(Reposted from my Facebook entry of Jan 26, 2014 https://www.facebook.com/Grayhawk/posts/10202543147396625?stream_ref=10)

So, the Olympics are coming up in less than 2 weeks. Once again, I am certain we will be watching. I've always enjoyed the winter more than the summer. More of a hockey fan than basketball, and skiing, bobsled, luge, etc always appealed more to me as a spectator than track and field.

But with the Olympics comes a slew of bullshit. Yes, I am aware of the hideous Russian laws. And no amount of people watching or not watching will change them. Only the Russian people can do anything about this - the rest of us are flapping our gums in the wind.

In the meantime, our athletes, who have spent a lot of time preparing, are competing on a grand stage against others who may have nothing else in common but their sport. And at the end, they (usually) set a good example for the rest of us by congratulating each other after a hard fought competition. THAT is one of the things we should be taking away from this - that we can find common ground and respect for one another regardless of political boundaries, geographic differences, skin color, ethnic persuasion, or any other difference, real or imagined.

Even during the height of the cold war, there was respect for the Soviet Bloc athletes. Sure, it was grudging at times, but it was there.

I think the world in general could stand to learn this lesson: There is always something that we can use to bridge the gaps and come to an understanding, to come together in peace and fellowship - even when competing with one another.

That, to me, is the Olympic Spirit.
Once again, it's that time of year, the time of year where we celebrate that most American of modern holidays: The Super Bowl (or, as my World History teacher, Mike Gould, called it, the Hyper Bowl).

(Side note: While I'm a big fan of tradition, I continue to maintain that the NFL needs to move the game to Saturday night so that people have Sunday to clean up and recover from the parties. )

Alas, my beloved Philadelphia Eagles will not be playing, but I'll still be watching. All I really hope for is a good game and a handful of humorous and/or innovative commercials. This year...I really don't know who will win. Nor do I have a favorite. Growing up an Eagles fan, it's hard for me to root for the Giants. And then...New England and three points, man. Not sure this is the best possible matchup for the NFL, but it's in the top three - two storied franchises with large and passionate national fan bases, rematch from a few years ago... Should make for good ratings.

This year, we'll be at home. We'll do the Pathfinder game in the afternoon, and have chili and sauce-your-own-wings for the game. If you wanna come by, you're welcome to do so, just lemme know.

In the meantime, here's a few polls for you to fill out if the mood so strikes you.

[Poll #1815501]
Once again, it's that time of year, the time of year where we celebrate that most American of modern holidays: The Super Bowl (or, as my World History teacher, Mike Gould, called it, the Hyper Bowl).

(Side note: While I'm a big fan of tradition, the NFL needs to move the game to Saturday night so that people have Sunday to clean up and recover from the parties. )

Alas, my beloved Philadelphia Eagles will not be playing, but I'll still be watching. All I really hope for is a good game and a handful of humorous and/or innovative commercials. This year...I really don't know who will win. Nor do I have a favorite. Growing up in South Jersey, Pittsburgh was always the AFC team it was ok to root for, and I admit to a soft spot in my heart for the Packers (unless they're playing the Eagles, then they can all burn). I think that this is the "Dream Game" for the NFL - two storied franchises with large and passionate national fan bases. Should make for good ratings.

This year, we'll be at home. We'll do the Pathfinder game in the afternoon, and have chili and stuff for the game. If you wanna come by, you're welcome to do so, just lemme know.

In the meantime, here's a few polls for you to fill out if the mood so strikes you.

[Poll #1676143]
So, yeah, here we go...

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As I usually do, I find myself extremely thankful for a number of things this year:
  • [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0, B, & F.
  • My job and [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0's job
  • My clueless end-users
  • My in-laws.
  • My family
  • The fact that I have a roof over my head, food on my table, and clothes on my back.
  • And perhaps most especially, my friends, whether near or far, whether they read this drivel I write or not. (and that does mean all of you)


Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, I would ask one thing from each and every one of you. Please, try to remember to be thankful for each and every blessing in your life every day. Let the people in your life know you are thankful for them. Let us not give thanks only on Thanksgiving, but every day.

