September 3, 2007

I saw a film today, oh boy...

Glen and Judy enjoying Dragon's baseball.

Well I don’t know how you’ve spent the last weekend of summer so far but the Bauman family has been burning up the days with a final flurry of hot activities. It all began with a Friday evening at the local ballpark taking in a Dragons game with our good friends Glen and Judy. The hometown heroes won and it was a good time for all. I’d tell you more about it but I was sworn to secrecy and unfortunately all the details are off the record.

My personal Scentologist.

Saturday morning began with breakfast at the Waffle House. Soon afterwards we were off to the suburbs of Cincinnati for some shopping. Our first stop was the Aveda Salon where we redeemed my birthday certificate for a custom made Pure-fume just for me. It was a lot fun sampling all the variety of scents until I found the one just right for my particular taste. Eventually I settled on a scent called something like, The Essence of Emilie’s Garden of Sensually Passionate Delights. I think it really compliments the bold masculine nature of my manly personality. Um, it smells heavenly on me.

See the Safari Vest on the left? I own it now.

Our next stop found us in the Travel Smith Store where I purchased a new Safari Vest. All the great writers I’ve ever seen pictures of are wearing them so it just seemed like a perfect fit for me. See the Grey one on the mannequin on the left? That’s the one I got and it makes me look just like Hemingway in Spain. I feel more literate already.

Oh, Felicia got some new jeans...

Bumbo number five.

Our final stop for the day found us at the Cincinnati Mills Shopping Mall. We did some exploring (I can say that because by now I was wearing my new Safari Vest.) at Steve and Barry’s where we went hunting for rare finds amongst the new Sarah Jessica Parker line of quality fashion. Oh yes, we were going after the big game. We found some really cool items for Micah but little in the way of high couture for Felicia or me.

Just before a break for lunch we concluded our morning adventure with a brief foray into to wilds of Babies R Us. It was indeed a jungle in there but we did manage to capture a good deal on a Bumbo for Micah. For those of you not familiar with the device it allows a little one to sit up and enjoy the benefits of a vertical perspective. (See how fancy my erudite phrases of prodigious prose are becoming now that I’m wearing my Safari Vest?) He loves the chair and it is lots of fun watching him as he sits and watches television in it.

Okay, maybe the campfire was going a little too far.

Our final stop yesterday was the Bass Pro Shop. We enjoyed a fine lunch of Bison Franks, Big Jim’s Survival Slaw and Pete’s Pickled Toenails. No, it was not Felicia’s first choice of quality cuisine, but I was the one wearing the Safari Vest after all and as such it entitled me to order food for the both of us. After lunch I spent some acclimating my son to the joys of camping. As you can see from the digital photograph he clearly loved it. Unfortunately the Bass Pro Staff were not so nearly enamored when he started the campfire. After that our visit was cut rather short and we were forced to make a hasty exit.

Jesus calls it like he sees it.

What adventure would be complete without a little sight seeing? Living in the cultural cornucopia that is Ohio it is never difficult to find skillfully crafted artistic expressions of mankind’s search for greater meaning and purpose. Among my personal favorite pieces of sculpture is the bigger than life bust of the universe’s number one deity, Jesus (the son of man) Christ, that beckons all travelers to join him in a celebration familiar to all football fans everywhere. Yes, God has scored the winning touchdown and Satan has been defeated by a final score of 1 to 666. Kinda makes you glad to have Jesus as your starting quarterback does it not?

Who is that rugged guy in the cool Safari Vest?

Sunday was another Dragon’s Game preceded by dinner with our very good friends, Tom and Karen. The game was simply the best one we’ve been to all season long. We got to see back to back to back home runs. Yeah, it was completely cool. We got to watch the Red’s number one draft pick, Drew Stubbs, go 0 for 5 and inspire no small measure of hope for Cincinnati’s 2008 season. This Thursday begins the first round of the playoffs and we’ll be sitting in our usual seats rooting our hometown heroes on to victory.

Felicia and Micah enjoying the excitement.

Whew, it has truly been a fun filled holiday weekend and I think my tired little family could use a break. I got up early this morning, did the dishes and cleaned up the house so Felicia could get a little rest. As you can see from her baseball game photo it is clear she needs some time off to recuperate. I hope everyone had a great Labor Day and now that summer is over can we all get back to some serious blogging?

Oh, did I mention my upcoming birthday on the twenty-fourth of this month and the inevitable flood of fabulous presents I know are headed my way from all of my readers?

You guys are just too good to me...


Blogger Jay said...

Pretty big weekend there.

I've never had any wild game at Bass Pro, but I did have Wild Boar sandwich and some elk chili at the Cabela's in Omaha. Good stuff man!

My favorite part of my two trips to Dayton was going out to Yellow Springs and wandering through the shops and hanging out with the hippies.

