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Famous Quotes July 24, 2010

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I came across a website that featured interesting quotes of famous people, Brainyquote.com.  Some of the quotes are political, some cause you to think, some are life lessons, and some are just funny.  As I began to read them I realized that I would like to share the ones that I enjoyed.

Albert Einstein

A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.

I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

Rodney Dangerfield

A girl phoned me the other day and said… Come on over, there’s nobody home. I went over. Nobody was home.

I found there was only one way to look thin, hang out with fat people.

I had plenty of pimples as a kid. One day I fell asleep in the library. When I woke up, a blind man was reading my face.\

I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous – everyone hasn’t met me yet.

I told my wife the truth. I told her I was seeing a psychiatrist. Then she told me the truth: that she was seeing a psychiatrist, two plumbers, and a bartender.

I’m taking Viagra and drinking prune juice – I don’t know if I’m coming or going.

When I was born I was so ugly the doctor slapped my mother.

George Carlin

Always do whatever’s next.

At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom.

Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time.

Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.

Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?

Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.

The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.

The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.

There’s no present. There’s only the immediate future and the recent past.

Anne Frank

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!

It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.

No one has ever become poor by giving.

Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl?

Whoever is happy will make others happy too.

Henry Ford

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.

Any color – so long as it’s black.

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.

Ronald Reagan (One of my favorite Presidents)

All great change in America begins at the dinner table.

Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.

Don’t be afraid to see what you see.

Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.

Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.

Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.

Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

How can a president not be an actor?

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.

It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.

Latinos are Republican. They just don’t know it yet.

Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.

Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.

Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since he told me that, I stopped worrying.

Trust, but verify.

When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.

I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.

President Obama and the Oil Spill Speech June 16, 2010

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Let me start out by telling you that I recognize that President Obama was elected by the great people of this country, and I have stood behind him from day one.  I feel it is only fair to support a new President.  He has taken office while our young men and woman fight for our freedoms overseas.  He also has to deal with the worst recession this country has seen since the great depression.  He has an extremely difficult job, and I believe he deserves the full support of the American people.   It seems no matter what he does he will get some criticism from some people.  With that in mind it doesn’t mean I cannot give you my honest and fair opinion of his speech last night to the American people about the horrible oil spill in the gulf.

Now I have to admit that President Obama is quite a good speaker, and he always can calmly get his points across.  Unfortunately last night he really didn’t tell us anything new, and the American people are really looking for him to take some leadership on this oil spill to get it under control.  My biggest complaint was that he really didn’t talk about the spill much at all.  More than half his speech he is talking about his future political agenda.  This is really an insult to the American people, and it certainly wasn’t the time and place to start discussing them.

“If my house is on fire, I don’t need the fire chief telling me I should not have built the house out of wood. I need somebody to put the fire out,” Republican Alabama Gov. Bob Riley said on Wednesday. “We have a crisis here. … Last night, we were going through again the same type of rhetorical persuasion that the president is very good at, but not now.”

I thought that the President should have told the world that his priority was stopping the oil spill, period. He needed to take charge and tell us that he was using every available resource at his disposal to get this accomplished.  This includes accepting help from other oil companies and countries who the Obama administration had already turned down.  We are 57 days into having the worst environmental disaster this country has ever seen, and the American people want to know the specifics about how this administration is working on getting this spill under control, and about cleaning up our coastline.  I was under the impression that this is what the speech was suppose to be about.

He should have not be telling us his dream about how we will all be using green, clean energy in the future. I got the impression that the President thought the oil spill was already done, and taken care of.

Remarks by Senator Mitch McConnell on tonight’s speech addressing the BP spill by Obama:

Most Americans are baffled by all this. The crisis as they see it is a broken pipe at the bottom of the ocean, miles-long oil slicks, and threatened coastlines. The first thing they want to know is what the administration plans to do to plug the leak, clean up the oil, and mitigate the spill’s effects on the livelihoods of those affected.

And yet day after day, as the oil continues to flow, what we hear about from the administration is how tough they plan to be with BP and now, apparently, how important it is that we institute a new tax that will raise energy costs for every single American but which will do nothing to plug the leak. Never has a mission statement fit an administration as perfectly as Rahm Emanuel’s “never allow a crisis to go to waste.” Climate change policy is important, but first things first.

