Web Design Survey

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It asks the questions:

Who are we? Where do we live? What are our titles, our skills, our educational backgrounds? Where and with whom do we work? What do we earn? What do we value?

Go ahead and take it already!

Day in the Park

With Spring finally making itself known in the Cleveland area, we decided to take Madeline on her first trip to the local park. Its a nice little place about half a mile from our house with a great trail winding through the woods. It was a great day to get out of the house so we packed up the car with her stroller, some toys, diaper bag, water, a hat (for the baby), and scooters for my nephews who were staying with us for the weekend. It took us about a half hour to get out of the house.

She seemed to have fun, at least when the sun wasn’t in her eyes. After a stroll around the trail we ended up back at the pavilion where Nick and Anthony played on the jungle gym. As soon as Kathy and I sat down on the bench we had to move to a new location because of all of the bees that decided we were more interesting than the nearby garbage can.

Speaking of Spring and insects, I had decided to fire up the grill and cook some salmon for dinner. Upon opening the lid two wasps flew into my face. I ran to the other side of the deck and they went back to the grill. With the lid now open I could see a wasp nest about the size of my fist. Perfect. I guess the salmon would have to wait for now.

Best. Movie. Ever.

I just recently re-watched my all-time favorite movie, Chinatown. I love this movie, but when I forget how absolutely brilliant it is if I let too much time lapse between viewings.

From the opening credits which hearken back to the early days of cinema to the final depressing scene, this movie masterfully captures the look and feel of classic film noir.

The mystery surrounding the story is compelling and believable. It takes place in Los Angeles during the 30’s and touches on the politics and intrigue surrounding its early days and potential growth into a major metropolis. This plot is interweaved into the lives of the main characters J.J. “Jake” Gittes (Jack Nicholson), Evelyn Cross Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) and Noah Cross (John Huston). While Jack Nicholson is amazing in just about every movie he’s in, John Huston definitely steals the show.

I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, just trust me. Add this to your Netflix queue or go to your local video store and rent it. You will not be sorry. Its been my top movie for as long as I can remember, and will probably be number one on my list for the foreseeable future.


A Great Show, Sad Turn of Events

I know I’m posting this quite late in game, but oh well. So be it.

Toward the end of the second season of Arrested Development, my wife and I got hooked. It has to be one of the funniest shows that I’ve seen on TV in quite some time. After watching the end of the second season, we were able to watch it in its entirety during a marathon rebroadcast over the course of a week. Absolutely hilarious! That Christmas Kathy picked up the first two seasons on DVD which we began watching immediately.

By now, of course, the third season is done and sadly the series may be done as well. Fox in their stupidity is canceling the show. There is hope that another network will pick it up (Showtime has shown some interest). But, alas, I haven’t heard anything solid.

My advice is for you to do yourself a favor and rent the first two seasons (the third hasn’t been released yet). You won’t be disappointed. Unless of course you consider a show like Freddie to be the pinnacle of television comedies.

Weekend Out East

I know, its been a while since I’ve posted. But, hey, its been busy. I know, I know, that’s no excuse, but I’m using it anyway.

So here I am trying to play catch up. A hell of a lot has happened since the last post so I guess I’ll be updating this quite frequently to get this thing current.

Back around the end of May, my wife, nephews and I went to Maryland to visit her cousin Tamara, her husband Ron and their two children Kaley and Alina. We went a few years back and had a great time and really wanted to get there. We figured we should bring the boys since it would be their first out of state trip, their first plane ride and their first look at the ocean (that’s a lot of firsts).

We arrived late on Thursday the 26th, hungry, tired and very much in need of a drink. Kathy and me, of course, not the kids. It was quite a packed weekend as we visited Sandy Point State Park (right off Chesapeake Bay), some little town that was having some crazy festival (basically an excuse for the locals to band together in the center of town and get piss drunk), and topped it off with a trip to Ocean City.

Ocean City is quite an experience. We had a great spot right near the water. Soft sand. Cool ocean breeze. Relatively quiet and peaceful. Then about fifty yards away you have the boardwalk which I can only describe as a cross between an amusement park, a row of fraternity houses, and a place some people still think the mullet is the coiffure du jour. All kidding aside it was a blast and I am happy to have had the experience.

As always, spending time with Ron and Tamara is great. They are a lot of fun (although very busy these days). Even with all of the commotion of having four children to look after we all managed to have a wonderful time. Now that they are moving back to the Midwest, we can enjoy more times like this trip.

Okay, okay… Enough of my insipid writing. I posted some photos of the trip which are much more entertaining.