Inconvenient Truth

Just a couple weeks ago, Winston had an incident at the Willow Grove Mall where he accidentally fell into the big water fountain.  We tried our luck again and returned to the Willow Grove Mall with the family last night.  It takes us about a half hour to get the kids prepped and ready to go out on a shopping excursion, then we travel about 30 minutes to get to the mall, we got to the mall right at dinner time.  We make it about 50 yards into the mall, right into the heart of the food court when Winston starts coughing and then vomits on the floor.  I’m a little concerned and kneel down beside the little guy and wipe his mouth with a napkin, while I dab his mouth, he erupts again and pukes all over my hand and it falls onto my right sandal in between my toes.  At this point, I feel horrible for Winston, horrible for the people all around us in the food court enjoying their meal, and slightly embarrassed.   Winston pukes another four times in the next minute.  It takes about 5 minutes for a custodial guy to come and help out, I go to the bathroom to wash off my hands and sandal.  Winston acts like nothing ever happened and is ready to get down to shopping, but I couldn’t let him continue, I made us turn around and get the heck out of there.

Phish concert was good, but I made the mistake of being “peer pressured” into a big shot of Crown Royal before leaving the limo.  I was really buzzed and ended up missing lots of the show and playing Super Crane and winning a couple stuffed animals, sometimes I am even too weird for my own standards.  We have some pics and I will post when I have a chance.

Today I worked at an Eagles game, talking about my pharma product with anyone who’d listen.  After working the booth, I met my sister, her fiance Mark, and Jaclyn in the stadium to watch the Eagles beat the Redskins.  We were really close to the action and I took a little video of the players walking off the field, we were only 3 rows from the field, it was awesome, especially on goal line plays.

Happy Thanksgiving Folks

Howdy Pilgrims!

Just wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you all take a moment to be thankful for the RKDeemReport when you’re about to dig into some turkey. I’ll be thankful for a lot of things, but here’s the big ones that jump to mind:

Dear Turkey, I am thankful for:

My wife – It’s like the nicest most beautiful woman in the world thinks I’m cool and loves me, not sure how it happened, but I am thankful for it.
My kids – I’m sure everyone thinks their kids are special, actually, I hope all parents think theor kids are extremely special, but my kids are wild, wonderful, creatures. They were born with fine motors that just don’t stop. Explores! Adverturers!
Softball – May have been my favorite season so far, great group of guys who love playing the game as a team. Favorite moments was my go ahead homerun in the playoffs, Ed Miele’s homerun, and the ball that bounced out of one outfielder’s glove into Suda’s glove for a dynamite defensive play.
Pizza – I don’t tell pizza enough how much I love her. She’s just so good to me, it’s like the nicest most delicious food in the world and it thinks I’m cool and loves me back, not sure how it happened, but I am thankful for it.
Fantasy Football – I used to love watching the Eagles every Sunday, now I love watching every football game played and tomorrow there’s three games! Let’s all be thankful for Chris Johnson’s monster year and how I drafted him in both of my leagues – friend league and work league
Rock Band – For Dalia’s birthday, we all jammed out to the Beatles Birthday song from the White Album. “You Say Its YOUR BIRTHDAY..DANANANAANNANAH!”
Phillies – We lost the World Series, but it was another great year. I had some leftover peanuts from the World Series game I attended, I ate them with my eyes closed earlier this week and I felt like I was at the game again.
Family – Thanks for all the help and support. Without family around, life would be scary.
Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare 2 – By the way, is it weird that it is Call of Duty 4/Modern Warfare 2? Why not just call it Call of Duty 6? The game gives me PTSD, but I freaking love it and I’m getting better.
Work – So happy to be working and working hard. No matter what ends up happening, proud of what I’ve accomplished and know I’m getting pretty good at what I do.
My readers – Thank you all for reading, you’re all good friends and I love the time we share. Looking forward to many more trips, parties, and adventures.

Have a rockin’ Thanksgiving! Gobble, Gobble, Gobble.

Random Thoughts On Friday

1. With a new Twilight movie coming out, there was discussion at work about why people are really digging vampires lately. I made the observation that all women love vampires, one woman looked at me and said, “Oh really?!” I went on to explain that women love vampires for the following reasons:
a. They dress well
b. They are typically educated, formal, and despite their desire to suck the blood out of you, they usually display manners
c. They are fairly selective, vampires don’t go after tramps or morbidly obese women, they are very particular
d. Most vampires appear to be affluent
e. The women get their neck bitten, but they end up in a never ending immortal relationship which displays a sense of committment

