Becoming a Godfather

When my first niece was born in March, I was more than delighted to learn that my sister intended to name me as her Godfather. I’ll admit, part of my delight came from taking up the mantle as head of the family just like Michael Corleone did in The Godfather. The other part of me was excited to have the title and responsibility and a niece I could claim to be more special than the others. Not once did I hesitate with the decision of becoming Continue reading →

Washing Dishes Might Have Just Gotten Easier

It’s no secret that I don’t like washing dishes. Ask my girlfriend. I think I’m great at washing dishes. I know this because I worked for a couple of years in a few different kitchens and I was really good at washing the industrial dishes, like really good. For one of the jobs, that’s all I did and I could run the dish room by myself during peak meal times if I needed to, but it wasn’t something I liked to do. I like being good at Continue reading →

Featured Images at a Blog Near You

You may not have noticed if you don’t read this website by visiting the site, but I have added featured images on the homepage. I’m here to tell you that it’s a rather large deal. In fact, I think I might have solved a greater issue I’ve had with images and this website. Way back when, in 2010 when I installed WordPress as my CMS, I was happy to have a better system than my home-brew chunk of code because it would be easier to Continue reading →

April Fools Prank with a Raspberry Pi

So I have this idea for a April Fool’s day prank using my Raspberry Pi and for the most part, it’s completely possible. Background I work in an open office space and everyone can see what everyone else is doing on their computers. Some people sit on Facebook in their downtime, others look at cars, and one uses Pinterist. But everyone, and I mean everyone, reads the news. For the most part, they use CNN as their goto news source. When a big story comes Continue reading →

Rust Magazine

I don’t think it’s much of a secret, but I’m not overly enthusiastic about the translation business. It’s not what I see myself doing for the rest of my life but for now it pays the bills. I’m okay with that. That being said, I’m constantly looking for ways for me to advance my career in a different direction. I think of hair brained schemes, I email strangers out of the blue, creep job boards, and even send résumés. More often than not, these actions don’t Continue reading →

The Weekend Ballad of the Oil Drain Plug

Nearly everything went well for my holiday weekend. Nearly everything with the exception of my automobiles. For the 4th, Ellie and I spent the afternoon with a friend of mine from college and then in the evening we had dinner at Ellie’s parents’ place. All was normal. On Saturday, we went to my parents for a family get-together. I had suggested that Ellie and I go for a motorcycle ride over the weekend while she was in town, she suggested that we ride it all the Continue reading →

Fighting off the Demon Spawn

In Peace Corps, I learned a valuable lesson during my run to Russia. Okay, well technically it was after we got stopped at the border we were trying to cross illegally wanted to visit and after the border guards told us to get into a van that had just crossed the border and dropped us off at the edge of town. Small details really. Since we were dropped off at the edge of town, we decided to run back to the Peace Corps Volunteer’s place Continue reading →

Going to the Cabin Up North

This past weekend, I did something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but no one ever really invited me to do. I finally got to go spend a weekend at someone’s cabin up north. In Wisconsin, it seems like every other person either has a cabin up north or knows someone who does. They would then share that cabin with family and invite people up for long weekends to sit on a boat and just relax. I knew a few people who fell Continue reading →

Red-Winged Blackbird Broke My Lunchtime

I have been walking at lunch for the past few months. It’s a great way to get out of the office during the day. It brightens my day even. But today, I decided not to walk, for health reasons. I’ve also mentioned that I got attacked by a bird. A red-winged blackbird (scientific name: DEMON SPAWN) to be precise. Earlier this week, I also got chased twice by red-winged blackbirds. Once as I was leaving the work parking lot for my lunchtime walk, and once Continue reading →

Waukesha Stabbings – Questioning America

The weekend Waukesha stabbings, WI by two 12-year-old girls have me a bit more captivated than usual. As far as I can tell, I care more because I live in Waukesha. Yes, the stabbings were as tragic and unfortunate and “Why didn’t we see this coming” as all the other media storms where someone does something that seems off their rocker, but because I know the city and the people it just feels more real to me. Waukesha Stabbings For some reason I didn’t see Continue reading →