Archive for the ‘Fun’ Category




If this is the case, then is the local coffee shop my home?

Or maybe the local Chinese restaurant?


Heck, it might even be my kid’s school.

I think I’m having an identity crisis…

Ran across this today…


My goodness. How times change.

Too true

Mrs. Technocrat will appreciate this…


I can’t speak for her mind, but this is totally how her computer is.

All. The. Time.

And the winner is…


If you recall, Mrs. Technocrat and I have had a blog challenge going for a while now. “HAD” being the key word here.

You see…I WON!

Despite Mrs. Technocrat’s boasting, superior blogging experience and general pompous attitude, she slipped up last week and didn’t blog.

CHA-CHING!!! It’s over!

To be fair, she’s had some hellaciously busy weeks.

But that’s all the sympathy I’m going to give her.

/Gloating_mode = ON.

Oh YEAH. The sweet smell of victory.

I saw a quote last week that pretty much sums up my feelings right now.

“Winners never fly higher than when they are bouncing up and down on the corpse of their defeated foes.”

Yup. LOVE that.

So while I get nothing for winning other that bragging rights….brag I shall.

And frequently.

And for the foreseeable future.

So you’ll have to excuse me if this is a short post today.

I need to go get on my IM client and remind Mrs. Technocrat that I won the blog challenge.

Do I ever…


I think that of late, I’m starting to appreciate this more and more.

Being a kid is a hell of a lot more fun than being an adult.

Not saying that being an adult doesn’t have it’s perks (Driving, voting, sex, drinking, buying cool shit), but being a kid has a level of freedom that can only come from one thing. A lack of responsibility.

Yup that’s it. The key difference between being a kid and an adult. Lack of responsibility.

Mrs. Technocrat and I have been talking a lot of late about this sort of thing. It really hit home last night that we are getting “older”. With that comes increased responsibility.

Some of our friends are starting to transition into this. They have kids going to college.

/scared_face = on

Yes, friends of ours (that are our age) have kids going to college.

What. The. Holy. HELL!!??!!

How did that happen?

Several of them (the parents, not the kids) have remarked that they wish for a simpler time.

Now don’t get me wrong. We (the parents) wouldn’t trade our lives. It’s just that we don’t consider ourselves “old”.

Hell…many of us have trouble considering ourselves “adults”, much less “responsible adults”.


My two kids are a ways a way from college, but it’s not THAT far away.

Driving is the next big thing and that frightens me.

Teaching them how to drive, and drive safely, in today’s world.

Heaven help me.

So, I return to the above image.

Peter Pan had it right.

I particularly like that whole “flying” thing.

Plus, Tinker Bell was HOT.



I’m heading out next week for a bit of a vacation from life. So don’t panic.

I’ll be back (no…no Terminator voice here).

It’s been more than a year since I’ve had a real vacation (no, moving my elderly father from Kansas to Wisconsin doesn’t count), so it’s going to be nice to get some time away.

We’re heading to San Diego for about 10 days. I’m really looking forward to it, but maybe not for all the reasons you’d expect.

You see, I’ve never been to California for fun.

Sure, I’ve been there lots, but it was always for work. You know the drill. Fly in. See the airport. See the shuttle to the hotel. See the hotel. See the conference center or the offices (depending on the trip). See more of the hotel. See the shuttle to the airport. See the airport.

I’ve probably done that 8 times in the past 10 years. But I’ve never gone just for fun. Never gone to see anything of the state.

So I’m looking forward to it.

San Diego, the zoo, Balboa Park, the Midway (that’s an aircraft carrier), beaches, ocean, etc. I hear they have good sushi out there.

I’ll be taking a bit of a blogging break also, so don’t panic when you don’t see me for a bit. I know you all are watching the blog challenge Mrs. Technocrat and I have going (still going…..) but we’ve mutually agreed to take a break for the duration of the vacation.

So, see you all in early August.


My new obsession

I have a bit of an obsessive personality. I fully and completely admit that.

Not something I’m particularly proud of, but it’s the way I’m wired up.

However, when I find something I truly love, that is fun, and most of all relaxing….watch out.

I’m hooked.

Yeah, there’s a pun there.

I’ve rediscovered fishing.

Growing up I loved to fish. There were a few “ponds” around our area, but they were few and far between. So I didn’t get to go very often.

It just wasn’t convenient. I think the closest one was 20 minutes away.

However, up here in Wisconsin, there are lakes everywhere.

And they have fish in them!!!!

This all started a couple weeks ago.

The local Optimist Club had a “Kids Fishing” day at one of the little ponds close to us. First 100 kids got a free fishing pole and reel.

So Mrs. Technocrat and I took the boys and off we went.

It was a blast. Sure enough we got their in time and both boys got a free pole. Nice ones too. Noting fancy but solid poles and spincast reels.


Then they got to fish a bit on the pond. At then end of the day the youngest caught one fish (with Dad’s help).

But Dad got the itch again. I’d forgotten how much fun it is. Life got in the way and I hadn’t been fishing in years.

Best of all, it’s RELAXING!!! Something I need in my life.

I still had a cheap pole in the garage, but no reel. So when I remembered the Dick’s Sporting goods gift card sitting on my dresser…off I went.

I picked up a solid little Shimano spinning reel and some supplies.

Yeah. I’m hooked again. (Yup, pun intended again)

I’ve been multiple times in the past couple weeks and love it. I’m remembering all the great things about just being outside and fishing.

Living here is the perfect enabler for this sort of thing.

I can get home from work and in 10 minutes be on water fishing. Perfect. I can fish for a half an hour to an hour and still head home and cook dinner.

This is where my obsessive personality comes into play. It’s too damn easy.

The proximity to water is calling me.

The boys love it and it’s something we can do together.

Mrs. Technocrat even likes to fish a bit.

So, I think I may have found there perfect obsession.

Random Thoughts

Love the weather lately.

Yeah. Truly. I do.

I love getting rain that you measure in feet instead of inches.

Nothing like storm after storm after storm after storm.

Oh, and then there is the constant water in our basement because the outside it too muddy for our repair people to actually fix the leak.

Yeah. I love it.

If I ever look out my window and see pairs of animals walking down the street, I’m leaving.


I think my wife is about to go through yet another iPhone.

This time it’s not her fault. That I an prove.

She’s been complaining that her phone is getting hot when it charges.

This is how the last one started to “go”.

WTF Apple!?!?!

I mean really?


You used to make products I could and would defend to other people. Now…I’m questing if I want to continue with your phone platform.

Love my Apple computers.

But the phones?

/Spock_eyebrow = up


It’s firefly season again in Wisconsin.

No I don’t mean the sci-fi TV show.

I mean the luminescent little bugs.

Mrs. Technocrat and I have a place we walk in the evening. Its a nature preserve/trail with lots of trees, bushes, vegetation in general and a stream.

This time of year, if you go at the right time at night, it looks like a billion little starts have fallen to earth and are twinkling away.

Pure summer beauty.

It’s strange, but with the lights, the vegetation, the near darkness (for the perfect time) and sound/smell/feeling of the stream and the humidity, it’s like being inside a Disney ride. You know, one of those “water” rides like Pirates of the Caribbean.

Love. It.

Words to live by…