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Spicey Hour 6.6.2017

June 6, 2017

I got to watch Sean Spicer do the White House press briefing today. One of the best parts of this is that I know my wife, Megan, is watching as well, so we can trade texts about our observations. Mostly they consist of “Can you believe he said that???” or “What a bunch of crap!” or similar blurbs. However, today she hit the nail on the head perfectly with this comment after Spicer was done:

I’m beginning to believer that spicy isn’t the press secretary anymore… They fired him months ago and nobody told him. That’s why he hasn’t had any conversations with the president about anything. Now they just let him do his thing. I hope they let him keep his red stapler.

I think that just about sums it up. I get that Spicer can’t possibly cover everything that might come up, but this is getting ridiculous.

Questions On Thursday

June 1, 2017

There’s been a lot posted lately on Facebook and other social media about the state of our current president. Honestly, though, I have not seen a dissection of President Trump’s basic motivations that I can completely agree with. I agree that he is narcissistic, bigoted, and generally a spoiled Rich Kid. But what exactly is it that prompts the tweeting at midnight, the infamous “covfefe” tweet as a prime example? The long, rambling, and occasionally incoherent statements in his speeches? I disagree with his policies and positions on everything from health care to foreign policy, but I’ve disagreed with previous presidents on those issues, and not felt as sick and doomed as I do now with Trump as our President. I believe that there is something very wrong with Donald Trump’s physical and mental health. Is it bad medication, is it a disease or disorder of the blood or brain, could it be the onset of dementia? I’m not a doctor, I don’t even play one on TV, but I can’t believe that all of the chaos and comedy and horror of Trump’s words and actions are that of a man sound of mind and body.

Or he’s just one of the worst human beings on earth. And millions of people voted for him. Which might say a lot about where our country is going if we don’t stop screwing around.

Maybe that’s why I’m searching for a different reason.

Hi, Nice To See You

June 1, 2017

Before I post the next blog entry, I just want to say that I’ve been away from writing for far too long. This means that my style and eloquence will be a little less polished than maybe it used to be. Please bear with me as I try to to get back in the game.

Ok, so it wasn’t that great before, either, but you get my drift.

I’d like most of all to thank my beautiful and talented and incredibly smart wife, Megan, for encouraging me to do this again.

Time To Write

May 29, 2017

I need to write.
I need to create something.
I need to do something physical.
I need to be me.
I need to make a life for Meg.
I need to be my vision of a father.
I need to be a good father.
I need to be good.
I need to make good on my promise.
I need to laugh.
I need to make others laugh.
I need to learn humility.
I need to have​ friends.
I need to learn a song.
I need to learn a song​ that moves her.
I need to remember my failings.
I need to know that one failure does not end us.
I need to understand that these needs are important.
I need to remember that we’re in this together.
I need to remember that her friends are also mine.
I need to be as good to her as she is to me.
I want the strength to make all of these things happen.
I know I can do all of this.

Surprise

November 7, 2015

HI folks. Been a while. Just seeing if this still works.and where it goes. Let me know if you see anything!

Time For A Little Reckoning

January 10, 2011

Folks, a congresswoman got shot in the head the other day, and some more people DIED including a federal judge and a 9 year old girl whose entire life was bookended by tragedy. Why? Because some unbalanced fucknut took a gun and did the unthinkable. Except that it is thinkable, it is possible, it is something that happens more often that we all ever know, because most of the time the victims are anonymous or unimportant to the public at large.  Even more, this sort of tragedy will probably continue to happen for as long as us humans are still running the show on this here planet.  I don’t know exactly what all the blaming is going to accomplish other than ramping up the hate some more.  Not that it matters all that much; I am pretty sure that even if Barack Obama and Sarah Palin had a joyful hug in front fo the White House at noon on Easter Sunday in front of a joint session of Congress and then everyone went out for drinks and swore forever more to say only kind words about each other, some people out there are going to do heinous and unthinkable things. 

Does this mean that I absolve the Right of all blame?  Well, I don’t think the Right is totally to blame, but you gotta be careful what you wish for, and understand that bullseyes (and they WERE bullseyes, don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining, Sarah Palin) can be interpreted different ways by a lot of different (and not so stable) people.  And you on the Left, I’d maybe just sit down and stop being so indignant; Sarah Palin did NOT pull the trigger, and no lawyer can spin it so that it’s her fault, and trying to blame this solely on someone’s politics is probably pushing it.

Maybe later, after I’ve totally thought all this through, I’ll feel a little differently.  However, right now I see this for what I think it really is – some unbalanced person with a past history of threats and (possibly) mental problems that should probably have been addressed long ago, who took a gun and killed a bunch of people and ultimately failing to kill the one person he was really after.  To say that this is indicative of anything more than a crazy person would be a bit disingenous, to say the least.

