Alex Camacho
Crosby, TX, United States
Born in Houston, Texas and raised all over living the life of an Army Brat. I Went to eight different schools (three elementary, one middle school, four high schools) and have one little brother who’s not so little anymore. I’ve been married for nearly fourteen years now to a woman who rocks my world and I've been blessed with two wonderful children. Our dog, Sally, is a big black lab saved from a local shelter.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Summer Rains

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The truck got towed to Dr. Rick's today and sometime tomorrow we'll find out the damage. I hate having truck problems. No matter how trivial it makes my stomach sink even if it's not that bad. I guess it's just all the bad experiences we had with our Explorer, struggling just to pay the bills, and our third transmission died. Then the repo man came sniffing around when we stopped paying. It was a shitty time all around and it always comes back in color when I find myself with a dead car again. I shouldn't let stuff like that get to me but with everything else it's just one more thing. Hopefully it will be something like the water pump, we'll put it on the card, and drive away before Friday. Keep your fingers crossed. I hate being a pessimist sometimes but I just can't get away from it some days.

Marcel and I have been going outside a little more often. He really loves going outside to play and lately he's been getting that summertime wandering itch I think. I think that sometimes I'm a little over protective of him but my second guessing crumbles when I see some kiddo without. I'd rather error on the side of overprotectiveness then neglect. He was pretty intent on our walk yesterday despite all the rain so I figured what the hell. It's only a little rain. We walked in the drizzle and almost made it to the pond when the rain started coming down a little more. We were making our way back when I noticed a little more pep in his step. I don't think it ever occurred to him that being drenched in rain sucks. When we rounded the corner I noticed he wasn't the only kiddo enjoying our down pour. I met a few more of the neighborhood kids all hooting and running around in the rain. I was half tempted to take my own shoes and shirt off and join them. It's the most fun I've had in a while. I had forgotten how much fun it was to play in the rain.

Today is was just plain hot on our walk but Marcel still found the energy to burn once we got to the park. I was so tired I napped once we got home. I still feel a little groggy from it but I think it's mostly just not enough water. We're counting down to the neighborhood pool opening up. I think tomorrow I'll see if I can get Lana to play a little hookey with Marcel and me down at the river. Man, I love the summertime.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Out for a Walk

Last night I let Marcel sleep in our bed since Lana was stranded out in New Brounsfels. She had a party out there last night but the truck started overheating. She made it out to her party and her host's husband towed her to a hotel after wards. Our uber insurance is covering most of the towing fee so it's not too bad. I hate having truck problems. It drops my mood and patience a few good notches no matter what mood I'm in and I need all the notches of patience I can get. I won't go into details but lately my patience has been running short.

barn_firstridinglesson08Marcel and I took a walk this morning first thing to sort of get out on the right foot. We didn't go far but we did go to the pond. Sally was well behaved considering there were squirrels everywhere and ducks to harass. We even found a nest of duck eggs tucked away in a tree hollow. Marcel talked about his riding lesson most of the way there and back. He's pretty eager to take another one. He did scare me a bit when he asked me how to make Freckles, the horse he rode, run. It would be just like him to think he could handle a running animal ten times his weight after only his first lesson. This is the boy who only recently discovered he didn't know how to swim. When he was smaller, he just knew he knew how to swim so he never bothered trying to really learn. It always amazes me how he can have such an undoubting level of confidence in some things but not in others. He would quite literally swing from my arm without warning to dive into the pool at the mighty age of three. He did do well during his riding lesson though. He looked like he truly knew what he was doing up there.

I think the mission for today is de-stress, clean a little, and wait for Lana to make it back home. It's a Paul Simon, Peter, Paul, & Mary kind of day - I hope. ;)

Monday, May 23, 2005

Paintball!!!

paintball04After a good night's sleep I feel human again. I woke up a little sore but feeling pretty good despite the nasty dehydration headache I got last night. I was so damned exhausted after paintballing yesterday the only thing I was thinking about was a nice warm shower and half a bottle of conditioner. Lana says I'm pretty bruised up, which is unusual even for me after paintballing, but I hadn't bothered checking out my battle injuries at this point. At least most of mine are on my back and legs mostly unlike Ryan who seemed to be catching most of them with his ass. I can at least sit comfortably.

