The Start Of The New Year Brings Some Sadness

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The start of the new year is normally always exciting and a welcome. For one, and most importantly, my son was born on January 4th so we get to celebrate that. Secondly, the new year brings with it a fresh start. Unfortunately, this year it also brought some sadness. On Jan 3rd I was forced to make the difficult decision to put down our wonderful caramel.

Caramel was 13yrs old… I was completely gutted. I feel some guilt that maybe had I acted quicker things would have been different but the doctor says that would not have been the case. For about a week prior I noticed that caramel was drinking a ton of water and also urinating a ton as well. I didn’t make much of it because she was still eating. Over the last weekend of December though I noticed she wasn’t eating any more and for a couple days I tried in vain to force feed her watered down food through a syringe. When I didn’t see any improvement I took her to the vet only to hear the bad news. According to the doctor in all likelihood she had kidney failure and she didn’t even recommend trying anything as she was too far gone. Caramel’s temperature was very low which indicated she was close to the end. Running tests and giving her meds would only prolong the inevitable and the humane thing to do was to put her down It was devastating to hear. My daughter was with me balling and I had to avoid looking at her as I didn’t want to break down in front of the doctor. We were given some time with caramel and then she was taken away.

She is missed dearly. I can see that Clementine too misses caramel.

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This Keaton Jones Story…

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I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write on this but as RuPaul says on drag race, ‘please leave the stage as I deliberate.’ Well I deliberated and decided to give my 2 cents. It’s probably been said already but no matter.

When the posts of Keaton started to pop up I refused to watch the video. I saw this image of a boy who clearly was in distress. A boy who was clearly in pain so I knew that I would get emotional if I watched the video. I know that feeling of pain because I too in elementary school was bullied. My son unfortunately felt the pain too in elementary school and as a parent I know how the mom must feel as the pain, although different, is unbearable. Even after seeing all the support from Hollywood, the sports and music industry I stayed clear of the video. Not too long after, the stories about the mom and this family and their shadiness started to make noise. Story after story. There are even stories that Keaton isn’t that innocent either.

There are two things 2017 will be remembered for; fake news and the over use of the word ‘narrative’. Well… maybe three… hard to ignore Trump but you kinda feel that they’re all related. Am I right?

We live now in times where there is so much that is fake. We seem to thrive on it. From Facebook, to especially Instagram we promote and push a fake narrative. Most of what’s on Instagram is nothing but smoke and mirrors. I believe that Keaton got bullied but I also believe that his mom is a liar. She took it upon herself to make the news rounds with Keaton to explain herself. Her explanations are nothing short of bullshit. You have a husband who’s a white supremacist, you take photos with the confederate flag which was meant to be ‘funny’ somehow…and then you have this:

https://thegrio.com/2017/12/11/keaton-jones-bully-mom-racist/

I think it’s pretty clear what y’all are about. There is no fake news here You are what you are.

It’s all about the narrative.

#DCEU Justice League. So Much Injustice

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*good chance of spoilers*

I don’t even know where to begin. Honestly the people at DC need to pick up the phone and call the people at Marvel for some insight.

Unlike Marvel movies where I must go watch the weekend it comes out, I waited a few weeks before hitting up Justice League. Obviously it didn’t help that the reviews are not good. That however will never stop me.

Not one of the teasers leading up to the movie actually made it into the movie.

The scene with Bruce looking at a hologram of either Superman or Supergirl. Didn’t make it.

The scene with Alfred talking to someone and saying ‘You said you’d come. Now, let’s hope you’re not too late.’ Didn’t make it.

The green ‘dot’ underneath the plane… possibly a green lantern. Didn’t make it.

Superman in the black suit. Didn’t make it.

So much disappointment.

And let’s talk about Steppenwolf. What the hell. Just a terrible effort on the cgi. Really bad. Can someone please get the Marvel experts on the phone? Thanos*cough*cough*. And what about that bang up job they did with Superman’s cgi. His mouth area was creepy as fuck. Let’s not even go there.

Speaking of Superman. My God that whole coming back from the dead was soooo underwhelming!!! Wow. What a letdown. At the end of BvS you saw dirt lifting off his coffin… I had chills at that moment. So much more could have been done with that but yet again the ball was dropped.

Aquaman was badass and delivered. The Flash, not so much. I don’t really like where they went with this character. I think they wanted to simulate the Flash of the cartoon series and in my opinion it fell short.

Cyborg … ok.. Nothing spectacular. Wonder Woman 👍😀

I did find it interesting how Batman/Ben Affleck has created an out with some of the dialogue he had with Wonder Woman and her ‘being a leader’.

Anyway…. DC has a lot of work to do. I know there was soo much Hoopla over wonder woman and I too enjoyed it but it wasn’t anywhere near any of the Marvel movies.

@Marvel #Punisher: So Much Punishment…For Me.

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Omg, omg, omg and one more for good measure… O.M.G! Soooo much violence. I have watched all the previous #Netflix #Marvel series in either one sitting or over a couple days. Punisher took a couple weeks.

The amount of violence in this series is staggering. I am not one for violence and it was very difficult to watch through some of the scenes. It’s why you”ll never see me watch MMA. The last two episodes especially… wow.. I was doing the sign of the cross constantly.. And by the way… not a good idea having food during these ridiculously violent and gory scenes.

As for the series itself. It isn’t too bad. The storyline was decent. I sure despised the villains. We all know that we haven’t seen the last of Russo. After the first four episodes I was questioning the choice of Jon Bernthal for the role but as the series went on I realized that he’s perfect for the role. It’s incredible how much punishment he was able to take 😜. Pretty unrealistic if you ask me but hey… he’s the punisher. He can take as much as he gives, I guess. His sidekick ‘micro’ is a fantastic sidekick. Loved him. I am looking forward to Punisher 2 but I’m ok if they take their sweet time.. Like nice and easy. I need to recover.

