Goodbye Pitt Bull…

Dear Reader,

I called my parents as I try to do at least twice a week. The news they had was not wonderful, not that all they say must be filled with wonder and rainbows. Their dog, who had been in the family since he was a baby, had passed away.  He was just a little over 15 years old. It is amazing how time flies.

He looked so full of life the last time I saw him, I can hardly believe he is no longer with us. He died of old age, as not too long ago he was given a clean bill of health. It was a sad day for the family as to us, pets are family and they are missed as such.

He was an American Pitt Bull Terrier. I know in general some dog breeds have a bad reputation. However, Chico was the biggest baby around, who would not hurt a fly. That is unless, you jumped the fence to the backyard, or tried to hurt anyone. He was quite a character, very playful and loving. I will miss the ways he almost acted like a playful cat, as though he forgot how big he was, or even how he would get on mom’s shoulders and she would sing to him and he would walk forward, it almost seemed like he was dancing.

He will be greatly missed. I know I certainly will miss seeing his playful face welcome me when I visit.

Hold your family pet, enjoy their company, because they are a blessing that brings smiles even when smiling is the hardest thing you can do.

Until the next post. Live, Learn and Enjoy.

Galaxies…

Dear Reader,

Did I just paint a picture in your mind of the first space themed movie or TV show you saw or perhaps the last? Or, maybe a simple picture of stars and general outer space?

The truth is galaxies are far more complex than that. Some if not most are extremely unique. In the universe there are two types of galaxies that are most prevalent spiral and elliptical (no I don’t mean the workout machine). Then there’s Hoag’s Object.

Now, according to StarDate.org there are two leading theories on how galaxies first came to be. Yes, we would like to think that after the Big Bang the dust settled and space was as we know it today, but in reality, nothing was that instant. About a billion years after The Big Bang, (quite a long time folks) the first galaxies were born. A galaxy’s birth is far more complicated than the birds and the bees talk we all have had with out parents.  One way that was an “explain it all” way for a while,  was that vast clouds of gas and dust collapsed under their own gravitational pull, allowing stars to form, and presto you got a shiny new galaxy. However, as times must and always will change, mostly due to advances in technology, yet another theory has come out of the wood work, and it has gained popularity. That theory states, that the universe contained many small “lumps” of matter, which clumped together to form galaxies. According to this theory, most of the large galaxies were spirals, that eventually merged and the elliptical galaxies were born.

So what makes Hoag’s Object so rare and unique? Well you see, when two galaxies come together to become an entirely new galaxy it basically becomes a survival of the fittest. It is difficult to imagine something as vast as space can be crowded, but it is, galaxies on their own are huge. Think about it for a minute, The Milky Way Galaxy, a very recognizable name as far as galaxies go, home of our solar system it itself is made up of many other galaxies it has gobbled up over millions of years. It’s nearest neighbor is Andromeda, and it is only 25 times the size of the both galaxies in distance away. That is not enough breathing room. So eventually a collision happens, and only one survives, becoming either spiral or elliptical, except you guessed it Hoag’s Object, this galaxy is unique in that is is both, and to be honest how it came to be so, cannot be explained by science, yet, yes theories abound, but none solid enough.

Now, collisions are not rare, in fact, they happen quite often, it makes one think of space as a gigantic game of Pac-Man. The universe is ever changing and evolving, even though when looking up at the night sky we see the same stars and the same phases of the moon, there is a world of action going on further than the eye can see.

Now with new galaxies being born most of witch are in the elliptical category thus supporting the new theory of creation by collision, one would ask about the stars, what happens to them, do they become further fuel for the crash or what? Well, it is vary rare that stars are scathed during these death matches, more often than not they are thrown out of orbit, they are tossed so far they become residents of a new galaxy or just float in space, this is due to the fact that the distance between stars is so great. Not all, however, is death, destruction and chaos, more often when new galaxies are created, millions of brand new stars are born, thus adding to the grand circle of life.

Yes, we all would like to see space as a very dark and void place to visit, and to the Astronauts that went to the moon, it might have appeared so, but if you look up photos of galaxies far from our own, Space is the most colorful and beautiful canvas of all.