And I am thankful for all of you. Believe me when I say that even when I don't comment, I am reading what you write, and rejoice with you in your triumphs, and weep with thee in thy sorrows.

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings.

--Bing Crosby, Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
As we speak, the Philadelphia Spectrum is being torn down.

For those who don't know, the Spectrum was an indoor arena in Philly which opened in 1967. It was the home of the Flyers and 76ers until 2009, as well as hosting boxing, lacrosse, Arena Football, wrestling, soccer, concerts, monster truck rallies, circuses, and countless other events.

As you might guess, I have a lot of memories from there.
  • Flyers & 76ers (including seeing the '83 championship team) games with Dad
  • Countless other Flyers & 76ers games watched at home
  • Oak Ridge Boys & Kenny Rogers in concert
  • The Eagles Hell Freezes over concert
  • I believe I went to a circus there once with Nan
  • Watching wrestling from there on Prism (local sports/entertainment cable)


Watching the wrecking ball punch a hole in the side today has brought a tear to my eye.

Still, they can take the building, but they can't take my memories.

Today, I am thankful for those memories.
Hey there! So, how the hell are ya?

I'm doing fairly well. Getting over a cold that my son brought home. I love my kids, and I'm so proud that they freely share. I just wish they'd stop sharing their mini-plagues with the family.

*sigh*

Anyway, here I am and there you are and here we are and isn't it a loooooooovely day! OK, no it's not, given that it's cool and rainy. But we need the rain here in the DC area, so I can live with it.

So, not much has happened since the last time I wrote in here. We went to AnimeUSA for Friday & Saturday. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & B had a good time wandering around and going to various panels. F & I kinda camped out with a bag of games and played them with each other and random passers-by. Played/Taught several rounds of Castle Ravenloft. Also played Ninja vs. Ninja, Munchkin Impossible, Frag! Gold, and one or two other things. Had lunch in the Maid Cafe. We left around 7 on Sat because I was really starting to feel run down.

I have to say that I saw only a minimal amount of body-inappropriate outfits at AnimeUSA. This is a good thing. I had a longer writeup, but decided to cut it because I know y'all don't need that. The only one that disturbed me a bit was the dude dressed as some anime chick who had long, dark, curly chest hair poppoing up over the top of his bra. Looked like some sort of cthuloid tentacle thing waving around in the breeze.

Watched the Sam Kinison Tribute on Comedy Central Sat night. The man still makes me laugh after nearly 25 years.

Watched my beloved Philadelphia Eagles lay the smackdown on the Redskins last night. It was...painful to watch at times. Loved Sonny Jurgenson's line "They were Vicked".

Need to finish up Thanksgiving shopping on Saturday. Need the fresh fruits, veggies, herbs, and other stuff.

Actually, I need to put up a Do-List for myself. Get my shit together.

But, before I do that, I want to take a moment to remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.
This one is for all my friends who follow the Washington DeadRedskins:

We, the faithful fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, are not even remotely surprised at what Donovan McNabb is doing. The fact that you may be surprised means only that you weren't paying attention in the last few years.

I like McNabb. I think he did a lot of great things both on and off the field in Philly. But he just could never seem to get out of his own way to enter that top tier.

I remember after the Super Bowl loss to the Patriots, there was joke going around that McDonalds was going to introduce a new sandwich called the McNabb: The guy behind the counter would either throw it just in front of you or just behind you.
So, it's been farrrrr too long since I've done any update of substance.

