Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

Safaris to spot leopards and elephants, swimming in the Indian Ocean, sipping tea in the mountains, and several more!

Our Nile Cruise

Starting in Cairo, we sailed to Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan.

Trouble at Sea: Our Red Sea Dive Trip in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea is one of the top diving destinations in the world, but Saudi Arabia is a very restrictive country to get into. That alone would have made the trip memorable...but then things went south and the Saudi Coast Guard and a hospital got involved.

Our Expedition to Jordan

Highlights included tracing the steps of Indiana Jones into Petra, following Lawrence of Arabia into Wadi Rum, and floating in the Dead Sea.

Discovering Turkey

We emersed ourselves in Istanbul, explored the white travertines of Pamukkale, and traced history through Laodikeia, Hierolopolis, and Cleopatra's Baths.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Playing against the Black Widow

Thanks to a slow work day, a well-timed phone call and the right answer to a radio trivia program, I get to play a game of 9-ball against Jeanette Lee, also known as "The Black Widow." I admit that my game's not that good, but I'm hoping that all the imperfections on our club's table throw her off her game enough for me to have a fighting chance.

Her warm-up consists of trick shots.
Waiting to break

Did I mention I was playing in front of 300+ people?
She's telling me "Don't screw this up"
Yeah...I scratched on that last shot.
Clearing the table during her next match.
So, I lost by two. Which was a smaller margin than anyone else who played her. Even though she was probably just using our game to get a feel for the table, I consider that a win for me. While she might look serious during the game, she's actually very friendly and personable.

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