Day 298, Virginia III..

Have you read enough about Friday yet? I told your there was lots to write about. This will be the last post about Friday. Tomorrow I will write about Saturday and Sunday.  The reason we went to Charlottesville, Va. was not to visit a farm. You might not believe that. We did indeed go to see four of the best men’s college lacrosse teams in the country play. When we got to UVA and started looking for a parking spot near the stadium it became clear that something more than lacrosse was going on. After we found a parking space and walked up the field complex we saw that the ACC was having it’s  Track and Field Championships at UVA at the same time. There were people and athletes everywhere.

The track and field championship was free to get in. The mens lacrosse championship was ten dollars for Friday night and ten dollars for Sunday’s championship game. While we waited for the will call window to open we went into the track meet to have something to do. The stadium and the track complex are next to each other. There are no gates or fences between them. If you had known this you would have gone a little early and watch some track and field and then walked over to the lacrosse stadium and watched those games. We live and learn.

We sat on the grassy knoll right on the 50 yard line. They have a bleachers on one side and a grassy hill on the other. Everything is general admission. The games were excellent. Unfortunately the home team lost in the second game.  Both games were broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN3. My DS1 said he saw us on the sidelines of one of the games. We have them saved on the DVR. We might watch some of the games during the week especially if the reruns continue.  Food and water/soda/Gatorade were available for purchase during the game. There was no alcohol allowed in the stadium.  Water was 3.50 a bottle. We wished we had brought some in with us from the car.

After the game we drove back towards the house getting off an exit early to do some grocery shopping. We needed a few things for the morning.  After our grocery shopping we continued to drive back to the farm. There are very few street lights out there in rural Virginia.  I am used to living here in New Jersey where there are too many street lights. After we got back to the house my DW went to bed and I wrestled with the alarm (as written about in part two). One of the ways I attempted to quiet the alarm was to put black electrical tape over the motion sensor in the bedroom. Note to self: that does not work.

Here are some pictures from the game. I also shot some video during the second game. That can be seen by clicking here.




Day 298, Virginia trip part II..

Yesterday we left off with me doing some stupid things before heading out. And my DS1 deciding to lock up the house when he won’t turn of the lights when he leaves a room.  All is well that ends well.  What that means is that we got down to the house in Louisa, Va early enough to check out the house and use the bathroom before continuing onto to Charlottesville for the two lacrosse games. At the farm we met Amanda. She appears to be the “manager” of the farm. She may have been 20 years old, at best. We also met a 10 ish year old male child who did not introduce himself to us. I don’t know his name. Other than these two, we only saw horse, dogs, goats and chickens.

Having done a few wine tastings over the weekend, we learned about descriptions that may or may not be applicable. A description of the farm might include words like “earthy tones, and fragrant bouquet” The truth is that the horse and the goats do their business wherever they want. We were ok since the temperatures were not to warm and the breeze seemed to blow in the right direction.

There will be lots of pictures of the house and farm at the bottom today.  The house looked like it was the farm owners house. The front porch looked out onto one of the pastures where the horses were kept. The walls were made of logs. It was a log house. Like lincoln logs, just real and better constructed. The house consisted of two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom was huge with a huge bed and a on-suite bathroom. The other bedroom was set up as an office with a pullout coach providing a second bed.

The entrance from the back porch puts you into a mud room. From there you proceeded into the house. The mud room contained a shower stall, a toilet, washer and dryer and a slop sink. All things you might need access to without actually entering the main part of the house. The kitchen had a stainless stove, and dishwasher. The counters were marble. The whole decor worked the country, modern theme. I guess.

There was a breakfast bar and a formal dining room table. The kitchen was open to the living room. The pictures down below will better illustrate the layout and look of the home. One quirk that we encountered when we got there was the alarm would beep every minute or so. I thought maybe this was because we were moving around and once we got settled in one place, like sleeping, that the noise would stop. The instructions from the landlord were quite clear about not using the alarm.  We left the house going to the game in the afternoon hoping that the beeping would resolve itself by the time we returned home..

You know it did not resolve itself. But, it did not get any worse! I called the landlord at 11 pm to ask for guidance since I was sure my DW would not be able to sleep through that noise. He did not answer. I figured Amanda, across the farm, probably had less experience with alarms than I did. I opened the front panel and tried to reason my way through the problem. I was tired, not my best reasoning time. I pushed a button to term the chimes off. This turned them on. Opps, wrong way. The beeps every minute continued.

I pushed a button marked Silent. That was what I was after, this turned the alarm to silent, the beeps continued. I hit the Status button, the alarm panel displayed a status of Phone Failure and the beeping stopped.. That God!  I figured we would be out at 1 am looking for a hotel or sleeping in the car.

The pictures below are of the house and the grounds. Enjoy!


Day 298 Catch up time..

Sunday night here in New Jersey. It has rained all day. Probably the first measurable rain in two or more weeks. It would just happen to be the day of the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship in Charlottesville, Va. We stayed on a farm about 25 minutes from the stadium for the weekend. We skipped todays final game as it is has been raining since dinner time Saturday night in Virgina.  We were not sure if the they would even play today with the weather being so bad. My other concern was the four hours that I would have to spend driving on 95 north in the rain, in the dark. We decided to skip the game and drive home in the rain, in the daylight.

Through the magic of science we were able to “watch” the second half of the game during the drive home. If I had though of it, we could have watched the entire game. When I was in Florida in January I used a charging cable and an app to provide internet from my cellphone to my laptop for two weeks. We used the same programs today to watch the second half of the championship game. I did not watch the game on the laptop, I was driving. My DW watched the game. I listened to the play by-play which we played on the speakers in the rental car. Not quite like being there, but drier than being there for sure.

Writing about today is getting ahead of myself. I “wimped out” for the last two days because I was tired and the internet connect was lousy. Yes, in hindsight, I should have used the wire and my phone like Florida.  So sit back and we will re-visit Friday..

Friday morning in New Jersey was bright and clear. We had packed the night before so we just had to load the car and go. I was ready to leave and I could not find my car keys. Hmm, auspicious start. I found my keys in my van where I had left them Thursday afternoon after going to the lacrosse field with DS1. I had failed to completely turn my car off so it was…dead. Yep, battery was dead. Is this like strike two or what?

I moved my DW’s van in place and got the jumper cables out of my car. I hooked the cables up to my dead car. Then I went to hook the cables up to her car. I placed the hot (red) from my car on the ground (black) of her car. As I went to attach the other clamp, the clamp sparked and I looked at what I was doing. I reversed the clamps and my car started up. I dodged that bullet. I have probably jumped 50 cars in my lifetime and never made that mistake. Dammit, I must be getting old.

I left the car running after waking DS1 up and asking him to shut it off in an hour and leave the key in the house. He shut the car off on his way to work and seeing another key of the key chain figured that it was the house key. He decided to lock the house. Whatever possessed him to do that?  He does not flush consistently or turn off the lights when he leaves the room. As you can guess, that was not a door key. At some point Friday evening after work he slid up a screen and climbed into the house. Yikes! All this excitement and we have not even gotten to Virginia yet.

That ends tonight’s part of the saga. These pictures are of the therapy dogs which visited the campus of Marywood University on Friday. Thank you DS2 for the pictures. Enjoy!