Friday, December 24, 2004

So it's nice and warm here in Lil' Rhody, about 60 today. This a great improvement over the 6 degrees it was when I landed in Boston on Monday night. Things have been relaxed and fun since I returned to the cold armpit of New England. I've been reading quite a bit, watching a lot of football, and enjoying time with my family. Tomorrow night will be our traditional Christmas Eve dinner and movie night with my Nana and Pa coming over to visit.

As many of you are aware, my company has been struggling mightily on the finaincial front. Chapter 11 was due to be filed Tuesday for debt reorganization. Which does not guarantee anything. Also, as many of you know I've been shopping my resume around Texas in hopes of a more stable situation while praying that the Lord would just use me as He sees fit and if that meant staying where I am, then so be it. On Monday, I was sent an e-mail from a potential employer I had recently interviewed with and am humbled to announce that I have been offered a position. I have accepted the position and if a few details can be ironed out, which I don't think will be a problem, I shall start working as an engineer for the City of College Station sometime in mid-January. In civil engineering, city and state engineering positions are as stable as they come. I look forward to new challenges with the full realization that it's going to be a difficult road due to the nature of the job. I take consolation in knowing that God wouldn't put me here if I wasn't capable.

In other news the Red Sox have re-signed catcher Jason Varitek. The projected line-up right now looks as follows, talk about reloading:

C- Jason Varitek
1B- Kevin Millar
2B- Mark Bellhorn
SS- Edgar Renteria
3B-Bill Mueller
LF-Manny Ramirez
CF-Johnny Damon
RF-Trot Nixon
DH- David Ortiz
SP- Curt Schilling, Wade Miller, Matt Clement, David Wells, Tim Wakefield, Bronson Arroyo
Closer- Keith Foulke

Merry Christmas!
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.- Luke 2:11 (ESV)

Monday, December 20, 2004

Just a bit of silliness, really.
With that bit of irony, the truth behind the story of Peter Pan is shown to be a whole lot of seriousiness. I am not one given to movie reviews on the blog, however I must stand up and take note when a wonderful cinematic experience presents itself for wonderful discovery. I will not give away plot however, except vaguely. Neverland is quite simply a must see for anyone who enjoys the story of Peter Pan and for those who are sick of the lame comedies, doofus dad, action thriller, caper flick of the week fare which Hollywood seems content on sending to the Pavlovian masses.
The movie details the experiences of 'Peter Pan' author J.M. Barrie, which lead him to write the children's classic. He got to know four children who have no father. Drawing from his time with the kids, he writes a story about children who don't want to grow up. Barrie is played brillantly by everyone's favorite drunken pirate, the wonderful Johnny Depp in a role that I feel is well deserving of a Best Actor Oscar nomination. His female opposite, Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, is played by our favorite suicidal cruiseline passenger, Kate Winslet (who despite having had a kid or two since the ship went down, still reminds me of classic beauty and screen presence). I have not seen many of her films lately, but she puts in an excellent bit of work to bring her character to life. Based on the films I have seen so far this year, the talented Ms. Winslet could also be looking at date with the golden, anatomically incorrect statue.
Inserted throughout the film were little golden nuggets of sage wisdom if you pay attention. One of my favorites which I found to be particularly enjoyable was Barrie's remark "Young boys should never be sent to bed. They always wake up a day older." How very true, I have yet to find a way around this fact myself. Some days I wish I could.
For this Pan man fan's, one will notice that a former Captain Hook takes a turn in a role as the theatre manager/financial backer for Barrie's plays. From Hook, comes Dustin Hoffman in a minor but important role. Nana needed to get teeth somehow (pay attention, you'll catch this reference).
So if you want to learn about what caused Pan to be, if you want to recall what it meant to never grow up, to live the lives of children, and yet contrast it to the real harsh world we live in; take a trip to Neverland, at your local theatre and as always if you can't see it there...second star to the left and straight on till morning.

Friday, December 17, 2004

For What It's Worth

David Wells, the man who claimed to be half drunk when he pitched perfect game with the Yankees, signed with the Red Sox. The announcment was made in Crown Royal Room at Fenway. Fitting, very fitting. Welcome to Beantown Boomer.

John Halama...who the heck is he?

Edgar Renteria, welcome to Fenway, enjoy peppering the wall and the new infield.

Notre Dame hired Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weiss, while I wish Coach Weiss well...who in their right mind wants to coach under the tarnished dome in South Bend?

