Monday, December 19, 2011

Losing It!

OK, since I have been such a downer for a while I wanted to share some good news.

Last year I started trying to lose weight and failed miserably.  This year my back got worse and turned to a crap sandwich.  Surgery is not an option, I hurt too bad for regular exercise... blah blah blah.

So, the doc told me to do the only thing I really could.  Cut back on calories.

When I started, my highest weight ever (which I hit last year) was 330 pounds.  Today I weighed in at 299.

While that is still fat as a pig, losing 31 pounds over the holidays makes me a happy, happy man.  My goal weight is 180 so I have close to 120 pounds to go, but the first 31 of that 150 pounds is gone.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Pilgrims sometimes had to resort to "Gravy Boarding" the turkeys to get the information they needed.
I remembered this from last year and had to drag out the old "Gravy Boarding" post in honor of Thanksgiving.  I'll be wearing my Witten Jersey asleep in front of the Cowboy's game this afternoon.

Happy Thanksgiving and may God's blessings be on you all!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

What Is Wrong With Everyone?

I'm in a pretty dark mood right now.  I've watched all the envy and class warfare I can and I imagine Satan is laughing and dancing a jig.

OWS is angry at the 1%ers who are somehow taking all of their opportunity away.  I still don't understand that one?  Why is it if you are rich, you are evil?  Bill Gates has money falling out of his butt, however it's because he is a visionary.  He saw what no one else saw, worked his butt off and is wealthy as crap.

He also gives a LOT of cash to charity.

I also know (of) plenty of people who are in similar situations who don't give crap to charity.

I understand people being frustrated in the world because they can't get ahead.  I just came from a message board where some lady who claimed to be a veteran was complaining that she couldn't make ends meet because she made $8 an hour and only got 16 hours a week.  She couldn't get assistance because she made too much money and couldn't food aide because she didn't have kids... etc...

I have been there too.  I couldn't find a job, couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with my life.  Looking back on it, a big part of my problem was I was just being picky.

To make ends meet I poured concrete, worked at gas stations, sold steak knives and teddy bears.  When I was offered an opportunity to get on where my dad worked I took it.  I was pulling telephone cable and got good hours, moderately crappy pay but I worked.

I also worked my way up.

I learned how to get my lazy butt out of bed on my own and show up for work on time.  I learned how to handle problems I hadn't been trained for, how to think on my feet.  How to handle people who were total jerks but I had to work with them.

I had to learn how to be an adult.

While I worked there I couldn't afford insurance for anyone but myself.  The family insurance for my wife and kid was out of our reach.  My wife had a wreck while she was pregnant with our second child and my oldest son had to be flown by helicopter to the University of Tennessee hospital where he spent a week in intensive care.

We paid on medical bills for years.

When I hit a dead end at my job, on a whim I reached out to someone I knew to see if they were hiring.  Turns out they were.  I loaded up my family and moved to Dallas because there was work and opportunity.

Things went well for 12 years but when I once again hit a brick wall where I knew I couldn't go any higher as an engineer (and the only way to get into management was for someone to die); I had an random hit on Linked-In inviting me to a job fair.  I polished up my resume and went.  I ran into the guy who is now my boss and somehow I made an impression on him and was hired.

I have taken another step.  I have more options now.  I can grow as an engineer, I can possibly go into management.  Someday I could start my own company if I wanted to.  I have great benefits, a challenging job and I am surrounded by brilliant people who I am lucky to get to work with.

Now, lets focus back on OWS.  They are angry because they don't have stuff and they are saddled with debt (in some cases).  They went to college and cant find a job.  They can't get insurance.  They want success.  You're not alone.  I've noticed the local 7-11 where the day laborers used to hang out to pick up jobs is pretty sparse right now.  No one is going to create a company specifically to create jobs and make things no one wants so they can lose money (Except for the government of course).

I'm sorry folks, you don't get success by sitting in a tent protesting the fact that other people are wealthy.  I acknowledge that many of them may be dirty rotten stinking scum of the Earth who don't deserve what they have, but they do.  They have more than their "Fair Share."


By the way, what is that "Fair Share" I keep hearing about?  Maybe if we had a number I could give an argument for or against, but all I know is my family and I live comfortably.  We are not rich, we are solidly middle class, but thanks to Obamacare my great insurance that I have worked my whole career to get to (which was also another motivation for me to take this job) gets not as great.  It's still really good and I am sure it will be better than most still, but it demonstrates the fundamentals of socialism which is, "Socialism doesn't work".  It never has. 

