Monday, November 04, 2013

Patrick and Co Halloween 2013

Owen, Jackson, Jason, Geo, Yo, and some others.

The boys played some basketball, ping pong, and FIFA. They also ate all the chili.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Salt Lake ComicCon

Really have to work on getting to the ComicCon in Salt Lake. I heard 40,000 attending in 2013. Then again...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Patrick opening his Christmas present

Every year I try to have a little fun with Christmas presents. Last year I gave Rachel a bunch of video cables and a note that said "I always support your dreams". She talked April into buying a projector and texted me that her dream was to show movies. It got a lot of use.

This year I packed Patrick's gift of a small XBox HD in a large box with a bunch of other stuff I found around the house. This is the video I took of him opening it:


Monday, January 14, 2013

Laramie Turf wars 2013

The weekend of January 4-6 Thomas, Patrick, Frank, and I went to Laramie for the Cowboy Turf Wars. I coached two teams of 11 and 12 year olds in the U-14 silver bracket. Considering they were playing 12 and 13 year olds they did not do too badly. The first game for Thomas was won 11-6. The next game for the 11 year olds was lost 5-6 on a last second corner kick. It was a lucky shot. Both teams went on to lose the rest of the games by one goal. The last game for the 11 year olds was at 11:45 at night. They were doing pretty well until the other team stuck a big kid in the goal.

Patrick’s team had a rough time. They played in the high school junior varsity gold division with all freshmen. All of the teams they played were either juniors or seniors, so they were a little outmatched. They did play well against the teams.

Frank’s team had the best time, eventually winning 1st place. Frank played well, flipping a ball over a keepers head and into the goal. In the final game, he bounced the ball over the head of a defender about three or four times so that the guy had no idea where it was.

Here is a picture of the 1st place team:

And one other photos I took:
Patrick and Ethan Parks

Monday, July 09, 2012

The Good Times

I like that blogging is passé now. I can write about things and nobody will read them although I should keep in mind it’s still public.

As I write this, a hawk is circling outside my backyard. It screams every 30 seconds, at what I do not know.

Browsing in Google Reader, I noticed a theme in several entries. Yes, I still use an RSS reader, mainly for comics since I no longer get a newspaper. Personal blogs are no longer updated, though, and I can’t keep up with tech news anymore. Anyway, in one comic a daughter tells her dad she would like to be like him when she gets old. He replies that he is not old. She uses as proof that he remembers a time before the Internet and that he refers to it as good. Another artist put a video together where his 12 year old self makes a video tape in 1992 to be watched 20 years later. His 32 year old self wonders what he did before the Internet. His 12 year old self holds up drawings and the 32 year old remembers it fondly.

This is the obsession that the past was better. I’m not immune to it, but I do analyze it and list the pros and cons.

In 1992 I still read comics. They came from a newspaper and I was at the mercy of the publisher as to which ones I read. Bloom County came to an end in 1989, and the local paper did not pick up Outland. I pick the comics I read now. A couple, Irregular Webcomic and Starslip, have come to an end. I am sad about that, but I will survive.

In 1992 I could still look forward to a new episode of Star Trek on TV and would continue to do so for another decade. I can’t say there is much in the way of Sci-Fi on TV that I would watch. I can still watch reruns of Star Trek either by recording them or just streaming them from a service. There are lots of other shows to watch and I record everything and watch it when I want.

Mom and Dad were alive. I miss them now but there are always memories.

For me, music reached a peak in the 80’s and 90’s but I remember being very frustrated that the radio stations only played a selection of about ten songs. I love the music of ‘Rock of Ages’. The upside is now I just buy them from ITunes. I don’t have to wait for them to come on a ‘classic’ radio station or search a collection of CDs. The fascination does wear off.

In 1992, I was by myself. I have a wife and kids now. Now I’m always with people who love me.

It was interesting that the guy in the video had to watch his 12 year old self on VHS tape. I do have a VHS player anymore. It was a good idea, though. I wonder what I would say to myself now from then.

I will close by mentioning I was 27 in 1992.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Not much

It's the middle of the year 2012, and this is the first post of that year. Blogging is out so I don't get much inspiration to write. I should not depend on that.

There is a lot going on, yet nothing gets written down. Still doing soccer. The U-14 traveling team had a break up and lots of hurt feelings. The U-12 coach got a promotion and moved away. There was some discussion about bringing someone from the local college in, but when nothing happened I volunteered. The team went to Denver a couple of weeks ago. We lost all 4 games although some issues I saw in earlier tournaments seem to be resolved.

It's been hot the last couple of days. In the high 90s.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Forced Perspective

I love to hear other's perspectives on things. I often ask for them in Facebook comments. The past few weeks have brought some interesting views. The BNSF railroad runs though Scottbluff and there are five railroad crossings. A few weeks ago they closed four of them. At least one was in bad need of repair. This sent a lot of people into ranting, like (WARNING: PICTURES OF DEAD ANIMALS) Rich here. I found it annoying that the signs telling you the crossing were closed were not very obvious. Beyond that, it was a minor inconvenience. Coming from Layton, Utah, where I could sit through five light changes at some intersections this time of year and barely move, there was not that much extra traffic through the one functional crossing. All of them except the one in bad need of repair are open now.

As far as being like Katie Bradshaw, Rich, we already have her posting pictures of Farmer's Markets. I don't see the need for another one. Not that Katie is bad. I liked reading about her education on guns. It's good to see other people's point of view. I've never heard the term 'Smells like money'. Again back in Layton we lived just south of an Air Force base. The noise of the F-16s causes some to complain and other to reply that's the 'Sound of Freedom'. By the way, an F-22 (it has a distinctive diamond shape) passing over one day had a 'Sound of Freedom' that rattled the windows. That's progress for you.

One final note to myself. If the squirrel in my neighborhood ever succeeds in it's quest to be part of Rich's blog on road kill, I need to make sure to send the photo. So far it's 0 and 3 since September. It apparently didn't consider my excellent reflexes honed from years of video games.