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Monday, December 1, 2014

"So Long and Thanks for All the Fish."


Alas, the time has come to say farewell.

I started this blog in 2005 to keep my family in touch with my son. 

Whereas, it originally started as a blog about fatherhood and raising a baby, it became a smörgåsbord of all other things--photography, art, music, recipes, health, and so much more. And to be honest, I was hoping to make extra money from this blog, but that never materialized. 

So after careful consideration and thought, I have decided to end this blog. 

"So long... and thanks for all the fish."


via Fihshsticks




Monday, November 24, 2014

Confessions of a Gym Dweeb - "Thank You"


In previous entries HERE and HERE, I've written about the redhead at the gym. She's been going to the gym as long as I have and usually around the same time.

Like me, she has changed her routine. When I first noticed her, she was doing a lot of cardio and aerobics. She's added free weights into her routine.

During the five years or so of working out next to each other, we've never exchanged words. Why would we? I go to the gym to get fit and not talk to people. Yes, I do notice people around me, especially girls, but I don't approach them; although, I have been approached by an abdominal snow-woman, which I've blogged about HERE.

Finally, we exchanged words. We arrived to the gym at the same time, and I opened the door for her.

"Allow me," I said.

"Thank you," she said with a genuine smile.

I smiled back and said, "Sure."

Now if we see each other, we exchange a smile, a nod, or a hand gesture.






A easy guide to Christmas shopping











Thursday, November 20, 2014

From HEROES to The X-Files


HEROES aired when my son was two years old. After watching the first two episodes, I decided to wait until my son was old enough to watch it with him. I'm glad I did. A few months ago, we started watching HEROES from the beginning.

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Now that we have finished HEROES, I thought we'd start a new series. I went back to my senior year in high school and college of watching The X-Files with  friends. It was a tradition to gather around the TV and watch The X-Files before going out at night.

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I turned on Netflix and searched for The X-Files. My son and I watched the first pilot episode, and he enjoyed it so much that he asked to watch the next one.

His favorite character is Fox Mulder. He doesn't like Dana Scully because of her skepticism. He's quote was, "I don't like her because she holds him back."

I explained that the chemistry between the two made the show a success and eventually led to movies -- I can't wait to watch the movies with him.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Special Announcement



I will be making a special announcement regarding this blog in the next few days. Thanks for reading.




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hwil Hweaton promotes Newcastle Scotch Ale







Monday, November 17, 2014

Male Grooming


I'll be honest, I do groom. I really have no choice. If I don't, the parts of me that is Spanish gets a little out of control--similar to the backyard that I've neglected to mow.

I'll be trying out the new Schick Hydro Groomer this weekend. I guess I should mow the backyard too, huh.


via Schick Hydro YouTube Channel



Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Nightlife of a Parent


Each time I go to Whole Foods, I pick up the most current issue of TRIBEZA. Although I am not an Austin socialite and will probably never see myself pictured in the pages of "Social Hour," I do enjoy reading the columns by Kristin Armstrong.

Kristin has a great article in the November 2014 issue of TRIBEZA regarding the nightlife of a parent. As she shares in her column, rather than dressing up and staying out late, her nightlife is spent catering and chaperoning teenage kids. It's something, I'm sure, we'll be experiencing as my son enters his teen years. Yay! 

Of course, I'm sure it won't be as bad as when we had 25 six year olds running up and down the stairs, and shooting each other with Nerf guns and reenacting scenes of Star Wars with light-sabers. It was chaos.

Perhaps for us his teenage years won't be as bad. There's no pool at his mom's house. The living room can comfortably fit six people at the most. His room is a mess to even invite people over. Hey, it may not be that bad after all.

Maybe we'll be those parents that drop him off at someone else's home to care until 10:30 PM. Yay!

You can read Kristin Armstrong's column HERE on page 35.

Source: 

http://issuu.com/tribeza/docs/tribeza_nov2014/0

Monday, November 10, 2014

8th Game of the Fall Season


My son had his eighth and final game of the Fall Season. It was perhaps his best performance the whole season too.

Although he did not score any runs, he did prevent the other team the opportunity to score points. Playing left field, he caught a fly ball and then threw it to first to make a double play. Then he caught a liner while playing short stop.

His performance on the field earned him his second game ball.






His batting stats for the Fall Season:

Game 1: PA: 2 AB: 2 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 2 SB: 4 R: 2 RBI: 0
Game 2: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 0 RBI: 1
Game 3: PA: 1 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 4: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 1 SB: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 5: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0 RBI: 1
Game 6: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 1 SB: 3 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 7: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 1 SB: 4 R: 1 RBI: 1
Game 8: PA: 3 AB: 0 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0 RBI: 0
Total:   PA: 16 AB: 6 BB: 4 SO/K: 2 H: 5 SB: 11 R: 5 RBI: 3


 His pitching stats for the Fall Season:

Games: 2 Pitches: 50 Strikes: 13 Balls: 37 Hits: 2 SO: 1 Strike %: 0.26



Saturday, November 8, 2014

7th Game of the Fall Season


My son had a great 7th game of the fall season. He was confident when at bat and hit a high pitch down center field. He stole third. On his second appearance, he walked to first and stole second, third and home.




