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.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Christmas Eve!

babykisses02We're all finally getting over our stuffy noses. I spent many days wishing I could just sleep until I was better. I have to say I think that' the sickest I've ever been in a long time. Olivia and Lana are on antibiotics while me and Marcel managed without. I'm finally feeling human again even if it is a thirty one year old human.

For my birthday Lana decided to take me out, just me and her, and spent the day together driving around shopping. I don't think we actually bought any Christmas presents that day but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not too often me and Lana get to spend the day together with nothing to do but enjoy each other's company. For my birthday Lana got me a new leather jacket. Lana was off looking at shoes and purses so I decided to look at leather jackets. It occurred to me that I just don't have much "grown up" clothes. Sure I have a leather jacket but it also has heavy zippers and big belt clasps on it with chains on it. I have a trench I bought at Goodwill I wear most winters but it's a world war II officer's green trench. Plus I have my old standby favorites, my Army field jackets. So when Lana caught me checking it out she made me try it on and then told me to buy it. I'm glad she did because I really like it. It's something I probably would have priced up and never bought.

So Christmas is tomorrow already. Man, where the hell does the time go? This year was pretty easy getting Lana a present. We budgeted for ourselves less than what we normally do with money being a little tight this year due to remodeling, bills, taxes, etc. but I think I did good. Marcel was the tough one this year. He's getting to that weird age between a kid and a young adult. Then again, Marcel's always been at that weird age. He's always been such a responsible kid. Marcel's biggest complaint about school is that his classmates talk too much and make it difficult for him to concentrate. Wow, does that bring back flashbacks except for me I just drifted off to daydream land. Anyway, so this year we got him something a little more grown up. I spent all of last night and early this morning getting it set up and put together. I can't wait to see his face. I'm rather proud of it and happy we could get something so cool for relatively cheap.

So the plan for tonight is sugar cookies and a little work on the house before The Big Man makes his appearance. It'll probably be a while until I next post but here's a few pictures I finally got around to posting.

The site is going to see a major overhaul during the new year. A new domain name with a more family oriented theme. Stay tuned...


Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


portrait_marcel04It started the other day as a slightly scratchy throat while visiting at Dosha and Johnny's place. By the time we went to bed that night my throat was sore and by the morning I couldn't breath through my nose. I reeeeeaaaaally hate being sick. Thanks to lots of drugs I can feel moderately normal if it wasn't for the fact that I have no energy. Moving laundry from the washer to the dryer winded me the other day. It sucks even more because normally I'd curl up on the couch and watch a little TV. With all the remodeling though, the TV is sitting in the middle of the room, the couches in the dining room, and our entertainment center is completely unplugged. So that leaves me with working or sitting at the computer. So for now, I'm just going to sit here and do nothing productive other than tagging our photos in Adobe Bridge.

Most of the living room is now done. The Sheetrock is now all hung and taped. I've been working on floating some but I just don't have the energy to do more tonight. Lana started laying down the laminate in the dining room and it looks awesome. I think tonight I'm done though. I can't breath through my nose, my brain feels like it's going to start oozing out of my ears at any moment and I'm feeling really nausous. So I'll just leave you with Marcel's school picture that I finally got around to scanning. Off to dope up before I try to sleep.

Real fast before I go though, I recently got an email from my cousin, Elizabeth, who I haven't seen since she was a baby. So while I scanning pictures I decided to go ahead and dig through the picture box a little deeper and found...

The pictures could use a little attention in photoshop but here they are for now...

Man, my uncle Chris was the shiznit when I was a kid. We'd go down to the bayou with shopping carts, catching snapping turtles, and building model cars. You know all those lowrider model car kits you can buy now? Well, back in the day, me and Chris would make our own lowrider model cars by taking a hot butter knife heated up on my grandma's gas stove and bend the frames.

There's not much he couldn't tweak out to a model car to give it the right look. He even made a hopper using an old motor from something he butchered and a battery pack from who knows what. I think about him every time I browse the model cars and think about putting one together again. Shoot me a line sometime Puma!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Ready or Not, Here Comes Christmas!

So we finally got our Christmas tree up despite all the work we're doing the house. It'll mean moving it when we get around to sheetrocking (in the next few days) but you can't have a Christmas without a tree. I have to say it was the fastest and cheapest we've ever gotten a tree. We were in and out of Wal-mart in under ten minutes. We came very close this year to getting a fake tree but there was nothing Lana saw she liked that was within a reasonable budget this year. We'll probably break down and get a nice artificial tree next year but this year we do it with a real one.

So we broke out all the ornaments, the decorations, the lights and put on some holiday music while Marcel and Lana made sugar cookies. I have to say I think our tree this year is one of our best looking ones so far. It's Olivia's first Christmas with us and she's growing so damn fast.
She laughed for the first time for us on Tuesday afternoon. Wow, you wanna talk about a heart wrenching thing of shear joy to hear. Lucky for us, I got it on my camera to relive as often as I want and to share with all of you. She's giggled a few times, teasing us, here and there but never a full out laughing fit. Lana got her going and she laughed 'til the hiccups were too much. I'm having a hard time deleting it from my camera despite the space it takes on my memory card. I rarely max it out so it'll stay for now. ;)

Tonight we're taking it easy after a busy day of preparing the living room for sheetrocking. The room is almost ready, the sheetrock is sitting in the garage, and the new flooring is in the fish tank room. It's going to get real busy in the next week. I'm looking forward to some serious work followed by a very awesome Christmas. This Christmas has really nailed home that my little Marcely isn't so little anymore. While he still plays with his action figures, he's spending more and more time reading, playing on my computer, and hanging out with his friends. Shopping for him this year was really tough. He's becoming a young adult and it's frankly a little scary. He's always been mature for his age and we've loved it but now I wish he would stay my little Marcely for just a few more years. I think my factor of "daddy is a cool guy" is slowly wearing thin. He actually ditched me for the first time on Donuts for Dad this year and even told me he doesn't want to be called Marcely anymore. I have to admit my feelings were hurt a bit both times but I know he's just growing up. We're already coming up with our strategy for "The Talk" with him. I swear I'm not ready for that...

Anyway, I should get to bed. Tomorrow we're hanging sheetrock. Wish us luck!!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Slowin Down

So I've been trying to slow down a bit the past day or two, as per orders of Lana. I hate knowing there's still so much to do and so little time before some serious payoff begins. The new floors arrive on Wednesday!! What that means though, is the Sheetrock has to be done before the new floors can go down - which means the entry hall floor has to be leveled and prepared, the door and floor molding has to pulled, and the carpet in our bedroom needs to be yanked out. Still lots of work to be done but I'm so exhausted these days. Lana's been a huge help freeing me up when I'm feeling ambitious enough to tackle house stuff and switching out with me when I wanna just veg with 'Livie and watch TV. I don't really know how she's been doing it between working, house remodeling, cooking and us. She's more of the multi-tasker thankfully. Me, I just plow ahead until I'm out of steam, recharge, and go at it again. I think I'm at the recharge stage.

