waiting for my August 15 reading update, I've decided to skip it this time: not much to add.

The next update will be September 1, 2009, the penultimate LJ update.
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2009 Starbucks List [16 Aug 2009|05:39pm]
Oh, no!! Not another list!!! (I must have OCD or something. :-) )

Below is a list of all the Starbucks I've visited in 2009. I'm noting only the first time I visit any particular store: repeat visits will not be mentioned. Unlike some others of you (you know who you are!!), I'm not trying to visit them all, nor am I going out of my way to visit them. These are just Sbux I've visited in the course of daily life.

1. January 3 1:19 p.m.: Sbux inside Target, 1550 E. Lincoln Way, Sparks NV
2. January 4 1:57 p.m.: Sbux inside John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks NV
3. January 10 3:59 p.m.: Sbux inside Barnes and Noble, 5555 S. Virginia St., Reno NV
4. January 13 12:45 p.m.: Sbux inside Safeway, 5150 Mae Anne Ave., Reno NV
5. January 22 2:05 p.m.: 10190 N. McCarran Blvd., Reno, NV
6. January 28 12:11 p.m.: 1610 Robb Drive, Reno, NV
7. February 5 2:57 p.m.: 300 Pyramid Hwy, Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
8. February 12 11:47 a.m.: 745 Sparks Blvd., Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
9. April 19 1:15 p.m.: 2835 N. McCarran Blvd., Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
10. May 19 12:17 p.m.: 4809 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV
11. June 8 3:17 p.m.: Sbux inside Meadowood Mall, 5001 #1 Meadowood Mall Cir., Reno, NV
12. August 8 12:54 p.m.: 6637 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV
13. August 15 1:35 p.m.: 5280 Longley Lane, Reno, NV (Drive-through)

I'm putting the over-under for the year at 19.5. Any takers?
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2009 Starbucks List [13 Aug 2009|08:23am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Oh, no!! Not another list!!! (I must have OCD or something. :-) )

Below is a list of all the Starbucks I've visited in 2009. I'm noting only the first time I visit any particular store: repeat visits will not be mentioned. Unlike some others of you (you know who you are!!), I'm not trying to visit them all, nor am I going out of my way to visit them. These are just Sbux I've visited in the course of daily life.

1. January 3 1:19 p.m.: Sbux inside Target, 1550 E. Lincoln Way, Sparks NV
2. January 4 1:57 p.m.: Sbux inside John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks NV
3. January 10 3:59 p.m.: Sbux inside Barnes and Noble, 5555 S. Virginia St., Reno NV
4. January 13 12:45 p.m.: Sbux inside Safeway, 5150 Mae Anne Ave., Reno NV
5. January 22 2:05 p.m.: 10190 N. McCarran Blvd., Reno, NV
6. January 28 12:11 p.m.: 1610 Robb Drive, Reno, NV
7. February 5 2:57 p.m.: 300 Pyramid Hwy, Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
8. February 12 11:47 a.m.: 745 Sparks Blvd., Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
9. April 19 1:15 p.m.: 2835 N. McCarran Blvd., Sparks, NV (Drive-through)
10. May 19 12:17 p.m.: 4809 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV
11. June 8 3:17 p.m.: Sbux inside Meadowood Mall, 5001 #1 Meadowood Mall Cir., Reno, NV
12. August 8 12:54 p.m.: 6637 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV

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Voice Post [09 Aug 2009|07:17am]
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“Sometimes government workers work really quickly. ___ had a major event here in downtown sparks that lasted all week started Monday and went on through last night. It wrapped up about midnight. Here it's 7:00 in the morning and you can't even tell that there was anything going on. Switched back to normal everything's all cleaned up. It's swept and you won't even know that just hours ago there were thousands of people down there in downtown sparks. It's all clean and nice looking. So ___ city for getting it cleaned up so quickly.”

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Voice Post [08 Aug 2009|01:48pm]
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“Hi, I guess I'm better at the guessing than I thought, because somebody asked me when we were reading a book. What the word ursine(?) E meant U R S I N E. I never seen it before but I just thought U R S which I happen to know coz somebody to know what S. That meaning B and I said that Ursine(?) mean air light just guessing an answer and I looked at up and share it out ursine(?) does not set mean air light. So another example might D S E answer that turned out to be right unfortunately. I think I can do that”

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Voice Post [08 Aug 2009|01:26pm]
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“I'm just day 21 years ago that was August 8th 1988 was a Monday at the week and I was part of the grand opening celebration at a book store and yesterday book at the corner of Scanta(?) and Mc Canry(?) in California the customer and I agreed that we meet again on 9 9 9 9 and again on 10 10 10 10 which is coming up next year. I will attempt to make the 10 10 10 10 gathering. Just a little note about what happened in my life this date 21 years ago and yeah I did come up with some books and I don't remember which books it work or where they are at this point.”

