Friday, January 20, 2012

Amberface and cell phones

How’s the resolution going?  My list is coming along, which seems to grow daily.  I feel like everyday I add something to it.  Latest addition, to build a cabin that is completely self sufficient using solar, wind power and natural gas or wood burning.   Now remember my list is a lifetime list not a yearly list so there won’t be any self sufficient cabin photos posted within the next few years.
            Also some news, my wife has started a blog, Amberface blog, which will feature “all things girl” along with some recipes, which are very tasty, especially the desserts.  You will also get to see some DIY projects, wine recommendations, and a few other things.  So check it out, become a follower, and enjoy.
            Now I would like to talk about something that amazes me, not such a thing like Angel Falls in Venezuela that drops water from 3,200 ft high. No, I’m talking about the fact that in 1969 we could communicate with a man on the moon 239,000miles away but in 2012 my cell phone still drops calls with someone who is 5 miles away.  At any given time I can whip out my phone, which is smarter than me, and look up directions on how to get to the local pet store or go to Wikipedia and learn about Angel Falls. But I can’t talk to someone while driving through a twenty foot tunnel. Now I admire the fact that I can head into the wilderness and not be bothered by a ringing cell phone but when I’m sitting in my office in the city and trying to talk to someone on the phone and I lose a signal, that’s irritating. I also try not to be that annoying person on the phone in the elevator, but sometimes it’s unavoidable, so I end up repeating myself for the entire ride down, “Are you there?”  Annoyingly amazing.
            So, that’s my rant for this post, remember to check out Amber’s blog,, or go to the link in my links section below.  Until next time, someone is always watching, isn’t it creepy? 

“…it’s hard to dance with the devil on your back, so shake him off.”
                                                                                    -Florence and the Machine

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


And here it is, the New Year, time for everyone to make that first step in achieving their New Year’s goal. Whether it’s lose weight, quit smoking, be a better employee or boss, work harder, or what ever your new ambition is, good luck to you.  I know I said I wasn’t going to do a resolution this year, and I probably won’t.  However, I do feel the need to move forward in life.  What I mean is, to become better at things such as saving money for me and Amber (wife) future, buying a house, retirement all that grown up stuff.  But I don’t just need to consider my monetary future. I also need to look at my health.  I’m not going to claim that I will exercise more or eat better but start planning yearly physical and dental exams just to keep everything on the up and up.  Hopefully along with this I will start to eat a little healthier and exercise a little more.  I will be hittin’ the big 30 this year so its time to be an adult.  Well, as much as I can handle.
Speaking of the New Year, according to the Maya calendar, a calendar 2000 years old, 2012 is predicted to be the last year of Earth.  If it’s true then we have less then one year to clean up that bucket list.  So, my question to you is, if this were true what would be on your bucket list?  Maybe that should be every ones new years resolution is to work on their bucket list.  Mine looks pretty typical sky dive, learn to and go sailing, climb a mountain, race a car, the usual.  It helps too when you have someone to do these with, someone who can push you out of the plane or over the edge.  Wait that doesn’t sound good but you get my point.  Someone there to support you through your list, even do some of the things if not all of them with you, and you, in turn, get to help them with theirs.  That’s were Amber comes in.  I get to count on her for that.  Whether I check things off the list this year or in fifty years, I get to count on her love and support and hopefully some participation.  Ok, enough mushiness (real word).  Back to the list, I don’t like the name “bucket” list, how about renaming it “Phucket” list, as in “Phucket, I’m doing it” (see what I did there).  I mean, who says the end of the world has to be coming or you have to be dying to start to do things you have always wanted to do.  Damn it! I think I just backed myself into a corner.  Looks like I have a New Years resolution now.  Nay, a Phucket resolution.
            Now, now I know this post seemed slightly depressing with all the talk of dying, end of the world, and growing up, but fear not my loyal readers, these are merely words that are not meant to hurt or depress you but to help and motivate… wait a minute I’m no philosopher or self help guru, no need to go that deep.  But just for a laugh, a horse walks into a bar, and the bartender asks, “Why the long face?”  
             I don’t plan on achieving something on my phucket list weekly but I do plan to work on it this year and it may take some years to complete especially if I end up adding things to it over time.  So, for my first challenge of the year, form a Phucket list and I challenge you to do the same.  So until next time, may the force be with you (Star Wars marathon over the weekend).

“All life is an experiment.  The more experiments you make the better.”
                                                                        -Ralph Waldo Emerson