Because bloggers were once children

Kid PictureOso put up one of the best meme`s in a while last week. Make sure you visit him and help propagate the idea. Please participate!

It was sometime between 1982 and 83. I was in first grade and was about to turn 5 years old. It is amazing that I still remember some things about back then, and actually remember when this picture was being taken. It was the first time I had seen a pen that would sit on a little block, later I would learn that quills were being held that way for a long time but now people would do this to pens… who knows if people do that with their pens in their offices anymore.

I started first grade when I was 4 years old thanks to living in a school. When my parents first were married they lived with my Grandparents. My Grandparents had a big enough house and it was quite common to do that in other countries, at least when couples are first starting out.

The elementary school that I ended up attending was an old house that was slowly turned into a school. When I lived there, the back wing of the house was still used as a rental place and that was my parent`s first place on their own. I would see the little kids go into kinder garden and I naturally gravitated that way. The teachers were nice enough not to mind me there and my Mom was very surprised when they asked her if I could start attending first grade the following year. My Mom did not want to pressure me into it, but said that I could go as long as there was no grades or any pressure put on me.

I started first grade and did quite well, after that I just continued going to school, and if it was not for many reasons that are another post all together I would have graduated from high school when I was 15. I ended up graduating high school here in the US when I was 18, but it all worked out the way it was supposed to. So, go dig up an old picture and post it on your blog!

Pr0n @ Work

Pr0n at WorkI have made some great friendships at some of my jobs. One of them is Matt, a guy from Korea that was a programmer with me at CPS. I have a lot of friends from that place, more than any other I worked at but I had a very close relationship with Matt. I was really into Korean culture back then and I had even started to learn some minor phrases. I had been practicing Tae Kwon Do for about a year when I started to work for the company and Matt opened up to me because I knew so much about his culture. He was a very quiet and reserved man that spent all of his free time with his family. We would go to lunch almost every day and talked about culture, life and of course work. He would bring me Korean food or treats… and one day gave me the coaster pictured here. He was a very good person to work with and even got me into playing go. I am not as good as him, but I do enjoy the game. I remember that during the world cup I got him the Korean national team jersey and he was very thankful for it. It feels good when people appreciate what you do for them.

I kept my coaster along with my desk toys until now. They have been moved from job to job. It was not until recently that I looked closely at the coaster… and what did I find pR0n!

It is not just your regular kind of pR0n, it looks like an ancient painting but there is definitely nipples there. The funnies part is that it was not until I showed a coworker here that he noticed some pervert looking at the girls in the background.

KC RenFest!

This weekend I attended the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. I was guided kidly by one of my coworkers and his wife. They had worked the fest in years past, so they knew the ins and outs of the whole place. The KC RenFest is one of the biggest ones in the country. It is a great place to spend a day with the family.

They have shows in various stages were performers rotate trought the day. Either by luck or by sitting too close to people in custome I got to participate in a couple of the shows. John Mallory’s show was excellent, he had a great sense of humor and could juggle and trow knives at his wife. Bob the world best juggler was also a great entertainer. He was able to do some great juggling and kept the audience laughing while improvising after a kid being chased by a bee almost stole his whole show.

There are lots of shops were you can buy an array of trinkets of all shapes and sizes. Jewelery, clothing, leather and plenty of other suveniers are there for the taking and surprisingly the prices are not outrageous. There is also an amusement park feel to it with an assorted variety of carnival games, most of them period inspired. Jousting was also a great spectacle to see.

Even though we walked pretty much through the whole place, we did not get to see everything. The food was good, but not as great as I had expected it. Maybe beause I expected a Gyro to be something good here, but being used to a Chicago style Gyro where your main ingredient is meat and everything else is either garnish or trying to hold the meat together. Also the cheesecake on a stick was not too impressive. The sausege on a stick (there was a lot of meat on a stick there) was the best thing I had.

I will go back for sure and spend another day there, maybe some day dress up. I am not a huge geek of the period stuff or dress up because I love D&D (I have only played once), but heck I would wear a kilt and have some fun with it. If you are ever around this area I say check it out, it is open for 7 weekends out of the year.