Saturday, February 6, 2016

Jett's bball game

Evey's post

This week mom was out of town so we went to my cousin Jett's basket ball game. We also went to my other cousin Marinas volleyball game. They were both awesome. Whenever Marina got to serve she would hit it so high that the players couldn't hit it back. And Jett would always have a awesome block.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Secret identity?

Evey Jones.

Spelling bee champ.

A-list honor roll.

Secretly Wonder Woman?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Honor roll!

Great job Evey!!! We went to Tres Mex to celebrate and now we're all STUFFED!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Back from jolly England

It's even better to be home, though. I'd been looking forward to that trip for a long time, then as soon as I got on the plane I was looking forward to coming home. There's some psychology going on there, something that sounds familiar even. But it was still a good trek.

I'm guessing that might be my last trip to London for a while. I've been there three times in four years. It was, for a long time, the No. 1 foreign destination I hoped to visit.

Now, I'm looking forward to a new international adventure outside London. Maybe Rio? Maybe Barcelona? Who knows.

The good news is, England has been good to me, three trips in a row. That's awesome.

Oh, and this trip? I stayed less than a mile from Buckingham Palace (Hilton London Park Lane), walked by Alfred Hitchcock's home, and most significant, drank several cask ales at the birthplace of Guy Fawkes (the Guy Fawkes Inn.)

A trip to remember, remember...Had a nice couple days in England (Saturday through Wednesday to be exact). Started off in London, then York, then Harrogate, finally back to London. A lot of travel packed into a short trip.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The girl has M-O-X-Y

It was quite a day for the Jones family, as Evey competed, and did great, in her school's 3rd/4th/5th grade SPELLING BEE!

We were so excited when Evey won the spelling bee of her class a few weeks ago. Today was the big day, when she competed against the other winners from the different classes.

Evey told me a few days ago that she was competing against the 4th graders and 5th graders... I told her she was psyching herself out, don't worry about it, I'm sure you're just competing against your own grade.

Shows you what I know. Evey was right, she was competing with the big kids!

And I'm happy to report that she tied for fourth place!

Evey made it a few rounds... I remember the words "people" and "bedrock." She was stumped by the word "moxie." She wasn't familiar with the word, but asked to have it used in a sentence, then reluctantly spelled it M-O-X-Y.

About seven other kids got knocked out in that same round. There were only three kids left after that round. I think it's accurate to say Evey lasted longer than any of the other third graders... I'm not 100-percent positive since it wasn't clear to me who was in which grade.

We just couldn't be more proud of her. She was nervous, but showed some serious moxy and rose to the occasion. Every word she was given terrified me. And I know I'm biased, but I felt like some of the kids lucked out with really easy words here and there, while all of Evey's words were either new to her, or potential "trap" words.

Boyd got sick at daycare today (thrown up four times since 4 p.m.), otherwise we would have gone out to celebrate her stunning performance. Pretty sure we're going to Tres Mexicanos tomorrow, and ordering extra queso dip. And I'll probably run her to the comic book store too, to re-stock her on some new cool girl comics, as a reward.

(Note # 1: The red-headed boy on the far left in the first photo is who won; he deserved it. He got some tough words along the way but finished strong, nailing "genteel" for the overall win.

Note # 2: The event was pretty well run... just a little bummed that the host of the event kept calling Evey "ehh-vee.")

WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU EVEY! Keep up the good work sis!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Two heads are better than one

Not much to report here today... just wanted to post a fun photo. This was taken when we went on our San Francisco trip over the summer...


How about that triple-overtime win on Monday? WOW! Buddy Hield with what, 46 points?

I think the KU/Mizzou final game at Allen was better... come-from-behind, Thomas Robinson willing us to the win... against our most hated foe, in our last game against them... and the Big 12 hung in the balance, I think?


Bedtime is a struggle. Mostly Boyd. Evey wants to stay up late reading, which is a good problem to have. Bodyee just doesn't ever want to go to bed... and even when he stays up way too late, he still is the second one up (behind Adro) every morning.

