Monday, August 29, 2005

Congratulations Hawaii LL

After doing nothong for most of Saturday, Sunday we took the kids to the fair. They both had a blast and got tuckered out. We rode the big slide & the kids train ride. Logan, the one year old, likes the rides better than Ryan, the five year old. I'mnot going to have to worry about him becoming a x-gamer...that's for sure. I think Ryan will be my computer Whiz kid and Logan will be the Athlete.

Speaking of Athlete's...congratulations to West Oahu of Ewa Beach, Hawaii Little League baseball team for winning the LLWS championship against defending champion Curacao.

Michael Memea hit a walkoff Home run in the first extra inning to win it all 7-6. It was the first walkoff Homer in a championship game in LLWS history & the first LLWS championship for the state of Hawaii. The kids from the islands came back from a 6-3 deficit in the bottom of the 6th to tie the score in regulation.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Hectic Week

This week has been one of Catch up. After getting back from San Jose last week I was sick as a dog on Sunday and spent all day Monday... ahem.... recovering.... if you can call kneeling over a toilet bowl recovering.

Being wholly unproductive on Monday I've been getting caught up all week. The week ahead is hectic. We have my Family Reunion on Saturday. I leave for Boston on a business trip Tuesday, get back Thurday around 3pm. The first night of league bowling is Thursday night, Friday morning we leave on vacation to Montana. Relaxation at last! I can't wait to hit the river and fish.

Speaking of fish...or at least water creatures...did you here about the Florida Marlins? What a croc! I can't beleive how uptight we have become. This definately falls into the "loosen up America" category....

Marlins suspend batboy for milk-drinking dare news services

Milk does a body good, but it didn't do good for one batboy.

On a dare, a Florida Marlins batboy tried to drink a gallon of milk in under an hour without throwing up. But not only did the batboy not succeed in the challenge, his mere attempt cost him his job for six games, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

The Marlins suspended the unidentified batboy for the team's upcoming six-game homestand against the Cardinals and Mets from Aug. 28 through Sept. 4 for accepting the dare Sunday from Dodgers pitcher (and former Marlin) Brad Penny.

Penny offered the batboy $500 if he could drink a gallon of milk in less than an hour before Sunday's game without throwing up. Penny told the paper the boy drank the milk and didn't throw up, but didn't finish the gallon in the allotted time frame to win the dare.
"It's kind of ridiculous that you get a 10-game suspension for steroids and a six-game suspension for milk," Penny told the Herald.

''It's ridiculous that they worry about stuff like that. It shows they [the Marlins organization] don't know anything about the game. That kind of stuff goes on everywhere. It didn't affect the way he worked, the way he did his job.''

....Just as an FYI, this story has some facts wrong. I heard an interview with Brad Penny this morning and he clarified some things:

1. The bat boy DID drink the milk in the hour.

2. He didn't win the bet because he couldn't keep the milk down...he tossed it up.

3. Other Dodger players tossed money into the pool as well and the pot grew to over $1000

4. At least Brad Penny, he wasn' tsure about the other players, gave him the $500 anyway

5. Brad Penny said he would "take care of the batboy" during his suspension.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

What I Am

This ad appeared in the Washington Post on 10/20/04. It was written and paid for by George J. Esseff, Sr, Reprints are offered at the web site where there is also a link to email the author.


Maybe you're a Republican?

In today's America ask a growing number of high school and college students,their teachers and professors, the self-anointed media elite and/or hardworking men and women of all ethnicities, the question, "What is aRepublican?" and you'll be told ".. a rich, greedy, egotistical individual,motivated only by money and the desire to accumulate more and more of it, atthe expense of the environment, the working poor....and all whom theyexploit..."

I am a Republican - And I am none of those things....and I don't know anyRepublicans who are!

WHAT I AM first and foremost, is a loving husband of some 52 plus years, thefather of four and an American who's proud of his country...and hiscountry's heritage

WHAT I AM is the grandson of immigrants who risked every-thing, includingtheir lives and those of their children, to escape tyranny in search offreedom.

WHAT I AM is a man who grew up during the Depression and witnessed firsthand the effects of the Stock Market crash and the soup lines that followed.I watched as both my parents and grand parents, who had very littlethemselves, share what food they had with a half dozen other families, whohad even less.

WHAT I AM is someone who worked his way through college by holding downthree and four jobs at a time and then used that education to build a betterlife.

WHAT I AM is a husband who at age 24 started his own business for the"privilege" of working 60, 70 and 80 hours a week, risking everything I hadincluding my health, in search of a better life for myself and my lovedones.

