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Wow … I can’t believe that it’s been (almost literally) forever since my last post.

Here’s what you need to know:

– Melanie’s birthday was last week. It was a whirlwind between Charlotte and Cheraw. I took her to see “Harry Potter” on her actual birthday, then made her a special breakfast that weekend. Fun!

– I have a kidney stone. It has yet to come out. I’m on medication that is usually used on people that have overactive bladders to make them STOP. For me, however, it’s the, um, OPPOSITE. Oh, and it feels like Benadryl, except with more stank. Yay.

– Church softball. Big MEH all season. It should be over Monday. Thank goodness.

– 35 days to kickoff. Found out tonight that I will be attending the first game against NCSTATE. WOOT!.

– Married life continues to be WOOT! as well. Friday will be the official six-month anniversary.

– Saw a Michael Jackson tribute band and a Talking Heads tribute band during two consecutive weeks at Alive After Five. The Jacko tribute was especially good and well-attended. A great party scene.

– We’ve blazed through every season of “Lost” currently on DVD and are currently blazing through “Breaking Bad.” Thanks, Netflix!

More to come … I hope, anyway. If you’re of the Twitterin’ persuasion, do take note that I do update Twitter frequently with inane observations and remarks, since it’s very easy to do at work and on the bus on the CrackBerry. Yay, connectivity!

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Version 2.9, build 364

So here I am, on the cusp of 30 … it’s been a while since I had once of these “landmark” birthdays.

It is sad to say goodbye to the “roaring 20s,” because so many good things happened:

I made many lifelong connections with a great group of friends …

I finished up my academic career at USC …

I started my first job …

I made my first job change …

I bought a house …

I met a girl that defies explanation …

I married her …

I laughed some …

I cried some …

I finally figured out that God loves me …

I’ve finally gotten on the path of loving Him back …

I finally broke an appendage …

I’ve discovered the joy of the little in-between moments …

I hit the road …

I went out …

I stayed in …

I lost loved ones …

I gained quite a few more …

Given all the “living” I’ve done these last 3,650ish days, it’s hard to think about how the next 3,650ish days will stack up. I know it will be different, but I also know it will be better. After all, I need a new kind of adventure, and I think I have it, and moreso, I’m looking forward to see where it takes me.

Cheers … to the past and the future!

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The good life

I know, I know. Everyone is wanting to hear about the wedding, the honeymoon, etc. I hope to backfill with some of the stories of all of that soon.

So far, the first “real” week of married life has been really good. I returned to work and, for the first part of the week, was the star of the show. I wound up telling various stories from the wedding day and all of the DisneyMoon fun over and over, and, I have to tell you, I never tired of it! 🙂

But, it was definitely good getting back into the swing of things. Melanie came up yesterday and we had lunch at NewsBites.

And, you know, call me corny, sentimental or old-fashioned, but man, it’s so fun to come home every night to Melanie and Isabella. We’ve cooked at home every night, making all kinds of good (and good-for-you) dishes.

So yeah … so far, so good. And trust me, I’ve never had it so good. Now, I guess I should go ahead and publish this … I don’t want my typing to interrupt either of the sleeping beauties with me in the living room: Melanie over on the love seat or Bella right next to me on the couch.

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Okay, now that I’ve gotten my super fanboy stuff out of the way in regards to “The Dark Knight,” there was something else big going on over the weekend.

For the first time since the Super Bowl, I fired up the smoker to make some ribs. Continue reading

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80s on 8(05)

A few minutes ago, my kitchen looked like a triage unit, yet sounded like Art Bar on a Friday night.

See, I was prepping the ribs for tomorrow’s big rib-fest here at the house. For whatever reason, whenever I’m doing some cooking or general “heavy duty” kitchen work, I, for reasons unknown, put on XM, specifically “The System,” which gives you “uncompromising, pure, relentless” dance music.

Like I said, I don’t know why I put it on that channel. Maybe I’m superstitious, since I think the first time I did it was the famous award-winning first batch of cheesecake cookies!

But for now, I’m taking my uncompromising, pure, relentless self to bed. I have to get up early tomorrow to get everything going before everyone descends on the house!

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Memorial Day editorial from the Observer

Day for remembering

U.S. warriors, dead and living, deserve our honor and help

Memorial Day is a day for remembering — and not simply the war dead. America’s living warriors demand our attention and honor too — especially now.

Yet far too many of us will let today pass without a single thought of the men and women, living or dead, who labor or have labored to protect us and keep us free. We won’t lay a wreath at the grave of any one of the more than 650,000 U.S. service members who’ve died during combat since the American Revolution. We won’t attend a single parade or other event, or acknowledge in any way the commitment of the millions who have defended our freedoms at home and abroad.

Instead, many of us will take the day off for picnics or other family gatherings, and blissfully ignore the reason for the holiday. Enjoy the day, but take time to remember why you’re getting it off.

Freedom is never free. Without the Americans for which Memorial Day was designed to honor, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy those family outings. It is their diligence and sacrifice, their willingness to put everything on the line, including their lives, that enables our freedom to endure.

We owe them, particularly the dead, a debt we can never repay. But for the living we have opportunities right now to do more than we have.

For starters, we can demand passage of a new GI Bill that provides adequately for the education needs of veterans and gives fair access to benefits to thousands of National Guard and Reserve members being activated for duty.

Critics say lawmakers should find the money to fund the increased benefits before they pass the legislation. We agree. But if they can fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they should be able to cover these costs, too. It is the least we can do for Americans who are volunteering to put themselves in harm’s way for the safety and security of the rest of us.

We can also demand that lawmakers quickly fix the problems with veterans’ health care and services. A bipartisan presidential commission has called for vast improvements to a system that is so woefully inadequate that the health and welfare of U.S. service members is in danger from neglect and incompetence. They deserve better.

Finally, we can demand that our military men and women not live in the kind of squalor that video footage showed at Fort Bragg. The conditions at too many aging military bases are appalling. It is a shameful way to treat anyone, especially people we’re asking to sacrifice so much for our well being. Fixing these conditions must become a priority.

Today, train whistles nationwide will blast, trumpets will blare, baseball games will stop and, we hope, many Americans will pause at 3 p.m. for the Memorial Day National Moment of Remembrance for the country’s fallen heroes. Take time to remember the living, too. For the actions of all of them yesterday, today and tomorrow, it’s the least we can do.

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