 

 

The Oscar Goes To…

Dear Reader,

So, it has come to my attention that the Oscars took place last month. I have not been so busy that I would not notice the most important award show in the movie industry. It was not that for sure.

For a long while now, I been out of the loop. The last movie I saw in theaters was Tangled.  Since then, though, the Oscars have not been a priority to me. They seem as out of the loop as I am. Gone are the days, when all a took for you to consider a movie, for movie night was the words “Oscar Nominated” or “Oscar Winner”. Now granted, I stopped going to the movies, but there is always Netflix and such other services. When I eventually get around to watching the winners, I can’t say that I agree. Maybe, I’m not as old as the voters, so I cannot understand. Some things are better understood with age, take Golden Girls for example, when I was younger, I found the show boring. Now, that I’m older, and understand the subject matter I actually laugh, and enjoy the show very much. So that must be it. Then, I have to remind myself, not all movies in Hollywood are the Golden Girls, some movies require the review of the target audience. I doubt Sony Pictures, Paramount, 20th Century Fox and the like made movies targeted to people over 60, which is the average age of the people who decide who gets every award. Sometimes, I doubt they even watch or give the same level of attention to every actor, movie, and song among other categories that come to their attention.  I am not alone in thinking this either.

To further state my point on how little attention span they give to the once honorable Academy, here is yet another example: They usually have a section of the awards show dedicated to the recently departed, “In Memoriam” and more often than not, it’s executives and people that are members of the Academy, and not the celebrities themselves, which is suppose to be the main focus.  This year they forgot Joan Rivers, along with 23 other celebrities with outstanding contributions to Hollywood. This is not the first time, it happens practically every year.

What could be the cause of this? We are left to wonder, but the Oscars are certainly not what they used to be. So it is no surprise the the ratings dropped to a record low, yes, we all want to blame the host. Granted, in the past it was a good way to go, but this year, seeing who won on each category, I can understand why it has very fast become a royal waste of time. It does not reflect the young, old or in between generation. Their supposed rules for winning are more contradictory and misleading than a politician. I highly doubt even movie studios know what it takes to make an Oscar worthy movie. Thank heavens for that, otherwise movie studios would be putting out something far more worthy of a Razzie than an Oscar.

To be honest, I think Netflix does a better job at guessing what I would like to watch or own, than the Oscars do. No longer are the words, “Oscar Nominated…” or “Oscar Winner” synonymous with a good movie or a movie worth owning. There is no denying it, the Academy is in dire need of an overhaul and fast.

Until then the Oscar goes to…. not a movie I’ll be watching anytime soon.

MSI…

Dear Reader,

I am seldom surprised. Yet, today, I got the biggest surprise this year, and while, initially it was a not so happy surprise, it turned out great.

For the longest time, I was considering getting a laptop. Today, that consideration finally turned into fact. As we speak, I am typing on an MSI Laptop. Or as I fondly call it, “A gaming war machine”. Yeah, it’s awesome.

My LaptopNow, let’s focus on the not so good part, which by the way, has nothing to do with the laptop, as it is a beast. It has more to do with my initial reaction, when I was told I be getting it. [insert expletives here]. Yeah, initially I was not so happy, as I’m not really a big spender. I’m more of a practical person, but after it arrived and lots of careful consideration, I thought to myself, “Why not?”. Not to mention it looks BEAUTIFUL…

So am I happy camper? Hell, yeah I am. Good things do happen sometimes but this is one of those times that will live on for more than just a couple of years.

For the practical side of things, I will be updating this blog a lot more often. Plus, reading emails a lot more than I have in the past few months.

Live long and prosper.

Realities so Far..

Dear Reader,

There has been so much going on. I guess, the first thing I can share with you, is that these past few months have been sad, sadder, and saddest. No one really wants to burden anyone with sad thoughts and feelings. Yet, these past few months have been really testing my happy smiles and good resolve for a better tomorrow.

Maybe it’s just the holiday blues in general. If I had to grade this year so far. It’s been testing my good mood, faith, and general hope with artillery fire. As the great Maya Angelou once wrote. “Like Dust I Rise”. We can only hope right?  I have made it a resolution for tomorrow to be happy no matter what.