His batting stats so far:

Game 1: PA: 2 AB: 2 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 2 SB: 4 R: 2 RBI: 0
Game 2: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 0 RBI: 1
Game 3: PA: 1 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 4: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 1 SB: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 5: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0 RBI: 1
Game 6: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 1 SB: 3 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 7: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 1 SB: 4 R: 1 RBI: 1
Total:   PA: 13 AB: 6 BB: 3 SO/K: 1 H: 5 SB: 11 R: 5 RBI: 3

His pitching stats so far:

Games:    2
Pitches:   50
Strikes:    13
Balls:       37
Hits:         2
SO:          1
Strike %:  0.26






Friday, November 7, 2014

Hit 40,000 in my car





Photo taken on November 1, 2014 using the iPhone 5S.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

6th Game of the Fall Season


This was perhaps one of my son's best performances I have seen in a very long time. He was confident was bat and he was comfortable on the pitching mound.

After the game, the parent ump told my son that many of his pitches were centimeters outside the strike zone. He encouraged him to aim more inside the zone.

His first strikeout was on an old teammate of his when he was with the coach pitch Yankees.




His stats so far:

Game 1: PA: 2 AB: 2 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 2 SB: 4 R: 2 RBI: 0
Game 2: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 0 RBI: 1
Game 3: PA: 1 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 4: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 1 SB: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 5: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0 RBI: 1
Game 6: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 1 SB: 3 R: 1 RBI: 0
Total:   PA: 11 AB: 5 BB: 2 SO/K: 1 H: 4 SB: 7 R: 4 RBI: 2

His pitching stats so far:

Games:    2
Pitches:   50
Strikes:    13
Balls:       37
Hits:         2
SO:          1
Strike %:  0.26






Friday, October 31, 2014

Random Videos: The Flash


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Recorded on October 31, 2008 using the Canon PowerShot A400.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Umpteenth"


I recently used the word "umpteenth" to describe something to my son's mother. It's a word I rarely use, but it got me thinking as to whether this word was actually a word or if it's just jargon.

Well, according to Merriam-Webster.com, "umpteen" is a word and it means "very many." It's a word often used informally to describe something that is occurring in large but unspecified quantities.

The word "umpteen" was first used in 1918 and it derives from the word "umpty," which was first used in 1905. Umpty was originally the Morse code slang for "dash."




Source: Wikipedia, Merriam-Webster.com, Etymonline.com

Monday, October 27, 2014

CollegeHumor gives us a peek into "Second Puberty"


Yep, I remember turning 30. I'm two years away from 40 and I am frightful.



College Humor YouTube Channel



Saturday, October 25, 2014

5th Game of the Fall Season


The fifth game of the fall season was played on a beautiful October day. The game was against a more experienced team, but that didn't prevent our boys from playing hard.

Both sets of grandparents attended the game, which made our son more eager to play harder. And he did play hard. Whereas, in the past, my son would gamble for a walk to first base, he attacked each pitch that came close to the batter's box.

He did hit the ball the two times he went up to bat, but was tagged out at first. He did manage on the last hit to bring a runner home, which earned him an RBI.




His stats so far:

Game 1: PA: 2 AB: 2 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 2 SB: 4 R: 2 RBI: 0
Game 2: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 0 RBI: 1
Game 3: PA: 1 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 4: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 1 SB: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Game 5: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0 RBI: 1
Total:     PA: 9 AB: 4 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 3 SB: 4 R: 3 RBI: 2




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"F-Bombs for Feminism"


A Facebook friend of mine found this awesome video by FCKH8.com, a for-profit T-shirt company who supports LGBT equality, anti-racism and anti-sexism.

Women are paid less than men. Is it right? Absolutely not! And personally, I am supportive of FCKH8's new creative marketing strategy to raise awareness of unequal pay.

"So what is more offensive? A little girl saying F*ck?" or "pay inequality?"



Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs for Feminism by FCKH8.com from FCKH8.com on Vimeo.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Power of Chato


A couple of nights ago, I had a vivid dream of my deceased dog, Chato. He passed away about six months ago at the age of 16.

I took his death pretty hard because he was a part of a very important time of my life, and after his death, it seemed as if everything around me started to fall apart.

Regardless of the many times he peed or pooped on the carpet, I believe he held the family together. Perhaps for those reasons.

The Power of the Chato.

My dream was about him looking for his favorite bed, which currently lives on the backseat of my car. In my dream, I knew that he was dead and accepted that perhaps this was just a short visit. He was hungry and wanted to be fed, similar to how he was when he was alive, but I knew that he was dead so I hesitated to give him food because he didn't have a stomach.

Like when he was younger, he wanted to snuggle next to me as I laid back on the couch. That's when I woke up to find my cat kneading the blanket.

I woke up from my sleep and look at Chato's ashes that sits on top of the entertainment center. The dream brought a good memory of my dog. Perhaps he was telling me something. Maybe he is moving on and wants me to do the same.

Monday, October 20, 2014

4th Game of the Fall Season


Fall ball is an instructional time for players. The league does not keep score; although, many parents request that stats be kept for their kids.

Today was the first time my son was pitcher for his team. He had an incredible performance hitting a triple and stealing home, up until he was on the mound and walked several players. At that point, he just gave up and the coach had to switch him with the third baseman.

He also made a great play as short stop. There was a runner on third and first. The ball rolled into his glove, he read the situation and decided to throw the ball to the catcher. The catcher caught the ball in time to tag the runner preventing them a score.




His stats so far:

Game 1: PA: 2 AB: 2 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 2 SB: 4 R: 2 RBI: 0
Game 2: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 0 RBI: 1
Game 3: PA: 1 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0 RBI: 0
Game 4: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 1 SB: 2 R: 1 RBI: 0
Total:     PA: 7 AB: 4 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 3 SB: 4 R: 3 RBI: 1


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Personal Message


Although many of my entries have been scheduled, I am taking a hiatus from blogging.

