Friday, April 08, 2011
Saturday, May 30, 2009
My best friend of 32 years started a new blog in the same vein of "Nobody Tells Me Anything" where a few of us former Southbury residents will be able to post news that we hear from our best sources of info: our moms.
Are you from Southbury, and you've moved away and are missing out on all the juicy details? Or are you from a similar small town and have moved away, out of earshot from the local news? Stop by and have a gander. I'm sure you'll find it interesting, if not informative.
Posted at 7:09 AM
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I created this blog a few years ago to keep my family up on the happenings in my growing household. I had recently married, and we were having kids, and since my family were still living up in the North, it made sense.
But I didn't know what to call it.
Then I heard the news about my Grandmother kicking her second husband out, and *ding* there it was. The rest was history.
There have been other times that have come up since then giving me the opportunity to grouse about my lack of news from my Northern relatives. Usually it's about people getting married, having babies, or the health of my Grandmother. I deal with it pretty well, i think.
I just heard in an email from my friend that my Dad has cancer.
Okay, that's a little dramatic. He has a "melanoma" on his skin, his forehead I think, and he's seeking treatment for it this week.
Here's the email from my friend:
um, you did know this, right?
On Wed, May 27, 2009 at 9:26 AM,
Jeremy K <myfriend'semail @
> Dude, sorry to hear about your dad. I hope everything goes well with
> the surgeon. Melanoma is serious business ... hope they get the sucker
> out before it gets too deep. We'll definitely keep him in our
When I first read it, i actually thought he was talking about his father. My heart dropped, my stomach lurched, i pictured myself on a flight to meet him in CT soon... all kinds of unhappy images. I sent him a quick reply back, asking for details and clarification.
I couldn't wait for a response and just called him on his cell phone, something I rarely do. Turns out he heard from his Mom that she saw my Dad over the weekend and he has a melanoma on his forehead and he's going to see a surgeon for it.
("Uh, Hello, Brain? Yes, this is Chest. Mm-hmm, it seems that we have lost contact with Head. Yep, the Jaw has gone slack and has dropped against our upper sternum area. No, no damage to report, but I can't contact Head to reel it back in. Right, totally unresponsive.")
My Dad? Holy crap. It crossed my mind that this was a joke of some kind, but that quickly got squashed because that's not really funny. Maybe it was a misunderstanding. Yeah, it's probably not as serious as he's making it out to be.
I walked out of my office and called my Mom on the phone. I can't explain why I didn't just call my Dad. In fact, I still haven't. I think I'm too nervous. So I get her on the phone and immediately launch into, "So what's this I hear about Dad and Cancer?" She says it's nothing big, no need to worry. He's going to see a surgeon on Friday to take care of it. "Okay. All right," I ask, "So, he just goes in and he snips off the bad part and he's all set?" "Well," she says, "It's a little more than that."
Posted at 3:37 PM
Okay, okay, i know it's spam, but i got this in the mail the other day, and got a kick out of how angry it was. Take a read.
To the youth of
Thank you for turning out to vote in your first Presidential Election. I
am sure that many of you have never followed or been interested in politics
before and chose this occasion to be your first experience. You probably
voted against your parents thinking that your youth made you more aware of the
new global environment than their years of experience in
Thank you for protecting the illegal combatants who are detained in Guantanamo
Bay. Ensuring their Constitutional Rights IS more important than your
right to live. Even though they waged a war against innocent unsuspecting
civilians in the United States, they themselves have been mistreated. The
inhumane torture that they were subjected to of being gently suspended on a
blanket while having small amounts of water poured on their heads is far worse
than crashing planes in to buildings in urban highly populated
Thank you for giving Congress a Democratic Majority. Now they are free to
pass legislation increasing the National Deficit by far more than it has ever
been after they campaigned on a balanced budget and reducing the deficit.
Nancy Pelosi is now free from any charges of purgery from only being informed
about CIA interrogation practices rather than being briefed on them. Now
we can move forward with prosecuting the former administration for keeping the
Country safe from Man Caused Destruction by means of the Over-seas Contingency
Operation. It is more important that Bush lied about the foreign
intelligence that we received to get us involved for a war for oil than the
Democrats telling any partial untruths about Our military harassing and
Thank you for helping keep our boarders open. For too long illegal
immigrants have tried to dangerously cross our boarders and exist in our country
without following the legal path to citizenship. Now all of those people
can live without fear of being sent back to their country of origin and receive
government assistance in the form of healthcare, childhood education, and food
stamps to which they do not
Thank you for helping to reduce Carbon Dioxide levels. We should not be
responsible for providing a resource to plants for their existence. The
earth has never regulated itself in the past from occurrences like volcanic
explosions until government came along to test the air quality. Maybe now
we can find a way to tax the production of oxygen from the carbon offset
Thank you for expanding healthcare. Now non-citizens have expanded
healthcare coverage available to them at no cost. I suppose in this ever
shrinking job market you all have already found steady employment to pay for the
services that they are receiving. Businesses like hospitals should not be
in the practice of making enough money to cover both their operating expenses
and payroll when we have big government to decide who will receive healthcare,
when, and to what
Maybe now that all of the world's problems have been resolved we can focus on
education. It is clear that in this country that we need reform. We
not only need to be more competitive in the areas of math and science with the
rest of the world, but it is now clear that we need reform in American History
It is apparent with sites such as http://www.moveon.org, http://www.codepink4peace.org, and http://www.communalprosperity.net
that radical liberalism has moved mainstream. Politicians such as Janet
Napolitano have redefined radicals as people who believe in the Constitution and
religion. No longer are people in the radical movement confined to the
outskirts of society like they were in the 1960s. We now can be weary of
our veterans and people who want limited Federal Government
Thank you for believing in Change,
From the soon to be former State of Texas
Posted at 2:59 PM
Sunday, January 11, 2009
MLB.com is reporting that the Nationals are in trade discussions with the Yankees in hopes of acquiring outfielder Xavier Nady and first baseman Nick Swisher. Who would the Yanks get in return?