I like Virignia Tech in an upset over Aurburn.

Scrap that San Diego and Vegas vacation...New Years in Dallas. New Years Eve celebrating and then an early morning appointment to go Cotton picking. And I get to spend it with friends, some of whom I haven't seen in awhile.

Apparently calling a guy "metro" does not mean he is from a big city.

As much as Texans appreciate the volunteers from Tennessee and their help at a little mission in San Antonio all those years ago, we look forward to beating your football team. Rocky road ahead if you want to sing Rocky Top.

The Texas A&M men's basketball team in undefeated. Then again, against their schedule a good AAU team would be too.

Frtom 4-8 to 7-4 and a bowl game...Fran is the man in Aggieland.

A&M and Tennessee have played only once..a 3-0 shootout won by the Vols in Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's last game as Aggie head coach before going to Alabama. Coach Fran's first bowl game...against the Vols. Weird and cool.

For those looking for a good read, go check out Ben Vastine's bew blog from 12/11 or there abouts...click on the link he gives...good reading will be found.

I recently read the the Reformation was a liberal movement. This from the pages of the Providence Journal's letters to the editor. The writer tried to spin history as support for the tv ad campaign in Rhode Island for the UCC. If wrote a good retort, maybe it will get published, but in that liberal bastion...I doubt it.

Yes, the rumors are true, my company is filing chapter 11 bankruptcy. I am not out of job, but it doesn't improve thing either.

27 of their last 28 and when will the Sox resign Jason Varitek?

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

and now class please open your books to Chapter 11.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

I am going home for Christmas, first time in a year I will set foot in the Ocean State. Let me rephrase that, I'm going to see my family for Christmas, Texas is my home. Then of course some say home is where the heart is, and I can't argue with either place being home, so it is six in one and a half dozen in the other.

For those wondering, I still have a job. I am also looking, but my lease situation brings some interesting situations to the table. I just leave it to God to work out and let me just follow the path He puts before me, bumps and all. No matter what happens I can not help but sense that feelings will be hurt somewhere. All I can say without saying much is that there are always complications to every decision, I feel as if personally I am in a no win situation. Some of y'all are scratching your heads wondering what ole Ed's talking about. Well, without getting into details, there is a matter of keeping a promise or breaking it. Even though I'm sure it would not even be an issue, I would like to keep my promise and my word. For some reason that thought ways heavy on my mind when it comes to career decisions and yet I may be the only one who gives a damn about it. And now y'all are thinking, ole Ed's gone crazy, well maybe I have.

Ok now that I'm officially a nut in this post, Aggies are going to the Cotton Bowl to play the Tennessee Volunteers from the SEC. I'll be there with some of my friends. It's going to be a blast, win or behind when time runs out, it will be fun.

There is something about New England in December. Cold as all get out, snow around every forecast, back aching shoveling, and the smell of pine needles and home cooking. The sound of the family gathering around the dinner table, the smells of apple pie and turkey. The time we get to spend with those we love but seldom get to see. I think about it and realize just how blessed I am to be able to do so. All of us who get to be with family are, just remember though, cherish it, savor it, and make the most out of the time you get to spend with family. God gives us today to do as He wills, but He makes no guarantee for tomorrow on this terrestial ball.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

A Post It Notes From the Office

I love the lack of work, let's me do other things...like look for a new job as the staff here awaits the doors closing sometime soon, unless things turn around.

I took a post it note, wrote "IN" on it, stuck it on my trash bin. It adds flare, though not 15 pieces of it, to my work space.

One of the owner's, his name is Bob...should I tell him I'm missing work or should I just avoid the office space comment.

After lot's of searching, clickin on a random link found me at the the Texas Board of Professional Engineers website. Apparently, I'm elgible to apply for reciprocity with my NY EIT and I'm eligible to take the PE exam.

So as I look for jobs I realize how much I love and how happy I am here in this town, but realisitically I have to go where the work is...on one hand it kills me to think about on the other it's the right thing to do if something elsewhere pops up. I've decided that Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio are the best bets. In a perfect world it would be either of the first two with Dallas with a slight advantage because of the Rangers (Red Sox play them every year), Texas Motorspeedway (2 Cup Races a year now), and the Stars (Bruins..if the NHL ever comes back). Houston though has the rodeo, the Texans and the Astros. Jobs are great, but I think it's important to weigh other factors in choosing where to go. Money is not everything, nor should it be.

Well, I got to internet search some stuff.