Birthdays and Sneezes

Happy birthday first of all to my four-year-old Sarah, going on sixteen.  Her party was fun and I think we pulled it off well.  A week later and we still have half a vegetable try to get through but the remainder of the leftovers served as meals all week.

Pop and baby sister each turned a year older near the end of this week.  Three August birthdays over five days in our family.  It was great having grandma out.  The Amtrak delay helped me understand why train travel is unpopular even if you can’t beat the price.

I’m having my state of allergies reevaluated so I can’t take any allergy medicine for five days.  I’m not your typical allergy sufferer (if you know me) so I’ve been particularly miserable since Friday.  I hope I never have to do this again.  I’m miserable.

Work is busy but a few weeks of frustration might have a happy ending.  I think that a co worker and I have figured out something that we’ve been struggling with for the last two years.

It’s starting to cool down and the frogs are mostly leaving my back yard.  I dislike fall which means winter is on its way.  Emily is two in January and we’ll be getting a bunk bed soon enough.  Hopefully it’ll be the end of diapers and the beginning of verbal communication.  I want to take these girls camping.

Erin’s at work and I’m watching Gumby with the girls.  It’s fun to see all these cartoons that I haven’t seen since I was a kid.

Long Live The Queen

Aretha Franklin is dead.  My favorite female vocalist, the Queen of Soul, died at 76.  We lost the King of the Blues just over three years ago and now we lose the greatest female voice we know.

This video has 34.6 million views right now.  Let’s see where it is in a few days.  I don’t really want to embed YouTube any longer but for this, I will make an exception.

While listening to an album on my way to work, I felt like this should be included as well.  What a sound.  What a voice.

August 2018

The frogs are back.  I’ve spent the last few months in a nightly battle and species-wide war with the little jerks.  We’ve reached our stride in monsoon season which is good for keeping the frogs out of the back yard.  Monsoons typically hit later in the day which gives the sun less time to evaporate the puddles so the frogs are comfortable enough by the hiking trail and don’t need to jump in my pool.

There are more this year than last year and I think that they’re getting smarter.  A few nights ago I was out looking for a few to scoop into the sky during a lightning storm.  Then I realized that these tiny, pea-brained frogs tricked me into walking around my back yard with a long metal pole in a lightning storm.

I’m not as smart as the frogs I throw into the desert.

There’s a game that just made its way to the Xbox called No Man’s Sky.  It’s been out two years and only now made its way to my ecosystem.  When I heard about it years ago I was already excited to one day buy it.  It’s fantastic and scratches a lot of the exploration itches that I have.  Dinosaurs, geology, space.  I have my complaints but they’re minor relative to what the game offers.  I can’t stop taking photos in the game.

I had to push my car through an intersection a few weeks ago while the temperature was just under 100 at 8:00 AM.  I had the help of a co-worker who gave me a jump and happened to be following me to the mechanic to get things figured out.  I put a new battery in just a few weeks prior and it turns out the alternator took a big dump.

The IMSA series is very exciting this year.  The top three teams are within a few points of each other so each race counts.  IMSA turns 50 next year and is leaving the Disney-identity-crisis FOX network (did Disney buy FOX Sports?) for the better equipped NBC Sports network.  Fortunately I get both through Sling’s basic cheap package and they each have decent apps.

I’m nearly a year into my other game, Project CARS 2.  Check out my photo album.  The randomizer has gotten a bit of use but I think it’s still a bit hidden.  I never meant for it to get “big” or make any money at all so I think that this is all that I can expect.  The game has issues which I’m confident will be addressed in due time.  I feel comfortable exploring space in the other game while I wait for better online racing.

Work has been different.  Better in most ways but very different.

I’m entertaining the idea of removing this blog entirely from the internet.  I’d like to reduce my and my family’s presence which is why I stripped this site down so much.  It’s very easy to adopt the Nihilist viewpoint and say “it doesn’t matter” but I think the passive acceptance of injustice is the worst injustice. I know that’s not a popular opinion.

I’m nearly twice eighteen and Sarah turns a massive four in just a few days.  Grandma will be out to visit and we’ll have a party with a big bouncy castle.

That means that half of my life has passed since I ended one of the worst times of my life…high school.  What a horribly traumatizing few years that was.  I still wish I would have skipped school.

I still get anxious as fall comes around.  Just thinking about going back to a classroom gives me butterflies in my stomach…and it’s been nearly twenty years.

Daytona Sound

A real classic driven like a real race car.  A 7 degree angle is what was needed to take down Ferrari.