February 4, 2009
Those who were reading this blog in early 2005, when I explained why I was leaving California, and in early 2007, when I explained why I was returning, understand that I’ve got a serious love-hate relationship with this state. It’s expensive, it’s crowded, the taxes are terrible, I’m struggling to even cope with the mere thought of buying a house, and (especially in the LA area) I’m surrounded by materialistic shallow self-important assholes.
But then there’s the love portion. First and foremost, my wife’s family is here, and with a young child and another on the way, I can’t imagine how we’d survive without them. Second, of course, is the opportunity. There are jobs and options here that aren’t available in less-populous areas. It’s that double-edged sword, where the price of having great job prospects and lots of stuff to do is large crowds at all times. And, of course, there’s the natural scenery of being surrounded by mountains, ocean, silicon enhancement, etc.
But as someone that grew up in the Midwest, one of my favorite differences is the weather. First, there’s no humidity (and thus no mosquitoes) in the summer. And the winter? What winter?
This is Wyatt and I, on January 31st. In Newport Beach, the weather topped 70. I doubt you’d see anyone like this on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago on January 31st…
Some days, I don’t think Wyatt understands how good he’s got it. For that matter, neither does Joanna.
December 26, 2008
As promised, we have some daytime pictures now that the weather has cleared. We decided to take Wyatt for a little ride in a sled… He wasn’t happy about that! This is him shortly thereafter.
It didn’t last long, though because he got happy once he was back in the warmth of the cabin. Here he is with his cousin Patrick, happy because he’s playing with Patrick’s iPhone. Like his father, he tends towards electronics, even at this young age:
And I promised pictures of the view… I think this will cover it:
A short time ago, my brother-in-law Dustin and my wife’s sister Tara headed down the mountain, as Dustin’s sister is about to give birth to a little girl…
…but not all has been happiness this weekend. Some colossal bag of douche with the audacity to call himself a human being broke into my cousin’s car and lifted a lot of valuable snowboarding equipment from his back seat. Some people in this world deserve nothing more than a fair beating, and I think a few of us here today wish that we could find the culprit and administer such.
Other than that, though, we’re having a hell of a time. And the nice thing about being a Midwesterner amongst a family full of Southern Californians is that if I grow tired of this, I can always retire to the outdoors, as I’m more willing to deal with sub-freezing temperatures than these softies!
December 13, 2008
So, being the parent of a 16-month old extremely active boy can be a bit difficult. I always said that I wouldn’t use TV as a babysitter, but to some extent the new shows are a lot better than the old Tom & Jerry and Mighty Mouse I grew up with. Given how much Wyatt loves us reading to him, I’m not worried about him watching a lot of TV.
The Wiggles has been a godsend. It’s musical, it’s fun, and sometimes Joanna and I find ourselves getting sucked into it. But it recently had a change. A while back, the main guy who started it, Greg Page, had health problems and had to turn over his spot to a new person. The new episodes have just started showing up on Disney. And they suck!
Not only is it so hokey that Joanna and I can’t watch it any more, Wyatt doesn’t care about it any longer. It has completely jumped the shark…
So now it’s Higglytown Heroes, Baby Einstein, etc.
And yes, for those of you who know me personally — this really is what my life has become!
December 9, 2008
Not much going on here except getting ready for the holidays, but there was definite fun along the way.
Here is Wyatt having his first haircut. He seemed happy until they pulled out the clippers… I think having a buzzing scratchy thing on your neck is probably a bit traumatic to a 16-month old. Below is Wyatt looking very forlorn.
We had a large family event at Thanksgiving… Here’s Wyatt playing in the grass (& mud, as it had rained).
And his new car!
Wyatt got to visit Santa… Again, not his happiest moment, but we got one picture where he wasn’t crying!
November 24, 2008
Well, Purdue finished their season with a 62-10 drubbing of the hated Indiana
Loosiers Hoosiers. For once, the offense and defense showed up at the same time, and Purdue put together a nice send-off for retiring Coach Joe Tiller and the graduating seniors.
Sadly, that was the highlight of the weekend. We were down at Joanna’s family’s house at the beach. Joanna’s father wasn’t feeling too well on Friday, but we thought nothing of it. Then, at about 3:30 in the morning on Saturday morning, I hit the bathroom for some extraoral evacuation of my stomach contents. Not pretty.
I went back to sleep, and then earlier than usual, Wyatt woke up. He started spitting up everything he tried to eat. I was lethargic and couldn’t eat all day Saturday; he seemed to act normal (and ate normally) but couldn’t keep anything down.
By Sunday, I was almost 100%, and Wyatt was able to eat but had a case of Montezuma’s Revenge. That afternoon, though, Joanna started to catch the bug, and it’s been downhill from there.
Today, now, is one of the more trying days of my parenting experience. Joanna is still sick, Wyatt’s case of Montezuma’s Revenge has turned into the diaper rash from hell, and I’m sitting at home helping out just wishing I could be at work!
Here’s hoping we have a better day tomorrow, because my sister and her husband are coming in for Thanksgiving, and I don’t want them to come into this house full of sick.
November 19, 2008
As I pointed out yesterday, a major system crash took down The Liberty Papers, and my email with it.
We’re in the process of rebuilding The Liberty Papers (should take several days), and my email is now transferred to a new server which should also be much more stable, so my original email address is back to normal.
Through all of this, I’ve decided to transfer control of The Liberty Papers to another contributor. I won’t be stepping away from blogging there, but I simply don’t have the time, energy, or sysadmin expertise to continue to be the guy “running the show”.
With that, while I will continue to keep my main political blogging over there, I wonder constantly what to do with Unrepentant Individual. I think I may make some effort to keep things a little bit more fresh here, once I can get an idea of what to write about. College football has been a nightmare this year for my Boilermakers… Brewing and beer is always an option, and something I hope to explore more fully. I may go into some more humorous writing if I get some better ideas. And, as always, I’ve got a crazy little man at home who is always good for a laugh! Expect some video of him “Dancing With The Stars” shortly.
If anyone has particular topics or subjects that you’d like to hear more about, though, let me know and I’ll try to expand.
For now, here’s the little man on Halloween.
PS – There’s another Warbiany on the way, so life is getting a bit more crazy!
September 13, 2008
So, Purdue lost another heart-breaker today to the Oregon Ducks. But hey, when you have a kid like this, it’s tough to be too upset.
Wyatt won’t remember the loss, I’m sure. And by the time he’s speaking, he’s going to be singing “Hail Purdue”!
September 2, 2008
They just won’t leave me alone!
For more pictures from August and Wyatt’s first birthday, see here…
August 3, 2008
We were out at a Mexican restaurant, and they had a balloon artist coming by to make animals for the kids. Wyatt was very intrigued to see the turtle that the artist was making for him…
He wasn’t quite as happy when the turtle was strapped to his wrist, though!