So yesterday I slowed down a little and just got the floors in the bathroom closets done thanks to Laura. She came by to visit and kept 'Livie company while I tackled laying the tiles. There's no way I would have been able to get the tiles done if it hadn't been for Laura since Lana was out working, earning us some money pimpin out toys. I managed to relax some when Lana got home, visited with her, then finished off Second Contact. I'd been trying to read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix but I just can't seem to get into the story right now. It's not that it isn't good writing or that I dislike the characters. I just can't seem to get into the story. So I put it down for a while (again) and grabbed one of the books I put aside when Lana and I moved my mountain o' books to our bedroom. It was nice to read an author I know and trust again considering that I've really been trying to stay away from my favorites this year to just read new stuff. I figured a Resnick book I hadn't read was a good compromise rather than one I've read. I did find the high tech computers of the year 2065 very entertaining. ;)

So now I'm stuck with the choice of trying to read the Harry Potter book oooooor... reread the Necroscope series. Yeah, I should probably grab a book I haven't read but I really liked these characters and I don't feel like digging through the books. Besides, the year is almost over and I can venture back to a few favorites. Plus, I think that once you've gone over the ten year mark on having read a book it's okay to go back. I think that's enough justification for one night of indulgent reading.

Off to do a little reading while 'Livie is napping. Later!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Break for Bloggin

oliviacarseat18So not a whole lot going on these days other than lots of tools, dust and paint everywhere. I should be working right now but I'm taking a small break while I wait for my thin set mortar to set up a little. Everyday we make a little more progress but it never seems like a lot until we're too exhausted to do much more. We decided to paint the bathroom cabinets and tile the closets too so it's been back to the bathroom. The good news is that the dining room is pretty much done. The past few days I've been tearing out the false beams in our living room. I managed to drop the hammer on my toes, smash my thumb, and fall off the ladder. Don't tell Lana about the ladder part. :0

So I've now got all this scrap wood from the desk and false beams that I'm just dying to start working on my bookshelves. I've got a few jigs to make and a poker table to sketch out. With all the harvested lumber from all over the house I should have plenty to make my cylinder turning lathe, circle-cutting jig, and bookshelf pin jig. I have a feeling the next few weeks are going to get a little crazy around here with Christmas around the corner. I'm pretty damn excited about it despite being a little tight this year with so much going on.

I love Christmas time. Hopefully we'll get the tree up soon. We came soooo close to getting a fake tree this year but Lana couldn't find one she liked. Christmas just doesn't feel right if the tree is fake to me. The smell, the shopping for the right one, stringing the lights on... I need to dig out all the Christmas lights and figure out what the tree rats (squirrels for all you squirrel lovers) didn't ruin last year. I've slowly started to loathe the little tree dwellers. They tore up my lights, They found their way into my office and house attic and Bree is constantly barking at them. She did manage to get a hold of one the other day though. I never did find the other half...
Anyway, back to work for me.

    Remodeling Stuff
  • primer and paint bathroom repaint!! Ack!!!
  • remove tile in entry hall
  • install tiles in closets
  • install new light fixture in entry way
  • install ceiling fan in reading room
  • put a new chandelier in dining room
  • pull down paneling
  • remove faux ceiling beams (almost done!)
  • hang sheetrock
  • texture sheetrock
  • paint new walls
  • build bookshelves
  • install laminate floors
  • move lovesac upstairs
  • sand and paint front and back door
  • move books to bedroom

    Plus the Everyday Stuff
  • quality time relaxin with Lana and Marcel
  • eat
  • hygiene
  • laundry
  • dishes
  • homework with Marcel
  • take care of Olivia
  • maintain damage control
  • take care of the dogs
  • hang out with friends
  • computer time
  • sleep (optional)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Paint, Paint and More Paint

oliviafunkytown21So the past few days we've been steadily tearing away at the house. We're making progress but some days it really doesn't feel like it. We're usually up to until the early morning hours relaxing a bit after a day of painting and hammering. It does feel good to look at what's done so far. I've just got to learn that doing electrical work at 4:00am is never a good time.

Before going to bed I noticed that my bedroom wall outlets weren't working. My frog vivarium was dark and alarm clock wasn't blinking. I had messed with the wiring earlier that day trying to install my new light switches before realizing I didn't buy three way switches. Apparently I didn't wire it up properly since the bedroom wall wasn't working so I figured it was a quick fix. With the bathroom paint complete (or so I thought) I figured I'd go ahead and fix it before going to bed. So I found the right breaker, killed the power and put the wires where I thought they should go. Somewhere along the way of rewiring I managed to get more misplaced wires as the power went out on our bathroom closets too. So it went until around six in the morning when I finally sat down to clear my head and draw out what I knew about the wiring schematic so far. I went online for help and finally managed to get a better idea of how my bathroom was wired. At some point of going back and forth, from the bathroom to the garage, I somehow forgot to turn off the breaker and got a nasty little buzz from my screwdriver. It evidently woke me up pretty well as I finally got it the right combination - or maybe I just got lucky. I really didn't give a shit at that point since it was around eight in the morning and I was more than a little foggy headed and frustrated. The lesson? Always write down your wiring schematic before you start rewiring and leave wiring projects alone until you've had a good night's sleep.

We've been watching infomercials far too much these days. I swear I almost bought Time Life's Soft Rock Collection a few days ago. I did learn about an incredible product the other night though on DIY's late night programming. It's called a Saw Stop. I really wasn't too excited about the product until I saw the demonstration of it and my jaw dropped. I must admit there have been a few times when working with power tools I have quite literally counted my fingers in amazement. When I get around to working with my table saw more it's a must have. Watch the video!!

Anyway, I guess I'll get back to painting and ripping out tiles.