We got out to the field a little later than we had planned on but this time it really wasn't our fault. Okay, it wasn't my fault. After only four hours sleep I managed to crawl out of bed, pack my stuff and we hit the road. We made a pit stop to grab Anthony despite his whining about needing sleep, and sped our way to a day of self inflicted bruises. We were making damn good time thanks to Derek's warp speed driving, but all that came to a crashing halt when Matt started feeding us directions. To make a long story short, we took a few wrong turns, found the wrong cemetery, and never did find the turn off at the "top of the hill". It didn't help that the field, Panther Creek Paintball, doesn't have signs anywhere and was off some two way country dirt road. It was worth the hunt though.

The fields were well planned out, clean, and we got a cool ref. There weren't that many people out there but I can't blame them. It was hellishly hot and after a few games we were drenched in sweat. After the day was done we were reluctant to get the car with each other we smelled so bad and decided to leave the windows down all the way for the drive home. Anthony curled up in the back seat and slept like a baby. I think I dosed off a few times but I'm not really sure.

By the time I got to my house I did everything but strip on the way to the shower. I'm sure our company wouldn't have appreciated it so I refrained. It's probably a good thing we didn't end up playing poker like we had planned because I was wasted. I passed out on the couch waiting for Lana and Kelly to get back with food. I managed to crawl into bed at some point.

It was an awesome day and I hope to relax a bit before I start working more on the poker tables. I did manage to meet one of my neighbors the other day while working on the table. I had opened up the garage to let some of the heat vent out when I noticed a jogger go by. He glanced in, did a double take as most do (the microbus, the samurai costume on the fiberglass dummy, headstones by the stairs, etc.) so I didn't think anything about it. He passed by a second time, and I figured he was just making it around the block but he slowed down to look in again. The third time he actually stopped and walked in the garage to say hi. Turns out he recognized the table for what it was and could help but ask some questions. We ended up talking for a good while about poker and the games we play. He said he'd spread the word about our game and try to make it sometime. I can't remember what his name was but he seemed like a good guy and I hope he makes it out sometime.

I should get off the computer now. My dad is coming back with my kiddo in an hour and I need to get dressed. He took Marcel and Johnathon back to Mission with him for the weekend. I'm always happy to see my dad but I do wish he'd stay a little longer than he does. I'm going to drive out there as soon as I get the bus up. It'll be good to have my little man back in the house again. It always seems so damn empty in the house without him. For such a small guy his presence just fills the house. Sally's been pacing the house looking for her play partner. I have to say I feel the same. I'm outta here for now. Later!

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Running Around

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I'm a stank ass right now but I feel good. I've been running around all day trying to get all the stuff together I'll need for two more poker tables. I didn't get a chance to make it out to the hardware store yesterday so I decided to try again today. I got a little bit of a late start today and I ended up getting behind schedule. By the time I finally made it out to the hardware store with my brother's truck it was already around five thirty and Danny still needed to be brought in. I was a bit bitchy about having to drive back to my brother's, get the truck since it had the feed in the back, and drive all the way back to the stables. I was rushing through traffic, cussing at slow drivers, and I even shot the birdie a few times I think. All in all, not in a good mood as I was racing my way to feed Danny so I could make it back to the hardware store. I pulled up and was immediately greeted by Trip, one of the puppies at the stables, and stopped to give him a treat or two. By the time I made it to Danny with three dogs on my heels I couldn't understand why I was in such a rush to get him feed and back on the road. After a few deep breaths of the smell of horse, hay, and sweat I felt at ease again. I wasn't even aware that I had worked myself up so high until I came down a bit. I ended up staying a little longer than I had to. We walked around the arena a bit, we talked, and I think we both were feeling a little better by the time I drove off. It brings back a conversation Micah, Lana, Kelly and me got into awhile back. Anger addiction. Anyway.

By the time I got to the hardware store, dropped off all the lumber at my house, dropped off the truck at my brother's house, and made it back home I was tired, sweaty, smelly, but feeling good. My baby had dinner ready about five minutes after I walked in the door and we finished watching The Incredibles. Whadda day.

Tomorrow is going to be just as busy I think. I'm starting the tables, I'm going to try to get the new generator in the bus, and then Star Wars midnight premiere!! Whoo hoo!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I'll post my review on Thursday afternoon if I have the energy and/or time.