2. There’s some peculiar things happening at my work’s bathrooms. We all know what you’re supposed to do in the bathroom: go in, do your business, wash your hands, then leave. I’m finding things happening in our bathrooms that are cause for exceptions to the normal practice, here they are:
a. People brushing their teeth. I am all for oral hygene, but if you are coming into a communal bathroom to do your business, which may omit an undesirable odor, there’s a conflict with the person brushing their teeth. In these situations, I am unsure if the teeth brusher is violating the terms of the bathroom and he should endure the unfavorable smell as he brushes his teeth or if the person who has to go #2 should move to an alternate bathroom.
b. Cell phone talkers. When I’m going to the bathroom and hear someone whispering on their cell phone, it makes the whole situation weird. Luckily we have automatic motion detecting flush technology, otherwise, I’d be nervous to flush and blow the guy’s cover that he’s talking in the potty.
c. People with explosive bowel movements. You start going to the bathroom and the next thing you know, you’re hearing a person’s worst nightmare, it sounds awful, you just want to get the heck out of there, in these situations is it okay to just run out without washing your hands and just use some hand sanitizer at your desk?

3. Winston slept from 5PM to 6AM yesterday, that is an insane amount of sleep.

Big Week Coming Up

Next week I’ll be going to the Phish concert at the Wachovia Center. I’m not going to lie, I am not a Phish fan. There’s some music like Britney Spears or No Doubt where I’m not a fan, but could understand how people would be fans of their music, for Phish, it is a group that is fairly difficult for me to understand how people like their music. My initial hypothesis was that people must be high on drugs to really enjoy their music, but after seeing Jaclyn jam out to them in her car (not under the influence of drugs!), I realize that my first hypothesis was wrong. My fallback hypothesis is that people saw them in concert, were amazed at how they perform live on stage and their studio recordings bring back memories of the great concert experience, since I was never at a concert, the CDs do not generate any emotion. Next week you will get my full review of a Phish show.

The Phish show is Thanksgiving Eve, then we have Thanksgiving, then on Thanksgiving night, I will head way, way, way out into the ocean on a boat that departs in the darkness of morning and try to catch some ling, sea bass, and any other creature I can summon from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.

The balance of this week will be fairly low key, maybe a walk along High Rocks in Tinicum.

Just Sports

A month or two ago I went to Just Sports in Warminster to enjoy a Monday Night Football game, they had an incredible drink special ($5 for 3 beers and all you can eat wings), it was incredible. Today I see an article in the Intelligencer discussing how topless dancers there are being protested by their neighbors. My first thought was, was I eating, drinking, and watching a football game without knowing topless dancers were around me? I know I can be oblivious to a lot of things, but I think I would have noticed, but after reading the entire article, it looks like the dancers just started recently. The article also mentioned that they are hiring, they have postings on Craigslist.

I recently purchased Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2 for Xbox Live. When I went to buy it from a GameStop in Warminster off Street Road, the associate asked me, “Do you know about reserving copies?” I replied, “I understand the concept of reserving copies.” He looked at me like this was an undesirable response, shifted his eyes, and I could tell he was about to go into a long and uncomfortable speech. I thought, save yourself the time Bubba, if you don’t have it, I’ll get it from Target, Walmart, Amazon, 7-11, any other place in the USA that happens to have a copy of this #1 selling video game. He goes into a long reprimand about how I need to reserve games if I know that I want to buy them, if I reserve them it guarantees me a copy when I come in to buy it, I also get a chance for some free stuff that only people who reserve the game get, after about 3 minutes of lecturing, he reluctantly handed me a copy and let me leave the store.

I love the game, but I’m terrible at it. I just don’t get the hours of time to dedicate that I used to. Back in my heyday, I could run into the middle of the map with my guns blazing and take out an entire squad of teenage competitors playing against me online. Now days, I hide in the corner of maps, hiding in shadows, not moving a nerve, waiting for someone equally inept to stumble by me so I can pounce on him. The best players (what I used to be) can kill about 15 to 20 players while only dying once, I now spend the entire round only chalking up one kill while usually getting killed seconds later since my hiding spot is now known by my victim who will respawn immediately after his virtual death.

Jaclyn’s father, a Vietnam Veteran walks by me sometimes as he heads up to bed. He must think his daughter married a real winner, a 31 year old, playing games late into the night in a dark room, with his little electronic character hiding in a dark corner, afraid and waiting. I have all the respect in the world for Veterans, I can’t imagine the guts and courage it takes to put yourself in a situation of war, where everything you do is on a thin tightrope of life, all in the selfless hope of making the world a better place.

Thank you Veterans, sorry for the late note!

My Sister Is Engaged!

Received an euphoric call from my sister today, she announced that she’s engaged.  Jaclyn’s sister Laurie is engaged and now my sister is engaged too, I’m pretty sure these will be two rowdy weddings and I can’t wait for them both. 

