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Happy 1.1.11

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Happy new year to all of my family and friends. I have no doubt that 2011 is going to be a crazy and chaotic year (thanks, Braelyn & Brody). I just hope it will be a better year than 2010–not that 2010 was all that bad, but you always hope things get better with time.

Braelyn turns three next Sunday, and she’s so excited for her Minnie Mouse birthday party next Saturday. She picked out the cake and everything. Crazy how much she has grown over the past year, as shown in her Christmas pictures from Dec. 24th 2009 and 2010.

Braelyn also just started preschool. She went for a practice day last Thursday, and Monday will be her first official day of pre-school. That and her weekly gymnastics on Saturday are two of her favorite things… aside from any toy that Brody happens to be playing with.

Speaking of the Brodster… he turned one in September and is quite the character. He, too, has grown considerably.

Brody begins toddler school on Monday, at the same place Braelyn goes (La Petite Academy). He loved the place last Thursday when we dropped Braelyn off… so much he got mad when he had to leave. So thankfully, both kids should do well in their new school.

Rebecca is loving her job at Treo Solutions, though she travels to Albany, NY a bit more than I enjoy. I do not think I am cut out to be the primary care giver. Rebecca is awesome at it… I just am “OK” at it. For 2011, Rebecca has vowed to not be grumpy (I give it < 1 day till she breaks that one), to give up soda (Diet Coke has been her cocaine), and until we go to Maui (January 17!!!), she vows she isn't drinking a drop of alcohol. Best of luck to her as she takes on these three monumental tasks at once. She is one tough cookie, though, so I bet she gets 2 of the 3. Spencer is doing real well in his junior year at Blue Valley Northwest High School. He has had a tough past year, with two friends taking their own life. He is a strong kid, and has pulled through. He really is turning into a fine young man. Says his mom is already going through a state of depression, trying to deal with Spencer being out of high school in a year and a half. Something tells me it's more Spencer than his mom, at least at this point. Something else tells me Spencer will be around a year or two after he graduates... time will tell. The big dawg Hoover is doing well. Still a bit gimp from his bad legs, but he is handling quite well. He has even been going up and down the stairs to the basement quite a bit of late. He's a great dog... and just over 5 years old. We will have had Hoover for 5 years in just a few weeks. As for me, I'm doing well. Lost about 12 pounds in the past month, but not completely by diet and exercise changes... while I have been going to the gym a bit more of late, I also took back to my old bad habit of chewing which I gave up on January 1st of last year. It really surpresses my appetite. I made it to labor day weekend without one, but only had a few while at the Gorge. Then I resumed on a regular basis the last week of November. I intend to quit it again right after Maui. I need to keep up the weight loss until then! Work is going strong and keeping me busy... a good thing. Resolutions for me for 2011? Not much, really. Will quit chewing again after Maui. Still don't drink pop (gave that up last NYE). I guess just keep going to the gym and eat better. Be healthy. Yep... sounds familiar, I am sure. Oh, the other thing... as of today, I have seperated my twitter and facebook accounts, and do not intend to post status updates via either. I have grown tired of that, and realize it's pretty much a big waste of time. As such, more about me and my happenings will be found right here on RyanElledge.com. Oh, and twitter will become more of a work thing for me. Less personal, more professional. That's the plan, anyway. To any of you who have stumbled upon this, in whatever manner you came, thanks for stopping by and reading. I hope you have a tremendous 2011. It will be quite a year... and one without my beloved Dave Matthews Band since they are taking the year off. Ugggghhhhhhh. Peace, RE

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DMB, Vegas, the Wife and a Birthday

Monday, December 14th, 2009

First, happy belated birthday to my wife Rebecca. She turned 3X last Friday (Dec. 11), and we spent her birthday and a few days surrounding it in Sin City. While what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, I will share a bit.