There are a few things in my personal life I need to address.

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Video Games


BuzzFeed presented reasons why people should play video games, such as "RPGs are linked to better problem solving skills and better grades" and "active sports games that requires physical activity can encourage children to be more active." However, according to Raisesmartkid.com, video games can can "increase aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behavior," can make kids be more socially isolated, and can cause kids to lose focus on schoolwork.

As a parent of a gamer, I've seen the dark side of too much gaming. After a day of gaming, my son can be more aggressive and less willing to cooperate. To resolve this, we usually tell him in advance how long he has to play and what we expect from him. When his time is over, we don't negotiate further. During school days, we limit his gaming to one hour.

Nonetheless, as a gamer myself, I feel the reasons presented by BuzzFeed are about right just as long as you can manage your time gaming.






Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Third Game of the Fall Season


Today wasn't a great day for my son. Well, that's how he sees it. However, he showed a strong performance playing short stop and even at bat.

He hit a pop fly in the infield where the second baseman actually dropped the ball. Unfortunately, my son was still tagged out as the second baseman was able to deliver the ball to first.

He was also to debut as relief pitcher but time ran out, and he only got to stand on the mound.

His stats so far:

Game 1: PA: 2 AB: 2 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 2 SB: 4 R: 2 RBI: 0
Game 2: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 0 RBI: 1
Game 3: PA: 1 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0 RBI: 0
Total:     PA: 5 AB: 3 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 2 SB: 2 R: 2 RBI: 1





Photo taken on October 4, 2014 using the iPhone 5S.




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Getting ready to pitch


My son was about one years old when I first realized that he would be in baseball. It was actually a family friend who noticed his strong arm and precision after playing with a ball.

He also had speed and force behind anything he threw. For example, after getting made at me for punishing him, he flung a cardboard at my neck. He was about fifteen feet away, and he was able to actually make a cut.

When he was in pee-wee and coach pitch leagues, he always liked playing the pitcher position. Although he didn't have to throw, he liked being on the mound.

When he moved up to the kid pitch league, last year, he shied away from the idea of pitching. The reason? He didn't want to hit a kid. Yes, although he terrorizes his parents, he does have compassion towards others.

During this past summer, my father-in-law started working with my son on both batting and pitching. So, during practice, my son was able to show the coach his pitching skills.

After throwing a few pitches, the coach came up to me and asked if my son ever thought about pitching. I told my son what the coach had asked, and my son was quick to respond he was ready.

So, maybe he'll be in the pitching rotation soon.



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Monday, October 6, 2014

Midnight munchies


We have a tradition at our home, like many other families, to order pizza delivery and watch a movie.

After the movie, my son and I stay up until one of us falls asleep watching TV or playing video games. It's our "sleepover" night.

At some point after I fell asleep around 11 PM, I guess my son had the munchies. I woke up the next morning, with the open box of pizza, which was placed in the refrigerator, on top of the coffee table. It somewhat reminded me of those heavy partying days in college.

What it does show is that my son is becoming more self sustaining.




Photo take on October 3, 2014 using the iPhone 5S.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Second game of the Fall Season


My son's fall season is looking good so far. He looked strong as he whacked a high pitched ball towards short stop. Although he was tagged out at first, he did manage to bring in a runner home.

His defense was also strong. He played third and stopped a line drive with his head. Good thing he has a hard head, but that stop prevented a runner from running to third. Had he not stopped the ball, the other team would have won the game.




Game 1: PA: 2 AB: 2 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 2 SB: 4 R: 2 RBI: 0
Game 2: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 0 RBI: 1
Total:     PA: 4 AB: 3 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 2 SB: 2 R: 2 RBI: 1





Thursday, October 2, 2014

First game of the Fall Season


My son had his first game of the fall season this past Saturday, and he did great.  Of course, it does help that his Grandpa John helped him with his swinging.

Unfortunately, I was not at his first game. I had an event to attend in Fort Worth that Saturday. While driving back his mother text me the play-by-play of the game so that I would be informed.

So far, his stats are:

Game 1: PA: 2 AB: 2 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 2 SB: 4 R: 2 RBI: 0



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

30 Days September


Good-bye, September.

Although memorable, I'm so ready to tear this page off and move forward.






Saturday, September 27, 2014

273 "iPhone is disabled" pics


Upset that he got grounded, my son decided to disable my phone and take 273 screen shots.





Friday, September 26, 2014

Ernst Gräfenberg


Ernst Gräfenberg was a German-born physician known for developing the first ring intrauterine device (IUD) made of silver filaments and his role for studying the role of the woman's urethra in orgasm, later coined as the G-Spot. His research also included adrenal gland cancer of the vulva and female physiology of egg implantation.

During Nazi Germany, because he was Jewish, Gräfenberg was arrested and incarcerated at Brandenburg Görden prison. He was later released with the help from American birth control activist, Margaret Sanger. He eventually arrived in the United States and opened a practice in New York City.

In 1950, Gräfenberg noted effortlessly finding the sensitive area inside the vagina near the urethra, "An erotic zone always could be demonstrated on the anterior wall of the vagina along the course of the urethra." Although not necessarily a particular spot, the term "G-Spot" was used by researchers in the 1980s.


Sources:

http://health.howstuffworks.com/sexual-health/female-reproductive-system/g-spot-dictionary1.htm
http://articles.latimes.com/print/2008/jul/21/health/he-mating21
http://www.easy-gspot-orgasm.com/anatomy.html
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/bb/neuro/neuro02/web2/tromero.html
http://en.muvs.org/topic/ernst-graefenberg-1881-1957-en/


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Too much salt isn't good


When I was young, I use to salt everything. Mashed potatoes and vegetables were always salted. I use to do the same for chicken and steaks.

