Picture of the Year ?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 13th, 2013 by Michael

The walk

Easter 2013

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31st, 2013 by Michael


So, I didn’t do an update…

Posted in Uncategorized on July 7th, 2011 by Michael

Got busy, things happened, ATT has failed to get my bandwidth in my Houston bachelor pad, etc.  Anyway, I hope the holidays were purposeful.  Obama was on vacation, as usual, then blaming republicans for lack of progress, as usual.  Anyway, was thinking about the Star Spangled Banner and decided to borrow from it for a new American Poem (no, not the theme — that was an English drinking song).

In this land, we are all brothers.
Standing shoulder to shoulder, respecting and defending one another;
Challenges, hardships and great responsibility
Pale in comparison to opportunities and our liberty.

American is my home, it is my inspiration;
Diverse but united we stand for all to see
We will fight forever more, protecting it for you and me.

We are humbled by the lives that were lost
Of family and friends who suffered an enormous cost;
While hope and dreams occasionally strained
Our flag remains bright and forever unstained;
Every morning, every breath, the joy of freedom rings true
This is America, and I love her, all red, white and blue.

But we hold firm, strong and vigilant
Our faith and our future ever resilient;
So, disheartened from the fight, and the weight of the graves
Our spirit rises, and our flag, triumphantly waves.

Yes, those broad stripes and bright stars continue streaming
Within our great land and beyond, liberty’s light, still beaming;
Through bombs bursting and rockets glaring
Turmoil and anarchy reigns are flaring;
Their defeat inevitable, where free men do stand
It is the home of brave, neighbors one in this great land.

We are back

Posted in Uncategorized on June 18th, 2011 by Michael

The trip is “complete” and now we are at home sweating our asses off… but that is better than the hell storm we drove through. Will do a little mini update sometime soon with an overview of all of the events. Maybe an image or two but those may have to wait in mass until the end of the month update. June will be another BUSY one!


Posted in Uncategorized on October 31st, 2009 by Chuck

I think you may have out did yourself this week son.    

The picture of the week is  PERFECT

The Horrors and the rain

Posted in Uncategorized on June 10th, 2009 by Michael

Well, I came home today – mostly stress free – to find that someone cut Maxwell’s hair. In fact, a supposed “professional” did. I use these air quotes since frankly, he looks as if he is off to boarding school with Joe Cocker using a bowl to do the honors. Anyway, of all of our kids, he would be the last one I would send off to boarding school. I am trying not to focus on it – since it will grow out (some time in 2011) and would take a picture to post, but I can’t bring myself to record this era in history. My little go lucky dude has left the building.

They can cut my hair short since it is naturally thinning and turning the most manly shade of gray you could ask for anyway (granted – I believe this was accelerated by said stress I referenced earlier, and no, there is no stimulus money for a cure – it is all going to a mouse in SF). Max though, had those happy locks of blonde that captures his ‘smiley nature”. Now, it is achtung-baby! He still smiles though I know he curses us on the inside.

Also, my golf idea might just be rained out. We had a wee bit of a storm roll through here with 60+ MPH winds, tornado sirens going off, rain at 2 inches per hour, etc. We did not see it (could not see crap through the gray sky and horizontally blowing rain) but according the weather man and his 6 billion dollar mega fantastic 4D Doppler radar, there is a high degree of likelihood there was a tornado just down the road from us. Oh well, all is well here now. Well, all but possibly the golf course I had planned to frequent.

Mackenzie did make the decision that she does not like thunder. Just in case you were wondering.

So to get some yang to counterbalance the yin, I did go to Costco and the PGA Tour Superstore. That is a good thing.

So I was thinking…

Posted in Uncategorized on June 10th, 2009 by Michael

The last day or so, I was able to get caught up with the so-called news. The propaganda is intense, the loss of objectivity immense, the politicalization of events disgusting, the lack of respect for the Constitution scary and the absconding of personal responsibility disheartening. My fear of the future state for my children, immeasurable. Hmmm.

