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Observation 4.1 

January 14, 2004

Hopefully all of you had a happy holiday season and got all kinds of great presents. Sue and I had a great “first” holiday season in our new house, and our New Year’s party was a blast (make sure to mark the calendar for this year’s!).  

I normally do some sort of “Top” 10 predictions list, but I will forego that this year and kind of just ramble about things. So sit back, and enjoy (I hope). 

Grandma’s socks

I miss those socks that my grandmother used to sow for me. I hated them when I was young, because they were gray – and all I wanted to wear at that time was white tube socks. The truth is, those socks were really comfortable, warm, and well-made. And, they were from my grand-ma, who I probably should’ve talked more to, and shown more interest in. She was a great person who went through a lot of stuff in her life to make sure the lives of her children, and their children, etc., would be better. 

Best Albums I bought in 2003

By far, the best CD I bought in 2003 was the Hot Hot Heat cd. It has that song “Bandages” on it, which is extremely catchy. There are about 5 or 6 other songs that are probably just as catchy. I highly recommend it. I also like the CD by Jet, and the one by Rooney. Brandon and I went to a concert in Philly over the summer, and he bought me another catchy cd by a group called the Matches. 

Best Days of 2003

Obviously, my wedding day was the best day for me in 2003. Additionally, the honeymoon dates were fantastic too. I’ve already done an observation on that, so I won’t bore you with the details again. Other great days included the trip to Toronto to see the Stones again, Styk’s House party, the day we made settlement on the house, and the day we moved into the house.  

Best Purchases of 2003

We bought some great stuff for the new house – dining room set, bedroom set, a beautiful couch….but the best purchase has probably been the karaoke machine. We use that thing so often, we’ll probably end up wearing it out. We currently have around 280 songs that people can choose to sing – mostly Stones, stuff, but lots of other good stuff.. 

Goals for 2004:

I would like the following things to be completed in our house:

  • Build a bar
  • Tile the kitchen floor
  • Get a corner entertainment Center
  • Raise the deck
  • Get new cabinets for the kitchen.
  • Maybe put in horse-shoe pits.
If we get to all of these things, our house will look amazing. We’ve already done so much, though! 

Worst Day of 2003:

The worst one was probably when the Eagles lost to Tampa in the NFC championship game. I was down for weeks. It still kind of hurts to talk about it. Another tough day was when I left Penn State – I left a lot of great co-workers and friends behind. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the people I work with at Lockheed now, but it was tough leaving Penn State for that reason. 


I’d really like to go somewhere fun for vacation – maybe the Jersey shore, possibly Las Vegas, Nags Head, who knows. We are going to get a hefty refund come tax time, but We’ll probably put most of it to credit card bills we’ve incurred over the past year. I can’t wait to get those paid off!  

Also, I love the Madden league I’m in (if you want to check it out, go to www.dmfl.net). Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a computer this year, so I don’t have to go over someone else’s house to play it (thanks, Mark!).  

Anyway, that’s about all I have for now. Remember, if you want to write a guest observation, just send it to me via e-mail at losrul2002@yahoo.com.


Observation 3.1.1 - New Grieb Updates (new house, new job, new Grieb) - 3/17/03

Observation 3.1.2 - My thoughts on Iraq, the Basketball Tournament, and the Stones in China - 3/24/03

Observation 3.1.3 - Philadelphia Flyers playoff prediction, new house - 4/7/03

Observation 3.1.4 - Bull Durham - 4/14/03

Observation 3.1.5 - House update, Hockey playoffs, Philly Sports, Smokin' Steve - 4/28/03

Observation 3.1.7 - Summer?, barbecues, party - 5/27/03

Observation 3.1.8 - Pet Shop Van story - 6/3/03

Observation 3.1.9 - Sue's Shower - 6/14/03

Observation 3.1.10 - The end of an Era - 6/28/03

Observation 3.1.11 - New house update - 7/16/03

Observation 3.1.12 - Sars-Stock - 8/2/03

Observation 3.1.13 - Styk's House X - 8/18/03

Observation 3.1.14 - Hurricane Memories - 9/16/03

Observation 3.1.15 - The Egg Incident - 10/1/03

Observation 3.1.16 - Bachelor Party - 10/21/03

Observation 3.1.17 - Day before my Wedding - 11/7/03

Observation 3.1.18 - I'm Back! - 11/19/03

Observation 3.1.19 - Holiday Stuff - 12/03/03

Observation 3.1.20 - Mark Rypien? - 12/13/03

Observation 3.1.21 - First Christmas - 12/24/03

Observation 4.1 - Best of 2003 - 1/14/04