30 Day Blog Challenge – Day 0

30, ADD, andrea, apple, bell, blog, challenge, coast guard, coke, day, forgiveness, iphone, ipod, itunes, mac, Mormon, papercrafting, people, pepsi, Religion, ruby, sapphire, stupid, taco, challenge, accepted, rage, faceSince my wife Andrea picked up blogging again, she used an only post called “The 30 Day Blog Challenge” to get her started. Since I figured it was a good idea, I opted to pick up on it and run with it as well. The premise is very simple, I post a daily blog post according to the list below. Take a look, lots of good stuff to come. Along with my usual rants and enjoyable content.

Here we go.

Day 0: The 30 Day Challenge Explanation and Description
Day 1: Introduce, recent picture of yourself, 15 interesting facts
Day 2: Meaning behind your blog name
Day 3: Your first love
Day 4: Your parents
Day 5: A song to match your mood
Day 6: A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 7: Favorite movies
Day 8: A place you’ve traveled to
Day 9: A favorite picture of your best friend
Day 10: Something you’re afraid of
Day 11: Favorite tv shows
Day 12: Something you don’t leave the house without
Day 13: Goals
Day 14: A picture of you last year – how have you changed?
Day 15: Bible verse
Day 16: Dream house
Day 17: Something you’re looking forward to
Day 18: Favorite Place to Eat
Day 19: Something you miss
Day 20: Nicknames
Day 21: Favorite Picture of yourself ALL TIME Why?
Day 22: What’s in your purse?
Day 23: Favorite Movie
Day 24: Something you’ve learned
Day 25: Put your iPod on shuffle, first 10 songs
Day 26: Your Dream Wedding
Day 27: Original Photo of the city you live in
Day 28: Something that stresses you out
Day 29: 3 Wishes
Day 30: a picture of yourself this day and 5 good things that happened since you started the challenge

Today is day 0. Tomorrow I will post day 1. I might also throw out other posts out there in addition to these on a daily basis… but we’ll see how that goes.

-G

My adorable wife

So, my lovely wife has picked up her magical pen once more and has started writing again. The theme changes often and you never know exactly what you’re going to get depending on the blog she is working on. However, I can promise you that you will rarely be dissapointed at what she writes.

Andrea is AMAZING! She’s fluent, shes charismatic, and she has an amazing way with words. She doesn’t skimp on links, credit, or content.

You can find her blog HERE.

Take a look.

 

Constant Bearing, Decreasing Range

Okay, so I have been in to the blogging thing as of late. But seriously, who doesn’t enjoy a good blog?
So, because of that I’m giving you a heads up on a few things that my next handful of posts will be relating to.
1. The thirty day challenge.
This will be 30 days worth of posts that fall along a set schedule of awesomely creative questions. It gives you a good insight to your author.

2. This, That, and Such.
This is my wife’s blog. I’ll be referencing it from time to time. There will be a post discussing her. Just an FYI.

3. More scenes from underway
Having just pulled back in to home port but with more underway time coming soon, I am planning to post more scenes from life on the ship. As soon as I transfer off this bucket, the series will end so enjoy it while it lasts.

4. Tribes
Since I’ve been playing it a bit lately, I figure I might post some screenshots or discuss the games I’ve considered picking up. Maybe, sorta, probably not. We’ll see on this one.

So, consider yourself informed.

Kill it with fire? I’d rather not.

A few years back, my lovely spouse Andrea suffered fromhorrible heartburn. I don’t recall exactly what had caused it, but it plagued her relentlessly.

 

As it is with most people, we had decided that liquid antacids suck big time.  NOT a fan of the flavor or texture.

Now Tums brand antacids have been a staple of life in my household since before I was old enough to walk. There was always a bottle of them above my mothers headboard. I knew what they were, I knew what they were good for, and I knew where to go to get them.

 

Anyways, due to previous circumstances in my lovely wifes life, she was unable to chew through a tums tablet. I don’t blame her because those things suck when your mouth is sore.

Well, because I’m such a nice guy, I devised a plan to allow my lovely spouse to relieve her heartburn without having to succumb to the horrors that are liquid antacids.

I simply took a soapstone mortar and pestle, the kind you might have in your kitchen, and I filled it with tums. After a short amount of time cracking, pressing, and grinding, I completed the process. I had turned those tablets into a fine dust.

I emptied the amazing pink concoction in to a pill bottle, supplied a small plastic spoon, and handed Andrea her new bottle of meds.

