too cold for soccer

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it was a cold, grey morning when the 6 year olds stepped onto the soccer field for their first official game of the season this past saturday. parents lined the sidelines, coffee in hand, muttering among themselves how unusually cold it was. still sleepy, some of the boys tried to warm themselves up by dribbling the ball downfield, blissfully unaware of their impending doom. the opposing team was headed by coach Kevin who had coached my oldest son in seasons past. Coach Kevin is known for his uncanny ability to mold his teams into well oiled soccer machines that rarely lose. as the game began, it was soon apparent that our team of kids was overmatched by Coach Kevin’s team. by halftime, I had lost count how many goals we were down by. the enthusiasm of the parents on our side was noticeably lacking during the second half. plus the blustery winds silenced the onlookers, forcing them to retreat into their scarves and jackets. funnily the boys seemed oblivious to the pounding they were taking from the opposing team. oh, to be six again…

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Live to 150 TV special

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I enjoy a bottle of red wine every once in a while. it goes especially well with a nice, thick steak. yum. plus, it has been said that red wine is good for your health and can even prevent heart disease. but the truth is that one would have to drink 1000 bottles of red wine a day to actually receive any benefit from it. now I like red wine and all but 1000 bottles of it would probably be a little over my limit, sad to say. thankfully researchers have discovered that the active ingredient in red wine that affects the body in positive ways is something called resveratrol. as a matter of fact, Barbara Walters will be doing a feature on resveratrol during her “Live to 150″ special airing on ABC this tuesday night. she’ll be interviewing Dr. David Sinclair who has conducted extensives studies on this substance. research has shown that benefits of resveratrol include the prevention of cancer, the lowering of cholesterol and anti-aging effects. I’m sure once the special airs, the website that markets the U.S. Lab Tested Resveratrol will be inundated with visitors searching for this miracle product. turns out, it’s the only site where you can get the formulation of resveratrol that has been tested by Biomol for SIRT1 gene activation. and the SIRT1 gene is reportedly the key to increasing the lifespan of cells which in theory will increase one’s own lifespan. it’s a very interesting theory and I for one will be watching Barbara Walters’ television special tomorrow night for more details.

easter weekend

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had a pretty good weekend. I accomplished all the tasked I had to do around the house. definitely a good thing since I usually sit around and procrastinate all day. did our usual easter egg hunt with the kids. and then had a wonderful sunday afternoon cookout with some awesome ribs the wife marinated overnight. plus our middle child got accepted to a brand new charter school that’s opening up this year. it was a lottery drawing and we just place his name in just to see if he’d get in. now that he’s “in” we have to sit down and really think this through. there are a lot of unknowns since this is a brand new school with no history to go by. plus, with the “charter” system, parents are required to put in some volunteer hours so that’s another thing to consider. and since there’s no transportation provided, the wife will have to drive our son back and forth everyday. if the school had a stellar reputation, it’d be one thing but there are no guarantees in this situation. lots to chew on…
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Feast One Hundred & Eighty Four

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friday feast
Feast One Hundred & Eighty Four

Given the choice, would you prefer to live in the country or in the city?
There are pros and cons for both obviously. but if I didn’t have to worry about cost of living, schools and the kids, I’d definitely pick the city life. I’m getting a bit tired of living around ignorant rednecks and prejudice suburbanites.

Who is the cutest kid you know?
you know I can’t pick just one! how ’bout these three?
the boys -dlee

Fill in the blank: I couldn’t believe it when I heard ___________.
I couldn’t believe it when I heard about the death of UNC’s Eve Carson.

Main Course
If you could star in a commercial for one of your favorite products, which one would you want to advertise?
I could be the spokesperson for Dunkin’ Donuts coffee since I seem to drink so much of it every day!

What type(s) of vitamins and/or supplements do you take on a regular basis?
I have some centrum multi-vitamins that I forget to take on a daily basis.

forbidden world

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After posting about my lil’ 5th grader’s upcoming class on puberty, I thought back on how I learned about the birds and the bees back in the day. I vaguely remember having some sort of “health” class during the 6th grade, I think. but that’s not when I first learned about what goes on behind closed doors. We were living in Chicago at the time and my best friend Rajulio gave me the scoop around the 5th grade after he had learned about sex from his older brothers. From what I remember, I think I was a bit overwhelmed and grossed out about the whole thing. maybe it was the way he relayed the information to me. but it didn’t help matters when some older neighborhood kids hung out one day after school around our elementary school playground and passed down their dirty magazines to me and my circle of friends. the mags weren’t the glossy- playboy/penthouse kind either. the women were fugly and in poses that left absolutely nothing to the imagination. as kids who haven’t seen stuff from those *ahem* angles before, the photos made us all sick to our stomachs. but oddly, we kept on looking. and looking. … and looking. until our stomachs didn’t hurt anymore. was a sacrifice we had to make so that we’d become “conditioned” to seeing women in “that way”. *wink*, *wink*

