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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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Zootastic!

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My legs ache. We must have walked the zoo three times over today but it was energy well spent. I should have been at home shrinking the mountain of laundry or finishing the sheetrocking in the bedroom but I knew I wasn't going to do anything very productive today. So rather than putz around the house putting off everything I should be doing, I packed up the kids and headed for the Houston Zoo.

Before we even got there 'Livie managed to lose a shoe somewhere at Fiesta while we bought our tickets and some most awesome Flaming Hot Cheetos.

I forgot how packed the zoo could get on a Saturday. Kids everywhere. It seemed as though all were running amok. All except the kids on a leash of course. Now I know I joke around a lot about it but I honestly think putting your kids on a leash is just a little demeaning. Not just to the kid but to the parent as well. I've heard all the arguments for them but in the end I guess I just have to say it's a personal choice for me and I don't think I could do it to my kid. It's a leash no matter what you call it. I'd rather struggle my kiddo into a stroller and have her learn that if she behaves outside of it she can walk around holding my hand. No leash for my kiddos. You can't fool me with that cute monkey backpack - it's still a leash. I couldn't help but laugh and nudge Marcel when I saw one mom being dragged by a team of kids on leashes while she texted on her phone. What would Cesar Millan say about that? Tsk, tsk.

We had a good time. Olivia managed to lose a sock while there and we just barely avoided losing a backup pair of sandals I packed. There was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch, lots of Cheetos consumed by all, and the kids crashed like rocks once they got in the car. It would have been perfect had Lana been there with us but she had an important date with her mom.

Laura, Lana's momma, had some parties this weekend out of town and wanted Lana to be there when she Ding'ed to Executive Director. So she leveled up and is still whoopin ass and taking names! 'Gratz Laura!!!

My legs hurt. I mean they really ache from all the walking. I guess I should really start getting back into the habit of doing more physical activity. With only Sally now, there's nothing to stop us from going on walks since she's so good on the harness bud -er- I mean leash. ;)

Off to watch some Movies with Marcel before we pass out. Later!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Flyin' High

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It was a really busy, but fun, weekend. We ended up playing poker with friends on Friday night. It was good to belly up to the poker tables again. It's been a long time. I think next time we're gonna shoot for a small cash game. I ended up not doing so hot but I did make the money on the second game. We ended up visiting pretty late into the early morning hours but it's always worth it despite an early morning schedule starting at the vet's office.

I took the Sally and Stitch to the vet for their follow up appointment. All is well and I'm very pleased with my dogs behavior in public. Sally's pretty good on the leash and Stitch is good once he stops trying to meet everyone. Damn rat dogs are always little terrors in the vet office and they make Sally nervous but she was well behaved despite it.

It was a little weird not having to wrestle three dogs in the office since Bree is back with her original family now. We just decided it was time. Sally was originally a house dog. Then came dog after dog after dog. So they all went outside in the backyard. Then Bree and Stitch began eating the fence. They worked as a team. Stitch would start the hole with his small self and Bree would muscle it open the rest of the way. Sally would tag along if she could fit through their handy work. It was fixing the fence for the umpteenth time that finally did it. Allison was happy to welcome Bree back and Helen finally took her Stitch home. It's a little weird I'll admit and I do miss them. I won't miss patching my fence. I won't miss buying fifty pound bags of dog food every few weeks. All said though, they went to loving homes where they'll get more attention then we could provide them. Hell, even Magnus found a home over the weekend! Yup, he's now with a loving family and no longer left to live in the office all by his lonesome. So now Sally is back in the house as we always intended and she couldn't be happier. We're glad to have her back in the house even if it does mean one more butt to wrestle out of my spot on the couch.

And to make it all the more better, we got to see a bunch of RC planes fly on Sunday! A friend of ours from our poker game flies RC planes and invited us out to watch. So we loaded up the kiddos and enjoyed the day together. I'm sure Lana knows me all to well to know that I'm already scheming up a plan for a plane. I'm not sure when it'll happen though, being that my camera takes top priority these days over Daddy Toys (blu-ray player, new computer monitor, laptop, air brush, etc.)

Speaking of Daddy Toys, I finally ordered my Canon EF 28-200mm lens!!! After emptying my Laundry tip jar again and selling off some more random crap laying around the garage, I finally had enough for it. Lana padded the small bit I didn't have from her Passion Parties account. I'ma lucky man in many, many, ways.

I'm super hyped about it and can't wait to snap it on. It should be here soon!! :)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Greatest Job in the World

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Lana sent me the coolest thing the other day. It was a link to a really cool job application for The Best Job in the World. Turns out a friend of mine through Passion Parties applied for the job and was accepted in the top 50!

Every year I went to Lana's Passion Parties Convention I looked forward to catching up with Lee. Well, turns out he got chosen for the final 50 on this great opportunity! Now it's going to get cut down to the final eleven. Here's a guy I know has a serious passion for everything he does and I can't help but ask that you take a few minutes to give him a five-star vote. It'll only take a few minutes of your time but for him it could mean the opportunity of a lifetime.

