The Ongoing Autobiography of Frank Carrera
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Date:2010-08-07 20:47
Subject:Greatest Training Camp EVER
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Every year for the past 3 or 4 years, we go to the Texans Training Camp, which is open to the public on certain days.

These days are great if you want to get some autographs from some of your favorite players. I have a ton of stuff signed, Jerseys, footballs, mini-helmets, it's something I have fun doing and the kids get a kick out of it too.

This year I got a email from the Texans newletter that there was going to be a Jr. Reporter Contest for kids 12 and under. Kids write an essay about what they like most about the Houston Texans. They would chose 10 kids to interview a player after practice. Here's what Jazz sent it:

Why do I love the Texans so much nobody knows. Before I get any farther let me introduce myself. My name is Jasmine Carrera, I'm 10 years old
and I love to write stories,I love the Texans,I'm a people person, and I am an outside person. The reason I love the Texans so much is because they are our hometown team and they play in our backyard that's how close I am to the stadium. The reason I say that is because the Texans inspire me to try to go to the games more often. Every time I go to the Texans Games they always win, it's kinda weird.Another reason I like the Texans is because I have an amazing favorite player and his name is Jacoby Jones and I love to watch him play during Training Camp. My family also love the Texans exspecialy my dad. Him and I go bananas when they get a touchdown everybody can hear us. It's kinda funny. Can't wait for Training Camp and football season. I hope everyone have a safe summer and a safe training camp (that goes for you football player only ) be safe kids.

FOOTBALL SEASON

HERE I COME

AND HELLO

SUMMER TRAINING

CAMP

Houston Texans here WE come
THE END


So just before Training camp started, I get an email from the Houston Texans saying Jasmine had been chosen along with 9 other kids! They asked us to pick a day from a list of days they would have the kids do their interviews.

We signed Jasmine up for the 1st day.

When we got to the practice that day, we met up with the Texans representative and he broke down the events of the day. We went over the questions Jasmine wanted to asked and told us to meet back at the autograph area after practice.

Laura, Angie, my Mom, Jasmine and myself reported to the area and waited for her player to show up. The rep told us she'd be interviewing Safety Bernard Pollard.

Brief history on Bernard Pollard:
Bernard was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs about in 2006 (i think?), he played with the Chiefs for 3 years and was released last season. The Texans picked him up towards the end of preseason and he started playing as a starter around game 4. When he hit the field, he made a NOTABLE difference in our defense! This guy was everywhere! He brought a toughness and nastiness the Texans have never had before! He quickly became a fan favorite.

Jasmine asked Bernard the following:
-What inspired you to play football as a kid?
-What is your favorite thing about playing for the Houston Texans?
-Who is your favorite cartoon character?
-What is the name of your Touchdown dance?
-Who would be your partner in a 3 legged race?

They are supposed to post this interview on the Houston Texans website, I'll post it when it's up. For now, here's the video I took (sorry for the volume, it's kinda hard to hear from where I stood).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMzRzPm1CNw

The next day, a short blurb about the interview came out in the Houston Chronicle's Sports section.

This really blew us away. The caption said "Reporter in the Making" and talked about how Jazz won the contest and her interview questions.

Jump again 3 or 4 days, we were at training camp and Jazz saw Bernard Pollard signing autographs for fans after practice. She ran up to him and he recognized her right away. She asked him, "Did you see us in the paper?!"

He replied, "No! It came out?"

"Yeah!" and she told him what it said.

"That's cool! You gotta bring me one!"

Jazz tells him, "I will! My dad bought a whole bunch!"

Jump again to today.

Today is the last day of camp for us. No one wanted to come. Frankie said he was tired, Angie said it was too hot, everyone else had to work. Jasmine, always my trooper, got up at 6:30, stumbled around her room to get dressed and ready. We stopped for donuts and headed to practice.

It was hot.

Man, probably the hottest day so far this week.

After practice, we saw players signing autographs and again we saw Bernard Pollard. Jasmine runs up to him and says, "Hey Bernard!"

Immediately he recognizes her and says, "Jazz! You got my paper?"

She says, "No! I left it in the car!"

"In the car? What good is it going to do me there?!"

"I can go get it, are you going to here long?"