Americans are saying two things at the moment: stop this spill and clean it up. So with all due respect to the White House, the wetlands of the Bayou, the beaches of the coast, and our waters in the Gulf are far more important than the status of the Democrats’ legislative agenda in Washington. Americans want us to stop the oil spill first. And until this leak is plugged, they’re not in any mood to hand over even more power in the form of a new national energy tax to a government that, so far, hasn’t lived up to their expectations in its response to this crisis.

Now don’t misunderstand me.  I believe we need to explore new energy options and research new technologies.  We have been exploring solar and wind technologies for over 30 years, and have come a long way.  If these alternatives were feasible we would have seen them by now.  Unfortunately fossil fuels are our only current energy solution.

I also believe that the US Government is getting way too big, and regulating just about everything under the sun.  I believe that the Government should be protecting the people, and this disaster is a perfect example of when I think the government should step up and take charge of this.  Leaving it in the hands of BP was a big mistake, since they were obviously in over their heads.

The lack of leadership and hands on management from President Obama and his administration in responding to this oil disaster is embarrassing.  I feel sorry for all the residents of the gulf region who tells us that there seems to be no organization with the clean up, and no command and control.  Officials and experts say the damage to the coastline and wildlife has been much worse that it might have been if the response had been faster and orchestrated more effectively.

That is my opinion.  As always I welcome your comments.


A perfect Analogy for Arizona’s Immigration Bill SB1070 June 6, 2010

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My latest irritation is all the emotional turmoil surrounding Arizona’s new immigration law, SB1070.  I would just like people to actually read the law, and then they can honestly and respectfully discuss it.  To see the actual bill just click here.  To start to compare it to Nazi Germany is such an insult to the millions of people who died in the war.  I cannot stand the misleading statements from both the media and from some political figures.  The President and the Attorney General of the United States have also engaged in untruthful comments about the law.  We have state and city governments voting on boycotts, Constitutional challenges, protesters and lawsuits.  It certainly has become a hot issue.  Let me give you a summary of the law.

  • The Arizona law simply enforces existing federal laws.  Now Arizona police can actually enforce laws that are already on the books.  Obviously the reason for this is because the federal government is not enforcing the law effectively in Arizona.  The new Arizona law simply states that violating federal immigration law is now a state crime as well.  Because illegal immigrants are by definition in violation of federal immigration laws, they can now be arrested by local law enforcement in Arizona. No new actions.  No new powers.  No new nothing.  Simply enforcing federal law, and absolutely nothing else.
  • The law only allows police to ask about immigration status in the normal course of “lawful contact” with a person, such as a traffic stop or if they have committed a crime.  Before asking a person about immigration status, law enforcement officials are required by the law to have “reasonable suspicion” that a person is an illegal immigrant.  The concept of “reasonable suspicion” is well established by court rulings. Since Arizona does not issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, having a valid license creates a presumption of legal status.   The same thing happens to me when I get pulled over, they ask to see my drivers  license or identification card.  This is not a new, radical concept or law.  Police have been asking people for identification for many years.
  • The law prevents employers from hiring illegals, and prevents people from being hired as day labor off the street.  This again is only allowing Arizona to enforce the federal law.

Again I just find it amazing that people are getting all worked up about this.  Federal law already exists, but the Federal government does not enforce it.  Arizona has a huge immigration problem.  They finally decide to pass a law that allows state officers to enforce the federal laws.  It is the federal government’s irresponsibility that has finally caused Arizona to take charge and protect its citizens.  I just wish California would also stand up and protect its citizens, but in my opinion that will never happen.

To sum it up I found a real good Analogy that helps to take out all the emotion from this subject that I would like to share. Analogies are very often useful to assist people in understanding your position.  I would very much like all opponents to Arizona’s Immigration bill SB1070 to read this analogy.

If you had tickets to a sports event, concert, Disneyland , or on an airplane, and when you got to your assigned seat, and someone else was in that seat, what would you do? You would call for a person in charge of ticket checking and have the person in your seat removed. You would be properly asked to show your ticket, and you would gladly and proudly do so, for you have bought and paid for that seat. The person in your seat would also be asked for a ticket, and they would not be able to produce one. They would be called “gate crashers” and they would be properly removed.