WHAT I AM is a businessman whose blood, sweat and tears....and plenty ofthem..., made it possible for me to provide a secure living not only for myfamily and myself, but also for literally hundreds of my employeesthroughout the years. Employees who in turn were able to buy their ownhomes, raise their own families and give back to their communities and theircountry.

WHAT I AM is a man who believes in God; a God who has blessed thiscountry... and all for which it stands.

WHAT I AM is someone who knows, if you doubt miracles exist in today'sworld, you need only to look into the face of those who received them....andthe eyes of those who give them.

WHAT I AM is an American who's proud that his President embraces a belief inGod; proud of a President who understands, as "politically incorrect" as itmay be, there is evil in this world and for the security and safety of allfreedom loving people everywhere, it must be confronted...and it must bedefeated.

WHAT I AM is an American who takes comfort in the knowledge that ourPresident refuses to allow decisions concerning the very safety and securityof this nation, to be governed by the political whims of foreigngovernments.

WHAT I AM is tired of hearing from leading Democrats who see only negativityin America; racism in her people; class warfare in her society and"political incorrectness" in her character.

WHAT I AM is a former democrat who now understands that it is the soldierand not the reporter that guarantees us our freedoms of press, speech anddissent.

WHAT I AM is a man who believes in the sanctity of life. A man who isrepulsed by the pandering of the political left for votes, at the expense ofthe unborn.

WHAT I AM is a husband and father who believes in the sanctity of marriageand the preservation of the family unit.

WHAT I AM is a ex-movie goer who is repulsed by those insecure, sociallyinept, elementary thinking, ego-inflated "entertainers" who have appointedthemselves "experts" in the fields of national security and geo-politics andthen use their forum to attack this nation, its leaders and itsactions....much to the delight and encouragement of our enemies.

WHAT I AM is an American who understands the difference between "censorship"and "choice." Evidently, these individuals do not, because when these same"celebrities" receive public ridicule for their offensive actions, the firstthing they yell is "censorship." What they seem incapable of understandingis...the right of free speech and dissent is shared equally by well as those who offend. I support and will continue tosupport those films and performers whom I choose to and refuse to supportthose I don't. It is my right as an American a right I will continue toenthusiastically exercise.

WHAT I AM is a voter, tired of politicians who ever time their votingrecords are subjected to public scrutiny, try to divert attention from theirpolitical and legislative failures by accusing their opponents of "attackads" and "negative campaigning"....and the news media who allow them to getaway with it.

WHAT I AM is a Catholic who loves his God and his Faith....and who's beentaught to respect all religions whose teachings are based in love, peace andcharity. As such, I am embarrassed and ashamed of those individuals in bothprivate and public life whose decisions and actions are devoid of any senseof character or morals; individuals who are only driven by what's best forthem....rather than what's right... often times at the expense ofmany....including our national security.

WHAT I AM is a realist who understands that the terrorist attack thatmurdered hundreds of innocent Russian children could have occurred here, inour heartland. That's why I sincerely believe America needs now, more thanever, a President who sees with a clear and focused vision and who speakswith a voice when heard by both friend and foe alike is understood,respected and believed.

WHAT I AM is eternally grateful to Ronald Reagan for having the bravery tospeak out against Communism and the courage of his convictions in leadingthe fight to defeat it; and George W. Bush for the vision, courage,conviction and leadership he has shown in America's war on terrorism amidstboth the constant and vicious, personal and political attacks both he andhis family are made to endure.

WHAT I AM is a human being, full of numerous faults and failures, but a mannonetheless who though not always successful has continually strived to do"what's right" instead of "what's easy." A man who is challenging thereligious leaders of all faiths, to not only preach to their congregationsthe fundamentals of "what's right" and "what's wrong," but to also then holdthem accountable for their actions in both the public and private sectors.

WHAT I AM is disgusted with the Courts who on one hand call the murder of apregnant woman a "double homicide," but then refer to the abortion of herbaby as "pro-choice".

WHAT I AM is someone deeply troubled by a political party which embraces acandidate whose primary "leadership" qualities center around his protestingof the Vietnam war and his labeling the honorable men and women who foughtin it, (50,000 of whom gave their lives in that action), as rapists, and warcriminals (John Kerry). That same political party then stepped forward thisyear to block the appearance of a true Vietnam war hero, retired Admiral andformer United States Senator, Jeremiah Denton, (a man who spent seven yearsand seven torturous months in a North Vietnam prison), from speaking beforean open session of the California legislature as part of that state's 4th ofJuly celebration. The reason Democrats gave for refusing to allow thisAmerican hero to speak before their state legislature was because of the"conservative" nature of his views. As an American, that troubles well it should you. (Are you listening Mr. D?)

