Live A Little

At an elevator door of a hotel we stayed on our long drive stop over to our March break destination, I saw a poster of a chubby man with snorkeling his way through a shallow bay. The poster had the title “Live A Little”.  I immediately thought of borrowing the phrase for the title of this post. This trip of ours is by no means extravagant so it fits the title to a T.  I chose a place where we could catch a fair bit of the sun with the least driving hours and all of us – myself, the wifey and the daughter can enjoy things we like to do. Williamsburg, Virginia was my choice because there is golf to be played, great colonial history, plenty of kiddie activities, has a large factory outlet strip mall where the wifey can spend quality time entertaining herself 😉 and last but not least, it has an affiliate resort with our timeshare membership where we could stay. The leisurely 12 hour long drive was well worth it. Mornings were mine and afternoons were for the wifey and the daughter. I can spend it on the grass as long as I’m back at the resort by 12 noon.

Williamsburg is one unique place because it has restored and preserved a historic  part of this colonial town and declared it off limits to commercial traffic. The buildings and houses are immaculately preserved and visitors can only visit the heritage site on foot. You can spend a couple of days seeing it all, including the shows and exhibits that go with the package. Local folk dress up in colonial attire and staff the buildings and stores that sell colonial memorabilia. It’s a treat for the photo enthusiast as long as he/she is willing to walk all day. Unfortunately for me, my movement was constrained by companions who weren’t too eager to check every nook and cranny of the complex. Most people park their cars at the visitor center, get dropped at specific locations by buses that circle around the colonial town until 10pm. The weather was in the low 20 deg Celsius which was perfect for us who have not had the luxury of walking around without second layer clothing. Sure there was a surprise drizzle every now and then but it was quite alright. After suffering a near overdose of my daughter’s Lady Gaga music on the car stereo, I thought the 250 bucks I spent for gas and the 2 rounds of golf I played let alone the buckets of balls I hit at the range was well worth the trip. Speaking for myself, my goal was met 🙂 And yes, we ran across Mama Cita Sinigang mix in Williamsburg 😉

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PACQUIAO vs. CLOTTEY – The Event

The Pacquiao-Clottey fight leaves a sour taste in the mouth of fans who were extremely frustrated by the collapse of the Pacquiao- Mayweather megafight. For lack of a better term , my PPV channel simply refers to the fight in a rather nondescript sounding manner – THE EVENT. The fight may not be that spectacular in what is at stake for the fighters but the venue – the brand new $1.2B Dallas Cowboys stadium – is by itself already spectacular, making up for the lack of glitz and glamor of an opponent in Joshua Clottey. Manny is favored to win but experts say it will not be a cakewalk for Clottey is no slouch. The man may look sluggish but he is a gorilla with the tenacity of a hippo. He looks indestructible. His skin looks like premium leather fresh from the tannery and one wonders if the Pacman will need a razor to break his brow. There’s already ton of hype surrounding the fight courtesy of Gerry Jones, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Cowboys and Pacquiao’s savvy promoter, Bob Arum. Reportedly former President George W. Bush will be at the executive box of Jones to watch the Pacman. Action star celebrities with the likes of Steven Segal, Claude Van Damme, Mark Wahlberg, Mickey Rourke will be on the ringside to watch the Pacman. Of course, members of the mutual admiration society of Pacquiao’s ilk will be at ringside as well to watch the power of Pacman the great – Julio Cesar Chavez, Kelley Pavlik, Juan Manuel Lopez and Miguel Cotto. And… to top it all and this is really big… Dana White, the president of UFC, a rival sport that threatens to convert boxing fans to MMA ( Mixed Martial Arts) believe it or not will attend the fight and is rooting for the Pac to destroy Clottey in 8 ! He’s also handing out tickets to fans. Now that truly speaks of Pacquiao’s appeal to MMA fighters. With the Pac in the ring, it’s slam bang action from the opening bell. With Floyd Mayweather,it will be boredom city from start to finish.

Joshua Clottey said that when his manager called to break the news about the Pacquiao fight, he was so ecstatic that wasn’t able to sleep. When you fight the Pacman these days, you reap the harvest too. Clottey gets $1.5M – the most he could ever get on the planet fighting in the ring. In fact Clottey was so immensely thankful of the opportunity when he declared with a rather surprising magnanimity, about fighting a man he greatly respects ” if I lose to Pacquiao then I lost “. But Clottey is a bulldog that should not be taken lightly. The fight is by no means an easy one for Manny, at least on record. One thing that Manny only needs to do is mentally replace Clottey’s face with that of Floyd Mayweather. It may pump his adrenalin up full volume and harness his deep seated hatred of the man who tried to ruin his reputation with his senseless setroid allegation and he can end the fight with a sleeper like he did to Hatton. That will be a real treat to the 45,000 fans who will be watching the event live at the humungous stadium.

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COFFEE WARS

For the next two weeks, it looks I won’t be spending any money for coffee :). McDonald’s Canada just announced that its java concoction will be offered free to the public for two weeks – all day, not just during breakfast time like they did for a couple weeks in 2009. It is a rather intriguing move for McDonalds which interestingly coincides with the 2010 launch of Tim Horton’s celebrated Roll Up The Rim to Win contest. People are excited about the prospect of laying hands on the 40 Toyota RAV4’s up for grabs and countless other prices from ranging from $10K cash, netbooks, coffee cards and millions of free donuts and coffee. This contest – literally rolling the rim of the paper cup to look for a prize – also covers the handful U.S. states where the Tim Horton’s franchise had expanded . The great part about the contest is you can go to the website and check the winners map where you can view the places where the major prizes were won. In this type of lottery, geographical distribution of major prizes is important. The contest is definitely not a ruse as by law, the franchise will have to apply for a permit and provide the odds of winning to get approved.

I am not sure what Mcdonalds is trying to pitch with their free coffee campaign other than to say that theirs tastes better than Tim’s ( which I kinda agree, somewhat 😉 ). Or probably lure folks into saying – “hey, you get free coffee so why not buy a muffin or chicken wrap along with it for good measure “? The free coffee still won’t stop me and my wife from spending an hour or so at a pricier Starbucks or Second Cup joint after our regular weekend dinner dine out where we can enjoy real coffee and healthier non-fruit dessert (if there is such a thing). At Second Cup I can browse with my netbook for 2 hours for free since daughter would be incessantly blabbering with her stories not allowing me and my wife to engage in a decent conversation 😡

As for the free Mcdonald’s coffee – sure, oddly enough,  it would be nice to pass by their drive through anytime and say “medium with milk only please” and not pay for it :). For those cheapskates who are thinking of taking their date for the first time to free coffee, I can tell you it’s as worse as paying with free coupons 😆

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