Any Day Now

September 24, 2009

My baby boy is due to greet the world on October 13th.  My wife, Melissa, is very ready to evict him from his current residence, and I am eager to meet the boy after all this time.  I have a feeling we might meet him a little earlier than his due date, but not by a whole lot.  And so we wait. 

I’ve been sitting around the house for almost a month.  We had a little scare a few weeks ago that involved a trip to the hospital for some early contractions, and since even a week before that little episode Melissa hasn’t wanted me too far out of earshot.  This is perfectly normal.  To be honest, I’m not too comfortable any time that she’s not home or near people that could help in the case that the big show starts without warning.  I know, she’s a grown up, and she’s a remarkable independent and intelligent woman who can take care of herself.  I still worry.  I’m a Dad and Husband.  It’s what I do.

I admit, I’m going a little crazy.  I miss my late night weekend walks with my brother Sean and his boxer, Gunther.  We’d tour Elmwood up by Lexington and the backstreets and see all the beautiful houses in the still of the night while Gunther peed on every tree and bush along the way.  Sometimes we’d see Lance Diamond outside the Elmwood Lounge and stop for a quick chat.  Other times we’d meet some of his neighborhood friends out of Faherty’s and get a quick drink and shoot the breeze.  I’ll be back there soon enough, but I do miss it a little.

It’s all worth it and more.  While I sit here and type this, my beautiful wife is putting the finishing touches on a beautiful addition to our family.  Soon enough there will be plenty of excitement.  Right now there’s a certain peace and serenity, even as the girls hoot and holler and play princess and mess up the house and seem kind of oblivious to the immediacy of it all.  They’re excited, but not worried or anxious.  I’m all of that.  Melissa is fussing over the rest of us and not really herself.  She’s stocked the house with easy food for me to make for us, gotten all the cleaning done, gotten her bag ready, made sure that everything will be OK while she’s bringing new life into the world.  I think we’re as ready as can be.  Right down to the boy’s name and the clothes he’ll wear home.  And so we wait.

Any day now…

New Extensions

April 28, 2009

This week my place of employment has begun upgrading our phone system from the best technology that 1985 had to offer. We are moving to a VoIP system that should enhance our capabilites to a level that befits a company with annual sales approaching 9 digits.

The first part of this migration has been changing everyone’s extension from 3 digits to 4 digits by adding “8” to the beginning of each extension.  I don’t know why this is, but we have to go with it.  And so every internal phone call I’ve made this week has been dialed twice, first the old 3 digit extension – which of course results in me hearing the busy/idiot signal – then the correct 4 digit extension.  Miraculously, I have not smashed the phone in frustration, but it’s only the first couple days. 

So does anyone know what I can expect from this new VoIP system?  Or should I not even ask?

guess what!

March 14, 2009

Around the first week of November, I’m going to be a Daddy again!  Here’s kinda how I found out…

 

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pearl street fun

March 14, 2009

Well, I finally got out to another Buffalo “BloggerCon” last night, this one at the Pearl Street.  It was a hell of a good time seeing everyone…there was Jen, Jen, Scotty, Nate, Jon, Paul, Kevin and Val, Steve, Marc, Becky, Derek and AmandaMike, Elly, Nelson, Rich,  and I’m sorry if I missed anyone!  It’s always a pleasure to hang out with such a sophisticated, intelligent, and funny group of folks like that. 

We missed you  Pundit; and Geek, I hope you enjoyed the cat lady on your flight!

second job

February 22, 2009

It has become ever more evident with each passing week that I need to get some more income rolling into my own personal budget.  The reasons are many and varied, but the end result is that I need to get my hands on more coin or start forfeiting some of the niceties that I have accustomed myself to.  I am sure that there a lot of people in my situation.  My biggest question is what to do to earn this extra money?

I hate the food service industry.  Wait, let’s amend that; I love the food service industry but have no desire to be anything other than an occasional consumer.  I don’t like to cook, prep, deliver, or serve food except maybe occasionally at my own home.  Even then, there had better be some open flame or a lot of cream cheese involved.   I’m not likely to start a band, which is something that has really helped out a couple of my friends when funds were tight.  I can’t play a guitar well enough to land a backup gig and I’m not quite a lead singer, either.  I guess I’m probably going to have to be pretty creative to come up with something.  Thankfully, I am not allergic to hard work which should keep the field pretty wide.  If anyone’s got anything, let me know…

i’m not as big a loser as i want to be

February 18, 2009

My family’s Biggest Loser contest has just wrapped up it’s second 3-week session, and I was sorely disappointed to find that I had only lost 1.8 lbs. in that 3 weeks.  I think being laid up with a cold for 5 days and doing nothing but eating and drinking to try to get myself healthier may have had something to do with my meager loss.  Oh, well.  The good news is that among the 10 of us in the contest, we’ve lost almost 100 pounds!  It doesn’t sound like a lot for 10 people over 6 weeks, but I think it demonstrates that we’re not ding crazy shit to lose weight quickly; we’re all trying to do it the right way.

So wish me luck, and don’t let me near the doughnuts…