October 2006

Another Tuesday is here and with it comes another How Do You Like It? question. Of course we all know that today is Halloween. In staying with the festivities of the moment, my question to you all today is:

How do you like to spend your Halloween? I am not posing any answers because I want to hear your truthful responses which I know will vastly vary.

For me…I personally do not get into this particular celebration. Just being honest. I would rather, and typically do, spend Halloween evening running around with the nieces and nephews, laughing all the way as they remind me of what I used to do as a child on this ‘scary’ evening.

And you?



I am changing things up a bit this week. What Would You Do? Monday will return next week. Every now and then I want to do something that gives you a little more insight into me. I have found that some of these memes seem to assist in that manner, while being fun and light-hearted. Derek introduced this meme and posted his response to it this past week. Shortly after, Pete stepped in and took the challenge. I found the meme to be interesting myself so I have responded. Yet…that much more revealed about me.

I am – a simple person.

I want -to feel a connection to this world that I have been searching for all my life and have yet to sense or feel.

I have – a family that means more to me than the world.

I wish – the inhabitants of this earth, people of all ages, gender, race, and faiths could just coexist in peace with no boundaries set.

I hate – trite, shallow people.

I miss – my dad so, so, so much!

I fear – two things: dying alone with no one near me and being homeless.

I hear – my inner self telling me I am being called to something greater. I can’t explain it.

I wonder – what life would be like if I was financially secure for the rest of its duration.

I love – to travel and experience new places. More than you will ever know!!

I always – wished I had been blessed with a good singing voice.

I am not – as easily and automatically outgoing as many may think.

I am not always – quite as “together” as some people may perceive me. Afterall, I am human.

I need – to feel that I will be successful in my new interior design career.

I should – laugh a little more at myself.

I like – ,cherish, and love my friends! You know who you are!

Well…if you caught my tidbit segment from yesterday, you know that I was anticipating the news of being an uncle again. Yet there were some worries about my sister, given the lack of contact from either my brother-in-law or my mom. Thank goodness its all over with. I am an uncle again. Number 10!!! My sister did have a problem with dilating the last few centimeters. Plus the doctor found the baby improperly rotated in the womb. The baby had not turned around in my sister’s womb so that his face would be looking at the floor when he came out (not to be confused with a breach birth). And the little bugger would not cooperate turning around. As a result, the Doc had to perform a “C”-section.

But all is well. Sean Thomas was born around 10:30pm yesterday (25th) at 7lbs. 12 ounces and 19 inches. He’s fair-skinned and has blondish hair…so the name seems to fit the ‘profile.’ Now recently-born Angelo Joseph has a cousin just about two weeks younger than him. By the way, Angelo is dark-haired with somewhat of an olive complexion. I think the Italian name befits Angelo’s looks as well. He came in at 7lbs., 19.25 inches.

As I mentioned yesterday, I sooooooooooo love being an uncle. I just wish I could see them in person. I am hoping to post some pictures of the two darlin’ babes within a week or two.

Guess I have nothing more to say. Plus I am running tired these days. Seems like the job (my Internship) is reminding me what real work was like. Ya know though…I am so glad to be part of the working world again. School is for the youth! Not to say that I am old in any means…I just don’t think we, as adults, need to revisit the mondaneness of homework, etc.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

I apologize for no real post today other than to share a few morsels of news and other tidbits with you.

What city are you?:
Well, I got this from Dave over at David’s Daily Dramas. He actually pulled it from someone else’s blog. I think my result suits my personality!

You Are New York

Cosmopolitan and sophisticated, you enjoy the newest in food, art, and culture.
You also appreciate a good amount of grit – and very little shocks you.
You’re competitive, driven, and very likely to succeed.

Famous people from New York: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Tupac Shakur, Woody Allen

What American City Are You?
An Uncle – Twice Over?:
Part of me was not real motivated to post as I am waiting on one of my four sisters to deliver her first child. She has been in labor, at various stages, over the past three days. She finally went into the hospital yesterday morning, Wednesday, and at 4:30 she was 7-8 centimeters dialated, having already received an epidural for pain. 9 centimeters is delivery stage. The concern though at the time that this post was written, nearly midnight, was that I had not received any news of my sister having delivered little Sean Thomas yet. I don’t think that’s the best news – generally when a woman reaches 8 centimeters she probably is ready to “pop” within 1-2 hours later if not sooner. It’s been nearly 8 hrs since reaching 8 centimeters. I ever called the room and the nurse’s station. No responses.

One bit of good news those was that another sister of mine delivered a healthy boy, Angelo, almost two weeks. So now I am an uncle to 4 nieces and ‘soon-to-be’ 6 nephews. Two brand newborns…damn I wish I was home in the Bay Area. I’d be babysitting in a flash!

