Category Archives: Vida

I got the green light!

After much waiting, I finally got the results from my cardiologist. He said my ticker is pretty good, a little calcium but he said within normal range or something and that I should stick with my meds. But the big news is I finally got the green light to join a health club! Woot! Gonna get in shape!


Going on Holiday!


In a few days I will be back in Arizona. Last year my step-niece, Jessica, gave birth to a lovely little girl named Aubrey. I’m looking forward to seeing her and her parents and her big brother, Isaac (who is 3, I think, he’s a grower, you watch, one day he’ll be a linebacker that any football program would love to have!). Of course she isn’t the only reason why I want to come by.

It has been two years since I was last back in the Grand Canyon state. Last time, my father came with and we travelled by train. Actually, first off, I need to make a quick shout out to the person truly responsible for all this, my sister Tina. Like the last trip, she was super generous in providing the way there. In 2012, my father and arrived there via Amtrak, courtesy of my sister. It was a beautiful trip getting there, with our own room and all, but I could only imagine how much it cost her. We are forever grateful of her generous gift and hospitality.

So now it is two years later. My three grand nephews have gotten 2 years older. Christopher and William, Stacy and Chris’s kids, are two wonderful kids. Both love video games (hey, what kid doesn’t, right? LOL). Christopher is showing a talent for musical instruments. Sadly, I have to profess I’m not sure where little William’s talents lie; that’s going to have to be a goal of mine to find out.  I am looking forward in seeing Stacy and Christopher, especially talking politics and economics, both are sharp as samurai katanas in those discussions.

Hopefully, I will get a chance, as mentioned at the start of this piece, to see Aubrey and Isaac. Of course I’m also hoping that includes their parents, Nick (my nephew) and his better half, Jessica, who I have to warn is one of the best Words with Friends player out there! I’m also proud of Nick, he’s got a great heart and I have to say the man is like a Michelangelo of website design. Very proud of the success that they have had.

The last time I was in Arizona, my sister and and my fantastic brother-in-law (and chairman of Tropical-sunset-Arizona-269677the Black Pants Society), Louie were kind enough to escort us all around. While last time we visited my aunt Lally and Uncle Joe, we could not spend the whole day. She was ill, and there just wasn’t enough time. This time around, I’m hoping to see more of them, and their dog, Bozo.

Last, but not least, I have to thank my sister again. Seriously, she is one of the best sisters on the planet. She has been very kind to a no good lug like me. Her and Louie are providing me with a place to stay and chauffeuring my fat ass around. My God, how can I ever repay those two? I don’t deserve to have such wonderful family. But I have them, and I thank God for that. I promise to treat them to something nice.

One thing is for sure, I needed this vacation. For the past few weeks, if not month or so, I’ve been working myself hard. Between that and taking care of my parents have been stressful, trust me my pop could make the Dalai llama pick up a bat and go nuts. Still, I wouldn’t trade it, I love them too much. Look, everyone needs a little break here or there. Doing the same thing, busting your ass, day in and day out, a breather is required. Know what I mean?

It will be very nice to get away from it all, especially the cold. Jesus, has it been cold here in Chicago! A little sun and being in weather that isn’t as cold as a grave digger’s ass is a welcomed change. Just relax, take it easy and enjoy being with some good people!

So I bought a comic book

I purchased my first comic book in 11 years today. Some indie title called Lazarus (like the dude in The Bible, only it’s a female and has nothing to do with said book) that caught my eye on Comixology on the iPad. I’m way behind the curve ball on your major titles like Spider-man or Batman or your Avengers. And I wanted to give some new folks a chance.

The premise is essentially some woman who reminded me of that vampire heroine from the Underworld series only she isn’t a vampire. Takes place in some dystopian future where the United States resembles some sort of Medieval Slavic serfdom and the Italian City States only with cars and tractors. Who knows, maybe it is good maybe it will turn out bad. All I know is that I purchased a comic for the first time in over a decade.

Social Networking and Life Redo

I’ve been thinking of leaving Facebook again. This has to be the 7th time that I’ve been thinking about this. Frankly, its absorbing a lot of my online life. Almost all my friends are on there, and I’ve met many great people on it. One person in particular that I would have only met through Facebook gave me a stroller for my disabled dog!

But it is still a time gobbler. Worst yet, its come at the expense of my blog. No, please don’t confuse me with one of those folks who literally spends hours on Facebook. Far from that, though it got me thinking if I could have become one of those poor souls. Stuff that I would have posted on my blog has instead ended up on Facebook. And honestly why bother? Everything you post ends up being used in some database to sell your information. And it seems to be the same folks responding, or I should say arguing. Still, leaving that social network, I’m going to miss many things like the pictures and posts related to dogs. But here again, that’s a double edge sword. I’m finding with all the awesome dog posts there are posts about dog fighting and other horrors our four-legged friends face that have been getting to me.

Facebook seems more and more to me like the “Walmart” of the internet. Do you know what I mean by that? That its this big boring box that once in a while you may find something of interest but you know that somehow that merchant is doing something wrong with you. Like I said, I’ve neglected my blog. Maybe its because I’m generally lazy. I should have been spending more time on the blog. Facebook has made my brain soft. No wait, that’s a bullshit answer, let me retract that. I’m using Facebook as an excuse to just not be more creative online.

No, I have to push myself. Like my current struggle with my weight, I need to push my brain as well. That’s why its time I rethink how I engage the internet. Primarily, I need to focus it in a way where I can be creative. So yeah, fuck it, I’m going to cut down on Facebook, maybe even ditch it. I’m already on G+ (Though that’s a bit of a ghost town, eh?) and Twitter. Holy shit, I’m all over the place! No wonder I can’t get any of my personal shit done. Yeah, something or somethings have got to give, and its going to start with Facebook!

My red night cap juice

Having what I call a “red night cap” (no its not a certain booze…but don’t think it hasn’t crossed my mind.), this one isn’t so sweet, but it does have some good nutrients and detoxing agents:

1 grapefruit
3-4 carrots
1 handful of strawberries
2 tomatoes
2 red apples

One would assume that the juice of the carrots would sweeten it up, but the grapefruit dominates here. Going to let these good stuff work their magic tonight as I sleep.