So here we go. Get some coffee (or beverage of choice) and get comfy.
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  • Me: Doing well. I'm in good spirits. Hallowe'en is done, and the planning and prepping for Thanksgiving begins in earnest. I'm feelin' good and looking...well, like myself. Which is to say that I'd lose to Godzilla in a beauty contest, but hey, that's normal, so it's all good. In early to work this AM since the kids are off from school (Teachers Professional Day) and I can drop F off at his after-school care as early as 0700. I'll use the time towards my day off for AnimeUSA later in the month.
  • I probably don't need to say this to y'all, but it bears repeating: Please, tomorrow, go out and vote. Thank you.
  • Family: Well, everyone is doing pretty well. The kids are on a bit of a sugar high (Duh!) and are enjoying the long weekend. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 & B are gearing up for NaNoWriMo; I'm staying out of the way. F was dealing with some sorta low-end stomach bug about half the weekend. No barfing, just stinky gas, gas pains, mild nausea, and the runs.
  • NaNoWriMo: To everyone who is participating, good luck to you.
  • Work: We seem to have passed the first milestone. Now for the next big one. After that, things calm down a bit. We hope.
  • What we've been doing: Well, lessee, it's been over a month since last update. EEP! OK, by week then:
    • Sept 27 - Oct 3: Cleaned up from painting the Living room. Went to MD Renaissance Faire. Went to [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo & [livejournal.com profile] ginabeth's for football and to celebrate [livejournal.com profile] luvmomh's birthday. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 made an awesome tiramisu for the shindig.
    • Oct 4 - 10: My car wouldn't start after getting cup of coffee (connection to starter motor was bad). Total was ~$130. Touched up paint in LR. Replaced trim around front door (had to do the whole thing because I couldn't find matching trim). Cleaned front of condo. Brought Halloween decorations out of storage.
    • Oct 11 - 17: Enjoyed day off on the 11th. Car needed jumpstart at work on the 15th. Bought battery for my car and tires for [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0's car. Decorated front of condo.
    • Oct 18 - 24: Not much other than take long weekend to go to NJ to visit lighthouses (which will get it's own post).
    • Oct 25 - 31: Watched horror movies. Had car starter die on me. Had starter replaced. Took F. Christmas List shopping. Gave out candy.
  • Gaming: Not too much, not even WoW. I logged on a few times to try for the Headless Horseman's mount, but never got it.
  • What's coming up: Well, lessee, this week, we're going out to dinner on Thursday to celebrate the birthday of [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 and her sister, then grocery shopping on Saturday for Thanksgiving dinner (the menu for which gets it's own post). Also need to defrost the freezer and rearrange and clean out the fridge. Lots of food coming in. Need space. The following weekend is AnimeUSA, which, while we are attending, we will no longer be staying at the hotel (see auto repairs above). If we can get and keep things cleaned up, then one or more of us may go up to [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo & [livejournal.com profile] ginabeth's for football on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
  • Horror flicks: My son F. doesn't care for them, neither does [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0. My daughter B & I watched several over the last few days, most of which she hasn't seen before. I had the joy of introducing her to:She seemed to enjoy them, and jumped at the end of Carrie. Like I still do. And I've probably seen it two dozen times.
I think that's all I've got for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
Anime USA: 11 Days!
Yeah, I lost track again. Go me. :rolls eyes:

To be fair, I have been busy since last I wrote here. Like, wrote for real.

How busy? Well, I'll detail that...
under the cut )
Sorry, you warm weather lovers, but the summer is drawing to a close, and with it begins my favorite season of the year: Fall. YAY!!!

But hey, how are ya? Hopefully doing well, or at least reasonably so.

So, let's get this party started with some...
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  • Me: Doing pretty well at the moment. I keep waking up in the morning, so I keep having a succession of good days. With the kids being in NJ last week, we managed to get a number of things done, even though we didn't get *everything* done we wanted to. Wouldn't mind a nap right now, though.
  • Family: Well, the kids aren't ready for summer vacation to be over. Yeah, who knew? They are ready, however, from a school supplies perspective. Have been since the end of July. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 is doing pretty well as well. And the change in the eating regimen has definitely made a difference in our waistlines.
  • Work: Well, tomorrow is the Project Manager's last day...definitely a case (as [livejournal.com profile] stoooooooo put it) of "Addition by Subtraction". And we're in the middle of our re-accreditation (sp?). Plus our normal work. Busier than a one legged man in a ass kickin' contest, that's for sure.
  • What's happened since last we talked: Well, let me think. Got ready for 4 Fantasy football drafts, packed the games for TCEP 17, Cleaned, packed the car, watched The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, went to NJ, drafted one Fantasy football team, celebrated Dad's birthday (and F.'s 1/2 birthday), came back to MD, saw Great Big Sea, drafted a second Fantasy football team, started prepping materials for my two RPG's for TCEP 17...and here we are.
  • Ordered Castle Ravenloft Board Game; should hopefully be here in time for TCEP 17. Maybe play Friday night after dinner?
  • Starting to look at replacing the Trailblazer. In an ideal world, would replace with hybrid SUV, as [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 does a fair amount of driving for her job, and needs, at times, to haul largish and/or heavyish items to her buildings as well as be at them in bad weather. Hybrid to save gas $$$, SUV for everything else.
  • So, what do I need to do in the next few weeks?
    • Finish editing Marvel Super Heroes event for TCEP 17
    • Finish preparing Ghost Tow adventure for the 3rd Annual Gygax/Arneson Memorial Dungeon Crawl for TCEP 17
    • Make foldy name cards for both games
    • Get con bins sorted & repacked.
    • Pick up prize for Marvel Super Heroes event
    • Get bins over to storage
    • family photo on Saturday
    • get kids packed up for school
    • breathe
Think that's all I got for now.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 17: 11 Days!
Intervention: 18 Days!
Anime USA: 81 Days!
Hi there.

