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Mista J, Killian, Toph or just "That Tall Guy"
Poe and I just wanted you to know we were thinking of you!  All the best to you on this most auspicious of occasions!
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 Oh CRAP!!!

...I thought I twisted my ankle jumping off the 2nd floor but  may have gotten cut wrestling with that female zombie.

...I may be infected.

...I may be becoming one of them...brainless, souless. All sence of self and intelect destroyed.

I don't want to wind up that way.




I have to get ahold of myself.  I need to think.  I don't KNOW if I am infected.  I could just be hurting from the fall.
I need to get home.  
I need to find my wife.
I need to find my son.
I am NOT going to be taken out BY A F**KING WALKING MEATLOAF!!!!

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 Ow.  I really hurt right now.  I snuck back over to the parking garage but there was a empty car blocking the exit.  No keys in it so I had to break the window out , put it in neutral and roll it to the side.  I guess to did not sweep the area well enough 'cause while I was pushing the car one of them ran up on me.  She wasn't that big but when she came at me it was like wrestling with an oversized housecat...a realy MEAN and soaking wet housecat.  I don't want to think about what kind of drool, blood and puss was comming off of her.  In the process of getting away from her I jumped off the 2nd level of the parking garage and she jumped after me!  
Luckily, zombies don't know how to land!  
I left her there with two broken legs and made my way up the back stairs to my car.  As soon as I get on the road I will be out of range of the Wi Fi.

Poe, when you read this, know that I love you and I am headed home to try and find you..

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 Oh Crap!

So I went over to Fry's to check out the free soda I mentioned earlier.  No free soda, no free anything except ZOMBIES!

I walked in the door and some dude I did not know tried to 'hug me'.  I thought he was a drunk so I ducked and he went over.  He is thrashing around on the floor and I look around for some assistance with the guy when I notice that all of the staff in the imedeate area are walking towards me.  Now that really clued me that something was going on since Fry's employees seem to pride themselves on their inability to be helpful.  

Then I noticed one was missing an arm.....No, it wasn't like "hmmm, an amputee?  I wonder if he is a vet?"  No it was more like "ewww, he is covered in BBQ sauce.  Wait, that is blood!"

Then the EMT side of my brain started to take over  with thoughts of  "well, I had better stauch that bleeding and get someone to get EMS rolling"  

About 2 seconds into that thought they all screamed and started running at me.
Now, when I say screamed, I mean they all made verbal sounds that that could only come from a human BUT SHOULD NOT!

At this point I ran.  I made it back accross the street to my building only to notice a few more like them roaming the halls.  I grabbed a couple of items off my desk and ducked into a service coridoor to stay out of sight.  

I tried calling and texting Poe but she has not picked up.  I tried calling Snoopy and Stride but no luck there either.  I still have WiFi so Poe, if you get this CALL ME and let me know you are OK!  I am going to try to get to the car and get on the road.  
  

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 So, this morning I got into work early to try and get caught up on all the tasks I set aside so that I could work on a presentation for my VP. As I am driving up to my building I notice a bunch of what look like day laborers standing around in the Fry's parking lot across the street.  Usually you see them over at the Home Depot or the Lowes down the street so it was kind of strange to see then standing out in front of an electronics store. 

It occurred to me that, if they are hanging out there for work they weren’t Gardeners or Painters, they must be SysAdmins, WebDevs, Desk Top Support, Electrical Engineers and the like trying to find pick up jobs. 
Wow, the recession really has hit the Silicon Valley
Either that or Fry's is giving away free Mountain Dew again.  
Hmmm, free soda...I'll have to check and see if that is the case.


 

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So, this past weekend at BayCon was a blast!  Met lots of cool people, bought some cool stuff, got to cuddle with my wife (and a few other HOT babes!).  Along the way the subject of dating came up and I had the opportunity to relate my 3 rules for dating.  I developed these some years back and several people asked me to write them down for them so here goes.  Will they work for you?  Maybe.  I am reasonably confident that they worked for me given the beautiful, competent and intelligent woman I wound up marrying (see Poeso)!

Any set of rules/guidelines should be as succinct and unambiguous as possible which nessesitates them being  broadly worded.  It also means that there are clarifications for specific points (in case you didn't catch the obvious intent)  I have included a few.  Finally, like Asimov's Laws of Robotics, these rules are in an order for a good reason...

