April 18th, 2014
A year ago… we headed down to the ocean with our family and friends. The next day, she married me.
Thank you, Abbe. I love you so much.
Waydowntown – this might be the most 90s and most Canadian movie ever made. If they could have written Bryan Adams, Wayne Gretsky, and Don Cherry into the script, they would have had the title.
April 17th, 2014
After a very long 3rd day of tryouts, Van Jr. is now officially a Jag again. He made the B team after the boys were skating for almost two and a half hours. Way to go, buddy. Also congrats to our cousin Luke, who made his first travel team (also a Jag – two Kapeghian Jaguars out there!) last night too.
I asked him how much they are paying him and his response: “Like a thousand dollars or something.”
All of this relief aside, wow tryouts are stressful for the kids and parents. I saw some crushed dreams, a suddenly relaxed smile after lots of hard work, petulant reactions to a perceived injustice, and holy shit, some smelly hockey bags. The building was littered with life lessons (one of which is to keep your hockey bag clean). Although Van Jr set his sights on making an A team, he saw firsthand, a lot of areas that he needs to improve out there - things to work on this upcoming season with a new coach.
Oh, my doctor visit yesterday was a very welcome uneventful one. I am the proud owner of “something viral”. No issues with my ticker (always keeping an eye on that with my family history) and for the 43rd year in a row, no ebola. My blood pressure had actually improved since the last doctor visit (110/70) and I’ve dropped 11 pounds too (and that was while wearing shoes the second weighing, too). I did pop up last night with some night sweats last night at one point, but I didn’t feel nearly as feverish as before. I took my temperature and I was actually fine, 97.7. I should be able to return to running next week (when the fever/chills go away).
Now, back to work!
House of Games – I just didn’t get how this widely regarding “underrated must see movie that no one has seen” is worth seeing. The dialog was cliche and boring and there are trees in my front yard that are more compelling than the lead actress.
Shattered Glass – Meh. Hayden Christensen, once again proves to be movie poison.
April 16th, 2014
Yesterday 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.walk4ms.org.
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
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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.
The Broken Circle Breakdown – one of the better foreign films I have seen in a while.
Last Night – quirky and weird, but decent.