Woo-hoo! New content!

Ok, getting back to work on this site.

I’ve been going through a lot in my personal life – closed the company, out of work for almost 2 years, renewing interest in some, reducing interest in other hobbies, family growing older and losing a member then gaining one. Been a rough few years.

I’m moving away from dedicated work on the Volvo as a hobby and more to making it a dedicated mode of transport because I’m pretty sure the van is dying. It’s got 180K miles on it and needs WAY too much work and funds to make it viable. I’d love to make it work but it needs a power steering pump, hoses, axle shafts, transmission or power train control module, a replacement passenger window lift motor assembly, instrument lights don’t work, radio cuts out, and who knows what else. The Volvo needs some minor work: a catalytic converter, O2 sensor, oil hoses, power steering rack, and pass emissions – all much cheaper than the van – and much easier to work on. The van has awesome AC but beyond that, I can’t see that we need it after the Volvo is back on-line. Either donate it or sell it for scrap. Either way, we have registration on it until next April at which point it may be time to cut our losses.

Mission Data no longer exists as a company. It died in 2009. I now work for another IT company in Tucson where I run the managed services – not glamorous but it pays the bills. For now.  This speaks to my next topic…

I’ve renewed my interest in firearms with a vengeance – to the point that I’ve decided that that will be my next field of endeavor. I’m working on building up my tool and skill set. To that end, I’ve decided that since I can’t afford to buy a lathe and mill, I’ll make them. While this might sound completely insane, I believe it’s completely do-able. My father taught me a lot about mechanics and where needed, there are extensive references on-line. I believe that I’ll have a working prototype by the end of DEC-2012. (unless the Aztecs were right and then this whole topic is mute). Anyway, long story short, I’m doing it. I’ve just finished building two AMD-65 AKM variants, one for me and one for the wife. (There’s more behind that story, to be updated later). I’ll be documenting my progress as time and my laziness allow.

My girls are now in the 5th and 3rd grades, time flies! We’re busier than ever with homework, I don’t know how people have time for any other activities. It’s insane! Having to re-learn math I’d forgotten 20 years ago is a riot, especially when they don’t even TEACH it the same way.

We had to say good bye to Bear, our beloved German Shepherd. He lived a long life, out-living his siblings Gunther and Engel, and adopted sibling, Mouse. We’d resigned ourselves to not having a pet friend for a while when Vicki got this email from some arcane Tucson bulletin board that had an ad for a German Shepherd puppy. Next thing you know, Jack-Jack entered our lives. He’s named after the baby in the cartoon film ‘The Incredibles’ because of the way he gets into trouble. Constantly.


15-JAN-09 Update

Ok, so I haven’t updated in a while.

Christmas.  What do you say about the holiday?  This day is made for children and this year was no exception.  Marisol had lost her ‘Bowie’ stuffed kitten – actually the character ‘Marie’ from the Disney cartoon ‘Aristocats’.  We found one on eBay, but didn’t notice that it was the larger one.  As far as Marisol knew, Bowie came home a little bigger.  She screamed when she opened the present.  Isabel had been asking for a scooter and Vicki found one at Target, a red one.  She’s an outside girl and it made her happy.  Sofia, being the girlie-girl that she is wanted and got a Barbie house.  (There were other gifts, but these stand out most for me.)

The other thing that makes Christmas special is all the family.  Sure we have our issues from time to time, but we’ll always be family.  Tamales, ham, snacks, drinks.  Music.  It’s all good.

Oh, Santa Ana got da Mama a new television.  She needed one.  The nice thing with the new Samsung’s is that they include digital TV receivers so she won’t need a separate receiver.  Ana also picked up a nice antenna, so da Mama now has stations that she didn’t know existed. 😀

New Years was nice, all football, all the time!  Again, family time.  Drinks, food, snacks, the usual.  What more can you say?

Marisol just had her 5th birthday (5-JAN-09).  She had cupcakes, which was important for her, some small gifts, and just had an all around good time.  My gift was some one-on-one time with her, I took her to McDonalds so she could play in their play center.  She wore a tiara.  She kept the tiara on when I took her to go pick up the twins at school.

Vicki had her birthday the next day (6-JAN-09).  We were kind of worn out, so we didn’t do anything that day.  We ended up going to Red Lobster on the Thursday before my birthday, which was Friday (9-JAN-09).

That’s enough for now. 🙄

Well, Saturday sucked…

It started OK.  Got some work done for Ana, that was good.  Came home, relaxed for a while.  The house was quiet because Vicki and the girls had gone to an event at the library downtown.  After a while, Vicki and the critters got back home.  No problem, right?

At 4:30 the Arizona – Oregon game started.   I don’t know why I kept watching, it was a train wreck from the get go.  In the first minute of the game the quackers were up 14.  As usual, Tui-tomata made bad mistakes, causing turnovers.  Grigsby had some decent yardage – but nothing really impressive.  I quit watching before half time to go feed the boys.  That’s when made a depressing discovery.

Mouse, our mix breed, had passed away.  He had been slowing down and gaining wait wasn’t looking like his usual self.  He’d been up and around earlier in the day so I wasn’t really expecting any change.  Anyway, he must have just passed within a couple of hours of when I’d gone out because he was still warm.  The girls were sad and wanted to make sure he’d gone to doggie heaven, which we assured them he had.  He will be missed.  Damn he loved playing fetch.  Vaya con Dios, little guy.

The second half of the game was all about Arizona playing catchup, or at least trying to keep up with the scoring.  Apparently, Oregon had Arizona’s defense scheme figured out because they pretty much scored at will.  If it weren’t for the two turn-overs in the first half, the game could have gone another way.  After Grigsby’s fumble, he was yanked and Keola Antolin put back in.  That little man can run and runs down hill.  Why he didn’t get more playing time is beyond me.  Rob Gronkowski had another good game.  In the end, Arizona couldn’t make up the difference.  55-45.

Oh, and the Tempe Normal scum bags won.  It was only Washington State, but they won.

Yeah, Saturday sucked. 🙁