On Thursday and Friday, we enjoyed two Dave & Tim shows. This was the first time Rebecca has experienced Dave & Tim… and the two nights were awesome. We heard Angel from Montgomery, which was the first time Dave or the full band has performed it since August of 2001. That was a nice surprise. On her birthday, we heard Rebecca’s two most-desired Dave songs: Crash and Satellite. Yep, she walked down the isle to the riff of Satellite when we got married, and we enjoyed our first dance as a married couple to none-other-than Crash. We also heard a new, never-before-played song by Dave: After The Gold Rush. Dave played it on piano. When he went over to the piano, I was certain he was playing Out of My Hands, but no… he had a surprise for us! It was awesome. Dave said he screwed it up, but since it was the first time ever playing it, who was to know? The concerts were definitely great. I wish I had been at the Saturday concert, as I would have gotten to hear A Christmas Song, which was the one song I really wanted to hear. Oh well, we enjoed Mystere, the Cirque De Sole show. Second time I have seen it, but the first for Rebecca and Eli & Heather Bowman, our friends who joined us on the trip.

Ok, since I am often asked, that makes my 68th Dave show. It may actually be a couple more than that, but I think I have captured all that I can remember on DMBAlmanac.com’s website. Click that link if you want to see the exciting stats of my shows.

On Thursday, we had a wonderful… and I mean WONDERFUL… dinner at Prime, a steakhouse in the Bellagio. Our table overlooked the fountains. While expensive, it was a great meal no doubt.

Eli told me on the trip that they say you should walk 10,000 steps a day for health. I am healthy for the next few months based on our excursions in the bitter air in Vegas.

Well, that’s enough for now. Happy Holidays… and by that I mean Merry Christmas… to ya’ll out there (sorry, Obama… America is a Christian country, no matter what you say). Excited to see what changes 2010 will bring… 2009 has been a somewhat up-and-down year for me. Definitely up from a family perspective, mixed on the work side of things, and down on some other items which aren’t exactly things I want to post about. I am just thankful I have a great job in this economy, have the most awesome baby girl in the world, was blessed with the birth of my son this year, my step-son is doing better in school and is an awesome big brother to Braelyn and Brody, and my wife is the best (wrinkles and all!). I am also blessed to have such a great family and for all of my friends.

Here’s to a great 2010, including another “change” in Washington DC that will hopefully offset some of the change we’re seeing from the current mess in the corrupt capitol.

Peace.

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This is the week….

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Well, the week has arrived, though we anticipated the newest Lil’ B, Brody, would have already come. If he doesn’t make an appearance before Friday, Rebecca will be induced and he should arrive probably midday on Friday. I am so excited to have a son on the way, but afraid as well. Life will drastically change… again… with the second infant in the house. Rebecca has done much of the work with Braelyn, but I am going to have to step my game up quite a bit. It will be challenging, with work going 100 mph, but it will definitely be worth it. Our family will be complete… yep, I am proclaiming right here, right now that this will be the last. How to make that happen is subject to debate here in my house, but one way or another, I think we’re done!

Brody’s room is coming along… the walls are painted, quite a bit of decor has arrived (but has not been hung). The new carpet is in, the crib, chainging table and rocking chair have been relocated from Braelyn’s room to Brody’s. I have a guy who is going to build me some cool wooden lockers for his room, and those won’t be done for about 4-6 weeks, but that will be the finishing touch. Now, if I could just get his baseball ceiling light working… the fan works, but not the lite. Someday I will master being an electrician. That someday will probably be right after my pops arrives mid week.

Yep, mom and dad are heading here from Casper to be here to welcome Brody into the world. Will be great to have them around to help out. I know Braelyn will love it… though she absolutely loves visiting with ba-pa and grandma on the computer. Webcams make family a lot closer, that’s for sure. And anytime I am on my laptop, Braelyn comes running to talk to ba-pa.

Braelyn is quite the girl. I am nervous as to how she is going to react to having a new brother… one that will inevitably take much attention. There is a 6 month old at her daycare who she isn’t too fond of. I think she will be a great big sister. I know in about 2 years, we’ll love the fact that Brae and Bro are so close in age. Of course, daddy and Spencer will spend a bunch of time with Braelyn while mom is feeding Brody. Ah, the sleepless nights are approaching quickly!

So it was nice to have some football to watch. I did ok with my picks for week one, though I must admit I did not pick the Broncos. Don’t get me wrong, I am ecstatic that they won… I just didn’t anticipate it. Was awesome to see the Chiefs lose again… that’s pretty normal though.

