Tuesday, May 19, 2009

back at it.....?????

Its been a long while since I posted here, well anywhere.  I have been busy finishing my Practical Project Management course and sort of starting a new job.  Blue Hills Brewery

Anyway, Sara (my wife) has been in the last stretch of her last semester for her doctorate.  A lot of paper writing and I have been skating a bit as well. I lost one skate (WTF?) and had to guy a new pair.  We are working with a dog trainer for our Husky.  She got "attacked" and has been a little jumpy and assertive since then.  The training is going well.  We are not able to take her to our apartments dog park to play because she has realized that she can jump the fence.  So now are walking her even more and luckily we can mush her a bit on the bike (she pulls sometimes, most of the time she just runs along next to you).

As you can see we have been busy and we gots our problems........

Friday, April 3, 2009

Back to Rants

This post is a hybrid.  Not only to I get to post some funny video I like, I also get to post about ranting!  This has been a round a little while but for those of you who haven't seen this clip of Louis CK on Conan - get ready.  He nails it on the head with this one.  Today I am going to post the video and please leave your comments, Monday - the rant begins!


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Daddy!


Today is my Pap-pap's 60th birthday!  Man, time flies when you are having a great life!  I love you dad.  You have always been there for me (for us, the family) regardless of our situation or yours. You have always been a positive model and moral compass that has continued to shine it's way through my life. We haven't always seen eye-to-eye on everything and we probably never will but there are very few people in my life I consider my best friends. Please feel free to take that as a threat :)  

Anyway, I just want you to know that I love you pops!  Your great.  I made this (non-traditional) birthday card for you as a reminder that you always have family support and to keep limber and on your toes!  :D  And keep on smiling, and oh yeah..... Jazz Hands!!!

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Don't Mess with the Daily Show

I will gladly admit that I lean to the left, I proudly voted for Obama and I have been a fan of The Daily Show since Craig Kilborn and his 5 questions and when Bill Murray wrote the seldom used lyrics to the opening.  BUT, Jon Stewart is the man!  It seems like this is the only news oriented show (granted its a little left, but they are more than willing to nail either side of the isle when its due) that really holds people accountable in any way what so ever.  They are not there to kiss celebrity ass and lob softball questions.  These guys (gender neutral) are ready to throw down. So my best advice  - Don't give them reasons to.  I could pick from an endless amount of clips to support my argument but I will chose this one.  

The moral of the story here is, "Don't' Mess with the Daily Show - they will own you, and in a hilarious and highly embarrassing fashion".


Thursday, February 26, 2009

A true American Hero

My wife and her family have this running joke about the blighted neighborhood of her youth. She grew up in a suburb of Ann Arbor, Michigan. I grew up outside of Flint, Michigan (although it was a pretty nice small town, I will admit). So here she is with her blighted youth and tales of woe.

So last night she was telling me about a class she had in middle school where they got to do screen printing, block printing and design and create packaging for their own made up products. She was saying , "You would have loved that class!" Oh, the blight, I have to give her credit for being able to get through that and still make something of herself. How dare they subject kids to such things....

I think my favorite story is how her elementary Principal used to get up on the roof of the school and throw candy down to them. oh, the humanity!

Anyway this is a small tribute to kids who have had a rough go of it, keep the faith - things can turn around and just keep your nose to the grindstone, work hard and make the best of what you have!  By the way the singer featured here is Kay Pettigrew - Check her out here!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Respect for Louie

Sad News - In Memoriam -february 15, 2009

We regret to announce the unexpected passing of Louie Bellson on Feb 14, 2009.
Tenative plans are for an L.A. area funeral, followed by funeral and burial in Moline, Illinois, his boyhood home. Details forthcoming.

The Guestbook is now closed to new entries. Rather than write there, send your
Condolences and cards to:
Mrs. Louie Bellson
c/o Remo, Inc.
28101 Industry Drive
Valencia, CA 91355

Contributions in memory of Louie Bellson can be made to:
Emmanuel Baptist Church and mailed to Mrs. Bellson at the address above.

(text taken from Louie's website)

I was lucky enough to meet Louie a few times and to see him play in person.  Wow, what a great drummer and musician.  Louie, you will be missed!

Please enjoy this clip:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Attention shoppers - shameless post!

Calling all Amazon shoppers - (Spoiler alert - I am asking for favors!)

For those of you who enjoy doing a little Amazon shopping now and again, I ask a rather large favor.  This will involve adding an extra step to your online shopping experience but I can tell you it will be worth it in the long run.

At the bottom of this very blog there is a box entitled "Deals that make Matt money" and a link to the Amazon home page.  Now - here comes the favor.  If you are going to be doing any shopping on Amazon - PLEASE!!!!! - start it with clicking on that link.  This is shameless but I get paid through my web site here for referring you to Amazon.  I know, its bad but you can think of it as an altruistic act.  Your helping your fellow man, and you should feel plenty happy about that. 

So as I said earlier, I have potentially (hopefully) added an additional step to your online shopping experience but here is the reward.....  You get to visit my blog that much more!  

I told you it would pay off.  And for my part I will keep posting and writing about things that entertain, annoy, interest, bore me, whatever.  I hope you enjoy and keep reading and shopping!

Also - I get paid just when you click on my adds (by Google).  No need to do anything beyond that to help a brother out.

Told you this post was shameless.