Posted by toadstar on 4:26 PM

Caution: Some soft drinks may seriously harm your health:

I just found this article over at The Independent. Which at first made me say to myself, OMGWTFWEREALLGOINGTODIE!!1!! Then I noticed phrases like "Research from a British university suggests a common preservative found in drinks such as Fanta and Pepsi Max has the ability to switch off vital parts of DNA." Which British university? And"...when mixed with the additive vitamin C in soft drinks, it causes benzene, a carcinogenic substance." First I thought, there's vitamin C in soft drinks?!? Then the thing that really caught my eye was causes, it causes benzene. That doesn't seem right to me, are they saying that vitamin C causes benzene? or are they saying that when vitamin C and sodium benzoate mix then they create benzene? And/or am I looking too much into a simple typo?

Then there was the name of the Professor, one Peter Piper? Really? Yes really. No seriously, I googled him there really is a Professor Peter Piper. Here's his web page.

So then I'm back to my original thought, OMGWTFWEREALLGOINGTODIE!!!1! Then I remembered that I quit drinking soda's about a year ago and thanked my wife for encouraging me to do so (translation: forcefully compelled-just kidding).

Posted by toadstar on 1:17 PM

My Little Ladies Man:

Last night for Mother's Day, Lucas and I went out to dinner with Mommy, Mimi, Papa and some of Heidi's siblings and their kids. We went to this place called Texas Borders. It's basically a bar with a patio and playground added on as an afterthought. Great combination, isn't it. You have the parents ignoring their kids and getting hammered and then you have the Lord of the Flies happening over in the playground.

When we first got there some of the older kids were acting like they were in WWE and not a restaurant, I was kind of worried about Lucas. But soon enough someone had the good sense to tell those kids to take it down a few notches.

I let one of Luke's older cousins take him onto the playground, but I kept a close eye on him and it's a good thing that I did. The playground area is one big square with two different jungle gyms one for toddlers and the other for big kids. The toddler one is offset by a little wooden fence and next to it is a big open sand pit. I looked back and I saw some strange girl helping to hoist my son up onto the platform of the big kids jungle gym. I went over to investigate and to fire his cousin. I got there just in time to see Lucas get on his belly and make to get back down off of the platform that he's on. There is only one problem. The place where he has chosen to exit is a five foot drop to the ground. I managed to get to him just in the nick of time. Thank the maker.

His First Kiss:

Warning the above image belongs to the walt disney corp, I should be half drawn and quartered for using it.

Now here is the part where I get to tell the story of my son's first kiss. Yea my son lived up to the title on his shirt that he was wearing that night: Ladies Man. Since the wee one is only twenty-two months old, I fear that he will not remember this momentous occasion, so I shall write it down so that when he his older he can at least have this.

So we are at the aforementioned bar and grill and dinner has just been served and Lucas would rather play than sit down and eat a meal. So he's been stopping by and eating a bit here and a bite there, then running off and playing. For some reason unknown to me I decided to check on the lad, only to see him standing behind the little wooden fence with his eyes closed and his lips all puckered up. That is when I noticed an older girl standing next to him, she was maybe three years old. She had long brown hair with bangs cut straight across, and brown eyes, she looked a lot like Lilo (hence the image above). She too had her lips pursed and her eyes closed and somehow their lips found each other.

I quickly elbowed my wife in the ribs and told her to look at our little playa. Under the moon and the stars, with a myriad of bugs circling the over head lamp he leaned in and kissed her again.

Then he walked off as if nothing had happened. And he came and he sat down next to us and ate a piece of chicken.

Posted by toadstar on 3:20 PM
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Happy Mother's Day!:

To the mother of my children I just want to say thank you. I know that the past couple of years have been hard, but we have made it through it stronger than ever. You are a sweet caring loving Mother and you put Luke's needs ahead of your own, and I know that you will do the same for Logan. You love my boys so much and you take such good care of them, I just want to thank you so much for helping to raise such a wonderful boy. You are the greatest! Happy Mother's Day! I Love You Sweetie!

Posted by toadstar on 10:55 PM

Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man:

I turned 33 today. As a nice little blast from the past, my cousin Cissy sent me this picture. I think that it was taken in Marken and I was maybe 4 or 5 at the time. I asked my mother and she's not sure of the age either. But she did say that I had gotten upset and I walked outside. I wasn't allowed to go outside, because the outfit was rented, but hey, it got us this cute picture. The strangest thing is how much of Lucas I see in that picture. There were a couple of times where I just glanced at it and I swear I thought that it was Lucas. That's one of the strange things about being a parent, you see so much of yourself in your child (or at least I do), and you see in him all the potential that you had and you hope that he ends up using that potential and becoming a better person than you are.

Posted by toadstar on 1:13 PM

Finished!:

After taking way to long, I finally finished my short story for the Machine of Death anthology. It was an interesting journey. There were some scenes that were kind of hard to write from an emotional standpoint, so I was rather apprehensive going into them, so much so that I had found myself staring at the computer screen. But when I started to write them, the characters came through and started writing it themselves. I was like Neil Gaiman and Stephen King say, your just along for the ride and your just as anxious to see where there going as the audience is (at least I think that they have both said something along those lines). My beautiful wife and wonderful editor said that I write good dialog, which made me feel good about it. I also made her mist up, which made me immensely proud.

Hopefully I will hear something between now and June 15 and I will post the news when/if it comes in. Then I will post the where, when and how it will be found. And if worse comes to worse I'll just post it here. I am beyond tired right now. It took me forever to write, I finally finished it last Saturday, then Heidi and I finished editing it last night. I managed to email it in an hour before the deadline. Procrastinate? Me? Never.

Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas

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