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Friday, July 12, 2024

Thursday 7-11-24 No Dancing Just Having Fun

 

Just having fun


We had a super day of just hanging around the house and keeping cool under the air conditioner. It got up to 98 degrees.

I did the Daily Challenges of Solitaire and Mahjong. The event was Event: World Tour Mini of 10 games. It took me 34 minutes to complete, which put me in 10th place in my group. Then I played Angry Birds.

After lunch I worked out with the Synth Riders for an hour. I did one song twice and got a message that said OUTSTANDING both times because I hit every ball and didn't have any of them in the red. Everytime you hit a ball with your control the game either gives you yellow (ok), green (good) and red (you barely hit the ball). Each time you hit the ball you score points. On the right side of the game there's a board that shows you where you are compared to other players around the globe. I really enjoy playing Synth Riders but I haven't moved myself from the easy mode to the normal mode. I played the normal mode a few times but I don't do as well because the balls come towards you faster. I gives you a better workout because you're moving faster to hit the balls with your controllers. This game is in virtual reality.

I played seven different pinball games. I did the weekly challenge of Corvette. I played well but didn't get a new high score. Then I used the random button to use the other six games. They were Junk Yard, Godzilla (Marty's), X-Men, Playboy, Godzilla and Star Wars. While playing Junk Yard I got the #4 high score, Marty's Godzilla I got the #1 high score and Playboy I got all the playmates and played Mansion Mania. I entered my initials in these games. I didn't do as well in playing Mansion Mania as yesterday but I was close. Yesterday, I was confused on what the games said. It said I was a champion and I thought it meant Grand Champion. What it means was I played a champion because I played the Mansion Mania. I'm having a great time playing pinball. Larry even played a little pinball today.

 

Godzilla (Marty)


Godzilla

 

Junk Yard


Playboy

 

Star Wars


X-Men


I worked on my jigsaw puzzle.

In the evening we started watching the second season of Sherlock on PBS. When Larry went to bed I watched the second X-Men, which was 2X:X-Men United. Then I watched the third Jesse Stone movie called Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise. I ended up doing 17,000 steps, which put me in 2nd place in my group.

     

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Wednesday 7-10-24 Dance Day, Project Preparation & Having Fun

 

Having fun with friends

We had a fantastic day. It got up to 96 degrees.

Larry woke up to a pleasant surprise. He told me it was like a family reunion of deer. He saw six bucks, two does and a fawn.

It's Wednesday so I attended three virtual square dances. First was Di Green and Terry McCann's Weekly Plus at 10:00 for an hour and fifteen minutes. They took turns calling five tips to 13 participants. Di called a few four couple moves and cued us through them. They were Acey Duecey, Track 2 and Ping Pong Circulate. During the third tip Di cued us through some A2 moves. It was a lot of fun and I think the plus dancers enjoyed it because it was different. I had a super time dancing with friends and to Di and Terry.

Second was Ett McAtee's Weekly C1 at 1:00 for an hour. Ett called four tips to 15 participants. I didn't dance that well because I didn't complete the call or was on the wrong side of the flag pole center. But it was nice to dance with friends.

Third was Dave Eno's Weekly C1/A2 at 6:00 for an hour and a half. Karin Rabe and Greg Moore helped call the dance. The format was three tips of C1, three tips of A2 and two trivia questions in between the A2 tips. During the C1 tips we had 8 participants and the A2 tips had 11 participants. In between the A2 tips we had two trivia questions. I had a lot of fun dancing with friends.

 

 


 

Larry and Frank talked a couple of days ago about the jukebox project they're working on. Frank said he and Eric are in the process of shipping two jukeboxes. They were hoping to ship them in the next day or so. Today Larry started to get ready to start the project. He made templets and stickers he will need.

I did the Daily Challenges of Solitaire and Mahjong. The event today was Event: Tri Peaks Mini of 5 games. It took me 8 minutes and 4 seconds to complete, which put me in 19th place in my group. Then I played Angry Birds 2 and Angry Birds and Friends.

In between dances I worked on my puzzle. I worked out with the Synth Riders for an hour.

I played pinball the weekly challenge Corvette and got a new high score of 686,097,330. Then I played six random games. They were Corvette, Ted & Red Road Show, Mustang, Playboy, Apollo 13 and Game of Thrones.

While playing Mustang I got to put my initials in at the #3 high score. When I played Playboy I got all the playmates and got into Mansion Mania. I became Grand Champion. I got 13 ball multi-ball when playing Apollo 13. I entered my initials in both the 13 ball multi-ball challenge and in #3 high score. I had a great day of playing pinball.