Smile, even if your battles go up hill. Eventually you will be at the top. You will look down at your journey and know that it was worth it.

A matter of perspective…

Dear Reader,

Today, well it’s the most back to normal day I’ve had in the last two weeks. Yesterday, I caught up with family as well as friends. Surfed the web and caught up with the news. Both on the news, and social media. It was quite an informative night.  My friend Rudy, kept me company on Skype, while we played around with image manipulation software, and we had a few laughs. I think he was making sure I was feeling okay. Which I am, considering the pain I was in just a few weeks ago, I’m worlds better.

Sure there’s many surprising changes that occurred while I was out of it, but gladly they were good changes, and good bits of news. Lately, I been thinking about how much a good day, a good though, a smile, a feeling of joy, is a matter of perspective. Sure your day can be wonderful, it really just depends on how you look it.

Take me for example, I’m recovering from the first major surgery I’ve had ever, and while some days are good and some are not so good. I still try to smile. Believe me that is difficult to do sometimes, still, every so often I see the big picture and I know that this too shall pass. In the mean time I try to share in the joy of those that are dear to me, Maybe in four more weeks I will be back to my old self.

Who knows what the future will bring, but whatever it is, I hope it has a chocolate cake with my name on it.

Goodbye Gallbladder…

Dear Reader,

I know most of the time I don’t write anything important. In fact, I seem to be way too positive to be humanly allowed. That is only because, we need to always hope for the best out come in whatever we do.

With that said, “Hello again”. You know back in the day and even occasionally today, if you tune into to a channel you catch a commercial for signs of a stroke? Or those heart attack commercials. Well, they should have another commercial, “When to go to the hospital?” Trust me, it would have saved me hours of grief.

I recently on four occasions, had a ache bellow my rib cage that radiated from side to side and stayed on the top half of my stomach.  It usually went away with Pepto and some Aspirin.

On August 28, I was having dinner, watched TV, and suddenly, the pain came back. It came back with a fury. If you like to know what with a fury means, well, let’s just say it was the kind of pain that made me cry for my mother. I’m 32, so you get the point.I refused to do anything about it until mom called me the next afternoon  and I was to busy throwing up, she took that as her invitation to come get me.

I was admitted to the hospital, on August 29th. I was scheduled for surgery the next morning.

August 30th, at around noon I went into the operating room, where the doctor proceeded to remove my very infected gallbladder. I had a tough time waking up, last I remember I felt as though I could not breath.  The feeling, was strange.

After three more days in the hospital afterward, I was allowed to come home.

I’ve never had surgery in my life so naturally the night I spent in the hospital being asked about my final directive, and whom I would choose to make medical decisions for me, was kind of hard. I broke down and cried, there is so much you don’t think of. All I remember is thinking of the people I hold dear in my heart and wondering what they would do? Thinking, what if I didn’t make it out alive? Would I ever speak to them again. Once I calmed down. I was able to sleep, I went into surgery and all was better than my worse fears.

I”m home now, and I”m fine. If anything I’m lucky that surgery has come along way since they started removing the gallbladder.

So to my gallbladder, We had 32 wonderful years, goodbye you will be missed.

The Joy of Others…

Dear Reader,

Before I begin this post, I will say, that my absence, was not due to a malady. It was not due for lack of things to write about, trust me the past four or so months have been full of surprises, some good and some not so good, but all under the sky has it’s ups and downs I suppose. I guess, I stayed away from writing because,  It’s was like a horse race on a dusty road; the end was only in sight after the dust settled.

I have proven once and again, that which I was told when I was very young. Someone said to me, “To see others happy is the greatest joy anyone can ever hope to have”. Over the last four months I have seen many people that are dear to my heart be happy. I could not help in those times, but to play music and celebrate their contentment.

My day has just begun, and while normally I wait until the end of the day to write about it, today I decided to make an exception.

Remember, to always find a reason to smile.

Every so often take a break and a deep breath; continue on the path of life. Sometimes, the walk may seem full of  tribulations, doubts, and even frustrations. When that happens, just know, that while it does rain occasionally, the sun must and always will shine through even the darkest of skies.