"I don't know, Jazz. Where are you parked?" (Granted, he's signing autographs this whole time he's talking to her).

"Over there."

"Where's over there? Over there can be anywhere."

"Over there, across the street."

"Tell you what, tell your mom or dad to bring you to the Player's Gate. I'll meet you there."

"Ok!"

I was standing behind the crowd, but heard their conversation, but didn't want to get her hopes up. We saw a few other players signing and got more autographs (Andre Johnson signed my jersey!!!)

On our way to the truck, Jasmine reminds me we have to go to the Player's Gate to meet Bernard to give him his paper. I told her, "Mija, I don't think he's going to be there. He's got alot to do."

"But he said he'll be there. We gotta go, Dad."

Relucantly, I drove to the back of Reliant Stadium. We parked and walked across the street to the guard shack. I explained to the lady at the shack our story and we were wanting to leave that newspaper for Bernard.

She looked at us kinda crazy, but called someone who called someone who called her back and said someone would be out.

About 10 mins later, this guy comes out and tells us, "Hey Jasmine! I remember you. Hey, great job with your interview. Bernard is in the showers, but he'll meet you out her in a little bit."

We then start talking about the weather, practices and just stuff to kill time. After a while, he goes, "you know what? it's HOT out here, you guys want to go inside? We can meet him at the locker room."

"uh...sure!"

So we jump on his golf cart and he takes us inside!

On the way in, we see Mario Williams going to this truck, a few other players walking around and some coaches. He parks us outside the locker room and we talk some more.

Now understand, I'm doing everything I can not to lose my shit at this point! I whisper to Jasmine, "be cool. Act like you belong and you do this all the time..." I think this was more for myself then it was for her!

A few minutes later Bernard comes out and welcomes us with a warm "JASMINE...you got my paper?"

"Yep, right here"

"Let me see that...REPORT IN THE MAKING...look a that...", and goes on to read the blurb. "Hey, that's pretty cool, J. Where you guys parked at?"

I tell him across the street. "Ok, cool. Well, walk with me."

And we walk with him to his ride.

While we walk, we talk about the weather, practice and he give Jasmine some great positive talk about sticking to her goals, doing good in school and not giving up. We talk about how well she does in school, the fact she's always the teacher's helper and other stuff. Just talking, like he knew us forever. It was CRAZY!

When we get to his ride, he goes, "where you guys parked?"

We tell him across the street. "Come on, I'll give ya'll a ride."

....what?! Are you freakin' serious?...

So we jump in his Navigator and he give us a ride across the street. We show him our ride, and he thanks Jasmine again for the news paper. He then tells Jasmine, "Hey Jazz, let me give you my email address. You ever need anything, you let me know. Keep in touch, ok?"

We thank him and wished him a great season.

As he drove off, we got into the Durango and royally LOST OUR SHIT!!!

Amazing!

It was literally the coolest thing I have ever experienced.

Now and forever, GO TEXANS!!!!

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Date:2010-06-29 10:10
Subject:The Mile High Entry
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So I'm on a flight to Seattle as I type this.

21st Century technology. Straight Star Trek.

I'm able to get WiFi from the plane for the Laptop and my cell phone. So I've been instant messaging my Mom during the flight. I'm not the only one either.

As I went to the rest room, I see just about everyone on their phones or kids on the plane on laptops watching movies.

Amazing.

I talk about this in my interviews at work all the time.

Working at T-mobile and in the wireless industry for the past 10 years has been a great ride. What I love the most is seeing first hand the advances in technology. If you would have told me 10 yrs ago, that we can watch movies from our Cell Phones with a chip the size of our finger nails, I would have had a hard time believing that.

I also remember the first time I saw a man buy a phone for his 12 year old daughter. I just thought it was crazy. But today, it's just a right of passage for kids going to Jr. High.

Get your school clothes, your shoes and a new phone.

That's just the way it is now.

I ask this question to my new hires.

What age demographic do you think is our largest growing NEW customer base?

9 times out of 10, they will answer 18-24.

This is wrong.

18-24 year olds have already had their cell service for years. They are just looking for new carriers and the latest phone.

