Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Star Trek XVIII: The Search For Better Lyrics

November 28th, 2012 No comments

There’s a lot I know about Star Trek, but this particular tidbit took me by surprise. First, it’s important to know that Alexander Courage created the original theme song to Star Trek. Unknownst to Courage, Gene Roddenberry wrote lyrics to the original theme with the sole purpose of receiving royalties from the profits of that theme song. The theme was obviously never released that way (as was intended), and after listening to the theme with the lyrics included, I’m glad it didn’t.

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The Pittsburgh Zoo: The Alzheimers Memory Walk

October 6th, 2012 No comments

The turnout was good this year…even if the weather didn’t exactly agree with us. It was cloudy, cold, and drizzling when we arrived on the scene, bright and early at 8:30 AM. We signed up for the Memory Walk, donned our bracelets, and met up with my brother David, his girlfriend Jen, our mom, and Karl. I was afraid it would be too rainy and cold to enjoy ourselves, but surprisingly the weather gave us a break and began to get nicer as the morning progressed.

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The Carnegie Museums of Art & Natural History: “A Three-Hour Tour”

September 30th, 2012 No comments

Sunday, September 30th, 2012…the Pirate game was going on, the Great Race had just ended, and part of Route 28 was closed due to construction. All in all, this was THE best day to go out and do something. All that was missing from our journey was a sticker on the side of my car that read, “S. S. Minnow.” (Watch your Gilligan’s Island, kids)

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Honey Boo Boo Child (Please Make It STOP!!!)

August 27th, 2012 No comments

I have a bone to pick with a recent sensation that’s been spreading across the globe. In fact, I have a lot of bones to pick. I have a bone to pick with the show. I have a bone to pick with the parents. I have a bone to pick with CYS. And…I have a bone to pick with the general population for watching this sorry excuse for a train wreck.

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Facebook Users That Drive Me (And You) Insane

August 9th, 2012 No comments

Facebook is pretty damn popular. Hundreds upon thousands upon millions of people use it everyday. Of course, this opens the door for all sorts of annoying individuals who feel the need to ruin someone else’s day. You know who I’m talking about.

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Rest in Peace, Victor Cristofanelli

July 28th, 2012 No comments

It is with a heavy heart that I must say goodbye to a man who was my grandfather. Victor Cristofanelli passed away Saturday, July 28th 2012, roughly twelve hours after I had left his bedside earlier that day. It is hard to believe that just a short time ago, I was holding his hand and watching him sleep…and now he’s gone.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation (Season Two)

June 6th, 2012 No comments

We’re back from the Final Frontier to take a gander at season two of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Like the previous article, I’d like to briefly touch on the episodes I liked the most, and why.

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The Courtesies That Mankind Forgot

June 4th, 2012 No comments

I need to take a step away from board games for a minute to get some things off of my chest. There comes a point in a person’s life where they’ve put up with inconsiderate jerks long enough. It is very possible that I am being too overly critical of other people, and it is also very possible that I just expect too much from the general public.

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Memorial Day

May 28th, 2012 No comments

Weather permitting, today has always been a staple day to go outside and grill burgers and hotdogs for the family. Some families go as far as to travel to their local park to spend the day feasting and relaxing with their loved ones. There are those that get away for the weekend and go camping while others might go fishing. Some observe a National Moment of Remembrance while some visit memorials and cemeteries to honor the fallen.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 13th, 2012 No comments

I’ve often maintained that you haven’t lived life to its fullest until you’ve become a parent. Today happens to be the day that we recognize the female of the human species responsible for bringing new life into this world. While not all mothers deserve this honor, there is one in particular that I wanted to recognize for her contributions in my life.

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Stand Back, There’s Science To Do!

May 10th, 2012 No comments

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Shaler Area Middle School to view Carly’s art exhibit (she won first place by the way) and I happened to take a detour into the room where science experiments were brewing. Don’t worry, I won’t turn this into one of those, “why I think you should stay in school” articles…I already did that quite a few times!

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Star Trek: The Next Generation (Season One)

May 2nd, 2012 No comments

There was a lot of debate over whether or not Gene Roddenberry and crew could pull this show off. There were those that felt that Star Trek should have been left alone while others wanted to see a return of the classic crew. I have to be honest, now that I’ve watched the full first season of this show, I’m shocked that it made it through seven seasons. Some of these episodes would have been an excellent substitute for a natural sleep aid…luckily they weren’t all bad. To that end, I’d like to briefly touch on the episodes I liked, and why.

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Real Parenting: The Power Of Knowledge

April 18th, 2012 No comments

What should a person do when they discover that they have a flat tire? How does one buy a house? What should a manager look for in a job applicant? What formula in Excel allows you to remove a set number of characters from a bunch of cells at once? What is the difference between an eighth note and a sixteenth note? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?

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Chuck E. Cheese’s: Then & Now

April 11th, 2012 No comments

Chuck E. Cheese’s has been around for quite some time. My first memory of the place was me getting sick on their pizza during my birthday party. It could very have well been the five life-size puppets that they had on this fake stage that activated every so often to perform a show. I don’t remember much, but I know now that it was probably the bastard spawn of something Stephen King and M. Night Shyamalan had created.

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Real Parenting: Bonding Moments They’ll Remember

April 10th, 2012 No comments

It was roughly 8 PM when I decided to go upstairs and switch over to my pajamas when I looked in on my eleven year old son while I was passing by his room. He was by himself with a mess of Pokémon cards around him…and I mean a real mess. It looked like someone had converted eighty rainbows into one large alcoholic beverage, chugged it in five seconds flat, and ejected it along with whatever food they had consumed over the past three months onto the floor.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation (Introduction)

April 5th, 2012 No comments

Before we begin looking at Star Trek: The Next Generation, I think we should review the cast of characters and address what Star Trek is really about…just so that I don’t have to keep repeating myself.

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