So it has been a few months since I have posted anything interesting or in an attempt to be intellectual. For the most part my second job has taken up a lot of time. I currently work 9-5:30 at one job and about 6pm-12am (sometimes 2am) at my other job. My life has become the real Work, Sleep, Eat routine. On my few days off and spare hours I have spent my time with close friends and working on a few side projects. Since I have not had time to work on all of the many posts and topics going through my head, I figured I would do a quick rant post. Buckle in… we are going all over the place in this one!
This is one of the hardest days of my life so far. I have had to say goodbye to Thor, my buddy for almost 16 years. I personally have been down since it has happened and grateful for all of the fun and interesting memories he helped provide my family with. I will always remember him and these are only a few small glimpses into the many memories I will cherish.
So yet another year has passed. Nothing much worth to report, a few accidents, still working hard at the same job and trying to stay active. So the new plan is to make this next year more interesting. This is going to be the year of mental improvement for me and I have some big plans ahead.
For Thanksgiving this year my family was invited over to my sister-in-law’s family Thanksgiving dinner. Normally we have dinner at home with our uncle a few neighbors and sometimes cousins. This typically is about 10 people or less. This year was such a wonderful gathering to be invited to and the weather outside was perfect for sitting outdoors and drinking some beer. Seeing and talking to more of my sister-in-law’s family was a real treat. Over 20 people were gathered around to give thanks and enjoy each others company. I am very thankful that we had the privilege to be invited and that they wanted to be bothered by our presence. By the end of desert I was ready to pass out from all the fun and excitement. I don’t know how the rest of them kept going for hours and hours.
Food is the only medium in art that utilizes 4 of the five senses, taste, touch, sight, and smell. The best chefs know and play with all of these senses to give the customer a really wonderful experience. The food and restaurants don’t have to be very expensive or well known to be wonderful and bring up wonderful memories. With that being said my best friend, Naeroby Nunez, is a true artist and a wonderful chef. Naeroby is currently a sous chef at 1789, a classic American restaurant in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC.
On July 25th, 2015 in a historic train station in Virginia, my brother set forth on a journey with the love of his life. Sarah and my younger brother were married and I couldn’t be happier for them. I had the honor of standing by my brothers side as his best man and the whole thing went without a hitch. From what I could tell the two of them were not nervous about if the other was the one; instead they were excited and ready to be together.
A while back in the news there was a story about a mother who was charged for neglecting her seven year old son… for letting him walk to the park alone. Yes, a Florida mother was charged for letting her son go to the park with out proper supervision. This is absurd right? I ask because as a child growing up my brother and I had a playground down the street of our house and a lot of times would ride our bikes there.
I am sorry to say that my step-grandfather, Veikko, passed away on Saturday, August 30th, 2014. Even though he was technically my step-grandfather, he had always been around since I can remember and in my eyes he was my grandfather as much as my other grandfather, Pentti. Personally this is very hard for me because he was someone we visited regularly and with very fond memories of. Some of my earliest memories are of being back in Finland on the farm just southeast of Lahti in a small place called Hollala.
My little brother, Harri, is getting married… Last night he proposed to a wonderful woman, Sarah, (she did say yes!) and I couldn’t be any happier for the two of them. He did it in front of her family on the OBX which is very simple but perfect in my opinion. My brother deserves the best and someone that really loves him even through disagreements and troubles. She is a good person and has a good family behind her, my brother chosen well and I will be proud to call her sister (-in-law). I am glad she keeps in contact with myself and my parents and includes us in plans. I personally consider that an important trait and it has helped me become closer with my brother. My family absolutely loves her and we think it is a great match and one that will last a very long time.
Here is my year in review as well as what I hope to accomplish in 2014. 2013 was a year of realization for me and 2014 will be the year of accomplishments.
I AM …
a soccer player
a best friend
a rugby player
a shadow priest
a historical military researcher
a long distance driver
a computer repairman
a roadside rescue technician
a curious one
a Lieutenant Colonel
A slapbet commissioner
I am still evolving…
All of these things are a part of me and make me who I am. I am proud of this and look forward to many more titles including father, husband, PHD, and hero. I can do a lot and there is a lot that I could not. Be proud of yourself, talents, and accomplishments because those are what shape your life and the lives of those around you.
Unlike many years before, this has been the best Fourth of July ever. Since 2006 I have had lame or bad time for the big reason I didn’t have anyone to spend the day with or a reason to go out. I didn’t start drinking till I was almost 24 and I didn’t like being in bars before that so I just stayed at home and slept or did something to keep me busy. Also for four straight years I would be working on the highway since it was one of the busiest holidays of the year travel wise. There were plenty of times were I would start at 8 am and be done close to 3 am. Those long days or accidents, tire changes, lockouts, and medical emergencies just ruined the day for me.
For the last week I have been busy enjoying my vacation and resting. This year the timing has really worked out for me to really have fun for a full week while it was somewhat slow at work. I was able to take a full week off to celebrate both my brothers birthday and my best friends birthday.
I am doing this for shuts and giggles because I spent all day thinking about it I figured I would write some of it down.
What would I do if I had won $250,000,000…
Well it is 2013 and what a year 2012 was. I had many high and low points this year. To start off I moved back to DC and spent 3 months in physical therapy working on my knee. I also started working out a lot more and going to the gym. I did loose some weight but not as much as I would have liked.
