Thursday, May 31, 2007

2 interesting images, cause I have no where else to put them

I have actually slipped the pie chart into a presentation I was giving. No one noticed

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

sara just called with pretty good news
she spoke to Stanford lady about trial
she is sending daycare "2 week trial period" orders for feeding tarzan without tube

so we may be on a good track

Monday, May 28, 2007

This is how we like to be changed now. While standing on the table, shaking our junk at the neighborhood

"Hallooo world, this is my penis!"

We did tubeless trial over the weekend. How did it go? I do not know. He only barfed once. He seems to be doing pretty well. Sara has kept a very detailed log of what is going in and coming out. She will call the lady at Stanford tomorrow, and see what we can learn.

I am hoping for the best.

this is all

Sunday, May 27, 2007

julia posted video of Tarzan sswimming

Part 1

Part 2

Saturday, May 26, 2007

texas boys went home. :( but was great fun to have them out here.

after brunch Sara and I stopped at the "Rack Shop" which specializes in cartop racks, etc. the punky kid working there did not know a hill of beans, and basically said $200 for the bars to mount the canoe mounts on for the top of Sara's car. Fooey, I will look on the interweb.

Then he said basically, he did not know from Sprinter.

Even with a ladder, I cannot reach the top of the sprinter, and or hoist a 13' 38lb Pirogue up there. There are companies that make ladder racks that can "glide" down the side to mount boat on, then glide up. it is VERY expensive.

More interweb research neccesary

Saul is drinking and eating, but we are not sure if it is enough. We are keeping a log of wet diapers, and exact amounts that go in.

he is happy. so that is good.

we went to Mark & Julia's this evening. He played on the grass, then in the pool

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I've been crazy tired. the boys from Texas are visiting. We did the Sheetiron 300, a long dual sport ride.

I discovered (re-discovered) that my honda XR650 is too big for me.

This bike is commonly referred to as a "Big Red Pig" According to Jim, I am not a good swineherder.

I rarely ride on the street anymore, as I need to deliver Saul to and from daycare. My plan is to take my
Ducati Monster,

and my Royal Enfield Bullet

up to Joe Pardo at MotoJava on Saturday, and see if he can sell them for me. I am working on Phil at Aftershocks to find a buyer for my Honda.

With the money from all 3 of these bikes, I plan on buying a 2008 KTM 450 street legal dual sport. Having Phil lower the suspension 2 inches. Buy a second set of wheels (more street friendly) and effectively turn 3 bikes into one.

Our pal Mark Alpen delivered the pirogue on Monday. It is currently hanging in the garage, and is just beautiful.

I need to figure out how to transport it to water. float it. and play some

My hope?

"Saul, it's the weekend, do you want to go paddle in the boat, ride bicycles, ride motorcycles, go hiking? What?"

I do not want my son to be an expert videogame player.

Monday, May 21, 2007

sheetiron pix up on flikr

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

busy week, sorry for lag

Jim & Chris are visiting from Texas. YAY

Yesterday I weighed 160lbs YAY

We went to Stanford and spoke to doctors about Tarzan. He is mentally alert and developing well. He has only gained 1 lb in 2 months. NOT good.

The plan is to meet with 1 more surgeon, and decide to put in a G-tube Endoscopically or Surgically. If surgery, there is a smaller "button" immediately. Not a tube.

After decision, we schedule a date.

We have to be in hospital to learn how to use it.

Plan? memorial day weekend, pull his NG tube, and see if he starts to eat more. While watching him for dehydration.

IF he eats more? great, if not? G tube

Saturday, May 12, 2007

In Louisiana, it's called a Pirogue. I am not sure what we call it in Escondido, CA, where my pal Mark is building it for us. maybe he and Ellen will go out for a paddle before it comes up here.

Truthfully? Jack kinda sold me on Sara. Mark and Ellen convinced me to stick with it. They's good pals.

And I am gonna take Mr. Tarzan paddling all around when he is bigger.


Mark does amazing work, by the way

One day the first grade teacher was reading the story of Chicken Little to her class.

She came to the part of the story where Chicken Little tried to warn the farmer. She read, ".... and so Chicken Little went up to the farmer and said, 'The sky is falling, the sky is falling!' ".

The teacher paused then asked the class, "And what do you think that farmer said?".

One little girl raised her hand and said, "I think he said: "Holy Shit! A talking chicken!".

The teacher was unable to teach for the next 10 minutes.

Friday, May 11, 2007

it's just past midnight, I'm sitting next to Tarzan, dripping the final amount of formula into him. I am very tired. He is sleeping.

there is no way to capture the sound of his faint, rhythmic snoring, but it is oddly soothing at this hour.

I hope everyone out there is doing well.


2am he woke up and barfed all over me, my front and back, and bedroom floor. we got it all cleaned up, and was back to sleep by 3.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

My buddy Kirk just sent me this humorous story. it is very applicable, as I do not know when to speak and when to shut up.


On their wedding night, the young bride approached her new husband and asked for $20.00 for their first lovemaking encounter. In his highly aroused state, her husband readily agreed.