Oh and I LOVE the vest. I've seriously getting one of those myself. I could look like a correspondent for The Daily Show and improve my writing at the same time! And goodness knows my writing needs all the help it can get. LOL

September 03, 2007 2:53 PM  
Blogger Betty said...

Looks like you and Micah, at least, had a great time. And, allow me to be the first to wish you a Happy Birthday. My short-term memory being what it is, there's no guarantee I'll remember until the 24th.

September 03, 2007 3:21 PM  
Anonymous crunchy carpets said...

thanks for sharing..you guys look like you had a blast.....Micah is sooo frakking cute!!!

And you look cleverer in your vest!

September 03, 2007 4:24 PM  
Blogger Aileen said...

We got a call from friends on Thursday wanting to know if we were interested in Dragon tickets they had but couldn't use. We had to decline because we already had plans. After Tom hung up the phone I said "You know,Dirk and Felicia go to the games alot. We could have run into them.". And,there you were. I wonder if the empty seats in the picture could have been ours. Bummer.
I certainly hope you can stay humble in that vest. Oh wait...this is Dirk I'm talking to...too late...never mind! lol
Looks like you had a great week-end. Could you be planning on a camping trip soon?

September 03, 2007 9:28 PM  
Blogger yinyang said...

I third the "good vest" comments. I especially like how well the orange and gray go together.

September 03, 2007 9:39 PM  
Blogger Pepper said...

I love Bass Pro. You should see the one in Springfield. Giant Bears, Ponds with Ducks and Turtles, and enough camping supplies to keep me entertained for hours!

I am waiting for your novel. I am hoping for an autobiography. Hemmingway.... no Jack Kerouac yes.

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!”

My favorite quote by him.

Sounds like a fun filled weekend. The vest looks GREAT just needs some beads, patches with quotes like "Make Love Not War." Just kidding.

Give Micah and Felicia hugs for me.

September 03, 2007 11:49 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

My boss just told me I have to do cGMP and ISO9000 training on the 24th, so please accept my regrets.

Later, dude.

September 04, 2007 9:09 AM  
Blogger DirkStar said...

craig d - That gets you out of sending me a lavish gift how?

September 04, 2007 10:51 AM  
Blogger Kati said...

Looks like a pretty fun outting! Glad y'all had a great time, and that Felicia got some much-needed rest.

September 04, 2007 12:06 PM  
Blogger Craig D said...

Well, I was going deliver a home-made strip-o-gram to "honor" the occasion.

But, now that I have found out the real source of my van's CD player problems, I might just have to reconsider!

How'm I supposed to listen to that new ZAPPA album, now? How, I ask you!

September 04, 2007 12:34 PM  
Blogger Wizened Wizard said...

Looks like a fine time was had by all. The team won, friendship was enjoyed, Waffle House did the cooking, and Micah got a Bumbo! It can't get much better than that.

We spent our weekend digging potatoes with Grandson, canning tomatoes, canoeing and building a stone retaining wall. That might sound like labor to some, but it was a wonderful three days - beautiful blue skies, gentle breezes and no crowds.

BTW, your safari vest was made by in America by legal gnomes, right? ; )

September 05, 2007 5:59 AM  
Blogger The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

No doubt the par fume has just the right counter agents to neutralize the vest - or vice versa! The sculpture of da Man is totally amazing. Ohio must ruly be the chosen land. ;-}

September 05, 2007 10:08 AM  
Blogger Arcturus said...

Where was that picture of the Jesus in the water taken? What is that place?

And is that you in the vest?

As for your upcoming birthday on Sept. 24th, I wouldn't insult you by offering a mere bauble, trinket or notion, or heaven forbid, something as vulgar as money, but instead I will just say ahead of time, "Happy Birthday, Dirk_Star!"

September 05, 2007 4:35 PM  
Blogger Citymouse said...

What a great post!!!!
Glad to hear your having fun... so i only send gifts to those who's age i know... do tell do tell

September 05, 2007 5:54 PM  
Blogger Pythia3 said...

Whew...your weekend sounds like the one I had. I had a funtabulous family and friends Labor Day weekend...filled with birthdays, bbq's and events around town.
I am loving this hot September weather we're having because...you know, you're our sister state and soon we will be feeling the Arctic chill.
Your birthday is close to my man's birthday - his is on the 30th. I'll be by with a gift as your big day approaches.

September 05, 2007 7:37 PM  
Blogger SignGurl said...

I didn't read anything after "Waffle House". I'm seriously addicted and there isn't one in Michigan. I'm going to have to visit OH.

September 06, 2007 8:52 AM  
Blogger Paul F. said...

I'll take a scentologist over a scientologist anyday, man.

September 06, 2007 12:30 PM  
Blogger DirkStar said...

Paul F - Good Man!

About time someone caught that pun.

Man, I sweat tears over this blog ...

Thanks for noticing.

September 06, 2007 12:57 PM  
Blogger zen wizard said...

Custom made scents?

That is pretty cool.

September 06, 2007 7:23 PM  

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