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Hey there!
Still trying to move things over here from Livejournal... don't think that I'm getting it all right. Help would be appreciated!
Thank you
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It appears that the LiveJournal crowd is moving to Dreamwidth... SO, here is my new DW account to follow along!

Haven't figured out yet how to transfer anything as yet (tips & tricks are appreciated), so it's fairly empty so far.
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It appears that the LiveJournal crowd is moving here... SO, this is my new Dreamwidth account to follow along!
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My 43rd year has concluded, and I begin my 44th year of my ongoing mission to seek out new challenges & new experiences in my life as an adult and a parent.

Updates of Important findings from the past year are as follows:

I’ve known her for 20 years and been married to her for 16, and I am still completely & utterly in love with my Co-Captain in all things, Debbi . For whom I would travel without hesitation to the “Second star to the right & straight on til morning”.

The indigenous life (RE: Jonathan) is nearing its 13th year of life with many changes occurring : It has sprouted up in height, now officially taller than one of its parental units (Deb, I’m looking at you . It has also reached the stage where its voice is dropping & randomly generating seemingly odd vocal squeaks while speaking as it matures from its younger form into a young adult. Additionally there are VERY controllable & sometimes purposefully unintelligible &semi-unresponsive grunts, as it strives to become more independent & wants to do things its own way instead of as requested by its Captain(s)! We have also noticed a proclivity for constantly eating whatever food it can get its hands on, thereby depleting the food stores. Even the replicators are having a hard time keeping up!

We obtained a new Starship (RE: car) this year, which replaced our prior ship. After 11 years, 150K-plus miles, a destroyed/rebuilt front left quarter, 3 damaged/replaced rear bumpers, & a few other repairs, it was time for a new one. Our new vehicle is still in its shakedown cruise period, and we are expecting that the oncoming Ionic Storms (RE: Snow) and Spatial Disturbances (RE: Ice) will sufficiently put it through its paces.

My assignment with my current workplace is still going strong. I am just about to complete my third year, and looking forward to the next. There were some concerns over the Warp Engine Intermix ratio (RE: splitting of specific sub-companies out of the larger corporation, into their own separate component entities), but Engineering appears to have gotten this under control and for the most part should completely sorted out in the next 2-3 months.

So overall, things are generally good, Ship Shape, and Life moves on into another year.

End Personal Log.


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The tradition continues as I I once again quote Col. Sherman T Potter from MASH:

“Here’s to the new year. May it be a damn sight better than the old one was.”
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After I grew up & became an adult, birthdays generally for me (minus a few very special ones) are "just another day". Don't get me wrong, I always appreciate the sentiment & yes I realize that I am another year older, but what I mean by that is usually I don't feel any different than the day before. Today is different, and I'm not especially happy with the reason why. I ended my 42nd year in an argument with my son. Not just any argument, but one where I "blew a gasket" (verbally only) in anger. I'm not going to get into the details of the argument, but suffice it to say, it was a slow escallation of annoyances between him & I, and then he said something that struck a very sharp nerve with me, and off the rails I went. The words that I said to him in return, letting him know what he did wrong and how wrong it was for him to say it weren't hurtful in themselves, but with the level of anger that I was at, the "presentation" most certainly was. Thankfully, after a few moments of this, cooler heads prevailed, but not until after my hands were shaking, and Jonathan was in tears. It dialed back further, and it ended with us uncomfortably hugging it out, him still in tears.

So today, how do I feel?

Sad, that I let my (thankfully rare but explosive) anger get the better of me.
Embarrased, with myself because it got the better of me with my son as "the target" .
Old, because these are the types of moments from my childhood that I promised myself that I would never repeat with my own child, and yet here we are.

"Happy" 43rd birthday to me....

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My thoughts go out to everyone affected by this madness in Boston at the Marathon.

Thankfully, we were nowhere near any of the recent senseless shootings that have been in the news, nor the bombings that just happened at the Boston Marathon. Yet, understandably our 11 year old son, Jonathan is scared. Hell, I AM scared at these events unfolding around us as of late. After he found out what had happened, the three of us talked about it for a little bit, but in just a few minutes it became very apparent that he was noticeably shaken by it, and he asked if we could stop talking about it. So we did, yet he could not stop himself from either going online or changing the TV channel away from the cartoon network, to follow the developing story. He even asked me to not go out to rehearsal tonight “just to be safe”. I was heartbroken that he was that scared to see me go. I explained that I wasn’t going to be near what was going on, and that I was as safe as I could be, and while that seemed to suffice, I could tell he was still apprehensive about my leaving.

In response to this tragedy, there is a quote from Fred Rogers that is making the rounds: “look for the Helpers”. This is a wonderful sentiment true, but to a child who just doesn’t quite comprehend anything other than the facts that a lot of people were killed and/or hurt, and someone did it, well to me, even Mr. Rogers doesn’t cut it.

