dad. veteran. corpsman. geek. human resource. patriot.
"Life's is not about how hard you hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward"
I am Natalia's daddy! My latest happenings as well as my lil' girls happenings will be posted here as I live them.

I like to read science fiction, fantasy as well as classics and comics. Always looking for recommendations. Like to play video games and board games. Love to watch old movies and shows, as I find them relaxing and entertaining. Last but not least. like to feed the birds and do some gardening.

Proud to be a US Navy Corpsman veteran and part of the Southwest Region Funeral Honor Guard. Served in OEF attached to EMF Great Lakes, OHSU (EMF) Camp Pendleton Delta Detachment and now Volunteer Training Unit 1910

" . . . and on the 8th day the Lord created the Corpsman and the Devil stood at attention."

"In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex . . ."

"Tell your story. That's the secret of immortality. The one true way to live forever. "

"We live as we dream. Alone"

"Courage is being scared to death...and saddling up anyway."

"Needling is what I do"

September 6, 2016

Much Needed Weekend

This weekend I had Natalia after a long two weeks without her and we stayed up here and played many games and my grandmother (Natalia's great grandmother) even made it up for the day Saturday. All in all it was a much needed long weekend for my soul.

Been playing mainly Runebound and Mansions of Madness alone during the week and painting all the miniatures, but this holiday weekend Natalia was with me again and we played many games and had a great time. Dr. Eureka continues to be a favorite along with Diamonsters and maybe a new one that I have had a while. We tried out Dixit for the first time and it was a hit as even grandpa played, however this is a game best with at least 4 players.

“Financial bitterness could not eat too deeply into Mack and the boys, for they were not mercantile men. They did not measure their joy in goods sold, their egos in bank balances, nor their loves in what they cost.”

- John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

Been a few weeks and I went out both days last weekend on rides and it did me good to keep busy as I didn't have Natalia with me and that is always hard for me. Went out on the mountains on Saturday for a route I haven't done in many many years, up Loch Leven and Angelus Oaks are. Got a short section of the Santa Ana River Trail which beings good memories for me. It was a great outing. The next day a DonkeyLand ride with some special scenery as usual. It will be a few weeks before I will make it out again and looking forward to it as usual to hit the trail.

Finished reading Thunderbird by Jack McDevitt, one of my favorite authors and found the ending not to my liking. Good sequel to his previous story but ended flat. I was a bit disappointed. Decided to jump to another shorter book and a classic one in Cannery Row and almost done and finding it relaxing and a nice insight at the time and area. It felt at times as time traveling to that time and life.

I am finding myself again making changes but minor ones this time. I now have much free time (sometimes a bad thing) and want to start to use it for getting outdoors more with runs and bike rides. I feel I have left that life behind and do not like it. Today I started with "baby steps" in a 5km run. Also would not be a bad thing to find another person to share that with. Sadly most people see working out as walking from the parking lot to the store.

August 15, 2016

1st Grade, Games and Hitting the Dirt

It has been a while and again slow changes for me and I will say life is always interesting to see where it leads me to. Natalia started 1st grade last week and that is very exciting to see her grow and be her father to raise her and teach her and share life with her.

Still paying honors to heroes and I find this still very good to do for me spiritually. Everyday I wake up now wanting to do this honor. I was already approached to maybe take over the coordination as lead Petty Officer for next year and something to think about.

"To be bitter is to attribute intent and personality to the formless, infinite, unchanging and unchangeable void. We drift on a chartless, resistless sea, let us sing when we can and forget the rest."

- H.P. Lovecraft

A few weeks ago I decided to finally take the drive out to Holcomb Valley to see the Gold Fever Trail and it was very nice and relaxing. Well, relaxing once I got to the fire roads, as I managed to take a technical trail worrying me a little of getting stuck or rolled over. Overall it was a great outing ad one I reccomend. My next trip will be down to Pioneertown. Also managed to go for a mountain bike ride twice a few weeks back and that was much needed for my soul. I am very lucky to still have around a few of the people I have grown to like to ride with.

I have decided to re read the classic DragonLance series with its first book, Dragons of Autumn Twilight. This is a real classic that triggered hundreds of similar stories and worlds. That book brought back good memories. Now I moved on to an older story in The Land That Time Forgot. Reading has been slow and hope to find a few captivating books soon. As far as TV, not much as usual but did get hooked in Stranger Things and binged watch all of it and really liked the story.