Quickie on politics… I am just so amazed at how many people pretend they know what the health care bill(s) being pushed are really about and what they will do. How could any of us really know how good or how bad the bills are… even our Congress hasn’t even read them! What I do know is I am very opposed to the government running anything more. They fail, fail, fail in everything they put their magical touch on. And I don’t like businesses being punished, nor individuals being mandated to. I love the legacy concept of America being a free-country. Those days are behind us all, I must say.

I do have to give major kudos to President Obama for his 9/11 speech. I was actually quite amazed at it, really. The speech was very thoughtful and sincere and well delivered (thanks, teleprompter!) The amazing part to me was the religious overtures that Obama gave during his speech. He cited scripture and referenced God. Oh, how that must just irritate the left. Oh well, I bag on the buy enough so may as well give him props when he deserves it.

Speaking of 9/11, that is my mom’s birthday. Of course I called her and wished her a happy birthday, but let this be my public proclamation of such, and that I am so thankful for my mother (and my whole family). She is a tremendous woman who cares so much about her family and friends. I pray my daughter will grow up to be the same way. I am thrilled that Rebecca suggested that Brody’s middle name be Carlen, my mother’s maiden name.

Oh, and 9/12 was the Biggest B’s birthday… my nephew Brandon turned 20! Can’t believe it… I remember vividly holding him and dancing to Lollipop when he was younger than Braelyn is today… what a great kid. He’s off traveling in Europe right now for the next week. I pray he has a wonderful, safe time over there. What a great kid, er, young man he is.

Well, Hoover is laying at my feet snoring, Braelyn has been in (and out) of bed for the past two hours (mostly in, but she did tumble out of her bed tonight), and Spencer and Rebecca just ventured to bed themselves. I guess that is my clue it is time for me to do the same. After a shower, though… I am FILTHY from finishing my firepit today. Will have to throw some pictures up in my gallery sometime in the next few days. Pretty happy with how it turned out. It isn’t perfect, but for never having done anything like it before, I must say I did a pretty damn good job.

Peace to all ya’ll out there in cyber land. Wish us well as we bring another Elledge into the world…

–RElledge

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Crazy Times

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Happy Sunday morning. Looked at my site yesterday and realized I haven’t posted in almost 2 months. Congratulations to you, for not having to expend your valuable time pondering my meaningless thoughts. Time to make up for that.

Let’s start with the fact that Braelyn is within three weeks of being a big sister. And, if Rebecca’s motherly intuition is correct, it will probably be less than the 3 weeks. While the baby’s due date is September 23, the doc has scheduled a Friday, September 18 induction. Our money is on not waiting that long. Rebecca feels like she needs a few more weeks to get everything done at work that she needs to get done, but the little one may not let her.

Baby’s name is going to be Brody Carlen Elledge. Brody because we like that name. Carlen because that is my mom’s maiden name and Rebecca suggested it. Elledge because I think the baby is mine. Time will tell if we got the names right!

Brody’s room is almost ready. New carpet was put in yesterday. Walls are painted. We have *some* of the stuff that will hang on the walls to bring it alive but still have to get some. So, surprise surprise, Brody’s room is baseball-themed. Vintage baseball themed, I should say. Grandpa Bradshaw was going to build a couple of nice wooden lockers for the room, but I think I complicated it enough that he doesn’t feel comfortable doing it now. So, I have to find me a good wood carpenter to get them built. Will be searching the WWW later today to find someone. I have already diagramed them and have some pictures for the lucky person to work off of.

As of today, Braelyn has been out of her crib and in her new big girl bed for one week. While Rebecca and I would have been more than content to leave her in the crib for awhile, her pediatrician suggested we get her out of the crib and into her big girl bed in advance of Brody coming home so that she won’t have any negative associations with the baby and leaving the crib. She has done really well in her queen sized bed… thanks to the rails we added to the side, we get some sleep, too. Only once this past week did we find her not in the bed in the morning, and that time she was on the chair we put at the corner to catch her if she falls. I think she really likes her new bed and has been doing quite well with it.