Now in this huge stadium called the USA we have had millions of gate crashers. We have been asking security to check for tickets and remove the gate crashers. We have been asking security to have better controls in checking at the door. We have asked security to lock the back doors. Security has failed us. They are still looking the other way. They are afraid to ask to see the tickets. Many people say there is unlimited seating, and whether there is or not, no one should be allowed in for free while the rest of us pay full price!

In section AZ, of Stadium USA , we have had enough of the failures of Security. We have decided to do our own ticket checking, and properly remove those who do not have tickets. Now it seems very strange to me that so many people in the other 49 sections, and even many in our own section do not want tickets checked, or even be asked to show their ticket! Even the head of Security is chastising us, while not doing his own job which he has sworn to do.

My own ticket has been bought and paid for so I am going to proudly show it when asked to do so. I have a right to my seat, and I want the gate crashers to be asked to show their tickets too. The only reason that I can imagine anyone objecting to being asked for their ticket is that they are in favor of gate crashing, and all of the illegal activities that go with it. Such as drug smuggling, gang wars, murder, human smuggling for profit, and many more illegal and inhumane acts that we are trying to prevent with our new legislation. Is that what I am hearing from all of the protestors such as Phoenix Mayor Gordon, US Rep. Grijalva, even President Obama? If you are not in favor of showing tickets, (proof of citizenship, passport, green card, or other legal document) when asked, as I would proudly do, then you must be condoning those illegal activities.

Tom Moody
United States citizen
Globe Arizona

I would also like everyone reading this to participate in a poll to see if you agree or disagree with Arizona’s new immigration law.  Please know that your vote is confidential, and I only want to see if this poll will accurately reflect the latest Rasmussen poll of Arizona’s citizens.  71% approve of this law in Arizona.   Please check back to see the results as more people vote.  Also please refrain from voting more than once, thank you.

Please also feel free to leave comments below, whether you agree or disagree.

Plenty of free time March 24, 2010

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In a couple of days I will have been officially unemployed for three weeks. People close to me know the details of my departure from a company I worked almost 14 years for, so I will leave the details out of this blog. Needless to say it was the right time for me to leave, and this is a big change for me and my family.

After having the last several weeks off I realize that we all need to continually go through changes in our lives. Most of them are no big deal. We make the necessary adjustments and adapt rather well. But every once in a while we go through a big change, as the one I find myself in the middle of.

Change can be extremely scary to anyone, especially one that leaves a question of what your future holds. This can become a very stressful thing for me, as my number one priority is to provide for my family.

One thing I am very thankful for is having the opportunity to spend more time with Kyle. I was really unaware of how much I had been missing. I obviously need to work which means I will be away from my home for the day, but this is when some special moments happen. I am happy I have had this time with Kyle, and I know we both have grown a stronger connection and bond because of it.

I have been going through many different emotions as I contemplate what I am looking for. I know I am willing to do any number of different things for a wide variety of different companies. I have been trying to figure out what will bring me the most happiness and personal fulfillment.

I find myself going through stressful times where all I can focus and think about is finding a job. I start to get scared of the prospect of not being able to provide for my family, and this is terrifying to me. It makes it difficult for me to concentrate on anything. I have been working on relaxing a bit, so I can think rationally.

Other days are much better, especially after I might hear about a possible job opportunity. I seem to perk up, and my confidence returns rather quickly. I then realize that I have much to offer a employer, and that I need to have more faith that I will find something that will be perfect for me.

This up and down cycle has been going on for almost three weeks now, and it has been stressful. Many people remind me that I need to focus on all the positives, and be thankful and happy that my family and I are all healthy. They remind me that everything will work itself out, and that in time everything will be back to normal.

I am so thankful for my family and friends who have helped me recently with encouraging conversations about my future.  I also want to thank my friends Patty and Gail who invited Monica, Kyle and I to a great St. Patrick’s Day party, which photos I have included in this blog.

The future is unknown for me at the moment.  In the mean time I will try to enjoy this free time with my family.

Classic Car Show January 31, 2010

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This last weekend Los Angeles Harley-Davidson held the first annual classic car show. It seemed like the perfect match because many people who enjoy motorcycles also enjoy classic American automobiles. There were many beautiful, classic cars on display. It is rare to see so many vintage vehicles at the same time.

Below is a short video I took to showcase the spectacular cars that everyone could enjoy looking at. Many were fully restored, and looked at if they just rolled off the assembly line.