It wasn't until I met my wife that I finally eased off the salt shaker. Since then, I avoid salting my food and limit my intake of genetically modified foods, sodas, or foods that contain MSG.

The September 29, 2014 issue of TIME Magazine has a great info-graph titled "How Much Salt Is Safe?" The graph's sub-caption reads, "Warnings abound that we're overloading on salt, but earlier in September a study found that sodium wasn't significantly linked to high blood pressure in people who were not hypertensive." 

The info-graph leads the reader through an algorithm to determine high blood pressure susceptibility.

For me, it was a quick to see my results. I don't have high blood pressure, and I don't eat out a lot or eat processed foods. Processed foods contain a lot of salt and MSG. The results read, "HOORAY! You'll always get extra points for routine blood-pressure checks with your doctor, but you're probably already in the safe salt zone. Keep it up!"

However, if you have history of high blood pressure, are over the age of 45, African American, and or consume a lot of processed foods daily, then you'll have different results.

African Americans over the age of 45 are susceptible to high blood pressure, "RISKY. Slashing salt is a good idea. The American Heart Association (AHA) advises that people with these risk factors limit dietary sodium to 1,500 mg per day - so keep an eye on your intake."

There are ways to lower blood pressure, such as daily exercise, cooking at home and eating foods with potassium, drink alcohol in moderation, and trying some form of meditation.


Source: Oaklander, Mandy. How Much Salt Is Safe? TIME Magazine, September 29, 2014, p. 20.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Infield home run


Last spring, my son had a hard time in the batters box. To avoid being struck out, he decided to play the odds. Sometimes it works to his favor and he would walk to first base.

During the summer, my father-in-law spent countless hours with my son at D-Bat and practicing his swing. After several lessons and hitting over 2,000 pitching machine balls, my son started to build his confidence.

Recently, during practice, my son got on the batters box and hit a infield home run; one that was very similar to Rajai Davis' home run in 2013.





Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tea to sleep


I didn't think this would actually work, but it does.

My wife recently came home with a box of organic tea to help sleep at night. To be honest, I didn't think this would work, but I did give it a try a few night ago.

I boiled two cups of water in a tea pot, then dunked the teabag in the pot. When it was ready, I got a cup of ice and slowly poured the tea. Yes, I prefer my tea on ice.

After an hour of drinking my tea, I was ready for bed.

I usually wake up multiple times during the night. After drinking this tea, however, I was out until my alarm rang.

Worth trying Traditional Medicinals Organic Nighty Night, 16-Count Boxes (Pack of 6).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The cool thing about cosplay


Perhaps if I were younger, I would have been a cosplayer. In a way, I was almost a cosplayer.

When I was about 18 or 19 years old, I had purchased the pattern layout for the Star Trek TNG commander uniform. I remember receiving it and thinking to myself that at some point in my young life I would make--or have someone make--my very own Star Trek uniform.

When I was a young geek, there wasn't really a place to meet or to gather. Growing up in the lower Rio Grande Valley (deep south Texas), it was very hard to find geeks. Plus, geeks weren't popular.

So, it's kind of cool to see people who are geeked out about something they love show it comfortably. Like these kids:


Friday, September 12, 2014

D.A.R.E. and Bowlin'


"Dad, today in D.A.R.E. we talked about bowlin'," my son said as he entered the car.

"Bowling?" I asked with my head trying to wrap itself around the connection between drugs and bowling.



"Yeah. They take it to the extreme too," he continued.

"Well, I guess bowling can be related to smoking marijuana."




"No Dad, bowlin'. You know, when kids are mean to each other."

"Oh, BULLYING."



"That's what I said, 'bull-y-ing," he correctly pronounced.

"With your twang, it sounded like bowling. I was trying to understand the connection between bowling and the D.A.R.E. program."



All images from wikipedia.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Reblogging my own entry regarding September 11th



Originally posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Our American Spirit


If you are my age, chances are you remember where you were when you first heard about the first twin tower. I was in my bedroom at my parents house in McAllen watching Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America. You can read my previous posts HERE and HERE.

Our lives changed dramatically after September 11th. We lost trust in each other. This distrust not only included Middle-Eastern people but Hispanics too. Racial profiling became the norm, and some would argue it was for good reason.

One thing that wasn't lost was our American spirit. Collectively, we continued life and kept going. Evil will never prevail.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I dreamt I met Stan Lee


Last night, I had the wildest dream. To be honest, it was the best dream I have ever had. I woke up with the biggest smile and made myself remember it before I would forget.

I dreamt that I had met Stan Lee. We had met at a Wal-Mart and he decided to sit with me outside on a picnic table.

I don't remember our conversation, but it seemed as if we enjoyed each others time together. He was quite delightful. He even talked to my son who was sitting with us writing a story.

At one point, Stan Lee reached over and gave him a few tips on writing comics. My son listened as he continued to write.

Then a huge mob of people started exiting the store. Stan Lee was leaving, but I didn't want to loose him until I got a picture with him.

I called out for my friends to join in the picture, and as the flash set off, I woke up.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

20 years later and I'm finally doing what I love


We all have dreams of what we want to be when we are little. It's a question we are usually asked, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" The answer is usually astronaut, lawyer, doctor, actress, or even a princess.

Pretty dresses were not for me. I did, however, wanted to be in radio. I would sit in my room, and pretended to be a DJ playing my dad's records on my Fisher-Price record player. I would even call baseball games with my stack of baseball cards. I was fascinated in how the announcer knew the players' stats.

