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Elliott: The October Surprise

You don’t know it, but you were supposed to enter the world on the 23rd of September, 2011.  It is now four days later, September 27th, 2011 and your mom and I keep joking that even through the eviction notice has been given, the water is leaking a bit, you still have your feet on the couch (your mom’s bladder).  In the coming days, things will get more obvious and hopefully you will give it up.  I can promise you that you will have much better digs out here, in the real world– and all the free milk you can possibly suckle, poop and puke.  Not to mention other things like lots of warm blankets, meeting both sides of your grandparents and a really beautiful doggie– not to mention a very, very impatient Mummie and Daddy.

Tom Petty is right, the waiting is the hardest part.

We have been hanging out, waiting, for the last couple of weeks– because all of the babies that have been born in recent time, you seem to be the only one who not only loves his apartment, but is also taking such good care of it as well!  You still have plenty of fluid and placenta, so all seems to be working well.  I do seem to think that you have been staying inside because you know that Daddy needed to get to a good place with a couple of his projects that he needed to get to a good place so he could focus on spending as much time with you as possible– but the other side of me thinks, as your Uncle Fargo called you– the Reggie Jackson baby… The October surprise…

But you still have several days to come and we have yet another doctor’s appointment in the afternoon and he is going to try to make Mommy a little flexable and make the apartment floor a little thinner.  We are knocking, but you ain’t answering.  Oma and Opa will be here on Thursday, which will be very exciting, but they are only here for a very short time, 2.5 weeks, so you have some time to enjoy, but soon we will all be here, waiting, trying to do other things when really all we want to do is watch you grow into the person we have been waiting so long to see.

So sleep well in your little apartment, sweet prince and come out when you are ready.  If not, were going to get the super in October and come in and get you.  Try not to be too pissed, but we can’t wait much longer. 🙂

Moneyball: Why it doesn't work for me..

Why Moneyball doesnt work...'

Moneyball, the latest film from Brad Pitt, was a terrible disappointment.  The story itself isn’t one of the more glamorous tales behind baseball, America’s game.  It does register the question how any of the smaller market teams can possibly ever compete with the big money spenders, like the New York Yankees.  Let’s face it, data and stat’s aren’t exciting, specifically in a game like baseball, so I wasn’t expecting a lot of excitement, but this film is about as boring as watching two terrible teams at the end of the regular season– pointless.

Pitt’s performance is decent, but as the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, there isn’t much excitement to the character.  He seems something in Jonah Hill’s character, who is clearly underplayed in this film, and hires him on because he is desperate.  It’s a risk and of course it somewhat yields rewards– if it didn’t, Hollywood would have a pass.

But, Pitt can’t make this film exciting.  It plays out much like baseball, mostly dull to watch, but we watch because we appreciate the sport– we appreciate what COULD happen, but with MoneyBall, the action never really gets us there.  I do think that the critics and audiences will laud this film as something new and fresh–because there is so little dialogue and action in the film, think Moon with Sam Rockwell– but this has other characters in it, but none of them really matter all that much against Pitt’s character, who is calm and cool throughout the film but he doesn’t have any real story to him–it’s the supporting cast who this character basically leaches off of.  It’s a disappointment, so much to the point that I would consider it a pass.  We will see what it does come Oscar time.

The problem with this film is the problem with watching baseball as a whole– it’s a past time–something to pass the time, to enjoy life as it passes us by– but that isn’t why we watch film.  Film has a much more cerebral intent to it.  The canvas of the power of film allows for any story to unravel itself, baseball is just one of millions stories to be told and this film could have attempted to further expose the real problem with baseball, the disparity of the financials behind the franchises, but that is almost a note in the back.  Moneyball attempts to showcase the thing that drives all American’s–that no matter how little the resource, you can be king, even just for a day.  The problem with that is that is only temporary, an anomaly, a peak on the radar– but the radar, until the rules of the game are changed, are still owned by the teams that bankroll the sport– the organizations that are really the moneyball.  When you look closely at this film, it doesn’t make you appreciate the sport anymore than you did before– instead it seems to make you even sicker about the money behind it all than it did before.

Anyone who follows the sport can see across the league– something is needing to change-unless you are in New York or Boston and that is something even Brad Pitt can’t save.

Moneyball: Why it doesn’t work for me..

Why Moneyball doesnt work...'

Moneyball, the latest film from Brad Pitt, was a terrible disappointment.  The story itself isn’t one of the more glamorous tales behind baseball, America’s game.  It does register the question how any of the smaller market teams can possibly ever compete with the big money spenders, like the New York Yankees.  Let’s face it, data and stat’s aren’t exciting, specifically in a game like baseball, so I wasn’t expecting a lot of excitement, but this film is about as boring as watching two terrible teams at the end of the regular season– pointless.

Pitt’s performance is decent, but as the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, there isn’t much excitement to the character.  He seems something in Jonah Hill’s character, who is clearly underplayed in this film, and hires him on because he is desperate.  It’s a risk and of course it somewhat yields rewards– if it didn’t, Hollywood would have a pass.

But, Pitt can’t make this film exciting.  It plays out much like baseball, mostly dull to watch, but we watch because we appreciate the sport– we appreciate what COULD happen, but with MoneyBall, the action never really gets us there.  I do think that the critics and audiences will laud this film as something new and fresh–because there is so little dialogue and action in the film, think Moon with Sam Rockwell– but this has other characters in it, but none of them really matter all that much against Pitt’s character, who is calm and cool throughout the film but he doesn’t have any real story to him–it’s the supporting cast who this character basically leaches off of.  It’s a disappointment, so much to the point that I would consider it a pass.  We will see what it does come Oscar time.

