Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The day was just packed...

"They cooked us BBQ. I am pretty sure that is southern for 'We like you.' "

So last Friday was my birthday, and
it was without a doubt the best birthday I've ever had. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the park!

The day started out with a birthday party at Imo's, complete with balloons and a Transformers theme (thank God I didn't have to wear a pirate hat and eye patch like last year!). The cake and cookies were made by Denise and Tara. Then it was off to the Laundromat to do the 11 or so loads of laundry that had accumulated at the bottom of my closet.

Then back home to make lemonade and pack the car and head to Lions Club Park. This was without a doubt the biggest and best picnic ever. Lots of new folks joined us for the first time, I even knew some of them! The attendance was over 30 at last count. Thanks to Malcolm we had an awesome and unexpected pork tenderloin and to Patti and Marcus for the baked beans, and to the Hartmans for the awesome homemade Nutty Chocolate Shake (my favorite!), and to Denise and Tara for the wonderful desserts. Thanks to everyone for the presents and well-wishes.

When the party started to wind down, some of the gang spelled out "Happy B-Day Bryan" (among other things) around the Lions lake using hundreds of giant glow sticks.

When the picnic came to an end, I found myself sitting at a table at Sonic with some good friends, sipping on a giant watermelon slush and wishing that the day didn't have to end...

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

All you got is your friends...

Here's an excerpt from a book by Walter Mosley called
Devil in a Blue Dress:

EASY
If you got a friend that does bad and you still keep
him as your friend, even though you know what he's
like... Do you think that's right?


ODELL
All you got is your friends, Easy.
I thought about what Odell had said about friends
and it made sense to me. Odell goes to church
every Sunday, so he would know. Later on, he
challenged me to a game of dominoes. And what'd
he do that for? We got to talkin' 'bout Texas
and fooled around and drunk almost a quart of
whiskey... And I forgot about (my troubles) and
sat with my friend, on my porch at my house, and
we laughed a long time...

It seems like when it's time to make a major
decision in life, I find myself thinking about
my friends. I want to leave, but I don't want to
leave my friends. So I stay, and one-by-one,
they leave me.

I find myself wondering what the
prophetic Odell would say about my situation?

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Vacation - what to do?

This week it rained.

I took the next couple of weeks off. I have no idea where to go or what to do.

I've got a few errands to do, but I did most of them before the vaca even got started.

I have some photos to edit and deliver - that'll take a day.

I've got a BBQ scheduled in Rolla for my birthday - probably no one will come.

I have a baseball game in KC scheduled for Saturday and a birthday party on Sunday.

I just found out that my home town of Lamar, MO is having the summer fair during the vacation - maybe I'll go there.

I've been thinking of opening a photo studio - maybe I'll head to St Louis and look for some space.

My friends think I should go to the Redwoods or the beach - maybe I'll head to California and see if anything's changed...

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Balloon Project Status: JAFO

The fates have conspired to make it impossible for me to continue with the high altitude balloon project. When I began this project over a year ago, I saw it as a way to reduce stress and to get multiple groups of people at my day job to work together. After much reflection, I do not believe that it's had that effect.

The first flight was a lot of work. I didn't agree with some of the choices being made for the first flight, and expressing my opinions about those choices only led to more problems and more stress at my day job. Preparation of the second flight was really stressful and I decided to take a break from the project. Electronics I understand. Insecurity, not so much.

After the stress of the major project I've spent the last 16 months of my life working on fades away, the direction I should take has become clear. As of today, I'm changing my association from Participant to Observer status. I gave the capsule and associated support equipment to Ryan Lantzer. It was functional when I gave it to him. Everything I know about the construction of the capsule has been posted to my website.

Good luck and Godspeed, General!
Bryan

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Renamed the blog.

The former name was "The Stories of My Life".

I was watching Bull Durham last week. Kevin Costner's character was summarizing baseball in one line. He said "Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes it rains."

So the new name is "...Sometimes it rains".

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