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Other people aren't doing it anymore (at least not on LiveJournal . . .) [08 Aug 2009|10:07am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

This post is a "memory" and will be updated an re-posted whenever I see a movie in a theater. (Probably about 5-6 times a year)

2005/2006/2007 movies under here . . .Collapse )

*10FEB08 7:00 p.m. "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" Century Sparks $9.25 Screen #3
*9APR08 1:55 p.m. "21" Century Riverside $6.50 Screen #11
21MAY08 9:20 p.m. "Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" $9.25 Century Sparks Screen #5
*8AUG08 2:30 p.m. "Mamma Mia!" $6.50 Century Sparks Screen #11
*13NOV08 3:30 p.m. "The Changeling" $6.75 Century Sparks Screen #3
*28NOV08 1:15 p.m. "Polar Express" $15.00 Esquire IMAX Sacramento
* **30NOV08 11:40 a.m. "Bolt" $6.25 Century Sparks Screen #6
31DEC08 8:45 p.m. "Bedtime Stories" $9.50 Century Sparks Screen #9
26MAR09 3:40 p.m. "Slumdog Millionaire" $6.75 Century Sparks Screen #12
15MAY09 4:15 p.m. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" $3.00 Grand Sierra Casino Resort Cinema Screen #2
2JUN09 2:00 p.m. "Up (3D)" $9.00 Century Sparks Screen #8
6JUN09 11:25 a.m. "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" Century Sparks Screen #4
20JUL09 2:45 p.m. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" Century Sparks Screen #14
*7AUG09 11:45 a.m. "G-Force" Century Park Lane $5.25 Screen #13


*Left during credits
** Arrived after movie had started (even after the trailers, ads, etc.)

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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! [06 Aug 2009|09:16pm]
[ mood | nostalgic ]

RIP John Hughes

And so, the summer's third set of three has begun.

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From NWS . . . [02 Aug 2009|06:18pm]
[ mood | excited ]

Special Weather Statement

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
601 PM PDT SUN AUG 2 2009


NVZ002-003-030130-
GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA-GREATER RENO-CARSON CITY-MINDEN AREA-
601 PM PDT SUN AUG 2 2009

...THUNDERSTORM WITH HEAVY RAIN NEAR DOWNTOWN RENO...

AT 555 PM PDT...A THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR DOWNTOWN RENO...AND WAS
MOVING NORTH AT 5 MPH.

OCCASIONAL LIGHTNING...HEAVY RAIN REDUCING VISIBILITIES TO LESS THAN ONE
MILE...SMALL PEA OR MARBLE SIZE HAIL...AND GUSTY WINDS OF 30 TO 40 MPH...
ARE EXPECTED WITH THIS STORM.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE...RENO.

THIS STORM WILL AFFECT INTERSTATE 80 IN NEVADA BETWEEN MILE MARKERS
10 AND 13.

MOTORISTS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR PONDING OF WATER ON ROADWAYS AND RAPIDLY
REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN HEAVY RAIN. STAY TUNED TO NOAA ALL HAZARDS RADIO...
WEATHER.GOV/RENO ON THE INTERNET...OR LOCAL MEDIA FOR LATER UPDATES.

&&


(There is video of the storm on my Facebook page. Admittedly, not the best video, but . . . wow.

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Exciting Hot August Nights news! [01 Aug 2009|09:54am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Hot August Nights, perhaps Reno's premiere event, is going to be moving to a better, less-crowded time of year after this year. A lot of people don't like to come to HAN because it does tend to be a bit crowded. February, on the other hand, is a very slow month up here and we don't see many visitors. Therefore, here's a good solution: Move Hot August Nights to February, as will be done next year. (Only six months away!) That way, we get people to come up during the quiet winter months, and people that like to find things a bit less hectic in the summer can enjoy a less-crowded city in August.

Funny thing is, I mentioned this as an April Fools joke a few years ago. Now, though, it's really happening.

* * *

August and September are great months for me at work: One special event after another, from now through the air races at the end of next month. Time to dig in . . .

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2009 Reading List: August 1 Update [01 Aug 2009|09:26am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

I will update this list twice a month, or or about the 1st and 15th, plus an additional update or two if I feel it's warranted. My goal for the year is to read 100 books, though you and I both know that's not going to happen.

Since the list will likely get long, I will cut-tag all but the few most recent. Dates shown are the dates I finished the book.

Note that I've changed the format slightly: now, the most recent books are on the top of the list: the older books will be below those, in chronological order.


55. July 16: Braun, Lilian Jackson. The Cat Who Went Bananas. (2004) 223 pp.
56. July 23: Davies, Pete. American Road: The Story of an Epic Transcontinental Journey at the Dawn of the Motor Age. (2002) 261 pp.
57. July 27: Cox, Don. Stories from the Sagebrush: Celebrating Northern Nevada at the Millennium. (1999) 315 pp.
58. July 28: Conley, Dalton. Elsewhere, U.S.A.: How We Got from the Company Man, Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, Blackberry Moms, and Economic Anxiety. (2009) 194 pp.
59. August 1: Coster, Graham. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere: Trucking Two Continents. (1995) 273 pp.


