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My how people change September 28, 2009

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So this past weekend I spent the weekend visiting J for her birthday. The whole weekend was great, and could easily warrant it’s own post, however I have something else to share for now. On sunday another friend came along for the festivities and brought along her newborn son Jake.  This isn’t an entirely new experience, I have other friends with kids. I’ve spent a decent amount of time with babies before.  Usually when I think about it, I think back to my little brother. Now in my situation, my brother was born when I was 13. So I have vivid memories of him as a baby, as well as growing up. I fed him, changed his diapers, babysat him and more.  My views towards raising a kid were pretty solid, I knew how much responsibility it was.

And that was my view without question, up until this weekend. Now, I’m not on the “I’m ready to have a kid now” bus. However, I just don’t see things the same way. Nothing changed when I saw him, he was another cute baby. And it was still even the same when I held him, he was just a little guy hanging out in my arms. And then he got upset, and cried, so I fed him. And there I was, 13 years later. It was the exact some action of holding a baby and a bottle, yet now it felt so much different.

So my life is still the same, yet slightly different. I just thought that moment deserved to remembered.

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Health care here, get your health care here! August 19, 2009

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So I couldn’t help but voice my opinion on this health care debate.  I try to avoid talking politics, since conservative points of view aren’t very well accepted here on the interwebs.  This topic is fairly safe though, since I consider myself  middle-of-the-road on this.

So first off, I’m sick of the right talking about death panels and all that crap.  Clearly nobody really wants those, and they’ll never exist.  So I won’t even worry about that angle.  Now most people who are against a ‘public plan’ are those who already have decent insurance, and are afraid they’ll lose what they have.  Believe it for not, that’s a very real possibility. There’s a large percentage of people who work for small businesses. (I’m a blogger, not a reporter so you can check those numbers yourself, lol) And perhaps you’ve never worked for a small business, but they tend to spend a lot of money on health care. And if my old boss had the option to switch us over to a cheaper public plan, then he would have done it immediately. Then instantly, you no longer have the same health insurance you enjoyed.

Everyone needs health care!? Right? Wrong. Sorry, but I just don’t think so. Since I graduated high school (in 2002) I had health care for a total of 6 months. If I was paying for health insurance for the last 7 years, there’s no way I could afford rent and tuition. It just wouldn’t have happened.

Simple numbers. I don’t know about you, but when my dad needs a checkup, or a non-emergency visit, he usually has 1-2 week wait until they can schedule him in. Then, you get there for your 3pm appointment, but don’t really see a doctor until 3:30ish. Now just imagine, 46 million more people suddenly have health care. Can you just think about the surge of people who will want to go in for checkups? And how many million more doctors are we adding? What’s that? Zero? That’s not the government’s problem. How can you get the same service from your doctors when they instantly gain (on average) %15 more clients? Impossible.

Ideas. There’s nothing I hate more than those who complain without making suggestions. First off, and this doesn’t deal with insurance directly, but Ban advertisements for prescription medication. There’s no reason to advertise prescriptions to the general public. Let their Dr decide what meds they need, don’t wait for the patient to walk in saying “Oh I think you need to prescribe X for me, since I saw this commercial and I have Y, and Z symptoms. How much are drug companies spending on these advertisements? How much of those costs are increasing the price on our prescriptions? But why will they never be banned? Because pharmaceutical companies donate heavily to politicians, and so they get away with whatever they’d like.

Next, pass laws to help protect doctors. Health care prices are greatly inflated due to so many hospitals/doctors are afraid of getting sued. Put a cap on what a family can sure for, also make it more transparent if there’s a doctor who’s made mistakes. I can look up nearly any business on the BBB to see it’s record. If I buy a car, I get a CarFax, but do I have any idea about my Dr’s track record? No.  Also, when it comes to transparency, how about being more honest about prices? I would bet that 99% of people have no idea what they’ll be charged for their visit/care until the bill comes in the mail. If you get your car repaired, you make some calls and find a reasonable price. If you need to be repaired, good luck on finding the best price. You can’t even “shop around” if you wanted to. So when people can’t “shop around” there is no competition amongst locations. And without competition, there’s no reason to keep prices low. Just let them skyrocket! And that’s exactly what’s happened.

