Back in Pennsyltucky


Fellow Ministers and Rabbi,

I am pleased to inform all of you that I have successfully found my way home from Santa Barbara to my humble abode here in Pennsylvania.  We broke the trip up to take about 8 days and it went a little something like this.  We left Santa Barbara and went to Vegas for two nights, where we stayed at the Aladdin.  I was down about 150 bucks (won on sports, lost horribly playing craps/blackjack) when we were about to leave and the old man was down about 300 bucks playing slots.  On our way to the Civic, my Dad suggested he play $20.00 more in his favorite slot machine.  I laughed and told him to do what he’d like.  He sat down at one machine and it took $10.00 without paying back a penny, so he took his luck to a machine around the corner.  Three spins later:  Triple times pay, double times pay, triple times pay appears on the reels.   It was a quarter machine, and he had hit the second biggest payout on that machine worth about $650.00.  So we left happy and up as a team, but I still felt had since I’ve never gone to Vegas and won.  From Vegas we drove to the Grand Canyon.  I don’t know how many of you have been there, but you can only stare at a big hole in the ground for about 10 minutes before you want to get the hell out of there.  Had we had time to do some hiking or rafting, I’m sure it would have been a little more interesting, but I’m glad to at least say I’ve seen it.  That evening I was bored and decided to play a $40.00 5 game parlay on my linesmaker account.  I didn’t come out on top in Vegas, but the night after I hit that parlay for another $1200.00.  From the Grand Canyon we went into Sedona for the night.  I thought Sedona was pretty sweet, but again, theres not much to do there but look at the red rocks and again there wasn’t enough time for hiking or fishing or any of that kind of thing.  So 4 days of our trip had gone, and we pretty much had the whole country to drive still.   From Sedona, I drove until I couldn’t possibly drive anymore and about 13.5 hours later we ended up in Oklahoma City.  We arrived at around 3 in the morning there after crossing Arizona, Texas, and Arkansas after crossing over into two time zones.  Needless to say, I hadn’t slept that well since the Thursday before that after Nova, Schroeds, Bernie and I took down about 12 Jager bombs each.  From Oklahoma City we drove to Memphis where my Dad and I got hammered and went out to some Jazz clubs on Beale St.  Memphis looked prime for an I.F.S. meeting down the road.  Since Katrina, lots of the musicians and crowd have shifted towards Memphis and Beale St. was blowing up on a Thursday night… Not to mention the bars are open until 5AM.  The old man and I shook off our hangovers and it was on to Nashville for the day/night.  There wasn’t much to report from Nashville.. It’s a beautiful city, but we didn’t really do all that much but relax.  From Nashville it took about 11 hours to drive back to good old Hershey, PA…  So I’m finally here, already preparing for all of you to arrive in this bubble I call home.  Bernie brought it to my attention that there is a home Phillies series that Labor Day weekend so as soon as the plane tickets are booked and I know exactly how many people are coming, I will go ahead and block off a section of seats for us at beautiful Citizens Bank Park..  Ashburn Alley inside the stadium has an array of scrumptious Philly Cheesesteak stands for all of you (I suggest Geno’s or Pat’s).. There is also an amusement park here called Hersheypark which is filled with annoying tourists and some death defying roller coasters if you guys would be interested in doing that one day.  As soon as I get an idea of how many of you will actually be coming, there will be more plans in the works.  There is plenty to do, plenty to see, and lots of cheap alcohol to be drank.   Anyways, I wanted to thank all of you guys who made it out to Old Kings my last night in SB and especially to Curtis for that brilliant presentation that you put on which is hopefully going to bring most of you out here to my house for a few days.  Fidel, I know you mentioned something at the meeting about trying to send a webcam this way so perhaps I could sit in at the meetings that I obviously won’t be able to attend.  If you are still able to do that, can you please post your email address, or if anyone else knows it, please post it or send it to me.. thanks.   I miss all you guys.  I kept my same phone number so keep in touch and start gearin up for the ‘Exodus’.. Sbalumniweekend023_1

-Minister or Trade and Commerce and Sports Betting

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rousing
    Jun 05, 2006 @ 15:43:23

    that depends on what is more valuable to you: your relationship with the UCSB graduates or your relationship with John Converse. all i can really say is that we are having meeting this weekend, this sunday. and if you couldn’t make it, well, you would be sorely missed.

  2. MANdrew Frickerigno
    Jun 05, 2006 @ 15:35:25

    I just can’t do the two weekends back to back, and my bro has a plane ticket to come in this friday. I didn’t want to bring him to LA and then leave him while i went to the bars. Should i have my ma cancel his ticket and come this weekend, but miss graduation. I could potentially do that.

  3. rousing
    Jun 02, 2006 @ 18:37:07

    The DaVinci Post.

  4. Rousing
    Jun 02, 2006 @ 15:56:07

    Fidel, photogenic as always.

  5. M+T
    Jun 02, 2006 @ 14:40:55

    WOW, nicely played sir, see you in September. Flapjack.