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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…

how much money does it take

February 10, 2009

I just read something on Yahoo that claimed that there may be up to $3,000,000,000,000.00 coming to the rescue of the US and global economy.  My own completely unscientific reading of this indicated that most of the money will come from the US Treasury, which means that you and I and many of our fellow US citizens will be footing the bill.

So where’s this money going, and when am I going to see some?  Oh, that’s right.  The government is the only entity capable of spending wisely, so they’re going to decide.  Since they did so well with the first $350,000,000,000.00 I guess we should all thank our lucky stars that politicians should bless us with their financial wizrdry once again.  (Dow Jones Industrial Average when first $350,000,000,000.00 of TARP released on 10/3/2008: 10,325.38.  Dow Jones Industrial Average after today’s stimulus package and new bailout package announced: 7,888.88.  Net loss of 23.6%.  I’m just sayin’.)

Maybe I’m being overly simplistic, but wouldn’t that $3,000,000,000,000.00 be more effective, and much more quickly beneficial, if we followed Buffalo Geek‘s plan (as announced on Twitter)? 

181 Million ppl in US aged 18-65. Give each person $15K for debt payment 2,715,000,000,000. Banks get liquid, ppl get out of debt

BOOM! All done recession. I’m wicked smaht

Hey look, there’s even $285,000,000,000.00 left over to completely rebuild the nation’s power grid – which I think is of vital importance – and maybe even remodel the john in the Oval Office.  Who’s in?

Edit 2/11/2009 08:40 – See here for the expanded version of Geek’s plan.

today is the day

January 20, 2009

For some, today is the beginning of a new day in America.  For others, it’s the end of an era.  For most, today will be a day like most others.  We’ll go to work.  We’ll get the kids on the bus.  We’ll get home and make dinner, or grab a couple drinks out with friends, or pick up the kids from Gramma and Grampa’s house.  We’ll watch the news, some cartoons maybe, a crime or medical drama probably, or SportsCenter even.  We’ll go to bed early or too late or right when we usually do, with thoughts of another day and what it will bring.  Sure, we’ll see Barack Obama on the news and all over the TV and in the paper.  And for all of the pundits and dreamers and everyone else that’s been following this election and it’s aftermath and making it headline news every single day, there are going to be a huge chunk of people that are going to pass this day by as nothing more than “meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” 

But.

No matter which side you’re on or which man you voted for, today is a day of change.  We’re changing the occupant of the White House.  We’re changing our President.  We’re changing his party.  His skin color will change.  His politics, his outlook on so many things will be very different from the last President.  There’s no way that all that can happen and yet we all go on exactly as we did before. 

Some of us will think it’s worse, some will think it’s better.  Some will claim there’s no difference between George and Barack, while others will be expecting Day One to change their lives immediately.  No matter your outlook, affiliation, expectations, or hopes, this is fact – your world is going to change.  Slowly – too slowly for some, far too fast for others.  But as sure as the sun will come up tomorrow, there will be change.  Here’s hoping it’s for the better.

it’s late, i’m early

December 24, 2008

So it’s 3:25 am, and I have just finished wrapping all of the Christmas presents. Some people may think I’m leaving this rather late, but in all honesty I’m 24 hours ahead of my usual schedule. Go Me!

gonna be a long night

December 21, 2008

Holy crap there’s a ton of snow outside. The wind is blowing, the drifts are getting higher and higher, and the probability that I will have to go outside and clear the driveway is getting stronger by the second.

The funny part of it is that I know that about half of the neighborhood is going to be out there in about an hour because the Bills game will be over. Actually, it just ended, and the Bills WON?!??! Strange day…