Posted at 8:41 PM
Thursday, January 08, 2009
I'm obviously a Yankee fan. I've been a Yankee fan for as long as I have known about baseball. My little league team was named the Yankees, I worshipped Don Mattingly, and I collected all the baseball cards I could. I read every box score in every newspaper I could for summer after summer when I was younger.
I've been a Braves fan, somewhat reluctantly, since I've moved to the Deep South. I justify it by pointing out that while the Braves are a National league team, my allegiance to the American League's New York franchise is not sullied at all. Besides, I always root for the AL during the All Star Game.
So, for eight years I have been rooting for John Smoltz. I have a John Smoltz figure in my office and another in Little Bubba's bedroom. I've programmed my son to respond "John Smoltz" to the question, "Who was the first president of the United States?" (it wasn't intentional, and it's a story for another day). I enjoyed him as a starting pitcher and i thought he was lights out as a closer. I was at his record breaking 15-strikeouts-in-a-game on April 10, 2005, versus the New York Mets.
And now he will be a starting pitcher for the Red Sox. Sorry John, but i'm rooting against you now.
Posted at 10:57 PM
I may have mentioned on my Facebook page that I am packing up my house. I didn't explain it anymore than that. Perhaps I should have.
Here are some of the comments:
- "Where you moving to? Come join me out in San Francisco!"
- "Yea, where are Ack Estates going to be located?"
- "Denver is ready for you."
- "Hey ramblin boy why don't you settle down. Denver ain't your kind of town."
- "Talked to your wife! Soooo glad you guys aren't moving to Denver. I was worried!"
- "Jennifer, can you fill me in on the status of Chateau Ack? Or anybody?!?!?!"
- "Yes, the goateed one has been very quiet the last few days on this"
- "I think Matt wants to leave you all in suspense. I won't take away his fun!"
- "Matt -- just talked to your wife -- good luck in your move to Kiev, Ukraine! What a bold an exciting move. I hear it's nice this time of year!"
- "We're moving?" (that one was my wife)
- "Where does one get a box big enough to pack a house into?"
Okay, so here's the news. We are clearing out the house in hopes that we can get it in a sellable condition. We are also going to be spending a lot of time with my Mother-In-Law as she recovers from her knee surgery. I'm hoping that we can sell the house quickly, camp at the MIL's house for a while (she has an expansive basement, almost an entire ranch house), and save up a whopper of a down payment.
We haven't started looking for a house. We haven't moved anywhere. We aren't going anywhere yet. Yet. And I'll try not to ask you to help move my stuff when that day comes.
Posted at 10:02 PM
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
No, it's not a new dance.
Posted at 11:02 PM
I am not a huge fan of Reality TV in general. Recently I enjoyed Wipeout, until it went off the air. My son loved it too, especially the punching wall. This week I have started watching two new reality programs, and I've noticed some shocking similarities. Basically, there isn't much different between The Bachelor and Rock of Love Bus.
Let's go over the similarities --
- Both shows try to find the leading male character a love interest from a large pool of women.
- The women generally "compete" for the attention of the leading male.
- There is an elimination ceremony where the leading male chooses who he wants to keep around, and who he wants to let go.
- There are lots of scenes where the women are in candid scenarios, talking with each other, plotting against each other. You really get to learn about the girls this way.
- There are times where the leading male gives commentary about what was happening in the particular episode.
- The season culminates in a final episode where the leading male chooses his leading lady.
- There are heaps of unusually good-looking women with a few duds sprinkled into each group.
- They all like to wear some form of cleavage-revealing attire, albeit they come off more often in the presence of Bret Michaels.
- The women can be catty, in ways that make reality TV worth watching, but can't be anywhere near real.
- There is always one "spiritual" or "cosmic" girl in the running. She is usually getting jokes made about her by the other girls.
- There is at least one crazy girl, a girl who doesn't quite have a grip on how things are going, what she wants to be someday, where she is right now...
- Most girls refer to "fate" or "destiny", and how they are "ready to fall in love".
- Many of the girls have an inordinate amount of "backstory" on the leading male, which makes them think that they have a lot of similar qualities to the leading male. This also gives them the opinion that they have some advantage over the other girls.
- There is usually some drinking episodes and at least one girl needs to excuse herself to release some of that extra booze they consumed into a nearby toilet. Ok, maybe not so much in The Bachelor. At least they don't show it.
Posted at 10:03 PM
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Miss Teen USA 2007 contestant, Caitlin Upton, representing South Carolina had an interesting response to her question. I'm sure you have already seen this, but in case you haven't, it's a hoot.
Here is the link to the transcript -- it helps to have this available to understand what she said.
I thought she tried to sneak an "Osama" in there, but it's just a "some" with flair.
Posted at 1:26 PM
Ok, so it's just January. Opening Day hasn't come. Spring Training hasn't started. Pitchers and Catchers haven't even reported.
Chone FigginsKosuke FukudomeVladmir GuerreroBrad HawpeRyan HowardEvan LongoriaRyan LudwickDioner NavarroJose ReyesWilly TaverasJoa ChamberlainRyan DempsterBrian FuentesTrevor HoffmanJair JurrjensGil MecheMike MussinaRoy OswaltJoakim Soria
Posted at 9:10 AM