So these are just a few small changes, and that’s the way to go about this problem. Not with some crazy public option, it will be chaos, expensive, and I feel it will eventually lead to inferior care.

My Toast at Eric’s Wedding July 30, 2009

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This is the toast as it was originally written. As I was delivering it, I found that it was going much longer than I had anticipated, and quickly cut to the final few paragraphs. But for those who might be interested, here’s the entirety of what I was planning on saying.

So first off, I need to apologize. Eric had the amazing idea to leave this very important toast in the hands of his best friend, an antisocial engineer. You have no idea how nervous I’ve been, even Father Jude asked before the ceremony why Eric was so calm, yet I looked like a nervous wreck.

Everyone here that knows Eric, is already well aware that we’ve been friends for around ten years. After five years or so, I had thought I’d already watched him go through the good and the bad that life has to offer, but boy was I wrong. Once he got to know Cristina, he became a new man.

I really couldn’t help but mention Scranton at least once. The University of Scranton itself might be just another college, but for Eric, Cristina, myself, and many others in this room, it’s the place where we truly learned who were are, and how to enjoy life.

In high school, three people had a Thursday night ritual. Eric, TJ and I would cruise around in Eric’s Nissan, from West Side to wherever the road would take us. It was tradition; you might even say it was legendary. Then, a few years later, I began a new tradition; three people once again, this time, Cristina, Liz and I. We’d stay up watching Must See Tv, specifically Friends and ER. Truth is, I really hadn’t cared about those shows before I knew Liz and Cristina, I really just considered it an opportunity to spend time with some great friends.

So then when two of my favorite Thursday night friends finally got together, I couldn’t be happier. I still remember when Eric first asked for advice about Cristina. He might not remember, but he was driving down Mulberry Street, and mentioned his feelings for her as we talked about how hard it might be when she’s in Spain for the summer. I’m not sure exactly what I suggested, but the short version was that Cristina was an amazing person, and he couldn’t go wrong in trying.

So the next few years passed, just the same way you might read in a fairy tale. And I’m positive that every Scranton student here, are not only excited, but expected this day to come.

Marriage is a magical experience, and I couldn’t think of two happier, more deserving people, than Eric and Cristina to share it with one another. To single people like myself, you’re an inspiration, and to the married couples out there, you’re a beautiful reminder. And for that, we all thank you. Best wishes and God bless!

Cheers!

Is she your happy ending? June 18, 2009

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Not that kind of ‘happy ending’ you pervy readers, (I’m looking at you Katie).

I was thinking about relationships the other day, and by the other day I really just mean earlier today. It just sounds better when it appears that I’ve devoted more thought to an idea. I have decided I’d share something with you all, it’s personal, and emotional, but that’s what blogs are for right?

I enjoy watching movies, of many different types. Right now I’ll focus on romantic comedies, or more generally, movies with a strong connection between a couple. And if the acting and production of the movie are at a high enough caliper, then I find myself easily captured by their relationship. One of my favorite feelings in life comes at the end of those movies, if after the entire movie you can look over to your side and see someone who you care about just as much. Sure you might not have run out onto a baseball field, crashed your bike into a truck,  pulled her out of a frozen pond, stopped her at an airport, ate a peanut off a NYC sidewalk, crashed a wedding for her, or found her number in a book before your wedding, but you still know how lucky you are to be with a person who truly makes you happy. (Can you tell I’ve seen quite a few of these movies)

Throughout life we go in and out of relationships, and during such many minor plot-lines pass by. But someday, someday there might just be a twist, and suddenly you find yourself halfway through your very own love story.

