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November 24, 2007

A date, a tattoo, a turkey, and WTF?

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November 20th marked the third anniversary of my first face-to-face date with Nickey. Our first date was at the Melting Pot in Queen Anne in Seattle so we’ve made it a tradition to have our “date-a-versary” at that restaurant every year. Unfortunately, since we now live in L.A. that tradition isn’t always possible anymore so, this year we went to the one in Pasadena instead. Honestly it doesn’t really matter which one we end up at, they are all pretty much the same and it’s more the company I was with that mattered than the location of the restaurant. We had a great time.

The “date-a-versary”, as we like to call it, also happens to fall just after both of our birthdays. Hers is on the 12th of November, and mine is on the 19th of November. As a treat to myself I decided to finally get my first tattoo. Something I’ve been wanting to do for almost 10 years now. I’ve had several designs in the past, but they all got thrown out. I knew EXACTLY what I wanted. Here’s a picture of the tattoo:

The font is Celtic Aon. The “A” in Hayden is red to be symbolic of anarchy – he does listen to his own drum quite frequently…..

We got invited to a friend of Nickey’s for Thanksgiving, which proved to be quite interesting. There were a lot of people there. I got to meet the brother of the husband of the hostess, whom I’d heard a little bit about and he proved to be more interesting that was eluded to. He had stories about buying property cheaply, screwing the government, alternative power sources, and many other unusual things. The kids were very entertaining and, essentially, I ended up sitting in the kids section. It was more comfortable for me than sitting with the adults probably, it seems I have more in common with kids than most adults. I did get them in trouble quite a bit tho – but I didn’t make them do some of the things they did, I was jus the catalyst 😉 Kids are easy, adults are hard for me…..

Speaking of adults. WTF? I find more and more that people avoid their obligations and don’t live up to their self described integrity. They say one thing, build themselves up as an upstanding citizen, then change their story when there’s something on the table that they just don’t feel like doing when the cards are down. Prime example – our neighbors who just sold their house. I used to hang out with the guy and share a beer over the fence a lot. We’d talk about our jobs and stuff. He was always talking about how he has no problem telling someone if their being a jerk or if they’re wrong. Basically trying to relay that he is honest and upstanding. It was strange – almost the instant the for sale sign went up his attitude changed. Suddenly he wouldn’t talk to me. When they sold their house and started packing up – not a single word. They moved away and didn’t say good-bye. Hmm. Mr. Real Deal seems to have had a problem with us and it also seems that he lied about telling it like it is. Wow, what a jackass. Haven’t heard anything from him since he moved away. It seems that Nickey is having similar problems in her business. There is a lender in Virginia that was “so impressed” with her business, placed and order, asked her to call him back every month to remind him to place and order, etc…. Now, he won’t even return her calls or emails. Where is the integrity these days? When people say something, why can’t they live up to it anymore. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. I’ve been taught all my life to expect disappointment from people, familial type relationships are conditional, and that most people are out to screw you. Stupid me for expecting honor from those who claim they are honorable people. Hayden will know no such thing from his parents and hopefully we can teach him to have a BS sensor, although he’s probably already got one built in. He’s a really smart kid.




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November 12, 2007

I have a strange child

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Nickey left for Phoenix this morning for her next Turning Point retreat which leaves me in charge of Hayden for a little over 2 days. He was off from school today because of Veterans Day so lunch was the first meal of the day I needed to make for him. I’ve eaten some strange things myself in the past but nothing quite like Hayden. Out of everything we had available he decided he wanted a sandwich made from a hamburger bun with ketchup, lettuce, and carrots on it. Wow. At least it’s an upgrade from his normal bread and ketchup, or is it? I’m not sure which is worse.

November 1, 2007

Where do I begin?

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I need to figure out a way to train myself to regularly update the blog(s). It’s hard to keep up sometimes tho since I have three different personal blogs, a personal forum, and a butt load of stuff going on at work. I’ve also got a lot of stuff going on at home as well. Again, where do I begin?

I’ve got:

😐 -new pictures to update
😐 -a video of Hayden playing a song on his new electric guitar I want to post
😐 -several personal geek projects that need to be updated on this site
😐 -more rants than you can shake a stick at
😐 -cool work projects I’m working on
😐 -Hayden birthday, school and Halloween stories
😐 -our upcoming “date-a-versary”

I could go on, but that would give me an impending sense of overwhelming neglect for the site. I won’t address them all tonight but I’ll touch on a few of them. I’ll get to a lot of the things in the list in later posts, but wanted to make a list that I could reflect back on so I don’t, hopefully, forget any of them :). On to the most important topics.

I think, and hope, Hayden had a pretty good birthday. It as spread over a few days so it was done up how a birthday should be. I remember my dad celebrating his for a full week when I was growing up…he seems to be following in his grandfathers footsteps. On his birthday we went to Red Robin where he opened some presents. My favorite, of course, was the electric guitar we got him. It’s a Gibson Jr and he seems to like to jam on it. He got some clothes and a really cool Lego firehouse set – which has taken a total of about three days to put together. That following weekend we had a bunch of kids from his school over for a pool party. The water was a bit cold but that didn’t stop some of the kids from swimming anyway. He got some great stuff all-in-all. It was quite an induction into his fifth year.

Yay! It’s finally November. It’s the month of Nickey’s birthday, my birthday, and our “date-a-versary”. It’s a great month. Our tradition is to go to the Melting Pot, since that was the place of our first date. This year it’s up to Nickey to plan everything but I’m pretty sure we’re still going to the Melting Pot. I’m going to celebrate everything by getting my first tattoo. It’s going to be Hayden’s name on my shoulder in a semi-circle in black Aon Celtic font with the A as the anarchy symbol in red. It seems to be fairly representative of his personality and I’ll be proud to have it on me.

Hayden seems to be doing really well in school (kindergarten). He’s learned to recognize about half of his alphabet and is able to recognize certain words. We’ve been told that he also has quite the vocabulary and sometimes talks like an adult. So at five years old he’s got tons of confidence and brains – I only hope he uses them for good and not evil :). I’m pleased to find that he seems to have an affinity for math, which used to be my favorite subject (until high school). I do, in a small way, hope that he will have a scientifically inquisitive mind and will follow in my footsteps with computers. If so, then I can ensure that he will be well ahead of his peers when he graduates. Shoot – if he knows what he wants to do for a living when he graduates then he’ll be leaps and bounds ahead of where I was at that point.

Popby.com is doing really well, which I can only attribute to my lovely wife. She’s constantly making new contacts and coming up with lots of new creative gift ideas. She’s going to the Phoenix Turning Point Retreat in a couple of weeks. It stinks that she’s going to be gone from us for a few days but it seems to be these retreats that generate the most contacts. Being a referral based business the only way to get the referrals is personal contact.

Until next time…hopefully it won’t be a month until my next update. I’ve got a lot of good stuff to blog about!!

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