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Friday, October 31, 2014

Random Videos: The Flash




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.





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