In my grade school and college days, I was involved in some form of communications. I did newspaper in middle school and theater in high school. My undergraduate degree was in communications.

My favorite time in college was spent walking around the campus with a camera on my shoulder, developing film in the campus dark room, making advertising commercials, and recording radio spots for local businesses.

Fast forward 20 years, and I am in the press box doing a live interview during a minor league baseball game.





Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Confessions of a Gym Dweeb - A New Crop


I've noticed that there is usually a influx of new gym members before the first of the year and the first of the school year.

After the holidays, you usually see the older crowd and the much-out-of-shape guys and girls joining the gym.

The weeks before school starts, you usually see a new crowd of young students joining the gym. Perhaps many have the idea of meeting someone special during the first few weeks of the school year. And many usually disappear by mid-November.

Of course, this is a hypothesis and I have no data to support it.

Nonetheless, I do enjoy this time of year because we see a new crop of young ladies. Many of which are quite attractive and probably the least who need the gym. Yet, you see them with their tight spandex shorts running on the treadmill.

Yes, I notice. Of course I notice as I stumble a few times as my eyes independently decides to fixate themselves on a particular sight, eager to describe the scenery: shorts hugging every inch of the gluteus maximus butt as it contracts and expands with the biceps femoris easily keeping up with the rotating conveyor belt.

To be honest, I do not ogle at the girls. I notice, but not to the point where I actually do make it apparent. Although, there is a new red head that has caught my attention, recently.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Oh Yeah"


I love my Sirius XM. I switch between Comedy Central and Howard Stern 100. Perhaps my favorite thing to do is job related. Since my career has me traveling to trade shows and events, I don't mind the drive as long as either the rental has Sirius XM or an AUX input.

One day, during my return from South Texas, I couldn't stop laughing at this Kyle Dunnigan classic.

Check his website out HERE and follow him on Twitter.




via KyleDunnigan



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Things to consider when it's hot outside




I came across a few tips in the August 2014 edition of Natural Awakenings on how to stay safe when in the heat. I've highlighted a few of them from the article below:

  1. Stay in shaded areas and avoid the sun
  2. Wear light clothing and a hat
  3. Drink plenty of water
  4. Check on the elderly and more vulnerable
  5. Never leave another person or animals in a parked vehicle


Source: http://www.austinawakenings.com/magazine/



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Music Video: Through the Night


My 10 year old son is a fan of AntVenom. Excitingly, he showed me this music video created by BootstrapBuckaroo and Music by Pedro. The video is incredible and the song is extremely catchy. Very original.





via AntVenom

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Confessions of a Gym Dweeb - Working out numb


I should listen to the dentist more closely. I had gone to the dentist a few weeks ago for my biannual cleaning. She inspected my teeth after the hygienist cleaned them and informed me that I should get the fillers on my molars redone. She explained that they were coming undone in some areas and that this needed to be redone in order to avoid cavities.

It seems as if I understood what she said; however, for some reason or another all I heard was "fillers on your back molars to avoid cavities."

Not a problem, I thought. I scheduled my appointment a month later.

A month later, I strolled back into the dentist office and waited for my dentist to come and put fillers on my back molars.

"Today, you'll be getting your fillers on your back molars replaced," she explained.

"Wait," I stopped her, "I'll be getting fillers?"

"Yes, I'll check my notes but that's why you are here, dear."

She looked at her notes and confirmed the appointment. She returned with two large syringes and placed them on my chest.

She injected the first syringe of anesthesia along the back inner cheek. She did the same with the other syringe.

I hate syringes. HATE IT.

After the thirty minute procedure, I left the dentist's office with the right side of my face numb.

Since I left work early to go to my dentist appointment, I thought it would be good to run a few errands.

I decided to go to the store to by our weekly supply of dinner wine. Still feeling numb, I noticed my son's classmate and his mom shopping. I walked up to them and said hello.

Of course, the hello that came out was more like a drunkard saying hello. So, here I am, walking up to them at three in the afternoon, with a case of six wines saying hello.

His mom gave me a look of concern as I wiped drool that I felt drip along my chin.

"Sorry," I explained, "I just came from the dentist."

"Oh... okay. I hope you feel better," the mom replied.

You'd think I'd call it a wrap and go home after that. Think again.

I wanted to make it to the gym--at least for thirty minutes.

Well, thirty minutes was all I can do. The weights were more than what I could handle; although, it's the same amount I usually do. My energy on the treadmill was limited. I quickly got tired after three quarters of mile.

It wasn't until I tried to drink water from the fountain when I then realized that perhaps I should just go home. Since I couldn't feel the right side of my face, water just ran out of my mouth. Sadly, a few others waiting behind me to have a drink, saw me spill water out of my mouth over the fountain and onto the floor.

I went home.

  







Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Video: Wyatt Cenac on Medieval Times


We recently subscribed to SiriusXM. She wanted the satellite radio for the music. I wanted it for the comedy stations, especially the Comedy Central and Blue Collar Radio stations.

I enjoy listening to stand-up comedy on my drive from work. I tried to listen to Comedy Central at the gym, but listening to Wyatt Cenac while on the treadmill is not a good idea.

Wyatt Cenac, known for his contributions to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, has a great comedy bit about taking his friend to Medieval Times to celebrate his 30th birthday.


via DustyRhoadesScholar


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Repost: Superheroes Workout

I rarely do repost blog entries, but I think this is actually beneficial for a lot of us who want to be fit.

