Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Momentum

Life is all about momentum.

I'd need a doctor to confirm or deny it, but cataclysmic medical issues aside (such as cancer or heart attack) you die when you lose your momentum.

My grandmother worked in a restaurant, lugging plates of food and platters of drinks until about a year before she died. She decided it was time to "retire," so she quit. The problem is, she didn't have anything else to DO after that... so she sat in her house watching television and eating the same thing... day after day... until she died.

And all it took was a year.

Pray the day never comes when you hear Mom say "I think I'll skip my walk today." Or from Dad, "I'm too tired to go to the strip joint."

You must keep moving forward. To slow down too much is to stop. And we all know what stopping means.

I'm writing this down... so in 40 years, I won't forget.

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As we prepare for the baby's arrival, Emily and I are each working on our individual preparation projects. She is shopping for outfits, diapers, wall decorations for the nursery...

I went shopping for this.
It's a high definition hard-drive camcorder. If we're having a baby, we need to record as much of him or her as possible. I don't have a lot of video of Courtney when she was little. Sure we rented a camcorder for the big events, but we have very little footage of her everyday cuteness. That will change with little "Earl" or "Earlene." (only temporary names, don't worry)

As you've probably gathered, electronic gadgets are my weakness. I sit around all day playing with this thing. I've videoed the dog and cat, Emily lying in bed with morning sickness, a Mexican guy fixing the telephone lines behind our house, even us watching a baseball game... at home in our living room. WTF?

I think I'll tape myself taking out the trash later.

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Nothing is spookier (besides maybe Hannibal Lector or Rosie O'Donnell without makeup) (or Rosie O'Donnell with makeup) than finding out somebody else is living their life... as you.

I found out a guy in Indianapolis is working and living under my exact name and social security number. I received a letter from the IRS saying I hadn't claimed some income from 2005, because I failed to report my W2 from a brick and shale company based in Tennessee.

When the smoke cleared, I learned (through local law enforcement and the feds) that an illegal immigrant has been using my name and SS# for three years, in order to work and live in the US. I can't imagine where he got my info, but I'm hoping by now he's been arrested and his ass is sitting on a bus back to Mexico.

This immigration thing MUST be fixed. This is the second time in seven years that my identity has been stolen.

Now I just need to find a way to convince Master Card that it was that Mexican guy who fraudulently charged a new camcorder to my account.

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I'm in the middle of a complete redesign of my website, planning a wedding, planning for the arrival of a child, organizing my office and recording studio, getting the odds and ends of my life cleaned up... as you can see, I have a few things on my plate. Sorry I haven't posted in a while, and when I finally did, it wasn't that interesting.

PS - I just noticed that Google now lets you add video directly to your blog posts. Sweet! I have some great footage of me clipping my toenails in HD.

7 comments:

Ken Dillon said...

Ya know...I know a VERY efficient Minister that could take care of your wedding!

Violet said...

i knew as we sat at dinner that night that you would immediately return to best buy to purchase the camera.

you may want to mention that this is also a business investment... you know, just in case!

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Sorry about the identity theft incident, BDD. That was me. Every once in a while I borrow a blogger's ID to take on work.

Plus, I'm dodging a few warrants nowadays.

Jen, Fred, Jennifer or Mom said...

Paula was going to be named Earl if she was a boy......thank GOD she turned out to be a girl!!!

mckay said...

dave, unsolicited advice....slow down, dude. when men stress, they need to DO something. you're doing way too much and may blow a gasket. prioritize and work the top two or three. the rest can wait.

re: id theft. that sucks. i am starting to become the new millennium's archie bunker. grrrr.

suggestion: take a pic a day or a pic a week of the momma's tummy and then put it all together and speed it up to see baby grow

Dave Morris said...

Sweet thoughts, McKay. Thanks for your concern. The picture a week thing is great!

Fantastagirl said...

ID theft is such a PIA...luckily we have a very understanding bank who was willing to work with us.