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The beach

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So, we’re at the beach. Bekah and I hadn’t been on vacation since before w=
e left Texas and this year we were able to squeeze it in. We let Morgan pi=
ck the location and she selected ”the beach.”

By the way, we selected an awesome spot in Seacrest, FL.

Going to the beach with kids is incredible. Thankfully, I was able to capt=
ure the very first moment they saw the ocean on video. It was priceless. =
Morgan has been counting down the days to this moment for nearly two weeks =
and the payoff was worth the wait. =20

We’ve been here several days and have settled into a pretty good routine. =
We get up every morning (which still happens at around 6:30 or 7:00 am), ea=
t breakfast, slather everybody down with sunscreen, put on our bathing suit=
s and head out to the beach. We stay there for several hours, try to keep =
Ian from running headfirst into the Gulf of Mexico, build a couple of sandc=
astles (at least until Ian finds them and smashes them with his feet – we’v=
e actually only completed one castle that survived), eat a snack, walk on t=
he beach to find treasure (seashells in Morganspeak), then head back for lu=
nch and heavy naps.

Rinse and repeat for the afternoon. =20

Tonight, however, we took Morgan out for a walk on the beach by herself (Gr=
anna stayed in the cottage with Ian). I wasn’t ready for the sentimental o=
verload that caused. =20

I’m more of a hiking/camping kind of guy. Even as a teenager, I preferred =
going to the mountains to going to the beach. I don’t like sand and don’t =
like to swim in water where other things are also swimming with me (that is=
other non-human things). However, watching Mommy and Morgan walking on th=
e beach just before sunset looking for seashells was one of my happiest mom=
ents as a father. I got some of it on video, but the rest of it I just too=
k in by myself and enjoyed while it was happening. =20

There was an unceasing sense of awe and wonder on Morgan’s face. With ever=
y step she discovered something new. Every seashell she found was more bea=
utiful than the last. It was wonderful.

I think we’ve started a new family tradition, sand or not. =

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My birthday weekend…

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I’m in Memphis right now.  Kyle and I are here representing MTSU and the TN Governor’s School for the Arts.  This afternoon we each did two workshops and tomorrow we are observing the auditions for the Governor’s School program.  The workshops and auditions are all part of the Tennessee Thespian Conference.

There was a pleasant surprise in store for me when I got here.  It seems that two of my fellow SMU students were also to be in attendance doing workshops for the conference!  So, I had a nice mini-reunion with Shawn Davis and Paizhe Pressley, which was unexpected and random to say the least!  They are both living in NYC and loving it.  What a treat!

The workshops went well, and thankfully, my numbers were very small.  Only the truly dedicated high school student will go to a conference like that and take a workshop on Shakespeare for the Actor when there’s all kind of fun stuff like juggling and improv going on!  I got a great response from the students and that makes it all worthwhile.  It was also a nice dry run for the same workshop which I will be giving at this year’s SETC Convention in Atlanta.

Oh yeah, and Sunday I begin my “Jesus Year.”  I’ve never been all that big on birthday’s, especially my own, and this year is no different.  I don’t dislike getting older, I have just gotten to a point where my birthday is just another day to me.  I know when most people say that, they are actually fishing for the birthday wishes and someone to throw them a surprise birthday party and stuff, but I really mean it.  My birthday has become more about celebrating with my family rather than trying to make a big deal out of it with my friends.

Of course, I’m going to have to change this feeling in the coming years.  I can feel that coming.  My daughter is constantly talking about everyone’s birthdays and the types of parties they will have.  In 2007, she will be 5 and she’s already planning what kind of birthday party she will have.   I think this year is the year of the Little Mermaid.  Apparently, I’m supposed to have a Shakespeare birthday party this year (that’s all she can talk about after seeing me in Hamlet–it was her first time to ever see me on stage).  I’m not sure what kind of birthday Mommy is supposed to have, but Brother is having either a Superman birthday or a Prince birthday party (not the Artist Formerly Known As…) depending on the day.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.  I’m sure I’ll be posting pictures in the Gallery regardless of the final decision.

In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy a nice lunch with the family, an afternoon playing with the kids, and then an nice evening (perhaps even a bottle of wine) with my wife and that’s it.  Nice and simple.

The way things aught to be.

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DragonCon 2006

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So, I just got back home from a weekend jaunt down to Atlanta for DragonCon 2006. This was my first year to go. I went down to participate as a staff member of Needcoffee.com. I sat in on two panel discussions and attended (and helped work) the Gonzo Film Festival. The latter was cool because we debuted a new episode of the Venture Bros.!

Anyway, the family didn’t go, so I had to take a picture to prove that I was a good boy the whole time. Thanks, Misty!

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A new gripe…

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If you know me well, you know that I love my gadgets. In fact, I’m posting this from my Motorola Q right now. However, with great technology comes great responsibility.

Whipping out your cell phone in the middle of an actual conversation is rude; regardless of whether you are answering a call or reading and replying to an SMS. I think we can all agree on that, right? Other pieces of cell phone etiquitte that have evolved over the past several years include being mindful of your ringer volume (or, more importantly, the on/off status of the ringer) in various public locations. That’s why most phones have a vibrate feature!

However, I think it’s time to add another to that list: when and where to wear your bluetooth headset. Last night, my wife and I were at dinner and we couldn’t help but notice the guy sitting at a nearby table who was obviously on a date wearing his headset the whole time. There was a romantic light blue glow radiating from his right ear throughout the entire meal. The best part about the story is that his phone NEVER RANG AT ALL! At least he could have arranged for a buddy to call him halfway through the date so he could pretend to talk someone through the life saving brain surgery of several orphaned kittens or something. You know, make it look good.

You know? Nothing says, “You are not as important as whoever is not currently calling me” quite like that romantic blue glow.

Don’t get me wrong; I love my bluetooth headset. In fact, I just had to buy my third one because I wear them out from over use. In fact, mine stays on and connected most of the time even if I don’t have it in my ear. Maybe I’ve watched too many episodes of 24, I don’t know. Anyway, if I start to carry on a face-to-face conversation with someone, I will take it out of my ear out of repect for the other person – especially if I don’t kow the person well. And I will definitely not wear it while I’m having dinner with a woman as beautiful as my wife (as if that were possible!).

Seriously, if you are in a situation were you can use you phone in the traditional way, do so. Otherwise you just look like you are trying to appear more important than you really are. 

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Fewer gadgets…

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Believe it or not, I now have fewer gagets in my life. According to one of my colleagues on campus, Batman kept calling asking for his belt back.

Anyway, we switched to Verizon yesterday and I got the new Smartphone. My former students will get a kick out of the fact that it’s called the “Q”.

So, this is a test of my capbilities with my new toy…er…phone.

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