    Remodeling Stuff
  • primer and paint bathroom repaint!! Ack!!!
  • paint dining room
  • remove carpet from living room
  • remove tile in entry hall (started)
  • install new light fixture in entry way
  • install ceiling fan in reading room
  • put a new chandelier in dining room
  • pull down paneling
  • remove faux ceiling beams
  • remove living room desk
  • hang sheetrock
  • texture sheetrock
  • paint new walls
  • build bookshelves
  • install laminate floors
  • move lovesac upstairs
  • move books to bedroom

    Plus the Everyday Stuff
  • quality time relaxin with Lana and Marcel
  • eat
  • hygiene
  • laundry
  • dishes
  • homework with Marcel
  • take care of Olivia
  • maintain damage control
  • take care of the dogs
  • hang out with friends
  • computer time
  • sleep (optional)

Friday, November 16, 2007

Work and Play

So I've been playing around more with Adobe Bridge only to find I love it even more. It's made my four thousand plus photo and video collection manageable. Before I got the program I was basically organizing everything in folders and labeling everything in descriptive filename titles. Even at an anal level, dealing with that many files becomes difficult when you're looking for a particular photo. With Bridge though, I can now find any photo I'm looking for so long as I've tagged it. So now comes the daunting task of going through all my pictures and tagging them with appropriate metadata. It's a pain but well worth it. Now I can bring up every photo of a kid "picking nose" with a simple search!We're making pretty steady progress on the house. It's hard to feel like we've made progress when we're living with paint rollers, spackle and paint everywhere but when I see it in a list...
    Remodeling Stuff
  • remove kitchen and bathroom wallpaper
  • primer and paint kitchen
  • primer and paint bathroom
  • remove bathroom step
  • install tile in bathroom
  • install new light fixtures in bathroom
  • re-install toilet
  • install new base and door moldings
  • primer and paint entry hall
  • remove wallpaper in dining room
  • texture wall in dining room
  • paint dining room
  • remove carpet from living room
  • remove tile in entry hall
  • install new light fixture in entry way
  • install ceiling fan in reading room
  • put a new chandelier in dining room
  • pull down paneling
  • remove faux ceiling beams
  • remove living room desk
  • hang sheetrock
  • texture sheetrock
  • paint new walls
  • build bookshelves
  • install laminate floors

    Plus the Everyday Stuff
  • quality time relaxin with Lana and Marcel
  • eat
  • hygiene
  • laundry
  • dishes
  • homework with Marcel
  • take care of Olivia
  • maintain damage control
  • take care of the dogs
  • hang out with friends
  • computer time
  • sleep (optional)
There just doesn't seem to ever be enough time in the day but we manage to get a majority done while having fun. Speaking of fun, Marcel is on turkey break starting tomorrow!! It'll be nice having him around more. Here lately I know he's been feeling a little neglected with everything going on so we're going to make more of an effort while he's home to spend some fun time with him. Hopefully we'll be able to pull him off the computer or Gamecube long enough. Well, off to start my day!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Baby Talk

She was in a very good mood the other day and we got lucky enough to catch her talking away to her mommy on the camera! She's much more aware of everyone around her now and loves talking. The other night we went over to Chris and Barb's for the boys' birthday and she talked up a storm to Britt. It won't be too much longer that I'll lose my TV to Blue's Clues and The Wiggles. I guess it's all good so long as we stay away from those freakish Teletubbies and the purple dinosaur.

Right now she seems content with watching New Yankee Workshop and Woodworks with me. It's bad enough I gotta fight for the remote from Marcel now and then. I think to night I'm going to do laundry and watch movies while Lana works in the office. It'll probably end up being a Blockbuster night. Anyways. Thought I'd drop in real quick and post this video for everyone.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

A Small Runt Rant

So Lana and I have been trying to minimize the level of extra crap we have accumulated over the years recently. Turns out we've got a lot more stuff laying around then I thought. A few months ago that extra crap added up to a new computer rebuild so we figured we should do it again. So now I've got all this stuff on Ebay and Craigslist that will hopefully turn into a little extra spending money that we can funnel back into the house. The bathroom is almost done. I just need to paint the baseboards, touch up paint the walls, hang my new door, and toss new mirrors on the wall. Arg. We're getting there.

Anyway, so I've got the old jeep listed on Craigslist. I swear some people who browse the internet don't know how to read. Most of the people calling still ask if it runs and I tell them the same thing every time. "It's stated clearly in the add the vehicle is not a running vehicle", met with the same deadpan silence from them like it was crushing news. Considering how full my email box was the first few hours I'm sure we'll sell it in the next forty eight hours if I can tolerate strangers coming to my house.

So this guy comes over to look at it late in the evening yesterday with his wife and kid. It's dark and my porch lights for the garage are out so I open my three car to get my clamp light. We walk around the jeep with the light talking and his wife decides to kick there five year old out the car for daddy to deal with while he's trying to talk business. Me and the guy are in the garage now talking when he starts wandering my garage. Everyone tends to do this so I'm not surprised. The eight foot stone reapers, fiberglass dummies, skull molds, and '66 VW bus tend to attract attention. His kid is running around my garage though like some kid in need of Ritalin or a good spanking, it's still out for debate. I'm keeping a weary eye on the kid while his dad talks to me about a VW camper bus he saw just the other day when the kid whips out his dick and starts pissing on my garage floor. I'm standing there dumbfounded. The dad asks him, "What do you think you're doing?" in a very I'll go through the motions tone. The kid turns to him, dick still in hand, and crouches down laughing maniacally at him, then proceeds to run from his dad when he comes for him. So now the dad is chasing the kid around the pee puddle on my floor. He finally catches him and I make an abrupt end of our meeting by telling him to call me by 3:00pm tomoorow if he's still interested. He did pop his kid on the butt with a noodle hand a few times for my benefit.

So add that to the list of the many different ways my house has been defiled by children. Pissed on. I'm sure Tracy would Loooove that one considering Rule No. 4 and his love for peeing in new places. I'm always afraid one day I'm going to get a complaint from a neighbor that some guy was seen peeing out my our office window. I'm done with my rant now. Back to my crash course in trigonometry.

I fucking hate math. Can someone explain to me, in English please, how to find the cosine and tangent of an angle???

Friday, November 2, 2007

Just a Note...

Once Halloween goes by I always think how I'm going to do next year better. The trouble with that is I'm a professional procrastinator so it rarely goes past the detailed planing stage. I'm gonna change that next year - hopefully. I know, I know, "Do, or do not. There is no 'try.'" but it's easier said than done. This year I literally threw together my costume in about twenty minutes. I was going to wrap a toga until Lana whipped out the shear material (it was the only white fabric we had that was long enough). So with that idea busted I figured it was time to put my faux fur to good use. I have about ten yards of brown faux fur that I pulled up from my '66 VW bus that had been sitting in my garage collecting dust. I walked around smelling like a VW. Not an exactly an unpleasant smell but very unique. The guy who owned my bus last lived in the bus for a period of years traveling from Alaska to Mexico.

So I've been thinking a lot about my casting fiberglass technique and I think I finally found the solution to getting a smooth cast without spending a fortune on gel coat. Amongst the audio DIY'ers they call it milkshake, spooge by some. It's a mix of bondo and resin. There's a ghostbuster prop guy who used it to make his proton packs. By mixing the two you get a paintable resin that sands baby smooth and is great for a smooth casting!! It's what I've been looking for to cast smooth finishes and I'm pretty hyped about my next costume. I'm always amazed at the level of depths whole communities of hobby enthusiasts go to. I now know how to make some kick ass custom speaker boxes and panels for the bus later. Costumes first though. I just don't know what to test it out on first...