NEW service is coming from kids 12- 18 years old. I'm talking about brand new phone numbers and brand new service. You also get the occassional 60-70 year old person who FINALLY broke down and got themselves a phone. But that is about a rare as a white alligator.

Parents come in all the time with their kids, looking to add a line for them. They want to get ahold of their kids when they are out and about. It's so inexpensive now, it's retarded NOT to .

This Seattle trip should be fun.

It's the first time I've ever been on a work related trip with Laura and I'm excited. She's gone before when she was with Tmobile before, but I didn't go because I was an assistant manager at the time.

When I got promoted, she moved to AT&T. She'd go on trips there while I went on trips here.

Now that she's back, this is our first trip together.

But we didn't fly on the same flight! (She registered after I did, so they put her on a different flight out).

We are rooming together though, so it will be a nice little get away.

Next month, we were talking about maybe going to L.A. together for our anniversary. Neither of us have ever been and we need a vacation.

BAD.

Work has been insanely busy.

I'm managing 2 stores now, but that will end soon. It was only supposed to be temporary, but stretched out to SIX MONTHS. She's been busy with her new store too. So we need some time away.

We'll do something with the kids too this summer before they go back to school.

Maybe take them to Fiesta Texas or Sea World or something.

They would like that.

...just flew over Colorado.

I'm not sure, but I think that's the Grand Canyon down there.

If not, it's a big ass hole in the ground...

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Date:2010-04-02 20:25
Subject:Karma
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So today Ash had court.

A few months back, she got a ticket, well we both did actually. I got a ticket for not wearing my seat belt and the cop gave Ash a ticket for not wearing her seat belt either. Which was weird because I've never seen a passenger get a ticket before...

So the day we had court, I messed up and got my day's flipped around.

We missed our court date.

I told ash, let's go anyways, maybe we'll be able to see someone and get it reset anyways.

We go up there with our fingers crossed and hope in our hearts.

The judge said we had missed the date, but a warrant hadn't been issued yet. She said we would have to post a bond, then she hesitated and said, "Or you can go downstairs and talk to the District Attorney. See what she says, then come back up here to talk to me..."

We went to talk to the D.A. and after explaining the situation the lady says, "If you take Defensive Driving, I'll dismiss the ticket. I'll reset your daughter's court date. If the officer doesn't appear, it will be dismissed. If he does, you'll pay the fine."

I couldn't believe it. It all happened so fast, I wasn't exactly sure what the hell just happened!

So today, we went to Ash's Court Date. (I'm actually watching Defensive Driving on DVD right now as I type this!)

While we sit there, a lady goes up. I can't help but over hear that she had missed her court date which was yesterday. The judge told her she'd have to post a bond. The lady asks, "where do I do that?"

The judge isn't much help and just tells her she'll have to go to a bail bondsman.

The lady looked pretty dejected and lost for what to do.

As she walked away, I sat there thinking "That's not cool..."

So I got up and followed her out.

I caught up to her and told her, "Ma'am, if you talk to the D.A. she might be able to do something for you. A couple months ago, the same thing happened to me, I went to talk to her and that's how I got my daughter's court date reset."

I told her where the office was and wished her luck.

Before that, they had talked to Ash and told her the fine would be $200 (the cop ended up showing up). The DA asked her if she wanted Defensive Driving, but since Ash doesn't have her license yet, she can't take Defensive Driving. She asked if she could do community service instead. He said it would be up to the judge if she could.

After sitting there for over an hour, they called her name. The paper they gave her said "Order of Dismissal"!!

As we walked by the D.A.'s desk, he says to her (with a smile) "I changed my mind on this one..."

Karma!

This is what I believe happened.

That lady has an angel. After I went and did my good deed for the day, her angel told my angel to hook us up.

That DA has an angel. He sat there and was ready to make her drop 2 bills on this ticket. But my angel, all disorganized and with papers falling out of his briefcase, came up to the DA's angel (who is probably all organized and in a nice angel suit) and said, "Look man, this guy did a good thing today. Let me see...I got his paper work right here somewhere...Ah!! There it is....Carrera. Yes. Please give this guy a break."

So the DA's angel give the DA a nudge and the DA changes his mind.

Ticket Dismissed!!

Life is good, man...

