Thursday, January 27, 2011

What Superhero are you?

I admit it.  I was a comic book junkie during my formative years as a pre-teen.

I remember spending a lot of the money I earned working at the Rochester, NY Public Market on Saturday mornings, on comics.  My brother Joe and I were (and I still am) Marvel Comics fans.

Being the younger brother, I got second choice on titles.  Joe got X-Men, I got Avengers, and so on.  It worked well - and we ended up usually reading each others comics anyway.

But my favorite then, and still now, is Captain America

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He didn't have mutant super powers.  He didn't have X-Ray vision.  He was soldier given Super Serum, with a tough as nails shield.  He was stronger than most, muscular like few, and of single minded purpose.  And that's what I found most compelling.

If you look over ----> you'll see a little about me in my Bio.  Being a first generation American, I feel a special bond with those that love the country like Cap.  This land gave my family opportunity, and the values that the US of A stands for are those that I hold most dear.

They are the same values that I try (and sometimes succeed) in teaching my 2 boys.

So, Cap has become a mascot of mine.  I get shirts, have a little figurine, even a print somewhere in the bowels of our storage unit. 

And the kids think HE is ME!  It doesn't get ANY better than that.

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So, tell me.  What Supehero are you?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Talk about a delay between postings....

Translating desire and ideas into action is sometimes really easy.  Sometimes it just flows.  Sometimes things just fall into place, as if an invisible hand is guiding it.

And then there is this attempted blog.  Fail.

Despite my best intentions, life gets in the way.  How so?

1.  Huge ramp in work load
2.  Ginormous change in living conditions (you'll see in a moment...)
3.  Demands on personal time change drastically
4.  Desire to be a good dad, hubba and friend

Number 2 is the biggest issue, by far.  We moved out of our home in July, and planned to be in a new home by September.

It's now January.  No home.  Living in a nice (albeit cramped) condo - Thanks Marie! - but not LIVING, if you know the difference.  And with 2 wonderful, trying, active (think coiled springs) boys - home is where the hoarse is.

So evenings are spent trying to entertain, enrich, contain, and teach our boys what's good and bad, right and wrong, up and down, without squelching their curiosity or boyness. 

And, we fail at that, too, sometimes.

I think there is light at the end of the tunnel, because recently, at the new crib - Walls are up.  Wiring is in.  Roof is on.  Windows are in.  A home is taking shape:

OK, so it's not the REAL house.  I'll get those up soon.  :)

But over the next couple of weeks (knock, knock) I plan on putting some guys stuff down here.  For instance:

1.  An article on investments (and I highly recommend reading The Motley Fool website), what is good to look at before you commit money, and what as dads we can do to ensure our kids will have enough to go to college.
2.  Some info on The Do's and Don'ts in building a home (this is our second, so of course, we're experts!)
3.  And ramblings on Speakers, Cars (I'm biased, and I'll let you know why), Watches, Stereo Equipment, Blogs I read... a whole lot of stuff.

So bear with me, and join me.  I think this could be fun.  I sure hope it will be interesting!