So go now -

The Best Job in the World

VOTE 5 STARS and SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS!!!

Let's send Lee off to the Great Barrier Reef! Curious about the job? Go check out the website (The Best Job in the World) and the FAQ page.

Thanks everyone. You guys rock. Good Luck Lee!!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Waiting for my Woman

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I'm pretty sleepy right now but I figured while I was waiting for Lana to get home, I'd go ahead and post these photos. I've been up in the office mostly, the past few days.

Marcel had his Valentine's Day project to do yesterday so we hit the garage, drew out a few ideas on the marker board, and scrounged around the garage for all the parts. It was pretty fun working with him. He's got a natural knack around tools. He wasn't too wild about me putting his hair in a ponytail at first but I think he realized how much easier it is to work with your hair out of your way.

We ended up making a cool Valentine's Day card dispenser. You pull a ring on a string in front of the box and it pulls out a tray that pops out of a hinged door using pulleys. It came out really well and I was honestly just beaming with how well he could swing a hammer and grind with a belt sander.

The other photos were from earlier today when I was up in the office working on Lana's computer. Her Outlook was acting fucked up thanks to Outlook Connector (which I do not recommend using). So I dumped it, configured her hotmail to a pop3 connection, moved her data file to a unfrozen partition (I LOVE deepfreeze), and added back all her contacts, calendar events, email folders, etc. Needless to say Olivia got bored so I set up my camera on my Gorillapod and took a bunch of photos using my Wireless Remote Control with her in my lap to kill time while the computer did it's thang. A handful came out good enough to keep.

Well, Lana should be getting home safe and sound here shortly so I'm calling quits on here. G'night!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Owlcon 2009 Takin Names & Kickin Ass!

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So this weekend was a bit grueling but in a good way. I look forward to Owlcon every year. I've been going every year since 2002 and I'm always impressed. It's always very well organized, the folks are friendly and eager to help, and it always seems to be pulled off hassle free. I can't imagine the amount of work those responsible for the event put in but I would like to say thank you. Angelo, Reema, Elizabeth... (I'm sure I'm missed some but those are the few names that come to mind)

I know I don't know you guys but you guys rock for going through what I can only imagine is a crazy schedule of planning, bribing, and coercing to pull off Owlcon. As usual, the convention was amazing and a blast. Thank you. :)

I ended up playing mostly RPGA games this year. It's taken me a few years to finally decide to give Dungeons & Dragons a shot. There were a few games in middle school, an occasional game under 3.5 last year, but when 4th edition came out and they launched Living Forgotten Realms, I figured it was a perfect opportunity to learn it on launch. I have to say, after running under some great DM's this year, I was really happy with the system. It's no GURPS, but it's still pretty damn cool for what it is. I can't wait to beef up on the rules so I can start running the games myself.

I didn't run any games at the convention this year. I decided a few years back, right after my most embarrassing trophy fiasco, to take a little break from running games but I think next year Marcel and I are going to hit Owlcon like gangbusters. I miss running games. I figure next year we'll build a large Hasbro Heroscape Master Set map and run it on Friday night. On Saturday I hope to run a GURPS game, play an RPGA game in the afternoon with Marcel, and run an RPGA game in the evening. I'll leave Sunday open for now. ;)

The one downside to Owlcon this year was they ran out of t-shirts and we missed a few games Marcel wanted to play. Marcel went with me on Sunday and when I went to get him a shirt they were completely out. I was a little peeved at first but when I got to thinking about it... Wow! They told me they bought the same amount of shirts they always do but this year they sold out. Then there was the fact that some of the games that were Marcel's top choice games were maxed out. Again, turn it around and all I can say is awesome! Sunday at the convention used to be the slowest day with a low turnout. Now you have to preregister to insure you get a seat - on a Sunday! We'll definitely be preregistering next year. Man, I'm hyped about it already!

Since we didn't get to play in the games we wanted we called it early on Sunday and I took him out for a little relaxation time. We hit Nan's Games & Comics first. We both found new toys in their overstuffed shelves. He found a Gears of War action figure set and I got a new mini. I refrained from getting new dice. If someone would have told me near twenty years ago that one day I would still be shopping at Nan's but with my son, I'd have laughed at em.

Afterward it was time to stuff our belly with sushi at one of my favorite restaurants, Miyako's. Once we stuffed ourselves on delicious sushi, we went to see the new movie Coraline in 3D. It was a little darker than I expected which was a pleasant surprise. I really loved the story, the small mythology references, the symbolism and the music. Marcel really liked it too even if the dancing fat lady wearing the pasties made him a little uncomfortable. Hell, it made me uncomfortable. Awesome movie if you haven't already seen it.

To round it up, it was a most incredible weekend. I'm still tired but it's a good happy tired. :)