So, yeah, I've been busy. At home and at work. I'm actually having problems understanding where half the month has gone. I'm actually having problems with where the year has gone, too.

Well, whatever. Here I am, ready to recap the last several weeks. And because it's a few weeks...
behind a cut it goes )
It's midnight.

I need to get some sleep.

But I promised an update. And now you have one.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 17: 19 Days!
Intervention: 26 Days!
Anime USA: 89 Days!
Hey, good to see you!

'Twas a good weekend here at the GrayMouse Inn. Plus, got a few things I want to put out there that you may want to know.

Then again, you may not. But since you're reading, I figure you do. ;-)
First announcement )
The weekend )
Announcement #2 )
Notes on Mom )
Unfortunately... )
What's coming up? )
OK, I think that's all I got.

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Peas. Out.

Convention Countdown
TCEP 17: 54 Days!
Hey, how you doing?

Welcome to the start of the dog-days of summer. Don't know about your part of the world, but here in the DC area, we're looking at temperatures in the low 100s for the next few days. Given that DC was built on a swamp, this will not bode well for people like me (aka fat bastids). Especially for me, who prefers temps in the mid to low 60s. Fortunately, it will be in the low to mid 80s come Saturday, when we go to see the Bowie Baysox.

Anyway, we had our annual Independence Day Suburban Charred Meat Festival last Sunday, and I have to say it was a smashing success. Had about 25 people there, served up a lot o' food, and watched a lot of fireworks. I feel like I should be writing more about this, but really, there wasn't anything much happening there. People came and had fun, and really, that's what makes it a success in my eyes. I do want to thank everyone who came over, and especially those who kept the cook company as he worked the grill.

Not much else going on around these parts. As I mentioned last year, this is kinda a slow and vaguely depressed time for me. Yeah, we've got a few things we're doing with the kids this summer, but summer, especially August, isn't my favorite time of year. For starters, as I mentioned before, I don't like heat. It's also a bit of a slow time for me for sports, as I'm not much of a baseball fan. Yeah, I've only got about a month until training camp for the Philadelphia Eagles opens. One of those things, I guess.

Regardless, life is good. And any depressive thoughts that may come my way will eventually be blown away either by work, by the kids, by the wife, or by remembering that every day I wake up is, by definition, a good day.

So I want you to remember that as well. The very fact that you woke up today makes it a good day. And you've made my day a little brighter as well. Thank you.

Peas. Out.
With your host, Grayhawk! OK, so this is pretty much a brain dump.

Well, it was a good weekend. At least, for me it was.

Friday, I had to have B. to school at 0530, as the North Bethesda Middle School choir was performing that day in Newport News, VA that morning, and they were leaving by 0600. Now, the NBMS band and NBMS Orchestra were also performing that day; after which, they were heading for Busch Gardens. Turns out that this was a competition, and I am happy to say that not only did the choir take first place, but the band and orchestra did as well!

Meanwhile, I just went in early. Had to make up some time anyway, so it was just a long day.

Picked her up around 11 pm after watching the Flyers beat Boston. We all crashed.