I have to admit, the questions about sex, drugs, and making the right decisions as he grows up, right now seem simple in comparison. I’m extremely sad right now, obviously for those that have killed/injured/affected in anyway by this, but also because I honestly don’t know how to answer his question: “Will it be ok?”
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With the exception of one weekend (for us at least), the entire Month of January sucked @ss. Not just for us with Deb's illness, but for many other family & friends that we know who have also experienced what appears to be the most concentrated amount of illness, saddness & all around sucky-ness that we've seen in a very long time. This month can't end soon enough. Our thoughts go out to everyone who needs them, please don't hesitate to call on us for help if you need it. Here's hoping that there is a change for the better in the air, for February.
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As has become a bit of a tradition for me, I once again quote Col. Sherman T Potter from MASH:

“Here’s to the new year. May it be a damn sight better than the old
one was.”
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Ten years ago (Holy Crap!), we brought Jonathan home. He amazes me every day with what he's accomplished, and the fact that he's becoming quite the little man in his own right. I can't express how proud I am of this boy, and that I have the most incredible luck to be his father.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012 7:30pm
Spring Fev-ah VIII
with guests:  Town Criers and Funkin' A!
UU Church, 309 Washington St, Wellesley

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As has become a bit of a tradition for me, I again quote Col. Sherman T Potter (and now saddly deceased, actor: Harry Morgan) from MASH:

“Here’s to the new year. May it be a damn sight better than the old one was.”

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At long last, almost thirteen years...Today was my last day at Bose.
It's been quite the run, but now it's on to something new! But first a week off to relax, then the new job starts on the 19th!
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Thanks to everyone who came and made it a great show!

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None Of The Above's 7th Annual Spring-Fling-Sing-Thing!

Saturday, April 30, 2011-- 7:30pm
Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills
309 Washington Street
Wellesley Hills, MA


Advance Ticket Sales/Reservations have ended.

Tickets will be available at the door.

Doors open at 7:00pm

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For those people in the Boston/Framingham area, just putting the idea out there:

The Framingham AMC Theater, for one night only, this Thursday (2/24) will be showing The Princess Bride (@6:15pm, 8:00pm & I believe 10:30pm), for $6/person, on the big screen.

We are thinking about going, anyone else interested in going to this?


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-I woke up with a nasty headache (thankfully gone)
-Run late at home
-Almost get to work late
-Get to my desk and my headset is missing! Why, because I shouldn't be in Stow, I should be at Framingham today for a meeting that I forgot about.
-Screwed up a few tickets, because I missed OBVIOUS information.

I shoulda just stayed in bed!
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Thankfully I am not referring to my son. Who, am I referring to , you might ask? My Sister-in-Law's son. When ever he comes over (we are babysitting him this evening through tomorrow morning), he is this mean, vindictive little boy, who has picked up on the nastiness that is given off by his mother & father (mainly toward each other, they never married, but when they split up a few years ago, it might as well have been a "bitter divorce", and to this day, they deal VERY poorly with each other). A good example of this nastiness that he has picked up on, can be best shown, by the fact that his mother (who dropped him off) mentioned something to us, while her son was in earshot, that he shouldn't have heard, and then later this evening when his father called to wish him a good night, he immediately "tattletaled" on his mother to his father, so that it could be used against her.
But, that as an aside, whenever he comes over, not only is he difficult to deal with, but Jonathan immediatly switches into a defensive mode, and basically becomes instantly opposed to ANYTHING that his cousin wants to do. It becomes a battle just to get the two of them behave themselves, nonetheless to get along for more than 10 minutes at a time. He is constantly trying to do things to get Jonathan in trouble, or just flat out doing things in a mean and smart*ss manner, with a smirk on his face that quite clearly means "I'm going to do what I want, and f*ck you while I do". There are not many 7 year olds that know this look, but he has it down pat. Unfortunately, yet another "pickup" from his parents. Now, outside our home, he may, and very likely does get away with that behaviour with his own parents, but not the hell in our home!
Over the years, my interactions with my sister in law have cooled to the point where we deal relatively well with each other, and thankfully, she only asks us to babysit her son, once in a blue moon, but over the past few years, as he has grown up, he has just become more nasty & mean. It's never a pleasant experience dealing with him. 
But what can one in my position do? Tell my sister-in-law that her son is a royal terror/ PITA & I don't want her son to have anything to do with my own son? I'm at a loss on this one.


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My favorite radio station, WROR, has made its annual switch-over to ALL Christmas music, 24/7 for the next month and a half. In response, it's now time for my annual "Save my Sanity", switch-over to ANY other channel that does NOT play Christmas music, for the next month. (I'll deal with 24/7 Christmas music for the last 2 weeks before Christmas)
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