The problem with this film is the problem with watching baseball as a whole– it’s a past time–something to pass the time, to enjoy life as it passes us by– but that isn’t why we watch film.  Film has a much more cerebral intent to it.  The canvas of the power of film allows for any story to unravel itself, baseball is just one of millions stories to be told and this film could have attempted to further expose the real problem with baseball, the disparity of the financials behind the franchises, but that is almost a note in the back.  Moneyball attempts to showcase the thing that drives all American’s–that no matter how little the resource, you can be king, even just for a day.  The problem with that is that is only temporary, an anomaly, a peak on the radar– but the radar, until the rules of the game are changed, are still owned by the teams that bankroll the sport– the organizations that are really the moneyball.  When you look closely at this film, it doesn’t make you appreciate the sport anymore than you did before– instead it seems to make you even sicker about the money behind it all than it did before.

Anyone who follows the sport can see across the league– something is needing to change-unless you are in New York or Boston and that is something even Brad Pitt can’t save.

Sept 23rd — The Due Date

He is a little occupied

I awoke and the first thing I thought, today could be the day.
I had been thinking this same thought for the last several days, but today is supposed to be the day.
I went about my day as if nothing were different. Doctor’s appointment at 10:30, our regular doctor is out of the office– this is going to be a rubber stamp Dr’s appointment.
Not even close. This new doctor, running late, took pause when she saw that today was the day. She went in to check out what was happening, asking us if we wanted her to strip the membrane. This is an awkward question that we weren’t previously coached on– and I thought they went over EVERYTHING at the baby classes– but, come to think of it, they spent a long time discussing the drugs and then it was onto diapering and breasting and wholla– 7 weeks of the pregnancy are in the rear view mirror.
Nothing about stripping a membrane.
But, it wasn’t time for that– so that is something we have to look forward to. After confirming that it wasnt time to strip the membrane, she then took a measurement and Lili was slightly less round than last week, which means the fluid level may have dropped, so the Dr grabbed a portable ultrasound machine and went to have a look. That looked good, but she wanted to monitor the baby’s heartbeat for an extended period of time and see what was going on This is officially where the waiting began. They hooked Lili up to a set of monitors to see what the contraction level and baby’s heartbeat was– and that looked good, but she wanted to get an ultrasound. We went to see the woman that we saw for our first couple of ultrasounds– and we both really like her– so that was special– but, these late term ultrasounds dont have anything very exciting– the baby is fairly far down in the pelvis and so you can’t really see the kid all that well– needless to say, that went according to plan and we thought that would be all of it… but it wasn’t. The doctor looked at all of that data and decided that we should then go to LABOR AND DELIVERY for more monitoring. This is where things get real.fast.
We were a little apprehensive about the experience at Overlake Hospital because when we toured with the group– it was less than ideal– there was a massive backup and all of rooms were not available for touring, except for the c-section room– which really, isn’t the most ideal room to tour…
However, I have to tell you, it was a good experience, the nurse that assisted us was awesome and she could see that we hadn’t eaten and offered to order us something from the menu– and so we got our first sample of hospital food– and I have to tell you, it has changed since my last hospital visit. So while we waited and waited and waited, we at least had a little nourishment to last us through the visit.
And the verdict?
Rest for the weekend and we will go in on Monday afternoon 3:30pm. I wont be surprised if we go and do this all over again… Elliott is simply enjoying his last moments in his growing smaller apartment.. Lili, as the landlord, wants to evict tenant in the next 72 hours.
We shall see if that happens…
Stay tuned.

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Technology takes it away….

I am not sure how anyone gets any real writing done anymore. I have spent the last couple of hours, wanting to write about what’s going on with the baby, how things are progressing, because I got too hung up on the back-end of the site. It wasn’t too long ago that I was writing a great deal about the most mundane things, just to get my thoughts on paper– not to be prolific or anything, but to get something documented for some future time. Now, because I work in technology, I am always bothered by something that isn’t quite right with this or that and spend more time trying to fix a technical problem than documenting what I can to do in the first place.
Technology, because it is in it’s infant stages, is overwhelming at times. We are in such a hurry to get projects done that they are often thrown together without the thought and time needed to really vent the issues and get everything correct and stable. I see this a lot in the work that gets done where I work, but it’s a small shop, so mistakes are accepted as part of the process and often they are not significant enough to really cause much of an uproar– but you need time to really do something correctly and I feel like the American business model itself is not as sustainable as it needs to be– and that could be why we are having the problems we are having at the national level– we have automated ourselves so fast and in a lot of ways we know what we are doing isn’t the right way, but it is A way to do things and “in this economy” anyway that you can seem to make money, well that should be okay to do just that.
I just want to look forward to the day when we can use this technology for the best — when writers can make a good wage writing and the general public will once again read information instead of letting someone appear on an overly expensive monitor to read to them. Something gets lost in all of that– and I think it’s called advertising.
Anyway, it’s late and I am rambling, but that is moreso what is on my mind for tonight.
The baby, well I think he is going to be a little bit late. He is due on friday, but I think he is going to wait until the middle of next week to come into this world. I think he is very comfortable in his apartment right now… 🙂