 

Corvette


Mustang

 

Ted & Red Road Show

 

Playboy

 


Game of Thrones

 

Apollo 13


We watched YouTube videos. After the dance we finished watching the first season of Sherlock on PBS. Then I started watching the X-Men movies out of our movie selection. The first movie was X-Men. Then I watched the next Jesse Stone movie on Amazon called Jesse Stone: Night Passage. I ended up doing 17,500 steps, which put me in 3rd place in my group.  

 

 

Relaxing in front of the television


 


       

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Tuesday 7-9-24 Dentist, Dancing, Crafting & Having Fun

 

Just having fun


We had a very nice day. 

Larry finished his paper project, excavator. He said it was probably the most challenging paper craft he has done. It is very detailed and appears realistic. There were 122 pieces, lots of bending, shaping and gluing. He really enjoyed it. He started Friday and finished today. It came out great.

 

Excavator


We went to the dentist almost two weeks ago and Larry's gums have been very sensitive. He called the dentist office yesterday and got an appointment this morning. The dentist took pictures, after looking at the pictures and his gums and didn't find anything wrong. He told Larry to wait a week and see if they get better. If not he should come back. 

 

Going to the dentist

 

While Larry was at his appointment I danced. I attended Di Green and Terry McCann's weekly A2 dance. They took turns calling five tips to 10 participants. Larry came home just in time to dance the last two tips. Yesterday for Di's birthday she received a bottle of cherry chocolate wine. She said she had a glass and she could taste the cherry but not the chocolate. She said it was ok. Di worked on Left Chain Reaction, Motivate and Cast the Shadow, they four couple moves. We had a super time dancing with friends.

I did the Daily Challenges of Solitaire and Mahjong. The event was Event: Two Game Tango of 20 games (10 Free Cell and 10 Pyramid). It took me 1 hour, 11 minutes and 12 seconds, which put me in 11th place in my group. Then I played some Angry Birds.

While Larry worked on his excavator project I worked out with Synth Riders for an hour. I assembled some more of my puzzle.

I played four games of pinball. They were Corvette, Mustang, Playboy and X-Men. I got a new high score in Corvette, which was 503,342,030. It didn't move me up on the board. I'm 24th out of 31 participants. I had a lot of fun playing pinball because I hadn't played X-Men in a very long time.

 

Corvette


Mustang

 

Playboy

 

X-Men

 

In the evening we started to watch Sherlock on PBS, we have watched it before. PBS brought the series back for a bit. There are four seasons. We watched 2 of the 3 episodes of the 1st season. Then I watched Murder on the Orient Express. Then I started to watch the Jesse Stone movies on Amazon. The first one was Jesse Stone: Stone Cold. I ended up doing 17,000 steps, which put me in 3rd place in my group.

  

  

 

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Monday 7-8-24 Dancing, Crafting & Games

 

Overcast Day


It was cooler today. It only got to 83 degrees. We had a small shower in early afternoon just like yesterday. The fronts are caused by the hurricanes down in the Houston area. It's nice to have a breather from 98 to 99 degrees.

We started the day off by attending Di Green and Terry McCann's Weekly C1 at 9:00 for an hour and fifteen minutes. Today was Di's birthday so a few of the dancers had birthday wishes on the back of their screen. We all wished her a happy birthday. We were happy she joined us on her birthday. Terry and Di are going to their local club and calling this evening. She is going to her mum's house to celebrated after the dance. Larry danced four of the five tips with me. Di called the dance and worked on a couple of four couple moves, they were Relay The Shadow and Linear Action from both directions right and left. We had a super time dancing to Di and Terry and with friends. We are so grateful she cued the dance and she and Terry dance with us.

 

Dance participants


Lee from Massachusetts screen

 

 

Monica from Germany screen


Robin from California screen


I did the Daily Challenges of Solitaire and Mahjong. The event was Event: Hard Road Mini of 10 games. It took me 1 hour, 25 minutes and 39 seconds, which put me in 14th place in my group. Then I played Angry Birds.

Larry spent the day assembling more of his excavator paper project. 

I played pinball. I played Game of Thrones, Godzilla, Goldeneye, Fun House, The Bourne Identity and Flintstones. I put my initials in Godzilla and Goldeneye. I played Corvette to get a new high score but was unsuccessful. Larry found Corvette in VR so he loaded it on the pinball machine. I played it there a few times. Now I'm all set to play the weekly challenge of Corvette in VR. I have old pictures of the games I played because my VR headset won't let me save the photos. Larry tried to fix the problem but couldn't. So when I play pinball I will use his account instead of mine because I can save the photos this way. Thanks, Larry.

