Monday, November 23, 2009

How I Spent My Weekend

This weekend I went to a care show put on by Ben's Karate place, Texas Karate Center.  Tony Genova put on a car show / Karate Exhibition / Carnival and I was asked to do some drawings for the kids.  I took some artistic license and used the line, "I Will Draw Anything For a Dollar."

Things went pretty well and we made some cash for his special needs classes, but the highlight of my day was a beautiful little girl who sat down with me and while I drew a picture of her, she drew pictures for ME!

I wanted to share them with everyone.  She is a talented young lady!





Thank you Megan.  You made my day an awesome one!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Taken From An Actual Argument

From downstairs THE WIFE and I hear.

Sadie: That's a BAD WORD!
Ben: No it isn't.
Sadie: YES IT IS!
Ben: It's a "Not Nice" word. That's different.
Sadie: No, It's a bad word. I'm telling.
Me: We can hear you. You don't need to tell us.

Sadie stomps up the stairs and confronts THE WIFE and I.

Sadie: Mom, Ben said a BAD word.
THE WIFE: What did he say?
Sadie: I can't say it. It's a BAD WORD.
THE WIFE: Well I have to know what the word is to do anything.
Sadie: But I can't say it. It's a BAD WORD!
Me: Well honey, just spell it. (Keep in mind Sadie is three.)
Sadie: Uhhhh. E-R-T. That's what it was.
Me: OH NO! NOT E-R-T!

Some days are worth getting out of bed for.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Taken Out Of Context

I saw a thing the other day referring to Psalm 109 verse 8 which states:
May his days be few;
       may another take his place of leadership
I felt that nicely summed up how I felt about Obama.  I found out Rachel Maddow made a statement about how the next verse reads:
May his children be fatherless
       and his wife a widow.
I popped out a tweet referencing Psalm 109:8 and mentioned I was doing it specifically because Rachel Maddow called it UNAMERICAN.

I wasn't surprised when someone threw out the reference to Psalm 109:9 and said it was "particularly lovely and American."  I explained I didn't reference that verse, but the one before and that I didn't mention it in my tweet.  I also warned her not to let other people put words in my mouth.  I want Obama to be a one-term president because I think he is a terrible president BUT I DO NOT WISH HIM DEAD!

The fact is, the left has taken something the right has said and added to it to change our meaning to suit their perception of us so we will back down.

I. WILL. NOT. BACK. DOWN.

Sorry folks, I have been called racist since before the election.  I have listened to that tired old argument for every politically based opinion I have.  I guess it is only logical that the left now change it from plain racism to murder.  Well, there is no more basis for that than there is for the charge of racism and the false cries only lessen the impact when true racism exists.

Also I was told in the response:
You can't take one bit out of context and pretend it's not about wishing him dead, because it totally is.
To which I replied:
 Well then I guess I just don't know what I meant by what I said now do I?
I then blocked her.  If I wanted to include it folks the reference would look like this:
 Pslam 109:8-9
There is a difference.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

UBER-CHAIR

I have a bad back.  It's a fact of life.  I am fat, I don't exercise enough and whatever.

But I have the BEST wife any man could ask for.  THE WIFE went out and bought me a lumbar support.  I strapped the monster to the behemoth chair I stole from an empty cubicle here at PHONECO and created...


UBER-CHAIR!

MUWAHAHAHAHA!

The Real Reason For The Bow




Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I Will Be Rich

OK, so mass production of these babies begins today!



That's right folks! Bobble Waist President Dolls!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Master Of Puppets?



A glimpse of what Metallica COULD have looked like.

Happy Friday The 13th

NOT

Today started off well with me meeting with some friends of mine from church. I had a nice breakfast and interacted with a friend who really truly cares for my soul.

I then went to work and had a meltdown and a blowup at a good friend over my frustration at his frustration.  He is trying to understand and make sense of things which make no sense.  Trying to apply logic to things which have no logic.

I have given up.  I don't care anymore, I just do what they tell me to do.

