June 2010

June was a busy month for us. We went to Ruby’s for one of our first Kids Eat Free Tuesdays.  It was a huge success, Samantha loves French Fries!  While Google was switching from Windows to Mac, we were celebrating my sister and brother-in-laws anniversary on June 3.  I made the mistake of watching two very bad movies the first week of June too, Mall Cop and Pitch Black.  Samantha however, was having better luck and she scored a very cool Elmo shirt as a gift from Grandma Gigi.

Needless to say, the kids at the park are very jealous!  The next week I had better luck with movies.  I saw M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village, which I really enjoyed.  By the 9th I was feeling better and starting to get over a cold I had had since May.  Well enough to watch the last match-up of the Stanley Cup Final game.  I read and watched Hamlet in June as well.  I liked both the book (very much) and the movie adaption that Gibson did. I had a great birthday.  On the 13th this year the whole family drove up to Santa Barbara to watch as my brother-in-law Philip graduated.  On the way up we stopped at the Santa Barbara mission for mass.

I also discovered that I share my birthday with 27% of the world’s population about 17,995,207 people.  Just after noon on that day we watched as Philip graduated.

Congratulations to Philip!  Afterwards, we had my favorite pizza at Rusty’s by the beach.  With full stomachs we went back to our motel called the Eagle Inn, which was AMAZING.  Michelle picked it out and I have to say it was an amazing place that I hope we can go back to soon!  I would highly recommend it if you ever find yourself in Santa Barbara.  The next morning we took Samantha to Chase Palm Park, a very cool park with a playground made to resemble a huge ship.

When we got back on June 14 we were welcomed home to a small shaker well, small by the time it got to us.  Always nice to be reminded that we live in earthquake country.  Later in the month I learned how to spell my name in Elvish.  I just know that will come in handy some day 😉

On the 19th I had a great birthday celebration in Carlsbad.  I hope everyone had a great time.  Plenty of food and good times.

I know Samantha had fun!  It was a celebration for a lot of people actually.  It was my mother’s birthday on the 16th and that weekend was Father’s day as well!  We had four dads there:  Duane, Jim, Tommy and myself.

We also managed to watch the new Alice in Wonderland film which I think we all liked, but then I tried to watch Pan’s Labyrinth, which I had heard good things about, but I didn’t like it at all.  On June 27th, we were lucky enough to be invited to Disneyland by my sister-in-law Lauren.  She works at Disneyland so she was able to get us in for free.  We met my parents when we got there and had a great time on the rides and watching the street parades.  While there we also celebrated my other sister-in-law’s birthday, Lisa!

Samantha wanted to visit Pooh, so we went on the ride and afterwards we were lucky enough to meet the bear in the flesh or fur as it were.

The shot above is right after she gave Pooh a kiss on the nose.  Everyone in line erupted in a instantaneous “AWWE!”  It was pretty adorable!

By the end of month I watched two more movies. Inglourious Basterds which if you can get past the strong language and gore, was a pretty good movie.  Lastly I watched Zathura, which is really like Jumanji, but in space.  I thought Zathura was really good.  In June, I also finished reading The Book Thief and Animal Farm.  The Book Thief was a recommendation from my friend Tim, and he was right on with this one.  I really like it.  I had never read Animal Farm in school, like most other people, but I did really enjoy this book as well.  Great month for books, not so much for the movies though.

Lastly, we took another Higson over to the dark side in June by purchasing David a Macbook Pro for his 8th grade graduation and birthday!  He was really surprised and we are very happy to have given him a gift that he will use in high school playing Mafia Wars and surfing Facebook, or I mean writing reports for school.

Speaking of Facebook, if your a friend of mine or Michelle’s there are a ton more pictures on our profiles.  Have a great day.

Red Wings Win Stanely Cup

Well, it took 6 games and the Penguins played very well.  It came down to only an inch keeping the Penguins from going into sudden death for the second game in a row.  They played a good game and I was very happy to see that Malkin scored a goal after a very long slow spell for him.  It was a very exciting last two games.  the Penguins really poured it on, but it was not enough and the ice-cold stone-faced Red Wings never panicked, and played the game they had too.  One could say they were destined for the Cup this year with their amazing play.  Nice to see Osgood play so well in the playoffs, even though I though all-in-all Fluery was the better netminder.  I hope he doesn’t beat himself up too much for knocking that last goal in.

I am now officially in hockey withdrawals!  Can’t wait until next season starts!

Hockey, Soccer or Golf

I have been wondering a lot lately what is more popular.  I did a comparison on these three sports on google to see what people are searching for.

Golf is the orange, blue is soccer and red is hockey.    Looks like hockey and soccer are neck and neck except for the 2006 World Cup for soccer.  Golf is more popular.   Hockey is definetly big in Canada look at the top 10 cities searching for hockey:

1. Winnipeg, Canada
2. Halifax, Canada
3. Calgary, Canada
4. Ottawa, Canada
5. Edmonton, Canada
6. London, Canada
7. Kitchener, Canada
8. Quebec, Canada
9. Montreal, Canada
10. Victoria, Canada

And in the region category you will see that the US ranks 3rd in hockey searches, preceeded by Canada and Sweden.  English is not even the first language searching for hockey its, Swedish!  English is second!

Tiger Woods Disses Hockey

When asked about the Stanley Cup Tiger said:

“I don’t really care,” he said. “Let’s talk about the Dodgers.  “I don’t think anybody really watches hockey any more.”

He could have just said I don’t watch hockey.  He doesn’t have to say something like that.  Its not like golf is the most fascinating thing to watch on TV.  These guys just walk (or ride little cars) around chasing a ball.  There is no hitting, fights, not even any running.  Their claim to athleticism is hitting the ball farther than the other guy!  I’m not trying to bash golf.  It does have its place in sports, but for a sport that needs support, this was the wrong thing to say.  He is a role model and people listen to him.  That is not the kind of press that hockey needs.

Come on Tiger be a little more professional.  All athletes need to be careful what they say, including you.  If you would have seen the game last night that went into triple overtime, you would have a little more respect for the sport.

Sorry Michelle, I know you’re a big Tiger fan.


New York Rangers forward Sean Avery has been sent to hospital after lacerating his spleen during a playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Not saying he deserved to get hurt.  I never like to see anyone get hurt, but man as soon as I read this headline the only thing I could think was KARMA.

Full story at CBC Sports.

Only in Canada…

Actual headline in CBC News: Police on guard in Montreal in case of another hockey riot

Hockey Riots

All the real hockey fans are in Canada!

Chablo hinted that police will be bused in, instead of bringing cruisers — a popular target for rioters. Police will have a helicopter available if it’s needed, and will get backup help from the RCMP and Quebec provincial police. Read the whole article.


A related article.

Cox is worst cable company!

The Ducks game started on VS/GLF 723 (an HD channel), then moved to 334 Versus, now it is on FSNPT 63.  Lets try to keep it consistent guys!  If we could use satellite we would!  Too bad we are stuck with cable!

Avery’s antics sparks NHL to make new rule

“Avery parked at the edge of Brodeur’s crease and waved his arms wildly in a bizarre effort to distract the Devils’ goaltender. He also waved the blade of his stick back and forth in front of Brodeur’s mask.”

Don Cherry sums it up perfectly…”Once a jerk, always a jerk.”

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Did Carwford order the Steve Moore hit?

Per reports, former Canucks and current Kings coach Marc Crawford ordered the Bertuzzi hit.