Anyway, I should get back to work while 'Livie's sleeping. I got tons of crap I need to post on Ebay and Craigslist. Just thought I'd brainstorm a little here. Later!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Hallow's Eve

So Halloween is over now and I'm not aching to the bone, no hangover and my house doesn't smell like a brewery with half empty cups and beer bottles everywhere.

Although I do miss the occasion to hang out with everyone I can't say I miss the cleanup factor. I didn't get around to puting my Reaper out or my headstones but I did get the scarecrow out with a light installed in the head. Now it looks like glowing eyes and mouth. On the good side it's less stuff to drag in.

I feel well rested this morning. After all the trick or treating was done we had a nice evening eating out and visiting. Marcel got his usual big bowl o' pasta, Lana got a burger and they actually cooked my steak right! It was a pretty relaxing evening. We came home, ate some of Marcel's Halloween candy, and just visited with each other.

It's been a pretty fast-paced few months. It's not too often that the opportunity comes up to spend quality time with each other these days with a baby in the house again. Having a baby is a stressful joy but I do miss spending the quality time with my Marcely and Lana. I know we'll get to a point where it'll become a non-issue and I'll get tore up about missing all the diaper changing, the cat naps, all the drool, and the baby coos. It has been a remarkable blessing having both of us stay home this time around and I have to say I don't know how any woman does it alone. It's not a job for the weak. My hat goes off to single moms. Now that's Hoowaah.

I've got lots of pictures to publish (eventually) but heres a few for now. Marcel got his school pictures in the other day but my computer's been living in the dining room for now. I went out to Chriss' new place last week for some LAN gaming and just hadn't had the chance to take my computer back up the office so new scans will have to wait. Enjoy and

Happy Belated Halloween!!!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Idle Hands Not Allowed

oliviacarseat03The bathroom is finally open for business again. Last Sunday I tore out the toilet and removed the step to tub along with the nasty tiles. Turns out the previous owners added the step in later by taking some bricks from the backyard and slapped them down with some mortar, then tiled them over. It was quite the adventure tearing them out. So the floor is finally tiled and grouted and, I must say, I think I did a great job. We now have a toilet that doesn't rock when you get up off it (I re-anchored the flange to the concrete), we installed new light fixtures, took out the heater to put a center light, and now are looking to redo the floors of the rest of the house in laminate wood. This weekend we're finishing up the paint in the bathroom. It's been hectic around here to say the least. There's always Halloween looming over our heads too. Between the new floors, taxes, hospital bills, and normal expenses, we're pretty tight here lately but it has been exciting. Having new projects always makes me a bit giddy and there's no lack of them these days. My fingers are cut and blistered up, my back aches, and I just stopped hearing the dull ringing in my ears from the wet saw yesterday. I feel terrific though.

We went out to Marcel's School awards today and watched our little man rack em up. He was on the stage twice and earned us another sticker to put on our truck. He's doing incredible in school and I can't help but brag on him. He's such a smart kiddo and has taken to reading like a fish to water. His favorite thing happens to be Calvin and Hobbs and my old comics. I think I'll take him on a trip to Half Price Books and Nan's this weekend as a treat for doing so well in school. ;)
Well, I'm off to hang with my crew and play a game I think.

Oh, I did get around to posting new pictures finally Laura. I've been clicking away with the camera but I just don't get the opportunity to upload them that often. There's a bunch of new ones so go take a look!

Friday, September 14, 2007


olivianlana01Big Brother 8 is finally over. Blah. Back to Meerkat Manor. Blaaaaaah. Danielle is such an annoying little skank.

Anyway, not a lot going on around here other than enjoying baby time and doing a lot of reading. I finished a reading the Hammered series and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a nice fix for my ever growing habit for more modern sci-fi. That isn't to say I won't ever pick up a Heinlein or Bradbury up again because reading those guys is a whole different experience of sci-fi. I've grown so tired of the bad fantasy novels that I had to just try some new stuff. To be honest, I'm just tired of the genre a little. There just doesn't seem to be anything very original, or at least nothing I've found. I've been trying to stay away from books and authors I've already read the past year or two just to force me to read some refreshing (I hope) stuff. It's paid off pretty good so far with some really good stuff. Just to pass on a really great sci-fi trilogy, give The Risen Empire a shot. It's an awesome story that's well told with just enough sci-fi crunchiness to not be too overwhelming to the story. It's gotta be one of my favorites so far other than the whole Revelation Space series. It's a little heavier on the crunchy factor but the whole massing story makes it well worth it as does the characters that he develops. I swear good sci-fi just goes down better and leaves you wanting more. So now I'm stuck without a book to read and all my books in one massive pile that would be downright dangerous to dig through. I reeeeeeaaaally need to get my bookshelves made. Arg. Until then though, I guess I'll just have to make a trip to Half Price books with Marcel and read some more RPG stuff. *sigh*

All this sci-fi on the brain really got me thinking more about that Gamma World game I've been wanting to run. After pouring through the D20 Gamma books though, I couldn't help but notice how much more detail could be added to the game by using GURPS instead. Third edition, of course. I still haven't really decided which system but I'll prolly go with familiar first before I tackle the D20 modern system. Anyway, I'm off for now. All this talk of crunchiness got me cravin a big bowl of cereal. Mmmmmmm...

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Early Morning Blog...

So things are beginning to settle down now that we're getting back into a groove again. With me taking Marcel to school during the week I'm up pretty early these days. I usually let Lana and Olivia sleep in and use these few hours to WoW it up. Today I thought I'd blog a little despite the drumming headache.

I think that having us both at home makes all the world of difference with a baby in the house again. With the both of us home taking care of her, everything about her becomes fun. There's no burden of worrying about who's going to work at what time, we nap with her during the day, and she's never without attention from one of us. It's really amazing watching her level of awareness increase with each day. We'll catch her now and then watching tv, or reaching for the butterflies on her bouncy seat. She still sleeps a lot but she does stay awake more and more after eating. She's got such pretty eyes. She'll sit there and just look at ya after she's eaten and it's hypnotizing. You have to wonder what she's thinking about when she stares at you like that especially when she slips off to sleep. She sometimes makes little excited chirps in her sleep and I can't help but wish I knew what she's dreaming about. She's an instant cure for insomnia too. Simply cradle her on chest and wait.
We have been watching a lot of television these days. Meerkat Manor is quickly becoming one of my favorite shows along with the HD Discovery channel. Add to the mix our need for Big Brother 8 and our viewing habits have become oddly voyeuristic when you think about it. Lana refuses to watch IFC with me now thanks to a slew of sad movies.