Socialism does not lift the lowest up to the highest levels, it lowers the highest levels to the lowest levels.  Plus keep in mind the people who are telling you how great socialism is aren't sharing their wealth.  President Obama says he has tax breaks he doesn't want or need, yet he doesn't donate his salary to charity does he?  Last I checked he was worth several million dollars.

People who predicted how the rich would reduce their wealth to avoid the crippling taxes were ridiculed.  It was inconceivable to think someone would be so greedy as to not be greedy enough to make the most money they could when they would pay most of it in taxes. (Does reading that sentence even make sense to anyone?  It doesn't to me, yet that is the logic I have seen kicked around).  It is beginning to happen.  By the way, it happened in the Soviet Union already.

Stop being envious of the top 1% and work to bring yourself to your highest level.

My advice to the vet who has the $8 an hour job?  Email me.  The gas station down the street from me is hiring starting at $9.50 an hour and I bet they'll give you more than 16 hours.  If not, Home Depot is hiring in our area for around the same rate of pay.  My oldest works there, has insurance through them and full time hours.

Full disclosure:

I am a hillbilly from East Tennessee who has a high school diploma and dropped out of college.  Today I work for a worldwide software manufacturer in technical support.  If I can do it, anyone can.  Work your butt off and when you see an opportunity, seize it.  Fortune favors the bold.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

My Little Girl Rocks The House!

This is my daughter Lucie's Cheer Team.  They placed 2nd in their division (7 and 8 year old). Lucie is on the right side of the frame and the rear of the diamond formation.




I am proud beyond words at how hard my little girl and her team worked!
Congratulations girls!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Yes I Am Cashing In On Dirty Hippies

OK, so hippies are occupying Wall Street (Or rather a park somewhere in the vacinity of Wall Street) and the world is about to end, so what do I do???

I make some shirts!

Men's Value T-Shirt $10.99
Men's Ringer T-Shirt $16.99
Men's Dark T-Shirt $21.99


"Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage." - Saul Alinsky

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Perry And Some Bad Lip Reading


I was there... He really said this! Would I lie to you?

Of course this was shamelessly stolen from I Own The World. 

Inspiration From The Strangest Places

My buddy at work, Dan, has been giving me all sorts of drawing ideas.

It began a few weeks back when we were talking about how automated the bathrooms were becoming and he replied that it was part of the plan of our "Evil Robot Overlords".

That led to this drawing:

No more than three times, or else!

This week he has been distraught by a very demanding customer so he keeps quoting the movie "The Omen."  Specifically the scene where the nanny commits suicide for Damien.  Dan wails out from his cubicle, "It's all for you, Damien! All for you!"

Obviously I couldn't let that slide so I did a pen and pencil for his cube:

Yeah, Damien; we know who "The Man" is!
Perhaps I will be cured of my madness soon... Although I doubt it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

General Grumpus

A lawsuit is strong with this one!
If only Sam's Club understood the use of parody allows the use of images.  Meh...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Driving PSA





Drive faster! The life you save may be someone from the past?

Once again shamelessly stolen from I Own The World!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Broncos Take The Field

Yeah, this drawing sucks as bad as that game. It's 1:30 AM, what do you expect?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Apathy? Yeah, Pretty Much

I haven't posted in forever. I don't know if I can keep posting. There is no release anymore because I am losing hope.

I'm sorry if you come here for the funny. I find it harder and harder to be funny as each day goes by.

Hopefully it is just a reaction to a diet med my doc put me on. We'll see.

Monday, August 01, 2011

I Speak Geek

I have some new stuff up on my Comic Shop Cafe Press site. In keeping with my new job I have made a Geek reference and since it made me giggle, I want to throw it out for everyone to enjoy.


Go check out the full site at http://www.cafepress.com/houstonscomicstuff.

Hot Enough For Ya? / The Ben Cave

Here in Dallas we've been blessed with some mild summers for the last several years. This year is just brutal hot though. I have to admit, I am impressed because it was so hot over this weekend that as I sit and type this I feel the same way I do when I have a sunburn. That sickly, radiating heat feeling.

Amazing.

In other news, we have completed phase one of "The Ben Cave."