Natalia and I have been playing a few new games and having fun. Natalia has been liking Trekking the National Parks and we have been playing that every weekend along with Survive! and the new expansion with the Squids. Myself  have been playing a few games as well and bought a few more games this week (bad habit). Runebound spent a week on my table and now Specter Ops with a solo app (BoardBuddys) and soon Mansions of Madness I am sure will take up much of my time.

July 10, 2016

Hiking & Feeling Nature

I spent the 4th of July weekend hiking with Natalia and Yuli. We finally found the Coyote Rock Trail I have been looking for and even hiked it a few more times that week. Natalia took her camera and took some good pictures. I can already see she has an eye for the landscape and nature shots. I went out 2 more times alone with Yuli and covered the whole trail left of the fork and connects to Exploration Trail which I am familiar with. Was hoping for a 6+ mile hike one day but Yuli was not feeling it. I have one more part to explore on that trail and I will have covered every branch on it.

My current job is going well and every day I am proud to do it and have the opportunity to do it. More and more I am in charge of the detail and find honor in that role.

"I hope I shall always possess . . .virtue enough to maintain . . . the character of an honest man."

- George Washington

Natalia this week read to me her first chapter book (In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories) and I was so happy and proud she wanted to read it. She also has an even longer one she started to read at night and mark the pages as she goes through the story just like me, as she says, every night (The Haunted Library). Still very slowly reading Eon and hoping to finish this week. The story has not grasped my attention but I always push through. As far as comic books, still showing interest in the new Civil War II story line and Batman Master Race has been good thus far. Board games are still my new addiction and have acquired a few more and some Natalia enjoys to play as we try to get a few in every day I am with her. Still painting miniatures as I find it relaxing and a way to spice up my games on the table.

BEGIN RANT ---> The hate keeps going with this administration and it shows signs of getting worse. I feel it will get worse until elections. Racism is alive and well and very profitable for the many NGOs and non profits. Many of us finally saw this week how and why the FBI operates and maybe soon it will open even more eyes (Orlando is a clear case being brushed under the rug as the FBI knew of this individual, gave him clearance and during the situation it is clear things got worse when they got involved later that morning. Not to mention the editing and hiding of the 911 calls). Not only is there a double standard but even their role is facilitating these "mass shootings" by not stopping but providing a venue and resources. Are they the real agency used to spread hatred and violence? The hatred spreading by this administration towards law enforcement is amazing down to the president downright not being present for honors but yet require security himself. As a veteran myself I have seen the negative treatment received by the county as they feel any veteran or even anyone affiliating themselves with the military, is "bad" and violent and should be seen as such.

Sometimes I feel maybe the police should only patrol and secure those areas voted on and those that feel they don't want, to not be secured. Let those areas suffer the consequences and chaos caused by those few. We can then clearly see the benefit. Moreover, I see more and more the disrespects this generation has towards and rules. I will be the first to say I do not like supervision or big government in our house, but I can see how law enforcement has a real hard job when their lives are threatened often and they have to make a decision for their safety and far too many times their lives. Why do these individuals risk life and career to help? Of course like with people in general there are "bad ones" but this I feel is such a minor occurrence that can be corrected of again we didn't have so much political correctness. ----> END RANT

June 28, 2016

Where Have You Been?

It has been a while and in that time I took a quick road trip to southern Utah. The drive out was overnight and I was amazed to drive down Las Vegas Strip to find it empty that time of night, but more amazing were the views at sunrise as we entered Utah. I will say God spent some extra time in in this part of the world.

I am still honoring fallen heroes in the funeral honor detail. I will say this is a very rewarding job that cannot really be described but I am very lucky to have the chance to do. I do not sit in front of a computer or sell merchandise. I do not make $1000s or are seen as a successful person in today's world that is measured by pay. I am blessed to be allowed to honor heroes and their families for their courageous, faithful and honorable service. This honor can never be purchased but earned and witnessed by those few.

"A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?"

- Robert Heinlein

Father's day came and went and it was a very nice afternoon with Natalia and my parents as we celebrated two fathers that day. Also during the past month since the last post Natalia finished kindergarten and received some awards for her advanced skills. That is no surprise to me,

My latest hobby has been me getting back into miniature painting. So far I am enjoying it and getting techniques down to make my miniatures game look better on the table. As with all my hobbies they take a toll in the wallet. I also finally managed to make it out for a Sunday mountain bike ride this past Sunday and as always great company but a bit warm.

