Blogging update

March 10, 2009

Well, it being Birthday Week in the Jamieson house, it seems as good a time as any to try and start blogging again. I’ll start with a quick pic of Gabrielle just to get back in the swing of it all.

Updates should come fast and furious as I try to get back into the routine.

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Been a while

February 11, 2009

Jeez…I didn’t know it had been this long. Since my last post, we’ve got a new president! A lot is going on, but mostly just in my head. I’ll start adding blog posts to keep things going here. Sometimes it’s hard to make the mundane details interesting.

Hey to everyone…hey to goober.

It’s Finally Over

January 7, 2009

Well, thank god 2008 is finally over. While the first half of the year is kind of a blur, around July 11th everything went to shit for about 4 months. I’m certain that there is lingering resentment and bad feelings floating around about how some of it played out, but we’re all trying to move ahead and put some of the pieces back together. Some of the upside is that Lennon is pretty much convinced that an unnamed influence is really something of a dick when you get right down to it (which also has an unfortunate downside that we’re still dealing with); I was able to effectively manage with all the regulatory issues while still turning a 33% increase in cash flow for the company last year, which secured both my job and a particularly nice (in a materialistic way) Christmas for the kids; said cash flow also secured a couple opportunities to expand my growing empire into New Mexico and Kansas this year, as soon as the deals are completed.

So for the coming year, we are planning a couple of vacations. One is a working vacation in New York City the week of April 22, for an American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence conference, which is almost a week long. We were going to go the the American Society for Addiction Medicine conference in New Orleans that same week, which coincided with the Jazz Festival, but decided on New York instead. Another vacation will be in the summer, and i’m not sure where. I’d like to take the kids to Atlantis, but I’m not sure how Thompson will hold up on the travel. When we went a few years ago, I thought i was going to shoot somebody by the time we finally got to the hotel.

In any event, Happy New Year everybody.

The Christmas Pageant

December 19, 2008

Jolly Old St. Nicholas and White Christmas. From the play “Scrooge”

finally…

December 17, 2008

Gabrielle finally got to ask Santa for some new dresses.

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The Big One

December 17, 2008

Hey folks…heard about the quake. Did you feel any of it?

Time Magazine Religion Stories

December 15, 2008

Time Magazine recently released its top ten religion stories of 2008. Obviously, the list looks at religion from a less than neutral standpoint, giving each story importance by virtue of having some inverse relationship to the general political or social zeitgeist. A couple quotes:

“Indeed, there seemed to be such parity in piety between the two major parties that faith may have been cancelled out as a factor.”

“Benedict’s rue was far more than a gesture, but less than a promise — the Vatican has done little since to address the systemic abuses of authority that allowed the sex scandals to occur. And now, retired Cardinal Law runs a Roman basilica.”

“Meanwhile, U.S. conservatives continued to defect from the Episcopal Church.”

“The poll suggests great national piety coupled with remarkable disdain for the multi-generational doctrinal and ethnic ties that used to define American religion.”

“But this year others took up their prophetic calls in response to Democratic blandishments, Bush-fatigue and an increasingly vocal youth generation that finds its church unduly pushy on issues like homosexuality”

And, number 10, a deliberate (to my mind) to present religion as ultimately absurd:
10. Extraterrestrials May Already be Saved

From within the context of a partifular faith, however, I think what constitutes an important religious story this year would be radically different. I might try to come up with a list of my own. Feel free to contribute.

That time of Year

December 12, 2008

I always forget that Christmas season proper doesn’t actually start until Christmas day. This year, though, our church has been emphasizing Advent as a “season” similar to Lent. At home, since we’ve begun to indulge it as such it has become far more interesting, especially as I’ve never really done it in the past. We’re enjoying it, and it definitely adds to the anticipation of Christmas Day.

Kimbo Slice?

December 11, 2008

Internet star. Kimbo Slice = Primo Carnera. I’ve noticed that the few MMA fights I’ve seen have been decided by standard boxing techniques. Kimbo has the hype, but I think it’s undeserverd. He doesn’t have either the Sweet or the Science that Manny Pacquiao (or others) have in boxing.

The Result

December 7, 2008

I can’t really crystallize my thoughts on this one right now, but Manny Pacquiao is amazing. Beautiful. Technical. Intelligent. Brutal. Focused. The commentators were referring to Pacquaio as the “Henry Armstrong of this era.” It was truly an incredible thing to see.

