Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Quote for 6/30/09

"Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better."
George Santayana

This quote may make more sense after I finish my post about Creation 09.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Delays

OK, I knew I wouldn't get my review of Creation posted today, but I thought I'd be further along than I am right now. I have most of the pics uploaded and I've started adding content around the pics so I'll know what's what when I start to write the rest of the story. But I know this will take me a few days just because I have so much other, more pressing, stuff to take care of. So please be patient. I promise you'll enjoy it when it's done.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

I survived

Hey, everyone! I just wanted to let yinz know I made it home from Creation, safe and sound. It was another awesome experience and I can't wait to share the tale, but I'm too exhausted (but in a good way) to start now.
I will, however, say that I didn't get nearly as many pictures this year as I did last. Fewer band shots, but more of me and others. I think I would have to say they're more personal to me this time around. I also think a part of the reason for it was because of the way my shifts as both an advocate for Compassion and as a festival volunteer left me with little time to secure a place close enough to either of the stages to get good pictures. And I'm OK with that. But the band pics I do have should be pretty good.
OK, that's all I have for now. I'm gonna go catch up on some of the sleep I didn't get over the weekend.

And in case I don't say this often enough, I really love all of you. Your presence in my life means a lot to me.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Quote for 6/23/09

"All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it."
Samuel Butler

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Monday, June 22, 2009

That'll be all

First things first.
New pics of my grandson.



And of Aliesha.



You'll notice that CJ is holding his bottle all by himself.
You should've seen him yesterday. Just being his happy self. Looking around at everything, watching everyone. He's so observant. He just wants to take in everything.
Mom made lasagna for me. I got a plaque from Aliesha, Craig and the little guy. Bob bought me a cigar. He plans on gettig me something else later. NOt bad for Father's Day.

OK, just so everyone knows, I won't be around for awhile.
Creation!
I may be leaving tomorrow after work. I haven't really decided yet. If I can get all of my running around done before 4:30, I might be able to make it to the festival with enough time to set up my tent before it gets dark. Otherwise I'll be leaving early on Wednesday. But either way, I doubt I'll be posting anything else before I leave. Maybe I schedule a "Quote" or something...

See yinz in about a week. And you can expect a lot of pictures!

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Quote for 6/21/09

"A man's delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance."
Arthur Schopenhauer

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Happy Father's Day

Ya know what? I'm gonna skip the sentimental crap that I usually post on a day like this. Instead, I'll just say I'm looking forward to spending my first Father's Day as a grandpa with my kids and grandson.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Always giving

This may sound weird, but it seems like my life.

I got an e-mail the other day from a woman in Australia. She stumbled upon my blog because of my donation to Locks Of Love. She asked if I would be interested in promoting her organization in exchange for a $20 donation in my name to a charity. So I agreed, as long as the charity could be Compassion. She explained that they usually donate to one of three specific charities (Compassion wasn't one of them), but agreed to make a donation to Compassion if I could send her a URL. Then I checked out the website.

Hotels Combined.

I looked for hotel accomodations in Mechanicsburg PA for Purple Door. And I found one that might actually be affordable for me - if I can get a couple of other people to pitch in with me for the night.
Now, here's the part where I ask all of you to check out the website too...
They have an optional widget that I may add to my sidebar. But I'll have to edit the text to read Compassion instead of the charities that they have listed.

I recommend Hotels Combined and sent $20 to Compassion International!

You can shout and help too.


Also...
If any of you are interested in doing the same, let me know. And if you would be so kind as to follow my lead and ask that donations be made to Compassion International on your behalf, I would greatly appreciate it. Unless, of course, you would truly prefer to make a donation to one of their other charities. That's up to you. I'm just speaking my heart about Compassion.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Can't wait!

Creation is just one week away!
I just got my schedule and event pass from Compassion in today's mail. I'm sooooo geeked!

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Quote for 6/15/09

"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."
Aldous Huxley

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Once again

The Penguins have done it! They beat the Red Wings - in Detroit - and have brought the Stanley Cup back to Pittsburgh. So I guess that makes us the City of Champions again!

Wow! It's been a long time since there have been two championship teams in Pittsburgh in the same year. I believe it was 1979 - 30 long years ago - since the Steelers and Pirates had given (earned for) Pittsburgh the right to name itself the City of Champions. Too bad the Pirates barely exist as a major league baseball team these days. Otherwise we might be able to go for the "triple crown".
Wouldn't that be awesome? The Super Bowl, The Stanley Cup and the World Series Champions all in Pittsburgh in the same year!
Yeah, that's never gonna happen. But it would be cool.

OK, I'm done with sports talk until the Steelers pre-season begins.

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Quote for 6/11/09

"The universe is one of God's thoughts."
Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The day of endless misery

Have ya ever had one of those days...

