10 January 2011

Into 2011

I had a rather low-key New Year's Eve. Just spent it at home, watching a marathon of Marx Brothers movies on Turner Classic Movies. I was in bed just after midnight. I was just too tired to stay up much longer. New Year's Day, I was at the County Government Center in Clayton for the inauguration of County Executive Charlie Dooley, and three other officials. It was the first time I attended a political inauguration and I found it a very nice ceremony. After the swearings in and brief speeches from the officials in the County Council chamber, there was a reception just outside that Chamber.
Sun., 2 January started with a brunch at Crepes etc. in the Central West End with the MeetUp group on human sexuality. It was a nice affair, with about nine of us present, talking about matters of love and sex. I then went home to change and drove to Christian Academy in Maryland Heights to referee four youth futsal matches. It makred my first use of the referee watch and the red long sleeve referee shirt, both of which Doug and Helen (his girlfriend) gave me for Christmas. Both items worked brilliantly.
Tue., 4 Jan., I ran the IPMS St. Louis meeting at Thornhill Branch Library and that was fine. The next night, I refereed two boys' under 18 soccer matches at the Anheuser-Busch Center (Soccer Park) in Fenton. They were a bit challenging, in keeping players in line when they were acting up, but we got through both games OK.
I enjoyed Stress Free Fridays on Fri., 7 Jan. at the Cotton Club in Kinloch. Had a couple of beers, a vodka shot, and got in a bit of dancing. I made it home OK, though. The next night found me in St. Peters, refereeing more youth futsal games. They went well.
Later tonight, I'm off to a MeetUp of St. Louis City residents and friends in Soulard, although we're supposed to get some snow tonight and tomorrow morning. The weather forecast is calling for three to six inches (7.6 to 15.2 cm) of snow by midday tomorrow, when I have a lunch meeting in the University City Loop with a friend regarding a work project of her's. Don't forget the milk and bread!

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