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OK, time for an update.

Well,  We had a baby girl in February.

She’s adorable, healthy and keeps us on our toes full time! My advice to any couple thinking of having a baby: Do it.

  • My wife and I are getting a lot less sleep (getting better)
  • We have absolutely no free time
  • My work is affected a bit
  • My hobbies are now non existent (Photography?!?)
  • We don’t see any of our friends socially anymore.
  • You won’t believe how much we spend in Diapers and formula!

Sounds just awful, right? It’s not.

Seriously, being a parent is worth all this effort/cost and more.  We’re really lucky to have our daughter and we know it. I could go on and on with all the things I learn from our daughter daily but I can summarize it simply: My wife and daughter are what I look forward to everyday.

Music I’m listening to right Now:
Bulletproof” by La Roux from the “La Roux” Album on the radio.

Bad week in Celebrity News

It seems famous people DO pass away in threes. Two are, sadly, not a surprise. Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett were both known to be ill, but Michael Jackson was a complete shock.  I’m not particularly a fan of Michael Jackson (make no mistake, I’m sorry all three passed away) but he was a talented artist and had a great impact on pop music.

Another Overdue update

s-IRAN-PROTEST-largeLots going on lately and I’ve been neglecting my blog…

The most pressing item I’ve been reading about is the aftermath of the election in Iran. To put it mildly, the news is stunning. First, you have the apparent theft of the election (Does ANYONE know who really won???), then, the protests (a right we take for granted), and now the crackdown by the Gov’t. You can read updates here at The Huffington Post and all related posts here.

The people want change and the Gov’t and their supporters are oppressing them. The Gov’t is trying to control info that comes and goes from the people. Between phone and the Internet, the Gov’t (thankfully!) doesn’t seem to be having much luck blocking the info. What info does get out, paints a stark picture and makes our issues seem trivial. Here in the U.S., next time you see a protest and complain about it, thank your lucky stars that people here CAN protest and that you can complain about it. Not everyone is as fortunate.

I have no idea how far this will go, but I think the world should pay close attention as, one way or another, history is happening now.

On a much lighter note: I’m trying to get out to take photos again with varying success. I’m reading Joe McNally’s “The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes” and getting a lot of tips and inspiration from it. It has a lot of good info, is well written, and entertaining too. I highly recommend it.

I’m also brushing up on Photoshop Elements. Between magazine articles and a book or two, I’m adding to my limited skill set.

Work is the good. Things are stable and the occasional late night call is happening less frequently.

Music I’m listening to now:
Nothing at the moment.

Great start to the week

Just perfect. Stocks finish Down 372 and Crude Oil Prices Up More Than $16. An example of why I hate Monday’s. This will be Yet Another bad week. On the Plus side: We did convert from Oil to Gas heat.

Karma in Action?

Hotel Room: $120 a night
Drinks: $20
War Mongering GOP Delegate robbed by a Hot Thief: Priceless

Normally, I’m sorry to hear about Anyone getting robbed, but in the case of Mr. Gabriel Schwartz, 29, (That’s him above) I’m thinking he may have been tempting fate. From Pioneer Press TwinCities.com :

He met her in the bar of the swank hotel and invited her to his room. Once there, the woman fixed the drinks and told him to get undressed.

And that, the delegate to the Republican National Convention told police, was the last thing he remembered.

When he awoke, the woman was gone, as was more than $120,000 in money, jewelry and other belongings.

The thief’s take stunned cops.

I bet it did. The first sentence read like a cheap romance novel but that is exactly what happened.

I read about this the week it happened, but just came across his interview (I think the unbuttoned Cowboy shirt and the Prada Belt was a Nice touch!).

I just have to wonder: Is he an example of Small Town Family Values I hear the GOP represent? He’s for more War (shocking!) and just taking other peoples resources. Looks like a lovely lady helped herself to his “resources”.

