Rants, Raves, & Random Thoughts

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Friday, February 20, 2009

In Loving Memory

I’m sure you all remember mentioning the birth of twins in my family. My brother and his wife have enjoyed the unique trials of newborns X2 for nearly three months. Those babies are so cute and have been a big part of my families lives since their arrival. It is the first time we had wee ones to fuss over since my son was born nearly twelve years ago. Needless to say, we were spoiling them rotten.

Yesterday morning, rather than being greeted by bright blue eyes and a playful smile, my brother was greeted with the horror of all horrors. Noah James Goodman passed away in his sleep.

Aleah (his twin sister) is alive and well, I have them all here with me for a couple of days as we try to come to grips with such a horrible tragedy.

I know he was only with us for a short time, but we have a lifetime of memories to remember him by. Losing him just hurts so bad, I feel like a piece of me has been ripped out.

Death is hard on the living, even more so when it is the death of a child. There are too many whys and whatifs and no right answers.

I have so much more to say, but I know it is just a rant and full of emotion and likely not to anyone any good so I will leave it at that.

Please keep my family in your prayers.




Wednesday, February 18, 2009


That’s right, it is time for another installment of The Darwin Awards.

(1996, Canada) Sleeping residents of Chilliwack were awakened early one morning by the sound of a small aircraft flying lower than usual. The engine noise was like a mosquito, zooming too close too quick, then veering away. What the bleep was going on?

In the wee hours of the night, during a bout of heavy drinking, two future Darwin Award nominees concluded that, with neither had a pilot's license nor flight training, they nevertheless knew enough to pilot an aircraft. knew all they needed to know to at a local dive, They drew the obvious conclusion, and decided to take a plane from the small local airport for a drunken joyride over the city. They invited two females along for the ride; fortunately, the level-headed ladies declined.

From idea to execution, the plan evolved quickly. One of the gentlemen worked at the airport and had access to the tarmac. The two men then managed to unlock a plane and get it off the ground and into the sky. They went on to buzz around in the dark, skimming above the roofs of the houses. This went on for an extended period of time.

Eventually they decided to land. They attempted to land on the grassy median between east and west-bound lanes of the Trans Canada Highway. They almost made it under the electrical wires that cross the median. Almost. Where these wires were concerned, fate intervened. Instead of making a soft landing on the grassy verge, the tail clipped the wires, sending the aircraft diving nose-first into the ground and killing both occupants.

Only then were the sleepy Chilliwack residents able to return to their REM sleep.


Monday, February 16, 2009

Catching Up...

We had a great V-Day weekend. Friday night we kept it rather low key. We hung out, listened to some live music and just generally enjoyed each other’s company. I’ve been gone a lot over the last month and it was nice to spend time together.

Saturday I booked us a suite at one of our local casinos and we partied like a couple of twenty-somethings. We danced, gambled, laughed, lived and loved the day and most of the night away.

Sunday we came home and played Guitar Hero until it was time to go pick my son up from his weekend away.

As of right now, I should be in town all week (and working normal hours), so I’m hoping to get by and visit everyone’s blogs.

What have you all been up to while I was away?

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