We've been straying a little bit outside the house more and more. Yesterday Marcel and me took Olivia along for a few errands while Lana stayed home and did a little work on the laptop. She stayed awake for most of the car drive, looking at herself in the rear-facing mirror but then dozed off in the stroller. Marcel and me jammed out to some God Smack, Queen, and Johnny Cash. I thought it would be a little weird with Marcel so much older than her but I've completely flipped on that. There's nothing like watching them together to know how much he loves his baby sister. He's so careful picking her up, we talk all the time about what she might like when she's older, what games he wants to teach her, and how he'll show her all sorts of stuff. He's an amazing kid. I know every parent probably thinks their kid is the best but to be around Marcel is to know you're in the presence of someone who truly cares about everyone around him. Their going to be so good to each other and for each other and I guess that's the greatest thing a parent can hope for. I'm a lucky man.

Hey, a big thanks to everyone. I don't know what I would have done without our friends and family who were there for us every step of the way during Lana's pregnancy. We keep meaning to send out individual thank you's but we've been a little preoccupied. ;)

Hopefully I'll be getting them out in the next week with us getting back to a regular schedule and things going back to normal. Lana's become the incredible shrinking woman. She's lost all her prego weight in a matter of a week. I keep hoping I'll drop the extra fifteen pounds I put on during her pregnancy but I have the feeling I'll have to actually work at it.
Well, I'm off to watch some cartoons. :)

Oh, I've added a few more pictures in the Olivia!(link now defunct) album.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Our Baby is Here!!!

It's been an amazing few weeks around here. Olivia joined us on the twentieth of August at 3:37pm weighing in at seven pounds and fourteen ounces.

We've spent the past week holding her, feeding her, staring at her, and pouring every bit of love we have into caring for her. It's beautiful how something so small can have such a world changing impact on your life. There are no words to describe the feeling I felt when I first held Olivia in my arms. It's a moment of clarity really. When she was placed in my arms everything else in my life just drifted away. Holding her I was again reminded what life is truly about without any distractions. I've never felt so humbled by an experience.

Marcel's now a proud big brother and I can't tell you how good it feels to know that he'll experience that. The love a big brother has for his brother or sister is something very special and just can't be understood unless you've experienced it. I love watching the two of them together. Marcel's so gentle with her and I can see something special in his eyes when he's holding her, looking at her, holding her little hand. I can't tell you how wonderful the past few weeks have been for the four of us. It's four of us now...

So I'm sure you understand why I haven't blogged in a while. I've promised pictures so here's a few of the hundreds we've taken already. I can't express my gratitude enough towards our friends and family who've been there for all of us. I don't know what we would have done without all of you. Thank you.

Hopefully I'll be posting a little more frequently now that we've settled in a little and gotten back on a schedule. Marcel went back to school, Olivia's now a week old, and Marcel turned nine. We've had a lot of changes to our family in the past few weeks. I'm looking forward to more. ;)
I love ya Lana!


Saturday, July 28, 2007

Hurry up and Waitin

So I've been spending a bit more time on my computer lately. It's amazing how a few new programs to play with and some added RAM can really occupy your time.

Photoshop CS3 rocks as does InDesign CS3!! I won't even go into how much I dig the Adobe Bridge for organizing files. To someone who truly enjoys cataloging and organizing, it's a dream come true. I finally got around to cleaning out my hard drive of old programs like all the old Photoshop versions. I've become something of a program pack rat. Off to the recycle bin. I'm amazed at how much has changed in Photoshop since I first started using it near ten years ago. I love playing in Photoshop but it's always hard to show people what I've done. If I did it right, you can't tell I touched it. I love looking at some of the more abstract Photoshop work as well as the filter freaks stuff but my true love always comes back to optimizing a photo for its true potential to look naturally beautiful - or funny depending on the inspiration the photo gives me. ;)

More than anything though, it's been a lot of A Baby's Story with Lana, watching movies and waiting. We're all ready for Olivia to be with us. Whenever I get to thinking about it, it's a little overwhelming. A baby, another life brought into the world, a sister for Marcel, a daughter. The baby socks, watching her smile for the first time, her first words, watching her play, just holding her, and the almighty Baby Belly Laugh. Babies laugh with their whole body and it's awe-inspiring to hear. Somewhere along the way growing up we lose that. It all goes by so damn fast. I sometimes feel like I squandered away my time with Marcel when he was a baby, never realizing how precious it was.

We went for Lana's ultrasounds a few days ago and got floored to find out she's a little ahead of schedule and probably won't make it to the twenty seventh!! It was a giddy/panicky feeling to know she's nearly here. We came home and packed her diaper bag, set aside some outfits, and realized we don't have a single newborn outfit. Out of all the girl clothes we've been buying up, nothing newborn. I guess I'll have to buy a few more. ;)

Well, off to play some chess with Marcel!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Nesting Begins...

It's been an oddly calm past few weeks despite my lack of blogging. We've been busy "nesting" I guess. Lana decided to tear town all the wallpaper in the bathroom. Talk about some flashbacks then add to the fact that Lana dug out all our 8mm tapes and played them on Kelly's camcorder.

Lots of memories lemme tell you. Lana dug out our old camcorder and I was tasked out to get it on the big screen tv. After lots of jacking with it, our camcorder eventually starting playing. All it took was a little old school Nintendo cartridge repair. Yup, I blew into the damn tape deck and it starting playing.

It was really weird seeing ourselves nearly ten years ago never mind seeing our Marcely looking so little at various stages. The plan is to upgrade my computer and transfer all the tapes to dvd.

Marcel's been gone for almost a week it seems. His grandpa took him to Victoria for a while and then his uncle swooped him up off to Seaworld. He had a blast with his uncle though and they got lots of very cute pictures. He passed out around ten after his uncle left. I think that's a new record. Anyway, I'm babbling.

I think I'll go back to playing in Photoshop CS3 and Adobe Bridge. If you're a picture junky like me, you need Adobe Bridge. Saying it's bad ass is an understatement.

We've been going through the picture box, setting up picture frames and organizing pictures. It's only a matter of weeks before Olivia is born and I can't tell you how excited I am. Lana gets another ultrasound on her next appointment!!! :)

Friday, June 29, 2007

Off the Shelves

So I finally decided to get up off my ass and actually prepare to put in the bookshelves in. It occurred to me the other day while watching our frogs that I've gotten rather good at simple woodcrafting (emphasis on simple). Which brought me to mind the shelves that I've, well, shelved for so long. I think part of me putting them off for so long was simply a lack of confidence when it comes to taking on such a big project. So I brainstormed a little more, went over my old notes and measurements, and decided I needed to go to Lowe's for a few things.
I do some of my best thinking just roaming the isles of Lowe's. It's a creative process really, where I just stroll and plan in my head, baking up random ideas from the equipment and hardware right off the shelves. Sort of like the opening scene to the Ray Bradbury Theater but rather than a great story afterwards you get some crazy ass project cooked up in my head.

