Monday, June 02, 2008

Wii and A Dinner

Mike took Steve, JJ and myself out for dinner earlier this evening. We all met up at Mike's condo. Brian stopped by for awhile, but couldn't join us to eat. He had to pick his girlfriend up from the airport.

Mike has a Wii game. I've been intrigued by those, but never saw one close up until today. We started off with the boxing game, where I was beat down by Steve a few times. The next game was tennis, where Steve, who plays tennis a lot, did well against Brian, myself and Mike (JJ was using Mike's computer to look up boxing info on the Internet). The last game was bowling, where to my amazement, I beat the guys. The Wii is actually good exercise, because you are not sitting to play, like with Play Station or XBox. You're moving around with the controls in your hand, and working up a good sweat.

Mike presented Steve with a very nice warm up suit, which had "Golden Gloves, 5 Champions" embroidered on the back of it. The five champs represent JJ, who won the Golden Gloves twice; Mike, who won this year; Mort, who won a couple of years ago; and Antonio, who won a trophy last year.

Brian revealed that he waited a week to see the doctor after hurting his thumb while sparring with JJ some time ago. I didn't realize that Gio had pulled on Brian's thumb in order to ease some of his discomfort that day. Brian's thumb is broken in two places, and he has to wear a cast for a few weeks. He's hoping that it heals up well enough before the Ringside Boxing Tournament, which is in August. That's the second time that JJ has accidently broken bones on somebody during sparring. The other guy who was hurt was Josh, and that was a few years ago. Josh had his nose broken.

We watched a few fights: part of the EliteXC MMA special that aired a couple of days ago on network TV; JJ at the Illinois State Tournament; when Jeff was a contender at the Golden Gloves back in 2004. After that, we went to dinner at an Argentinian steak house. Very good, although I was stuffed and couldn't eat everything. I ended up leaving half of some very delicious flan dessert behind, and taking half of a filet mignon home.

Steve and Ellen did find a home in Buffalo, NY, big enough for them and little Eli. From how Steve described it, it sounds like it sits on a very cool, tree-lined street. The couple will have a BBQ on the beach here later this month, another going away party.

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