Weigh In and Odds

December 6, 2008

For the fight tonight between Oscar De la Hoya and Manny Pacquiao.

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Pacquaio weighed in at 142. This is good, because he can retain some of his speed and power that may not have translated well at the much higher weight.

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De La Hoya weighed in at 145, which may not be good. DLH hasn’t weighed this little since 2000, and suggests he may have overtrained.
However, he’ll gain back 5 – 10 pounds today, so the weight differential may be only 10 pounds come fight time.

At this writing, the book is:

De La Hoya: -165
Pacquaio: +135

Hey Vanessa (De La Hoya update)

December 3, 2008

Big Fight coming up this weekend, which will get a little less treatment from me than the Roy Jones, Jr fight a few weeks ago. This is Oscar vs. Manny Pacquiao. Should be good, and I’ll post highlights from it when it’s over, because there will be highlights. I’ll give my take on the fight when I’m not at work, with some pictures, but the upshot is that Manny Pacquiao is giving up 4 inches in height and 7 inches in reach to De La Hoya, and they’re fighting at 147 lbs, which is the weight Oscar began his career at. Manny started his career at 108 lbs. However, (sorry Vanessa) I’m picking Pacquiao to win. If you haven’t seen him, which is probably the case, he’s an amazing thing to watch. My dad and I watched him fight back in July, and the comment I remember most from my dad was “Can he actually do that for 12 rounds?”

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Musical Interlude – SRV

December 3, 2008

Mom asked, while we were in the IOP, who is my favorite musician. Without question, Stevie Ray Vaughan. So a little musical interlude, from a bootleg Tommy gave me years ago, which I think sums up SRV’s musical aesthetic:

“I use heavy strings, tune low, play hard and floor it. Floor it. That’s technical talk.”

So from the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia, “Love Struck Baby,” by Stevie Ray Vaughan.

To JJ, From Gabrielle

November 26, 2008

The First Parent Teacher Conference

November 9, 2008

With Gabrielle’s Pre-K teacher. As it stands, Gabrielle knows most of her letters and sounds, numbers, and colors, etc. Not too shabby. Everybody loves her there and all the 8th Grade girls want to be her sponsor in Church.

I had to ask several times, and for a while she wouldn’t commit one way or the other, but finally the teacher admitted that, yes, Gabrielle is the smartest person in the class. Which, of course, I already knew.

The School’s Advertisement

November 9, 2008

This is the new Flyer and advertisement for Holy Family Cathedral School. It’s actually quite large…

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Gabrielle’s First Academic Recognition

November 9, 2008

For Friendship, no less. This was Gabrielle’s first award, complete with a free kid’s meal at Mimi’s Cafe. So, of course, we went to Mimi’s, and it’s a great French Quarter themed restaurant, worthy of return business. Mission Accomplished and Congratulations to Gabrielle.

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My thoughts exactly…

November 9, 2008

I’ve always liked reading Frank Rich’s column in the New York Times, but in this one he seemed to nail exactly my thinking on Obama’s win this week.

That lagging indicator aside, nearly every other result on Tuesday suggests that while the right wants to keep fighting the old boomer culture wars, no one else does. Three state initiatives restricting abortion failed. Bill Ayers proved a lame villain, scaring no one. Americans do not want to revisit Vietnam (including in Iraq). For all the attention paid by the news media and McCain-Palin to rancorous remembrances of things past, I sometimes wondered whether most Americans thought the Weather Underground was a reunion band and the Hanoi Hilton a chain hotel. Socialism, the evil empire and even Ronald Reagan may be half-forgotten blurs too.”

Musical Interlude

November 8, 2008

By Richard Cheese, from the album “Lounge Against The Machine.”

Keep ’em Separated:

Dexter

November 3, 2008

This is the best show on TV, in my opinion. Or, at least, my favorite. Apparently it’s been renewed for a fourth and fifth season, according to Showtime.

From the Showtime Website:

“One of the most acclaimed series on television, DEXTER stars Michael C. Hall (two-time Emmy® and Golden Globe®-nominee) as a complicated and conflicted blood-spatter expert for the Miami police department who moonlights as a serial killer. The show was nominated this year for five Emmy® Awards including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. The series also received a prestigious 2008 Peabody Award and was twice named one of AFI’s top ten television programs. DEXTER is SHOWTIME’s highest rated drama and was the network’s highest rated show in 2007. Additionally, DEXTER has been the most successful SHOWTIME DVD title to date and continues to be one of the top selling titles for the network on iTunes.”