13 years ago.


God hath not promised

Skies always blue.

Flower-strewn pathways

All our lives though:

 

God hath not promised

Sun without rain,

Joy without sorrow,

Peace without pain.

But God hath promised

Strength for the day;

Rest for the labor,

Light for the way;

Grace for the trials;

Help from above;

Unfailing sympathy

Undying Love…..

Mom That One Is For You

Death date – April 23, 1999

So much to say..


In the last 24 hours, so much shit has happened… It’s just insane. I honestly don’t know where to start. It appears that for all general purposes, I have been excommunicated from my family, Which I am actually alright with. Having dealt with 20 years of garbage and to finally for the last 2 1/2 years been outside of that and doing my own thing, to have to never think about dealing with it again.. actually sounds alright with me. A few close friends and family had asked me to write a letter to my grandmother about 5 months ago trying to patch things up, which I did.. Only to get a note mailed to me 5 months later that simply says, “Your stuff is in the front, no need to come to the door” Meh.

Life is just crazy! My gosh!

Proverbs 11:29

New International Version (NIV)

 29 Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind,
and the fool will be servant to the wise.

– Dan

The 4th Of July, Vancouver Style.


For my whole childhood the 4th Of July was always something special. They called it the biggest fireworks display west of the Mississippi. That is until 2010, when the Fort Vancouver Trust brought the show back in a smaller show and smaller entertainment stage. It took away the feeling of this being a big event.

Here are some pictures of what I’m talking bout.

http://modernclassicsflytying.com/Flash/FVHS_Fireworks_08.html

Here is a video of the 2008 Fireworks which were at about 1000 feet.

and 2010 .. just barely above the tree line. The fort vancouver trust said “About 400 feet in the air”

For good measure, here is 2007..

Due to not having enough money the event was cancelled in 2009. When they brought it back in 2010, they down scaled a lot. Note the size of the stage in the above pictures.

http://www.fortvan.org/pages/Official_4th_of_July_fireworks_stands

 

Here is what they had last year and again this year.

***EDIT***

Here is what they have this year (2011) for the main stage..

This is a picture of the fireworks in 2010

 

The big event feel was taken away. Hopefully next year it will change.

Makes it feel like a meaningless event. The stage is small the audio quality sucks, the guy running the lights made the stage appear too red… Felt like a horrible low production event.

Here’s to hoping for a better event next year.

Thanks for reading.

Dan

I never knew I would enjoy bike rides this much.


It might be the feeling of wind flying by as I ride off, or just the sights and smells of nature when I ride, but I really enjoy going on bike rides. When I was a kid, I used to ride bikes everywhere, it was the main mode of transportation lol. Now I have a car, but in order to cut back some of the money we spend on gas, we got bikes. I’m hoping to get into shape well enough to be able to ride our bikes to a lot of the simple places we go; like places we wouldn’t need to haul something back. I would really love to be able to ride our bikes to a place like Jamba Juice or a coffee shop and then sit and enjoy our drink and then ride back.

I’m excited to see where these two wheels take me 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Dan

s’more thoughts.


July 23, 2009. The last time I saw my grandmother, the reason being she is a very selfish person who only cared about herself and getting her way at my wedding. She was telling me who she was bringing to my wedding and I refused one of her invites (my drunk asshole uncle) and she got bent out of shape and said she was bringing him. That really caused stress among my wife and I. The day of the wedding I had my groomsmen looking for my uncle to ensure he didn’t show up. Not only did he not show up, none of the men in my family (aside from my grandmothers brother) showed up. Turns out my grandfather (who could care less about my uncle) was upset because I had not invited my uncle and so he stayed home. Long story short, she left early because from what I could tell she hadn’t been drinking and everyday at 4:30 (roughly) she starts drinking beer and thus getting drunk, well this was 7pm and she was sober, I could see it in her eyes she was practically in panic mode because she hadn’t started drinking and so I assume she left for that reason. Well, everyone had been pushing for me to contact her, so I did.

About a week ago I wrote her a letter and mailed (snail mail) it to her. I have yet to get any kind of response back from her. I wasn’t rude or anything in the letter. I laid out exactly why I feel the way I do and explained to her how I felt when she did what she did. I have yet to hear back.. Sort of my point exactly, she didn’t get her way and i noted in the letter I am never going to be in the same area as my uncle, she treats him like a golden child… He is 46 (ish.. not sure, don’t really care) and he still lives at home. He can’t hold a job because of his alcoholic tendencies. So she takes care of him and babies him, with my noting how I will never be around him and refuse to have my children around him when I have children I am sure she won’t write me back because if I wont accept him, than she won’t accept me. So to that, I say “Adiós, lindo saber que usted y gracias por todo lo que hiciste.”

I’ve gone 2 years without seeing her, and I could go the rest of my life. I have forgiven her for what she did a long time ago. I will not however allow my children to be around my uncle, he is very demeaning and rude person who cares only about himself… (sounds a lot like my grandmother no?..)

Anyway, I’m outta here. It’s late.

Buenas noches mis amigos

Dan