Still slowly reading The Perils of Peace and also Eon. I will say my reading this past month has slowed down much. On the comic books, thus far Civil War 2 is not bad but as with all these big events, they start with a "punch" and tend to fade away quick.

Rant: I want to take this time to point out a recent even not much talked about here but one that is of great importance and that would be the recent Brexit vote for Great Britain to leave the EU. It is amazing how people forget WWII where Great Britain was a great power in the war against Germany and now Germany takes over all Europe. We still have WWII veterans in Great Britain that remember very clearly the war and have to sit back and be taken over. I am glad Great Britain decided to no longer put up with the many leashes Germany had over them. Ironically we did the same over 200 years ago and now we must stand and cheer for them in their time. So many "experts" claim they can't make it. How? The EU is just a recent "government" and all European countries did fine alone before. This is clearly an experiment in a "One World Government" and it shows that the many restraints put on its people will not be accepted.

May 22, 2016

A Great Visit

Another awesome days with Natalia and a good week. Friday Natalia and I went to see my grandmother (Natalia's great grandmother) for a few hours and she still looks the same as good as years prior. I hope she remains in California much longer to see her more often. Natalia enjoyed herself playing in the many unique musical instruments my uncle has in his house.

This weekend I kept this new tradition of dressing up our desert in a fun way with toys and a theme. This week Hulk decided to "Hulk Stomp" our pie (pictured), while the next day some Lego soldiers were caught stealing some mini eclairs. Also Natalia received some great Star Wars toys and a very nice book from someone at church that knows she loves that stuff. She was gifted Ukulele Jim: The Jumping Flea Circus by friend and illustrator of the book, Patrick Scullin.

Finished reading Forever Free and I knew going in that it was not a great story but wanted to read it for myself. Not even close to the great Forever War story. Now to decide what book will be my next read. Either more American history, science fiction or fantasy? On the comic book front, this week Civil War II started and thus far the first book is not bad.

"I don't need a mirror to see how I look, long ago, I realized the inner self is visible if you present yourself truthfully and authentically."

This past week I have been playing two main games over and over again. I have been hooked to the Lord of the Rings LCG and Elder Sign. This week looking forward to the new Warhammer Quest Silver Tower game which I pre-order and will cost me a pretty penny.

My current work has been very rewarding for me and one I have pleasure doing as it helps my in many levels. A job I hope now to continue to do for years to come if able. I still need more services to put myself at ease with the routines.

Check out Marvel's Civil War II event.

May 15, 2016

Honor and Freedom?

I have been slowly getting adjusted to my new routine with the U.S. Navy Funeral Honor Guard and finally have a job I am proud of and having the honor to do. Getting used to the procedures and still meeting new people whom are also part of this honorable detail.

As usual Natalia wants to stay home and come straight home to relax and play. Lately, Play-Doh is her favorite and she is getting good at making many things. Also still getting many games to the table with her and by myself when she is not with me. Lately I am getting into the Lord of the Rings LCG game until the many cool games I am looking forward to playing get released. So many cool games slated for release this year.

I do not watch many movies or television at all lately but watched the Deapool movie this past week and I had no real hopes for it and was surprised it kept me watching the whole time. I do wish it was more true to his origins.

"We shouldn't be seeking harrowing challenges, but rather tasks we find natural and interesting, tasks we were apparently born to perform"

- Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March

Finished reading an alternate history of John F. Kennedy and it was ok for a book and shows us how much different our world could have been. Now moving on back to sci-fi with Forever Free, a sequel to Forever War which I really liked. This book is not as highly praised but I liked the original story. Not many comic books this month. The new Moon Knight and Old Man Logan still are of interest as well as the Dark Knight Master Race series. Punisher got a new series and very disappointed. Now on to Civil War 2 which I have no idea on the back story and probably won't care much. Marvel has gotten far too politically correct and fallen for all this bullshit this government has caused.

Managed to go out for a mountain bike ride last Sunday with "Oh-Oh" Richie and "Ravioli" Riz and as always a great time. Afterwards hooked up with RC for lunch. I hope to go back out on another ride soon with my people.