Is it mid june already? June 16, 2009

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So after reading Mindy’s latest post about bloggers fading away, I decided it was time for me to start writing again. I’ve been quite recently, because I feel like I’m just in a funk. In a funk is, probably a nice way of saying “almost depressed”. And I hate the idea of blogging while in a bad mood, it’s worse than drinking.

So why the funk? Well things were good for awhile, I was really busy with work. So I found myself a little too tired after work to write. That’s cool though, everyone has busy times. Now I made some money, and bought myself an iPod Touch which I was really excited about. Then work began to slow down. Instead of my brother having me work for him 30 hrs a week, it drooped to 10, then pretty much none.  So for the last few weeks, I’ve been at home way to much. It’s quite boring, and so I’ve been jumping at the opportunity to go out once in awhile. Then going out leads to spending money, money that I didn’t have coming in anymore. So now I’m very broke, with an insurance payment due yesterday, and I need to put $100 deposit down for eric’s bachelor party.

In other parts of my life, I really need to get out some last minute transfer applications to schools. They’re already late, but after not being accepted last year, the fear of rejection again is holding me back. I just need to sit down and drink a few beers and fill out the forms I need to online.

So what’s left? Money = fail, school = not so hot, girls = ? Lol, this is always a fun topic. I’m single, by choice you might say, but more like a narcissistic choice. Because I’m so uncertain of where I’ll be in the fall, I don’t want to find myself attached to someone in Scranton, just to move 1-4 hours away in August. And on top of that, I’m just not happy with where I am in life. I’m 25 now, and still trying to find a way to pay for and get through undergrad. At 25 most people are looking for someone who has their life setup by now, not someone who’s as far through college as a 20 year old normally is.

So I try and take solace in the fact that someday soon eventually I’ll be finished with school, and on the same professional level as people I might be interested in. Of course who’ll be left in the dating pool by then? Are there a lot of single 28 yr old girls who haven’t had a few kids yet? Alright, enough with pessimistic speculation. This post was already way to somber for me.

So any advice for me? I just need to shake this mood off, and haven’t been able to.

Can’t touch this…? May 25, 2009

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So as some of you may know already, I’ve been working a lot lately. Now work is good, but all work and no play … well there’s a saying there somewhere. And usually after working this much, I feel the need to reward myself. Now I recently upgraded my camera, but that only cost me about $60 since I sold my old one.

I was thinking about getting an ipod touch. First, let me explain that I can’t upgrade my phone to a smartphone/iphone/blackberry since I can’t afford a data plan right now. Now I’d probably use the touch more for web/apps than music. Lately I’ve been keeping my computer on just for RSS, Email, Facebook, and Twitter. It would be much easier just to have that in my pocket. So I’m asking anyone out there on their thoughts. Maybe you don’t have an iPod touch, but you use something else for wifi action. I would love to hear what you have to say. Now I won’t have 3G service, so it’s not really an “always on” type of deal, but for all intensive purposes everywhere that I’d want to check email I’ll have wifi. Friends, family, school, all have wifi. So when I’m in the car I can’t get online. But should I really be twittering while driving? I know some of you are guilty of that, lol.

Also, if I do pick one up, I’m starting to run into a gadget overload. Most of you female readers wouldn’t understand this, or at least you shouldn’t have to, because you already have a solution. Imagine now, at any given time I might want to have my cell phone, wallet, car keys, camera, ipod touch, and a DS/PSP. I just don’t have that many pockets, nor would I want to have to worry about accidentally sitting on any of them. Short of man-bags or fanny packs coming back into style I think I’m doomed. Perhaps if I currently lived in a bigger city a messenger bag wouldn’t look so out of place? Either way, I guess I’ll just have to leave the camera/DS behind unless I plan ahead.