The Big Dawg is pretty-well back to “normal” and is recouped from his ACL surgery. He is back chasing the next door evil dogs up and down the fence line, at least until Rebecca or I get over there and get him to stop. I am not inclined to have to replace his other knee so he best take it easy.

Well, since we last “spoke”, my grandpa Carlen has moved out to California to be in an Alzheimer’s facility. He seems to be doing quite well and enjoying it, at least from what we hear out here. The facility is close to my aunt and uncle’s place so they get to see him quite frequently. It was definitely time. Speaking of evil, that is most definitely what Alzheimers is.

Should be off to the Gorge next weekend for my somewhat annual trip to see the Dave Matthews Band for three nights in paradise. Doesn’t look like I will be making the trip this year. Figure it is too risky that Brody might grace us with his presence around that time, so I am going to have to miss out. It’s a bummer, too, as I won’t get to hear the new album at the Gorge and won’t get to reconnect with Rick and Nath (from Europe) and Jamie (from Las Vegas) who we camped by last year. I was looking forward to seeing them again, but they will have to enjoy this year without Gabe and I.

Work is crazy. We sold part of the business and created a new brand, Codero, for our remaining services. This has, and will continue to, kept me overly busy with work. I enjoy working hard and a lot (yep, that’s the Republican in me), so I guess it’s good.

Ok, so I touched on politics… let me get this out of the way right now. I am so excited to live in a country with czars in charge of many aspects of my life. I am so excited to live in a country which is de-privatizing industry and taking control over salaries, leadership and the such. I am so excited to live in a country that is more concerned with the “rights” of those who intend to do harm than the safety of its citizens. I am so excited to live in a country that is governed by a few whackos who feel that even though they can’t keep our government clean they should manage our health care for us. I am so thankful to Pelosi, Frank and Obama for really doing everything possible to make my life better so I don’t have to.

Enough politics for now. Quick sports update:

* Broncose will suck. Bowlen will figure out soon he messed up.

* Royals still suck. And, as long as they have David Glass and crew owning them, they probably always will.

* Chiefs will still suck, though they may double their victories from a year ago. The push for 4 is on!

* Soccer is still not my favorite thing to watch. Spent 2 hours watching Spencer play it yesterday. And after 80 minutes of thrilling no-scoring soccer, they shake hands and walk off the field with both teams, um, winners? losers? equals? I dunno, guess it isn’t important enough to have someone win that they don’t do over time or even a “kick-off” of some sort. What a disappointment to spend so much time watching so much “action” and not even have a winner. Oh well, this way I am the only loser!

Speaking of Spencer… it’s official. He’s 16. But have no fear [yet] as he doesn’t have his driver’s license. That will be coming soon, though. He’s a sophomore in high school. Must be doing really well… hasn’t had any homework in the first week!

Ok, time to go put together a crib and such so will sign off.

Talk to you soon… maybe.

-RE

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I Feel Like I Should Have Something To Say

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Laying in bed, watching TV. I have become addicted to The History Channel and National Geographic of late. The past few days, I have watched hours of programs related to the Presidents of the United States… a bunch about Abraham Lincoln. In fact, just got done watching a two hour special on how many times Lincoln’s body has been moved since he died. I guess I didn’t pay that much attention during history classes growing up. Oh well, the Boob Tube makes up for that now.

Speaking of Presidents, I must say that (hold your breath, this will likely be a huge surprise to you) I am not impressed with the first few weeks of the Obama administration. After watching last week’s press conference during prime time TV, I think America witnessed just how unsmooth Obama is without a teleprompter. Sure, he sounded his normal eloquent self during the prepared remarks, but the Q&A session that followed actually became very painful. Long, drawn out responses full of “ums” and pauses show that the savior isn’t so swift on his feet. Add to that the botched nominations of tax evaders, the pushing for the American Bailout of 2009 (without the 48 hours of full text disclosure before the vote, as promised)… I know we’re in for a long four years or perhaps eight. I just don’t get why Letterman dropped his feature on presidential speeches where he always made so much fun of W Bush (pretty easy task). Heck, the press conference would have kept Letterman busy for a week, as would Obama knocking his head on the Marine One helicopter … that made lots of news when Bush did it. Oh well, as I well know, it’s all Bush’s fault we’re in the mess we are… I just wonder how long the honeymoon period will be for Obama. At this pace, it can’t be too much longer… can it? Oh, probably so.