Rule #1:  Be comfortable with yourself!
If you can't be comfortable with yourself then other probably can't be either.
Being comfortable includes being comfortable around people you don't know or by yourself.  Don't always rely on the opinions of others. In the end, it is your opinion of yourself that matters.
Don't mistake Arrogance for Confidence.  The Arrogant need other people to be wrong so that they can be right which builds in weakness.  The Confident recognize that there are many viewpoints that can be right and refines their viewpoints by allowing them to be challenged.

Rule #2: Meet new people.
There are many people in the world who can be "right" for you.  The more people you  interact with the more likely you are to meet one of them. 
Just because someone appears to be "right" doesn't mean that they are not already taken or will ever be emotionally available to you.  Take heart, enjoy your time with them and LEARN what a "right" person looks like and looks for.  The worst that can happen is you get a cool new friend and maybe learn something about yourself.
Sometimes meeting new people means expanding upon the relationships you already have.  "Friend of a friend" is more likely to have common interests and come to you "pre vetted" by the people you already trust.
Make time for the people who make you feel good about yourself.  Who knows, one of the cool friends you have may have been waiting for you to become "emotionally available" and you may not have noticed it. Either way, it helps with Rule #1.

Rule #3: Avoid worthless relationships!
Admit it, everyone has gotten into or stayed in a relationship that is just not fullfilling and never will be. Sex, routine, emotional security, what ever the reason in the end all you are doing is keeping yourself from growing as a person.  Either work to improve the relationship you are in or get out!  Grow or leave.  Harsh, but this is the biggest trap most people fall in to: staying in a dead end relationship because they lack the confidence to either make it work or end it.
If you are not yet in a relationship, remember rule #1, enjoy being with yourself.  You don't need to get hooked up just to validate your self image.  Flirt, have fun, be daring, but don't date some one unless you see in them the qualities that make you say "wow, I'd be really happy to tell my friends I am dating this person"

There you have them.  Feel free to take what you like and ignore the rest.  Just a few bits of philosophy from my experience.  I hope they work for you as well as they do for me (if not better!)
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...counting UP that is!  Yes, our little boy Corbin is one month old today!  It seems strange to post something so banal but, it just seems like an accomplishment.  Must be a side effect of being a new parent.  Of course it could also be a side effect of sleep deprivation....

On an amusing note, his nicknames so far:
rodent (it has been pointed out by various friends that this is more of a denotation than an appellation...)
squeak toy
little boy
sprinkler
powder monkey
squaller
squigg
daddy's little gobbo

...oh yeah, I forgot:
baby bird (mostly got dropped once he was born)
little piglet (usualy pronounced pig-GA-let)

Current Location: at work
Current Mood: drained drained
Current Music: wish I had some

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Poe and Corbin are both doing well, so well in fact that they are letting us all go today.  We are waiting for a wheelchair to take us out and then we are on our way home.  We should be back home by 2pm at the lattest.

Then the true test of un-assisted baby care begins....It's OK when the baby poops blue...right? 

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Poeso and Corbin continue to do well.  Poe is recovering from her C section faster than the docs expected.   Especially since this morning they informed her that she could/should have been on Vallium for pain management every 6 hours but was only offered it to her once on Monday morning.  I may joke, but Poe is not frail.  At this point, barring complications, we will be checking out tomorrow, Wed morning, before noon. 

Corbin continues to do all of the things you think are so droll when other babies do them that are so amazing when your own child does them: squaks at odd hours for no reason, burps in chorous with his mom, entertains himself with handpuppet shows, looks arround with that befuddled look of "ummm, just where the heck am I?".  I won't bore you with any more detail just that I continue to be amazed by this little life and the thought that he is my contribution to our family...I suspect the feelings are hormonially induced so you don't try to shake the child at 3 in the morning when you haven't slept in 3 days because he cries every 20 minutes.  Luckily for him I seem to be a sucker for them.

Current Location: Kaiser SC, room 568
Current Mood: content content
Current Music: ...the burping of my son.

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For all of those you could not make it here, Corbin has arrived!!!  Corbin Vincent Lang was delivered via c-section at 10:55pm.  He is 8 pounds 6 ounces big by 21 inches long (and has a HUGE head!).  Mom and baby are both doing well.  The 3 of us will be at Kaiser Santa Clara for the next 3 days at least.  Feel free to come by for visits or just send good vibes our way.  Everyone, friends and family alike has been a tremendous support.  Thank You all!

Got to go watch my boy nurse, it is the COOLEST thing!!!!

PS: My first worthwhile post, Hoo-rah!

Current Location: Kaiser post partim recovery
Current Mood: optimistic optimistic
Current Music: ...wish I had some

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