Taking this antacid was a lot like eating a dry, foul flavored pixie stick that happened to have a little fruit zing to it. Not bad actually.  It was easy enough to take. Didn’t require any chewing. It was effective. And it raised eyebrows when you decided to take it in public.

It was a simple solution to an irritating problem. The only reason I brought this story up was because I have been taking antacids again lately. I couldn’t find the bottle all day yesterday and found it this morning. After I filled a small baggie with tablets, I noticed the powder that was created as they rubbed together and it reminded me of my wife.

So, there you go. That’s how and why Io made a fine, nearly white, odorless powder for my wife to consume throughout the day.

 

 

Six years later

05 January, 2006

 

 

Six years ago, a course of actions took place that irreversibly altered my future, the future of my wife, and the future of my family.

Andrea and I were expecting our second child. We didn’t know the gender yet because that little bugger refused to spread the legs for the ultrasound technician. We were 19 weeks, 6 days through the pregnancy. This exact number is important to the details of this story.

While I was at work at the electronics shop in Ketchikan Alaska with the Coast Guard, Andrea was at work with Wells Fargo. At 3:30 in the afternoon on that very cold rainy night (It’s Alaska, it was dark already), I received a frantic phone call from my wifes co-worker saying that I had to get to her office immediately.

12 minutes later as I pulled in to the Wells Fargo parking lot, there was an ambulance in the street. I rushed in to the building to find my wife being loaded on to a stretcher.

She had gone in to labor. Her water had broken. And the EMT’s were trying to console her. It became readily apparent to me what had taken place.

I drove to the hospital and walked with the nurse to the room where Andrea was already in a bed and her vitals were being taken. We received word that our child had not survived. Due to an abruption of the placenta, this little bundle that we were expecting to raise suddenly slipped from our lives.

There were many unsettling details and a heart breaking series of events that took place over the next hour in that hospital room. A still born child had been still born. It turns out we were going to have a son. A little boy. His name was going to be Jacob.

Andrea did the best she could to cope, but I did not provide the pillar that she had expected to lean on. I spent the next two days sitting in a hallway sobbing and heartbroken. I tried to go back to work in order to get my mind off of what had taken place. I wound up taking an additional five days sitting at home trying to wrap my brain around this whole thing.

I attempted to console my lovely spouse and I wasn’t the most effective.

A few rifts between us were formed over the course of that week. Rifts that are still being worked on. But the loss of this child caused damage to us as parents that we couldn’thave ever expected.

 

The funny thing about this child, if he could even be called that, is that by the letter of the law, Jacob was never actually born. If he would have made it another 10.5 hours, he would have received a birth certifcate, a death certificate, and an actual full name. However, because of those 10 and 1/2 hours, my child was still considered a fetus.

When he was born, I held him in my arms. I touched his skin. I held his hand. I looked at his fingers complete with fingernails. All of his digits and parts were in tact. We had a baby boy, but didn’t get to raise him.

Three months later, his cremated remains which had been placed in a small wooden box for burial were placed to rest in the Bayview Cemetary in Ketchikan Alaska.  Andrea, Myself, attended a brief graveside which was hosted by a Nun from the local hospital for each family that suffered a stillborn child.

Afterwards, we went home. Life was slightly different.

 

Six years later, I still mourn the loss of a child that never got to take a breath on this earth.

Being a parent it turns out, is hard.

The cheapest drug an internet addict can get.

The internet is an amazing tool that will allow even the heartiest adventurer to succomb to the paings of addiction.

Be it Stumbleupon, bloggin, online gaming, cats on youtube, memes, or even the fine art of trolling, the internet provides us a wide array of addicting substances.

While I enjoy each of these addictions in kind, I have found recently that the one that is providing the most joy for me is blogging.

I have written about a large number of things. Work, Religion, my wife Andrea, personal life, and even a post or two about video games. Each of these topics have been very entertaining to me as a writer. Actually, I’m not really a writer. I just think of an idea and belch it out onto digital paper and hit publish. Hopefully someone at leasts find my posts entertaining or worth their time. The last thing that I want is for someone to read something I wrote and just blink at it and exclaim tl;dr.

Regardless of what people currently think, todays post is going to be based on something compeltely different. I’m going to talk about “What People Currently Think!”. (See what I did there?)

So, with this in mind, I am asking you as a reader to actually take the few minutes required and give me some feedback. That is afterall what the comments section is for.

What would you like to see?

Video Game related topics?