song of the day: Forbidden World By the Pursuit of Happiness

Take my hand, lead me to your forbidden world
I want more than I see in the temporal
Close your eyes, let me touch, girl your secret place
Let us walk in the dark, let’s be young at heart
Lead me in, show me more, lead me to your forbidden world
Take my hand, lead me to your forbidden world…

protect your identity

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it’s always sad to hear stories about folks being victims of identity theft. it’s frightening to realize that it has become a bit too common. too frequent for comfort, you know what I mean? and with all our personal and financial info spread across the internet on god knows what servers, we all feel a bit vulnerable to this fairly new form of crime. luckily there are steps that we can all take to find some peace of mind from all this. one thing that folks can do is use a service called life lock. LifeLock helps protect you from identity theft by monitoring all credit bureaus for you, automatically removing your name off of pre-approved credit card mailing lists and retrieving your credit reports on a regular basis. they also have a WalletLock service that makes all the necessary calls for you if your wallet ever gets stolen. they are so confident in their service that they’ve got a $1,000,000 guarantee for all who use LifeLock. it’s a great service for families, individuals, students and even those that have already been victims of ID theft. Since sorting out all the paperwork and dealing with all the various agencies can be difficult for ID theft victims, LifeLock experts can help in getting things all straightened out. I don’t know if you’ve seen the ads before, but the CEO of LifeLock, Todd Davis, proudly displays his own social security number on all the ads, commercials and even the website because he’s so confident in his company’s ability to protect his identity. now that’s what I call feeling secure!

forever young?

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well, I just got back from a parents meeting at our elementary school about an upcoming health class our lil’ 5th graders will be taking. the kids will be learning about puberty and the changes they all will so be experiencing. the 5th grade teachers went over the lesson plan with all of us so that we’d be prepared when our sweet & innocent 10 year olds come to us to ask about menstrual cycles, erections and pubic hair. …umm, oh Lord, can’t our lil’ kids just STAY sweet and innocent?? forever??

one of the introductory videos that will be viewed by all 5th graders is even up on google video: Always Changing: Co-Ed
The video sorta reminds me of one of those ABC afterschool specials we all watched when we were kids.

oh, but how I just dread “the talk”. my conversation with my son would probably be akin to the father and son scene from American Pie.

remember the scene from the movie?

Dad enters son’s room…

Dad: Son, I wanted to talk to you about what I think you were trying to do the other day. ..Now, you may have tried it in the shower, or maybe in bed at night, and not even known what you were doing. Or perhaps you’ve heard your friends talking about it in the locker room.
Son: Dad, please stop. Please. I’m sure I know what you’re talking about.
Dad: Sure you know, son, but I think you’ve been having a little problem with it. It’s okay, though. What you’re doing is perfectly normal. It’s like practice. Like when you play tennis against a wall. Some day, there’ll be a partner returning the ball. ..You do want a partner, don’t you son?
Son: (through clenched teeth) Yes.
Dad: That’s great. Now remember, it’s okay to play with yourself. Or, as I always called it –”Stroke the salami!” (chuckles) There’s nothing to be ashamed of. Hell, I’m fifty-two, and I still enjoy masturbating. Uncle Mort masturbates. We all masturbate.

Nauseated and entirely disoriented, the son tries to stumble back into his room. He SMACKS the doorframe. Keeps going, slamming the door behind him…

Dad: Poor guy thought he was the only one.

Oh God. It would just make things simpler if our kids stayed five years old forever!! really!

Dark Sky Festival

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Most adults may take the night sky for granted but for lil’ kids, seeing the stars and the grand vastness of space are simple pleasures that can do wonders for young minds. kids today tend to be so fixated on video games, television and the internet that the wonders of the constellations get lost in the daily mix. and also, with families living near brightly lit areas, viewing the glories of the night sky can get a bit difficult. with all this light pollution hindering the appreciation of the night sky, the folks behind the annual Dark Sky Festival intend to spread the word about the negative effects of artificial lighting and inform residents to turn their eyes skyward and view the splendor of the heavens. The 5th Annual Dark Sky Festival will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2008 in Harmony, Florida. 3,500 people are expected to gather for the event to partake in great food, music and interact with experts on astronomy, nocturnal animals and the effects of light pollution. the evening’s main event will be a free concert by Motown recording artists, Rare Earth who will be performing their hits “Get Ready” and “I Just Want to Celebrate”. So got out and celebrate in the dark of night!! if you want to find out more please be sure to head on over to

with a little luck..