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TOTAL BOOKS: 59 (Compare to 47 at this time last year)
TOTAL PAGES: 15,289
FICTION: 7
NONFICTION: 52 (Memoirs: 4)
ABANDONED: 2

PACE: 101 books in 2009 (-1 since July 1; +1 since July 15.)

Next scheduled update: On or around August 15

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Replacement cast member . . . [01 Aug 2009|07:43am]
Meet the newest Mythbuster!!!!
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One Saturn mystery solved, and another begins . . . [31 Jul 2009|02:45pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

So, you may recall that a couple of weeks ago, I sent the registration renewal on my Saturn. I got the new sticker today, and went down to slap the "2010" sticker over the old "2009" one. And, I noticed that apparently, I've been driving around for a year with a sticker announcing my registration expiration in 2008, i.e., I never put this year's sticker on. No matter, as the car has been legally registered (and I do have the paper that proves that in the front visor), but I am really surprised that a law enforcement officer has never stopped to chat with me about it. Of course, with the new 2010 sticker, that's not an issue now. Besides, it's the DMV's computer, not the sticker on my license plate, that proves registration.

* * *

And, speaking of the Saturn, another mystery has been solved. Ever since I bought the car on September 4, 2002, I've been unable to open the trunk with the key: I've needed to use the "trunk popper" latch next to the driver seat. Today, as I was unpacking from camping, I grabbed the seldom-used spare key hanging near the door to open the door. After having made several trips back and forth from Dione's car (opening the trunk using her key in her trunk), I absent-mindedly stuck the key into the trunk of the Saturn, forgetting that it doesn't open that way. Except: voila. It did. Using the spare key, I *AM* able to open the trunk with the key.

All this time, I never even thought to try that. My next assignment should be to swap out the spare and main key, using the spare as my main key. I seldom need to get into the trunk of the Saturn, but it would be nice to use the key in the trunk whenever I do need to.

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Two! Two! [31 Jul 2009|02:00pm]
There are two purposes to this post.

1. To see if the LiveJournal -> Facebook interface is working correctly, and
2. To say that we are back from Donner Lake State Park, which, I have been told, is now NOT among the parks closing later this year. Good!!
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Everybody wants to know the answers . . . [28 Jul 2009|08:55am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Five questions from gameshowman :

1) What do you miss most from living in Sacramento?

Not much, really, except for the fact that I have a lot of family down there, and it's a lot easier to make connections. Up here in Reno, it's really hard to get to know people. We've been here four years now and are really just starting to make connections within the last year or so. But the single thing I miss the most about Sacramento was the awesome church I went to there; churches up here just aren't the same. We are nominally affiliated with a church down the street, but we seldom go there. We do, however, get together with other couples from the church once a week (usually Wednesday nights) to chitchat.


2) Are you surprised that Mark Martin has more wins this year than anyone else?

Quite honestly, I haven't really been following NASCAR all that much this season. Working weekends makes it hard to do so.

3) I've told you guys about my job. Remind me what you do at your casino.

I'm a bellman. Basically, I am in charge of handling guests' luggage, but I do a lot of other tasks, too, that involve guest service, e.g., running errands, giving directions, recommending restaurants.

4) I'm thinking about going to a Reno Aces home game while I'm up there in August. Am I asking for trouble?

Actually, we've yet to make it to a game ourselves. Perhaps I could buy three tickets to an upcoming game? We'd treat you. But looking at the schedule, looks like they'll be on the road most of that week. The only home games will be Friday and Saturday, against Round Rock. Generally I work Fri and Sat nights, but I could probably arrange something.


5) Pick me out a good spot to get a pizza (no chains, please) up there.
When we eat pizza, it's generally take-and-bake. However, I have had good luck a couple times before at Boulevard Pizza in Sparks. (Their motto should be, "Shitty neighborhood, great pizza!")

I've also heard very good things about Uncle Vinny's Pizza in Sparks, but I've never eaten there so I can't vouch for it.

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Our annual trip was today (except we skipped last year . . .) [22 Jul 2009|09:52pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Back from Wild Island, after spending seven hours there--about three more than we had planned. The biggest souvenir we got was free: nasty sunburns. Seems we were so busy having fun that we forgot to reapply the SPF50 until the horse was out of the barn. But, we had a great time. Toward the end, we even got a couple of walk-on rides!!!! But none of the lines were horrible today, much to my surprise.

Another great surprise: They've LOWERED their prices. This is really noticable at the lockers. It used to be that you had to pay $2.00 every time you opened your locker. Now, though, it's $1.50 and you can open and close it all you want, all day. The gargantuan drinks are now only $1.50, whereas I remember them being in the $4 range before. The Dippin' Dots is still the same price, but every water park visit requires consumption of at least one.

We had planned on possibly going to the Sands in Reno tonight for "movies at the pool" night, but decided that seven hours of being in the water was enough for one day. So, we went to Lowe's and Office Depot instead after the park closed. (After, of course, a quick Del Taco stop: seven hours of heat and swimming takes its toll on the tummy.)

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