Sharing Dick Pics with a Softball Teammate Versus Your Wife, A Case Study – NSFW

December 19th, 2014

Enclosed is a case study in human relations and some sage advice to my fellow menfolk. Below is our first case, a text conversation between my buddy, Frank and myself…

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And after enjoying a good laugh, I thought to myself, “Hey, you know who would think this is funny? My wife!”

Yesterday morning, I had to be at the office on time to help with setup/decorations for the annual holiday party. So I had a pseudo excuse for being up early and I felt, this would add to the jocularity. This should be great.

But nay, that was not true… nay…

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Needless to say, I was relieved and knew that Abbe had forgiven me when I got this text from her sister a little later…

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Can’t Stop

December 16th, 2014

cant-stopThe past few months have been largely a positive arc with the job change, but the transition has been mired with some nasty snags. I quickly came to the realization that I can not shut down all side work, because the debt mountain that built up over the past few years is just not manageable given the past few months’ little surprises (car issues, sewer pipe) without a slight boost from the outside.

I came to a conclusion yesterday while on my way to work yesterday that I think will remove a layer of stress for myself and my son. He has been chomping at the bit to get more ice time, yet continues to not show aggressiveness during games. I have talked to him about what he needs to do and realized the largest problem is that he needs to be honest with himself and understand that sentence that is overused so heavily these days…

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

And in the spirit of changing things up, I’m stepping back to allow Van Jr. and his coach to work this out. I gave him some suggestions to help the situation. Whether he follows up on them, is entirely up to him.

I was happy to see him doing so on one of them already. The Jags have a very good player, that suffered a broken wrist, and is all but out of commission for the rest of the season. This injured player is a super teammate, and from what I have seen, a fantastic leader. After one game that my son was upset with his ice time, I asked him if there was any second year bantams that he would feel comfortable with asking advice. He named the injured teammate without hesitation. And it just so happens, with that injury, he stands on the bench with the coaches and is in the perfect position to offer advice to my son. Last night, he approached the injured teammate and asked for help. His teammate said “of course”, without skipping a beat.

That’s a big step for my son.

Although I’ve talked about how organization has been his issue with his schoolwork – it’s really about recognizing when help is needed and actually asking for it.

Just watch, my son is about to get better. He stays on this, he won’t be able to help it.

The Incredibly Inspiring Julie Kramer – Julie is a friend of several of our friends. She used to be a hostess at PJ’s (where we had our first date). What a crazy great moment for her.

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Diggy things

December 12th, 2014

Kevin Bailey and Sons are hard at work in my yard – all apologies to my neighbors!


Turns out, the original line ran right through all of those trees that that big diggy thing is sitting between. Yes, that’s a diggy thing.


All in the name of poop.


The trench goes around the side of the house too…


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I can’t wait to take a huge dump in my house again

December 11th, 2014

So we found a good local company to handle the sewer line replacement. With the emergency nature of the repair, I was still able to get three quotes. Two were solid, and one (Roto Rooter) was expectedly high. The start and finish of the project are somewhat up in the air. The township is involved and you can’t forget about the weather too.

It’s not my doing, but I feel badly for the kids, Abbe, and even Titan. I hate imposing on my mother.

At the end of every calendar year, (like everyone else) I reflect on what happened that was good and bad. Right now, I’m fed up with always taking help. My friends, my family all give copious amounts of help to me, and I feel as though I give so little back. I want that to change or at least, get to the point where I can stop needing help so often.

Today, I’m working from home… well, not my home… Mom’s home. I’m doing so in case the plumber/excavator needs access to my home. I don’t want anything getting in between my house being ready to poop in again.

This is all a bit worrisome, but luckily, I have Polly here to protect me…


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Down the drain… and back up again

December 10th, 2014

siphonI woke up to something super shitty – literally. A sewer line has collapsed. It needs to be completely replaced. This is expensive. And time-consuming. This also makes my home uninhabitable until the work has been completed. This almost assuredly screws up Abbe’s Silpada party she was planning for this Friday night. I guess the timing could be seen as good or bad. I just finished all of my holiday shopping last night. Money is tight, but it seems to always be so lately. My mother is going to help with paying for the repair. I’m extremely grateful for the help, but also, as a 43 year old man, extremely embarassed to (again) need help. The good news is that this will end the yearly/sometimes more than yearly call to Roto Rooter to clear our line. Those $400/visit charges tend to come at the worst possible times.

So I was forced to work from home today to deal with this. I’ll be speaking with several plumbers/excavators today to get estimates. The first estimate from Roto Rooter was not pretty. Let’s hope for some better numbers this afternoon.

Yesterday, I was reminded of one of my favorite pieces of advice I’ve ever heard during an interview. I’ve referred to this previously on my blog. The interview was NPR talking with Frank Langella and he said…

“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 this time it applies to wasting time and energy on things that are supposed to be fun or pastimes. Specifically, fantasy football. Something went fishy that ticked me off with each league. I can not waste time with getting angry with something that is supposed to be fun. I have no business playing any more. I’m not making any kind of ridiculous statement about something being unfair or anything. Simply, it’s making me mad and that means it ain’t fun. Ergo, this is, in Mr. Langella’s words, absolute nonsense.

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