Rant: This past week the FDA decided to destroy the cigar industry in the name of protecting the children. Seems any cigar blend after 2007 will be banned in a few weeks. This of course puts the real struggle on the retailers and the consumers now will suffer as we see this administration cutting on our freedom and liberties by restricting what we can consume. Of course the manufacturers will possibly go out of business very fast as so many will have no products to sell. Funny of all is minors don't go to a cigar shop and pay $10+ for a cigar. Never even crossed anyone's mind, but I think the FDA saw this as a profitable way for them to make more money by forcing manufacturers to pay outrageous fees to maybe get their blends approved in 1-2 years. The feel they should take money and maybe or maybe not approve blends, it is their call. Hmmm, can we say bribes are welcomed? What is outrageous is the gateway that is the vaping phenomenon. This of course only affects a tiny sector but what if they decide to tell you what and how much to drink? Oh, sorry New York has that.

Don't forget to download the latest No Agenda Show to filter through all the lies and misinformation the mainstream media pumps out there. I can guarantee you will be a much informed, entertained and a happier person for knowing the truth from the Guardians of Reality (John & Adam). 

April 24, 2016

Fishing, Gaming, Legos, Oh My!

A great few days with Natalia as usual. Friday was Lego and game night. I made an impromptu "Lego" cake and played with the Lego castle (from my childhood) which took me 2 nights to complete. The castle was being attacked by Stormtroppers but it didn't fall. Later we cleared out the table and played two games from my haul this month. We played Loot N Run, which Natalia liked as well as My First Stone Age. Both great fun quick games that we both enjoyed. Also Blokus was back on the table ad I managed to win one game.

Saturday we woke up late and headed out to the Arrowbear fishing derby, Natalia practiced for hours her casting and we had a great time out there for hours. In the end she won a raffle prize, a Spider-Man fishing pole. As we headed back to the main area I noticed a few people lending a hand to person whom passed out. My corpsman skills were put to the test (not really). As I tend to run across this often. Turns out this person gave blood earlier and didn't hydrate or ate, just downed coffee and "energy" drinks, not a good combination. Soon paramedics were called to write it up.

Earth day was this week as with many made up days. I took this weekend as my weekend to plant a few items around the house and Have Natalia start a bunch of seeds in small containers. I do hope many come up as I don't have much luck.

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation."

- Henry David Thoreau

Finished reading The Castle  in Transylvania and I rather enjoyed the book. A book published in 1889 which talked about electricity and communications via cable. Now I am back to another Kurt Vonnegut book in Timequake and thus far a good smooth read. On the gaming end this week a few games have hit my big game table. Been playing Suburbia and a fun game to layout and play when bored. Also been playing the new Captain America Legendary set and trying out the new cars and so far rather fun as always.

Natalia lately has been wanting to read to me more and more and Saturday night she read to me Green Eggs and Ham with no problems and emphasizing question and exclamation marks. I am so proud that in a short time she can read so effortlessly.

This past week was my second week as part of the Funeral Honors Guard and still getting into the rhythm and getting used to many of the basic military drills and procedures. I will say thus far I find this very honorable and good for me to be doing. I just hope my pay issues start to get worked out soon, but I know how lazy some are in doing their work.

Don't forget to download the latest No Agenda Show to filter through all the lies and misinformation the mainstream media pumps out there. I can guarantee you will be a much informed, entertained and a happier person for knowing the truth from the Guardians of Reality (John & Adam). 

April 15, 2016

Continuing To Honor The Uniform

This week was another week of change in my life as I am not doing the job I have been doing the past months as often and having to pick up the slack elsewhere and I started driving Uber and Lyft. I will say it is somewhat of a waste but I will experiment with it in hopes it puts spending cash in my hands for our toys. I laugh as they are doing major recruiting in the area and claiming you can make thousands. Nope. Thus far no bad experiences and everything is nice and smooth. 

Drill weekend don and I had to make the drive both days for medical and our PFA (Physical Fitness Assessment). Hope this one doesn't "get lost". No such thing as honor, courage and commitment by many sailors lately. More like, "I don't care", "Not responsible" or plain old, "I don't want to work". Again this month I see the retirement of two sailors from the unit whom served this country with honor for over 20 years as well as another corpsman I served with in the San Francisco area. I continue to serve and honor our country, uniform, job and tradition. With that being said I finally made the decision to joining the funeral honors detail and have been doing services all week after a quick Navy "left seat/right seat" training. Get the basics down but every service has its challenges and differences. This is something I like as I am able to adapt and have that skill. Also a way for me to still honor the job and inside I feel very good for what I am doing. I hope to very soon get all the aspects down as I hope to do this for years to come if possible. 