Hey, if you are having a hard time getting into a workout routine, try these exercises.











via cubbiemcprude

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Follicle release in the wrong places


This really doesn't fit the label of Confessions of a Gym Dweeb per se. This particular experience doesn't happen at the gym but rather at home.

For the past couple of years, my hairstylist has found that I'm slowly starting to show a thinning crown in the form of a horseshoe. This is serious; especially since I am only 38 years old. I can't accept the concept of me growing old.

To resolve my hair loss, I decided to purchase the Framesi follicle release shampoo my hairstylist was selling. She told me a pearl size amount would be plenty and to only apply over the area where I am starting to thin.

"Okay. Pearl size. Apply in area where I am thinning. Got it," I responded to her direction.

"Don't rub it all over your head. My ex did that and his hair in the back of head was becoming bushy."

"Okay. Pearl size. Apply in area where I am thinning. Not everywhere or I will get bushy. Got it." I responded confidently as I said my good-byes and left her salon.

The next morning I applied a pearl size on my palm and lathered it on the crown of my head as she instructed. I pulled my hands from my head and looked at my hands. There were a few strands of hair on my soapy palms as if slowly suffering a painful death.

To add to this dilemma, I didn't know where I should wash off my soapy hands. Typically, if it was my normal shampoo, I rub it on another part of my body (I'll leave it at that). But this was a different situation. I remembered her tell me specifically apply it on the area I was thinning. The last thing I wanted was a much hairy ass.

I turned around, leaned forward and washed my hands with the shower. I did the same with my soapy hair and tried to avoid having the lather wash down any other part of my body.

This has been my bathing life for the past couple of months. I returned to my hairstylist and asked if she saw any progress. Unfortunately, she had no good news to report. She said I still had the same amount of hair. No new follicles.

Well, I guess I'll still be applying the shampoo until I see some results. In the meantime, I'll need to purchase a new set of trimmers to take care of my lower body hair.


Monday, June 2, 2014

Ending the Spring Season 3rd


My son's little league team, the Astros, finished third in their division. This is actually good for them since this was the first time for many on the team to play in that division.




Taken on May 31, 2014 using the OLYMPUS TG-2.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Confessions of a Gym Dweeb - "I forgot my headphones"


I was driving to the gym, when I realized that I had forgotten to pack my headphones.

This is a big deal, since I do have a selection of workout music.

Driving along I-35, I had a choice to either forego the gym and go home or go to the gym and suffer through my workout without my tunes.

While stuck in traffic I debated with myself as to why I should skip one more day.

I argued with myself, "I did lift boxes and mowed the yard this weekend, and I did drive between Austin and Midland through torrential rain and wind. That was a workout."

It's hard to avoid the gym, since the exit I take also leads home.

Good sense won the debate. I couldn't let headphones be the only reason to skip the gym. Plus, that only gave me one day this week I know I'll be able to workout since my son has a dentist appointment on Thursday and god-forbid I work out on Friday--it's fun-day.

I found a decent parking spot at the gym. "Perhaps my gym experience won't be that bad," I thought to myself.

As I walked into the building, Brandy by Looking Glass was playing over the intercom.

"God, I wish I had my headphones."



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Road trip with my son


I had a business trip to Midland, Texas. The trip happened to be over Memorial Day weekend, and since my coworker wanted to take his son, I decided to take my son as well.

This is nothing new. Last year, my coworker and I took our sons to Harlingen, Texas.

Both of them are around the same age. His son is a year older than my son.

They both have similar taste in things like Pokemon and gaming, and they egg each other on where typically they wouldn't act if they were alone or with someone else. They are perhaps the best of friends without the stress of being friends.




Thursday, May 22, 2014

Video: He's not okay


Celebrating my son's 10th birthday.


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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Final Game of the Season


Alas, the end of the spring season has come. It seems as if it was a short season too. Perhaps because I was either traveling on business or working the concession stand missing half my son's games.

My son's team, the Astros, beat the number one team of their league, the Indians. The final score was 15 to 6. This didn't affect their standings but did earn them confidence.

Like the first game of the season, my son performed strong in offense. Although he didn't have any hits, he did manage to steal three bases and scored two runs for his team.

His final stats:

Game 1:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 1 SB: 3 R: 1
Game 2:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 3:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 4:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 5:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 6:   PA: 1 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 1
Game 7:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 8:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 9:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 2 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 10: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 1 SB: 1 R: 1
Game 11: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 0
Game 12: PA: 3 AB: 0 BB: 1 SO/K: 2 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 13: PA: 0 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 14: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 2 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 15: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 16: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 3 R: 2
Total : PA: 30 AB: 7 BB: 15 SO/K: 11 H: 2 SB: 13 R: 5




Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Confessions of a Gym Dweeb - Looking too good in a Green Lantern tee


I wear Green Lantern tees to the gym. I'm not the only one either. There are also others to where we can actually create an unofficial Green Lantern Corps.

The cool thing is that us geeks don't have to look good wearing the insignia on our chest. We are comfortable in our own body form (bony, beer-belly, pear shaped, etc.) and still feel as if we are some kind of superhero.

Then a body-builder had to ruin it for us geeks.

via moviepilot
This well muscled guy, who could be the the John Stewart Green Lantern, wore a two-sizes-too-small Green Lantern tee that exposed his chiseled upper body with precision.

While us geeks who could only dream of being in the Green Lantern Corps, this muscly man could easily be chosen by the Power Ring.

Him wearing the Green Lantern tee made me more self-conscious a feel more like a dweeb.