It was an enjoyable day for everyone, and made me appreciate how lucky we are to be living in southern California. It was a picture perfect day, and the weather was great considering it was January. I hope this event becomes a regular event at Los Angeles Harley-Davidson.

Kyle’s 2nd Birthday January 20, 2010

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Kyle is a very lucky guy.  He got to celebrate his 2nd birthday twice this year.  The first party was held at My Gym with a bunch of Kyle’s friends, including a friend who also is named Kyle who was sharing the party with him.  Kyle really wore himself out playing at my gym, and also enjoyed eating a cupcake.

The 2nd party was held at a friends house.  I want to thank Luis and Bryana for hosting his party.  This party was with family and friends.  Although quite a few people canceled due to being sick, we still had a great time.  Kyle enjoyed dancing, and also devouring his piece of birthday cake.

Monica and I wanted to thank everyone who helped celebrate Kyle’s 2nd birthday this year.  Kyle is very blessed to have such great friends and family.

“Reflections – Things Motherhood Has Taught Me” December 18, 2009

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Sometimes, toddlers can surprise us, and teach us valuable lessons. I think it’s a lesson in life that they really know so much more than we do. They appreciate and enjoy life so much better. Why is that? Is it because we have over-worked ourselves, over-thought ourselves, or is it we just think too much of ourselves? They understand the simplicity in everything, and that’s enough for them. For some reason, it’s just not enough for us.

Well as most of you know, my son Kyle is approaching his 2 year birthday next month at light speed.  As I reflect over these past 2 years of being a mother, I have learned so much about myself. I realize that with full trust in God, I am stronger than I thought I was. I never knew how easily I could cry, or what it took to function with only 2 hours of sleep. My heart ached for Kyle when he suffered through seizures. My heart sang as he took his first steps and continued to hit milestones.  My heart continues to melt every time my little man stops his play to come over and offer hugs and kisses to “Mama”, then to return back to his activities. I never knew how much I could smile while reading a book that contained only 10 words. I never knew how much anger I could harbor against people who hurt children.

He’s happy when he takes “big steps“ down a stair or two or a dip in the pavement, and it’s such a huge accomplishment for him. His little eyes light up when he counts to ten or helps us sing the alphabet song. He claps and laughs and wants everyone to know what he has done. Yet when we make our smallest progresses, we feel like we have to do more, like that’s not enough. Why is that not enough? Why aren’t we happy with our littlest accomplishments?

I’ve learned that today, this day, is what we should be focused on. We should be so excited for the smallest things because that’s what makes us appreciate the bigger things even more so.  My son taught me that if you fall, then get back up. And not just that, but look around because someone probably wants to help you get back up. He taught me that if you make a mistake, laugh it off, and try not to repeat it. Kyle has taught me that if you want something bad enough then go for it.  Nothing is standing in your way but yourself, and only YOU actually have control over that person.

I can go on and on about all that I have learned and continue to learn everyday through motherhood but the bottom line is, being a mother for me, has made life seem more worthwhile.  It is so nice to be reminded of my purpose in life every time I look into my little boy’s eyes. I am truly blessed and thankful to God for entrusting me with such a precious little gift. I am making it an effort to appreciate all the little moments, good and trying both, because I know that one day I will look back and miss all these “little” things.

A Vegas Vacation and a case of Gastroenteritis November 23, 2009

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It has been quite a week for myself and my family.  We started by heading to Las Vegas for our annual family reunion.  We were planning on meeting up with my sister Tina and her family as well as my Father and Step Mother.  Since my Father and Step Mother live in Chicago we don’t get a chance to see them all that often, so we were looking forward to seeing them both again, and for them to see how big Kyle has gotten.

We arrived in record time, making the trip in only 4 hours.  We checked into our room and got settled in.  We decided to arrive the day before to allow us to be fully rested before meeting up with everyone.  I also was looking forward to entering a few Poker tournaments, and maybe playing a little video Poker as well.

As luck would have it a friend of mine from Canada named Ruben was also going to be in Las Vegas, and we both wanted to meet up and have some fun walking down the strip and doing a bit of gambling.  He came by our hotel room the following evening to meet Monica and Kyle, then he and I went out to have some fun.  He ended up winning around $1200 dollars playing Blackjack, and I played a bit of video poker, but didn’t end up winning anything.  Needless to say I didn’t get home until the early morning hours, but I was on vacation in Vegas, and I was having a good time.

