Happy Holidays 2018

2018 Memories
2018 Memories

2018 Memories

Happy Holidays 2018

Family, Friends, and online strangers passing by,

Happy Holidays. I think I’ve said this before about previous years, but 2018 has been a hell of a year, both good and not so good. Hard to believe that it’s been 10-years since I first left Long Beach and now I’ve bought a place in Las Vegas. Also second year in a row my robotics team is going to compete in the championships. There’s been more music, more adventures, more conversations, more goodbyes and more time wondering what’s next. Thank you for being there. I am hopeful that this next year is going to give us more opportunities to enjoy each other’s company and journey. All my love, jbb

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Is Cyber-Monday Still A Thing?

I don’t know if you’re more motivated to shop because of all the noise on TV and made by annoying friends with blogs (sorry about that)… but I know that I have to stop myself sometimes because there are things that I’ve been thinking of getting for myself or as gifts that I put put off that suddenly becomes very important this time of year. Consumerism at it’s best. Well, if you’re someone who is going to shop at Amazon today, please use the following link on your way there and enjoy the sales. I get a few pennies per sale, even if you don’t buy anything I’ve linked to but just begin your search with my link. Thanks again and enjoy.

Begin Search Here...

Begin Search Here…

Other “Help a Bro Out” Links:

image: Cyber Monday by Kevin Marks https://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinmarks/5218166919/ taken on Nov. 29, 2010

Helpin’ a Brother Out

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monopolyRecent events have reminded me of the John Lennon quote, “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” I came out to Florida in 2008 because it was an opportunity to put all the things I’d learned at that point into practice and to step up my potential teaching influence. Now I’ve been given another opportunity to consider where next to share this expertise. Many thanks to friends and family who have expressed their support and concern. I’m working on pulling together my portfolio and exploring what the next chapter of this journey might be.

In the meantime, for any of you planning on doing any holiday shopping (yes, it is that season already) and plan to use Amazon.com, if you use any of the images/links I’ve listed below I will get a referral fee from the transaction (the referral fee does NOT effect your purchase price!). Also, the links that I’ve listed below are for books published by some of my local Orlando friends, and that would also make their holidays a touch brighter. Even if none of the books look to your liking or gift-giving taste, if you begin your Amazon search using one of the links and purchase something I still get the referral fee. So please click on any of the images/links below and do that American holiday thing, shop-shop-shop. Thanks.

 

The Second Draeken War by Ben Hale

The Second Draeken War by Ben Hale

Pax Titanus by Tom Lucas

Pax Titanus by Tom Lucas

The Heart of Education by Dara Feldman

The Heart of Education by Dara Feldman

Collections, Ink! by German Martinez

Collections, Ink! by German Martinez

NOCS: Nocturnal Encounter by Jessica Lang

NOCS: Nocturnal Encounter by Jessica Lang

Immortal Dynasty by Lynda Haviland

Immortal Dynasty by Lynda Haviland

God Doesn't Love Us All the Same by Nina Guilbeau

God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same by Nina Guilbeau

A Gift of Ghost by Sarah Wynde

A Gift of Ghost by Sarah Wynde

Leather to the Corinthians by Tom Lucas

Leather to the Corinthians by Tom Lucas

Marshal Gold by Geoffrey J. Veit

Marshal Gold by Geoffrey J. Veit

How I Spent My Winter Break & Why Godaddy Isn’t My Blog Host

And no this has nothing to do with SOPA… yet. We’ve been on the run since Friday… Woe, that was two weeks ago. Man, time flies… Christmas eve-eve I was busy working on Tricia’s video, using my blog-woes as a cover story. Alas, the blog woes was more than a convenient cover-story (see below). Friday, last day at work, Tricia had gone back to her place to do all the thousands of things the holidays seems to require of all mothers. Saturday, Xmas eve, was spent outside Tampa with Tricia’s older brother, Mike. I got some NFL in on that day. Then Sunday, Christmas Day, was spent at Tricia’s with her mom, son and granddaughter. It was unhurried and very comfortable. It was perfect.

So around Wednesday, the last week of the break, Tricia asked me what did I want to do with my Christmas break. Was I thinking of going anywhere or doing anything special? Number one, I wouldn’t think about going anywhere without including her and number two, there was only half a week left of my break. So, after a brief pause I told her that I was already doing it. She looked at me, puzzled. I’d spent my days mostly on the computer, laboriously updating hundreds of feature images in my blog after the move to my new blog host and chasing down other bloggy stuff. Hmmm. That was the short, mostly painless version. I really did enjoy having the time to do all of this silly bloggy stuff. But the real story goes back to Thanksgiving week when I began to investigate upgrading my Godaddy hosted blog(s)… Here’s the long painful rendition…Continue Reading

EMDT Xmas Photo Session, Part1

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Should have known when they asked us to line up outside that things would go downhill from there. Some folks didn’t find the background particularly artistic or representative of our work-life here at Full Sail U. Of course this background was my choice. Ha! Ain’t life grand. Merry Xmas, y’all. jbb

I’ll Have a Right-Upper-Cut w/ My Turkey Drumstick

The Thanksgiving holiday is a family thing. In years past, with one notable exception I’ve never suffered from a lack of having family to spend the afternoon/evening with. I’ve been fortunate that way. Having a “significant other” has been an entirely different story. Given that I’m now a several hundred miles from family and the significant other issue… well, I’m going no where near that one… Let me just say that I have been most fortunate to have several friends here in Florida who have invited me into their homes to share the holiday with. Granted, I would have never anticipated that the turkey, dressing, potatoes, and salad would be mixed with a healthy dose of Nintendo Wii Boxing, Cow Racing and Tennis. All I can say is “Life is Good.”