Religion related topics?

More stories from my personal life?

Stories and pictures from work?

More political commentary?

If I can find out what people WANT to read, then I can find what it is in that topic that interests me and I can write on it more often. Hell, I can even write on it somewhat regularly.

Now, I pointed out that blogging is one of the internets addictions. And while that may be true, the big part of blogging for me that holds the addiction is the view counter.

HOW MANY PEOPLE READ WHAT I SAID?

That’s what I like to see. I like to see that number grow saying people have read my blog post. Maybe even told their friends about it.

So, with this in mind, I am willing to do the following:

I will post regularly. Maybe even on a schedule.

I will post on those topics that my readers would like to see.

I will read the blogs of people that comment on mine. I will even comment on yours.

in exchange for this, I just ask that you tell me what it is that you want to see.

Because if you don’t, I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and I don’t think I’m doing it right.

-G

“If you liked Descent, you’ll love this… Trust me, I work at GameStop”

ONCE… Just once has a suggestion from game stop actually been worth the effort.

This was back in 1999. I believe I was still living at home and was associating with my good friend Rocky at the time.

The suggestion was thus, “You would like to play Tribes”.

I had never heard of tribes, and didn’t know what the game was about. It was a FPS with a twist, you had a jetpack and could ski across HUGE amounts of land very quickly. Of all the game I think I have ever played, this one is by far the fastest playing and requires the most amount of twitch.

Well, after playing tribes for a bit, I realized that this game was quite entertaining. I mean, REALLY entertaining.

So, after figuring that out, as a child of the era when the internet was still new, what did I do? I uttered the rallying cry that wasn’t even a phrase yet…. “TO THE INTERNET!”.

I fired up google (Because I used google before it was a verb), and looked up tribes. I found screenshots and such from the game. And honestly, this is pretty much what I was playing…

Nothing fancy. Well, the internet told me that there was going to be a sequal. I even knew roughly when the release date was.

Since game marketing was still young, the best you could get was a display in the electronics portion of the local walmart or fred meyer.

While at the electronics department of the freddies down in Bremerton Washington one afternoon while I was with Rocky, we spied something. It was what appeared to be Tribes 2.

I looked at rocky and exclaimed, “It’s Out!” and ran over…

The following is a decent account of what took place as I stepped up to the display.

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The boxes on that display were empty. The game wasn’t supposed to be out for a few more days at least. What is really sad is I knew this. What is even MORE sad is that I had seen this comic that morning before Rocky and I went down to Fred Meyer.

Yeah, that’s right, I got suckered in to a display. Honestly, it sucked. So, I waited the extra week and sure enough, the actual game was out.

I purchased my new game, I went home, I installed it, and started running the updater. (All while Playing Descent 2 on Kali in the background).

  

After the updater was complete (I already knew it was a horrible update system they were using after glancing it it), I was faced with a situation a lot like this one….

I took my beating and the update completed. I was playing tribes 2.

Much better eh?

Well, time passed, games come and go, and I moved on.

Well, here I am, 10 years later and I found a link to a new game. Tribes: Ascend.

Just like Team Fortress 2 (GREAT GAME BTW!), it was free to play.

In my head, I started doing the “No-Pants, I’m so happy Dance”.

I clicked join.

I clicked install.

I clicked update. (No kicking this time)

I clicked play.

What did I see?

BAM!

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(Oh yeah, click the pics to make them bigger… will ya?)

Bar far, this is the best tribes yet in the way of looks.

But how does it play? Well, it’s still as fast as the first two. It’s still got all of my favorite features. But it’s a tad different.

Lets look at this video before we get too far. Just to give you an idea of some of the things that take place in this amazing game.


It used to be that you couldn’t change your loadouts on the fly anymore, they have since fixed that, but it wasn’t a big deal because your life expectancy isn’t long enough to really matter.

Oddly enough though, after my first few minutes, it reminded me a lot of playing Halo. The first one. Something about the way the gun is carried. The general feeling of the architecture. The overall mood seemed kinda like something Bungie would put out.

Honestly, I’ve only had two hours logged in game when I wrote this, but I’m really enjoying it. Little things like the the damage effect, the key layouts, and the ability to use grenades are pleasing to see.

Will I keep playing? Probably. Do I want my friends to play? YES! Yes I do.

Would I be crazy excited if my wife and/or son decided to play with me? HELL YES!

I’m a little excited honestly. Okay, maybe a little more than I like to admit. But regardless, it’s a hoot.