Archive for category: Family

A Relationship of Firsts

15 Nov
November 15, 2017

First the big news. I am no longer single. It’s kind of a long distance thing because we’re both busy adults, and we live on opposite ends of the county. Which means a lot of texting while seeing each other on weekends and dinner during the week.

But it is a relationship of firsts for the both of us.

For her, I’m the first person she’s known who was an open atheist. For me, she’s the first significant other who is uncomfortable around guns. So, we’re both doing the careful dance of what to say and do around each other in regards to those topics.

So, this Christmas season is going to prove to be very interesting.

Saturday Happenings

23 Sep
September 23, 2017
  1. I’ve watched the first four episodes of the new Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam. It’s been pretty decent so far.

  2. I do not understand why some people are so full of their own self-importance that they feel the need to jump out of their car and berate the person in front of them for not pulling forward enough. In their opinion. Which would require the person in front of them to block the intersection.

  3. The 5.11 store in Tampa is finally open! I’m going to have to do something about that.

  4. We come out of the restaurant and my nephew proudly claims he’s finally taller than me. I look at him, look at the ground, and then back up at him. “Dude, you realize I’m standing on an incline, right?” Twelve-year-old face just deflates. I’ve got to take these small victories when I can. I’ve probably got six months before the boy will be taller than me.

  5. Best family costume idea – the ninja hedgerow from the early Tick comics. Man, those old comics were funny as hell.

Taking The Nephew To Scouts Again

30 Aug
August 30, 2017

Due to his father’s new job, I have been designated as the new chauffeur for my nephew to his Boy Scouts meeting. I fully intend on using the time waiting for him to either A) get caught up on comics or B) getting some writing done – both of which I can do on my tablet.

The other fun bit is that the boy is now old enough for different audiobooks than those we listened to when he went to Cub Scouts. I’ve already started him on Hardcore History’s “Ghosts of the Ostfront” series.


14 Dec
December 14, 2015

Today is a day that all pet owners know will come. It was just so sudden. I mean fifteen minutes before he was sitting next to me get his morning skritches and rubs. Now, he’s laid to rest in the backyard. I don’t know what happened except my Ghost, who I’ve had since he was a kitten, is gone. My attention whore cat got his last bit of attention.


Things Heard At the Scout Meeting

07 May
May 7, 2015

C’mon, we’re making a dry ice run!

I do so love science night with the nephew’s scout den.

Overheard at Game…

01 May
May 1, 2015

Nephew: Let’s go talk to her. That’s the best way to start a fight is to talk to them.

Family Dinner Night Part XVIII

31 Mar
March 31, 2015

Nephew: I can tell this baclava came from Whole Foods.

The rest of us give him quizzical looks.

Nephew: There is no sweetness in the honey.

FSM, I love my nephew.

Heard At Game Part XXVIB….

30 Jan
January 30, 2015

Nephew’s Father: Yes, we’re going to run around with giant paper-mâché heads.

Nephew: But then we’d have to light you on fire.

I’m so proud!

Kids and Guns

12 Nov
November 12, 2014

Since the kids had the day off from school, I thought it would be a good day for my niece’s first trip to the range.




Why yes, that is a seven-year-old girl blasting away with an M&P-15/22! And she wants her own rifle for her next birthday.

Things Posted Over On the Book of Face

21 Oct
October 21, 2014

Sometimes I post some material over there that I don’t here. These are a couple of items:


Fun: Taking my nephew shooting.

More fun: Getting my nephew to tell his mother “There has been a good killing.”


Coworker comes into my office to discuss a joint assignment. Before he leaves, he turns and asks me if I can smell the faint odor. The question isn’t as rude as it sounds, because we’ve had issues with the building.

Me: Yes, it’s leather dye.

CW: From what?

Me: My new belt.

CW: I don’t remember that smell from any of my belts.

Me: That’s because you buy your belts where you get your clothes from. I buy my belts where I get my holsters from.

Lightbulb goes off and my coworker wanders off.

Reputation defended for the day.