Haven’t been feeling the best for the past few days. In fact, stayed home from work today. I think I should be heading into the office tomorrow. I kept up with e-mails and everything, so it shouldn’t be too hard to catch up. It’s my favorite week of the quarter… board meeting week! Ah, I just can’t wait for Thursday.

Friday, weather pending, I may be heading down to Stillwater, Oklahoma. Dusty Harvard, a former player of mine, opens his junior year with a four game set beginning Friday evening. Spencer and I may be making the journey to watch a few college games. I certainly hope D-Town has some successes this year… he deserves it. He will potentially get drafted this year. Sure hope so. Hopefully the pressure doesn’t get to him so he has to juice up like A-Rod. What a shame that America’s (former) past-time has become the mess that it is. Oh well, I will be watching the Royals on their home opening day at the “new” Kauffman Stadium this year take on the (once) mighty Yankees, courtesy of my CEO Phil Spencer. Should be good times. I bet A-Rod won’t quite hit it as far…

Moving from the diamond to the wrestling mat, I am so proud of my second oldest nephew Nathan Lecher, who on Saturday won the regional tournament in Colorado at the 152 lbs weight class. He will compete for the final time at the State Tournament in Denver at the Pepsi Center later this week. He had a pretty good State Tournament as a junior last year, coming out of nowhere and taking 6th. Hopefully he will wipe the mat with his opponents and take home the title. Good luck, Nate. Can’t wait to see you and the rest of the clan when you graduate in May.

Cold front heading our way. I am so ready for spring… or summer. I am anxious to get out on my boat, Wastin’ Time, and waste some time relaxing on the water.

Braelyn is doing great. She is officially walking. Not all the time, mind you, but she is definitely walking around. It all seemed to click last Thursday. It is cute to watch her moving around, desperately trying to get where she is going without dropping down. At times she appears to be running, though that is quickly followed by a head first slide. It is definitely a monumental step in her development. Now, if we could get her to speak a bit more and quit screaming in that high pitched squelch when she wants something. Oh, I long for that monumental step to come.

The Big Dawg, Hoover, seems to have mostly recovered from his limp. He went from not very active to too active a week or so ago as I took him for a lot of walks and from playing with Parker Hashmi in the back yard. He is still a little ginger on that back right leg, but doing much better. If I still see any signs of it late this week, we’ll take him into the vet to have it looked at.

My thoughts and prayers are still with mom and dad as the continue to cope with the loss of one of their two Pugs, Maggie. She died unexpectedly about two weeks ago when she went in for a teeth cleaning session. She went into cardiac arrest and they couldn’t save her. Devastated my mom and dad. I loved that little girl, too. She always kept me warm when I was back in Wyoming coaching.

Still can’t believe that the Crappys, I mean Grammys, failed to include LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band in their tribute to lost musicians last week. I guess despite being nominated 12 times and winning one, that just isn’t worthy to be remembered. Screw the grammys. I certainly won’t watch again. I am anxious for May, though, when Rebecca and I will journey to Las Vegas and watch Jason Mraz open two nights for the Dave Matthews Band at the MGM. Good times, they are-a-coming!

Well, I guess that’s enough rambling for one sleepless night. Yeah, I have been having a hard time sleeping lately. Too much on my mind, I guess. Sad thing is I don’t remember half the stuff on my mind. My memory sucks, to say the least, and it is frustrating. Sometimes I think my 90 year old grandma remembers better than I do… and perhaps even my grandpa, who is suffering the horrid Alzheimer’s Disease. That is right up there with cancer as the most horrible things in the world. Maybe Obama our savior will bring out the cure for both of those… I’m sure many expect him to.

Signing off from Overland Park, KS,

–Relledge

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How To Start Each Day with a Positive Outlook

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Thanks to Cherie Defenbaugh for sending me this gem. I like it, and will practice it daily!

  1. Open a new file in your computer.
  2. Name it ‘Barack Obama’.
  3. Send it to the Recycle Bin.
  4. Empty the Recycle Bin.
  5. Your PC will ask you: ‘Do you really want to get rid of ‘Barack Obama?’
  6. Firmly Click ‘Yes.’
  7. Feel better?