I love having stuff to do that isn't the same old drum beat as the day before. Well, I'm off to relax with my familia. I got ice cream waiting for me in the freezer. :)

'Night!

Monday, May 16, 2005

Oscar Spawns Again!

Wow, the past few days have been bit of a blur. I keep meaning to sit down and blog but there's always something that needs to be done or I'm just too damn tired to devote a good forty five minutes to it.

The riding lessons have got us on a somewhat decent schedule now and I find myself exhausted by eleven. We're going to get Marcel started on lessons sometime this week as well plus we're taking yearling lessons to help us with our new baby horse. Yup, we bought a horse. It didn't take that much on Lana's part to talk me into it. I've really been enjoying the time we spend out there. The first time we meet Danny, we were pretty much sold. He looks like a big shaggy teddy bear right now. I'm told he's going to get a lot bigger than he is now and that has me worried a little bit. He's already pretty big and from what I'm told Percherons get pretty large. He's grown on me already despite him having scared the shit out of once already. Turns out being dragged by a horse is commonly referred to as "dirt skiing". I'm not going to go into details, thank you. He's a big friendly thing though, and I think so long as we have a little guidance with his training it'll be a great experience.

Oh, I have good news! Heather had the baby girl! Taylor was eight pounds and three ounces. Oscar had called me around two in the morning letting me know they were at the hospital but I was already in bed at the time. We had company over pretty much the whole weekend and I was beat. As soon as I found out I pretty much dropped my plans for today to make it out there and see the baby. Something about holding a new born baby just feels right. I'm going to try and stay out of the hair for a few days but I did offer to babysit Tabs. They both looked pretty worn out and I remember all too clearly that first week. I forgot my camera in the truck I was in such a rush to go see the baby but luckily Alberto had his with him so I just have to wait for him to email me them before I can post them.

I'm pretty exhausted right now. I feel like I haven't had much sleep the past few days. I think Lana made a valid point that we've just been running around a lot more lately than usual. Between riding lessons, feeding Danny, poker, roleplaying, and daily stuff like laundry and cleaning I'm dead to the world by eleven. I'd better call it quits now while I'm still somewhat coherent. 'Night...

Tuesday, May 3, 2005

Cowboys Wear Boxer Briefs

We went for our Monday lessons and things went pretty good with one exception. I was feeling pretty confident riding around even when we went outside of the arena. I circled around and navigated my horse with hardly any trouble. The trouble didn't start until our instructor told me to click at my horse and nudge him twice with my feet. I immediately found myself bouncing up and down in the saddle which wouldn't have been too bad but no one told me that it might require some adjustment. The boys were in the wrong place at the wrong time. I now know what it's like to be punched in the nuts repeatedly. So that's what trotting is. I'm buying me a pack of boxer briefs before my next riding lesson. Lana and Allison thought it was pretty amusing, of course.

Allison and Lana are pretty serious about this riding stables idea of theirs and I have to say, the idea is growing on me. I hope that the property they find isn't too far from wherever I decide to set up the future paintball field. I really need to get on the ball with that and start putting together a business plan. I'm pretty excited about it but it's really just a means to an end. The gaming store is the primary objective. I've been envisioning the gaming store for so long now I almost have the whole interior planned out, it's as good as named, hours, policies, etc. One thing at a time though and there's still a lot to be planned. It would really be nice if we could get the properties next to each other or even on the same property but we'll just have to see what opportunities come around.

We went driving around looking at a few properties after our great Pizza Hut search. We spent a good forty minutes looking for a Pizza Hut. It may seem odd but there aren't any in Crosby and Marcel's been craving stuffed crust for a while now. So we loaded into our clan wagon and drove out to the Highlands after consulting the mighty yahoo yellow pages. We almost passed it but Marcel's radar caught it. We were planning on eating in but that quickly changed when we saw we'd be dining in what was a gas station/pizza hut. We decided to just carry out but it turns out Pizza Hut Express's don't do stuffed crust. Our journey continued further south into Baytown. We eventually ended up at the other end of Garth Road. Best damn stuffed crust pizza I've ever had.

Damn, that got me hungry just thinking about it. It's a good thing we brought back a few slices in a takeout box. I'm off to go eat! :)