December 2005

2005 Fades Away.

2005 Fades Away.

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Earl and I are playing it low key this weekend as we say goodbye to 2005 and usher in the New Year. I don’t know who is dropping the ball with Dick Clark this year, but I certainly hope they don’t make a big spectacle of Mr. Clark and inadvertently tarnish his reputation as the eternal teenager.

Looking back at 2005 I could get all mushy and talk about what this year has meant to me, but then you would get bored and most likely make “blah, blah, blah” movements with your hand and I don’t really want to be known as the guy that bored you for your New Year’s Eve.

I mentioned a couple of days ago that I don’t really have some “Resolution Revolution” planned form myself like I’ve done in years past. I do have goals which are just little niggly things that I’ve been thinking about, but overall I’m quite happy with who I am, where I am and what I’m doing.

For the first time in 37 years of life on this planet, I am comfortable with my place in this world and I’m just going to continue to do what I do. And that’s be myself.

May everyone find peace this New Year’s, have a rip roarin’ good time with friends and loved ones and find 2006 full of life, love and happiness.

Clean Slate.

Here it is, the tip of the New Year’s weekend celebration and Earl and I have a clean slate ahead of us in the fun and games department. There’s a family party tonight and then it’s pure rest and relaxation for three days before we’re back to work on Tuesday.

Pure bliss.

We’re going to catch up on some movies we haven’t seen, take some pictures, eat a bit and a bit more and just take it easy.

Life has been chaotic lately. It’ll be nice to slow down for a bit.



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For the past two days I’ve commuted back and forth to my company’s Syracuse office for training. Next month our two tech support groups (one telecommunications, the other internet) combine into one facility and one big happy family. Luckily, the move is into our building, so it won’t change my commuting habits one iota. And added plus is that the internet group moving in with us is a great group of people and I’m looking forward to working with all of them. I’ll have more to do and once the dust settles, less on-call responsibilities (since more of us will be sharing the duties). It’s all very exciting and right up my geek alley.

Since the weather was spring like today, I decided to take the Acura out on the road and enjoy the New York State Thruway a little bit.

There’s little more enjoyable then hitting the open road at a respectable speed in the vehicle you love.

An Old Friend.

I’ve been doing some work on our media center this week as I’m busy building a computer for the main entertainment system so we can play computer videos, pictures and such on our big television.

As I was messing around with our TiVo tonight, I ran across Xena:Warrior Princess on Logo. I didn’t know Logo was showing the series, but as a huge fan of the show I’m quite glad that they are, so she’s back on our Season Pass list.

There was a quote from tonight’s episode, “The Debt II”, that I particularly liked. It has a spiritual flair to it so I decided to add it to my journal. I’ll share…

“The entire world is driven by a will– blind and ruthless.
In order to transcend the limitations of that world,
    you need to stop willing.
Stop desiring. Stop hating.
To conquer others is to have power; to conquer yourself is to know the way.”

Extreme Same.

With the approach of every new year, I have traditionally formulated a list of all the things I want to change about myself. I’m going to be more outgoing. I’m going to spend less time on the computer. I’m going to lose weight. I’m going to exercise more. I’ve often thought of the new year as the perfect time to do an extreme makeover of myself, to come up with J.P. v2005 or whatever and do a complete re-imaging.

This year I have no desire to do that. It’s the first time in my adult life that I’ve felt this way.

Oh, I have things that I want to do, but I don’t feel the pressing need to correct any perceived faults or to better myself to a pre-conceived image of how I should be, rather than how I am.

Perhaps this is the first time in a long time that I’ve been happy with the way I am.

I don’t think I come off as too repulsive when I meet people face to face or interact with others. I’m no longer afraid to keep things that bother me to myself. I’m no longer afraid to joke with strangers in a public space. I’m no longer constantly measuring myself to the standard of “will they like me” or “do they think I am weird.” Yes, I am likeable and yes, I am eccentric. Big deal. Love me or leave me.

The packaging isn’t that bad either. I’m comfortable in my own skin, so I don’t feel the need to shed a ton of weight. I’m too lazy to do that anyway. I’ll probably continue to grow my beard and shave my head – I’d like to grow my beard until we vacation in May. If that makes people roll their eyes, so be it. It’s my face. And I can’t see myself with a head of hair anymore, I couldn’t even grow a full head of hair if I tried and I’ve accepted that.

I’m going to do more cycling this year. Now that I have a handle on how my on-call weeks for work actually work, I’ve figured out a good way manage recreation and work all together. Will I fall down in a rejected mess if I don’t do a lot of cycling? No, I won’t. Its for fun, no sense in beating myself up over it.

So there’s no Resolution Revolution this year. I’m just me.