My First Experience with @BBM Support, Kinda Meh.

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In all the years I have been a BlackBerry user I have never had the desire or need to open a support ticket. I recently found an issue and initially tweeted @BBM and on their suggestion sent details on the issue at hand.

My email to support:

From my email you can clearly see I am on an Android phone. I think I clearly explain that the issue is trying to share a screenshot to BBM using the long press of O on Android feature. Basically the image is rendered as black. I do have a work around in that I first share the image to noteable and then to BBM to get it to work correctly so it’s not a show stopper albeit it means an extra step. I am all about productivity and apparently so is BlackBerry.

Their response:

Where did I ever mention that my BBM is crashing in my email to them? Needless to say, it’s the last time I will bother.

I don’t know maybe it’s a language thing. Makes me think of the movie ‘Lost In Translation.’

@Marvel #InHumans: My Joe Dirt Review

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I feel like I shouldn’t spend too much time on this review. It would just be inhuman 😜. Obviously the reviews that came in prior to it airing were not good at all but that’s never stopped me before. I watched all eight episodes. It wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be but I did cringe alot during the eight episodes. I would be stunned if there is a second season. Stunned. The acting was for the most part horrible. I mean outside of Medusa I don’t know that anyone else stood out in a good way. And speaking of Medusa.. She’s all about the hair and even if the cgi was horrible, she loses her hair episode one and that’s that. Black Bolt for the most part had a frown for all eight episodes and there’s so much you can do with the sign language and he could have been repeating the same set of signs and I wouldn’t be the wiser. As for Maximus, so freaking annoying. And his beard was also so annoyingly distracting. Last and certainly last 😜… The story line was weak. No substance at all and predictable. It also ended with a wimper. The only bright spot was Louise. She was a fun character and atleast added some comedy to an otherwise drab series.

2/5 stars (because I have a good ♥).

Time to Hang Up The Coaching Cleats

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After 14 years I decided this season would be my last as a volunteer soccer coach. Fourteen years. That is a long time. I could make this post a very, very long one but I won’t. It will only be a long-ish one 😋. Although there were some bumps in the road, the 14 years for the most part were great years. I’d be lying if I wrote that I remember every single detail of these 14 years. I don’t.

When I set out on this adventure, it was innocent enough and really for my son. You want to do right by everyone but eventually you realize you cannot. It is impossible. I don’t have any regrets but certainly I wish I could have done some things differently. You want to be everyone’s friend but you cannot and will not. I definitely learned a lot over the years. From the great moments, to the good moments and also the not so good moments. I definitely made friends over the years but I also made a lot of what I will refer to as FBFFS … fake best friends forever. These are the folks that needed something from me and so either befriended me or family members for motives that were anything but sincere. There are a lot of bad people in this world.. But you know what? To each his own. I am far from perfect but I would rather be me then some of the folks I got to know over these years. From the down right evil, to insecure people who need to be the center of attention, to parents who think it’s ok to trash talk kids because as long as the kid doesn’t hear it, no harm no foul. To bullies and to those parents that supported this bullying. To parents who themselves bullied but poo poo’d when the tables were turned. My biggest disappointment came four years ago when a family we had such a fantastic friendship with over many many years turned out to be less than the people we thought they were. It truly shattered our family. I can go on and on but that would take away the good that came out of all these years as coach. For one, I continue to watch as these kids are growing up to be fine young adults. It’s amazing to see. Many I have known since they were 4-5 years old. As much as you want to be that coach that affected, in a good way, all the players that crossed your path, it doesn’t work out that way but I know that I did so with many. I have had the opportunity to reminisce in recent years with former players and it’s always a great feeling. Four years ago our family had the pleasure of hosting a 14 year old young man for three months during the summer. What a pleasure indeed. So disciplined. So caring. So focused. A truly genuine lad beyond his years who also showed true friendship to my son; unlike some others. We learned a lot from each other; our cultures. It’s something I will forever cherish and remember. I continue to follow his success in football (he’s gotten a scholarship in the US) and I expect to see him one day in the NFL quarterbacking a team all the way to the Super Bowl. No doubt in my mind 😀👍. It was his birthday over the weekend and I wished him well and he sent love our way. Very heartfelt. This is the kind of stuff you live for. The bad, you toss aside. As with anything, quality over quantity. There are alot more moments but if I don’t stop myself this will indeed become a very very long post!

I would be incredibly remiss if I didn’t write about what a great human being my son is. A fine young adult as well. He had to endure a lot over these years. An exceptional player at a very young age, he went through difficult times starting at age 13 when everyone around him was growing but he wasn’t. It became a struggle for him on the pitch and he suffered for it. Both on and off for several years. Many a time he had to endure being collateral damage on account of my being a coach. Very difficult for a kid to go through but he showed strength in overcoming this and we are proud of who he is becoming. In his first year at college last year he made the Dean’s list twice. That’s who he is. We know he will achieve greatness. That’s what matters. A few years ago an ‘adult’ went on this rant on Facebook about heroes and zeroes. He was trying to send a message. It was ridiculous especially coming from him and the hypocrite and bully he is. Well.. Let me tell you, I strive to be a hero to my kids. That’s all that is important to me but in the end for all he had to go through my son is my hero.

I stopped coaching my son three years ago. The plan was to retire then but I was talked into staying on. I wish I hadn’t. The past few years have been an eye opener. my expectations and what actually happened, night and day. At the beginning of this season I made it clear it would be my last. Over these many years I put my heart and soul into this. I worked very hard at it. As a family we sacrificed alot. It’s time now to make our family the center of attention. Yup, it’s actually a very very late wake up call but in the end better late than never.