Update: Life Moves On

An update and closing of the issue I posted about earlier regarding my sons friend.

D was a good kid and a great man. We met him when we went to my son’s graduation from MCRD, both of them becoming official U.S. Marines. Tall, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, he was quite a ways from home hailing from the state of Montana. Unable to go for quick visits back home during his time off and being my sons ride around base (my son didn’t have a car at the time) he opted to stay with us on several occasions and we were more than happy to have him around. He literally became part of our family, having spent plenty of time with our ENTIRE family over the past couple of years: my brother, sisters, mom and dad, nieces, nephews – even my grandma. He had a cute little girlfriend that had had only been dating for a couple of months. She was nice. He played too much Destiny on his PS4 and was kind of scared of Cthulu.

A week after getting stationed in Japan he and the rest of his group, my son included, were on a routine run when he passed out. By the end of the night he had passed away.

It’s been devastating to our family, but more so devastating to his family, with eight brothers and sisters. We will recover much faster than they will, and my prayers go out to them.

My son has taken it pretty hard, but seems to be on the mend. I have no doubt that he is hiding the full brunt of his emotions on the issue, as D was like a brother to him by this point.

It’s not difficult to think about the soldiers that die in combat, but we don’t often think about those that die in normal situations. I don’t know if that’s worse or not. No one has reported exactly why he died, though my son says an “unofficial” statement said sudden cardiac arrest.

D will be missed.

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Amazing Garden, My Grandmas Green Thumb

Last weekend I headed South, along with my wife, to pick up a few things from my grandmas house. My grandma, who is pushing close to a century in age, is a spry old Mexican woman who’s picture should be in the dictionary of common vernacular under the term “green thumb”. For as long as I can remember she has had the most amazing garden I have ever seen. She could, I believe, take anything, put it in the ground, and make it grow.

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A new year.

Well its 2018. Happy new year.

As I sit and think over what life was like a mere two days ago I am somewhat remiss to make any declarations of resolution for the upcoming 364 days, but I will, because I need to get stuff done!

Hopefully your beginning of the year is already off to a good start.

Stuff I would like to get done in 2018 (in no particular order)

  1. Do a few more game reviews: Since I stocked up on some games during the holiday season and there are a few I’m looking forward to this year I would like to get a few more reviews done. Nice reviews. Reviews with video and all that jazz, assuming WordPress fixes their problem with embedded files coming from OneDrive.
  2. A bit more streaming, with voice: Since I play FF14 and a few other games a couple of nights a week I would like to start streaming on a more consistent basis. I don’t think I’ll gain much from it monetarily, like my son does, but I enjoy talking with other people and it seems like a cool way to interact with others online.
  3. Get my table top RPG done. I have been working on it for years, have destroyed it all at least once and have been struggling to rewrite and complete it. It seems like table top RPGs made a huge comeback last year with several gaming podcasts gaining huge followings. Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ may have helped to account for that, as it featured and somewhat focused around the characters playing and referencing D&D.
  4. Get more artwork done: I need to complete some more models related to my table top game and pump some artwork out using them.
  5. Get more modelling done: I need to start brushing up on my 3D modelling skills, and it looks like DAZ3D is finally moving forward on updating their Hexagon tool, which has been in beta hell for several years it seems. Years ago I had built my Snapper character (my namesake) in 3D form, but used an old tool and unreliable modelling methods. The file has also been lost to the ethers, as I cannot find a copy of it anywhere. I need to rebuild him in all his metallic glory.
  6. Do a bit more woodcraft: Assuming I can get my garage back to normal I definitely want to make this year a year where I try some crazy stuff with my wooden weapons.
  7. Keep on studying and posting: I want to keep studying my bible every night (which I have slacked off on in the past couple of months) and keep making posts here on what I find. A lot of discussion has gone on in the past year and it has been very helpful. I’ve learned a lot from the different people who visit my blog and who’s blogs I visit.

I’ll be making a few more posts this week on some weirdness in my life and some somewhat controversial suggestions.

Here’s to hoping everyone has a good year this year. Remember, though, the only thing different today than yesterday is the number on the calendar. To really change we need to change ourselves, our ways of thinking and our own habits.

Later.

A Passing….

My wife’s grandpa lies on deaths door. Though his health has been waning for some time, this looks like it is the end. Though he is barely breathing he has not woken in two days and the doctor says he does not believe he will awaken again.

E was a good man. Being a pastor he performed our wedding ceremony when my wife and I got married. He pastored a little church in Oklahoma, the kind of small church you probably only see now in paintings. No matter what, if he was preaching he was in a suit and tie, regardless of the weather, and though I had only witnessed him preaching a handful of times my wife assures me that he was quite animated.

Having moved to Kern county from Oklahoma he would sometimes recall the days he spent with Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, apparently playing guitar and getting drunk the various garages. My wife says he liked to say, “They stood in the same welfare lines I stood in, they just decided to sing about it and I didn’t”.

Eventually he found Jesus and became a pastor.

I always liked him. Within two minutes of seeing you he would tell a joke or something goofy like that. Though he was a small and somewhat frail looking man you could tell he used to be a scrapper in his younger days.

He will be much missed.

 

Hey, Snapper, what’s up with you?

It’s been a while since I last posted anything of interest, and some of you out there may be wondering “Hey, Snapper, what’s up with you?”. Rest assured, everyone, I am still alive and kickin’, but have been so busy with various things lately I haven’t had time to post anything that required much thought.

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Week in Review (April 30-May 6th)

Last week, first week with the wife gone on her visit to Oklahoma. Not really all that exciting of a week.

As previously posted I got the sword I was working on done, though I’m not very satisfied with the results, mostly because I just forgot to do certain things until it was too late. For example, the hilt of the sword has four blue crystal diamonds in it, on either side. I had actually obtained some cool looking pool tile I was going to cut up and put in place for said crystals, but I completely forgot until after I was done putting on the clear coat! I also forgot to route the bottom and sides of the hilt and pommel until after I had already applied spray paint! Getting old sucks! Actually, I don’t think I can attribute the issues to getting old so much as I just got frustrated and started moving too quickly on the project. Overall it took me about a month of on/off time to start and complete the weapon, which is just too long for me. Of course, that was for the templates and everything, but still too long. With the templates complete (somewhat) I’m sure I could crank out another one in less than a week, even with drying times on all the liquids. Continue reading “Week in Review (April 30-May 6th)”