Oh, the compliment he got at Montessori School today? "Oh, he can fall right asleep when it's nap time!"



I like nachos.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Familiar faces (KU vs Baylor)

A very cool end to my Christmas/New Year's break — Rick took me to the KU/Baylor game on Saturday.

What a game! The place was nuts right off the bat... and that scorching start the Jayhawks got off to added fuel to the fire.

We hit West Coast Saloon before and after the game for some hoops watching/beer drinking. Then we went to Red Lyon for a few, mostly because Ryno, Brent and Shane were there.

Interesting thing: this weekend, I ran into so many people I knew. At West Coast, at the KU game, at Red Lyon. It's a small world when you sit down at the KU game, and the guy you used to camp out with for good student seats 19 years ago is sitting down four seats away.

Perhaps more interesting (at least, to me): an old reader recognized me at Red Lyon — from my college days! Seriously, this guy gives me a look like he knows me, then says, "Jonesy?" I say, "Yeah, Seth Jones..." and he shouts, "That's it, SETH Jones... I used to read your column when I was a student!"

I think I yelled at the guy to shut up, because I was so stunned. It's been years since someone has recognized me from my KU sports column writing days. He said I looked the same as I did from my photo in the paper back then... which cracked me up a little. I guess I haven't departed too much from that photo, evidently. He also told me that I "told it like it was" back then and I didn't shy away from calling out the football coach, etc. I guess I kind of remember that. I was young. It was probably before my first death threat.

I was also happy that the old reader was excited to hear I have a golf magazine now, and am still in "the business." It would have been a drag to tell this guy I was in telemarketing or something (not to belittle telemarketers, but... it isn't what I studied to do.)

Anyway, Rick and I solved a few of the world's problems, told a few stories, had many laughs. Always a good time to hang out with Adro's uncle. And I'm happy to report that both of us claim to have barely been hungover this morning...

Monday, December 28, 2015

A gift 20 years in the making

Trust me, Boydee is PUMPED in this photo.

Allow me to explain.

When I was a kid, I collected comic books, beginning at age... 9, maybe. I still have my first comic book ever, and I'm pretty sure it was a Marvel Tales from 1984... I would have been age 7 at the time. I hung on to it, then one day I discovered West Coast Avengers and then, even more important, the G.I Joe comic, and I was hooked.

I started collecting toys at a much older age... probably 14, maybe 15. Weird, I know. I had money (I started working as a host at Tippin's in Wichita pretty young, then quickly started waiting tables) and I'd go to Walmart (back then it was spelled Wal-Mart) and I'd put a box of super hero toys on layaway. This is just what I did.

(Who knows how much money I spent on comics and toys while in high school. It's a mystery. But there's an easy answer as to how much I spent on dates: $0.)

So recently I went back to Mulvane and now I'm getting my toy collection re-assembled. A lot (but not all) is stashed away safely in Eudora. It includes some cool stuff, too, like the complete set of the original "Batman" toys from the Michael Keaton movie. (Here's an example from eBay -- not my auction.) 

It also includes some stuff that I think is cool, but it's not very valuable in the collector's market.

But guess what? I've got a little boy who thinks Spider-Man is pretty cool. And Venom? He's the best.

So why not wrap the two of them up and give them to my son? I'll finally get to play with them now, ha! That $4 spent at Wal-Mart in 1990 finally gets its pay-off. 

Somehow Boyd missed this box at first on Christmas day... then found it a little later. I was downstairs when he started opening it. Adrianne tells me he freaked out, he was so excited, but I have to admit I missed it. I managed to barely snap this pic before he opened Spidey. (Venom has already been ripped open and is lying next to Boyd there by his knee.)

I've been a collector for a long time. I've always thought there are three things that make collecting sane: 1. personal satisfaction of the hobby; 2. the potential investment; 3. the potential gift for the next generation.

The gift of Spidey and Venom to my 4-year-old? I might not have known it in 1996, but it was a pretty cool Christmas gift in 2015. 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

More game pics


Boyd's first KU game

Took place this Saturday! And we did have fun... even though, after the pre-game introductions, Boyd said to me, "Dad... this was a bad idea."