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the boys are in luck

hey, the boys are in luck! It appears that they’ve found their lucky charms!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Song of the Day: With a Little Luck (remix) By Paul McCartney & Wings

There is no end to what we can do together…
There is no end, there is no end…

Co-op programs at Kettering

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for the last few months, a colleague of mine has been stressing over which college his son will be going to in the fall. It appears that applying for colleges can be just as stressful for parents as it is for students. It’s sort of like re-living your own college acceptance nightmares all over again. you spend endless days and nights wondering if your son or daughter got accepted to his/her first choice school or not. you run to the mailbox every day hoping to find a thick envelope with an acceptance letter in it. as a parent, you want the best for your own son or daughter and will do whatever possible to help in the matter. thankfully for my colleague, his son finally got some great news the other day. He received his acceptance letter from Kettering University which is in fact the top ranked university in the field of industrial engineering according to U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges Guide for 2008″. my colleague’s son chose the school for their top notched engineering program that provides their students unparalleled practical experience by alternating school with a co-op job every three months. the engineering co-op programs give students the opportunity for hands-on experience in addition to the usual academics. typical student life can be very isolated from real-world experiences but when you mix the responsibilities of work along with academics, the results have been proven to be very beneficial and effective. my colleague is truly excited about his son heading off to Kettering. and I’m glad to have learned about Kettering University and will keep the school in mind when it’s time for my oldest son to look into colleges.

Fridays Feast: One Hundred & Eighty Three

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Feast One Hundred & Eighty Three
friday feast
On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 as highest), how much do you like your own handwriting?
If I’m writing in a hurry, it’s pretty awful - so it’d probably rate as a 1. but generally I guess it’d be a 5. I prefer typing!

Do you prefer baths or showers?
usually I’m pressed for time in the mornings so showers are what I generally prefer.

What was the last bad movie you watched?
According to my netflix rental history, I recently watched “The Brave One” which was pretty lame. oh, and “The Amateurs” was not all that great as well.

Main Course
Name something you are addicted to and describe how it affects your life.
I’m addicted to drinking dunkin donuts coffee every morning. unfortunately, the habit has left me with stained teeth and perpetual coffee breath.

Which instrument is your favorite to listen to?
It really depends on who’s playing the instrument. I enjoy listening to a master/virtuoso performing no matter what instrument. it’s awe inspiring to hear an instrument just “sing”. you know what I mean? but if I had to write down a preference- I love listening to a great guitarist on a Fender Strat. i.e. Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, Lincoln Brewster, etc…
as a matter of fact, here ya go… you can grab the WMA file of Lincoln Brewster’s “He’s All I Need” right here.

Have a great weekend!!!

Be Oyster Aware!

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DLee-oystersman, I haven’t been to our local oyster bar in *so* long. But a couple of our friends have invited the wife and I to go sometime real soon. I’m pretty excited. it’s such an “event” when we go out with other adults and not have to constantly worry about telling our lil’ kids to sit down and be quiet. plus, the oyster bar downtown is a fabulous place with tasty food and stellar service. and whenever you go to an oyster bar, you just HAVE to get some fresh raw oysters on the half shell. I mean, why go to an oyster bar if you’re not going to order any, right? there’s just nothing else like the complex taste and texture of nice, fresh raw oysters. yum. but of course there are some risks involved. especially for folks with liver disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system. there’s a certain type of bacteria that reside in oysters harvested from warm seawater like Gulf oysters. depending on the individual, symptom can range from mild stomach/digestive problems to severe pain and even death! but those that may be “at-risk” can still enjoy oysters, just not raw. oysters can still be enjoyed in stews or steamed or one of my favorites, cajun fried. writing about this has already got my mouth watering. oysters are truly one of the gems of the sea. it’s just important to be an informed consumer of oysters. read more about oysters and the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria over at


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the search for apartments

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an old friend of mine that I worked with years ago recently let me know that he was moving to Houston. Apparently he has been out of work for the past year and had to settle for something out in Texas. He really doesn’t want to move away and still hopes that this will only be a temporary setup until he can find something more permanent back here. He was a bit concerned about finding some affordable apartments for rent near his new job but ended up finding something quickly and easily using the online service called the Apartment Finder. the site provides detailed information on available apartments with photos, square footage info, list of features, amenities and even detailed floorplans. With the help of the website, he didn’t have to make multiple trips out there to visit all the long list of Houston Apartments that were available for rent. He simply narrowed the search down to a handful of favorites online and then made arrangements to see them all during his trip out there. It definitely saved my friend time and money. He’s planning on moving out there later this month. He’s still pretty reluctant but at least finding a place to stay wasn’t as hard as finding himself a job.

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