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Date:2009-09-09 09:16
Subject:What a difference a year makes! (Or The Corn on the Cob Negotiation)
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Holy smokes.

I didn't realize it's been a year since my last update. Shit, so much has gone on.

The biggest thing to happen is I'm a Grandpa!



Dalilah Marie Carrion
She's 8 months old today! And she's the most beautiful baby in the world.

Now I know alot of people say that about their kids and grandkids. But for real! She really is the most beautiful baby in the world! If they lined up 1 million babies, she'd fuckin' win. That's how awesome she is!

So what's new?

Uhm, still working at the same store.
Laura got moved to a store in Kingwood. It's a long drive, but she's making really good money there. She also went back to school! It's tuff, but she really likes it. She's taking culinary at the Art Institute of Houston. Laura's such a great cook and this is something she's wanted to do for such a long time. I'm happy she's happy. She's made so many sacrifices for me and the kids. It's time she does something for herself. With work and 3 classes, we don't see each other as much as we used to (which wasn't alot then either...), and I miss her alot of times.

Then, I'm such a Jackass. I guess because of the fact I miss her, I get ag sometimes. Instead of appreciating her when we are together, I say stupid shit that pisses her off, then pisses me off, then we end up spending our only day together...pissed.

It's dumb, but I'm learning.

Ash is a Junior and despite have a baby, she is kicking all kinds of ass in school. She got a part-time job at Krogers. She wants to do so much on her own and that's good. While she was pregnant, she went to summer school. So she's actually got 2 extra credits going towards her senior year. And even though she missed 6 weeks of school last semester, she finished the year with all A's and 2 B's. The school sent a home tutor twice a week and kept her current with her class.

Amazing...
I'm really proud of her and the way she's dealt with this situation. She still has ambitions to go to college and do something with herself. Anthony, her boyfriend, is a good kid, too. He's been there since day one and has never left her side. He comes over just about every day, to see the baby, spend time with them and to help Ash out.

I know, with guidance and God's blessings, they'll be ok. Ash lives with me now. She moved in about a month after the baby was born. She said she just feels more comfortable here. I'm glad she's here.



Frankie. Damn, that boy is gonna be 14 in Novemeber! He's such a character and such a good kid. He doesn't bother no one. He's in band, he loves to skateboard and play video games. Just an All American Kid enjoying life.

And that fool is funny as hell. He was here this past weekend and just cracks me up. I wanted to take a Family picture for Labor day and pics of the kids. For years, he's had this thing where at the last minute, he'll purposely doing something stupid to fuck up the picture. And he KNOWS it pisses me off, which in turn get's the other kids in the act, which gets me to yellin "Cut that shit out!", which makes them all laugh, which pisses me off more, which makes them laugh more.

It's a vicious cycle...



Take Two...


FINALLY...


Jasmine and Angie.
The best of friends, the worst of friends. They fight like 2 old ladies in a nursing home, but are also the two best buds in the world. Angie sprout on us, but Jasmine really hasn't this year. they wear the same size clothes, pretty much. So that's an adventure in itself...

They also crack me up. Just listening to them when they don't think anyone is listening.

For instance, the other day we got some fried chicken. I only got a few corn on the cobs, so they split one. I cut it in half and let them get their food together. While I was, I'm listening to these two clowns NEGOTIATE corn on the cob.

"I want the half with the stick", Angie says.

"Aw man, I wanted the half with the stick, Angie."

"Too bad, I called it first."

"I'll do anything you want, Angie, let me have the half with the stick."

"Nope."

"Come on, Angie!"

"No. You should have called it.".

"I'll do whatever you want, let me have it."

"I'll let you have it, if you give me a piggyback ride for as long as I want."

"I'll give you a piggy back ride until we have to sit down and eat, then for 5 minutes after that."

"10 minutes and you have to pour my drink."

By this point, I was going to tell them to both shut up and just eat, but Jasmine was already walking around the kitchen with Angie on her back!

You know what?

I titled this "What a difference a year makes".

Now that I think about, no. Not really...

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Date:2008-08-03 21:32
Subject:More Awesomeness from Texans Training Camp '08!!
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Check out our interview from Chron.com!!
http://fcarrera3.buzznet.com/user/video/



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Oh my God.

