Archive | July, 2013

TopGolf

11 Jul

A few weeks ago a few of my friends and I went to TopGolf.

TG with friends

Have you ever been?

No?  I thought I was the only one that hadn’t.  Here’s the description from the TopGolf website:

WHAT IS TOPGOLF?

TopGolf is the premier golf entertainment complex where the competition of sport meets your favorite local hangout spot. You can challenge your friends and family to addictive point-scoring golf games that anyone from the hopeful pro golfer to your neighbor’s 7-year-old kid can play year-round. Just picture a 215-yard outfield with dartboard-like targets in the ground. The closer to the center or “bull’s-eye” you get and the farther out you hit your microchipped balls, the more points you receive. Score even bigger with TopGolf’s extensive food and beverage menu that is sure to impress even the pickiest foodies. It’s not golf – it’s TopGolf. Give it a shot!

Also, here are some pictures of the place from their website:

Basically it is a 3-story shooting range (do they call those shooting ranges? I dunno. whatever.) where you have golf balls with microchips in them that send a signal to the computer after you hit it and depending on how far down the range and how close to the center of the target you get, your points change.  You HAVE to make it into one of these massive targets to even get points.  Some are only 25 yards out and others are way further.

View from our tee

View from our tee. That red one in front is 25 yards.

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View from our tee

Sounds and looks easy enough, right?  NOPE.

We were on the bottom level.  When I first started I struck out like 4 times (meaning I swung the club and COMPLETELY missed the ball) or barely knicked the ball and it would roll 4 feet in front of me.

Of course, I was super frustrated and hated it off the bat but then after a little bit I started doing much better and it actually ended up being a lot of fun.  Joseph and Justin had to calm me down when I was getting frustrated and kept reminding me that I’d never golfed before other than putt-putt so actually teeing off was a completely different feel and can actually be quite difficult.

Here’s how I started my first game…

Pretty awesome, right?

Pretty awesome, right? You would be frustrated too.

But here is how I ended my last game…

MUCH BETTER!

MUCH BETTER!

Check out our awesome golfing skills…

Kooken

Kooken

Justin

Justin

Joseph

Joseph

Me

Me

Don’t act like you aren’t impressed.

It was a lot of fun and I definitely would recommend it to people if you’ve never been.  The only thing is that it can get pretty expensive.  Before 6pm it is $20 per hour per bay area.  Each bay area can hold up to 6 people (kinda like a lane at a bowling alley) so you can split it between everyone so that’s pretty cheap.  But after 6pm it jumps up to $40 an hour and it is very easy to keep playing for a while.  We got there around 5pm and played for about 2.5 hours.

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Oh, and to “top” it off (haha I’m so funny), they are building a North Houston location soon in Spring so it will be SO much closer to my house!  I can’t wait!  Who wants to go TopGolfing?

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Quarter of a Century…

5 Jul

Whelp…I officially feel old.  I’ve hit a whole quarter of a century.  Besides the fact that I feel exactly the same as I did as 24, it feels weird…does that make sense?  I still feel like I should be 18 or at least still in college.  Definitely don’t feel like I should be at the age where I am getting married, bought a house, and my friends are having babies on purpose…

I saw this and thought it was funny...

I saw this and thought it was funny…

Last year I took the entire week off for my birthday because it was a week that I already had Friday off, plus I had off for the 4th of July.  So basically I only had to take 3 days off to be off for the full week.  This week was my Friday to work and the 4th was yesterday and since Joseph and I are going to need vacation for wedding/honeymoon stuff, I thought I would just save my vacation days for later.  Next year, remind me never to do that again.  Monday was quite possibly the worst day of work that I have ever had.  Happy Birthday to me, right.  Ugh.

After work I had a nail appointment then met my family and Joseph at Wild Ginger for a hibachi-style dinner.  I always think the people who cook for you at those places are pretty funny…mainly because I like corny jokes and they are the masters of corny jokes.

At one point he made little piles of rice on the end of the spatula and flung them at us for us to catch them in our mouths.

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Trey was first and he caught it no problem.  Joseph was next and his split into two pieces in the air and somehow he caught both…tough act to follow for me…

When he got to me, he put a single piece of rice to throw to me because of my tiny bird mouth…

Bird Mouth RiceSomehow, even though it was only a single piece of rice, I still managed to miss it.  I was never good at that game.  I killed the streak too because Mom and Dad both ended up missing theirs after me.  At least I wasn’t the only one…

He did all the typical jokes like calling the sauces random things like Japanese tequila, Japanese Dr. Pepper, and he even made us “Japanese Egg Rolls” since we said we liked egg rolls.

It is the egg shell covered in soy sauce and sesame seeds...

It is an egg-shell covered in soy sauce and sesame seeds…don’t worry we didn’t actually eat it.

He made the biggest onion volcano I have ever seen…

Onion Volcano

I’m not sure if he actually meant for the fire to be that big or not but either way it was pretty cool.

Once the fire died out a little bit he “steamed” our vegetables

"Steamed Broccoli"

“Steamed Broccoli”

and did the classic choo-choo train.

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This guy had only been doing this for a month but you couldn’t tell.  He was really good at it and was funnier and more interactive than most that I have seen.  I was impressed and had a lot of fun.

IMG_4642Plus, it was delicious.  AND he was smart because he put our rice bowls on our plates upside down and I wasn’t sure why but when we started eating I realized that my rice was still warm and that was awesome because it is usually cold by the time they are done cooking everything else.  That was the first time I had ever seen any of the cooks do that.

So minus the whole work sucking ordeal, my birthday was really great.

Oh, and I can’t forget to mention my awesome birthday gift from Joseph.

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My very own shotgun!! I was SO excited!  It is a Remington 11-87, 20 gauge, auto-loader.  I LOVE IT!!

We went to shoot sporting clays on Wednesday after work and I was very happy with how it shot.  The kick is barely noticeable and it is very easy to shoot.

Also, look how pretty it is.

ShotgunIt has beautiful wood-work all over it.  I just love, love, love it!

I can’t wait to go shoot it again soon!

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July and enjoys their weekend!!  Be safe with all the crazies out and about for the holiday weekend!

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