Thursday, August 28, 2008

Fionn is One

Can you believe it? I have no idea where the last nine months have gone. Maybe I do, but they went by so fast. The first three I remember savoring every second ... every diaper change ... every chance I got to nap. Then we started traveling ... off to Ireland, off to Florida, out to Costanoa, out to Murphys. Then we were sucked back into work. And it was easier to host people at our house than to go anywhere. Then we went back to Florida and celebrated my parents' 55th. Then he started crawling. Then we took a train ride down to Santa Barbara. Then we got sucked back into work again. Now he's one. Wow. He's one. Where does the time go? But he's awesome. And he's one.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

What a fantastic weekend for soccer...

Okay, yeah, the Phelps phever is great.

But this weekend was about SOCCER. There's so much good soccer going on right now, with the European leagues starting back up, and my local San Jose Earthquakes on a bit of a winning streak, and my TiVo recording six full matches for me. Let's recap my favorite teams:

San Jose Earthquakes: I was there Saturday night!!! We beat Boston 4-0. Boston, the leagues best team. And San Jose, the leagues worst.

Newcastle United: Kevin Keagan's team tied Manchester United 1:1 at Old Trafford! (I root for Newcastle because ... well ... I like the beer, and Sinead lived there briefly.)

West Ham United: Beat Wigan! (I root for West Ham because of an old boss I had who was a huge West Ham fan.)

Aston Villa: Had an amazing game against Man City. 3 goals in seven minutes from Gabriel Agbonlahor. (I sometimes root for Aston Villa because I like their coach, Martin O'Neill.)

Born to Rock

Originally uploaded by hikingviking.

Here we are by The Picture People in Valley Fair preparing for Fionn's 1st Birthday photoshoot.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

...on the Clintons

I've been saying for months that Hillary lost the primary because Barack managed his campaign better, understood the dynamic of the race better, and generally played the game better than she did. And I've been pointing to the whole primary as the reason why he makes a dramatically better President than Hillary does. It wasn't about gender (is there such a thing as gender-baiting?), and it wasn't about race. Obama was the better candidate when it mattered.

So finally this article gets posted, showing how badly mis-managed Hillary's campaign really was.

> The Front-runner's Fall

Above all, this irony emerges: Clinton ran on the basis of managerial competence—on her capacity, as she liked to put it, to “do the job from Day One.” In fact, she never behaved like a chief executive, and her own staff proved to be her Achilles’ heel. What is clear from the internal documents is that Clinton’s loss derived not from any specific decision she made but rather from the preponderance of the many she did not make. Her hesitancy and habit of avoiding hard choices exacted a price that eventually sank her chances at the presidency.

The sad thing is that the Clintons (both of 'em) still haven't gotten over themselves. Obama, quit being nice. Unite your party by making it clear who the chief executive is, and go win this election.

Night time

This is our routine for putting Fionn to bed. He's really going to hate us.

"Night night Daddy" (I get a wave and a kiss)

"Night night door" (he waves at his house/door toy on the floor)

"Night night R2" (he waves at our R2-D2 robot on the book shelf)

"Night night spud trooper" (the Mr. Potatohead Star Wars storm trooper)

"Night night keys" (the key rack)

"Night night Buddha" (the picture of a ruin at Ankor Watt)

"Night night skeleton" (the satirical picture of The Girl With a Pearl Earring, except she's a skeleton, that we found in a party store and put up for Halloween 2006 and haven't bothered to take it down since)

"Night night unicorn" (the pen-and-ink of a unicorn hanging in the hallway)

"Night night fan" (the overhead fan in his room)

"Night night light" (the light on the overhead fan)

"Night night Fionn"

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Fionn sings and plays guitar and sticks fingers in my mouth

Fun video the wifey took last night. (Yes, I'm wearing a Vote Hiking Viking for Jedi Council shirt.)