April 16th, 2014

843434-881756-393Yesterday was gruesome for my taxes. I waited to file until the final day, but that was a good move, as we owe and boy, do we. Fixable problems, but I am considering finding a new accountant at this point. I need more guidance to get my LLC humming along again and to minimize tax liabilities.

I felt better for most of the day yesterday, but a new symptom has appeared – pain in my lower back and hips. That could be from resting from exercise and still sitting at a desk coding all day long. Throughout the day, I have been feeling feverish/chills off and on and just a general soreness. Last night, I woke Abbe up, sweating and feverish. I took some NyQuil and passed out again. [Update: after talking to Abbe, I apparently woke up a second time, this time I sweated through my pillowcase and she had to remove that so I could sleep]. This morning, I felt decent again. I need to see my doctor and get some guidance here too. Making Abbe worry about my health isn’t right.

Night two of bantam tryouts went a lot better for my son. He started playing more aggressively and throwing his body around. At one point, I spotted the coaches conferring as Bubs came off the ice after doing his best impersonation of a wrecking ball during his shift, throwing 3 good checks and snapping a couple of shots on net. All of his Jags/Shawnee teammates seemed to be more comfortable out there too. The coaches decided to break the kids up due to the overwhelming numbers by birth year. This put Van and his buddies on the ice together and there was much less tentativeness in every drill and scrimmage. So great to be driving home from the rink in the pouring rain with a sweaty, smelly, and confident kid.

Tonight is the last night of tryouts and we hope that Van gets a contract to sign. If he does, that will also give us some guidance for the work he will need to put in to get ready for next Fall’s season.

Movie Reviews…

The Wolf of Wall Street – I read some reviews where people were offended by the drugs and sex. Well? For this time period of Wall Street – It’s honest. I loved this film. Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio are fantastic. Also the smaller parts of Rob Reiner and Matthew McConaughey are great as well.

The Quiet Earth – there is a lot I like about this film, an apocalyptic sci-fi with a suicidal scientist as the leading role. If you found 2001 boring, this one will bore you too. I almost wish that Bruno Lawrence were the only character, because I found the other performances pretty flat.

Funny/Interesting Links…

the first three strides

April 15th, 2014

Last night, Bubs started his first night of Bantam try-outs. I think he was a little frustrated being out there with the AA players, but he did a decent job of holding his own out there. In his own estimation, he thought he showed the coaches he is a B. I think if he worries about showing some more aggression and willingness to throw some checks, he will do fine. I told him to concentrate on those first three strides and show willingness to hit, and I think he will be happy with the results.


There were a TON of kids out on the ice (sorry for the blurry phone pic). In fact, there were so many kids out there, they decided to split up the kids by birth year for tonight. I’m guessing there were at least 75 kids out there. This is great to see for Jaguars’ hockey.

I have been feeling like I’ve had the beginnings of the flu off and on since the half marathon. And last night, I had a pretty crummy fever. Around 4:30am, I popped awake and I swear that was the exact moment my fever broke. I feel OK so far this morning, I am going to try and take it easy again tonight in hopes that I’ll be better for our trip to PA this weekend.

Movie Reviews…

Homicide – this was on a list of underrated films I’ve never seen and I found it pretty mediocre.

Barbarians at the Gate – not bad, I’ve heard the book was better.

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Really busy, so I’ll just share some good stuff and be on my way

April 14th, 2014

I am insane busy today, but wanted to pimp a couple of charities…

This something from Abbe, Van Jr., Vivienne, and myself… we are doing Walk MS in Medford Lakes in honor of our friend, Bill Robinson.

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Dear family and friends,

I’m excited to tell you that I’ll be participating in the National MS Society’s Walk MS! Please help support me by making a contribution to this important cause. For information about Walk MS, visit

Multiple sclerosis affects more than 2.1 million people worldwide. The first Walk MS was in 1988, and since then, more than $820 million has been raised to support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research.

Please help me reach my goal. It’s faster and easier than ever to support Walk MS by making your tax-deductible donation using the link below. If you’d prefer, you can send your contribution to the address listed below.

Whatever you can give will help – it all adds up! Just $75 can fund three hours of home care for a person living with MS.

Thank you! I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.


Van, Abbe, Van Jr. and Viv

To donate to our team: click here.

My good friend and running buddy, Lisa is running the 2014 NYC Marathon on behalf of Water for People. Support Water For People and mirror what millions of people around the world do everyday–walk long distances to collect clean water for their families. Not Everyone runs a marathon, but Water For People believes that everyone should have access to clean water and proper sanitation Forever.

Movie Reviews…

The Broken Circle Breakdown – one of the better foreign films I have seen in a while.

Last Night – quirky and weird, but decent.

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A lesson that time and timing are everything

April 12th, 2014

Abbe took a bunch of pictures of Viv getting ready. Here she is getting her lipstick just right…


And here are Viv and Abbe blowing away a bunch of forsythia petals…


And here is my angel all ready to go…


Here is Viv and I…


There is only one more year for us to attend the Daddy-Daughter dance. It reminded me of two things…

  1. My daughter and I can always have a dinner together. We don’t need a sponsored event for a special night.
  2. It reminded me that she will be more interested in other things than time with her Daddy very soon. All totally fine, I understand. I just need to make sure I soak this time up. It reminded me of one of my favorite interviews. This interview with Frank Langela by NPR. In particular, this quote…

I know I’m closer to the end than the beginning, so I’m trying to be far more conscious of any time wasted, which I still waste, as everybody does. But because it’s inevitable and because there’s nothing I can do about it, and I was taught at a fairly young age — not young enough, I wish I had learned earlier — that to waste any time on the inevitable or the thing you cannot control or fix is absolute nonsense.

And later that night, Abbe took a picture of me at the exact same time I was taking a picture of Titan…


Appreciating that time I had with my daughter and then seeing the luck of that photo – Time and timing are everything.

Movie Reviews…

We Are What We Are – slow, but good with a seriously crazy ending.

Nebraska – I really liked this movie. I can see why some have called it boring, but I really found this perfectly flawed with some incredible performances.

Funny/Interesting Links…

hard work and dedication

April 11th, 2014

Bubs had his last night of Bantam prep camp last night. Next Monday through Wednesday are tryouts. There is a chance he won’t make a travel team at all. He has worked his butt off during camp, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him playing better. It’s tough to gauge where he stacks up among the players at camp. There are AAA, AA, A, B, and some kids that might not make a team on the ice with him. Van Jr. looks somewhere in the middle, and definitely has held his own. There was also a another session prior to this camp (most kids do one or the other). Some of the kids at this camp will be trying out with different programs too (and conversely, there are kids that are doing other prep camps that will be trying out with the Jags).

Regardless, he has put the work in, and he has loved it. I do think he has a chance at making an A team. Probably a slim chance, but if he has a great few nights on the ice, he may get an amazing opportunity to play for one of the best coaches in South Jersey.

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Tonight is the Daddy-Daughter dance. I need to make sure I have my purple and black tux ready…


Movie Reviews…

Thor: The Dark World – decent, dumb fun

Funny/Interesting Links…

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