This weekend we went to a party at my old friend, Tim Kurcz’s house. Chris Clark was supposed to be there with his new wife (Megan Ford) but they were on their honeymoon instead. Nathan Thompson was there. It was good to see Tim and Nate and meet Tim’s wife and daughter. He lives in Westlake and works for a bank. Ryan started working with Tim when he decided to change banks for his company. We stayed for about an hour and a half and then left. It was fun.
Bret Stopping By
Today Bret should be stopping by on his way to his tattoo removal treatment. He stops here so I can put this numbing creme on his back so the laser treatment doesn’t hurt too bad. This one should be a bad one for him. He just had one two weeks ago and usually he waits a month between treatments. This will be the first time since the kids went back to school that he is stopping over and seeing a clean and empty house (D is out shopping somewhere).
A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. I’m so terribly sad about it. I think they caught it early so there is still a lot of hope that he can be treated and recover. He is a really good person and one of the most talented computer programmers I’ve ever worked with. I feel so bad for him and his family. The road ahead I think will be a hard fight for him and I wish I could do something to help. Some things in life just don’t seem fair – this is one of them.
I need to remember this sad feeling the next time I want to sneak a smoke. I smoked for about 15 years and then quit. I was smoke free for several years but in the last few I started sneaking them when I was out of town, on vacation, at a party or with friends who smoked. I have never had one in front of the kids but that doesn’t make them good for me. Maybe my friend’s battle can help me stay clean.
Yesterday D had book club at our house. She cooked and cleaned like crazy to prepare our house for visitors. The place looked great. I had to get lost with the kids for a few hours while she and her friends discussed the book of the month (ate and drank and talked about the book maybe). I went with the kids to my parent’s house and watched Fantastic 4 – Silver Surfer. The kids like the movie (not as good as the first one). We ate pizza (thanks mom and dad) and then came home. When I got home the house was cleaned up like nobody had visited. I wonder if there even was a book club or if it was all a ploy by my wife to get some free time to herself.
Got a Suit For Bret’s Wedding
Last night I went to Bret’s house and met up with him. We went to Men’s Warehouse and picked out suits for his wedding. His fiance had already picked out my shirt and tie so I just needed to get a suit and shoes. It went well. Now I just need to go back to get it after having it altered a little.
Hung Out With Scott
Yesterday after work I went and visited with my friend Scott. We ate and ran a couple errands and watched half of the Celtics/Pistons game on his nice big flat screen television. I was going a little stir crazy so it felt good to get out of the house for a little while.
I guess all my work tutoring my friend in C++ paid off. My friend told me she got an A- in the class.
Bret Got A New Car
My friend Bret stopped by yesterday on his way to his tattoo removal treatment in a new car. It is the same make/model (Subaru Forester) as his last car but new. He did a buy back with the dealer that let him shed his 50k miles for a new car with a much lower interest rate. In the end it was almost a wash. Nice car.
More C++ Tutoring
OK, now I’m feeling like a full time tutor. I helped my friend again last night but only for about 30 minutes – just enough to get her unblocked. Tomorrow is her final so I’m done after that 🙂 I hope she does well but I’m starting to think she isn’t a geek like me. I don’t think she can’t do it – but I’m starting to think that she doesn’t enjoy it like I do.
After school yesterday D took the kids to one of her book club friends’ house for a play date. This woman has a boy who was in M’s preschool class last year which is how D met her. Now they are friends and do book club together. She also was the one who recommended the guy who finished our basement. I was looking forward to a relaxing evening of quiet. I ended up working until 6:00 and helping my friend with her C++ assignment at 7:30 so it was really only an hour and a half of quiet. I watched the news, hardball, ate, cleaned up the mess in the kitchen and drove around 1 neighborhood near my house to look at homes.