Old is New Again

I started this blog ages ago, originally it was on Livejournal because that’s where my friends were. I moved it here in 2013 when I became frustrated with their format, and then semi retired it when I decided to start my motorcycle focused blog.

Well I’m going to be posting here more often. With the latest addition to the family not being a motorcycle I needed a place to write about it. It’s silly to start another blog since this one will do nicely.

Stay tuned for my ramblings on life… specifically Fatherhood.

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Beautiful Girl

Let’s start this with the admission of the fact that I’ve had a bit of wine tonight.

I’ve just come back to settling you little dragon. You’re so big that when you move around you sometimes bonk your head on the side of your crib.

You woke up and luckily I was able to settle you down with out either of us waking your amazing mom.

So I lie here in bed watching you on the tiny baby monitor screen. Thinking of how precious you are. So beautiful, so tiny.

You’re growing so fast. I try hold you as much as I can. Sooner than I’ll like you’ll be too big and too mature to want anything to do with Dad hugs.

Hopefully we’ll come full circle and you’ll tear up as much as I am as you read this.

I’ll take that hug now.

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Baby Dragon’s First Night Alone

It was a rough week. Little Dragon wasn’t sleeping like she used to. Every day she woke up early, and on Thursday she woke up at 3:30 ready to take on the world where Mom and Dad were still trying to recover from a rough Wednesday.

We had spent a good part of the previous weekend getting her crib ready

in the Dragon Den, and were planning on beginning the transition soon. However, we weren’t planning on it until the weekend and are still waiting for blackout shades. Four nights of too early wake ups moved the timetable up a day.

Thursday evening I moved the baby monitor, white noise generator, and taped plastic bags over the windows.

Everything was ready except for Little Dragon and her parents.

I’ll save you the details of our agony as the few minutes we let her cry seemed like an eternity, until we decided to soothe her and got her to fall asleep.

Then a few hours later we went to bed, with the empty cradle there. Such a painful reminder of how quickly she’s growing up. How every night of her life she’s slept in the same room as us.

Those who know us as a couple might be surprised at the fact that my lovely wife was the emotional one and I was the one telling her it would be fine. Not that I wasn’t upset, however I was holding it together until she started crying as she held the baby monitor staring at it looking for the slightest movement. My wife doesn’t cry often, and of course I’ve spent a good portion of my life is spent trying to make sure she has no reason to. (while simultaneously often being the cause) This rate showing of emotion really cemented in my heart how momentous this was, and that while she’ll always be our little girl she won’t always be little and not always close by.

Which means when picking her up from the crib this morning she got extra snuggles from dad.

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Feeling a bit lost

Some days are just long. She was so hard to get to sleep. She just took what was a normal day and sucked the energy right out of me. So tired.

I find myself thinking “what have we gotten ourselves into?”

Not for the last time I’m sure.

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Baby Girl

You just wouldn’t go to sleep tonight. Eight hours you were awake, at a time when four hours awake is an eternity. As always Dad had the magic touch, finally getting you to pass out over his shoulder. Not that you wanted to sleep, you wanted to stay awake forever with the grown ups. So much fussing.

I’m not going to lie, Mom and Dad were on the edge of losing it. We haven’t slept for more than a few hours at a time for over a month. It’s hard.

However, as I held you close to me, I couldn’t help think that I know I’ll miss this. These few precious months that you’re little, and can be tucked up to me and so easily held with one arm. I dance to the music with you, swaying to the beat hoping you’ll sleep. Imagining that someday I’ll be dancing with you as a toddler, then someday as a woman and I’ll tear up, because I’ll remember this. Dancing with you when you were just a little thing.


 Good night little one. 

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Garbage at the Masonic

Wife and I went to see Garbage at the Masonic yesterday. Fantastic show, we had a great time.

Setlist

  1. Subhuman
  2. I Think I’m Paranoid
  3. Stupid Girl
  4. Automatic Systematic Habit
  5. Blood for Poppies
  6. Milk
  7. Sex Is Not the Enemy
  8. Blackout
  9. Magnetized
  10. Special
  11. #1 Crush
  12. Even Though Our Love Is Doomed
  13. Why Do You Love Me
  14. Night Drive Loneliness
  15. Bleed Like Me
  16. Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)
  17. Vow
  18. Only Happy When It Rains
  19. Push It

Encore:

  1. Sometimes
  2. Empty
  3. Beloved Freak
  4. Androgyny
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San Bruno Historic notes

 

1. The San Bruno Creek is not named after the town, it is named after St. Bruno of Cologne, Germany. The town, in fact, is actually named after the creek!

2. The town’s original name was Clarks’s Station, and served as an important stop on Butterfield Overland Mail route for stagecoaches.

3. The stagecoach route was served by Thorp’s Place, an inn built in 1849. It was demolished 100 years later and replaced by a supermarket. However, the supermarket is no longer there, either. This historic site is now the Walgreens at El Camino Real and Crystal Springs.

4. Today’s Caltrain began as part of the Southern Pacific railroad system. In the 1960s, San Francisco and San Jose were linked by a stop in San Bruno.

5. The historic 1906 San Francisco Earthquake actually helped start growth in San Bruno, as people relocated here and schools were built to accommodate the increasing population.

6. Route 82 was California’s first state highway, and paving began in 1812, right in San Bruno.

7. After Charles Lindbergh’s historic Transatlantic flight, he visited San Bruno on his national tour. (Technically the nearby San Francisco International Airport.) His famous plane, the Spirit of St. Louis, got stuck in the mud.

8. The first ever successful landing on an aircraft carrier took place here when Eugene Ely took off from Tanforan and landed on the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay in 1911.

9. Despite all this history, San Bruno didn’t actually incorporate until 1914, largely thanks to a campaign by a local newspaper. The initial population was less than 1,500 people.

10. San Bruno was tied up in one of the sadly overlooked aspects of American history, the internment of Japanese-Americans in camps during World War II. The Tanforan Assembly Center was established here and served as a temporary detention site.

11. San Bruno students did not go to high school here until 1950. Prior to that, they attended high school in San Mateo and Burlingame.

12. The famous race horse Seabiscuit, who became the subject of books and movies, raced at Tanforan Racetrack, an historic site that closed in 1964. The Shops at Tanforan are now on the same location.

13. San Bruno’s biggest employer is Youtube, which employs close to 500 people. Walmart’s Global eCommerce subsidiary, which handles all their online sales, is second with 400 people from San Bruno employed there.

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