"I'm not going to worry anymore; I've done that long enough"

Finished reading the Farmer Boy which is the third book in the Little House on the Prairie novels and thus far it is the least liked one for me. This week I received The Castle in Transylvania, which is a rare translation of a Jules Verne book and Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut and I have high hopes for both these books.

Another few days with Natalia last week and staying home as always with some rainy weather all weekend. Playing inside the house all day and having a great time together playing Legos mainly. 

Don't forget to download the latest No Agenda Show to filter through all the lies and misinformation the mainstream media pumps out there. I can guarantee you will be a much informed, entertained and a happier person for knowing the truth from the Guardians of Reality (John & Adam). 

April 3, 2016

Sad Dad Bad Had

Another week gone and one of possible changes again. I can say with the ups and downs lately I have gotten more and more comfortable with the unknown, So Thursday I headed out with Yuli for a nice walk in my "front yard" or "back yard", I get them confused. Took some nice pictures and it was a nice quiet outing. A nice day after the snowstorms earlier this week , where much was melted off. Friday I picked up Natalia early and headed up early and started a much needed weekend with her.

Last week I didn't see Natalia and decided with so much time in my hands now, to go on a mountain bike ride on Easter Sunday and it was a very nice ride as usual with great company. Along the ride we had to ask ourselves and do a double take as we rode past one of the mega churches that looks more like a huge warehouse where there were 3 water tanks outside by tents offering baptisms. It simply amazes me that religion has come to this - "Baptism for number 078". Another thing to point our is the signs around Riverside and the railroad tracks telling people what actually goes on a railroad track and to stay away. First, seems people nowadays have no idea what the tracks are for and worse we are told to stay away, because you know, terrorism. Please!

"Dad is sad. Very, very sad. He had a bad day. What a day Dad had!"

- Dr. Seuss

Saturday the local library had Superhero day and we all went our and had a great time in the activities and later hit up some antique shops and thrift store in the mountain.

Finally finished two books this week. Time and Again, my main read that I had much hopes for was just rather boring. The other book that was a rather quick read was New Found Land, the journal of the Lewis and Clark expedition. This one I liked and learned much from it and now am interested in reading more. No idea what to read next but waiting for a few used books to arrive soon.

Not much gaming this week other than Thunderbirds where I finally got the hang of it and winning at the basic level. However I have been playing some video games with Natalia together and we have been having a great time getting through the Star Wars Disney Infinity game together.

 I start the week in the unknown and with possible changes right away. Also some rain expected, of course after I washed the car. Springs is also here with the many tulips in my home starting to make their way out and the daffodils around town already in bloom.


March 24, 2016

Am I In My Spring?

Spent 5 days with Natalia and we had some great fun as usual. This week it was my 43rd birthday and I always look forward to my time with Natalia and my yearly picture. My birthday marks St. Patrick's day the day after and a date that will forever affect me as it was ironically the day my life was changed overnight 5 years ago. This week also marks the beginning of Spring. My birthday was actually on Wednesday and to not go too much into it, it was a bad day for me. For some reason such signature dates tend to have bad things. I waited to Friday to celebrate with Natalia. Some nice presents and a nice cake and as always a nice day overall. Got me another board game (more on that later), some shoes to last me forever and some clothing. Oh, can't forget Master Yoda for Natalia.

Natalia and I got addicted to the Disney Infinity game and played through a whole Toy Box disc and we had a great time doing it together. Also played a few levels of Super Mario Bros. along with our usual board games.  

This week I have been at home all week, mainly playing games and cleaning up. I have been playing for days Warhammer Adventure Card Game and it has been kicking my butt. I have as of yet to complete the first scenario. Not much reading and I hope I get back on that mode to get some books finished. My recent read I find it boring but it is very hard for me to give up on a book. Also this week I made a rather quick baby blanket. The blanket for no one in particular as I like to do these lately and will save it for the future. 

Looking forward to a few games coming this year and seems every month another one is announced that has me excited. Recently Games Workshop has announced Lost Patrol and Blood Bowl reprint. Lost Patrol a 2 player game but I will make it a solo game one way or another. Also, this week I backed my first Kickstarter game. Nothing expensive as it was just a pre-order for the Goonies game. 

Now, sitting here missing Natalia as it tends to happen when I have so much time to think alone. Also again planning a solo road trip that as usual tends to get canceled due to something always coming up or lack of funds. This time out to northern Arizona to do a run through Monument Valley and visit the reservations and swing by to see my best friend.