EXTRA!! ~Internship News:
I am about ready to wrap up my second week of internship. And quite honestly…I am loving it. I don’t think I could ask for a better group of people to be working with. We work as a unit. My fellow co-workers have been so good to patiently explain procedures. Who knows? I may actually find that I like doing commercial design work after all. We’ll just have to let that play out. Now I just have to worry about the 10 page paper I need to eek in within the next week as part of the internship program. It’s not that hard but part of it involves interviewing a Residential Designer, in my case. I still need to find one, and find a moment of spare time to get out and meet this person.

Giving Out A Shout!:
I just wanted to say that if any of you are interested in good-looking ‘bears’ and what they have to say, you might want to pop into My Weblog – A Life of a Bare Bear. The furry critter happens to be Mike, Derek’s partner. Mike has been playin’ around a bit with webcam so you can actually hear a voice associated with the face and get a bit of his personality. I think he happens to be a ‘keeper.’ “Knock ’em dead MIKE. Just get out and visit some blogs too!”


Main Entry: arouse
Pronunciation: &-‘rauz
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): aroused; arous·ing
Etymology: a- (as in arise) + rouse
transitive verb
1 : to awaken from sleep
2 : to rouse or stimulate to action or to physiological readiness for activity : EXCITE [the book aroused debate]
intransitive verb : to awake from sleep : STIR
– arous·al /&-‘rau-z&l/ noun

Wednesday WORD PLAY is upon us. Think I have one today that ought to “stir” up some emotion, or at least something! So to get to the point, let’s get started. Today’s word is arouse!

Usage: Many things arouse me but nothing is more arousing than life itself. Believe me and I’ll tell you another lie. If you only knew how hard I am trying to keep this post at a G-rating. LMAO!

Again, the “play” portion…any comment you leave must use the word arouse in it. Your response can be about anything ~ the post, me (watch it!), something about you, something happening in your life. Knock yourself out thinking of something serious, humorous, or off-beat to comment about. Just have fun with it! Oh, and here are some pictures to arouse, I mean inspire you as you ponder your answer for this post.

Yesterday’s post was a little intense and thought-provoking! So let’s lighten it up with this Tuesday’s HOW DO YOU LIKE IT?

The question buzzing in my head today is:

How do you like to sleep – butt-naked, in your underwear, or in full on pajamas? Does it make a difference depending on whether you are sleeping with someone or not and what time of the year it is?

I don’t have to think about this one too much…at least not the first half of the question. I sleep butt-naked generally during the spring and summer months – most definitely during the summer. Come fall and winter, I’d say that 95% of the time I’m in underwear and often a t-shirt of some sort. See I tend to sleep with the upper part of my body uncovered and during the winter I become very susceptible to stiff necks and upper shoulder stiffness. Hence the t-shirt.

I will sleep in the ‘birthday suit’ only if I am comfortable with the other person and assuming they are comfortable with it. I probably tend to limit this though. As for the time of the year, I think I gave you the gist in the first part of my answer.

Now it’s your time to share……

Hopefully my posted pictures on Friday’s blog entry made up for the lengthy commentary. But as I had said in my opening statement, my first Pride experience was important to me. I wanted to share it. So now reality sets back in as I start my first full week back home, doing my internship work and hitting the books head on in my Art History class. And alas, the mondaneness of my life stomps forward again, with unclear sight as to what lies ahead. I so miss the companionship of my friends. This is the one time I am probably thankful for cellphones. I can at least stay in touch ‘whenever.’ I miss ALL of YOU GUYS and you know who you are.

I have one big dream and that is to get all of you in one location for one hell’uva time! Do you think I can pull it off? Honestly?! Game for Hawaii?

Now let’s get to today’s post. It’s Monday! Hopefully you all had a great weekend. It’s time again for my “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?” post. Today’s question, I hope, is meant to be thought-provoking. It is:

If you had an opportunity to make one lasting impression to the world, one that you would always be remembered for, what would you do?

I laid in bed last night thinking about this. I so often do. See part of what stirs inside me, that eats at me daily it seems, that makes me restless, is finding my purpose here in this world. In reality I know what it is and my faith speaks of it. But I guess I have always had a bit of the “Doubting Thomas” syndrome. See, I tend to place a need for some acknowledgment on my accomplishment – the human side of me I guess. I can’t begin to explain how many times I have come close to doing some volunteer work for a few years in a place like Africa, India, or South America doing some type of work with underprivileged children to enrich their lives, to provide them with a moments peace and dignity, to place a smile on a face so often left hollow and empty. But inevitably, fears have overcome me. Fear of being in harms way, fear of leaving my own family behind, fear of my health, fear of the loss of personal comforts. But do you see how really these fears are drown from selfishness of sorts. I wish I could step beyond those fears. I keep thinking that there is a world out there so much richer for me. Am I making some sense here or merely rambling? Anyway, my desire would be to make myself available to help underprivileged children and if that lead to some type of remembrance for my actions, all the better.

Maybe one day, after digging deep within for that courage, I’ll go for it! Who knows, maybe my answer lies here in my own ‘neighborhood.’ So let me hear what you’d do to be remembered.

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