Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Road Not Taken

Today, Friday May 21st, Mrs. Harrington had the great pleasure of walking into a classroom where one of the first students she worked with and got to know had been asked to recite a poem he had memorized. Mrs. Harrington listened both attentively and selectively, realizing how the words struck a deep cord within her and the upcoming adventure she will begin with her dearly beloved. The poem is well known, the meaning and explanations plenty. However, for the Harrington's, as they begin this new road on their journey, the words take on new life, new meaning and put into words feelings that have been difficult to describe.

Dear Readers,
Enjoy The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Friday, May 21, 2010

World Cup Soccer 2010 Predictions

Mike returned home from work this afternoon, and was met with an email that read "You guys don't even need to go and watch. It's been mathematically proven that Brazil will most likely win." That was verbatim, but the sarcasm was evident. In order to test this theory out, Mr. Harrington has set up two World Cup Soccer 2010 brackets -- much like March Madness brackets for NCAA basketball--one using yahoo, and the other using espn. He wants to have a friendly competition with anyone willing, to see who can do the best at guessing the outcome of the World Cup, and specifically the match that the Harrington's will be going to in July (3rd/4th place match).

If you're willing (and Mr. Harrington desperately hopes you are!), sign up and fill out your bracket using the following links and information.

Yahoo Bracket Group Name: South Africa Here We Come!
Group ID: 6983
Password: mandella
ESPN Bracket #1 Group Name: World Cup Wyomingites
Group ID: 20698
Password: mandella
ESPN Bracket #2 Group Name: World Cup Wyomingites
Group ID: 283
Password: mandella
ESPN Knockout Stage Bracket Group Name: World Cup Wyomingites
Group ID: 26665
ESPN Fantasy Team Group Name: World Cup Wyomingites
Password: mandella

It should be known that the ESPN Bracket #1 you will be asked to pick the top two teams to advance out of each pool, and then fill out the bracker from their; ESPN Bracket #2 is picking the winner of every game; ESPN Knockout Stage Bracket is only for the knockout stage (after the pool stage); while in the Yahoo bracket you will be asked to pick the scores of EVERY game as well as who wins (bonus points for getting the scores right). The ESPN Fantasy team works similar to other "fantasy" games, where you pick a squad of players, and your score is based off of how well the individual players do. This is Mr. Harrington's first time trying anything "fantasy", and he is excited about the prospects. Please join 1 or all brackets...or at the very least comment on who you think will win the world cup and who the Harringtons will be seeing in the consolation final match!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Stories from the Couch: April 19th

On Monday evening, Mike and Melissa found themselves host to a lively and energetic 30-something male motorcyclist who was making his way cross-country. Having concluded that they were hungry yet worn-down from the days dealings; Mike, Melissa and Milton made their way to the Library Restaurant where they met up with a couple of friends and enjoyed a delicious dinner.

Milton kept the conversation going as he encouraged the use of CouchSurfing as a way to travel and experience the best a town or country has to offer. The Harrington's reminisced about their summer 2009 road trip as Milton discussed his own recent adventures at Salvation Mountain, Joshua Tree and through Monument Valley. The night was filled with conversations regarding travel and the excitement which is inherent in such conversations.

A desire to lay their heads to rest quickly yanked the CouchSurfer and his hosts from all conversation and all three enjoyed a restful nights sleep. Mike and Melissa made their way to work the following morning while Milton hopped on the cycle and continued on his journey.

A satisfactory way to end the hosting of CouchSurfers in 519 Clark. It is now for the Harrington's to turn the tables on CouchSurfing and become the surfer -- until Korea that is.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

If I had a twitter account, it would be on there, but since I don't it's on here. A small quote that my dad mentioned the other day that I don't want to forget. Chew on it for a little while, see what thoughts come to your mind.


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