Saturday morning was spent running errands, including haircuts all around and a quick stop at Target. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 went up to the C&S game in F-redneck, and the kids & I cleaned, then napped, until it was time to take B to her friends place for a sleepover. F & I went home and had dinner while watching Smokey & The Bandit. He called it a night, and I got pulled into a ICC10 run in WoW (downed 6 bosses). [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 got home around midnight.

Sunday broke, and we did some final policing before the Barking Mad meeting. [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 collected B from the sleepover. The meeting went well, and was productive. As the pork chops I pulled out for dinner were still porksicles, we opted for some take-out fried chicken. Once the kids were prepped for school and showered, I got on WoW and got pulled into a Ulduar10 group (downed 7 bosses). Watched the Flyers beat the Habs.

And now here I am at work.

Still waiting for the dopes at Origins to get their heads out of their asses so I can sign up for events on their site.

I thought I had some sports thoughts, mainly dealing with the Flyers, but they seem to have gotten lost in the "maze of twisty tunnels, all alike" that is my brain some days.

20 years ago yesterday, we lost Jim Henson. My world has never been the same. http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2010/05/twenty-years-later-remembering-jim-henson/all/1 is an excellent memorial.

In Pace Requiesat Ronnie James Dio. Thank you, sir, for the music and the memories. May you be at peace.

Have you registered for TCEP 17: 3 Nights in Laurel (make a hard man humble...) yet? Why not?

Remember: You woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning. By definition, that makes today a good day.

Convention Countdown
Origins 2010: 36 Days!
TCEP 17: 108 Days!
Because random titles are fun!

So, yeah, trying to get back into a more regular posting rhythm. I have a few thoughts I wanna get down on paper (screen?) while I have some lunch break time left.

But first, some administrivia: Welcome to [livejournal.com profile] willowdrea & [livejournal.com profile] lindalee_! [livejournal.com profile] willowdrea & I found each other through [livejournal.com profile] snipeyhead setting up a Google group thingie, while [livejournal.com profile] lindalee_ & I found each other from a friending frenzy she was hosting a day or so ago. So welcome to the porch!. Pull up a chair and help yourself to somethin' to drink. I generally suggest that people read this post if they want to know more about me.

I'm gonna jump around a bit here. I'll try not to lose you.

I've spent part of the last day trying to hammer out my demo schedule for Origins. Mopstly, I'll be doing demos of Chez Geek, Chez Goth, and Chez Cthulhu. I'm trying not to do too much, as I'd like to do at least one event with each kid, and maybe something we can all do together.

Some of you who have been here a bit may remember that we took part in the 2009 NJ Lighthouse Challenge (you can read about our adventure here). We were going to do the Maryland one, but opted out due to illness and weather. Our plan was to try to do it this year, but I just learned from the website that due to state budgetary issues combined with the fact that neither the Long Island nor New Jersey Challenges would be held this year, they chose to also not hold it this year, instead looking towards 2011 as the next one. A bit of a disappointment, to be sure, but understandable.

Supposed to visit NJ this weekend for a combined birthday party for B and my brother [livejournal.com profile] matt3485; we shall see if that happens. Mostly, it will depend on the weather. Specifically, the snow. Yay.

So the Eagles have let Brian Westbrook go. I can't say I'm surprised. Salary Cap issues aside, he spent as much or more time off the field as on it over the last two seasons. I'm sorry to see him go, and I wish him nothing but the best. Thank you, sir, for your time with the Eagles and the thrilling plays you made. Thank you for everything you did for the city of Philadelphia and Eagles fans everywhere.

I hate my work computer on Thursdays. That's the day when the full AV scan is done. Slows this damn machine down more than molasses in Montana in February.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
So, haven't updated in a while, I know. I really would like to get back to posting on a regular basis. Just need to get off my ennui-riddled ass and type.

So. Hi there. How the hell are ya?

Not gonna go into exhaustive detail of the last few weeks. That'll bore the snot outta ya. Instead, I'll just go for the Bullet List Of Doom (tm)!
cut to spare your f-list )
That's all I have for now, mah fwiends!

