Feb 18 2012

Reboot

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Truth be told, I’ve missed it. There just has been a lot going on. After the flooding efforts, then school started and then my computer crapped out.

My computer has been fixed, the kids are well into their school pattern, and this has been the driest and warmest winter I can remember. I think I’m set to restart this.

I don’t plan on doing the whole 30 days thing again. Not yet. Not right away. But I need to do something.

This post is 2 fold. First off to test to make sure this thing still works. I just updated and haven’t used it in months. So far, so good. The second is to publicly put out my intent in hopes of motivating me to keep it up. We’ll see how that goes.

The format will likely change as things in my life have changed over the last couple of years. It will likely be a lot less about poker and a lot more about general life stuff with the family along with things that will won’t fit on my twitter. So here is my reboot.

To be continued…

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Aug 01 2011

About Last Night

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Last week Thursday marked our 2nd emergency room visit for stitches this summer. Sadie was the recipient of this round. If you want to keep score, that leaves Avery as the only one who has yet to have stitches now. He’s had a few close calls though.

Last night Amy asks me if Sadie feels warm. I’ll openly admit that, unless they are to the point that one could fry and egg on their heads, I have trouble noticing when their body temperature stretches out of the range of normal. Amy broke out the oft used thermometer and sure enough, she was definitely suffering from a fever.

Due to the new stitches she is brandishing on her foot, the fever required a bit more caution. So at almost 10pm, she packed up Sadie for her second ER visit in a week. Meanwhile, I tried to wrangle 7 kids to bed (our remaining 4 and 3 cousins that are staying the week).

There is the saying, when it rains, it pours. Well, this is when it literally starts pouring. A storm rolled in and unleashed its fury of rain, wind and lightning that lit up the sky like the 4th of July. It seemed each flash made the lights flicker.

Ever try getting 7 storm scared kids tucked in? You would be better off herding cats. Then shortly after 11, the power went off. We waited for it to eventually to pop back on. And waited. And waited.

It would have been too easy to have flashlights at the ready. Instead, we broke out our cellphones wandering around by LED light. After a while, the kids started making shadow puppets with the lights on the ceiling. At least they were making the best of the situation. It even made the younger kids a bit less tense. Once a half an hour rolled around with still no lights, I decided we need to break out the candles. Again, the novelty seemed to be a good distraction which was welcome.

Is that it? Oh, how I wish. Amy was having issues of her own at the ER. For reasons unknown, it was packed and she ended up waiting around forever. We kept texting back and forth comparing our tales of woe. Isn’t technology fun?

When I thought we were out of the woods, Avery came out of the bathroom gagging. I quickly grabbed a bowl and barely got it back to him in time for him to avoid throwing up all over the floor. ::Sigh:: Good times.

The good news was that Sadie’s fever was not from an infection from her stitches. They still looked good and sent her home with instructions to treat the fever with motrin and tylenol. Amy didn’t get back to the house until after 12 and around 1 once all the storms passed, we convinced the kids to go to bed. I was beat. I didn’t need electricity to sleep so we got everyone set. I woke up around 4 and the electricity was back on again. My alarm was flashing 1 at me which means the power didn’t return until 3 am. We were 4 hours without power.

PS. Amy’s new hypothesis is Sadie has strep so another trip to the Dr. is in order.

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Jul 13 2011

Netflix: My View

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Yesterday it seems the whole internet blew up angry at the announcement that Netflix made. Today, there seemed to be a large counter action to that with Netflix sympathizers.

The whole Netflix community seems to be divided between “Netflix is money grubbing bastards” and “hey, who gives a fuck, it’s still a good deal”. I fall somewhere in between and I think a lot of people who fell under the former group are actually people who likely have a similar view to mine, but feel the need to overreact since it’s the internet.

Any one who knows me or has read this blog knows I’m into movies. I’m not quite a hardcore movie buff, but I’m definitely enjoy my movies. Over the years, I contemplated getting a netflix subscription but never pulled the trigger until they started the streaming service. I just don’t have the time to watch the movies on the dvd service. I also had concern over how much I could watch due to using the postal service as a delivery system.

