Welcome to my world. I am a middle-aged male locked in the good fight. I try to balance work with being a good father and husband and even have a little fun once in a while. Expect a free-form collection of musings, observations and the occassional rant.
whosyurdaddy0417's Articles
August 8, 2008 by whosyurdaddy0417
OK, so I had the good fortune to have a morning off. So an English Muffin, a newspaper and the remote control were definitely in the cards. I watched Sportscenter and the News back and forth. At 9 the talk show circuit begins.

I know all about daytime TV, I used to work nights. I have never watched more than bits of pieces of shows whose topic descriptions are listed as "transsexual slave traders and the obsessive/compulsives that love them". It is amusing but a complete waste of valuable br...
August 8, 2008 by whosyurdaddy0417
OK, so I had the good fortune to have a morning off. So an English Muffin, a newspaper and the remote control were definitely in the cards. I watched Sportscenter and the News back and forth. At 9 the talk show circuit begins.

I know all about daytime TV, I used to work nights. I have never watched more than bits of pieces of shows whose topic descriptions are listed as "transsexual slave traders and the obsessive/compulsives that love them". It is amusing but a complete waste of valuable br...
August 5, 2008 by whosyurdaddy0417
It was a perfect day with the family. I drove up to Ossippee Lake, NH early this morning to meet my family who stayed overnight. We had a great day of swimming, throwing the football in the water and making the obligatory big splashing catch. Followed by Pizza with my parents at our favorite Pizza Restaurant (favorite for riding home from our lake house that is) and we split cars. Girls with Mom and boys with Dad.

 

What a great ride home. We talked and listened to music on the radio....
August 4, 2008 by whosyurdaddy0417
It's as if he read my blog last night. My misogynistic coworker I now refer to as my "lecherous lothario" actually approached me regarding his "little problem". And by little problem I mean that he sees women as a dog eyes a side of beef hanging in a butcher store window. Apparently some worlds collided last night when more than one of his lady friends showed up at the same time at his hunting...I mean stomping grounds. This is a statistically strong likelihood since he goes to the same place 4 ...
August 3, 2008 by whosyurdaddy0417
Hey, eyes up here pal!

I love the ladies, I always have. I love the way a woman can brighten a room by entering it. I admire an attractive woman as I would a painting at the Louvre. It has been said that I can be a big puddle of stupid around an attractive woman. I am a people watcher and enjoy observing people and taking them in. It’s not always sexual in nature. Well, it is a little sexual because I have never looked at a man’s ass and lost my train of thought. But I just look. ...
August 3, 2008 by whosyurdaddy0417
So I stated in my last post that I found the end of The Breakfast Club to be horseshit. Let me first emphatically state that I love the ending, I just don’t see it happening. As The Simple Minds crooned their mega-hit “Don’t you forget about me”, the credits rolled and the screen faded to darkness I couldn’t help but ask myself “But what happened the next day?!”

If only I had been fortunate enough to be locked in a room with a “burnout”, a...
August 2, 2008 by whosyurdaddy0417
"Ya know what I got for Christmas? A carton of cigarettes! Smoke up Johnny! It was a banner fuckin’ year in the Bender house!”

A timeless quote from a timeless movie that I stumbled upon the other night while channel-surfing trying to figure out why I spend so much money on movie channels. The Breakfast Club. The definitive, classic teen movie that depicts the American High School in all of its exclusionary, fashion-conscious, cliquey angst-ridden glory. Yeah I know we’ve al...
July 31, 2008 by whosyurdaddy0417
A week ago a very good customer of mine left my workplace in the usual manner. He got pissed off and left in a huff because he didn't get his way when he submitted his latest unreasonable request. We jokingly told him to "get lost", "go to hell", the usual. If I knew that I would never see him again I would have probably have thought of something nicer. He hit a bridge abuttment on his Harley without a helmet at speeds in excess of 70mph. He was pronounced dead on the scene. So I wrote this in h...
July 31, 2008 by whosyurdaddy0417
Letter to my daughter on her Birthday.   My dear daughter As you are reading this I am probably at work. I always think of you the most when I am away from you. That is sad isn't it? Maybe you don't know how I feel about you because we are always too busy pushing each other away. SO it's time to share with you what goes through my head when I am away at work. I  want you to know how special you are to me. It seems like only yesterday that you were a tiny baby a...
July 27, 2008 by whosyurdaddy0417
Jesse Jackson should follow the legacy of Rosa Parks and just sit the fuck down. And it logically follows that he should shut the hell up as well. Without causing controversy, I hate controversy (tongue in cheek) will someone out there agree that Jesse Jackson is a racist?


I am not an Obama fan. I dread an Obama Presidency. Not because he is black (couldn't care less if he was purple), not because he and I aren't in the same party, and not because I think he is a bad person. I just hate his...
July 27, 2008 by whosyurdaddy0417
Last month I read in Newsweek that blogging is therapeutic. I knew that. I am no stranger to blogging, hell I was doing it long before it became the phenomenon that it is now. I saw it as a great opportunity to vent when needed, to tear when in the mood and to actually write something that mattered to somebody. Even if that somebody was me. Unfortunately I belonged to a couple of sites that rewarded controversy and inflammatoey rhetoric pumped out by over-zealous insomniacs who sought ratings. I...
September 8, 2006 by whosyurdaddy0417
I was listening to the traffic report on the way home, like I always do when I hearad about a terrible traffic accident that would affect my commute should I take my usual route. So I went another way. The news station I listen to does "traffic on the 3's", every minute that ends with a 3 they update the traffic report. Again the accident that caused me to detour was mentioned, this time discussed as to its severity. Apparently a car had crossed a lane and hit an SUV head on and there were exten...
September 8, 2006 by whosyurdaddy0417
“You either get busy living or you get busy dying.”
The Shawshank Redemption

As I pointed out in part 1 of this blog, I had come to grips with the magnitude of my health issues, recognized the fact that I had played “staredown” with my own mortality and did some hard thinking about my life.

My friends and coworkers generally consider me to be a good-natured guy who is always there with a joke or a pick-me-up comment.
I have been known to say such things as “if you’ve made the decision t...
September 6, 2006 by whosyurdaddy0417
One day later and I have not returned home yet. I had a terrible nights sleep and I got up at 5 to go to work. Fortunateley I had a very busy day and I haven't had much time to think about the events of last night. I have suspected all day that when I finally have a minute I will be overcome by a retroactive wave of guilt, pain and desire to patch things up. Well, I had a 45 minute commute home with nothing but my IPOD to keep me company. Usually my best thinking time of the day, today was no d...
September 6, 2006 by whosyurdaddy0417
It started as a routine argument, one of the many we have had lately. I was on edge and very angry at her because of the way she talked to me earlier and her general intolerance of our children. I zipped my lip as we put the kids in bed. I ignored a few barely concealed digs at me and managed to not say anything. But it was pending. I could feel it. I managed to avoid conversation with her so she could "come out of it" as she likes to say. Even when pressed to "come talk to me" I simply stated t...