Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Some resemblance?

Monday, May 17, 2010

What bugs me a whole hellava lot!

Danger! Possible R.E. Dad rant coming.

OK, I thought I was over giving a crapola with regards to the beliefs and actions of acquaintances, neighbors, friends and even strangers. After all what individuals do with their own time and moola shouldn't concern me. Not my biz. Shoulder shrug. Whatever man. Go ahead, water your freakin' lawn in the rain. See if I care?!

I ain't perfect. Apparently, neither is my grammar. I've made lapses in judgement and done 'stuff' I would never tell your grandmothers (mine are both deceased), let alone my best friend. I believe it's in John 8 of the Bible that states "he who is without sin among you, let him toss the first stone.."

I've sinned and if I were Catholic, I'd probably have done a few hundred "hail marys" in my lifetime. My moral compass doesn't always point me in the right direction, but I'm making an effort. Seriously...believe me!

What's been bugging me a whole hellava lot lately? This whole B.S. about strategic foreclosures. You know when an individual can make his freakin' mortgage payment, but chooses not to. Just go belly up baby. Better yet dude or dudette, walk away you're just sticking it to the lender man who misled you in the first place.

I understand underwater mortgages. Trust me. I understand unforeseen circumstances beyond one's control (e.g. death, divorce) might necessitate default. Believe me.

Has America Lost Its Moral Compass? Honestly, I'd be embarrassed to tell someone that I intentionally defaulted on a loan that I could pay. I shook a hand. I signed a contract. No excuses. Rationalize it all you want. Seriously, I could rationalize that medicinal marijuana works well for helping my mood swings during male PMS.

As Mom MD might say "really? really!"

Friday, May 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Beautiful Brenna!

Mom MD mentioned that part of my job as an at-home Dad was to blog . So I'll attempt to keep it going.

Today, however, I wanted to wish a Happy 12th Birthday to my wonderful bright and soon-to-be teenage daughter, Bren Bren.

Your family loves you lots...R.E. Dad.

P.S. The treadmill is coming very soon!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I'm still alive....

I could say that my wife and I produced a baby during the vast nine months since my last post, but alas this is not the case.

Where have I gone? What am I doing? Why have I seemingly abandoned all that is the blogosphere?

Answers are simple, yet complicated. Simple as I'm still where I've always been, doing next to nothing productive or measurable in any quantitative way, but with two hands and eyes affixed to the latest all consuming social networking sites 24/7.

Complicated? Sure. Since I last worked for the man on August 23, life has been a series of mid-life phases. Blogging from September 29, 2008 to October 4, 2009 arguably was one of those phases along with the Shall-I-Go-Right-Back-To Work Phase?, the Back Surgery and Rehab Phase, The Green Phase, The Ultra-Conservative Phase and The Facebook Phase. As a blogger, I've sought validation as a writer, a husband, a father and a human being.

After nearly three years, I'm no longer on the sidelines watching the game of corporate America unfold wishing to charge back onto the field at the first nod from my coach. I'm sitting on a bench far away from the action with my eyes looking up into the stands....

I'm not bitter. I'm not depressed. I'm not angry. I'm simply a stay-at-home parent who happens to be a man. I've volunteered in the classroom and for a few school events. Looking around the kids' school, I'm seeing many others like me (well most don't have a penis, but I can't hold that against them). They've accepted me. I'm not an outsider. I'm not a threat. I'm the dad.

More and more I hear "How fortunate are you to be able to be involved in your kids' lives?" So true. The triplets turn six in June. Brenna turns twelve in 10 days. Activities abound including T-Ball for Alec and Julia, dance for Vivian and Brenna, and piano for Brenna. Brenna recently finished her school play where she played "Mrs. Potts" in the Broadway Jr. version of "Beauty and the Beast."

Oh, and I guess that remark in the first paragraph isn't completely accurate. We do have a new baby. Her name is "Gigi" and she's a beautiful black standard poodle...doodle.