Rants, Raves, & Random Thoughts

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Out and About

I just can’t get over how friendly the good people of Corpus Christi are. It’s almost humbling to be in the presence of such perpetually unabashed kindness.

After dinner yesterday, I decided to slip over to The Executive Surf Club for a little music and a tasty beverage or two. I stepped up to the bar, card in hand to start a tab, and the guy next to me sees the card and quips, “Hey, it’s mighty nice of you to buy a round for the bar.”

I cut him a sideways glance, crack a smile and proceed to place my order. As I walk away I tell the bartender to put the fellow’s next drink on my tab. He comes outside (they have a patio area where the live music is performed) determined to return the favor. His name is Mike (a transplant from Alaska) and turns out to be a very amicable man. After a nice conversation, he suggests we slip down the block to The Havana Club, a quaint, upscale little cigar bar often frequented by some very interesting individuals. I say sure and we make the short jaunt to the new haunts within minutes.

Once inside, he introduces me to a merry band of troublemakers from all walks of life, but who’ve known each other since high school (in one instance since elementary). We made fast friends and before I knew it, they whisked me away to a great little Italian restaurant (I insisted that I’d already eaten for the evening, but they kindly pointed out, I didn’t have to eat to enjoy good company). It turns out, this is a great group of people. The dinner conversation was lively and colorful and they have a long time relationship with the proprietor of the restaurant (a wonderful Sicilian who was delighted when I introduced myself in Italian and inquired about his origins) so the banter often included playful outbursts from the owner. It was a grand experience and seemed to capture the very essence of what I’ve come to enjoy so much about this little city on the bay. I will definitely look them up on my next trip to Corpus.

I’m headed home in just a couple of hours. By the time, my wife gets home from work. I should be in Tulsa (or fairly close). As much fun as I’ve had on this trip, I still have to say…there’s no place like home. Here’s to sleeping in my own bed tonight.


Wednesday, June 27, 2007


It’s time for another installment of The Darwin Awards. Ok, this one is in honor of my new leash Blackberry.

(20 January 2004, Ventnor, New Jersey) A high school student accidentally dropped his cell phone from the Dorset Avenue Bridge. Fortunately the river had frozen over, so the phone landed on the ice, apparently intact. To a dedicated cell phone user, losing one's phone is like losing an appendage. And what loyal friend would not try to retrieve your arm or leg if it had somehow fallen off a bridge and landed on thin ice? The survival of our species depends on mutual support.

Two days later, Bruce, 17, volunteered to fetch the phone. He figured the ice, which was only an inch thick in places, was strong enough to hold him for the rescue mission. Another friend urged Bruce to give up and go back to shore. "I can do it," Bruce insisted.

A bridge attendant also warned him to stay off the ice, but, as his mother explained, "It's just something Bruce would have done." The attendant rushed to his post to call the police. He was on the phone when a bystander told him that someone had fallen in. An officer arrived at the scene moments later to find Bruce partially submerged in the 35-degree water. The officer dashed to his car for a rescue buoy. When he returned, Bruce had already gone under. His body was recovered the next morning.

Bruce did not die in vain. The cell phone was recovered.

(10 February 2004, New York) Exactly three weeks later, 18-year-old Lina, of Queens, jumped onto the subway tracks to retrieve her new cell phone just as the V train was rounding the corner into the Grand Avenue station. She apparently expected to hop right back up onto the platform, five feet above the tracks, but after two attempts, she was still stuck. As the lights of the oncoming train shone in the tunnel, two men tried to pull her up, but she was knocked out of their hands as the train rushed into the station, emergency brakes squealing. She died along with her cell phone.


Monday, June 25, 2007


Well, I did indeed make it home for the weekend. Now, I’m on my way back to Corpus for a few days. I will be back on Thursday evening, take Friday to set up a couple of meetings (and get laundry done) and head out Saturday morning for my cruise. I’m so excited, I can’t hardly stand it.

This weekend was the first time I had a chance to see my son since Father’s Day. He came home bearing gifts. He bought me a new pocket knife, made me a whip (because it makes a really cool sound) and a T-shirt (it was two sizes too small, but it’s the thought that counts).

