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Monkey Joe's

Took my 2-year old son to Monkey Joe's today, which is one of those inflatable playground places where the kids can bounce off the walls and floors. He didn't quite get into it this time, but I think he'll have a lot of fun there if we keep taking him back.

Parenting: Time? What Time?

So my son, Vincent, is turning two in two days, and I've finally realized that I haven't visited LiveJournal since soon after his birth. In all the mess that is being a new parent and my starting a new job right after that, I just forgot about it. Once it was sufficiently out of sight, it was out of mind.

Or maybe it was that I moved some of my activity to Facebook because there's about 10 times as many people that follow me there than here? That might be part of it, but it's also that I interact with Facebook through my Twitter client, Tweetdeck. Tweetdeck doesn't do LiveJournal, too. I'm on Twitter because I follow people I respect professionally there, and following them lets me keep up with what's going on in the world that pays me.

Those of you that haven't found me on Facebook haven't heard some good news: I have another baby due on August 4. Hooray! :) Anyway, I'm going to give some time here again for a little bit and see how it goes. Hopefully I'll still be around to give updates on Baby #2 in six more months.
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Healthy Baby Boy at 2:42 PM

My wife delivered Vincent (Vinny) at 2:42 PM by cesarean today. Baby's stats are 7 pounds 1 ounce and 20 inches long. He's really healthy and good looking. He has his mom's face and his dad's chin.

I have lots of photos, but I cannot upload them until tomorrow.
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Soon Now

For those of you waiting for the good news, the time is almost upon us. The doctors have decided to use drugs to make it happen. Watch this space on Tuesday, February 10, probably some time after noon.

Dear Obamaphiles:

Main link to this article from my infrequently used Power Blog:

Don't be too proud of this ideological terror you've elected. The ability to lead a nation is insignificant next to the power of the people.

And remember that the more things "Change", the more things stay the same.

In other words, the power to change this nation is in us as people, and I am specifically trying to imply that our power to effect change is not practiced in a voting booth.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled fanaticism. Please let go of my neck.
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Here is the recipe for my famous yummy meatballs:

Meatball Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 small or 4 large cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice


  • 90 oz. pasta sauce (I recommend Ragu Old World Traditional if you do not make your own sauce)
Mince the garlic and mix all meatball ingredients together. Form about 50 small meatballs from the mixture. Pour pasta sauce into a large cooking pot. Add raw meatballs to the cold sauce; make sure the sauce covers all the meatballs (do not brown). Heat on medium-high until sauce begins to bubble, then cover the pot and turn heat down to medium until sauce is consistently simmering, then turn heat down to medium-low or low to maintain simmering. Continue to cook for 90 minutes after sauce began simmering, stirring occasionally.


Ground turkey has been substituted for the meat with excellent results, so I expect other meat substitutions will work well, too. If anyone can mangle the recipe to make vegetarian meatballs (or even vegan meatballs if cheese and egg substitutes are also found), I am interested so please let me know. The meat is not to be browned before cooking because the flavors of the meatballs and the pasta sauce are meant to mix together more than they do in traditional recipes where browning the surface of the meatballs prevents as much exchange of flavor. At the end of cooking, the sauce will be a "lightly meated" meat sauce. A relatively plain pasta sauce is purposely used at the beginning so that the resulting sauce reflects the flavor of the meatballs; keep this in mind when deciding on what sauce to use. Also, if you prefer larger meatballs, adjust the cooking time upward to keep them on the heat long enough to cook through.

Give me some feedback on the recipe if you try it out! Thanks!
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I have just done seven days in a row of exercise on my wife's elliptical. I'm going to keep this up for a while and see what happens. I have not done any good exercising since moving to my house in the middle of nowhere five years ago, since driving anywhere with either a tennis court or a martial arts place with convenient hours stopped being easy options.