WHAT I AM is a man who feels the need to spend, ONE HUNDRED& FOUR THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED & FIFTY FIVE THOUSANDDOLLARS ($104, 655.60, tax paid) of his own money, to purchase thisadvertisement, in order to set the story straight. Some may say this moneywould have been better spent feeding the world's poor. At the risk ofsounding self-serving, as an American and as a Republican, for the lastsix decades of my life, I have done exactly that...and more. Followingthe examples of my parents and grand parents, I have used my earningsto feed the poor, shelter the homeless, provide housing for the elderlyand medical care for the sick.....and continue to do so...and I'm notalone in that work.

WHAT I AM is someone who is paying for this announcement at my sole expensein hopes of opening the eyes of those led blindly by ill-informed elementsof our great nation, who, through either ignorance, or malicious intent,repeatedly attack and belittle those of us who belong to a political partythat holds true to the belief, "The rights of the governed, exceed the powerof the government." For those interested, I am speaking only as atax-paying individual who is in no way associated with the RepublicanNational Committee, nor with any of its directors, or delegates.

WHAT I AM is a man who understands, "the American way of life" is a messageof self-empowerment for all.

WHAT I AM is an American who is grateful that our nation gives each of usthe opportunity of self-determination and the right to benefit from thefruits of self achievement.

WHAT I AM is an American who wants to preserve that way of life for all whoseek it.

WHAT I AM is blessed to be an American.... and proud to be a Republican.

Friday, August 19, 2005

San Jose Trip

The business trip to San jose went well. Ryan got to spend all day Wednesday with Aunt Tina and Grandma Hefner.

The big day was Thursday. Ryan & I went to Great America. For those of you unfamiliar with GA, it is an amusement park owned by Paramount. They have a whole section dedicated to Nickelodeon. My son is a big Spongebob fan and really enjoyed the Spongebob 3-D ride, the Speedway and the merry-go-round. All in all it was a fun day. I think Ryan had a blast.

He fell asleep two minutes after we got into the car on the way to the airport.

He couldnt wait to get home and give his mommy a kiss.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Good Monday

Business trip to San Jose.

My son, Ryan (5 years old) has come along for the ride this trip. He did great at the airport and on the plane. We took along his DVD player and he was content the whole time. There was a little bit of anxiety as we took off, but he liked flying, overall.

After arriving in San Jose, Ryan & I jumped in a rental car (which was upgraded from an economy to a Chrysler Seabring) & drove up to see my daughter. We took her to dinner and shopping and spent a nice evening for her which ended with Ryan and Caitlin wrestling on the grass. It was great to see them play together.

After picking up my neice to watch Ryan while I am at work on Tuesday and going grocery shopping, we finally got back to the Hotel at 11 pm. The hotel room was upgraded for free to a three room, poolside, suite with a complete kitchen. That was nice!

Overall, a successfull Monday. Tuesday will be filled with meetings all day then a trip to the airport to pick up my Mom and Sister. They are flying back home from the Bouffiou family reunion in Iron Mountain, MI. I really wish we could have gone this sister said there was about 225 people there. It would have been a fun trip.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Bowling Night

Last night was bowling night. It was one of those nights when you score better than you actually bowl. I shot 251, 228, 198 for a 677 series. This raised my average one pin to end the Summer season at 220.43. In order to shoot a 251 you have to have a couple really bad counts mixed in with some decent strings of strikes...which was the case in that first game. We had weird set of lanes. The left lane hooked 6 boards less than the right lane. The right lane had the "normal" shot, so the left lane was the one which was the problem. I needed to double in the tenth frame of the last game for our team to sweep the night but after having gone open, open in the 8th and 9th I had lost my line and threw a terrible shot. I ended that last game with three opens in a row...OUCH!.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

It's about time!

It has been a while since I last posted. I'm going to start this thing up again and see if I can keep it rolling. There is a good reason I haven't posted....I've been busy. With the five-year-old running us all over the place and the 19 month old running us ragged, not to mention I've been travelling a lot for work...the time just slips away.

Here's my upcoming schedule (remember I work in Bothell, WA).

Aug 15-18 - San Jose - Work
Aug 30 - Sept 1 - Boston - Work
Sept 2 - Sept 11 - Vacation in Montana
Sept 12 - 14 - San Jose - Work
Sept 19 - 23 - Jury Duty
Sept 26 - 29 - San Jose - Work
Oct 10-13 - San Jose - Work

So as you can see I'll be on the road almost as much as I'll be home over the next month and a half.

On the plus side, I'll be seeing my daughter in San Jose this coming Monday. I'm taking my son (Ryan) with me on this trip. After we fly down and check into our hotel we're going to drive over and take her to dinner. Should be fun. She's only met Ryan once before so it's good they see each other again. All these trips to San Jose should give me a few more opportunities to see her.