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16 May 2010 @ 04:22 pm
Our son’s fourth grade class as been participating with the Baltimore Museum of Art in a program called “Close Encounters”. It involved traveling to the Museum and working with an art teacher at their school. We did not think anything of this really. Gabriel is already a great artist and has been since he was very small. So this just seemed like another art thing for him to do and we did not get very involved. Well, he comes to me on Friday and says hey dad, the BMA is showing a drawing I did on Sunday, can we go? And I’m like… What? Well we went over today for something I thought was going to be not much of anything. Turns out it was a BIG deal. Not only were they showing his art work, there was a reception with a band and food where he received a certificate of appreciation from the museum!

To put this into perspective forty five fourth grade classes participated in the program for a total of about 1500 students. Out of those 1500 fourth grade students only four pieces of art were shown in the event. And from what I understand he did a full book of art and they had a hard time picking which one would be best to show.

I knew he had talent and is a better artist then some I have seen. Even at the age of four he could drawn better then me. I don’t get this piece at the BMA, I’ve seen him do much better. But my pride in the fact that he was able to do something like this and have it shown it a museum across the hall from “The Thinker” and 16 water colors by the French Master Paul Cezanne is out of this world!
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visualwords
12 December 2009 @ 10:55 pm
Ok, So I just sat and watched a holiday special called "The Flight Before Christmas" on CBS with my kids. Now, I like to think of myself as an open minded guy. However, this show kind of put me off a little and I am wondering if it was inappropriate for my kids to be watching. And that is with the knowledge that they were the target age range.

It's about a little rain deer named Niko who lives with his mother and their herd in some hidden area where the wolves can't find them. Niko's father does not live with them because he is one of the flying rain deer who live with Santa. However, none of the other rain deer believe that story, which I found odd up until Niko was going to bed one night and asked his mother to tell him about his father again. This was her story....

“One night Santa's sleigh broke down near my home. I met the most handsome rain deer of Santa's flying forces and he took me for a sleigh ride and then later that night he flew off and I never saw him again.”

Niko was born the next spring.

So basically she had a one night stand with some guy who knocked her up and she never even got his name.

So later in the show Niko finds his way to the hidden vale where Santa and his flying forces live. He presents himself to the flying rain dear and tells his story. And you know what happens? Does one of them come forward? No! They all to a one say that it's just not possible and none of them have ever been to the place where he lives or know anyone by his mother’s name. In other words the father lies and try’s to send him on his way. The rain deer themselves turn out to be kind of stock up brutes who are living it up in there owe bar at Santa's work shop.

In the end we find out that Prancer is his father but by that time Niko decides to go back to his mother and live with the squirrel that raised him.

I don't know what else to say, you should check out the reviews on Amazon.com .... All I can say is wow, just wow.
 
 
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visualwords
15 November 2009 @ 03:57 pm
I have always enjoyed a woman in tall socks and short skirts. Now it has been explained thanks to my wonderful SO. I know some of you will find the link as interesting as I did.

http://animedesho.animeblogger.net/?p=2585

Enjoy.
 
 
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visualwords
24 July 2009 @ 12:48 pm
The call came today. After being with the same company for 12 years Shelby is unempolyed. She was not the only one in her department and it was done for down sizing reasons not for any job related ones. There goes a good stable 50Gs a year from our income.

If anyone has any leads on anything feel free to lets us know.

And send Shelby some hugs, she needs them. After 12 years at the same place it's like your husband coming home and telling you he does not love you any more and is getting a divorce.

It hurts.
 
 
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visualwords
10 July 2009 @ 04:57 pm


It’s been awhile since I have posted. I’m not the best at calling people, posting, or keeping people informed in general. I tend to get wrapped up in day to day life things and forget the things that are important to me, such as friends. That’s not to say that I have not been writing posts because I have. It’s just when I get around to posting them they no longer seem accurate because things have been changing so fast. From one day to the next things seem like they are completely different. But anyway, on to the long over due up date.

As most of you know S and I have made it back to Baltimore. I have been back for a year now and S and the boys got here last Aug. We found a house we like in the very neighborhood I grew up in and things seemed to be going well. Then I had to lay off all my employees and close SCS back in Nov. Verizon went 3 million over budget and was holding all work until Feb or March of 2009. And with SCS being such a new business I did not have the funds to hold on with no income for five months nor the time to change the business over to a new market and still have employees to hit the ground running. So that meant laying off a bunch of people right before the holidays, one of those people being a long term friend. Needless to say that friendship did not survive. That also had me hitting the job market in the middle of a recession right before the holidays. It was looking like we were going to have to move again to a much smaller place and sell most of our stuff just to make ends meet. However, against the odds I had two offers in short order and signed a contract for a new job on Jan 20 th. It has taken some work but we are just starting to crawl out of the hole we fell into. We only owe the landlord a few hundred in back rent and are current on most of our bills. Yesterday morning I was laying in bed thinking about starting a savings account and what we needed to do about investing for the future. Then it happened. In a few weeks we might be right back where we were in Nov of last year. It remains to b seen yet however we have at least some sort of plan if it happens.

Wish us luck.