A few days later we had plans to meet up with the whole family at the Paris buffet for dinner.  We were looking forward to it, since the food is very good, and we purposely didn’t eat much during the day to make sure we would be good and hungry.  Monica fed Kyle his dinner at the room and then we walked over to Paris.

Within 10 minutes of sitting down Monica noticed that Kyle wasn’t looking to well, and didn’t want to eat a few small pieces of cheese that we got from the Buffet for him.  All of a sudden he got very sick and threw up all his dinner on the table.  It was quite embarrassing, but we were all more concerned with Kyle. Monica and I quickly cleaned him up as best we could and told everyone we had to leave to change his clothing and give him a bath since he was covered with his dinner, and didn’t smell very well.

We quickly made our way back to our room.  He seemed ok, just very tired.  We checked him over, and he didn’t have a temperature, so we assumed that he probably just ate something that didn’t agree with him.  This was the first time we have ever seen Kyle get sick, so we were both a bit surprised.

We laid him down on our bed once we got to the room, and Monica started to run a bath for him to clean him up.  I was in the process of removing his clothing when he got sick again, this time all over me and the bed.  We both felt so bad for him, but we quickly got him in the bath and he seemed to be doing much better 15 minutes later once we had him cleaned up and changed him into his pajamas. We decided to give him a little bit of water before bedtime since we figured he was probably dehydrated.  He gladly drank a few ounces of water, and we were beginning to feel relieved when he seemed to be doing better.

He  was walking around the room and suddenly began throwing up again.  We didn’t think he had anything left in his system, but the poor little guy continued to throw up several more times within the next 20 minutes.  At this point Monica and I became a bit concerned and worried, because we were due to give Kyle his seizure medicine before bedtime and we were afraid he would throw it up.  Monica called the Neurologist on call at CHOC Hospital to ask about what we should do.  He informed us to give him the medicine, and as long as he didn’t throw up for 10 minutes most of the medicine would be absorbed, and not to give him a second dose.   We also asked about what could be causing him not to hold anything down, and the doctor told us it could be quite a few possibilities, and if we were worried or if he continued to throw up so frequently then we should take him to the nearest emergency room. Since we were leaving the following morning we decided to wait a little longer to see if his condition improved.  We were both happy when after 10 minutes after we gave him his medicine he was getting tired and we put him to bed.  Needless to say Monica and I didn’t sleep that much as we both were very worried about him, and we wanted to make sure he didn’t continue to get sick .

The next morning we were very happy to see he seemed to be back to his normal self.  He was talking and walking around, and we were very relieved.  He was extremely hungry, and we figured that was because he didn’t have any dinner.  Monica gave him some milk and oatmeal, and he quickly ate it all.  Suddenly without warning he threw up his breakfast.  We were now very concerned because he wasn’t holding down any food or liquid.  We again thought it was probably food poisoning because he didn’t have a temperature or any other symptoms.  Since we were driving home today we thought we would avoid feeding him till we got home, and if he wasn’t doing good we could take him to his pediatrician the following morning.

We got all packed up and hit the road home around 2 in the afternoon.  Kyle seemed to be doing better, and we were happy to be heading home.  As we left Las Vegas I mentioned to Monica that Kyle hadn’t had any liquids for almost 24 hours, and I was concerned that he might get dehydrated.  We decided to give him a few ounces of water.  He seemed very thirsty, and drank the water down very quickly.  He was upset and wanted more, but we didn’t want to give him more until we knew his stomach could handle it.  After almost an hour we were happy to see he seemed fine.  We gave him a few more ounces of water, and he seemed very tired and drifted to sleep in his car seat.  We figured it was good for him to get some rest after the ordeal he went through over the last day.

Around 60 miles north of Barstow California we ran into some traffic.  We came to a complete stop, and traffic was just stop and go for the next hour and a half.  It took us over one hour to travel just 15 miles, and we both were getting frustrated.  We were both tired ourselves, and wanted to get home.