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.
Short version: We're alive, we're ok, we're dug out, we're sore.
Long(er) version behind cut )
That's the way it is for now, kids.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.
So, it's that time of year again, the time of year where we celebrate that most American of modern holidays: The Super Bowl (or, as my World History teacher, Mike Gould, called it, the Hyper Bowl)

Alas, my beloved Philadelphia Eagles will not be playing, but I'll still be watching. All I really hope for is a good game and a handful of humorous and/or innovative commercials. I have to admit, I'd like to see the New Orleans Saints win this year, as they haven't done so before. Were I a betting man, however, my money would be on the Colts.

We're not 100% sure where we'll be this year. The current plan is to me at [livejournal.com profile] matt3485's for the annual "Kielbasa Cup Super Bowl Party", but weather may conspire against us - mainly because [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 may be required to stay near DC for work purposes.

In the meantime, here's a few polls for you to fill out if the mood so strikes you.

[Poll #1520255]
Hey there, folks! Hope you're all doing well!

So, here's what has transpired since having seen you last.
cut for rambly length )
As I usually do, I find myself extremely thankful for a number of things this year:
  • [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0, B, & F.
  • My new job, and the people who "prompted" me to find it
  • My clueless end-users
  • My in-laws.
  • My family
  • The fact that I have a roof over my head, food on my table, and clothes on my back.
  • And perhaps most especially, my friends, whether near or far, whether they read this drivel I write or not. (and that does mean all of you)


Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, I would ask one thing from each and every one of you. Please, try to remember to be thankful for each and every blessing in your life every day. Let the people in your life know you are thankful for them. Let us not give thanks only on Thanksgiving, but every day.

And I am thankful for all of you. Believe me when I say that even when I don't comment, I am reading what you write, and rejoice with you in your triumphs, and weep with thee in thy sorrows.

If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings.

--Bing Crosby, Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)
When did that happen?

Oh well.

Nothing overly exciting happened since I last spoke at ya.

Well, almost nothing. Seems that on Friday night, [livejournal.com profile] mousecat0 and the kids were on their way home when a deer decided to cross the road in front of her. And while she missed that one, she was not so lucky with the five more that followed. Or, more precisely, the last one or two. Fortunately, no one was hurt (except the deer) and there was minimal damage to the TrailBlazer (front grill, driver's side headlight mount). Insurance will cover the repair (minus the deductible). We went to the USAA-recommended body shop yesterday; they ordered the parts and we'll drop the car off tomorrow night. I'll be taking the metro to and from work until we get the car back.

Otherwise, as I said, not much going on. Did the Thanksgiving shopping on Saturday. Also got the main course for Christmas eve dinner as Giant had frozen geese for sale. Damn thing cost me more than the 2 turkeys I bought. Oh well.

Made chili on Saturday for the family chili cookoff on Sunday. It came out great. Shame that the Eagles lost to the Chargers, though. I think that a combination of too many injuries and talented but inexperienced rookies is going to cost us a run at the playoffs this year, though I could be wrong.

Watched the Dear Food Network: Top 10 Thanksgiving Problems Solved special on Monday. While I was glad to see that Ted Allen was using the AB turkey frying rig, I wanna know who brought back that corpse they named Claire Robinson. Dude, she was disturbing. It took me half the show to figure out why she bothered me so - she looked like a damn zombie. The dead were alive and trying to remake green bean casserole on Food-f-in-Network! Also, I don't remember who the hell it was that did this, but some idiot took a shot at Ted Allen because he was "afraid of hot oil". I don't need to tell all y'all how many fires are started every freaking year because people didn't exercise sufficient caution and common sense when frying their turkey. Bad scripting, Food Network. Overall, it didn't suck, but it didn't help or inspire me either.

Right now, we have our "Do list" of what needs to happen when for the next week or so.
so as not to bore people )
Is it busy? Yes. Absolutely. Will I enjoy every minute of it where I'm not at work? Most likely.

This is where and when the memories are made, folks. These are the times I treasure.

But before the rushing around and silliness starts in earnest, I would remind all of you of why we do this. Yeah, the food is good and the pies better, but this is a time for family and to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. In all the hustle and bustle, let us not lose sight of that.

I remind you all to have a good day. The very fact that you woke up on the proper side of the grass this morning makes it a great start to a good day.

Peas. Out.

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Frank N. Huminski

February 2014

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