Today I start a couple of days of training work. I have to drive to our other office, 50 miles away, for the next two days. Have I mentioned that I’m not a morning person? I’m sitting here staring at my laptop screen like a mindless zombie and I’m not even certain of my full given name.

I think I’ll take a nap on the way. Is it safe to zone out on long commutes?

‘Tween Week.

Here it is the week between Christmas and New Year’s. The time I like to call ‘Tween. You know the drill, only half the people are working in your office so it’s sort of like a regular work week aside from the fact that the malls and big box behemoths are still packed to the brim with surly shoppers too impatient to stand in line at the return counter.

Kids are also off from school this week. They often say that the primary goal of our education system is to prepare a student for the real world, to arm them with the tools they need to survive the rest of their life. That’s why I’ve never understood why schools are closed so much. What are there, 180 days in the school year? That’s less than half a year. Half a year! I wish I could get half a year off from my job. I guess I’m jealous.

But I digress.

It’s a little bit of a challenge here at work during the ‘tween. It’s a slow time, so I try to look busy and resist the urge to go wildly surfing on the internet. You never know who, besides the U.S. Government of course (wave for the NSA man!), is monitoring your online activity, so it’s best to stay away from the porn from 9 to 5. Even that site that beckons “Jerk at work”. Not that I’ve ever been there.

Luckily the geek in me enjoys keeping up with the happenings in the technology and telecommunications community, which is inline with what I do for a living.

Back in my early days of radio as a fill-in d.j. this was a busy week for me. I would get to work as the replacement for the popular night-time slot. Sort of like Joan Rivers sitting in for Johnny Carson, though I was J.P. Marks sitting in for B.B. Good and I didn’t have any of Joan’s plastic look or sound. Listeners would enjoy the show but they preferred to hear the “real” d.j. do her thing.

Maybe I should have used the name ‘Tweener.


Nine years ago…

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It was nine years ago today that Earl and I said “I do”. With Earl’s brother Rick and his girlfriend Helen as our witnesses, we stood at the end of the docks at Penns Landing in Philadelphia on December 26, 1996 and exchanged our vows; our commitment to one another for the rest of our lives. And when we said “I do”, we really meant “I do forever.” There’s no escape hatch, there’s no emergency exits, there’s no bailing out; we are both in it for life.

Every relationship has it’s high points and not so high points. Do we spend every single solitary moment together in marital bliss? Of course not. Are we happy? We’re beyond happy. I can still look at Earl to this day and not help but smile, even in the most heated of arguments (which are somewhat rare, thank the Universe). Earl and I are truly best friends and have a bond that absolutely cannot be broken. We celebrate all that life has to offer, the ups, the downs, the in-betweens. We are quick to take on any adventure as a unit of one. Whether we’re driving across the country in our Jeep, visiting with family or dealing with work-related stress (or arguing about money – he saves, I spend), I like to think that we tackle it head on, souls united.

Life constantly brings us new challenges and adventures. I am fortunate to experience it with my life partner.

A Supportive Mom.

J.P. and his Mom.

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Earl and I are celebrating our 9th anniversary of our commitment ceremony today. My mom offered her congratulations by taking us out to lunch and giving us a card and stuffed black bear for our bear collection.

She’s pretty neat.

A Day In The Life. Christmas 2005.

A Day In The Life.

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Here is the first picture I’ve taken with my new camera, a Sony Cybershot DSC-S40. I had mentioned to Earl that I was tired of taking photos with my cell phone because the camera in it wasn’t that good. I’d rather use a real digital camera and upload photos on my laptop instead of doing the cell phone thing. We have a beautiful digital camera, a Sony Cybershot DSC-F828, which takes absolutely gorgeous pictures. Unfortunately, it’s a little too bulky to use for spontaneous shots out in the wild. With my new baby Sony camera, I can now take quality shots and share them on my blog. I’m am psyched about it.

Earl and I are winding down after an absolutely wonderful Christmas day. We got in last night around 1:30 a.m., slept most of the night and got up early around 7:30. We opened presents… oh wow, the things I have. Wonderful gifts include my aforementioned Sony camera and a Hercules DJ Console which will allow me to spin at clubs using only this new console and my PowerBook G4.


Mom stopped by around 10:00 for brunch and merriment. As I mentioned in the previous entry, we kept in touch with my sister and her boyfriend in Russia throughout the day via webcam on MSN Messenger. It’s good to see technology contributing to life instead of just making it a little more chaotic.

Dad and Karen stopped in around 3:00 for dinner and great conversation as well. It’s nice to be able to honestly say that we had an absolutely wonderful Christmas.

Per tradition, Earl is now relaxing on the couch watching television and getting ready to nap while I sit on the loveseat, blogging with Tom curled up near my feet.

Festive times with family and friends- that’s what Christmas is all about.