Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Congratulations Chynakatt! Enjoy the pregnancy and the experience! If you ever want to, we have a hospital grade Doppler that you can borrow. We found it invaluable. It is wonderful to end a day listening to your little baby's heartbeat. It also does wonders in easing fears that everything is all right.

Monday, November 25, 2002

HAPPA - FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY (some of her post)


Old aunts used to come up to me at weddings, poking me in the ribs and cackling, telling me, "You're next." They stopped after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals.
I tried to type this 3 times on my test Macintosh last night and lost it all three times when I hit the 'Clear' keyboard combination. Mac is proving hard to get used to. I still can't figure out the keyboard combo to get numlock on... [Editors note: 'Yesterday' refers to last tuesday as of this posting. - It's been that kind of life lately.]


I want you all to know I am thinking of you all a LOT. I miss you all even more. I miss the few times I got to meet Ghost in person and Logi. I miss seeing Al a few times and seeing a picture of his new wife and seeing how happy he was in spite of any external problems. I miss not having a chance to know Paul and Brenda better (or at all) before they left. I miss Mike's humor and I miss the bubbly boyish charm that Frank constantly exudes, even if he's in denial about it. I miss the updates from Happa. I miss Roe's effervessance(sp?). I miss talking to Tom and Jaimie online and kicking myself in the ass for not recognizing how nice a people they are when I had a few chances to meet them long ago. I miss all the things and people and times I missed out on in my especially rocky trip to maturity. I appreciate all those people now, I see their incredible value and wit and edge. But I am also very greatful to have evolved to the point where I can appreciate what you all are and I want you to know that I have learned from and laughed with you, even if it was usually only on the outer perifery of your lives or through stories you shared about eachother or the times I was in the background being self absorbed and now years later look back and really see you instead of what image of myself I was fighting myself and everyone else to see.

Basically, thanks to you all and I hope that there will be better futures for us all because eventually all roads do lead home again. We just define home as we go along.


Tuesday, November 05, 2002

WARNING! Depressed Ranting Below:

November 2nd: Baby Nicholas turns 3 months old.
November 3rd: Our 1 year wedding anniversery.

Our plan: Attend the birthday party of the 2 year-old child of our friends.

How we compensated: $800 shopping spree at Target ($720 after 10% off, Thank you new Target Card)

Daily commute: 4 hours
Daily Work shift: 9 hours
Bed Time: 9:30pm 10pm on a good night...
Wake time: 5:00am
RESULT: From 10pm to 7PM I am asleep, at work or in transit. That leaves 3 HOURS a DAY TOTAL time to be with my wife and child.
EXCEPTIONS: THe 1-2 times a night I get up to feed/change the baby. Believe it or not, this is a big part of my "Quality" Time.

Why do I do it? Salaries on the Island are roughly 1/3 what I make in the city. I.E. I cannot be an effective daddy, husband or provider at $12/hr...

And people ask me why getting out to vote is not high on my list of priorities.

I would give one or possibly even both testicles for my wife and I to see our friends more, let alone the people who I would like to be our friends that I hoped having a larger place would accomodate asking them to come down for a visit. But when???

Thank God I still have "Up Yours". I don't know where I'd be without it.
Every time someone in my life feels neglected, that I am not a very attentive friend or not a good responder to calls or e-mails, I pull that puppy out and it just seems to make everything a little bit more bearable. A little bit easier to handle and maybe, if the stars align and I am lucky, it puts a little bit of a smile on my face. Of course my wife and my baby are the great love and joys of my life. If they weren't would I be ranting in such a depressed manner about how little time I get to spend with them???

Do you get what I'm saying?



Ah..... better...

Friday, November 01, 2002

Quick update:

We have finally gone to closing and moved into our new house...YAY!!!

We have no telephone due to a screw up at the phone company and may not for another week or so.

We don't know what our # will be thanks to rthe fact that the main office in Florida doesn't understand that Eastern Long Island is NOT a 516 area code...

We had our first leak through the ceiling beneath the bathroom. The builder came down and a plumber followed a few hours later. All is now well save for a few screwdriver holes left in the ceiling... Sigh...

The cats have been bad. They pee'd in one of the boxes and did something worse on a blanket. They are on final probation before they are converted to outdoor cats, which at this time of year means promotion to the title of Cat-sicle...

Alicia was sick this weekend and couldn't take care of the baby, but thanks to her dad and a couple of half days by me, it was all covered.

In honestly, the baby has been so good in all of his three months of life that I am just beside myself with joy. My wife and I both agree, he must get it from her :-)

We dressed little Nicholas up as Superbaby for Halloween which went over well.

I made a comment about his super ability to spontaneously create Crap-to-Nite which did not go over quite as well :-) Actuall we both howled over that one :-)

Anyway, all is well. We really are very very happy and we miss you all. Once I get around to setting up a computer or two we'll be able to have better contact, but until then THANKS VERIZON!!! (Translation: Up Yours)

So that's my short (Short?) update.