What is "The Ben Cave" you ask? Well, as my constant readers know, my middle kid Ben is an Aspie (on the Autistic Spectrum for us Nuero Typicals) and as he approaches his 13th birthday he is not only trying to struggle with dealing with issues most people take for granted, he also has a freight train of hormones running through his body. For example: last month our church put on a block party for a neighborhood as outreach. Everyone had a great time, but at the end of the night Ben was so overstimulated we had a full on meltdown complete with screaming, hair pulling and trying to jump out of the truck...

And that was just me. ;-)

OK, so this month we had a repeat and once again everyone had a great time. Ben had a bad moment with one of his friends at the end of the party, but when we headed out this time there was a little bit of yelling, a lot of tears, but no violent outburst. (Praise God).

A major part of this is due to the fantastic job of his team of doctors. His developmental pediatrician Doctor Mike Rios is not only a true Star Wars fan, but he has helped Ben with his meds and has given him someone he can relate to and look up to. His psychologist Doctor Denise Wooten is a women sent by God as she has helped him, and us, to learn coping mechanisms.

One thing that she recommended for Ben was to give him a small quiet place he could go to. Ben has been sharing a room with his sisters and they all wind up freaking out, getting angry and shedding tears. She and THE WIFE talked over things and THE WIFE came up with the idea to make Ben his own "Man Cave" (so to speak).

So now (like Harry Potter) Ben is living under the stairs. We had been talking about sheet rocking in under our landing to make a small play room for the kids. With the idea, we simply moved quicker and decided to at least do a temporary measure to see if this would help Ben before we went full bore. Obviously there will be some paint coming soon so it loses some of the trailer park look, but it's functional right now.

As I type this Ben is sleeping quietly on his mat in his cave. He was EXTREMELY excited by the fact I built a special room just for him. I also have to say, while I was enclosing it, I noticed you could lay with your head under the stairs portion and it was very quiet and peaceful. Also, because it's a million degrees outside (and inside tonight) we have a fan blowing into the upper portion to keep some air circulating. This is also giving him some white noise.

Everyone who is so inclined, I would sincerely appreciate a prayer for my little man. He's quickly becoming a big man and I want him to keep his heart of gold forever. If you aren't inclined to pray, just some good thoughts are appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my rambling. I hope God blesses you.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

While I Work

I like to hit my little space at the back of the living room where I do my artwork, recording and blogging.

Sometimes I feel I am being watched though.

Other times I am working, Sato decides he is not pleased with what I am working on.

Nothing like 20 pounds of blubber on your drawing desk to slow down progress. I swear I think a Japanese whaler will be after him soon.

Friday, July 22, 2011

A Visual Aide

So, wonder what our debt looks like? Wonder what all the fuss is?

I Own The World linked to a great representation. You should go view it and ponder our future.

Socialism #FAIL

How Ironic. I parused over to WorldNetDaily (World NUT Daily) and found the following from Van Jones:

http://www.ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2011072921/bigger-tea-party

I left a comment (I know, waste of time) recommending some of the folks over there read a particular book. I felt it would make a good Political Outburt post so I logged in here to write my post and I saw my buddy KT Cat already had a post up on the same kind of thing.



The book is called Mig Pilot and tells the story of Victor Belenko who was a Mig 25 pilot in the 1970s. Disallusioned with the failure of the Soviet system he made an escape from his Russian base to an airbase in Japan where he defected and became a US citizen.

Anyone who supports socialism and government economic control, should really read this and see a firsthand account of what life is really like under that kind of system. Just like every time the government promises something and it always seems to fail, in the long run everything fails. I read it as a teen and I can't recommend it enough. I think it's something every teen who feels they are "Owed Something" should read.

"The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." ~ Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New Pet

I hope God will help me. We have another pet.

Last night THE WIFE found a little "House Gekko" on her iPod. She used a peanut butter jar to catch him and was about to release him when she decided the girls might like to see him.

Of course Sadie LOVED him. She wound up going and buying a home for him and crickets for him to eat. She also named him. His name is...



Tinkerbell and the Fairy Treasure


That is not a misprint. HE is named "Tinkerbell and the Fairy Treasure." I expect him to make a tiny noose and do himself in with a name like that.

Friday, July 15, 2011

What's Up With Remakes

The Thing?