So while my friend fought it out, I went over the line and said someone who I should have known wasn't wrong was wrong.  I then yelled "Who the F*** cares?"

My buddy said, "You should care."

He's right and I am an ass for not letting things go their own way.  Honestly I am just burned out which is why I had left tech support.  The frustration of trying to convey the reasons for why we are forcing technicians and salespeople to do things which make no sense just because the managers of the product decided that is how it should be done.  Of course the managers of the product don't understand how the whole process works, so they don't know better.

Of course, I am not defending them.  We have told them and were blown off as being "Scared of change."

I have given up.  I told my boss that I am here from 8 to 5 and that is it.  I don't care anymore.  There is no desire to go above and beyond because it does no good in the long run.  A prime example of this is a buddy who referenced a document concerning a product.  A decision was then made to over-ride the document and support the feature (this was in direct counter to the documentation) and my buddy was thrown under the bus and the customer was notified that "Support would be educated."

Yeah, I definitely wish I had been laid off in the last round.  Now when I go, I know there will be nothing.

Thanks for all the hard work "H" best of luck in the food services industry.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New Video Game!

This is what my kids want for Christmas!  Mark it on your list!



Thanks to the genius of The Onion!

Monday, November 09, 2009

ARMY Update

Since I am considering enlisting, here is the first report from my workout routine!

1. Think about working out
2. Throw up

Whew... That was enough for today.

In the lighter side of things, I got a freelance art gig! (YEA ME!) So I am doing it for free, but hopefully it will build my portfolio and get me some paying business.

Anybody want me to draw them a picture? I keep drawing myself naked, might as well try someone else.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Research

OK, so I am still thinking about this Army thing. I am overweight, have a bad back, high blood pressure and I'm old (got it covered?).

I've always wanted to serve my country and do something to make a difference, so I can't get it out of my head. I decided to do some research to make sure how things are going before I jump in so I am watching GI Joe and Stripes this weekend.

I'll let you know what I find out.

In the meantime, I tried a yoga position which is supposed to help for back pain.  It is called the Halasana and it looks like this:


Now when I do it, it looks more like:



YOGA FAIL!


Thursday, November 05, 2009

Be All That You Can Be

Terrrifying.

The Unites States Army is actively recruiting me.

Me... Scary. I always said when the Army needs me they are in deep poop. Well, I guess things must be going terribly.

It all started with the Middle Son  talking me into playing the virtual Army experience with him at the Alliance Air Show. They got my email address and phone number as well as my age.  Being 37 I figured that would stop any danger of calls.

Oh no. They called. THE WIFE warned them I am 37, have a bad back, high blood pressure and I am overweight.

No problem they said. He can be 42 they said. What does he do for a living they asked?

He's in communications.

Apparently that is like blood in the water as they actually showed up at the house yesterday to talk to me (of course I was at work). Funny though.

So the Oldest Boy asked if I was going to enlist. I'm not planning on it, but it's interesting to think about. Could make for good blog fodder.

What do you all think?

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

More Aspie Fun

Time for more idiocy from LISD in the ongoing adventures of Ben.

For those of you who have kept up for a while you will remember we pulled Ben from his school he was assigned to and finished the 2007-2008 year by homeschooling him.  In the 2008-2009 year, he moved to a charter school and has been doing much better which is in a huge part because of the school's willingness to work with him and listen to suggestions we offer.  They also are actually familiar with things such as Autism and Aspergers.

Today we had a shocker from the school as they said he needed to be doing all of his math work (he was doing a reduced work load as part of his IEP (Individual Education Plan)).  The Occupational Therapist said she was sure he was doing all of his work last year (which he was at the beginning of the year).  They pulled the IEP and sure enough, no shortened assignments for math.

THE WIFE called me and told me what was going on and we BOTH remembered him having shortened assignments from his old school from our last ARD.  She said she would pull our files as soon as she got home, she did and...

He had shortened assignments in multiple areas including math.  The IEP sent to his current school didn't match our paperwork.  So the school is going to run with our version of stuff until our next ARD.

What a mess.