This past week was the greatest.

We spent the past week going to the Texans Training camp. We got up at 5am every morning to get there at 6, trying to be one of the first 100 people to get wristbands for autographs after practice.

We walked away with autographs from:
Matt Schaub
Mario Williams
Andre Johnson
Dunta Robinson (Frankie and Jazz got him to give them his gloves!)
Morlon Greenwood (they got his gloves too)
and about 50 other signatures on their footballs, hats, pictures and cards.

It was really cool and the kids had a great time.

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Date:2008-05-30 22:09
Subject:Woah! Too cool!
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Frankie, Fred and myself went to the 2008 Texans All Access event last night.

It's an event for season ticket holders where we get a tour of the locker rooms, training facilities and meeting rooms. We went 2 years ago and got a bunch of great pictures and autographs.

Anyways, on the Houston Texans website (www.houstontexans.com) there's an article about the event:

http://www.houstontexans.com/community/Story.asp?story_id=4348

Man, they quoted me and Frankie!!

Too cool.

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Date:2008-01-10 22:21
Subject:Pops finds the craziest shit...
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Radio City - Photo Hosted at Buzznet

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Date:2008-01-03 23:44
Subject:Jazz and I won "Fan of the Game" this week!
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Man,
I have so much to write about...

Ashley's 15 was amazing. I'll be posting pictures as soon as we get them from the photographer. I can't wait to see the video and stuff!

This past Sunday was the last Texans game of the season. We had such a great time this year at the games. Sunday, I took Jasmine. My cousin Chris took his daughter Lexy and they asked if I could take Jazz.

I'm so glad I did.

We had such a great time. At the end of the game, we went to the front of the stadium for a post-game rally. Jasmine got Owen Daniel's autograph! We almost got Andre Johnson and Mario Williams, but we couldn't get them to stop.

Before we went to our seats, we stopped off at the "Free Picture" booth. Jasmine wanted to enter a drawing for "Fan of the Game".

This morning I got a call that she won! She won an autographed football by Anthony Weaver and had her picture posted on the Texan's Website.

http://www.houstontexans.com/fanzone/GridironTexas-2007-08-04.asp

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Too cool.

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Date:2007-07-24 22:11
Subject:ON VACATION!!!
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Man!
It's been too damn long since I had a vacation!!

The last time I took a week off of work was when I had my surgery last year. So that doesn't count.

Saturday was our 6 year wedding anniversary.

So we spent the weekend at Coushatta in Louisiana. We went with another couple but it was still really nice. It was good to have some time to ourselves. We've really needed it.

Work has been so freaking busy over the last few months. We lost one our other assistant, then my boss got switched to another store, leaving me to run the ship solo for 2 months until we got a new manager. I did get some help for a few weeks, but then they sent him to open a new store across town.

It was really hectic for awhile there. It's really good to get back to some stability and have some of the weight lifted from my shoulders. The good thing is I was able to show that I'm capable of running a store by myself (which I already knew because I've done before in the past). Still, it was a good way to show the higher ups that when the time comes, I'll be ready.

And that's why spending the weekend with Laura was so important. She's been so supportive of my and my career lately and I know I've probably taken advantage of that more than I should have. It did put a strain on our relationship a bit. Even if it was only for a weekend, it was nice to have that time together...

So the rest of my vacation will be spent doing stuff around the house.

A couple of weeks ago, I built a dog house for Rocky. It's got wall to wall carpeting with cathedral ceilings and custom siding. Very pimpish. Now, I just need to put shingles on the roof and hook up a satellite dish for his High Definition TV. I told him we could get it through the cable company, but he INSISTS you can only get "TRUE HIGH DEFINITION" through satellite.

Whatever. He's so vain...

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Date:2007-05-05 10:02
Subject:New Pics are up!
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Ashley's "first date" came and went.

sigh...

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She looked SO beautiful.

DAMN HER!!

I guess it all goes downhill from here...

Lots more pics are posted at:
http://fcarrera3.buzznet.com

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Date:2007-04-12 08:54
Subject:Look! A new entry!!
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So, March 31st was a special evening.