<a href="http://entertainment.msn.com/video/?videoId=56x5zp3&from={from}" target="'_new'" title="'&#39;The">Video: &#39The Thing&#39 Movie Trailer</a>

Friday, July 08, 2011

Musings On The Space Shutte

I remember watching the start of the shuttle program. A quick review of Wikipedia confirms what I remember, laying in the floor of my Grandfather's home with him beside me as we watched the launch on TV. I recalled it being just he and I and it being pretty early morning (it was April 12, 1981 at 7AM) and being a kid I was obviously facinated (I would have been 8 at the time).

For some reason on January 28, 1986 I was home from school. I remember it was around lunchtime when my mom called up to me and said something was wrong with the shuttle. I remember her saying, "I think it blew up." I watched the news covereage in disbelief for the rest of the day.

Flash forward to February 1, 2003. I was trying to motivate myself to get back into my workout routine. I had lost around 70 pounds and fallen off the wagon (still haven't made it back on) so I was riding my bike around our apartment complex. I rounded the northwest corner of the complex and off to the south I saw a HUGE flaming object which for some reason I took to be an asteroid. I had seen another shuttle re-entry and should have IMMEDIATELY made the connection, but for some reason I didn't.

I remember thinking wherever that thing finally hit it was going to be pretty horrendous. I watched it for a few seconds and noticed smaller pieces breaking away and was relieved that it was breaking up. I watched it break up and the pieces falling to Earth, then hopped on my bike and rolled into the garage. I went up to tell THE WIFE what I had seen when I noticed on the TV a shot of mission control and heard the voiceover announce they had lost contact with Columbia.

Let that sink it... I knew before Mission Control did that Columbia broke up and fell to earth losing all aboard.

Today, I watched the shuttle Atlantis launch on the final mission of the shuttle fleet. Instead of lying on my belly in front of a TV, I watched standing at my desk at work streaming from NASA.gov. I have no idea what we plan to do for our next phase of space exploration (and apparently neither does our government but as fouled up as things are tha tis probably for the best) but I pondered on being there for the begining and end of a piece of American history.

Were were you, when these events happened and have you talked to your kids about how they are watching history unfold every day?

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Devil Is Real And He Fights Dirty



Don't believe it, read for yourself. Why do they focus on Chrisitanity over other religions? Thing on it.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Why Morality Is Important In Elected Officials

I'm on a rant, so if you are easily offended, you may want to run away.

I have seen a lot of the back and forth on the Weiner scandal. I honestly would have cared less if he was out cheating on his wife, but here is what the country needs to keep in mind.

When he was caught, he lied. Most people I have read online don't fault him for that. "He was trying to save his marriage," "He was embarrassed." Whatever.

Here is the important thing to keep in mind; he did something he was ashamed of and when he was caught, he lied and tried to get others to lie for him. He tried to cover it up.

So, lets say it wasn't a right wing blogger with an axe to grind who found out about him and confronted him. What if it was the Chinese, the Russians or some other enemy? For the love of Pete, what if it was some special interest group with an axe to grind?

Do you really think he wouldn't give them what they wanted to keep them quiet? Secrets? Votes? I mean for real, the dude claimed he couldn't identify his own junk in a photograph.

Folks, there is a logical reason our elected officials need to be held to a higher standard than we are. It's nto about him fooling around, it's about what he is willing to do to hide it.

And for Alan Colmes saying we should "...get rid of everyone who lies in Congress." I'm trying buddy; I watch my rep.

Excuse Me Stewardess...

Yep, you know this means a new shirt is coming!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

No, I Was Not Eaten By A Wildabeast!

Actually I have just been beyond butt kicking busy here at SERVERCO. Hard to believe that learning a completely new product takes time and effort and MAY (Only MAY) interefere with blogging.

Regardless, I am doing well and still so happy I tinkle myself just a little bit every time I think about how wonderful my life is right now. THE WIFE finally talked me into going and having a sleep study done and turns out I have SEVERE sleep apnia.


No problem, just get a CPAP and off we go. The initial study showed excellent results SO... I got one. I feel MUCH MUCH better.



Plus, since I have a "Cadillac Health Care Plan" I upscaled my CPAP....



Thursday, May 12, 2011

Cube Squatter

AHA!

I am firmly settled into life here at SERVERCO where I do "Something" with computers.  Its amazing how some things never change.  For example: A window cube is always a coveted prize. It gives the cube-dweller a glimpse to outside and an opportunity to dream of freedom.

I had one once...

Anyway, we have a squatter in our area.  She isn't in our group, but she has a coveted "Window Cube" and she refuses to move.  My manager is a SUPER nice guy who is trying to politely "Hint" that she needs to move along so we can use the cube.

