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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