 
 
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visualwords
07 January 2009 @ 11:53 am
Ad posted to craigslist Baltimore

Geek, Gamer, Poly, Couple With Kids Seek Friends - mw4mw - 33 (Baltimore)

Wow, talk about lables! I think we have another half dozen or so that you could throw on top of the three in the subject line. But lets cover those three first. Yes we are geeks. We tend to geek out of all sorts of things from WoW, to table top RPGs, to cult movies, and well, TONS of other stuff. Gamer? Umm... did I say we play games? Yeah? Well we do that a good bit. We are also movie freaks, love bad reality TV, and surfing the interwebs for new and interesting stuff. Humm what else? Oh yeah, poly... we are indeed poly and if you know what that means cool. But we ARE NOT looking for dates, hook ups, or any other such thing. In addition to that we have been together for 10 years but are not married, have three kids ages 8, 7, and 2 and an old man cat. We live in the Hampden area of Baltimore city and we both work and are as stable as anyone can be these days. We are also informed, educated, and like to think we are smart and witty, but you be the judge.

We are seeking friends! People to come over and hang out. Game with us on line and off. Play board games, watch a movie or three, and in general be friends, you know real friends. People who understand that when there are kids involved you can just pick up and go out. People who understand that sometimes you are "poor" this week and so you need to do the cheap dinner and date. People who know the meaning of the word friend. And if you have been to a con or ten that would not hurt either.

Drop us a note and let us know.

Number of replies to ad? One

Ran the following ad on craigslist Baltimore

Geek, Gamer, Poly, Couple Seek Friends - mw4mw - 33 (Baltimore)

Wow, talk about lables! I think we have another half dozen or so that you could throw on top of the three in the subject line. But lets cover those three first. Yes we are geeks. We tend to geek out of all sorts of things from WoW, to table top RPGs, to cult movies, and well, TONS of other stuff. Gamer? Umm... did I say we play games? Yeah? Well we do that a good bit. We are also movie freaks, love bad reality TV, and surfing the interwebs for new and interesting stuff. Humm what else? Oh yeah, poly... we are indeed poly and if you know what that means cool. But we ARE NOT looking for dates, hook ups, or any other such thing. In addition to that we have been together for 10 years but are not married. We live in the Hampden area of Baltimore city and we both work and are as stable as anyone can be these days. We are also informed, educated, and like to think we are smart and witty, but you be the judge.

We are seeking friends! People to come over and hang out. Game with us on line and off. Play board games, watch a movie or three, and in general be friends, you know real friends. People who understand that sometimes you are "poor" this week and so you need to do the cheap dinner and date. People who know the meaning of the word friend. And if you have been to a con or ten that would not hurt either.

Number of replies? 12

wtf people. All because we have kids we can't have friends? Now that I think about it most of our friends don't have children. Only two couples do off the top of my head. Do geeks not have kids? All we want is a bunch, well maybe a few, cool gamer/geeks to get together with and hang out and have fun. All we are asking is that they be understanding when it comes to the children, that's all.
 
 
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visualwords
08 November 2008 @ 01:51 pm


I have been hearing a lot in the news and from friends, both on the left and the right, about our most recent election results. From my friends on the left I hear about Obama’s plans for the future and how wonderful he is going to make things. Because after all, he has this mandate from the people to bring about change. From my friends on the right I also hear about his plans for the future and how bad they are going to be for the US and maybe the world. Such a sad day that the people could elect such a socialist for President.

I think everyone needs to relax and do a little review of history. This is after all, not the first time we have seen election results just like this under very much the same set of circumstances.

 

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visualwords
16 October 2008 @ 06:58 pm
I know it has been awhile since I have posted but I day the day to day stuff on my LJ to try and keep up on what is going on in everyone's life. I just have so much going on right now. Some of it really good stuff and some of it really bad stuff and since it all seems to be happening at the same time it is like I can't keep my head on straight.
 
 
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visualwords
19 July 2008 @ 07:31 pm

that stress kills.

I have 14 days till we have to move out of the house come hell or high water. To date I have only seen one house that will come close to fitting our needs as a family. It's more then we have ever paid for rent, even my home loan was less then this. The guy who owns it may work with us so I am trying to stay positive. I am taking Shel to see it on Monday so we shall see. Stress.

My house is a mess. There is stuff everywhere and it just does not feel clean to me which wears on my nerves really bad. I end up being in a bad mood for no real reason and snapping at the kids. I know the reason behind it but it still happens. And I hate myself a little each time I do. But it is not like I can say look boys, while we are moving daddy is going to be a real asshole but once we are done everything is going to be ok. More stress.

On other fronts the business is doing ok. I got past the payroll issue but still owe my crews back pay. Work is going ok but has slowed down since I have not really had the gas to drive there and over see what amounts to a bunch of new employees. I spent most of last week in Baltimore sleeping in the car at night just so I could be on site during the day. Even more stress.

Oh, and have I said I hate moving even under perfect circumstances. That alone is enough to make me nuts. So lets say this move is less then perfect. Stress, Stress, Stress.

Also, I want to say that there are numbers of people who I should be calling and or writing to, or at the very least repling back to comments in my journal. I know this but when I am stressed I become highly anti-social. 

Aug 2nd is make or break time.

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visualwords
16 July 2008 @ 10:00 pm
SUCKS!!!!
 
 
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