GOOD! – Tomorrow we’ll do Nancy Pelosi!

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Olympics and More

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Laying here in bed watching the olympics.  The mens gymnastics is on, and they are quite impressive.  Looks like they should medal, unless they fall flat on their face on the horse.  They had the lead, but China took it back after their vaults, which they are favored in.  Michael Phelps is an animal in the pool.  Really fun to watch.

Braelyn hasn’t been feeling well, but we attribute that to the little white spec on her lower left gums.  Yep, Brae, who turned 7 months just days ago, is getting her first tooth.  Cute little girl is slobbering more than Hoover drools.  That, in and of itself, is an impressive feat!

Spencer starts back to school this Friday.  Freshmen only report on Friday, everyone else on Monday.  Though he doesn’t admit it, I think he’s pretty excited to start this new chapter.  He attended a soqueer camp today… yep, he’s playing soqueer this year.  Opps, I keep spelling that wrong.  He plays soccer this year.  He’s excited, and though I am a pure baseball guy (which means, naturally, that I hate soccer) I am happy he’s doing it.  He’s good at it (so he tells me!), and it will give me a high school “sport” to watch!  It’s all good… I enjoyed watching soccer when I was in high school. 

Me, well, I am just working.  I may go to the lake this weekend, but not really sure.  Pretty much just a week of work, coming home, playing the guitar a bit, and watching the olympics.  I did get a letter from the OP police department saying they found my complaint against “Officer” Sheperd “unfounded.”  Go figure.  They hope my future experiences with the OP police department are more positive, however.  Yeah, I’m sure they will be.  Hope they call me and ask me for a donation of some sort.  I’ll donate… really, I will.  I wonder, does sarcasm come through in a blog post?  I will scan the letter and post it sometime, unless it blows away or gets rained on.  It’s laying on my table on the patio.

Olympics update:  we just screwed up on the horse.  Two guys to save the silver.  C’mon, USA.

Rebecca and Hoover are sleeping.  Nothing really new.  Hopefully Hoover will get busy with a video soon.  I know we have some great footage of him going after the sprinklers on Sunday.  He’s modest and doesn’t like producing videos of himself, but I will see if I can talk him into it.

Until next time, keep working hard to keep Obama out of the White House.  My pocketbook demands that.

–RE

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Warm in Arizona

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Woke up this morning, well, actually about 20 minutes ago, here in Phoenix, Arizona.  I’m out here for work as we reunited the data center moving crew.  By Monday morning, we will have completely moved out of our old facility in Phoenix and into the new.  This time we’re doing it in a controlled, non-emergency manner so it is much nicer.  The best is that as of next week, we will no longer be relying on the former owners–Ivan and Lilian Vachovsky.  I must say, in the past year and a half I have been with Aplus.Net, it never surprises me to learn more about how unethical these two people are.  Blame it on cultural differences or whatever, but these people just flat cause so many problems by making up their own rules.  I could go on and on about them, but I am just thankful the ties are almost completely severed.

Spoke to Rebecca and she said it is COLD in the OP.  Like, single digit cold.  Not sure yet what it is here in AZ, but it was mid-60’s yesterday.  I bet we’re about the same today.  Since we don’t meet up to commence today’s working chores until tonight at 6:00 pm MST, I have to figure something out to do today.  Should have brought my golf clubs.

Rebecca said the baby slept well through the night… only one wake-up for food!  Sure, the cute little girl waits till daddy is out of town to sleep that much.  Really, though, we have only had one "rough" night.  I sure miss her.  Rebecca sent me a photo text message last night while I was working… what a cutie my baby girl is.

Politically, I think my supporting Mike Huckabee is weakening–probably not even existing anymore.  Though I like his fair tax plan, I have learned much more about the candidate that makes me not want to support him. Primarily, the following:

  • The NEA endorsed him.  This guy must be as close to a liberal as possible to achieve that endorsement.
  • History of tax increases as governor.  Again, not the Republican way.  He is, of course, denying this but I can figure out who’s right with a little research I am sure.
  • Supporting constitutional amendments regarding same-sex marriage and abortion.  Now, while I don’t agree with either, I do not like the government changing the constitution on these things.  The strength of our government is the Constitution.  If we start amending it for political/religious reasons, well, I just can’t support that.