He’s so gung ho about going to war, I wonder if he’s willing to sign up in the Army?  At 29, I bet he’s healthy enough and frankly, the Armed forces could use more volunteers. His resume is pretty impressive too.

Music I’m listening to now:
If I Never See Your Face Again“, by Maroon 5 with Rhianna from the It Won’t Be Soon Before Long album. You can see the video here.

Hurricane Gustav Update

7:30pm EST and So far no horrific news from New Orleans.
I’m really hoping for a quiet evening.

Music I’m listening to now:
Nothing at the moment.

Be Careful what you wish for

I’d rather Hurricane Gustav was NOT the focus of the news this week. I’d not have watched the RNC, but it would be better than a potentially devastating Hurricane. Along that line: Stuart Shepard of Focus on the Family encouraged people to pray for “rain of biblical proportions” to ruin Sen. Obama’s speech. It goes to show you: You should be careful what you wish for.

Hurricane Gustav

Hurricane Gustav is coming ashore and the city of New Orleans just can’t seem to get a break. As I write this, I’m watching the news and it’s looking pretty bad.

From CBS News, they say that Gustav will probably pass to the west of New Orlean which is different from Katrina. According to Dave Price, this could be a lot worse for New Orleans and Louisiana. The NOAA representative they interviewed said that the storm surge is typically higher and stronger to the east of the eye. I’m really hoping New Orleans is spared as they’re still rebuilding after Katrina, but it does look grim. On the plus side: the Federal and Local Gov’t seems to be more on the ball this time. There is a mandatory evacuation in place and I’ve heard that only about 10% of the population has remained behind.

I just saw Al Roker standing in the middle of a street in New Orleans. This is one thing that amazes me about the News Industry: The insistence that weathermen need to stand in the middle of a hurricane in order to report it.

Ok, We Get it: Massive Rain and 90+ MPH winds. Now get INSIDE!!!

Music I’m listening to now:
Nothing at the moment.

Sadly, Another Potential Darwin Award winner

Saw this on the news. Apparently, some guys tried to Kite Surf as Hurricane Fay was coming ashore. For one of them, the results were pretty bad. From the Post Chronicle:

Fay Kite Surfer Kevin Kevin Kearney nearly killed. After deciding that it would be a good idea to test Mother Nature’s patience, Kevin Kearney was whipped into a building by ‘Hurricane’ Fay’s winds.

Emergency workers rushed to the scene where Kevin laid on the ground after slamming into the side of a building – and he is now listed in critical condition.

So how was he lifted into the air before being swung into the building? He was ‘kite surfing’ – which is, for obvious reasons, extremely dangerous in Tropical Storm weather.

Kevin was on Fort Lauderdale beach when Fay’s winds took the 26-year-old for a ride. Kearney, who was harnessed into his kite sail, couldn’t break free when he was lifted into the air.

I Hope he makes it.

Music I’m listening to now:
Nothing at the moment.

AP: Obama: tap nation’s oil reserve to help gas prices

Just Marvelous. In what I assume is just an attempt to garner more favor with the people who buy into this Nonsense, The AP reports:

CHICAGO (AP) — Barack Obama is proposing that the nation tap its strategic oil reserves to help drive down gasoline prices.

Campaign spokeswoman Heather Zichal said Monday the arrangement would involve swaps by oil companies with the government of light crude oil or heavy crude oil in oil stockpiles in Texas and Louisiana.

In the past, Obama has not advocated tapping the oil reserve, but Zichal said he has reconsidered because he recognizes that high gas prices have caused many Americans to suffer. Obama is making a speech on energy later in the day.

The last time I can remember a candidate doing this was (*shudder*) GW Bush in the 2000 Campaign. Not a comparison anyone would want! Tapping the strategic oil reserves is like giving the Oil Companies more “leased” land for drilling: It won’t help and when it does have a chance to help, it will be years down the road.

I know Sen. Obama needs to appeal to a wide base in order to get elected, but IMO, this is not the way to do it.

Music I’m listening to now:
Nothing at the moment.