Once I got home I did the next big thing that helps me think; I cleaned and organized. I reorganized the two piles of books and compressed them into one large mountain in the dining room. It took most of the evening but the "reading room" is now clear with the exception to the fish tank and Helen's toy chest. I love digging through books. I do have the habit of getting distracted but that's the fun part. By the end of it all I had a nice little stack of books that I wanted to make sure stayed close to the top so I could easily find them again. Marcel helped with some of it and he grabbed a few himself including a publisher's copy of The Golden Compass. One of the great things about working at a bookstore was you got some good stuff like this before it hit the shelves. I remember tearing through the story pretty fast and waiting for the next book. I eventually forgot about the story, waiting for part two to come out. Now I get to read it again but this time with my son. I even found the old bookmark still in the book that I stuffed in the middle of the book when I finished it. It was a jack of spades from one of my deck of cards laying around my dad's house. It's kinda weird to think that the last time I touched that card I was nineteen years old.

Lana's now thirty one weeks along. It feels like "any day now" but I know she still has some time to go. Olivia is kicking all the time now. I can feel her kicking my back at night when we're in bed when Lana has her belly against me. Sometimes she kicks so hard I can't imagine it not hurting like that. Lana tells me she likes to head butt her cervix and punch vital organs. She particularly likes ice cream.

We were watching The Watcher in the Woods with Marcel a few nights back when Lana tells me Olivia likes ice cream after she took a bite of mine. I eyeball her suspiciously and give her another bite of my ice cream. She tells me again how much Olivia really likes the ice cream. I again give her another bite of my dwindling bowl of ice cream but then I see Lana's belly move. When I say move I mean like Alien style belly roll. It was really neat/weird. I guess the shock was on my face cause Lana turned to me and said, "I told you she liked ice cream."

Well, I'm about to hit the road and go visit my dad. I'll leave ya with a few photos from the past. I've been scanning pictures again and found these in the picture box.

Marcel's first experience of snow was at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He had fallen face down in the snow. It was Lana's idea to take the pictures. Marcel has since then forgiven her for not helping him up right away since he doesn't remember it anyway. ;)

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Mothing to Blog about

vivtank_19I'm always amazed at the interesting hobbies folks pursue for pleasure. I finally finished my vivarium but now it's become apparent to me that I need a reliable way to feed my three green tree frogs that won't have me going to Petsmart every few days for crickets. Breeding crickets is just too much of a pain. I know because I tried it. Marcel and I have been catching flies and moths outside by the porch lights at night but unfortunately we have over a dozen leopard geckos that hunt by our bulbs so the pickings are usually pretty slim. So I decided to look into fly traps and moth traps. I originally thought about breeding flies but decided that was too much work too. But if I had a way to set traps and just check them now and then...

Turns out there are some folks who enjoy moths, or Mothing as they call it. There's a whole mess of folks out there who catch, study, photograph and release moths (as well as flies) in their area. They have forums where they post their catches, tips on caring for them and whole threads on trapping. Like I said, I'm always amazed at the vast array of hobbies out there that people devote their time to. I'm sure there are those out there that say that about me and my hobbies. Anyway, that's really all I had to say... :)

Monday, June 11, 2007

Fun with Silicone!

crosbyrodeo07_17So it's been a very busy weekend yet again. We did our usual Friday night poker game. I hadn't been playing online much lately. I think it has mostly to do with the fact that if I'm online lately it's reading and staring at vivarium tutorials.

We did a lot of running around on Saturday. Marcel and me went to Johnathan's birthday party where we visited a bit with my dad and I got to drool over Johnathan's Xbox 360. I've never been one for video games longer than a week or two at most (WoW was a binge addiction that has ran it's coarse) but I can't help but go "oooooooohhhh..." with Marcel watching the demo run at Gamestop. So we grabbed him a game and I resisted the four hundred (FOUR HUNDRED! impulse buy that would have gotten my ass whooooped at at home if and when I decided to go home with it. Like the kindda ass whooopin' you got when you were twelve after you said 'Yes Mommy Dearest' to yo momma. Sorry, that was just me but you get the point. It is a very nice system and I'm really considering one after seeing some of the games they got out for it.

After the birthday party we hauled ass back to the house where Lana was getting ready to go pimp some adult toys with Kelly. While the girls did that, Micah and me took the Marcel and Becca to the carnival and rodeo. Marcel and I watched the rodeo but, before too long, got bored. We hit the rides until I almost puked. We got on this spinning thing so much that by the fifth ride I wasn't sure I could handle a sixth ride. Somehow I managed another when Marcel wanted one more ride before we hit the road. I almost puked when he mentioned working up an appetite. I've never been one to have a weak stomach so I'll just chalk it up to a lack of sleep.

The past few days have gone by pretty fast. It's already Wednesday. The good news is I've made lots of headway with the tank. The glass is glued and water tested, the false bottom complete and glued down, the hood almost done and the lights wired for action. Only thing really left to do is wait for glue to dry, stain, and decorate the interior. May not seem like a lot but I'm growing impatient. I hate having to wait. I think I should take Marcel out to the park and look for some more bog wood and rocks. By the time we get back the glue should be dry enough for me to finish the hood plus it'll keep me from fucking with it before it's dry. I'm feeling a little restless today unless it wasn't obvious. Well, off to tromp through the park with Marcel...

Friday, June 8, 2007

One Frog, Two Frog, Three...

It's been a pretty relaxing past few weeks really other than the stress of refinancing the house. I say that with sarcasm in case you missed that. All joking aside it really has been pretty relaxed. The appraiser came out, walked inside and outside our home and then left to tell us how much our home is worth. Seems so weird when I get to thinking of it like that but there it is. A few days before Lana and me went on a hurricane of cleaning. All the kiddo fingerprints on the walls by the stairs, the spaghetti that somehow managed to splash up on the kitchen ceiling, all the stuffed animals up on the fridge Sally had chewed up as a puppy, Lana pruned down Marcel's artwork from this school year down to two, and I actually cleaned up all the feathers still floating around our bedroom from Lana's pillow. There's a lot of value in our home that the appraiser just couldn't see and I can't explain so it feels a little invasive to have someone tell me how much my home is worth. The birthdays we've celebrated with friends, the games we've played gathered around the living room, the early morning roleplaying sessions in the dining room, the crowded kitchen debates over chips and dip, and the quiet evenings with Lana and Marcel dozing off watching movies or eating a snack at three in the morning. I don't think the appraiser was looking for that sort of thing when she came in for her assessment of our home but it became real apparent to me just how much my home means to me in more than one way.