She pretends not to take the hint.

Today she LOUDLY laughed and chatted on her phone while the rest of us minions were buried Powershell and tried to drown her out with "Megadeth" on Zune...

I feel that the Cube Squatter MUST BE OVERTHROWN!!!! 

Challenge Accepted!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

NerdVana

All I have to say is "Quad Core Windows machine with 24 Gig of RAM."

Nerds everywhere wish they were me.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Goodbye PHONECO

Today is my last day at PHONECO, starting Monday I will be an underling for SERVERCO.  Basically my job description will be the same. "He does 'Something' with computers."

Leading up to all this Lucie asked THE WIFE, why I was so happy to leave PHONECO.  She didn't understand why I didn't like them anymore.  THE WIFE tried to explain that I didn't believe they had a good plan for the future and she followed up with the question, "You know what SERVERCO makes don't you?"

Lucie replied, "Yes, money."

The girl is very bright.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Do You Ever Feel Like...

...putting kittens into a blender?

Teh Awesomeness

I don't need to say anything. I'll let this speak for itself.



More can be found at http://www.hayseed-dixie.com

Why Do People Panic?

First ticket of the morning is a guy freaking out because the volume to his voicemail is too low. Everything is fine except this ONE QSIG link. When calls come in that one link, the volume is too low and we need to fix our voicemail yadda yadda yadda. My response, increase the volume on the link where you are having the problem. Seriously, this is not rocket science. Second ticket of the morning a guy tells me he is getting a 404 error when he tries to perform an action. I ask for a wireshark so I can see what file is not being returned. Something he could have done from the beginning and saved us both a TON of work. 7 more days... 7 more days... 7 more days...

Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Artist In The House

I am no longer the top dog artist in the house, I now have some competition, Lucie has unleashed her new Super Hero...

Super Bunny!

Here is a comic Lucie did on her own starring Super Bunny!

The Adventures of Super Bunny!
I hope she takes care of me when I am old.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Interesting (To Me) Observations

I spent the middle part of this week with a horrible case of dysentery.  Forget corn, I don't remember bit of bridges and old coats that were passed.

Lets just say I'm like the house in "Poltergeist." CLEAN


But I have other things to write about besides my poop, I noticed the other day when I walk my left boot makes a different noise than my right boot walking down our long concrete hallway here at PHONECO.  I then looked like an idiot in the middle of the hallway standing on one leg like a crane while trying to pull my left foot closer to my face to look at the bottom of my boot.  I didn't fall, but my back made some incredible cracking noises and some 70 year old lady stuck a dollar in my belt.  That didn't bother me, but the guy who stuck a 5 in sure did *call me*.

Of course I found nothing and when I noticed the sound again today, I realized it's because of my walking mechanics.  I actually have my center of weight shifter to my right side for some reason.  When I shift it to the left (centering it) the noise goes away.  Crazy, my neck has been bothering me anyway, so I think I need to schedule a visit to the Chiropractor again.

On the other side, my current weight is 317,  I haven't been working out due to the incredible amount of work we are under.  Most days I eat at my desk while working or stuff a bite or two in when I have a spare minute.  I know this is awful for me, but I am stuck and can't change things right now.

Much love to my friends.  See you all soon.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wanna See What I look At All Day

This is one VoIP call.  Go to college kids... Trust me.

VoIP In Action
Gotta love Wireshark!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Puppy Update

Once again the steely eyed Tux pointed out I never "Officially" announced the name of the new puppy.

I would like everyone to send a warm hello to the newest member of the family, "Gadget."

I am going to eat your nose fat man!
He is a feisty little fluff ball and is all teeth and claws when it's wrestling time.  He and Gizmo have hit it off well and even sleep in the same crate together.

Of course THE WIFE and the kids love him completely and totally.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Adventures In Eating

My kids are fans of the Nick show iCarly so we often have PearPad jokes and stuff around but the other night THE WIFE asked me what I wanted for dinner.  Me being the incredible smartypants I am said "Spaghetti Tacos."

If you don't know what that means, you can go here to get background.

Go ahead... I'll wait.

OK, so you understand now right?  Good.

So I come home to find!
A multi-National Feast!
Happy Children!
Thumbs up for Spaghetti Tacos!

Well.. SOME of the Children were happy.