Suddenly Kyle woke up with a scream and was crying.  Monica was trying to comfort him, which normally calms him down, but he continued to cry and wanted her to hold him.  We were now concerned because normally he doesn’t cry very much, and Monica couldn’t seem to calm him down at all.  Then it appeared that he was having a difficult time breathing and then threw up all over himself and Monica.  Monica jumped into the back seat and unbuckled him from the car seat and leaned him forward to prevent him from aspirating.  At this time she noticed that he was burning up and we were concerned about him developing a fever in such a short time.  I quickly pulled to the side of the road and put on my hazard lights.  We still were in bumper to bumper traffic around 20 miles north of Barstow in the middle of the desert.  Monica told me she would ride in the back seat to comfort him, and now I wanted to get home even faster.

I was so very frustrated at this situation.  Stuck in the middle of nowhere, with a sick child and I felt completely helpless.  Monica started to panic when Kyle suddenly was unresponsive to her, and seemed to be staring off into space without responding to her talking to him and when he would respond it was almost zombie like and in a very hushed whisper.  She knew something was wrong, and I thought if I could just get to Barstow we could get him to a hospital to get him checked out.

The only time we have seen Kyle this unresponsive was before he had one of his Gran Mal seizures, and I was terrified that he might have one at any minute.  Traffic was finally beginning to move a bit faster, but still quite heavy, and we both began to panic a bit.  I told her to call 911 with her cell phone to get directions to the closest hospital in Barstow.

Once the dispatcher got on the line she connected Monica to the Barstow Emergency Response, and they asked where we were.  All I knew was I was around 10-15 miles away, and then I saw the sign for the agricultural inspection station 1 mile ahead.  The paramedics told us to stop once we got there, and they would send an ambulance to meet us.  We pulled over and Kyle seemed to be getting hotter by the minute, and still completely unresponsive to both Monica and I.  We both were scared, and just hoping the paramedics would arrive quickly.

A few minutes later we hear sirens and I see them speeding towards us.  They quickly evaluate Kyle and also seemed concerned about his condition and tell us they need to get him to the hospital.  Monica cradled Kyle in her lap the back of the ambulance, and I followed behind in our car.  I found out later that Kyle continued to get sick and throw up several more times in the back of the ambulance on the 10 mile trip to the hospital.

Once we arrived they took his vitals and he seemed to be ok, although his heartbeat was a bit fast and his temperature was a bit high.  They determined that he has Gastroenteritis, and it was caused by a virus.  After hearing daily about children dying from Swine Flu we both were worried.  They gave him some anti-nausea medicine that is given to post-operative patients experiencing nausea as well as patients undergoing chemotherapy and it really helped him a lot.  They wanted to wait 10-15 minutes to allow it to start working in his system & then give him something to drink and see if he could hold it down.  Within 15 minute he began to get better, and we were so relieved.

The Doctor gave Kyle a sippy cup full of 7-Up, and he gulped it down very fast.  We waited 15 minutes and he seemed back to normal.  The Doctor told us that running a small fever was normal, and that we should not feed him any solid food for at least 24 hours until he wasn’t getting sick on liquids.  She gave us a few more doses of this anti-nausea medicine and after several hours at the Barstow Hospital we were finally on our way home.  We finally arrived home 9 hours after leaving Vegas, and we all were completely exhausted.

Kyle also was happy to be home, and feel asleep almost instantly once we placed him in his crib.  We also were happy to be back home in our bed, and we both passed out well past midnight.

So that was a Las Vegas trip Monica and I will not soon forget.  We both are so very thankful that Kyle is alright.  I don’t think I have ever been so worried in my life as sitting on the side of the road waiting for an ambulance for my son.  It really made me think how devastated both Monica and I would be if anything bad ever happened to Kyle, and I am so thankful that everything turned out ok in the end.  By the way, Kyle seems to be doing much better today as he hasn’t thrown up so far and is in good spirits.

Kyle’s first trip to the beach September 23, 2009

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Yesterday Monica and Kyle took a trip to a small secluded beach.  One of the Moms in the playgroup discovered a nice beach where the waves weren’t out of control big, and the little toddlers could play in the water.

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This was Kyle first trip to the beach.  According to Monica he had a great time sitting on the sand playing in the water.  I am sure it will be the first of many trips to the beach over the next several years since we are pretty close to the water.

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Here are a few photos for you to enjoy.

2009 Bike Show August 31, 2009

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Yesterday we had our yearly hot summer bike show at my work, and it sure was hot!  I am taking about the beautiful custom motorcycles as well as the weather.  It was a fun filled afternoon for all, and everyone had a wonderful time.

Below is a short video I took for you all to enjoy.