The past week or two we've been mesmerized by a little tree frog Lana found in the garage one night. I managed to catch it and put it in Marcel's little terrarium he got from his Uncle for his birthday. Marcel and I spend our days and evenings ever on the scout for moths, flies, and unfortunate bugs to feed to it. It's really cool watching and I can't help but want to feed it constantly. So the other day Micah and Kelly come by and Becca's carrying a jar with another tree frog. Apparently Becca's hair looked like a nice place to nest in and it fell in her hair. So we put it in the little tank too. You can probably tell where this is leading up to so I'll spare you the suspense and just say that I'm now working on a frog tank in the garage. It's a must at this point since we now got a third tree frog from our trip to the pond out by the river. We went there looking for bog wood and rocks for a tank. We walked around the pond, spotted a hare, a large snake, lots of turtles, spiders, and a few frogs and even another tree frog. So I managed to sneak up on him and put took it home to join the other two. Turns out its a guy tree frog. We're hoping when the tank is complete with proper planning and a spray bottle we'll have tadpoles soon. :)

Marcel: "Why's the little frog hugging the big tree frog like that?"

Lana took this great picture of the pond while me and Marcel were beating around the bushes looking for frogs and and bugs. It was a really hot day and I'd really love to go out there sometime a little earlier in the day or in the evening when all the frogs start to come out. I love being outside on days like this.

marcelcardshark02 playing sevens
We've been playing a cards with Micah and Kelly a lot the past week and Marcel decided to jump in the other night when I was tearin up some Seven's. Marcel came in and whooped us in a game just before we called it a night.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Just Having Fun

beachtime09Marcel's only got a matter of days left of this school year and my baby's now twenty six weeks along. The other day in Walmart I found myself shopping for baby girl clothes with Marcel. I can't really describe the feeling of just goodness that overcame me trying to decide over the pink dress or the ruffly outfit with the teddy bears. So I got them both Kelly style.

Last night we spent the evening and early morning hours playing poker online with Micah and Kelly. Man, that was just a blast. It was play money on Full Tilt Poker but the amusement factor was awesome. It's been a while since we've had a "Game Night" with Micah and Kelly and it I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Michael's decided we need to have a Pamper Party so this weekend we're having everyone over for food, beer, and the UFC 71 fight. We only ask ya bring a pack of diapers and be sure to thank my brother for volunteering to cook (since I can't) and providing the food. I love it when my brother barbecues so to thank him I'm gonna try and make enough menudo to go around. Lucky for us not too many folks we know eat menudo. :)

There's not a whole lot going on lately other than us preparing for our baby Olivia. August feels soooo close. I wish I could slow it down just a tad bit sometimes but then I think about watching Marcel change her diaper for the first time or holding her while she sleeps. Our family is gonna add a baby girl. It still makes me smile every time I think about it.

Well, I should log out for now. Marcel gets out of school in a little while and I still hadn't eaten today. Plus I'd like to get out a little and practice on my Heely's. Marcel's gotten pretty good and I'm not too shabby myself. I've fallen the most though and my knees prove it. Marcel had been wanting a pair for a while now. His current shoes were falling apart so it was good excuse to treat him to something nice especially since he's made solid A's and B's all year. I couldn't resist getting myself a pair when we finally found an Academy that had his size (and mine!). My legs are sore, my knees hurt a little from the bruises and scrapes, but it's pretty damn fun. I just pray I don't bust my ass in public.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

A Still Before Summer

olivia_ultrasound02Whew, it's been a while since I've been in here. A lot has happened since I last blogged so I'll just summarize the highlights. We're having a baby girl and her name is Olivia (Lana's mommy instincts were right of course), Lana had a birthday, we celebrated our tenth year together, We went to Lana's 2007 Passion Parties Convention in Las Vegas, and I busted our poker roll at the cash tables. I'm sure there's more but there's the highlights for those that care.

We've been taking a little break from hosting the poker game. It's been over a year now since we've run the game almost every Friday. It's not that I don't enjoy playing but running it does wear thin sometimes. I think I'm going to switch Poker night to every other Friday. I dunno. I enjoy playing much more these days and have been doing a lot of online play at Full Tilt. Now if I could only turn my play money into real money...

Anyway, not a whole lot going on here lately other than lots of reading, self-reflecting, online poker play, and waiting for warmer weather so we can go swimming in the river. Well, I'm off to play another tournament so I'll leave to your regularly scheduled - whatever. ;)

Hey dad, here's some new pics I don't think you've seen yet cause I just posted em...
group photo

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Stray Dog

FOUND DOG! Wandering the intersection of 2100 and 1960 at the railroad tracks at 4pm. Red collar and no tags.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

A Deep Breath of Fresh Air

enchantedrock2007_05I haven't been camping since I was kid. We used to camp on the beaches of Oahu and spend the night chasing crabs up and down the beach as the sun went down. I've got a lot of really good memories camping with my parents. I forgot how much I love falling asleep outdoors.

It was perfect weather for it other than a light drizzle of rain that came down a few times. We spent our time walking the creek, chasing frogs, and climbing all the rocks. We even climbed Enchanted Rock itself. I'm really glad that Laura and Charlie thought to invite us along with them. I would have liked to have brought Sally along but there really just wasn't room for her in the truck this time around for her. I'm hoping next time we decide to go camping we'll have a cargo shell for the top of the truck. We were only there for a few days but I think it did us all a little good to disconnect. It was a little weird not being able to call for directions on our cell phone but we did alright and enjoyed the ride up.

We even stopped at our favorite San Antonio place, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. It was pretty packed and it took us over an hour to drive through but it's always fun even when it's not that great. I even got to see the Ostrich "want some dick?" dance. It was even more amusing with Lana's commentary although I hear Kelly's is much better.

About forty minutes from the campsite we lost complete cell phone signal. No voice mail, text messages or internet connection. It did make the drive there a little more nervous since we couldn't call anyone for directions but we managed to find the place eventually even with mine and Lana's sense of direction.

I got some reading in while Marcel played on the rocks. Finished one of the three Sci-Fi books I'm reading, reread parts of another and overall just took a deep breath in and let it out slowly. I'm really looking forward to heading out again. I can see how camping can become a very addictive (and therapeutic) thing.

Speaking of camp, as soon as we got back the very next day Marcel packed his bags and headed to Horse Camp! He seems to be enjoying himself. His horse for the next few days is Daniel so he's pretty happy about that. They're packed this year!! I think last year they had half the kids they do this year. It looks like Lana's website is really making a difference for their barn. Lana's really busted her butt on that website so it's good to see it working out. I don't think a lot people realize how much work goes into a website sometimes especially one that requires constant updates and advertising.

enchantedrock2007_65Marcel and Britt didn't spend the night with the other thirteen (thirteen!!!) kids so Lana had the great idea of letting them camp in the backyard with their friends at our house. They roasted hot dogs, stuffed themselves on smores and curled up in the tent and promptly passed out. It was truly a very nice evening. To top it all off, tomorrow my dad moves from McAllen to Victoria! He'll be all of three hours away. My brother and I head out on Saturday afternoon to help him unpack. Have I mentioned it's been a great week so far?