So the new big question is, who will I support?  I haven’t decided, but here’s some thoughts on the various contenders:

  • Rudy – I wanted to support him for the last few years (before he ran!).  I just can’t.  He’s dull, doesn’t seem to really have much of an exciting platform.  He’s not going anywhere.
  • Fred Thompson – Get back onto TV, dude.  All you do is attack your opponents.  I think your position on anything is just to attack whoever is leading in a particular state.  C’mon… your politics disgust me.
  • Ron Paul – Man, you’re just a freaking nut job.  I can’t support a guy like this… just can’t.  He is OUT THERE.
  • Romney – seems like a used car salesman running for President.  Looks like he might be the guy who gets the Republican nomination… but I have no idea why.  I don’t know much about this guy, but he seems shady.
  • McCain – man, you’re old and tough.  I like the tough.  But, you are a career politician.  That, I don’t like.  I don’t think there is possibly anything new you can bring to the country.  I want something different; better.  Not a career politician.  Yet, you’re probably the best of the rest.

Where does this leave me?  Who knows.  I know I can never support Hilary C or Obama, and dread even thinking about one of these two being Preisdent… but my party sure doesn’t have much of anything to put up against the Dems.  Thankfully, I have some time to figure this out.  I’m just upset Bush has put us in such a bad dituation with this election.  Bush is responsible for us losing the Senate and Congress.  Next, I think we lose the White House.  All this will mean for me is the United States will  become more socialistic and more of my paycheck will go to pay for it.  Great.  Let me pay for MORE wasteful government spending and MORE of society who just won’t work for themselves.

Now, I am depressed.  Time to get up and go do something fun.

Ciao from Arizona.  Honey, I miss you and the baby and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Go Patriots!  Stop the HC!

-RE

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Could It Be?

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

Note to self: Need a Sports Category created for this one.

Could it be that I am a Rockies fan? Or, is it just that post season baseball does it to me. Despite being tired, I could not stop watching the amazing extra game to get into the playoffs last night. After a 162 game season, the San Diego Padres and the Colorado Rockies were exactly tied for the NL Wild Card spot, so a one game, winner goes in, loser goes home playoff to get into the playoffs was needed. It was played last night at Coors Field in Denver.

So, I had some work to do last night… specifically, I was called to head to the office to sign our new datacenter lease for Phoenix. Right before I went, Spencer found the playoff to be in the playoffs game on TBS and the Rockies were up 6 to 5 in the 7th inning. “Sweet,” I thought as I headed to the car. “Game’s on 97.3,” Spencer told me as I left. I was on the cell the entire way to the office, so I didn’t turn the game on.

While waiting for Ralph Munyan, our General Counsel at work, to complete a final reading of the lease, I went to ColoradoRockies.com and clicked on GameTracker, which opened up the graphical display of the game. It was now 6 to 6 and in the ninth inning.

Lease signed…

Game is now in the 10th inning.

I’m ready to go home.

Padres have runners on 1st and 2nd, one out in the 11th. Double play. Rockies don’t score.

Now, I’m in the car listening to the radio.

No change.

At home, I turn the tv on waking Rebecca, and am just glued to it. The Padres make a run in the 13th…. runner on 2nd. I turn the channel to check something else, come back and the Padres are celebrating. Two runs crossed while I wasn’t looking. Must have been a homer. “Oh well, they gave it a good run” I thought.

Bottom of the 13th. All the fans still there and screaming. The Hoffman (Not David) is brought in to close the game; and he generally gets the game closed (but had blown a save a few days earlier). Matsui doubles; no outs. Tulowitzki doubles, driving in Matsui. Rockies down by 1, still no outs. Holliday, who has been enfuego, TRIPLES off the wall. Anywhere else in the park and it’s above the yellow line. A nice bounce off the scoreboard leads to the triple. Game is tied; no outs; runner on third; bottom of the 13th; 12 years of no playoffs on the line for the Rockies. Jamey Carroll hits a not very deep liner to the right fielder; Holliday tags; the throw is in time, Holliday slides head first. Catcher can’t hang on to the ball. Umpire pauses. Catcher goes to tag Holliday, who is just lying beside the plate. Umpire calls safe. Game over; Rockies win!