For everyone wondering what is was like, the kids dug it. THE WIFE and I thought it was OK (You don't expect crunchy to go with Spaghetti flavor) but overall, not bad.

Good job Spencer!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Stress... You Betcha!

I am starting to come a little unglued.  Ben is driving Jennifer up the wall and I don't know what to do to help her.  He is at almost a dead stop and won't work and I don't know why.

I have an important appointment Monday which is stressful, PLUS I can't get my stupid servers at work to do ANYTHING!!!

I am picking at my mustache and making bald patches in my face.  What a stupid stress expression.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Allen West Is Becoming My Hero

So far this man talks the talk and walks the walk. He and Chris Christie are the two that don't listen to crap and know their facts.


Thanks to TheBlaze.com for the link.

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Artful Dodger

He was slightly before my time, but as someone who's blood bleeds orange, I may have to watch this one.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Total Shocker

We had to make an emergency trip back to Tennessee for my Paternal Grandmother's funeral so with the chaos and all, I have been missing my workouts.  Not to mention I have been trying to study up for another job.

I'm sorry, but my days at PHONECO are numbered.

I don't think I will get canned, but that is part of the problem.  I will be one of the last people left here to suffer through supporting failing products when we finally get our division sold off to someone else. THEN I will get canned.  Right now there are exactly TWO of us working support. (2) Seriously.  My Big Boss stated yesterday he was confused because we had 350 or so emails a week, 150 or so cases a month and no sales.

You heard that right... no sales.

Obviously this doesn't bode well for me. The hand full of installations which have been performed are eating our lunch as far as resources go.  I have read the writing on the wall, so I have been sowing my oats (and if anyone is looking for a VoIP Ninja feel free to let me know).  I am spending my days waiting for a callback to see if my BIG LEAD pays off or not.

So anyway, I digress.  My weight after my mile and a half return to walking, 318.  I'm still on target.

Thank you, God.  All praise and glory goes to you.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Whoop De Freakin' Doo

Yeah, I know... Where have I been?  You were so worried.

Do you really care? Really?

Ah, thanks.  I love you all too.

OK, so lots going on in my life right now.  I can talk about some, some of it I can't.  I promise once I have more info I'll spill the beans, but it's too early right now.  Just know it is a good thing and if it goes through I will be very happy.

On the family front, I lost another grandmother.  My father's mother past away and we had to make an emergency trip back to TN.  The Boy In The Box stayed behind and protected the fort while THE WIFE, Chris, Ben, Lucie, Sadie and Gizmo loaded up and hit the road.  1700 mile round trip in a week.  Yeah, my butt hurts.

Of course since I have been gone I haven't been able to consistently walk.  My back has sucked because of it.  Regardless of the fact I wasn't losing much weight my back felt MUCH BETTER.  I was living without eating painkillers every day.

Work is work... People break things, I fix them.  Sometimes I amaze myself how good I am while some days I amaze myself I remember to breathe.

Meh... I'm falling asleep at my laptop.   Rest easy my friends and God bless.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Help Us Name The New Puppy!

OK, so THE WIFE is getting a new puppy for her birthday.  She is in love with our baby Gizmo.  Gizmo is our Japanese Chin and she is getting a playmate.

Here is the little boy.

What? Can't I get some privacy here?

See this paw?  I'm gonna pop you in the mouth with it if you don't stop.

So we have a poll up on the right hand side of the blog.  You have 24 hours to vote.

HURRY!  HURRY!  Or else he'll get a crappy name.

Monday, January 24, 2011

As I Shamelessly Rip Off Lady GaGa

Doe this hat make me look gay?
This is exactly why I shouldn't draw late at night... Oh my poor wife.

Day 8 - January 24th, 2011

I didn't work out or worry over the weekend.  Today I did another 1.5 miles and my weigh in is 321 pounds.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Day 5 - January 21, 2011

I MADE IT!!!!

OK, well, I made it through the first week.  It's a start. HA!

My foot feels much better today, I wrapped it in a cool cloth last night, medicated myself and stayed off of it as much as I could.  I would have iced it, but I could get to everything with the cloth better (between my toes etc...).

So today I did 1.5 miles again and my weight was 326.

I'm not freaking over the short term weigh gain, I had a couple of sodas yesterday which are EVIL EVIL EVIL! So I look to drop the weight again long term.  I am just keeping on keeping on.

