These are the thoughts of a Texas transplant in West Michigan who makes his living as a newspaper reporter by evening, and a struggling novelist by day.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

it's a girl

got the news yesterday. linda's having a girl. that must have been so cool to have been there and found out that that the growing child inside of you is a girl.

there'sno problem with a name. linda wants to name her emma grace. that's the name sh's had all along. at least the worry ofa name is out the window.

lorena and ricardo will have a little cousin to play with now. that's nice. she'll be about six years younger than ricky and about eight from lorena. i guess as time goes on, little em will be much younger than them. still, a cousin, nonetheless.

arnold said this is it. i guess linda doesn't want another. doesn't want to go through the pregnancy process. but she's still young. so there's still time for another. maybe he'll get a boy. although, arnold wanted a girl.

i want to get a picture of linda as her belly progressively gets bigger. but by what i've heard, nothing changed much. she's still little linda.

the due has been put at march 29. she'd better have it by then. we want to see little em.

i was thinking that it'll be weird. since we're up here in michigan, i will not get to see her grow up like i have rena and ricky. they know me and recognize my voice on the phone. but this little girl will not and only see me a couple of times here and there. that's kinda sad to think about. so i will put that out of the way and concentrate on the positive. i'm gonna be an uncle again.

Friday, November 11, 2005

old friends...where are they?

it's funy how when people move out of a certain area, the euphemism "out of sight, outof mind" really seems to fit quite well.

we've been in michigan for two years now and over that period of time, friends who've i've known over the years, kept in contact with faithfully, have slowly slipped away. first the calls come in regularly, 'how's it going?" type of thing. or the old one, how's the weather up there? then the cals lessen from every few weeks or so to every couple of months, to nothing. e-mails? same thing. i mean, people must get on their computers, whether at work, home or at school. it doesn't take more than five minutes to write a decent e-mail to catch up. i guess the world's spinning too quickly and life's too fast for people to simply stop and write or call. it's very disconcerting.

call me a whiner if you'd like, but friends are important to me. i like that line of contact with someone, whether by phone, in person or electronically. it's fun exchanging informatno, anecdotes and the run of the mill stuff friends talk about.

i've left phone messages on answering machines and e-mailed some folks. many go unreturned. i feel like i'm trying to hold on to something that just isn't anymore.

i'm still the same person i was when i was in texas. i still have th same likes and dislikes. so what if i'm 1,500 miles away? that shouldn't mater. in fact, that should strengthen ties. distance should make a friendship fonder.

and i've tried keeping in contact. dawn says maybe i'm the one that has to do it. but you know, it takes two to make a friendship. the e-mails go both ways. the phone line is on both ends. i tire of trying to be the one who keeps up with people. i guess i'm tired of holding on to something others don't want to.

so i've decided to shrug and forgot about it. ok, it's time for george harrison's song "wah wah" to play now. heh heh

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


ho, ho, here we go. the word is out and s'me's the man with the plan. the old lad is coming in with a flurry. no word on this or that. here, there or everywhere.
we'll see about s'me.

what do ye see, s'me? anyone slagging? anyone lagging?
s'me, s'me, oh can't you see. the grassis greener here and not there.
don't go there.

the damage will be done. thy kingdom come.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

ok, i've slacked

as sonia pointed out, i have slacked off on this blog. i don't know why. it's not like i've forgotten about writing in here. guess i've just put it off. either way, not a good thing. i will be more conscientious.

we're heading into the middle of november and the weather's getting chillier. the colors are gone, or really on their way out many trees are bare. i noticed this on the way to work last wek. in between some trees that still have their yellow and orange leaves, there are some that are bare - like the big one in front of our house. the poor huge animal is devoid of leaves. peak colors were probably about two weeks ago. i kept wanting to take pics of the colors, especially down 12th st. on the way to the lib. great area for pics.

and on the news last night, i heard the weather guy say there could be some wet snow thursday. i'll keep ou on top of that one. i guess it's time for it. we didn't get our big snow last year until the night before thanksgiving. a whooping 12 inches of snow. we'll see this year what happens.

still waiting on the features job situation. jcr at work also applied and got interviewed for the position. i have the materials rick asked for (three features articles i thought were cool). i'll give them to him today. i actually chose one from the corpus paper, and one from san antonio.

waitig for the bransens (on the amazing race) to either win or lose. i'm keeping up with it for work. we do a small story or brief at the paper. they're down to five teams and tonight is a two-hour episode. don't know if they're off or not. either way, it will be tough if they're booted off because the show will finish at 11 eastern and will not give me much time to write something. last time i tried calling, the mom said she wanted to wait a few minutes after the show was over. i will need to call her and set up something before hand, so that i can talk with her, her husband and lindsay if they get booted off before it's time, otherwise, i'll be rushed like crazy to get something in.

and i'm still waiting for gary hogeboom. i really need to get a hold of him for survivor. if i don't contact him or his family before he's out or wins, i will be SOL when the day comes. troubles troubles.