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Fatherhood and other adventures

August 31st, 2010 | 3 Comments | Posted in The wife and I

My wife and I have finished our college educations finally.  No more pencils, no more books… that is, unless I decide to go back and get a business degree later on, but that is for the future.

With our classical education finished I have been doing the job hunt and firing off applications to anywhere I can find someone hiring and looking for a 3D environment modeler.  Mostly we are looking in the Texas area because one; Texas has very good gun laws, and two: It puts us right between both of our families so visits to each will be about the same drive time.

But now, there is one more item added into the mix.  My wife is pregnant.

Yep, I’m going to be a dad.  I’m nervous, happy, scared, elated, terrified and overjoyed all at the same time.  I wonder at night what my child will look like.  Will he (or she) be a sports nut?  Maybe an artist like his parents?  Both??  I think about the things I need to know so I can raise them right.  The future for me before was one of “Don’t worry, we can do that later…”  Well, later is now here.

I have plans that have to be made.  I need to get employed, insured and life insurance so that they will be taken care of if something happens.   Will we be able to home school?  What if they have to do public school, I don’t want them as bored as I was and school was a lot tougher when I was a kid.  If I were in public school now I would probably lose my mind out of contempt for the system.  Don’t want that for my kid.

So much stuff that I need to find out, but we can handle this.  We have a move that will take us halfway across the country in the near future, doctors appointments to plan once we get there, and two cats that will not appreciate the long drive, but we can handle it.  Between my wife and I we can do what needs to be done.  The important part is that we have a child who is healthy and raised in a house with love, discipline, and animals.

I think we can handle that.

The end is nigh!!!

August 7th, 2010 | 4 Comments | Posted in America the beautiful, School, The wife and I

Posting has been super light because not only is the end of the semester coming next week, but the end of my life as a student (again).  That’s right.  After this all my classes are done and all that is left is for me to finish my thesis and submit it to the committee for review.  So, while classes are officially over, I still have quite a bit of work to finish so I can get the piece of paper.

Now, I came here for the skills, which I have learned, more than the piece of paper but the paper will be nice to have too, so come December I’ll be either flying back out here or video conferencing with the board to get the final box checked.

Why December?

Well, it’s this little thing called “You took on a huge project”.  See, what I thought was going to be a manageable project size turned out to be a lot bigger than I thought the more I worked on it.  Details that I hadn’t thought of came up and items that seemed fairly simple turned out to be pretty complex in the end.   Doesn’t mean I won’t get it done, just means it is going to take a bit longer than I thought it would.

That’s been my problem through school though, really.  I get ideas that are possible but just out of my technical reach.  It does force me to learn and push, but at the same time the goal is to do a project within reason and not dive off the high board to see if you can do it.

In any event, it will get done, it’s just going to take a bit longer.

Oh, and that part about video conferencing the review.  Well, we (meaning the wife and I) have had just about enough of this area to last a lifetime so we are going to be moving out of here and to Austin, TX area.  It will put us right between her family and mine, there is a strong art and game design community there, and Texas allows concealed carry so it fits with my attitudes pretty well.

We’ll take lots of pictures of the drive.  :)

Words of Wisdom

August 1st, 2010 | 3 Comments | Posted in B Hussein, I heart Sarah Palin, Rough men, webstuff

Read this at Brutally Honest and he asked that we pass it around.  He’s right, everyone should read this.

Dear President Obama, My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don’t believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos’n Mate. Now I live in a “rest home” located on the western end of Pearl Harbor , allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can’t figure out what country you are the president of. You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like: ” We’re no longer a Christian nation” ” America is arrogant” – (Your wife even announced to the world,” America is mean- spirited.. ” Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.) I’d say shame on the both of you, but I don’t think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said,” America hasn’t lived up to her ideals.”

Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn’t mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

I don’t think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.

Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don’t, I’ll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue . You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don’t want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts , who was putting up a fight? You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.

One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.

You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president. You’re not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That’s not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now. And I sure don’t want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle…

Sincerely, Harold B. Estes

I doubt the Teleprompter in Chief will listen, but I bet the next one will.  Of course, Sarah Palin has always been a patriotic American, one reason I like her so much.

And the wife….

August 1st, 2010 | 3 Comments | Posted in Pass the ammo, The wife and I, webstuff

You are 22% hippie.

You’re not in the lowest bracket of non-hippie-hood, but you’re close. I advise a field trip to a food co-op or a farmer’s market. Do a few interviews and take notes, because there will be a quiz next week to see if you’ve learned anything.

Are you a hippie?
Take More Quizzes

The only reason I haven’t gone on a hippie bashing spree. She’s mellowed me or something.

Of course, there were no questions about what your favorite firearm is and I think the results would have been skewed lower if there was since this is what she wants.