Merry Christmas everyone! The Christmas season is my favorite time of the year. I know a lot of people say that but for me it really has a lot of great memories and is just beautiful time to celebrate some of the good that happens within humanity. I love giving out many gifts to all of my friends and family and I usually put in a lot of thought into the things I got them because a gift card maybe one thing or just a simple DVD but you want to find the perfect gift to show how much that person means to you because this is the time where we need to cherish and be grateful. For a long time I’ve been a strong believer in the Christmas spirit and also in Santa Claus. I know many of you don’t believe in Santa Claus but I do believe not so much as a man but as a spirt. Many people do wonderful things to help those in need or just to even bring a smile to someones face and that is the spirit I cherish. I spent my fair share this season getting gifts for people and I wish there was more I could do for some of my amazing friends.
Today is Dec 6th which means it is the independence day of Finland. This is a great day to celebrate a great country. Americans claim that USA is the best but really once you look at the statistics and current state of the country you start to question.
This photo has been swarming the Internet and I am sure by now you have seen it and know what it is about. However just incase it is of a 25 year old New York City cop buying a pair of $75 boots and socks for a homeless man. Now you may be wondering why have I decided to comment of this photo and well because this is something as humans we should all be doing. We need to be looking out for our fellow man. We should not rely on government programs or charities to always be there for someone who needs an act of kindness.
So everyone has been talking about the apocalypse, either zombie, nuclear, or natural disaster, it is something on peoples minds. Now personally I think an apocalypse will be interesting, not because of all the death and hardships to ensue, instead I think it will be a good form of Darwinism that creates a clean slate for the human race and get rid of some of the people who give the human race a bad name. Now this will also give us a chance to reboot society and change how we live, work, trade and over all take us back to what is necessary for living. Ofcourse technology is the way that we progress and personally I would much rather see us using technology for space travel and exploration. Just in case however I have come up with a few plans, a few because the first one may never work out and you always need to keep going.
Anyways I have come up with a plan and I will share it with you (since its pretty much just a few friends that read this anyways lol.) Now from the first moments of what ever the cause is for us to feel the need to up and leave, I will gather what ever canned food is in the area and all the water I can load up. Now I will gather family and my few friends and their families because traveling in groups will be the best chance for survival. We will take pick up trucks only because we can load as much water food gas and other supplies as possible. Next we will head west, mainly towards the Appalachian Mountains with our rally point being Lewisburg, WV which is right at I-64. There we will wait a few days for us to gather up, rest and plan our next moves depending on whats going on. This will also be a good restocking point.
My next major move is from our rally point is to start heading northwest with our destination being Hancock, Mi. I know I hated Hancock and going to school there but I have looked at the area and what is around and this is probably the best place I can think of. For one I already have explored the area and know how to get there by heart via multiple roads. Since I already know how to get there I know that for each truck taking this route will need atleast 65 gallons for total fuel. Knowing this I can gather up plenty of gas cans and other tools to get us there.
Now the main reasons for heading to this location seem so simple that it is a must.
1) Water- it is surrounded by the great lakes which are fresh water. Now these water sources are ofcourse polluted but since once can make easy filters using a mixture of sand, clay, and charcoal then boiling. Also having these grand areas of water provide us with both fish and more important defense.
2) Defense- If you look at a map, Hancock is on the Keewenaw Peninsula. This means it is surrounded by water but even better is that it is also cut by a canal. This means it is completely surrounded by water. To make it even better there is only one bridge to cross is which is Portage Lake Bridge. And it gets better because this bridge is a lift bridge keeping people out. All one needs to do is lift the bridge and build either a wood wall along the coast of the canal or atleast defendable positions. Also the locals have plenty of weapons so finding a group to help defend wont be to hard. It is also covered in mountains which gives the high ground advantage
3) Food- Now there are quite a bit of deer in the area and also local farms but relying on those will be illogical since there is a long wither season. Food will be tough but will fishing, cattle, and raiding other bigger cities close by one can stock up and get things going to a large number. Another issue will be gaining access to salt. If you dont realize the importance of salt then you have a problem. Now the idea is that the local food stores and rationing will help but long term new sources will have to be given consideration.
4) Fuel- On one of my drives I found a interesting little fuel farm about 15 miles away from Hancock. I know the locals know about this but this also give a good source of fuel to allow for convoys to go out and get supplies and materials. Ofcourse it will need to be rationed but it is a good start for atleast 6-8 months depending on how its being used.
5) Medicine- There is Portage Hospital right there in Hancock with atleast 200 beds plus a good stock pile of medication it should be a good area to stay a top zombie fighting strength and not having to worry about the flu. There are also plenty of local medical centers and pharmacies to restock.
6) Hostilities- The local population is pretty friendly and I think that they wouldnt turn people away from those who need help. Also the population is the whole upper peninsula is really small so the numbers will not be an issue for resources running out quickly. Plus I doubt many people from the big cities will even consider the UP as a solution and a safe haven.
7) Natural Resources- Not only does the area have fresh water, but it has dense forests which provides one of the basic building materials, wood. From being used to make walls, shelters, tools, boats and fuel for fire, it provides a local clean air and oxygen area which will be needed. This area is also very windy which will be ideal for windy power to keep certain things going.
So those are the main reasons why Hancock is my go to spot and you all are welcome to come find me there. However if things point to Hancock does not my next location is Lonergan, Nebraska. If thats a no go then I will head west or try and get over to Finland, but we will see. Feel free to leave comments or your thoughts.
If I won a million dollars today I would…