For those of you who haven’t met Mark, he’s a class act, intelligent, thoughtful, a decent fisherman, and best of all, a true Philly sports fan!  If he liked the Cowboys, I am not sure we could let him join our family.

On to other news, we went to the Willow Grove Mall today and Winston was throwing change into the big water fountains and fell in head first.  There we were, standing in the middle of the mall with a kid who was drenched from head to toe.  Jaclyn had to buy a change of clothes and a towel at the Sears in the mall.  I think Winston is one of the most crazy kids I’ve ever seen, but the cool thing about your kids is that you give them everything you have, you go “all in” and put every chip on them to be wonderful and I know other folks looked at us in the mall like we were somewhat dysfunctional, but I’m positive he’ll be an amazing human being as he grows up.

Dalia turned 1 and she’s a brute, she walks around the house looking for trouble, opening drawers and cabinets, stealing Winston’s food off his plate, and grabbing any dog or animal that happens to be in the house.  She said something that resembled “dada” today, she’s talking a lot, babbling, and making a motor boat noise.  She’s just an incredible specimen, she is catching up to Winston.

Thank you to everyone who wished Dalia a happy birthday, she was so happy and excited about the party, she had trouble falling asleep, she just wanted to be the center of attention for as long as possible.

Miami, Halloween, World Series, Exhaustion

Honestly, my life has been at a pace that I’ve never imagined, cramming way too much into the past couple weeks. I feel like I could sleep all week if I had the time.

Here are my final thoughts on Miami Beach & South Beach:

Did you ever walk into a club and the lighting, vibe, and atmosphere was all done in a way to make it seem like you’re really cool? That is kind of how all Miami Beach & South Beach is, it is like one long cool night club, there’s always a pulsing beat in the background and even the street lamps are ocean colored halogens that mist light greens and blues into the warm air.
South Beach is a constant barrage of night clubs and restaurants, each with its own hustler trying to gain your business. “Free drink with your meal sir!”, “Lobster dinner is only $30!”, “Menu?”, “We can sit you right away?” I find that stuff annoying, but it is probably necessary for them to compete. I’d rather eat at a place with a positive reputation than on the place who was able to hook me in. If you go down there, do some research first so you don’t have to deal with those crazy people in front of the restaurants.
I ate at Gloria Estafon’s restaurant, Lario’s On The Beach, as a guest of some attendees from the meeting I was participating in. The food was good, didn’t see the beach, and the atmosphere was fine, but nothing distinct about it. I guess this restuarant sums up my disappointment with Miami, I never felt like I was near an ocean even though the ocean wasn’t far away. It is not a beach town, it is a town with a beach near by, I like my beach towns to be more beach and less town. Oh, I did not see Gloria Estafon, but wouldn’t have cared if I did.
I walked several miles while in Miami and never found one thing that I’d call out as a must see or distinctive, I’d give the place a 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Halloween was great, had an amazing time. I was still tired from my trip to Miami and didn’t want to get too out of control, but those plans were quickly erased once Flip Cup started in the garage. Wine tasting was a success, I think a lot of people enjoyed the wine from Rushland Ridge and Washington’s Crossing Vinyards.

I have about 6 weeks of pictures that I need to post, I will get them up there, I promise.

Last night I went to Game 4 of the World Series. A dream come true, watching my beloved Philadelphia Phillies play in a World Series game. I did something that I have always wanted to do at a major league baseball game, I kept score, I penciled in all the hits, outs, and runs into the scorecard that came with the program. People all around me were asking me who was up, who did what, did I score it a hit or error, it was a lot of fun and something I’ll definitely do in the future, but probably can’t do it with the kids around. Maybe Winston will love statistics like me or maybe I’ll just score his games when he’s out on the field in a couple years from now. I definitely love the National Anthem, it’s not some corny song about USA being great, it is about a night where we got the crap kicked out of us by the British Navy and when the sun came up and our flag was still there. The tune of the song is actually from a popular drinking song at the time, that makes our Anthem even awesomer. The song just boils it down so nicely, there’s so much fake news out there, so much useless noise in politics, but when it comes down to it, I think everyone is very passionate about this country and hopes that the flag never falls.

The atmosphere was very similar to the previous playoff games I attended, just even more people in attendance (which I did not think possible) and people spending a ton more money. Media was everywhere, a lot of New York fans had infiltrated our home stadium, which I give them credit for, but I was sitting next to one of them and I felt like I was going to get attacked just for having the seat next to a New York fan.

I can’t write anymore, got to get to work. Thank you for everyone who we saw on Halloween, it was a wonderful time.