I knew it was going to be one of those days when I woke up from a nightmare at 3:30 this morning. Or maybe nightmare isn't the right word for it. Perhaps it would be best if I simply said a disturbing dream. It wasn't anything that I would consider to be frightening, but the images left me somewhat agitated. And it's never good to wake up agitated. Besides, I seldom remember my dreams, so I'm a bit curious and confused as to why this one has chosen to stick in my head.
Of course, I couldn't fall back to sleep, being agitated as I was. So, I stayed up and did a little reading, only find myself wanting to nod back off right around the time I would normally be waking up.
Took my shower. And that was probably the high point of my day. Then headed off to work.
Work was a hideous exercise in futility. Nothing went right. Parts issues, poor supplier quality, and a whole bunch of fumbling about on my part because of how sleepy I was. I felt as if I accomplished nothing, and the numbers that I keep track of reflected that.
Fortunately, I've survived to this point. And now that I'm home I can relax and meditate on some of the things I read this morning. I must also prayerfully consider the disturbing images from my dreams. I'm hoping God will reveal something to me, but it may have just been stuff that my brain needed to work out. Who knows?

Tomorrow should be better.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Quote for 6/8/09

"There is only one thing for us to do, and that is to do our level best right where we are every day of our lives; To use our best judgment, and then to trust the rest to that Power which holds the forces of the universe in His hands."
Orison Swett Marden

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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Free at last

This is Bob.



Looks good in a cap and gown, doesn't he? He graduated last night. A lot of us were quite excited to see this day come. Some weren't sure it was going to happen at all. I was not one of them!
And this is the rest of his graduating class.



The ceremony was... well... a commencement ceremony. A lot of pomp, a lot of circumstance and a few speeches that really didn't say much. In fact, the school district's superintendent gave a speech about superheroes that sounded like she was talking to elementary grade students. The only redeeming quality of the speech was when she mentioned Batman, half of the class turned and looked at Bob.
Oh, and I had to sit next to my Ex-wife through the commencement. But I was expecting that, so it wasn't too bad.
After the ceremony we all decided to go to Hoss's to celebrate. We were also joined by one of Bob's friends, Big Rob.



Hammin' it up, as usual.
Speaking of hammin' it up...
Mom and Bob had a couple of good poses for me.





I don't know what happened with the first one. Sometimes the protective shutter doesn't open all the way. But it was such a funny picture I had to keep it. The other one looks a bit more natural.
Of course, Aliesha brought CJ with her.



She is such a good mommy, and he is such a good baby. The little guy was having a great time with everyone.



Especially grandpa...



Everybody enjoyed themselves and it was a great way to celebrate this milestone in Bob's life. Before long we were all packing up to head home.

One last pic of the little guy...



But don't stop here. Go to my next post. I think you'll like it.

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Video Blog Post



It's not much, but at least you can see how much CJ has grown.

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Friday, June 05, 2009

The big day!

Only have a few minutes before I rush off to work, so I'll be brief.

Bob graduates from high school today. There will pics posted later.

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Catching up

So, last night I made a phone call to an old friend. And when I say "old friend" I mean, I haven't talked to him in over twenty years. But we recently found each other on Facebook and decided that it was time we reconnect.
It's funny, I've had similar reunions with people, and they haven't all felt right. Some have been outright disturbing, others were just not comfortable. But this time it was different. This time, Jon and I jumped right into getting caught up with one another. And it was something I really needed.
I won't bore all of you with the mundane matters of our talk, but I will share a little something. A part of our conversation covered my divorce, and the reasons why I believe it happened the way it did. As our discussion was winding down, Jon asked me if I remembered the last time we saw each other. And I vaguely did. He reminded me that it was about a year or two after I had married my Ex that he and his wife (fiance at the time) had come over to our apartment for a visit. It was a pleasant visit, but he left with a feeling that there was something missing from me. But after our talk, he told me that he could tell that it wasn't missing anymore, and he was glad to hear the me that he remembered from before on the phone.

That meant a lot to me.
Many of you are aware of the struggles I've gone through since Jo first bailed out on me and the kids. But I would like to think that you're more aware of the triumphs that I've shared with all of you. And I'm sure that you're also aware of the amount of spiritual growth I've experienced through these times. So it does my heart good to hear someone else, someone who hasn't been here the entire time, tell me that they can recognize the growth the God has brought into my life. And I thank God for that!

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Guess ya had to be there

I had a rather enjoyable evening with JT and P.Dave last night. P.Dave had tickets to see a musical at Heinz Hall called Spring Awakening. And since his wife, Ella was out of town, and the play would not have been appropriate for his 13 year old daughter, he invited us to go instead. Good call!
I will be the first to admit that the play was kinda raunchy. But it was really good. The musical is an adaptation of a book that was written in the earlier half of the 1900's. It was actually banned for many years because of the subject matter. The storyline is an exploration of early 20th century teenagers coming to terms with their sexuality. And the play covered a variety of topics surrounding the individual characters and their pre-dispositions.
The acting was good. The set was also amazing. And the music was quite catchy. Plus, it had a great blend of both modern and classical elements. And one of the more humorous songs was appropriately entitled "Totally F***ed".
So, if you ever get the chance to see it, it may be worth your while - if you don't mind the more adult material, of course.

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