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College = The Climb? May 14, 2009

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So most of the people in the Blogosphere are people that only know me for what I post in my blog, so let me catch you up on how college is going for me. To give you the short version, I went to the University of Scranton for 2 years and put myself in ~$12k worth of debt. Then since I couldn’t pay them, they wouldn’t let me take more classes. So a few years down the road in 06 I saved up some money to go back to school, but had to start over. I had to start over though, at Broome Community College. I learned that in NY state community colleges are a lot more serious and most of them even have engineering programs. So now I have about 2 years left, and will finish them up either at Binghamton University or University of Buffalo. Both schools in the SUNY system. Buffalo is a lot farther away, but distance shouldn’t be that important.

Anyways, that whole chunk of information was just to get you up to speed. College for me has been this long journey and taking much more time that it should someone who didn’t have to work so hard to pay for everything. Its been a nonstop battle with loans and financial aid departments. Most students have trouble with tests, projects, picking a major, but for me it’s all about a struggle to pay for things. I look forward to the classes, even the annoying ones because I know what its like to not be able to take them.

The point of this post, (yes there is one) is that I can’t help but relate to Miley Cyrus’s ‘The Climb’. It doesn’t feel natural to be so connected to a song sung by a 16 year old. She didn’t write the song though, and it’s really just the lyrics that mean a lot to me. So am I crazy? Have you ever felt connected to a song that you weren’t super proud of. Let me hear your thoughts!

I can almost see it.
That dream I’m dreamin
But there’s a voice inside my head saying
“you’ll never reach it”.

(more…)

I miss you! May 2, 2009

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So my dad went on vacation last week to Florida. And because my dad and older brother have their own business, I needed to fill in for my dad. So since 4/23 I’ve had work with my brother every day. Now, this is a good thing, because I haven’t had some solid work in quite some time. And my funds were getting quite low. I still have a total of $0.52 in my checking account, lol. So I’ve been doing roofing, installing windows, installing doors, garage door openers, etc for the last 10 days or so. Even on the weekends! (Well one day was a little rainy, and another I had to babysit, but still) When I get home from work, I’ve been so tired that I find some food, shower, and head back to sleep. And the only time I’ve been on the computer, is for a few minutes before I get ready for work in the morning.

So even though I’m working today and tomorrow, I’m going to try my best to tackle my long list of things I need to read. So if you’ve notice my comments have been sparce, be prepared for me to drop a bunch over the next 48 hours. Specifically, I need to check up on MinD, Katie, Delilah, MJ, Erika, and John. That’s right, I’m not afraid to name drop.

When I get a chance, I’ll be writing a post about why Perez Hilton is an ignorant jackass 🙂

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Engineering My Mosaic! April 24, 2009

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DIRECTIONS:

– Go to Google image search.
– Type in your answer to each question.
– Choose a picture from the first page.
– Use this website (http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/mosaic.php) to make your collage.

QUESTIONS:

1. What is your name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What is your hometown?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. What is your favorite movie?
6. What is your favorite drink?
7. What is your dream vacation?
8. What is your favorite dessert?
9. What is one word to describe yourself?
10. How are you feeling right now?
11. What do you love most in the world?
12. What do you want to be when you grow up?

My answers:
1. Patrick
2. Pizza
3. Scranton
4. Green
5. Wedding Crashers
6. Honey Moon
7. Yellowstone NP
8. Cheesecake!
9. Hungry (Thanks to #8!)
10. Anxious (Nice weather, Finally!)
11. Good Friends
12. Computer Engineer

Many thanks to Katie, whom I stole this from 🙂

Awesomely Disturbing April 13, 2009

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So I just came across this commecial while watching Scrubs. As a child of the 80s, I can’t help but love this.

Yet its still pretty disturbing somehow. I like spongebob, so I appreciate how it’s both funny and raunchy at the same time. I’m not so sure BK should be using that song to advertize to kids though.

Also, I’m watching the Scrubs episode where JD starts dating Mandy Moore. There’s something about her that I always really liked. She just seems real. Of course I can’t just come up with that from watching her act in one show, lol. She was also pretty hott in How I Met Your Mother as Ted’s rebound girl. And I definitely owned her first couple CDs back in the day.