Next weekend I have a super secret meeting I am going to.  No idea if anything will come from it, but I was approached by this company a couple of years ago and I felt like I wasn't qualified.  Earlier this year I was trying to get in with a former co-worker to see about working with this company's stuff and I wound up working over at PHONECO and missing the meeting.  This week I got a request through Linked-In to go to this company's campus for an open house.

Obviously God is trying to tell me something.  I think it's time I listened.

I'll keep you in the loop.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Day 4 - January 20, 2011

OK, made it again. No magic weight loss and I am heeding the advice. Not worrying about day to day, but I am keeping track for my own purposes.

Walked 1.5 miles and my weight was 323.

I did have to take a painkiller last night for this:

Ohhh yeah baby!
May wind up with another one tonight. We'll see, at least my foot has taken my mind off my back.

Day 3 - January 19, 2011

Sorry, I did work out, but I was too busy to update yesterday.

I did 1.51 miles on the treadmill and weight was 323.

Thank you all so much for the words of encouragement.  I promise to not lose hope on weight fluctuations, I just hope to see a gradual trend downward.  Honestly my long term goal doesn't end until 2012, so I won't lose hope.

As soon as I escape from this conference call, I will go work out again.... Then maybe post an ugly picture of my foot which is killing me.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day 2 - January 18, 2011

Well, I did two days in a row.  In Ranger's terms that is a STREAK!

OK, so today I walked 1.55 miles at lunch and my current weight is 125 325 (corrected) pounds. (Don't get jealous, because I know I am looking at water weight right now so I am not jumping up and down that I hit my goal for the week.)

BTW, my goal is 2 pounds a week.  This is a frightening admission, but if I can achieve it I will hit 225 pounds by 2012.  I like that idea.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 1 - January 17, 2011 (Big Changes Ahead)

I know I have griped and complained about things for ever now, but my back has killed me forever and ever.  It's been a little while but I have been off the painkillers and just trying to make the muscle relaxers work for me. I have now started having problems with crazy creeping feelings up and down my back when I try to go to sleep.  It sounds like restless leg syndrome, but targeted at my back instead.

THE WIFE said that maybe God was sending me another sign to get up off my butt and lose weight.

Fine... I'm listening. (Finally)

Here's the deal. I need to lose 100 pounds (at least). I have to relearn how to eat, and figure out what my problem is.  Listening to a shrink talk they would say I am trying to fill an emptiness in my life with food.  Who knows, maybe they are right.

I'm also going to take this opportunity to let everyone know I will be starting up a webcomic.  I have not decided on the posting schedule, but I am setting the template up in wordpress/comic press and have the basic layout set, but I don't have a hosting area other than blogger right now, which the format isn't really compatible for.  So I will probably be buying a domain soon and moving to another web host.

So let me begin my tally.  Day 1, I walked a mile and a half on the treadmill at lunch.  Starting weight 327 pounds.

Lord it hurts to write that.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Plague Of 2011

For the record, last weekend Ben had his tonsils out. Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers. He is recovering nicely and is back to obsessing over normal things.

 Next up, both of the girls have Strep Throat. Not unusual, after all they are pretty much joined at the hip.

 Chris freaked out and complained of his gut going to Sea Cadets drill. We chalked it up to nerves and an anxiety attack. He texted overnight and was grouch and typical teenager in the texts. The next day the Ensign called and said we needed to come get him.

 I picked the boy up and promptly took him to urgen care where they diagnosed him with a kidney stone.

Awesome... (I have a great one liner I busted on him in front of the doctor, but I am saving it for a comic.)

Now I am feeling like crap as is THE WIFE. Her "Lasso of Truth" isn't even making it all the way across the living room.

Thank God my aggravating job has good insurance.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Please Help This "Special Boy"

This is my son Chris.  This year, Chris decided he would like to expand his musical abilities beyond the upright and electric bass and move on to...

The Ukulele.

He was so inspired, he made this video about it:
video
For those of you wondering... Yes, yes I do have to live with that kind of stuff all the time.  Did I mention I drink a lot?

Anyway, this is what he wants: 
It costs $90 and I have decided to reach out to the community to raise the money.  Think of it as an experiment.  Leave requests in the comments for videos you would like to see or drawings you would like to see and we will fill the orders (within reason, I mean I am not eating poop or anything like that) and tip us.

Here is a paypal link especially for this.  Please donate as you feel pity for me.  I will keep everyone appraised of the insanity of what is going on.

Thanks,
Houston