The next day, instead of my Green Lantern tee, I choose to wear my Sacramento Kings tee. "No one wears Sac Kings tees in Austin, I should be safe," I thought.

But why should I care what others wear at the gym. I had to remind myself that a shirt is only a shirt. Then I realized that body-builders can be sci-fi and comic book geeks too.

The following week, I returned to my rotation of wearing my Green Lantern tees.



Saturday, May 10, 2014

14th and 15th Game of the Season


My son was unable to make his thirteenth game of the season; he had a math competition to attend. It was a choice he himself decided was a priority, which is respectable.

For the past month or so, my son has been attending private baseball lessons at D-Bat, which is paid for by my generous father-in-law. Perhaps what is frustrating, however, is that my son is not applying what he has learned during his lessons on the field. Instead, he will play the odds and hope he walks to first rather than take a swing.

Case in point: my son had a full count. He got there by no swing on two of those strikes. On the last pitch, he played the odds that the pitch would be outside the box. Sure enough, it resulted in him getting on first base.

At the end of the game, my father-in-law pulled him aside and asked him if he wanted to continue to go to private lessons, because he felt he was not serious about baseball. This brought my son in tears as he said he wanted to continue on with practice.

Unfortunately, the next game is the last one for the season. If he doesn't apply what he has learned in the next game, we'll have to wait until fall ball to see if he is indeed serious about the sport.

His stats, so far:

Game 1:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 1 SB: 3 R: 1
Game 2:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 3:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 4:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 5:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 6:   PA: 1 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 1
Game 7:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 8:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 9:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 2 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 10: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 1 SB: 1 R: 1
Game 11: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 0
Game 12: PA: 3 AB: 0 BB: 1 SO/K: 2 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 13: PA: 0 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 14: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 2 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 15: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Total : PA: 28 AB: 7 BB: 13 SO/K: 11 H: 2 SB: 10 R: 3





Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A Hole in the PVC Pipe


While mowing the lawn, I noticed moisture at the base of the exterior wall. I stopped the lawn mower, inspected the moisture, and thought perhaps it was due to the rain.

The following day, the moisture was still there. Rain was scratched off my list of possible reasons for the moisture. The only logical reason would be that there was a leak behind the wall; perhaps, the leak was coming from my son's bathroom.

To test my hypothesis, I waited for the moisture to dry. The weekend was the best time to test the hypothesis, since my son takes showers on school days.

Sure enough, after he took his shower, the moisture reappeared.

I went inside the house to check the walls, the ceiling, and floor for any wet stains, but couldn't find any signs of damage.

I feared the worse. This could have been going on for months or even years. Maybe there was mold behind the walls. Perhaps there is a lot of water damage. "This is going to hurt financially," I thought.

I emailed my insurance agent to ask whether my policy covered water damage. He indicated that the particular policy that I purchased did not cover water damage. He suggested that I find a plumber to find the leak.

I contacted my neighbor who happens to be a licensed plumber. He helped me in the past when I accidentally disconnected my neighbor's water supply and when I managed to flood my backyard.

He thought perhaps the leak was caused by the diverter, which had built calcium deposits that prevented it from working properly. He changed it out and put a new line of caulking.

The following day, after the caulking dried, I tried the shower and again noticed the leak at the base of the exterior wall.

My plumber returned and decided that perhaps it was the drain pipe. After cutting three holes, we finally found the culprit. A nail had penetrated through the exterior wall--perhaps caused when the builders nailed the sheathing before laying the bricks.

The leak was caused when the nail eventually rusted and fell off.

The plumber fixed the pipe by cutting the section of the damaged PVC pipe and replaced it with a new PVC section using couplings. The pipe was fixed and working.








Monday, May 5, 2014

12th Game of the Season


Little league can be challenging, especially when it's kid-pitch.

For the past few weeks, my son has had a hard time making contact with the ball. Many times it's because he swings too early. He doesn't wait for the ball to get closer to the plate to swing.

The good thing is that he is swinging; whereas before he would play the odds that the pitcher would pitch balls and he would get a free pass to first base.

During this game, he made three plate appearances, strike out twice, and walked once. He didn't score a run. He played great defense and showed his coaches he has a strong arm when he threw the ball from right field to the infield. Unfortunately, his team, the Astros, lost by three points against the Rangers.

His stats, so far:

Game 1:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 1 SB: 3 R: 1
Game 2:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 3:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 4:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 5:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 6:   PA: 1 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 1
Game 7:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 8:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 9:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 2 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 10: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 1 SB: 1 R: 1
Game 11: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 0
Game 12: PA: 3 AB: 0 BB: 1 SO/K: 2 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 13: PA: 0 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Total : PA: 24 AB: 7 BB: 11 SO/K: 9 H: 2 SB: 10 R: 3



Thursday, May 1, 2014

"Hurry up, dude... let's go beat the geeks and nerds"






11th Game of the Season


It's becoming a habit; I missed my son's game, again. This time I had a good excuse. I was traveling on business so it was impossible for me to go to his game. However, my wife gave me the play by play via text message, so I was able to follow the game while working.

My son's performance has always been by the book. He plays great defense; he is always ready for the play. The coach had been placing him in the outfield, but this time, my son played the infield--a position he prefers.

His batting still needs working, but it is improving. The issue he continues to struggle with is swinging too early.

So with five games left in the season, the Astros added another win to their standings.

