Half-Way to 70

Happy 35th to me.  The last year was exceptionally busy – now with two kids and Erin’s job in full swing, my job takes a full back seat to nearly everything.  And it’s better that way.  Nobody goes to the grave wishing they spent more time at work.

Sarah had a preschool Halloween parade on Friday and we’ll all go trick-or-treating on Tuesday.  Sarah (or should I say Scare-ah) is a ghost and my Emily pumpkin is a pumpkin because she has no choice.  I haven’t put a second of thought into a Halloween costume for myself but I did buy a t shirt with a jack-o-lantern on it.  I’ll probably just wear that.

One of my best buddies is coming out to visit next week.  I haven’t seen him in a few years (when we went to Bermuda) and I’m really looking forward to it.  I’ll take a few days off of work while the kids are under someone else’s care and go do some fun normal adult stuff.

I took Sarah to a car show last weekend and we threw a party for Sarah and her preschool friends to paint pumpkins in the back yard.  I think everyone had fun.

We are finally opening up doors in the evening when it cools down.  It’s been a really hot summer.  June was the hottest since our earth was just a ball of molten lava.

I’ve been playing a few new video games.  I wrote about what I wanted in my favorite series about a year ago in this blog post.  Apparently I was describing a different game the whole time.  Project CARS 2 is a lot of fun and almost everything I want in a car game.  It plays good on my wheel and I set up a $9 keypad for additional buttons.

I went full 1989 and drew out a keypad map in ASCII art.  It’s still not exactly what I want but I’m getting close.  This is my world.

-----------------------------------
|NUM    | /      | *      | -     |
|       |        |        |       |
|       |        | DRS    | FFB   |
|       |        |        | DN    |
|---------------------------------|
|7/HOME | 8/UP   | 9/PUP  | +     |
|       |        |        |       |
|Seat   |        | Seat   | FFB   |
|Up     |        | Fwd    | UP    |
|---------------------------------|
|4/L    | 5      | 6/R    | BS    |
|       |        |        |       |
|Seat   |        | Seat   |       |
|Down   |        | Back   |       |
|---------------------------------|
|1/END  | 2/DN   | 3/PDN  | ENTER |
|       |        |        |       |
|LCD    | WIPERS | LIGHTS |       |
|       |        |        |       |
|-------------------------|       |
|0/INS           | ./DEL  |       |
|                |        |       |
|REQUEST         | PIT    |       |
|PIT             | LIMIT  |       |
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Super Mario Odyssey came out last week and it’s a blast.  I went to buy it with Sarah – something I always hoped I’d share with my kids.  We’ve played it and even stayed up late crashing into things when we found out we could make Mario a dinosaur.  Mario is only a little older than me.

Thanksgiving, a 50th birthday party, and Christmas are just around the bend.  After Halloween is the worst time of year until Christmas is over.  I hate the pressure, the economy, ads, and everything about it (except the food).  I want it to be more fun with kids and maybe it’ll get that way as the years move on.

Halloween is fun, though.  Thanks for the well wishes and all of the nice phone calls, emails, messages, and all that.  Next birthday is Erin, then Emily has her very first.

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