He enjoyed the halftime dunkers... and the popcorn... and he did watch for a little bit...

But yeah, overall he probably wasn't ready for it yet. Just ask Rod and Ben, who were coincidentally sitting three seats down from us... or an old college friend, who was sitting right in front of us...

My college friend told me at halftime that he brought his boy (similarly aged) recently, and that they made it the whole game... but that it wasn't much fun.

Part of the reason I wanted to get going was because B.J. was rubbing his eyes... I could tell he was tired. No sense in fighting it, I figured. 

Adrianne rescued us, and picked us up midway between Allen and West Coast Saloon... where I left the truck.

(I think Boyd's favorite part of the game might have been the bus ride to the game... all good. One of these days, his favorite part of the game might be the Rock Chalk Chant... or taking his girlfriend to the game... or throwing a big dunk down in the face of some punk from Iowa State...)

For the record, we made it through the first half. We'll try again, someday.

Friday, December 18, 2015

North Coast Media holiday party

Left to right, Brian, Adro, Marty and Jeff at Hofbrauhaus.My designer,
the Indomitable Pete, is in the background in green.
We had a blast at the North Coast Media holiday party this last week. 

Yes, Adrianne made the trip with me to Cleveland. I was celebrating 5 years with the company, and she hadn't seen our headquarters yet... I convinced her it was a good time to come up and check it out, meet all my co-workers, and see what a REAL holiday party looked like.

Adro's new NCM BFF is Karey, who is a kindred spirit in that she's also an accountant,
and doesn't understand how I can be so bad at submitting expense reports.
I think Adro had a great time. I thought she would. And the most commonly asked question I heard that evening from my male co-workers, was something akin to, "How's a dumbass like you end up with a hottie like that?"

Kevin (CEO), Rick (retired sales guy) and me.

We also went out to a nice dinner on the first night, the CEO hosted me, my publisher (Pat), LM's publisher (Bill) and all our wives. It was a fun dinner, great steaks and too much red wine. Adro proclaimed it was the best meal she's ever had (and that's what I proclaim every time I eat at Red in Beachwood, Ohio — place is amazing.)

Before we left we took a quick spin around the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, then a flight back home. Adrianne enjoyed Cleveland and I loved having her there with me. We agreed that the next time we bring the kids, and check out some of the outdoor fun, like East 4th Street and an Indians game (preferably against the Royals) at the Jake.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Suspicious turkey

Boyd may have unintentionally named my fantasy football team next year: Suspicious Turkey.

It was a weekday morning, 7:15 in the morning, Boydee munching on some lousy breakfast cereal at the island in the kitchen. He suddenly started staring through me like I wasn't there. I thought maybe he was half-asleep... turns out, he was staring at the artwork hanging on the refrigerator door (pictured). 

"Dad, my turkey is suspicious," Boyd says to me. I'm a little shocked that there's a suspicious turkey in the house... and by Boyd's use of the word.

"Why is that, Boydee," I ask, looking at his turkey on the fridge.

"It has too many feathers," he says. "And there's no mouth... a turkey needs a mouth."

"And maybe because it has three eyes?" I ask.

"NO, DAD," Boyd says. "It's supposed to have three eyes...!"

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Not to burst your bubble

Boyd has been a good boy lately. Well, he did punch a 9-year-old boy in the face recently... But that's a story for another day.But, uh... This weather isn't going to last...? (Sorry, headline that doesn't make sense.)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Evey Jones, spelling bee champ!

Congrats to Evey for winning her class spelling bee today! She is on to represent Mrs. Golay's 3rd grade class on Jan. 13th!

From an email I received from her teacher:

Evey is our class spelling bee winner. The school spelling bee is on January 13th. 3rd, 4th, and 5th will travel to the Eudora Middle School for our school spelling bee. Parents are encouraged to attend. I will send home a packet for her to practice and she will have practice time each day at 2:30.   We will leave around 9:30 and return around 11:15.

I am so proud of her!!

Ashley Golay
3rd grade
Eudora Elementary School