His stats, so far:

Game 1:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 1 SB: 3 R: 1
Game 2:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 3:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 4:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 5:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 6:   PA: 1 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 1
Game 7:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 8:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 9:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 2 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 10: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 1 SB: 1 R: 1
Game 11: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 0
Total :  PA: 21 AB: 7 BB: 10 SO/K: 7 H: 2 SB: 10 R: 3






Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Saying good-bye to my dog


I couldn't have asked for a better friend and companion. He was indeed my best friend. He held my secrets. He forgave me when I would take my frustration out on him. He loved me unconditionally.

Chato Matisse was given to me by my parents after vacationing in Mexico in 1998. The first night I had him, he yelped the whole night until I brought him on my bed to lay next to me. Similarly, he yelped in pain, sixteen years later, and I was there to comfort him.

I wish I could have done more for him. I wish I had more money to spend on medication and treatments to keep him alive longer. Maybe he could have lived up to 20 years old.

The vets kept recommending treatments for Chato, but I didn't want to commit hundreds of dollars. Six years ago, the vet found inflammation on the right side of his heart, but I did nothing for it. It was then found he had spinal arthritis, cataracts, and then kidney failure. This meant a lot of dollars I couldn't spare to invest on a geriatric dog.

God, I feel so bad.

Then there were times I wish I didn't have Chato. I actually called my parents years ago, when I was single, to tell them that I didn't want him. They urged me to keep him, and I'm glad they did.

He kept me company when no one was around. He was there when my heart was broken several times. He was there when I fell in love and saw my wife and I bring life into the world. He took care of us when my young family needed his protection. He did what a good dog was meant to do.

Then there was the night he didn't come home. It was quite normal for him to walk around the block, but he would eventually come home. This one particular time, two years ago, he didn't come home and I was worried. It turned out that my adventurous dog wondered the neighborhood, crossed a major road, and found his way to a daycare school.

As a resolution for 2013, I asked for Chato to be with us one more year. God was gracious and allowed me to keep him a little longer.

Chato had been looking frail, but he still had energy. The week before his death, I decided to let him sleep with me on the couch. Years ago, his sleeping spot was on the bed next to me; however, because of his lack of bladder control, he was moved to his little bed on the floor.

I received a call from my wife as I was driving back from a business trip to inform me that Chato was not doing very well. She informed me he threw up blood. At that point, I knew he was close to death. I told her to keep him comfortable and that I was coming home.

He laid in his bed in a daze. It took him a while to recognize my presence. I squatted next to him and pet his hair. He looked into my eyes and I sensed he was glad to see me.

I could feel his pain as he struggled to stand. He would walk a few steps and then begin to vomit blood again.

Although a part of me accepted his passing, the selfish part of me didn't want him to die. He was the only connection to my past, and letting go meant I had to grow up, forget the past, and be more responsible.

As stubborn as he lived, he again tried to shake his illness, avoided falling asleep, and attempted to stand. After several hours of vomiting blood and gagging, he finally went to sleep and didn't wake up. It was about three o'clock in the morning on his birthday, April 28th, when he passed away.

I wish his death was painless. I really do. Watching him die was the hardest thing I have ever experienced.

He was my companion, my best friend, and I will always miss him.


Chato Matisse, April 28, 1998 to April 28, 2014

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Taken November 23, 2003




Saturday, April 26, 2014

10th Game of the Season


Again, I had to miss my son's baseball game. However, it seems as if he performs better when I'm not there, which does make me a little sad.

My son's team, the Astros, tied the game again the Yankees. Supposedly, the Astros' defense was suffering that game. The Yankees were outscoring the the Astros.

According to the text messages I received from my wife who was giving me the play-by-play, our son went up to bat. The team had two outs and we were two batters left in the lineup. Our son finally made connection with the ball and made it to first base. The second kid, who has been having trouble batting hit the ball too. The next batter brought in my son home to score his third run for the season.

His stats, so far:

Game 1:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 1 SB: 3 R: 1
Game 2:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 3:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 4:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 5:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 6:   PA: 1 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 1
Game 7:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 8:   PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 9:   PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 2 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 10: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 1 SB: 1 R: 1
Total  :   PA: 19 AB: 6 BB: 9 SO/K: 7 H: 2 SB: 8 R: 3


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

9th Game of the Season


It was a soggy evening for baseball, and the mist and drizzle impacted our team, the Astros.

The Indians dominated the game over the Astros. The number one team won with a score of 7 to 4.

Our team struggled at bat and on the field. It wasn't until the third inning when our boys finally got a hit and a run.

My son stuck out twice as he continued to struggle at bat. He did, however, played strong on third base and right field. At one play, he tagged a runner who was returning to third after a failed attempt to steal home.

His stats, so far:

Game 1: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 1 SB: 3 R: 1
Game 2: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 3: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 4: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 5: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 6: PA: 1 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 1
Game 7: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 8: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 9: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 0 SO/K: 2 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Total  : PA: 17 AB: 5 BB: 9 SO/K: 6 H: 1 SB: 7 R: 2



Thursday, April 17, 2014

8th Game of the Season


My son's team, the Astros, moved up in their division standings to second place after a victory on Saturday against the A's.

Unfortunately, I was only able to watch my son at bat rather than the whole game, since I had concession duties. The good thing was that my wife kept me informed by text messaging me the play-by-play of the game.

Last week, we got our son a private instructor at D-Bat to work with him on his batting. The instructor gave him homework to rotate his hips when swinging the bat. So, before he took the plate, he practiced rotating his hips.


His stats, so far:

Game 1: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 1 SB: 3 R: 1
Game 2: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 3: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 4: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 5: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 6: PA: 1 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 1
Game 7: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 8: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Total  : PA: 15 AB: 5 BB: 9 SO/K: 4 H: 1 SB: 7 R: 2