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Tue, Apr. 18th, 2017 03:02 pm

In those 18 years, I was really only active for the first 5 or 6. But hey, Happy Birthday, LiveJournal.





#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday


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Tue, Mar. 14th, 2017 02:07 pm

Hello to anyone that is actually still following this journal, such as it is. Thank you for hanging in there and having faith that I would, someday, return to post again.

Today is that day.

So, let's get caught up, shall we?

~ My employer contracted me out and I started working a job that I hated (not by choice)

~ My wife cheated on me and I left her. Divorced in 2015.

~ I lost 40lbs

~ I met the true love of my life (never knew what I was missing until her)

~ Bought a new house (mid-century ranch with tons of character) in which I truly feel comfortable

~ I gained 30lbs

~ Now work in a job I deeply enjoy where I feel like I'm actually contributing to something.

~ Likely getting married soon.

~ little_man_dade is now 13 and plays saxophone and makes me proud every day.

~ Still making music, just not releasing much anymore.

~ Wrote a book. It was crap. I've been re-writing it over the past year.

~ The brain tumor that popped up in 2007 is mostly gone now. Part through surgery and part through my body fighting on its own.

~ Still in Texas (if you're ever in the DFW area, let me know and the first round's on me).

That's all that comes to mind at the moment. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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Current Location: Riding the Time Winds
Current Mood: nostalgic
Current Music: Unknown Mortal Orchestra - So Good at Being in Trouble

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Fri, Sep. 2nd, 2011 07:45 pm
BOO!

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Mon, May. 31st, 2010 06:35 pm



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Mon, Oct. 1st, 2007 09:42 pm

Well, it is, actually.

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Mon, Sep. 24th, 2007 09:28 am

Since I'm bored and filled this out on ravengirl's journal, I thought I would repost it just for shits and giggles.  Since I don't generally care for memes, I put it under a cut.  If you wanna see it and particiapte, feel free.  If not, you can scroll on down.  No harm, no foul.

Beware: Memes belowCollapse )

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Tue, Jul. 31st, 2007 03:44 am

Latest additions to my deviantart.com gallery

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Ron Burgundy in Space

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Mon, Jul. 30th, 2007 12:48 am

This is my last week here in Arkansas. As of Sunday, I will be a Texan once again.

Thoughts about the move:

Getting a house ready to sell is not easy. The big stuff (carpet, new doors, etc) is easy... it's the small stuff that makes you tear your hair out (if I had hair)

I've lived in this house longer than any one place in my entire life (8 years almost to the day)

I've lived in Fayetteville as long as I lived in Texas growing up (16yrs each)

Thinking very seriously about a new tattoo... it'll look like this. Yeah, I know it's a littly dorky. But I've wanted a treble clef for years and I finally found a design that I like. It's a custom design from an online friend.

I'm going to miss Colliers on Dickson. There is no way I'm going to find a pharmacist in DFW that welcomes me by name when I walk in the door.

I've lived in Fayetteville for 16 years and I have never eaten at Herman's.

I'm going to miss Dickson St. Bookstore. I think I'll swing by this Saturday and grab a t-shirt.

I'll get to see Ranger games on a regular basis. Yay!

Actually looking forward to living with my folks for a while. They have a large house with more than enough room. My mother retires in two days, so she will be at home which means I have help keeping an eye on my child and we have built-in babysitting so TheWife© and I can actually go out to eat or see a movie every once in a while (since TheKid© was born, we've been out alone three times in three and a half years)

When we get our new house (whether we build it or buy an existing house) I am going to build a custom desk utilizing every thing I've learned that I like and dislike in all the desks I've ever had. It will also have a murphy bed built into it. I'll post pics when I build it. It will be epic.

I've been jonesin' hard for live poker. With all that has been going on (the move, brain tumor, etc) I haven't had the opportunity to go play anywhere in town in a long time. My brother-in-law is a poker player as well, so I'm sure to have the chips flyin' soon after I arrive in Texas.

If we get anywhere near what we are asking for the house, we will be able to pay off everything (remaining mortgage, CCs, car, student loan) and still have enough left over to make a large down payment on the next house. We will be in our mid-thirties, married with a child and debt-free on our own without help from anyone. I'm so proud of that fact.

Since my mother will be at home, I can work a few days a week. I'm hoping to substitute teach. It would be very interesting to teach at Keller ISD schools since that is where I attended growing up in Texas. I see myself in circles.

A good friend may have an opportunity to move to the DFW area with his job. I can't tell you how awesome that would be if that happened.

My father just this week left Jordan (it was getting too dangerous for reason I can't divulge) and has moved to (wait for it) Fort Worth. The coming together of all these events is mind boggling. I haven't seen my father in 7yrs. We haven't even lived in the same country for most of my life and now we will live in the same city. I'm 34 and this will be the first time that has happened since I was 6. Unreal.

Although I was born in Texas and I'm moving back, I'm still a Razorback. I attended the UofA and that's where my loyalty lies. Besides, even growing up in Ft. Worth, I hated the Longhorns. (Go Horned Frogs!)

Time for bed.

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Sat, May. 19th, 2007 06:01 pm

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Fri, Mar. 30th, 2007 03:17 pm

When we last left our hero, he was stressing over a diagnosis of a malignant neoplasm (cancer). It turns out that this diagnosis was made in an effort to get everyone's attention so I could be get my tests completed as soon as possible.

While I appreciate the effort put forth to encourage expediency, the fact that I was not informed of this and that I was allowed to think that I had cancer for nearly 24hrs is still a sore spot for me.

Here is what I learned during my adventures in Medical Land

I (probably) do not have cancer. As I had mentioned before, the size and location of the growth suggests that it is benign. The only way to be 100% sure, however, is to do a biopsy. The risks associated with this procedure are simply too high to be attempted. So I have to live with "most likely benign" for the time being.

Dr. Rod Rohrich is a family friend. He asked Dr. Duke Samson to look over my case. Dr. Samson brought Drs. Peter Roland, Jonathan White and Brandon Isaacson in to get their opinions as well.

I gave nearly a liter of blood, was given another MRI and another CT Scan and my case was brought before the entire staff of both the Neurology and Otolarynology departments at two conferences Wednesday morning. The level of attention and care I was given was outstanding. All of these doctors came to the conclusion that my pain and the growth were probably unrelated. And since the growth poses no immediate danger, the safest thing is to simply keep an eye on it and leave it right where it is. The risks vs. the reward for this type of surgery just don't make it worth the chance that removing it won't help my pain at all, and would most likely cause other problems in the process.

So, at the moment, there is no clear-cut diagnosis. Dr. Isaacson (for whom I have the highest respect. This man really made an incredible impression on me) seems to think the probable explanation are small lesions on the nerves themselves. This can only be treated with medicine. They are going to start me on some new meds and see if this helps in any way. In the meantime, I go back in six months to take a look at the mass in my skull to see if there has been any growth or movement. If not, then they just leave it. If there is any change, some very difficult decisions will have to be made.

While I don't particularly like the "We don't know exactly what's going on", I'm happy that I (probably) don't have a malignant mass in my head. My hope is that these new meds will work and I will be able to resume my life without this incredible pain. If not, there are other meds we can try. And, as was pointed out to me by three doctors, there is a slight chance that the growth and the pain is actually related in some way. None of them think this is the case, but they cannot completely rule it out just yet. In that circumstance, I'm back to where I started.

So, I feel relieved and frustrated all at the same time.

Many thanks to all of you who have sent your well-wishes and good vibes my way. You guys are awesome..!

Current Music: Jill Scott - Slowly Surely

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