 

The Bourne Identity

 

Corvette in VR

 

Fun House

 

Game of Thrones

 

Godzilla

 

The Flintstones

 

Goldeneye


In the evening we watched The Beekeeper movie on Amazon. It was about a mans revenge after his landlord committed suicide due to being scammed out of her life savings. He was a former operative of an organization named Beekeepers. It was very violent and the language was bad. It wasn't a bad movie but it wasn't great. When Larry went to bed I watched the 5th episode of the 4th season of My Life Is Murder on Acorn. I watched Death On The Nile on Prime because our program for our movies didn't work. I did 18,000 steps, which put me in 3rd place in my group. This is a great beginning for the week.   

  



 

Monday, July 8, 2024

Sunday 7-7-24 New Challenge, Crafting & More

 

Smile and be happy


We had a great day. A front came through late afternoon. There was thunder and then the rain came. It only last a short time just enough to get everything wet.


Playing in the rain

Larry spent most of the day working on his excavator paper project. He mainly worked on the the arm of the excavator. It's going to take a while because each pieces has a lot of folding to do. Good luck, Honey.

 

Having fun crafting

 

I did the Daily Challenges of Solitaire and Mahjong. The event was Event: Two Game Tango Mini of 6 games (3 Spider and 3 Tri Peaks). It took me 14 minutes and 35 seconds, which put me in 25th place in my group. Then I moved onto playing Angry Birds.

Today is the beginning of a new week so there's a new weekly pinball challenge. Ian wrote an e-mail saying he was going to be out of town until Thursday so he put the new challenges links up a bit early. My challenge is Corvette (Midway 1994). There is no virtual realty version so I have to play it in 2D. I played last weeks challenge, The Bourne Identity and got a new high score of 4,324,750, which put me in 41st place out of 52 participants. I also played three other games, Cirqus Voltaire, Junk Yard and Godzilla. When playing Junk Yard I became Grand Champion and I was #4 in Godzilla.

 

The Bourne Identity

 

Cirqus Voltaire

 

Godzilla

 

Junk Yard

 I tried to post my new high score but my headset stopped taking pictures so Larry had to work on it. He ended up getting to the score a different way. Thank you Honey. He worked on the headset for a few hours because he wanted it to work correctly. He wiped out the headset and had to reload the programs we had on it. Now the headset is taking pictures again.

After Larry fixed the headset I played the new challenge of Corvette. I got a score of 487,687,090, which put me in 6th place out of 10 participants so far.

I worked out with the Synth Riders for an hour. I worked on my puzzle,

In the evening we finished watching the third season of Professor T on PBS. It was a cliffhanger. Then I finished watching Jo on Amazon.

 

 

Relaxing in front of the television

I ended up doing 17,500 steps, which put me in 2nd place in my group for the week with 123,103 steps. 

 

 


Sunday, July 7, 2024

Saturday 7-6-24 Errands, Crafting, Games & Puzzle

 

Just having fun


We started the day out by going to town to do errands. First stop was the UPS Store to pick up our mail. Next was Walmart to do a little grocery shopping. Last stop was the storage center to take the Minnie for a ride.

 

Doing errands

 

Larry tries to take the Minnie out for a ride every month to make sure it stays running well, he also runs the generator. We drive it for 10 -15 miles and then put it back in storage. We probably won't take it for another ride until we go on our Fall Trip, which is in the middle to the end of August.

By the time we got home it was lunchtime. We had soup for lunch. 

In the afternoon Larry worked on his excavator. He assembled a small part of the body. He worked on it for about three hours. 

 

Project so far


Then he finished reading a book. He said the book wasn't very good but the author could write very well. He just didn't like the book.

 

Relaxing with a book


I did the Daily Challenges of Solitaire and Mahjong. The event was Event: Easy Street Mini of 5 games. It took me 9 minutes and 24 seconds, which put me in 22nd place in my group. Then I played some Angry Birds.

I played pinball using the random icon. I played Monster Bash, Scared Stiff, Apollo 13, Big Buck Hunter Pro, Theatre of Magic and Game of Thrones. While playing Apollo 13 I played the 13 ball multi-ball so I entered my initials and also I entered my initials as #4 high score. When I played Monster Bash and Big Buck Hunter Pro the last two number of the score matched the games, which gave me a free play so I played them a second time. The games we play at home don't cost anyways but when you play real pinball it cost. So when you match you get a free game to play. I also played The Bourne Identity and tried to better my high score but failed. Even though I didn't do too well playing pinball I still had fun.


Apollo 13


Big Puck Hunter Pro


Scared Stiff


Game of Thrones


Monster Bash


Theatre of Magic

In the evening we started watching the third season of Professor T on PBS. Then I started watching Jo, which is a detective series on Prime. It was a mini series starring Jean Reno, who was a French detective in Di Vinci Code. I ended up doing 17,500 steps, which put me in 3rd place in my group.