Sunday, December 31, 2006

Recreation "The Villages" Style

Here we are partaking in two of the favorite recreational past times in The Villages:


And Boccie:

We also played Pickle, which is like a combination of tennis and table tennis... for old folks. Zach was a little upset that there was only one basketball court to be found. I explained that lay-ups, slam-dunks, and osteoporosis don't mix.

(Ally can be seen in the background... thrilled as ever)

"The Old Man"

Here we have a statue depicting Harold S. Schwartz, the founder of the Villages, who died (I'm quite sure) wealthy beyond imagination.
Harold's body lays underneath this statue, and The Villagers are required to genuflect and say the "Oath to Harry" whenever passing in front of the likeness. (OK ... so maybe I made up the oath and the genuflecting, but his body really is buried under the statue...)

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Not such a bad place afterall...

They have a brew pub in The Villages!!!


I'm constantly amazed at the frequency at which I note two distinct smells here at The Villages: alcoholic beverages, and marijuana. There must be more people here with glacoma than I thought...

Leaving the Bubble...

After spending the last few days here in "Disneyworld for Old People" I decided to run off to Cape Canaveral for a day of history lessons... the old folks here call any time away from the cult-like safety and serenity they have created "Leaving the bubble."

Here I am standing on the exact boom arm that Neil Armstrong walked across on the way to ride the mighty Saturn V to the moon:

Day three...

Feeding the Buffalo, which must be the most spoiled Buffalo on the planet:

Friday, December 29, 2006

Admire Heavily Pimped Golf Carts

This is mom and dad's ... and it's mild:

There are people here who don't own a car, only their golf carts... one of dad's neighbors has three golf carts... some of these people never leave "the bubble" as I've heard it called...

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Geriatric Antz

Remeber this scene from the movie Antz?

Well, The Villages version looks something like this:

Observations from The Villages

About a year ago, Mom and Dad bought a place in "The Villages." This week the kids and I (left my wife behind) are hanging out in The Villages with the old folks... I'll try to leave some of my impressions here.

Not quite related to The villages, but you might have picked the wrong hotel in suburban Atlanta if:

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Oh crap! Wife comes home tonight!
Someone oughta wash those...

Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Locate the origin of the weird smell that has been emanating from the basement after forgetting to let the dogs out this morning...



Enforce strict homework discipline....

Four ....

Do the laundry...

I lead a charmed life....

Monday, December 11, 2006

Five ....

Make dinner for three hungry kids... apparently these little "kid" things need to eat every day.

Top Five Things to do While Your Wife is in Vegas...

When my good friend Mike was recently left alone for over a month while his wife was out of town, he came up with a wonderful idea to commemorate his time alone... He blogged his time on his blog, Another Pint Please. It was quite funny. I've decided to rip his idea off somewhat and blog my own experiences while my lovely wife is away in Las Vegas for three days at her brother's wedding.

As you'll see, I'm a bit more "blue collar" than Mike, and don't live nearly as thrilling a life as he does...

Friday, December 08, 2006

Rev. Eric

Yes, it's true. I'm now an ordained minister. Becoming ordained was a long and grueling process, and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Ok, so perhaps that's a complete lie... Becoming ordained really wasn't any work at all, and it was the fulfillment of a whim, after being excommunicated from my church.

Seriously... they threw me out!

Here is an excerpt from the letter I received back in October:

Am I the only one that finds it odd that a church has a "Book of Discipline?"

Now I've been a member of that church since I was born. Admittedly, I haven't attended there in some years because I married a nice Catholic gal, and I think it's more important to go to church as a family than to stick to one specific "brand" of religion, so I go to a Catholic church with the fam. But whipping out the whole "book o' discipline" seemed a bit extreme.

I may not have the piety of a saint, and I'm far from being a perfect soul; but I am a God-fearing man and the idea of not being affiliated with a church troubled me somewhat. Although I do like the Catholic church we currently attend, I still have enough "issues" with much of the cannon of the Catholic church that I won't throw my lot in with that wacky bunch yet... my only reasonable recourse seemed to be to become a minister and start my own church! So here I am.. Rev. Eric W. Totel, at your service:

I don't yet have my "License to Perform Marriages" from the State of Ohio, but as soon as that comes, I'll be available to perform any marriages you might like to have me solemnize!

And, of course I'll be available to offer the same quality spiritual advice you've all come to expect from me!