So the announcers sit there amazed that the umpire took a pause before calling safe. And they were partially right. If a player slides and misses the plate, no call is made. But, no call is also made when the umpire can’t see whether the catcher dropped the ball. And the replays show that the umpire was in proper position but with the catcher’s back to him, it took a few seconds to see the dropped ball. What does this mean? It means, had the catcher held the ball, the umpire was gonna ring up Holliday. The umpire did nothing wrong, despite the announcers going nuts. He waited until he saw the ball was clearly dropped, then called the runner safe.

Now the question is, did Holliday actually touch home plate. That, I can’t answer as it was not clear. His hand could have been under the catcher’s shoe, so he might have. What I do know is it was a damn close play in an amazing game #163 for each team. And I do know that if there was instant replay in baseball with similar rules to football, the game still ended on that play with the Rockies scoring. There is definitely not video (that was shown on TBS anyway) that clearly showed the call was wrong; which means it wouldn’t have been overturned.

But, thankfully, there is no replay in baseball and I certainly hope it always stays that way. The human element of the umpire waiting to see if the ball was held on to by the catcher before making the call is exciting. How many Padres and Rockies fans hearts collectively stopped at that moment waiting for the call. I bet there were a few. Mine did. Could I be a Rockies fan?

Or, am I just a baseball fan.

Off to the dentist. Ouch.

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Back in San Diego

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

My frequent travels have brought me back to the place I had to call “home” for almost seven months last year… San Diego. Gabe and I flew out here Thursday night after spending time in Phoenix working on a lease of a datacenter for work. Thursday night, we had dinner with Mike Howard, our CFO, at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. I have to say, I was again disappointed by RC. Gabe loves the place, and I have had great meals there, but they are not consistently good like Capital Grille. Thursday night I had the strip instead of the filet… and it was good, just not great.

Friday was a day in the San Diego Aplus.Net office. Took a sales manager, office manager, sales trainer and sales engineer to lunch but didn’t really eat much as it was only a few hours after breakfast. We left the office around four to head south to the hotel and ultimately the DMB show at Coors Amphitheater. We left early to miss the traffic.

I did not expect Coors to be a nice venue. It’s in Chula Vista, which is not necessarily the nicest area of San Diego. It’s just north of the US/Mexico border. The venue is out of the town a bit, by a huge waterpark, and as soon as I saw it, I realized my speculation was wrong. In fact, Coors is one of the nicest venues I have been in. It is clean, well landscaped, and HUGE. Things were setting up for a great show.

I tried blogging from my Treo Windows phone, but the browser kept failing on my post, so you missed my live post. I did it right at the end of Steve Marley’s reggae opening act. The act was good, but my head hurt. I did get a lot of enjoyment out of watching the “band memeber” who did nothing but wave a flag for 45 minutes on stage.

Dave came out and the band opened with Granny, which was a pleasant surprise. The setlist contained all the new songs, of course, as well as a mix of some old. And Typical Situation was bizzare… Dave sang for a second, then the band just played without vocals… until the very end. Was odd, but I guess they have done that now 6 times on the tour… this was my first to witness it.

I enjoyed the show but the audience lacked emotion… they sat down a lot. It was just, well, different than normal. Maybe it would have been different if we were down towards the front. We were in section 205, which is extremely stage right, but decent view.

After the show, we came back to the hotel. I took some aspirin and hit the sack.

Now, I should still be in bed, but its 9:38 in Kansas City and my body still thinks I am there. In a few hours we’ll pack up and head for the airport to catch a flight to San Jose. We’ll witness our last DMB concert of the tour in Mountain View at another one of the nicest venues I have ever been to — Shorline Amphitheatre. They only play two more shows after tonight; summer is over! I wonder if they will have a winter tour. Nothing has been released about one yet, but I bet we’ll hear soon.

Hasta, from just north of Mexico.

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