Archive for December, 2008

Deb told me to do this

So I am. I always follow instructions. Ask Sarah.

This is called ”Picture Tag”. The object of picture tag is to…
1. Choose the 4th folder on your computer where you keep/store your pictures.
2. Select the 4th picture in the folder
3. Explain the picture
4. Tag 4 people to do the same! No cheating (cropping, editing, etc)Here is mine….

So here we go:

 Slick Kingdom circa 1995

This is a pic of my band “Flip Like Wilson” during the first few months of our existence. If you look very closely you can see part of me behind the keyboard rack in the back. I’m not sure exactly where this was taken, but I can guess that it may have been from a club called the “Main Lion” on Lancaster Ave outside of Philly, one of the first places we ever played. This band is actually still playing together (with a few personnel changes) after having gone through a “Brett-Favre-like” retirement in 2000. We came back to play a handful of shows in 2002, 3, 4 and I dropped out in 2005 — although the band kept going. Go check them out sometime. They rock.

I now tag, in no particular order:



Sarah, Debbie, Ethan and I witnessed a horrible accident the other night. I’m not going to mention any specifics because I don’t want the thousands of people Googling the incident to come across this page… I think it would in some way sensationalize the incident and I don’t want that. This is really just a way for me to journal my thoughts. To be honest, what we had to deal with was MINISCULE compared to those more closely associated with the tragedy, and I hope that those reading this don’t mistake this as a “Woe is me” kind of entry.

We’d never experienced anything like this before, and were utterly shocked. Luckily Ethan was too young to really understand what happened. It was difficult to process, and we found ourselves looking for answers, but there were none.

We thank everyone who has sent us a quick note, Email or call to let us know they were thinking about us after having been through this. I guess when crises happen, people tend to gravitate towards the actions — no matter how small they may seem — that may make a difference to the people around them. A kind word. A smile. An offer of help. A simple prayer.  They are appreciated. Sarah and I hope that everyone involved finds comfort and is able to move forward. We pray that God’s will is done and that this serves His purpose whatever that might be.

If you want to send me a note, please Email rather than comment here.


I was gonna include a pic in the last entry, but how do you take a picture of your phone with your phone?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Thanks to Sara & Mike, I now have a brand “new-for-me” phone. Seems my old phone went a little haywire on me one night. I was putting something in my coat pocket and I heard a strange “bzzzzzzzzzzzzz”. I looked in the pocket and there was my phone, lit up in all its glory, with a strange constant buzzing sound, vibrating hard enough to jingle my keys in the same pocket. I looked at the fron of it and it bore a strange resemblance to some sort of 21st century avant-garde struggling NY city artist’s latest canvas creation. It was bizarre.

As we were on our way to Canton for a wedding the next morning, we decided to stop of at the Verizon store, where the nice technician told me after inspecting the phone that it had been exposed to “a significant amount of moisture” and that the warranty was void. NICE. I wanted to know if having it out in the cold and then bringing back inside would do that… like consdensation. He politely told me that it was a “large” amount, like water, soda or beer. Beer, huh? In my coat pocket? If I could make that happen, I’d never leave the house again — or at least not pay for a pint at the local “establishment”.

So now I’m out a phone. It’s ONLY $149 for a new one. Yippee. Then he asks if I have any friends with a Verizon phone because it’s free to activate a new phone on your account… enter Sara & Mike. Immense thanks for your contribution to this blogger’s cache of technology. Your iPhone is my gain. Gracias.

In light of all this, and if you’re reading my post — PLEASE call me! I need your digits! And if you can’t/won’t/don’t call, at least please Email them to me. But don’t comment on this blog and leave your numbers. I wouldn’t want to share them with the world (or at least the 3 people who might read this blog).

Peace out.

So… as promised, I Won!


Unfortunately, that’s not enough to retire on. So I guess it’s back to the drawing board.


I was trying to think about something I could post today and having a hard time coming up with something both interesting and concise. Then I remembered yesterday’s post, so I figured I should follow up. Since this will be my last official post as a non-millionaire, I thought I’d make a list of chores I won’t ever do again now that I’m no longer one of the “little people”.   :-)

  1. Pick up dog poop — I’ll hire one of those “You poop it, we scoop it” services.
  2. Clean the house — Merry Maids here we come!
  3. Mow the lawn
  4. Do the dishes and laundry — I wonder if Ann B Davis is still around?
  5. Worry about money!!!


None of you even think about wasting your money. I’m winning the Mega Millions drawing tomorrow. I told myself that if the jackpot ever went over $200 mil that I was going to buy a ticket. It’s totally worth the opportunity cost of NOT getting one, in my opinion. Plus I figured we could use the extra cash…

Now all I have to do is decide whether to take the lump sum payout of the distributions. I think I’d be Ok with a few hundred g’s per year, so that’s how I think I’d roll… what about you? How would you spend your $208-after-taxes-a-lot-less-million?

My shopping list — in some sorta order…

  1. Pay off the mortgage and credit card
  2. Go on a European vacation with S
  3. Take care of bad debt for immediate family members
  4. Get my mother in law a new car cause she REAAALLLY needs one
  5. Set up a “Giving Fellowship” for Vineyard
  6. Put money away for E-man
  7. Get a Wii. And RockBand. Definitely.
  8. Make donations to local foodbanks, shelters and orphanages.
  9. Purchase a new phatty keyboard
  10. Put an addition on the house, redo the kitchen and put in a bathroom upstairs.

That’s all for now… I think I’ve spent enough.

Just a few more days…

I was thinking this morning about how there are (always) so many things I want to do and don’t have enough time to get them all done. I began musing and playing the old “What If?” game… 

The premise: “What if each person had an extra two days during the week to get things done?”

Now, you might say “That’s what the weekends are for…” however that doesn’t really work. There are plenty of people that go to church, volunteer, work or do other things on the weekends, and honestly, most people don’t really count that time as “found time” during their week. 

I’d like to propose the following and get the world’s top scientific minds working on this idea…

Everyone gets two days of time where they can theoretically hit the “ESC” button (that stands for “escape” for all you Mac-rs out there) and pull a Asteroids-like hyperspace into their own little universe. You could have that time ALL to yourself — nobody but your little old lonesome — and could do whatever you wanted to with the time. This means spending time with your wife, fixing things up around the house, chillin’ with the fam, playing Wii, exercising, taking a day trip… whatever. The key here would be that NOBODY would miss you or even know you were gone — that way, if you chose to do something like eat potato chips on the couch for 48 hours, nobody could give you a hard time about it. There would be no demands on your time other than what you chose to put on yourself. 

I think someone should be able to come up with some sort of StarTrek transporter type thingy that could make this work… right? I mean, seriously… we’ve got scientists harvesting stem cells, doctors curing cancer and politicians providing “economic stimulus packages” — let’s throw in a plan for developing a “Time and Space Continuum Distorter” or something like that so we all can get some stuff accomplished around here.

Think of it — the industrious folks out there could use the time to start new initiatives or begin new projects. Politicians could campaign, athletes could train, Andrew Zimmern could find some more disgusting food to eat. And the sloths of the world could enjoy more slothdom. Whatever. Endless possibilities.

Could someone please work on making this happen? I’d do it, but I need a few extra days…

What would YOU do with your extra two days?