The reality is I will go through spans, like now, where I’ve had Soylent Green sitting on my desk for a month. Summer is tough. And since I’m in a smaller metro area, I don’t have a distribution center in my city which means the turn around for disks is likely 4 days. Theoretically on a good month, I would get like 6 movies a month. Realistically on a good month, it’s 4 if I watch them within a day which really doesn’t make it worth it. That was worth the $2 for me. It probably isn’t worth the $8 for me.

Essentially it means I’m being priced out of this service. I’m losing something I had and enjoyed but have to say no since netflix’s decision has made this unavailable to me. It’s frustrating to lose something you have.

On the other side of this, the streaming is awesome. We got rid of our cable before we started with netflix and streaming has really made it so that very few members of the household miss it. Since we can stream 2 connections at a time, we likely stream somewhere between 20-30 hours a week. Absolutely and easily worth $8 a month.

If netflix had decided to increase streaming by $4, I would have said “Still worth it”. For me, they could have raised that $4, and raised the dvd combo by $2 and I would stay with both. At that point, $4 would be reasonable for dvd service and, as I stated, I don’t mind paying for a service that we get a ton of usage out of. That would have been the extra $6 I’m facing now and still be able to have my dvd service that I will sorely miss. I think the decisions they are making are really going to hurt their subscription numbers more than they anticipated.

I understand netflix is doing this in response to their own rising costs and they want to make money. I understand that, but as a consumer, I shouldn’t have to concern myself with their costs. It’s their responsibility to find a way to make money and this is how they have decided to accomplish that. Should people have reacted the way they did with anger? No. But I can definitely understand the frustration of being priced out of a service that you have been enjoying and would like to keep.

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Jul 06 2011

Good Song, Great Movie

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I have always enjoyed the song “Carlotta Valdez” from Harvey Danger. I’ll be honest with you. I had no clue WTF it was about, though. While it sometimes bothered me, it wasn’t anything that detracted from the song for me.

Yesterday while driving in the car, the song came on from the mixed CD my wife had made for the trip to her parents. My lazy ass hasn’t yet gotten the receiver moved from the old van so we don’t have the ipod to listen to.

Anyway, I had a big eureka moment as the song came on. Listening to the lyrics, I finally figured it out.


Jimmy Stewart followed Kim to where her portrait hangs on the wall

Before I thought that was just some random strange shit that Harvey Danger had put into their song. They have a tendency to do that although most of it does truly mean something. That something isn’t always clear.

Turns out the whole song is about the great Hitchcock movie, Vertigo. Great movie with twists in true Hitchcock style that I recently watched. It’s definitely in my top 3 of the Hitchcock movies I’ve seen so far (along with Psycho and Rear Window) further strengthening my serious affinity for the director.

I’ll admit, that putting that together, even though it wasn’t that special of a task was a real mind fuck moment for me. I’m gonna blame that one on being tired, cause even writing this out now, I’m like “Dumbass, that should have been obvious”. But it really did a number on me and only made me enjoy the song even more. The band obviously liked the movie too if they went to the lengths of writing a song based on it.

The song fits so well with the movie that the video is nothing but clips from the movie adjoined to the lyrics that are explaining the scenes. It’s like a mini version of the movie without the twist ending. Enjoy.

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Jun 21 2011

Wife Chat: I’m Winning

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This is a completely unadulterated transcript of our chat (since I got accused of taking create license last time).

me: Don’t know how it happened, but I’m beating you on twitter again
and by beating, I mean I have more followers
and by more followers, I mean I’ve attracted more spam bots that have yet to be removed than you
amy: congratulations
me: TY

But now I kind of feel bad about beating her. It’s an empty victory. So follow her here.

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Jun 12 2011

Thanks, Amy

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We went out to my parent’s house yesterday for supper. Nothing special, but we were invited out. My mom’s computer wasn’t able to connect to her wifi network, but I’m sure that had nothing to do with the invite.

Anyway, we don’t have a scale, but my mom always has one. Out of curiosity, I have a habit of weighing myself when we are there. This time was no different. I have been getting plenty of exercise lately thanks to the great deluge. Don’t know if any one told you, but sandbagging is hard work.

Conversation on the way home:

Me: I weighed myself on Mom’s scale and it said 193. I think I’ve lost like 10 lbs. (I had previously weighed around 205)
Amy: I think her scale is off.
Me: *gives Amy a deflated look*
Me: Thanks

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