I’m assuming this is an underwear optional wedding

May 22nd, 2015

Abbe and I are off to PA this weekend for wedding number 2 of 4 this summer. This should be a pretty fun wedding too, our friends Danielle and Nathan have a band called Go Commando performing, so I’m assuming this is an underwear optional wedding.

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Movie Reviews…

What We Do in the Shadows – the reality show on vampires sharing a home joke gets played out a bit quickly, but there are still a lot of really funny parts. Highly recommended for any Flight of the Conchords fans.

Deacon: I think we drink virgin blood because it sounds cool.
Vladislav: I think of it like this. If you are going to eat a sandwich, you would just enjoy it more if you knew no one had fucked it.

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You have body dysmorphia. No, my body has morphed into a huge fat guy… and it’s dissing me.

May 20th, 2015

So after feeling great about running the 3K last weekend and finishing 4th overall, a coworker sent me a photo of me finishing the race…. yikes. I’m really glad that prior to seeing this picture I had already started a serious diet. Look out! Here comes tubby!

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I did finish ahead of that runner behind me. She pushed at the end, but I had enough in that rather large tank of mine to kick too, and hold her off.

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So there’s some honest motivation for me. That fat guy in the green shirt. Jesus.

The good news is that I’ve already dropped around five and a half pounds, but it’s early. The beginning weight is the easy part to lose. I am 90% sure this is going to be harder than any marathon training I’ve done.

But to cheer me up, the kitchen sink/laundry machines started backing up yesterday! So I’ll have Roto Rooter to keep me company today at my home office. Wee!

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metal coffee

May 18th, 2015

What a weekend. Lots of good stuff.

Friday’s Invisible Disabilities Day presentation could not have gone better. The kids were a great audience, asked a lot of questions, and the presenters were really, really brave and great. Can not wait to do this again!

Saturday was a whirlwind of activity. I woke up and ran the Autism Speaks 3K, and somehow ended up finishing 4th overall. That was a real eye-opener in terms of why I should try to start running with people faster than I am. The leader seemed to be accustomed to being in front. He ran with his head down and kept checking his “mirrors” (looking behind to see how close we were). I figured that since I’m a distance guy, I should try and push him early and try to get all of his strength out of his legs as quickly as possible. Well, I think this guy might have been a distance-guy too. He toyed with myself, and the other 4 runners that stayed close to him. When we kicked, he sure did too. The 5th place finished tried to catch me at the line, but I had some kick left too and held her off. 4th place though, that’s really cool for me. My time put me at a 7:27 pace, that’s crazy fast for me.

After that, I got a bunch of yard work done, and then went out for another run. Yep, it was a double-run day, because the 3K wasn’t enough of a duration to satisfy my training plan. I’m running to lose weight now. The distances will be shorter, but more intense. I’m also going to embrace running in hot weather.

Abbe headed off to the Cedar Run Whiskey and Wine Fundraiser that evening. I stayed home and made fish tacos for the first time and they came out crazy good. I saved a couple of tacos for Abbe when she got home and she loved them too. I’m an idiot in the kitchen, doing something good that someone else enjoys makes me really happy.IMG_2576

Sunday was a softball doubleheader, and although I had a good day at the plate, the Cannons fell to 0-6. This losing stuff sucks. I’m hoping the younger guys continue to push for better spots in the line-up, and our vets start pushing back.

This morning after returning from my run, I was about to grab my coffee and I saw a spill. I pushed the coffee pot back to clean it up and suddenly realized… I made metal coffee. You know it’s going to be a good Monday when you see this…

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Movie Reviews…

Avengers: Age of Ultron – It was fun to watch until my wife woke up on a Sunday morning and found me enthralled in a superhero movie.

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Because they all deserve a chance to tell their story

May 15th, 2015

Today is big. I will be putting on the Invisible Disabilities Day presentation for the fifth graders of Neeta Elementary School. I’m a little nervous, but I think the presentation should be pretty well received by the kids. The big picture is that this program could be adopted by my employer as a national presentation for school around the country.

I’m not feeling that pressure whatsoever, mostly because a lot of things need to fall into place for that to happen, but also because I want this to go well for the 5 presenters, and many that volunteered to present. I want to do this program again, and include the ten or so others that I could not fit into this presentation. I was not able to include everyone that volunteered due to time constraints. And the big reason that some adults could not be included was that I got a lot of student volunteers. They all deserve a chance to tell their story. I know this is barely scratching the surface.

Not to spoil anything (I’m doubting that my blog readership contains any fifth graders before first bell), but here’s the introduction to my portion…

Your dad just picked you up from an after school activity. Your dad is stressed and trying to hurry and get a few items from the local grocery store. He’s stressed about work and general dad stuff. You rush around the store, find everything, get to the check out line, but there is a person holding everyone up. The people in the line are all shuffling their feet, tapping their toes… everyone is impatient. But the person checking out is moving very slowly. They seem to be having trouble getting their frequent shopper card out of their jacket, and now they are having trouble finding their checkbook. And now they need help getting their groceries to their car. Wait a second, this person is parked in a handicapped spot too? This person looks young and healthy – what’s the deal?

The message for the kids today will be one about remaining positive, overcoming some varying degrees of inconveniences in life, and more than anything, to be patient with your fellow human beings.

I got A LOT of help preparing this idea too. Here are Viv and Abbe working on some posters (whilst devouring cherries) that will be used during a “game show”…

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And here are some prop microphones for a skit involving a throng of reporters (we have press hats too) that will be investigating pulmonary atresia…

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I can’t wait to do this. Oh, and one message for everyone…

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Movie Reviews…

Inherent Vice – you know, I read a lot of reviews of this film saying the plot was incomprehensible, and there were too many characters. This film worked for me. I like Paul Thomas Anderson’s films for the most part and have liked nearly everything Joaquin Phoenix has done (with the exception of Signs). I thought the chaos of the storytelling was an interesting metaphor for the drugged out PI, Doc. I think anyone that might be offended by the subculture depicted in the film should avoid this, but if you like dark material, this one is in your wheelhouse.

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steering towards sunlight

May 13th, 2015

150209161423-largeLast night, I brought Van Jr to the rink to get his jersey size for next season. This kid is growing, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the kid needing an adult large.

I’m an adult large… OK, fine… XL. Shuddap, I’m workin’ on it.

I keep blinking, and this kid keeps getting bigger.

I got a nice compliment via text from Viv’s assistant soccer coach. This is Viv’s first experience playing travel sports, and even though she’s a fierce competitor, the next level up can be a little intimidating.

All of this growing up. My job, as Dad is to enjoy this, and try to steer them towards as much sunlight as possible.

Movie Reviews…

Infini – this film had a lot of good ideas, and overall, I liked it. But it just seemed to run out of steam and kind of petered out. If you are a sci-fi fan, you’ll dig this.

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