About 10 years or so ago, I was watching some talk show. You ever notice how every few years or so, there's a whole bunch of the same stuff on TV? I remember growing up, there was about 2 or 3 hours of game shows on before the ''good'' cartoons came on. The Price is Right (still my favorite), Win, lose or draw, Beat the Clock, Break the Bank, Card Sharks, Concentration, Classic
Concentration, Password
Password Plus, Super Password, Pyramid, Scrabble, Tic Tac Dough and Press Your Luck. Oh! Press your luck was my favorite!

''No whammies, no whammies, No whammies.....STOP!''
Then a whammie would hit and this retarded little cartoon gremlin would dance across the screen. Ha! That shit was crazy! Man, I haven't thought about Whammies in years!

Anyways, today, we see tons of ''reality shows''. Hogan knows best, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, I Love New York (the spin off to Flavor of Love), shit, even the Dice-man has his own show! Well, about 10 years ago, the big thing was talk shows. Oprah & Donahue had been around for while, but then a whole bunch of others started popping up. I think I was watching Montel or Geraldo. When I heard a man from the audience make a comment that really stuck with me.

They were talking about teenage girls & the issue of self confidence or something. This guy raises his hand to and whoever the host was goes over with the mic. The man said that when his daughter was 12, he took her out on her first date. He felt that it was important to be the one to take her out because it was a great way to show a young lady how a woman should be treated. Not only that, but to show her how she should carry herself in a dating situation.

Ashley was about 3 or 4 at the time. She was playing on the floor in front of me & I asked her, ''Hey mija, what do you think about that?''

''About wha' Daddy?''

''About going out on a date with me when you get older?''

She shrugged her shoulders as she brushed her Barbie's hair and said, ''Yeah...that would be o'tay. When? This week'en?''

''No. Just when your older.''

''Like next week'en?''

''No, a little older then that.''

''How old?''

''I don't know. I guess I'll tell you when you're ready.''

''O'tay...'' never looking up, just being busy with 3 year old type stuff.

But it was something that never left my mind. I just wasn't sure when the right time was.

She's going into high school next year. A couple of months ago, she called me all excited about the classes she'd registered for. Then, about 2 weeks later, the son of a friend of Laura's called me and asked if he could take Ashley to the ROTC Banquet.

He's a good kid in the 9th grade and is only a year older then her. I know his step-dad and Mom & they are good people. I asked him if he'd already ask Ashley & he said he'd mentioned it, but wanted to make sure it was okay with me before asking her.

Damn him!

Well played young man. Well played.

The thing was, I hadn't taken Ashley out on her ''first date'' yet!

So whether I was ready or not. The time was here.

She'd asked a few times over the years when we'd go on her date? If we were still doing it, did I forget?

I never forgot. And the time was here.

So I set a date. March 17th would be the day. That was the day for a few weeks until we realized she'd be at her Mom's for spring break. So we changed it to March 31st.

Laura took her shopping to get some nice clothes & get her nails done.

She looked so nice.

We went to Magic Island. It's a nice restaurant on the southwest side of Houston. They do a 45 minute magic stage show, then afterwards they have magicians doing close up slight of hand shows in small rooms. They also have a nice dance area with a DJ and drinks.

We talked during dinner. Nothing in particular, just stuff about people at school and HER life in general.

And it amazed me.

Here she was, no longer the little 3 year old playing with Barbies on the living room floor, but a young lady with her own thoughts, ideas and opinions. All I could do was listen and laugh.

After dinner when saw the shows and laughed some more. She put her hand in my arm as we left the theater and walked around looking at pictures and posters. From there we went to the dance area and listened to music while watching others make fools of themselves on the dance floor.

Not to be out done, I drug her to the dance floor to make a fool of my own self, thoroughly embarrassing the crap out of her.

It truly was a special evening. I hope it meant as much to her as it meant to me, as I'm sure it will.

It's a night I will always cherish.

The great thing is, I GET TO GO ON TWO MORE ''FIRST DATES''!

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Date:2007-04-12 08:54
Subject:Look! A new entry!!
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So, March 31st was a special evening.