Oh, a little somethin before I sign out. Just before we left for camping I got a package from Amazon. Now I had been expecting a book so when I opened it up I was already bitching to myself when it wasn't the book I was expecting. I was immediately aggravated and working myself up to a good mad. I was ready to start the emails and phone calls to fix my mixed up order. Then I got to the bottom of the box to find a note from Josh. He had read The Walking Dead and thought to send me a copy since he knew how much I love a good zombie story. I was a little more than floored. I was quick to assume the worst and surprised to find a gift. Thanks Josh!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Riding at Full Throttle

clouds07Wow, it's hard to believe that it's been nearly a month since I last blogged but the dates don't lie I guess. It's been a pretty busy month. It's been hard to find the time to just sit down in front of the computer to write. Sure, I find the time to read D&D stuff, or lurk on the Heroscape boards but I just hadn't had the energy to blog. It doesn't help that my average night's sleep is around four or five hours lately but I guess blogging just hasn't been at the top of the list of things to do. Trust me, the list is long these days. It's going to be a busy week-er month with spring break coming up and Lana's Passion Parties convention just around the corner. Throw in there Marcel's got Barn Camp and it just seems like we're running full throttle.

Good news is that we've been making time for roleplaying these days. We missed last weekend but I made up for it by spending GM's Day spoiling myself to a bookstore day then stuffing myself with sushi at Miyako's. In all honesty I had no idea it was GM's day so it was quite an amusing surprise to find out from Micah especially after a rather geeky day. I even got a t-shirt and some new dice. The shirt is black with bold white print, "You're not the DM of me."

I must say though, I've been growing rather fond of my time at the barn. I've been riding a new horse they have out at the barn these days. Rock's such a blast to ride. He feels like energy just waiting to explode. A month ago that would have scared the shit out of me but he listens well and he's really fun to trot. I'm hoping to get a chance at loping with him before they sell him. I must say, he's a guy I'll definitely miss at the barn. I was hoping to get out there today to ride but we've got far too much to do around the house tonight. Tomorrow is our regular lesson though so I'm looking forward to that. It'll be nice to slow down and ride even if it is at a trot. ;)
Well, off to do some laundry and watch some more of The Shield.

Oh, I took this picture on the way home from the corner gas station a block from my house.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Owlcon Rocked!!!

owlcon2007_10Last weekend was pretty damn hectic. Marcel and I packed up our dice and went to Owlcon 2007 with Micah. As a really nice surprise I got to finally meet the man behind the pyramid, Steve Jackson. Does anyone else see a strange resemblance between him and Stephen King??? He signed my much loved copy of GURPS Basic - 3rd edition of course.

Anyway, we had a great time. It was really great to know that Marcel enjoys playing games as much as I do and that we could share the excitement and fun together. It helps that he's an awesome team player and we whooped down some serious game. I didn't get to do any RPG's (thats Roleplaying Games for you non geeks out there) but I don't think Marcel's quite ready to make that leap so we stuck to tabletops, card and board games. I can't express how cool it felt to have him by my side at a gaming table playing as team. Man, talk about a daddy moment. Oh, here's another one - Marcel boxed Steve Jackson on the Wii. :)

We came away from the weekend exhausted and exhilarated. I haven't felt this hyped up about gaming in long while. I'm ready to jump on the GM saddle again and do some some serious gaming. I found a few great gems at Owlcon this year to top it all off.
Lana joked about how I manafested them...

I recently watched Grandma's Boy for the first time. Yeah, I know it's been out for a while but it didn't look very good from the previews. Being completely bored I watched it in the early morning hours and again with Lana the next day just a few days before Owlcon weekend. I absolutely love that fuckin movie. Well, there's a few scenes in the movie where one of the guys is wearing a T-shirt that says, "Choose your weapon" with all the major dice lined up below (four-sider, six-sider, eight-sider, ten-sider, twelve-sider, and the mighty 20-sider.) When I saw that I said I had to have one if I ever saw it.
I'm now the proud owner of what is one of the geekiest shirts I've seen but fuck it.

The other gem was a complete set of D20 Gamma World!!! On the way out to Owlcon Micah and me talked about old RPG's and I mentioned how I would love to get my hands on an old game TSR put out, Gamma World. So you can imagine how awesome it was to find it in a bargain bin at a dealer's booth. I was a little disappointed to read that they took out the mutated plants race. So like a lot of things eventual, I've decided to give D20 system a chance. I'm stubborn about change but if it's good I'm sure it'll grow on me. It still won't be as good as GURPS though.

Well, I've rambled on enough I guess. Plus Marcel needs a little help making out his Valentine's cards for his party at school tomorrow.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Takin it Easy

January is almost over already and I still got my Christmas lights up. I think the squirrels will finish gnawing them off the house before I get around to taking them down.

There hasn't been a whole lot going on around our house other than us preparing for the baby. We dug out what's left of Marcel's baby clothes the other day to take inventory of what we need. I guess I should of held onto funky town a little longer. I sold it last year to make room in my closet where I was keeping it along with all his baby clothes. I still have the baby walker though since it really didn't take up that much space. I was starting to think another baby for Lana and me was just never meant to be. Marcel's going to be a big brother. I can't describe how good that makes me feel to know we're going to bring another life into our family.

Marcel's been asking for a little brother or sister like it's something we can pick up at a trip to Walmart. He once told my brother that we were buying one on eBay. I'm not sure what gave him that idea but it was still pretty funny.

Not a lot going on these days at my house other than Heroscape taking over my brain. I found a local Yahoo group (Houstonscape) that plays pretty regularly and I finally made it out to one of their events. Marcel and me had a blast playing as a team. He's getting pretty good at strategy games. This weekend is Owlcon so we'll get our fix in for some gaming and hopefully meet the man himself, Steve Jackson. He's supposed to be there this year doing some playtesting. I'm going to bring my beat up GURPS 3rd edition for him to sign. I've been playing GURPS for over ten years now and been demo'ing and pushing his games for something like four years now. There's not too many games made by Steve Jackson Games that I can honestly say I don't enjoy so it'll be nice to meet the man behind the gm screen. This weekend is going to be a full one especially since I opted to not run any games this year. Normally I run so many Steve Jackson Games I have little time to actually play so I decided to try something different this year. I was going to try to get a Heroscape submission in but I missed the deadline. It's probably for the best anyway. Marcel's going with me this year so that alone makes it a pretty new experience for me. I hope he enjoys it as much as I do. All the games, the toys, and elaborate miniature games. It should be lots of fun.

Maybe I'll find some of the Heroscape sets I'm missing in the vendor room this year. ;)

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Happy News


I'm going to be a daddy again. The next day I also found out my dad got the job in Victoria and will be moving in March. Nothing but good news. :)