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.

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