About 10 years or so ago, I was watching some talk show. You ever notice how every few years or so, there's a whole bunch of the same stuff on TV? I remember growing up, there was about 2 or 3 hours of game shows on before the ''good'' cartoons came on. The Price is Right (still my favorite), Win, lose or draw,

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Date:2007-04-12 08:54
Subject:Look! A new entry!!
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So, March 31st was a special evening.

About 10 years or so ago, I was watching some talk show. You ever notice how every few years or so, there's a whole bunch of the same stuff on TV? I remember growing up, there was about 2 or 3 hours of game shows on before the ''good'' cartoons came on. The Price is Right (still my favorite), Win, lose or draw,

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Date:2007-01-16 22:34
Subject:That itch to draw
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I made a post at the Bullpen Messageboard about having this itch to draw stuff.

I love to draw. I'm not spectacular or anything, but it's fun to me. However, over the past year, I just haven't had the time to do it. Every couple of weeks or so, I doodle on the return box at work.

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But after awhile, they get thrown away.

Here's a couple of ball point pen sketches I did last night.

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Nothing spectacular. Just something to sooth the itch...

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Date:2007-01-15 10:29
Subject:David Hasselhoff plays for the Seattle Seahawks
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Man, this was a GREAT weekend for football!!

I LOVE the playoffs. (I'd love them even more if the Texans were in them...) I'm so glad to see the Saints in the NFC Championship game. I'm really pulling for them to go the distance. I saw on Sportscenter that in their 40 years in the NFL, this is their FIRST trip to the Championship. At this rate, I should be about 72 years old by the time the Houston Texans get to THEIR first Championship game!

So, anyway. I had to work on Sunday, so I recorded both games to watch after I got off work. After eating dinner, I plopped on the couch to watch the first game.

The Seattle Seahawks vs. The Chicago Bears!

Laura came and sat next to me. Every so often, she'll sit with me to watch whatever game is on, not really knowing who's who or what's what. I'll explain little bits of NFL Trivia to her, such as Shaun Alexander having broke his foot earlier in the season or Matt Hasselbeck having gotten hurt midway through the season too.

Around the end of the first quarter, Laura goes "Hey! David Hasselhoff plays for the Seattle Seahawks?!"

Without missing a beat I go, "Uh, yeah. Damn babe, he was only in the Superbowl last year. Where have YOU been?"

"Really? Man, I thought he'd be to old to still play football."

"No way. Why do you think he's so famous?"

Then my cousin Chris chimes in, "Yeah, you think all he's good for is Baywatch? He's still in his prime."

"No shit? " Then she really starts to get into the game because David Hasselhoff is quarterbacking for the Seahawks. "Man, that doesn't even look like him..."

Now, for about the next 10 or 15 minutes she's all into the game. "Oh dang!" when he completes a pass. Getting all down on him when he doesn't.

I couldn't take it anymore.

I lean over to Chris and say, "Dude, can you imagine her going to work and telling her coworkers, 'Man, I saw David Hasselhoff playing Sunday. He did pretty good!"

We cracked up laughing.

"What'd you say?"

"Nothing."

Then she catches her snap. "Man, I knew that wasn't David Hasselhoff. See, this is why I don't watch football with you..."

I was in tears. I hugged her. "Aw, babe. I was just teasing you. You make me laugh."

"Whatever. Jackass..."

Man, that was some funny shit.

David Hasselhoff and the Seattle Seahawks ended up losing in overtime.

Laura fell asleep on the couch around the end of the 3rd quarter.

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Date:2007-01-08 00:43
Subject:Lots of new pictures are up!
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Not much time to write, but I did post a bunch of new pics and videos over at my Buzznet thing.

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Enjoy!

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Date:2006-12-06 20:00
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Damn,
my posts are getting further and further apart.

Why the lag in posting?

Because I've just been so fuggin' busy!

Early last month, I packed up my comics, my clothes and my family (that sounds weird...), and headed to Dallas for Wizard World Texas.

It was cool. Fun as always. I got a boatload of comics autographed but only one sketch. It took all weekend but it was worth it.

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Frankie, Jazz and Lexy all got a bunch of great sketches. I even got Angie a sketch book as well. She only got 2, but it's a start.

After that, I've just been working and when not working, things around the house. That garage has been so damn disorganized. I took a day last week or so to go through all those boxes and just CLEAN UP. It took all day, but I finally made some sort of sense of it. While I was doing that, Laura put the Christmas tree up.

