DSC_1547 02Jan2014

We saw this would be UFO flying around the outer edge of downtown Raleigh before the 7PM Acorn drop. The movement was pretty erratic and it didn’t appear to be very large. Today I found out what it was via @sbeckwral on Twitter – Knightdale man uses drone to get birds-eye view of First Night festivities

Very cool to learn what it was and that whoever said drone first (CaraDMc, BobG, Sonya) was right.
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DSC_1602 01Jan2014

A few pictures from our night out in Raleigh. We left before the insanity really began but still had a great time exploring the festivities and the beer. Even the ones that didn’t want to pour. It was a great send off to 2013 and entrance for the new year. Read More

This is the famed 7PM edition of the acorn drop. Midnight? Already in bed. Amateur’s night is no night to be out. If you like this video please hit the little thumbs up in the top corner so I can move up in YouTubeland. (A real place.)

DSC_1613 01Jan2014

I am not an overly superstitious person – typically. I do put on my right shoe before my left and tie my left before my right to prevent injury but that is where it ends. Except with the giant fish at Woody’s in downtown Raleigh. We stopped in there briefly to have a drink before dinner last night while the Canes game was playing background noise to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. We recounted the tale of 2006, the Stanley Cup and PBR while our home team was down 2-0. We went looking for the fish in the back room where we watched all 7 games in the series and BobG placed a PBR can in the fishes mouth. This happened every game during the playoffs. The Result? Canes won in OT.

I wouldn’t want to take credit for the win but I would encourage the folks at Woody’s to either leave the can in place or replace it on game day. Either way – great win to finish 2013 – GO CANES!
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2013 25Dec2013

2013 was a year of up and downs, hard work and headaches and of course a little adventure and fun. This list encompasses my personal favorite memories, posts that were well commented on or saw more than average traffic. I know posting was down this year but I was a little busy and honestly tried to only hit the high spots. Less time spent here usually means more cool stuff going on in the “real world.” So here is the much-anticipated list for 2013 – the NOSVC Best of…

Yes – several of these did happen on the same trip or trips. I took that into consideration but decided that each “event” stood out enough to claim their own spot in the “Best of” list. Honorable mentions this year go to the Kirby Derby, St. Patrick’s Day and the end of the Old Mountain Jug. All huge items on their own but being slightly edged out by the competition. It isn’t impossible that one or more of these might return to a future list with the notable exception being the Old Mountain Jug. I think it has found what might be a permanent home in Boone. And yes – an award winning Kirby Derby getting an honorable mention is proof of how much fun 2013 really was. Read More

legochristmasvillage 12Dec2013

This year’s Lego Christmas Village is the largest yet and it is because CaraDMc let me take over the entire dining room table. Formal dining room? We all need one for building. This year includes – Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Back to the Future and more. Take a spin on the new carousel or ride the train – why wait in line for Holiday Express. We have a fast pass! Enjoy the pics – next year I might be back on a smaller table with less room for craziness.
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