We went to see Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer on Saturday. We were all three very excited about seeing this movie and it didn’t disappoint. It was a fantastic movie.

We also bought Ghost Rider it was a good movie also, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did the Silver Surfer. There were a few parts that seemed a bit unnecessarily cheesy. Over all it was a good movie and I’m sure I will watch it again.

Sunday we slipped over to Claremore for a bit. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law had a catastrophe with their big tent fireworks stand. The creek which ran near it flooded. What is normally bone dry this time of year, found itself covered in three or more feet of water. Good times were had by all.

I’m sure you guys remember my story The Dance.You know…the one about the serial killer, his demon lover and the quirky cop who is trying to stop them. Well it turns out it now has a home, though not in a place you might expect. It was picked up by Resplendence Publishing . Why is that unusual? Resplendence is a Romance Publisher. That’s right, I’m now James Goodman…Romance Writer. I was surfing around the net awhile back and ran across their website. They are a new company and they have a category for Horror and Dark Fantasy. I figured what the hell, it’s worth a shot. It seems to have been worth the shot and then some.

They loved the story, but said it lacked certain aspects that would make it more appealing for their target audience and wanted to know if I would be open for revision. Would I? Damn straight. The premise of the story will remain the same, but it will have a few more romantic factors added and perhaps a bit more steam in the bedroom scenes.

I made a verbal agreement over the weekend and I’m now waiting for the contract to come in the mail. I’ll keep you posted as the process progresses.

I’m also still working on the novella which took me out of the blog-o-sphere for a bit, but it will probably have to take a back seat to The Dance as the revisions roll in. This seems to be quite the exciting time on the writing front.

So, how was your weekend?

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Air time

Thanks for all of the kind words in response to my last post. It is definitely appreciated.

I’m a feather in the wind. I’m a bottle tossed in the sea. I’m a man on the move. I’m…back in Corpus. We indeed finished the project, so I came back down here to deliver my report and answer any questions about my findings. It ought to be a wonderful little session.

I’ll be flying home on Friday. I miss my wife and son something fierce. It will be good to be back in my own bed and not be alone when I lose myself to sleep’s embrace.

I understand there is a better than average chance that I will need to come back to Corpus next week for a couple of days to help tie up a few loose ends (not of my making, but I’m still all over it) before I settle in for vacation. It’s good to be needed, but I just wished it would get back to where I’m saving the day from the comfort of my own home.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

So Far Away

Wow! Has it really been that long since I posted? Sorry about that, but I’ve been really busy. I got a really good jump on the story I mentioned in the post before, then all hell broke loose. I flew down to Corpus Christi for a few days to pick up some information and meet everyone else who is working on a big project in Memphis.

Yep, I was put in charge of the Instrument and Controls portion of the gig, so I hopped on a plane and flew to Memphis, Tennessee with a small but enthusiastic entourage. I’ve tried to keep the hours down to eleven a day or less for the last week. I had to make time to see the sights of Memphis after all. We’ve been to Graceland(I thank ya, thank ya very much), slipped down to Tunica, experienced the wonderment of Beale Streetand ate at all the hot BBQ joints in the area. Now that I’ve experienced these things first hand, I can safely say people should do at least three out of the four at least once in there lives. Now, I’m ready to come home.

I was scheduled to be here until the day before I leave on vacation. Did I mention I’m leaving on an 8 day cruise at the end of the month? As of today, it looks like we will wrap up my section by the end of the week. Keep your fingers crossed; I could be back in my own bed by this weekend.

So what have you been up to in my absence?


Friday, June 01, 2007

Pause for the Cause

We interrupt our regularly scheduled posts for an important project. Yes, I’m burying myself in my latest work, so my posts here will be even spottier than they have been of late. I need to write about a 40,000 word story and I only have about four weeks with which to come up with the idea, put it to paper (or pixel as the case may be), revise, edit, polish and send off said story.

Yeah, I have my hands full, but I’m pretty sure it will be totally worth it. Stay tuned for more details.


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