This dude…

…on a small kit! What are we doing? I don’t know…

How far we’ve come…

Eight years ago, I was around a bonfire at the beginning of a new journey. Distinctly burning the past…

…last night I was there for an old one, gathered with old friends, remembering the life of one who passed.

A lot has changed in me over the past eight years. And it’s moments like this where we step back and take stock of whats what.

In these 8 years, I’ve learned…

…what fatherhood is…
…what a ‘partner’ is…

And I’ve learned that I have to actively balance myself…
…look out for myself…
…and accept and love myself the way I do for others.

Cuz goddamn I do.

Keep your loved ones close. Live like you mean it. This life doesn’t discriminate, only we do.

So bear threw up the other night…

…thought it was a stomach bug, but then she was fine…

…then that night, she threw up again…

…So I thought it was something she ate…

…stopped giving her that, but then threw up again the next night…

…so I took her to ER. No idea what was up. They said she may have eaten something bad, or was backed up?

Fine now. But a scary experience for her. Had to get CT scan and an Xray.

Flying Squirrels!

So, after last year’s game, I was excited to try and take Madison to another game. So we got tickets for the Squirrels opening night…

…right out of the gate (literally, the entrance) we ran into ‘Nutasha’, we were chasing Nutzy, but he went into a party room, and then right behind us, there she was…

…and we ran into her again in the store…

…this was a sold out night (10th year they’ve done that), so the stadium was packed, the lines for food and stuff were LONG…

…and it got super chilly. But overall a great game. 1-0 shutout for the Squirrels. Great night.

Avail / Library

Avail announced they’d be playing reunion shows, internet went nuts, So to try and meet demand, they announced more tickets for more dates. So knowing folks would line up, I went down to see folks, catch up. It was cool seeing so many old friends. Rarely get to do that cuz I go to bed earlier…


(that paper is about the RPS overcharging the city on expenditures, seemed ironic with the abandoned papers next to it)

… and I had Madison with me, across the block is the Library of Virginia. So LIBRARY TRIP!…

…there was an exhibit about immigrants in virginia, featuring stories and items from folks. It was really cool. Felt like a nice counterpunch to the fear mongering that the right usually brings in…

…is she making the same expression as the cat on her shirt? So cute….

…and then to the records section to look up my family…

…looks like fines paid by family members to sheriffs…

…by way of lawyers?….

…then I went to the chesterfield section, found this cool old pic of some boy scouts, love this stuff…

…and a super informational map of the county…

…pocohantas…

…first iron furnace in US. Cool!