She's so awesome. This year's theme? THE HOUSTON TEXANS!

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She even had the Texans logo airbrushed on our treeskirt.

This week we put up the lights around the house.

Last week was Frankie's 11th birthday.

We had a little something with a few of his friends, the kids and my nieces at the bowling alley. He wanted to go roller skating, but the rink is closed during the weekday. Which surprised the hell out of me. Luckily, Laura came up with the idea of going bowling.

Everyone had a great time.

Funny thing was, Tuesday nights are League nights. We got a little "rowdy" (well, actually the kids did.) The manager had to come over and ask us to quiet it down a bit. He was cool about it and apologized for having to even say anything. He even gave me a huge stack of free game passes for the next time we go!

Then there was also Thanksgiving.

Nothing spectacular, but a nice day with the family here in the new house. Lots of food and good football. The next morning, I braved the Early Bird Shoppers.

It was the first time I'd ever done that. Chris went with me and, wow, it was an experience. All I went for was a special on new bikes for the kids, and walked out with a little more then I'd planned.

It was really crazy to see the lines and crowds at Best Buy, Circuit City, and Walmart.

These people don't bullshit!

They take their shopping serious. And if you can't keep up, then man, you better get the hell out of their way!

The only way I can describe it is like this. Imagine a swarm of locust attacking a wheat field stacked with $50 portable DVD players, $35 Micro Gameboys and $4 toasters. The show lasted no more than 15 minutes.

It started right at 5am and by 5:20, all that was left were empty pallets.

It was badass.

I highly recommend going to check it out at least once.

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Date:2006-11-02 21:26
Subject:New pics and DRUNK HOMER!
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No much of a blog update, but a few new pics have been posted:



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PLUS!

DRUNK HOMER!
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Date:2006-10-06 16:07
Subject:No 24 Hour Comic Challenge for me this year...
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Sigh...

Tomorrow is this year's 24 Hour Comic book challenge Day. I attempted to meet the challenge last year and it was a TRIPPED OUT experience. There's pictures and posts about it somewhere around here, I'm just to lazy to post the link. Scroll back to April of last year to check it out.

This year, I just don't have the time. I requested too many Sunday's and weekends off lately for Texans Games and Wizard World Texas, so to ask for a weekend off for this probably would have been too much.

Plus, I didn't do anything to prepare for this. I haven't drawn anything lately and as you can see, haven't had much time to even post on my blog! So I just don't have the gas in me to run that 24 Hour Iron Man.

Which sucks, because I really wanted to give it a run this year.

That's also why I made that post about my 24 Hour drive to Dallas. I was going to do my 24 Hour Comic based on that experience.

Sure, I can probably still do a comic on it, but it won't be done in 24 Hours.

Special Shout Out to my boy, JM Hunter. He's probably getting geared up as I type this to make that run.

Good luck, Hunter! Keep those pencils sharpened and I'll see you on the other side!

Can't wait to see all the great stuff that gets turned out this year.

If possible, go to http://www.24hourcomics.com for more info on 24 Hour Comic Day and books published on work done in the past.

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Date:2006-10-05 22:09
Subject:So much to write about!
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Jesus, I just FINISHED that last post about evacuating and Laura's birthday but when I first wrote it, I was only able to write half of it.

I just wrote the rest of it (but left the date the same).

Laura's party was awesome. We had a "Casino Night" theme, renting a Roulette table and poker table, as well as a guy to deal for us.

Jasmine had her prep classes last weekend for her big audition. On October 15th, she has an audition for Nickelodeon/Disney/MGM/Universal Studios/Paramount. Basically, her agency is having this thing where representative from most major studios are coming to see the kids Paige Parkes has. They'll do one or two auditions and if a studio likes them, they'll pick them up for Print Ads, Commercials or TV shows.

Jasmine was chosen along with about 10 other kids to go.

She's using a Welch's Commercial as her audition piece. She's got it down pretty damn good.

During her class, she was nervous. After seeing the other kids go through theirs, she started to loosen up. I was really proud of her.

I think she'll do okay. No matter what happens, I'm proud of her.

She amazes me everyday.

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