It is hypocritical to decide to give up knowing full well, that resistance may not be futile even if it feels that way. That disengagement is what the State wants with constant barrage of propaganda used as their weapon, when they cannot force change through laws that limit individual freedom. I know that. But, I think I need to unplug for a while and live in ignorant bliss. Fortunately, there is the self-serving nature of those that are in power and that, if anything, is more powerful than the liberal agenda. Therefore, I have time. Bureaucracy will slow down the erosion of liberty by the Statists. Hopefully, so that we have some sort of rights still left by the time we vote in 2010.

Of course, it may all be for naught. After all, since FDR, the slide towards socialism has quickened, albeit for a short road bump in the 80s. And it is not surprising that it happens. I mean, life is hard and for those that have not accepted personal responsibility or the challenge to meet it head on, the idea that someone else will shoulder the burden is indeed alluring. What is so ironic however, is that the liberal machine – the democrats – like to call themselves the party of the people. What an abomination! They are the power of the State – the State that gives to some people in return for them ceding their power … to the State. I mean, literally, who can be so stupid as to think that the party of bigger government is the party of the people? Okay, we know that answer. That is what is so funny about the academic heads and the Hollywood crowd. They have success and opportunity ONLY due to those things that they supposedly hate. They are all for herd mentality because they believe they are immune to it or part of the ‘governing’ class. The State uses that to their advantage like other groups… So, have Barack put a cap on the amount of money a “star” can make and see how many fundraisers that kills….Of course he would never do that since he likes the money, he covets the adulation and he needs their influence over the constitutionally weak.

Anyway, it is this kind of crap that gets me wound up and stress is the number one killer out there (until the government takes over healthcare – ooops!). So, I am de-stressing and there are minimal ways to do this.

For now, I am unplugging from sources of socialism – that means, I am not reading blogs, watching the ‘news’, or even checking in on ‘facebook’ for a while. We just got a new subscription to FIOS HD with the Golf Channel and I am taking advantage of it.

Speaking of which, I played some golf this weekend (3rd time this year). I had no responsibility to the kids, I didn’t have to drive, do any work, take care of anything. It was just me. So, I channeled some Tiger and went to town. Uncle Jack Daniels showed up early and came to visit often. Maybe too often but outside the morning for some liver and brain cells, I do not care. And you know what, I actually slept well that night, had dreams fro the first time in a while, and woke up feeling five years younger on Sunday. Plus, I carded a 40 on the front nine – even with a double on number 9.

So, the lesson? Stress is bad.

So, I am taking a new approach to it all for a while. I’m trying to do this without spending a fortune too. That said, I have started to think about a getaway place (which would be contrary to the not spending a fortune tenet). Like Happy Gilmore, it is important to have that happy place. I think mine is in North Carolina. Of course, my mortgage has a few things to say about that but those conversations can be had over the next couple of years.

MA is on a healthy eating kick again and I so I too shall be – for a while. It is not like some exercise and having fewer processed foods will hurt me. Heck, maybe that and living stress free will collide to make a better me. Of course, I have doubts. One, I doubt I can go stress free with kids. Two, I doubt I can stand not eating foods I love (like chicken fried steak, chili dogs, brownies, etc.) for that long. Spock was all about “live long and prosper” not “live long and suffer”. But a couple of weeks – I can do that. Maybe.

And I am going to play some more golf. Maybe even on the weekend if I can stomach getting up early and playing really slow rounds. MA went out and hit some balls the other day. So, who knows where that might lead.


Posted in Uncategorized on January 29th, 2009 by maureen

I love the new picture of Meghan!  It seems to completely get her personality (at least at times).  I hope you’re enjoying the quiet time at the house.  I just finished watching Burn Notice (as I’m sure you did).

