Posted by Santi on May 21, 2013
For years now I’ve been strolling down memory lane, looking at pictures of my old friends from school. I came across one picture in particular and it hit me. I used to be in a band my friends and I had put together while in school, and I instantly wanted to get the old band together again after all these years.
I had called around to see if everyone wanted to get together and try to play again like old times. Everyone was thrilled and excited to hear that I wanted to get the old band back together, and visit each other after all this time. I had asked everyone if they had their old instruments, knowing my old guitar was stuffed away in a storage unit my Mother has been renting for a few years.
I called my Mom and asked if she could come along with me to the storage unit to look for my old guitar and to my surprise she would meet me there in an hour. After ripping and tarring the unit apart, I had finally found my old guitar. My strings needed replacing for sure, so I went on home after putting everything back and sat down at my computer to look around on the net for classic electric guitar strings. In no time I found an awesome site that offered the best strings for an unbelievable price.
Needless to say when I got my guitar ready and everyone was here, we jammed out and had a great visit.
Posted by Santi on March 30, 2013
Tomorrow should be a nice easy going Easter family get together that we are hosting this year. We are expecting between 9 and 11 guests, won’t know for sure until it happens. We were very careful as to who we invited and with luck we might manage to avoid any butting of heads or conflicts. That of course is always the mission at each family gathering but it rarely works out that way as we grow older and more drama keeps us busy and at each others throats for numerous reasons.
I’m sure that there will be plenty of conversation to be shared at the extra long table that we purchased for entertaining groups of friends and families throughout the years. The wife very carefully thought out and made place cards at each plate setting with the names printed on them just to make sure that there is a good mix of people that like to talk scattered throughout the ones that are on the quiet side.
Last Easter my brother-in-law pretty much hogged the whole conversation talking about his recent Mass Texting attempts in to boost business and Text Marketing is getting more popular these days and getting a lot of attention in today’s marketing. He has tried email marketing, which I think is a waste of money. For the most part all of those emails land in people’s spam and are not given a second thought or look. I am sure he will be sharing his recent results at dinner. Hopefully he will have some good numbers to brag about and then we can move it along to another person will another subject this year.
I’m glad that we don’t have any little kids that are expected to show up. It is supposed to rain all day and that would totally ruin the best thought out Easter Eggs hunt. Hunting for eggs would just really suck inside a house, especially a house that you aren’t familiar with. Been there and done that before, don’t want to have to do that again.
Posted by Santi on March 26, 2013
This is the big Good Friday weekend with Easter up and coming on Sunday, which is when everyone wants to have a fun weekend outdoors. But unfortunately, the weather forecast is for cooler days and lots of rain, at least it isn’t snow! Today is not raining yet, but you can feel it in the air and you know that it is coming, sooner or later. Let’s hope we all get at least one good day out of the weekend to do something outside, at least for the kids sake in their attempts to find all the Easter eggs that adults have spent so much time preparing and hiding with love and pride.
After Easter is all over and said with are kids are on Spring Break, one of those days we are going to head out to the river and just let my daughter splash around in the shallow water by our favorite picnic spot. The river bottom is not too mucky and not too rocky at this particular spot. I cannot tell you where this special spot is – it is our family secret and we don’t want a lot of other people to come there and spoil it.
Posted by Santi on March 5, 2013
Just the thought of our 16 year old daughter leaving the nest, flying off and traveling half way across the world to attend college in Japan in just a few years, gives my wife and I a sickness in our guts that only a parent can understand who is experiencing much the same thing. She is the baby and time just flew right out the window these 16 years and now she is in high school looking at scholarships and deciding what classes and what colleges she is interesting attending in less that two years and how to get there and what type of lodging and/or housing is going to be available when she gets there. So many questions and so little time. It looks like we will need to start spending more time with her while she is still here. Maybe take some road trips together to some various interesting places that she doesn’t need to fly to Japan to see and enjoy!
She has been teaching herself how to speak the language as best as she can using the Internet in her spare time. There doesn’t seem to be any place that teaches Japanese and very few of the colleges that she has looked at offer it either, but she has found a few that she is excited about. They will send her over to Japan for part of her studies which has me more nervous that a cat’s tail next to a rocking chair. She has been looking online a various lodging opportunities like the Osaka Teikoku Hotel and the Rihga Nakanoshima Inn, both sites I have looked at myself and can’t make heads or tails of any of it since I know not a word of Japanese. But I’m impressed that she can. This is going to be a long hard road with this one I can tell you that.
She gets great grades and never gets in any type of trouble, she could use some more community service that colleges really look hard at these days. If there was something Japanese related around here that she could get involved in I’m sure she would jump at the chance, she is totally in love with the Japanese language, their history, their culture and all the Japanese related Animes that are all over the Internet and Pay TV subscribers. Something that I really never got into nor see why they would but I’ve never been a big fan of animation at any time.
Posted by Santi on March 1, 2013
Finding the best monster cables to give to my nephew for his graduation gift this, yes we are all ready looking at graduations for the school year 2012/2013 in the family, has taken me more time that I expected. You see I just want to avoid any hassles with returns or shipping issues or anything that could possibly go wrong with an online order. Don’t get me wrong, I love how the Internet has made shopping for any product or service a much easier task to tackle, but I’ve been having issues with the last couple of orders and I guess I’m getting a bit gun shy.
I did do most of my holiday shopping online this year. Didn’t miss the crowds at the local mall one bit! What I have really taken to the whole idea and concept of gift cards lately. Which is the path I am thinking I am going to take for this particular purchase. That way the heat is off of me and he can make sure he gets what he wants and needs at that time. I’ll be seeing him either over Easter or Memorial Day, well before graduation day gets here and give it to him at that time. Works for me!