that perfect hand…

In Ocean's 11, Danny said that "the house always wins. If you play long enough, never change the stakes, then the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big… and then, you take the house." Here's the hand I've been dealt, sometimes it's risky and sometimes it's safe, but all the time… it's perfect. It's mine.


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washington state

I spent last weekend in Washington state with my coworker, Darcy, and her 15 and 12 year old daughters. We went with the intention of shopping and exploring. We drove down through Osoyoos to the Grand Coulee Dam where we spent the first night and watched the laser light show (which was amazing and then we spent the second night in Wenatchee because another coworker said they would have good shopping there. They didn’t (we should’ve gone to Spokane or Bellingham) because our dollar isn’t doing as well as it was and there were no sales, but the experience was well worth it. The coolest thing was visiting Leavenworth which is basically a little Bavarian/German town that felt like I was stepping into a full town SWISS PICNIC (like in Smithers). They had live music (accordians!) on the streets and it was just a quaint little town. I hadn’t been on a “road trip” that wasn’t to Smithers, Calgary, Camrose, Victoria, Osoyoos, Kelowna, Pen…etc…in years so it was really cool! Although even the taste of what I saw in Washington state made me realize how truly different our countries are… from friendliness of people to patriotism to food portions (they are HUGE down there). God Bless America. Enjoy the pics.

Trista and I in the car, we just got through the border wahoo!

Darce – unsure about this!

This is the little barge that took us over the Columbia River to get to Grand Coulee.

Darcy, Trista, and Coral – too much fun!

The wheat fields are massive and for a small amount of time, the drive felt like being on the prairies all over again!

Breathtaking!

The Grand Coulee Dam – so neat!

The dam at night – romantic potential!

Trista, Coral, and I clowning before the laser light show!

Leavenworth!!!

This is for MOM (Sound of Music anyone?)

All the buildings looked like this.

A production playing in Leavenworth…so perfect!

The BOAR at the Petting Zoo that I fell in LOVE with.

This was at the road side fruitstand/petting zoo… another reason how parts of Washington resemble home… the sun, fruit, greenery is just like Penticton.

Unreal! Never seen such flat peaches.

…one of many reasons I am sad summer (and work) is almost over…good friends.