Project Work

Posted in Uncategorized on January 13th, 2009 by Michael

Not a lot of time to blog this week. Good TV happening (no, that does not include America idol). Keep thinking about blogging my brains out but that happens while in the car, lying in bed, during commercial breaks, while waiting for delicious tri-tip to finish cooking to perfection, etc. I think I need that application I heard about on the radio where it types for you. If only I could get it to read my mind too (okay, probably not a good idea).

Not much of an update. I’m not even going to blog about Mr. Obama’s SECOND cabinet choice in trouble before he even takes office. Wasn’t decision making one of the criteria for people who voted? Ooops, that wasn’t it. It was either misplaced anger over the current government (which shockingly does not include congress) or greed and the promise of getting free things from “rich” people. Wait, got to save that for the other blog. This was is suppose to be upbeat. Memory is not as good as it use to be.

I am writing to show off the little project we just completed. Wine board for the wino.

A lot of effort went into the collection of the raw materials for this little addition. The rest was pretty easy. A board, some molding, some glue, a hinge and a miter saw. A little stain and some screws and whammo, one board to hide the big hole created by the exodus of the microwave.

And that was that…

Overdue Surprises…

Posted in Uncategorized on November 14th, 2008 by Michael

Okay, the round it out, there are things that I AM surprised about.

  1. The fact that Terrell Owens is the best ‘team player’ the Cowboys have right now.
  2. How strong a 2 year old can be when fighting off taking medicine
  3. The arrogance at Obama’s inner circle, namely John Podesta. It is scary some of the assertions coming out of his mouth about how things ‘will be’ in the new order. It is like we didn’t elect a President but a king (sadly, given the cult-like admiration you see in some of these supporters, I think people actually believe they have elected a king or the second coming).
  4. That on average, not a lot of books or bowling balls are stolen on an annual basis.
  5. Why no one has figured out how to make medicine taste good. Yes, you can coat with cherry crap , etc. but fundamentally, the stuff is vile.
  6. How much I enjoy taking a nap.
  7. That I still work where I work.
  8. The impatience of most Americans. Everything is about NOW. Fly me. Overnight delivery. Instant credit. Etc.
  9. That tipping is so common and expected in contrast to good customer service.
  10. That mattresses cost $2000.
  11. How much money I have spent over the years on various things (like putters, movies, cameras, hell, just printing off pictures…).
  12. What an awesome product MDF is.
  13. How no one is blaming congress for this f-up situation.
  14. How long it takes to recover from rotator cuff injuiries – assuming you are not a 25 year old pro athlete with a lot of personal trainers.
  15. That no one complains about how much money College Athletic coaches get paid – especially in light of the constant increases in tuition.
  16. That there is a reported 30% increase in gun sales since the election. Given some ‘rumors’ which I want to believe are unfounded, it makes me question whether or not I should register mine in this state. Hmmm. Probably not. Got to stay off the grid.
  17. The unnecessary — but increasing amount of – licensing for professions. Outside of a couple of items in the barbiturate family, why are prescriptions or pharmacies necessary ? I have made several trips lately (thanks Meghan) and started to read some of the items. Potassium Sulfate requires a prescription? Are you kidding me? Remember the soap “phisoderm” in the green bottle? That now requires a prescription.
  18. How you can be “stopped up” and have a runny nose at the same time.
  19. How fat some people have gotten and still don’t care.
  20. How time passes more quickly as you get older. I get why, it is just surprising.
  21. How very little airplanes, cars and power plants have changed over the last 30 years. I mean, we “boil” water to create steam to turn turbines….Seems archaic.
  22. That we have become addicted to things like TV and computers.
  23. The audacity of unions in asking congress to assist in the bailout of automakers. Okay, I should not be surprised since they are controlled by the mafia.
  24. That someone actually created beer. I mean, was there a lull in the action somewhere and someone said to themselves, hey, “let’s get some barley and some of this hoppy things and boil them up”?
  25. How much fun it is to read a good book.