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I’d Like To Take You For Another Ride

I drive a Mustang. It’s white. It’s completely stock. It’s a V6. It’s nothing special to any stranger looking at it. But it’s my car, it’s my first car. It’s also the only thing my dad gave me that I still have. He loved going for a ride in it. For a V6 it’s loud and it’s fun. I can still hear his nasally laughter when I started up the car and revved the engine. I can still smell his cologne; he always wore Drakkar. This makes my car very special to me. Pretty much every time I look at it I think of my father.

You’re probably wondering why I shared that with you. Well today has been a tough day. Today is my father’s birthday and I miss him. It’s like someone’s reaching inside of me and squeezing my heart. It’s like being dragged out by a riptide, drowning, helplessly. It’s like realizing you’re in a terrifying dream but can’t scream. How can I not tell my dad happy birthday….

I’d like to think somehow he’s watching over me. Somehow he is still here helping me along. I know he’s not,  but it’s a comforting thought. So even if he can’t read this, it’s comforting for me to say… Cheers dad, this drink is in your honor. I love you.

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-this was the last time I saw my dad. It was such a nice day, an awesome trip.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Life Is A Fragile Thing

So yesterday afternoon something happened that didn’t just scare me. It sent a wave over my entire body. This morning it hit me, my mind was foggy. I felt like I couldn’t get going. What could happen that could possibly upset someone this much?

I was at work. Laughing, joking, teasing one of my part timers. Hanging out at work, care free, just helping customers. I have a great work environment. Then I get a text from my wife explaining to me that the scariest moment of her life just happened.

She had stopped at her parents house to take our son Noah swimming. On the way out the door Noah ran ahead while her mom called for her. Her dad was on the porch grilling so she thought nothing of it to keep a closer eye on Noah. While her mom asked her a question her father popped his head in and said that Noah was sitting on the steps of the pool.

Kim goes outside to see that Noah was no longer sitting on the steps but out in the middle of the pool struggling trying to get his head above water. Kim of course jumps in after him and he is fine. He wasn’t in the pool more than 30 seconds.

I can’t imagine the terrible feeling she had to feel for letting him out of her sight for just those few moments. But a minute longer and that text message would have been a call that would effectively end me.

I couldn’t imagine not coming home to my son’s laughter or Kim having to yell at him for the tenth time about staying out if the kitchen while she cooks. Seems like every morning I wake up with my son snuggled up next to me. This is how I wake up most Saturdays, with Noah jumping on me.
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I guess what I’m trying to do is echo what we always hear from others. Don’t take things for granted. Life is fragile. My son still thinks he’s invincible. I’m in so much trouble… I always thought I was too, until he was born.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2014 in Rants

 

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Hands on: Android TV exorcises Google TV’s demons, looks Xboxy

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With Google io just completing there is so much awesome tech news to cover. BUT… It’s already been done brilliantly by some awesome writers. Not much I can add to this article.

There is one thing though… The constant comparison of Android TV to the Xbox One. I haven’t had the chance to use this just yet so I can’t say for certain. But why get this over an Xbox One? Google has to know that Xbox and Playstation have a firm grip on gamers. I don’t think Androids success in the mobile game industry is going to translate well on the big screen.

Everything I just stated would completely change if the device was capable of running a full featured title like Call of Duty or GTA. Now that would make a difference because you know Android TV will be inexpensive compared to any other gaming consol. Guess I had more to say then I though.

You can check out the full Android TV rundown here: http://m.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/android-tv-review/#!4LVpF

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2014 in Tech

 

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It Feels Like A Sauna Here

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I just wanted to share this for those of you that laugh when I’m like, “damn it’s hot as hell!” and it’s only 100° here where I am in North Carolina. I have buddies that reply with, “Man that’s weak, it’s 115° here.”

Well there is just a few things they don’t understand as I have the unwanted experience of living in California and North Carolina. Weather and temperature is very complicated in all its measurements, but let me simplify it for you. The way the temperature feels is directly related to the humidity. So today as I write this it is currently 79° with 78% humidity. So to anyone outside it feels like it is 91° It’s 10am! In California in Redding, it is 67° with a 35% humidity and so it feels like it’s 66°

So granted here where I live in NC we rarely go above 100°, pretty much every day of summer feels like it is over 100° here. No matter though. I prefer it to be hot versus being cold. 

For the science behind how it all works check out How Stuff Works

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Rants

 

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Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen

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The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen

My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.

I think we have all been through struggles in life at one point or another.  I watch friends and associates going through tough times now and I have a struggle within. Part of me wants to reach out and make an earnest attempt at making them feel better. That doesn’t happen though. My logical side takes over and my response to their emotion is cold and lacking empathy.

It’s not that I don’t feel, it’s quite the opposite. It’s that the logical side of my personality takes over. I’m working on something I feel like more Americans also need to work on. Compassion. Remember that time you were helpless and somebody reached out to help you.
Compassion and humility.

Victory has a hundred father’s and defeat is an orphan…

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2014 in Rants

 

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This Firefox OS-powered streaming stick is Mozilla’s answer to Chromecast (exclusive video) — Tech News and Analysis

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Mozilla’s Chromecast killer: a streaming stick ba…: http://youtu.be/VS0VUOfrycw

Check out this video from Google most recent competitor. This is exciting news. Not necessarily because I would ever use Mozillas product… But exclusively because competition breeds advancement. If Chrome cast is to stay relevant Google is going to have to make it better.

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2014 in Tech

 

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Black Beard

Forgot to show you guys how my beard turned out when I dyed it black.  Took a little getting used to, but I totally love it.
BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Posted by on June 21, 2014 in Uncategorized