Its been a crazy, awesome week. On Tuesday my hockey team won its division and secured a spot in the HNA Championships in Toronto, Canada. Myself and the rest of the St. Louis Cobras will be traveling north to play against other teams from around the country. This will be our second time playing in the HNA Championships and I’m really looking forward to traveling and playing in another country. We had a great season ending with a 19-3-1 record. This will also be my last season playing hockey, and what better way to go out on top!

Also this week the Kari job search is finally coming to an end…. potentially. Barring any missteps in a few formalities, Kari will be signing a contract for her first teaching job. We’re both really excited that KG will finally get paid to do what she loves, and the secondary income isn’t too bad either!

Last weekend I picked up Mario Kart Wii. I’ve been a fan of the game since the early days on the SNES and played almost every version since. The major innovation with the Wii version is the Wii controls. The game comes shipped with a plastic wheel that you use with your Wiimote to steer your kart. You honestly feel like you’re really driving, its pretty amazing. The game is your standard fare, you race in the Grand Prix to unlock new circuits, which unlocks you new characters, and new karts and bikes. The other major upgrade in the Wii version is the addition of bikes. The bikes handle quite a bit differently than the karts allowing you to pop wheelies for an extra speed burst, they’re actually my favorite thing to race with.  Finally the addition of online has hurled the franchise into the 21st century where Xbox Live and Playstation Network have dominated online console gaming. It was really easy to quickly jump into a 12-person online race, just to try and join a friend, or you’re going to have to really work for it.

Iron Man is possibly the greatest super hero movie I’ve ever seen. It has a great story, following fairly close to comic book mythos while staying very fresh. I can’t think of a better choice than Robert Downey Jr. to play alcoholic, playboy, millionaire, genius Tony Stark. He does an amazing job. The special effects are top-notch, and really immerse you into this magical world where super heroes roam. If you managed to stay until the credits were over, you saw the appearance of Nick Fury and the building of future Marvel crossovers. This is the kind of fanboy shout-outs that hase the community buzzing. Seeing Samuel Jackson show up dressed as one-eyed Fury was the cherry on top of a perfect sundae. GO SEE THIS!