This scenario was repeated each time they made love, for more than 30 years, with him thinking that it was a cute way for her to afford new clothes and other incidentals that she needed.

Arriving home around noon one day, she was surprised to find her husband in a very drunken state. During the next few minutes, he explained that his employer was going through a process of corporate downsizing, and he had been let go. It was unlikely that, at the age of 59, he'd be able to find another position that paid anywhere near what he'd been earning, and therefore, they were financially ruined.

Calmly, his wife handed him a bank book which showed more than thirty years of steady deposits and interest totaling nearly $1 million. Then she showed him certificates of deposits issued by the bank which were worth over $2 million, and informed him that they were one of the largest depositors in the bank.

She explained that for the more than three decades she had "charged" him for sex, these holdings had multiplied and these were the results of her savings and investments.

Faced with evidence of cash and investments worth over $3 million, her husband was so astounded he could barely speak, but finally he found his voice and blurted out, "If
I'd had any idea what you were doing, I would have given you all my business!"

That's when she shot him.

You know, sometimes, men just don't know when to keep their mouths shut.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

CASA BONITA IS REAL! If you are a SouthPark fan, this is funny, if not, you do not get it.

NEWS! Tarzan's fever is broken, he is still teething. He likes popsicles. This is not what it looks like

Mike & Evvy came over last night, and our man was in good form. Smiling and giggling, and being a great kiddo.


Sunday is mothers day. Sara is a mother. hmmm.

I swear, I have seen Eric Bong do this dance.

Monday, May 07, 2007

This just in from my pal Flash. A movie review of 300

(which I did not see)

it is funny, in a B&B way.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Well, I think the fever has broken. He is back to crawling and talking, and making noise.

He was so funny this evening., He would grab for the milk bottle, but then wanted to crawl and play with things.

he is eating much better, and even drinking, but only a little he is no wookie

AND? great news! he is gonna have a boy cousin! YAY Kate & Greg!


i hope Saul can travel soon, we have people to visit.

Friday, May 04, 2007

So Saul has been cranky the past 2 days or so. Last night he was restless.

Today I got a call from his wonderful daycare. Tarzan is running 102 fever.

I freak completely out. He is first kid, first time it happened, all the other stuff with him, OH MY OH MY. Freak out Freak out!

Got Sara on the phone, she went to pick him up, while I called Dr.s office. Daycare gave him some tylenol. By the time she got there, his temp had dropped to almost normal.

Sara was able to take him in and work with the Nurse Practitioner, who said one of his ears is a little red and swollen, but nothing major. He got an antibiotic shot, and we put him on a strict pedialyte diet for a day or so, to keep him very very hydrated, and try to keep him from throwing up. We want to keep max fluid in him.

Sara has everything under control, but I am still a little freaked out.

(oh, BTW, 15lbs 11oz at the doctors office)

When I got home in the afternoon, his temp went back up some, so I freaked out some more. Freak out! Freak Out! Sara called the nurse practitioner, who gave us some guidelines, things to look for, etc. and said we are normal.

So we are pumping him full of pedialyte ever 30 mins, keeping cool washcloth on his head when he heats up, and keeping him calm.

he is sleeping a lot, but when he is up, he is kinda crying. he obviously does not feel great.

Poor Baby Saul.

I know it's normal? but it does not stop me from freaking out. Sara is handling it much better. He is sleeping on the bed next to me, face down, butt up. snoring away.

will hope he is better quickly. On the way to daycare we were practicing Tarzan hollers. Ah -aaaahhhh - ahhhhh


Thursday, May 03, 2007

like Habeas Corpus? Sign the petition

For the past year, I have been slowly bidding and buying the 1915 collection of Popular Mechanics books titled "The Boy Mechanic". It was a four book series filled with projects for boys to make. After seeing the projects? I am not sure adults from our time could come close to making these.

So my thought? have the series, every weekend, make projects with Tarzan. I want him growing up knowing how to solve problems, use tools, build things and most importantly, THINK. No video game poopy

Popular Mechanics did a reprinted, edited, "new" and politically correct version. I ordered it to find? JUNK. All JUNK. "safe" projects that will guarantee safety. Screw that! To learn? you must Risk!

Gutenberg even has a free copy of book one, if you are interested to download and look?

Lee Valley Tools has a reprint set (which I have already ordered, thank you very much!) that I hope will become Tarzan's fun weekend activity guide.

I'll sell the originals I already have? and recoup the cost of the reprints.

I am back on a no-carb diet. Since the India trip, I am determined to lose weight, exercise; drop my blood pressure, reduce stress, and become more healthy. This morning I weighed 168lbs. I finally broke through 170. I am down from 195.

As part of the diet, I found some sugar free Popsicles. Which I shared with Saul on May 1st. I'd lick some, He's help. Here is the end result. A smiley, happy kid.


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I just thought it may be in interesting reminder. When I was a kid, we had these rights. they were balanced with responsibilities.

now? I think we have lost both

The Bill of Rights
The First 10 Amendments to the Constitution as Ratified by the States
December 15, 1791


Congress OF THE United States begun and held at the City of New York, on Wednesday
the Fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.:

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.

Amendment III
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

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