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Happy Holidays Everyone

December 22, 2011

It’s finally that time of year when we take a step back and reflect on all that has transpired over the past 365 or so days.

For me, it has been a roller-coaster year of both highs and lows, culminating with Christmas this weekend and New Years the following. I for one am looking forward to the holidays and I know my kids are as well. They are going to be spoiled for sure this year!

You may have been aware of my notable absence this year. I know that I mentioned that things were going on in my personal life which kept me away from blogging for days and weeks at a time. Personally, I’ve gone through a lot this year. Most of which I have not expressed outwardly until today. I’m not going to go into too much detail, but I think it’s time for some closure.

Until this summer, my wife and I were expecting our 3rd child between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. We had been trying for more than two years and we were very excited. Unfortunately, on a trip to the doctor entering the 2nd trimester, the baby’s heartbeat became faint and we were told that the baby was not going to survive. Sadly, ten days later, my wife lost the baby. I was on a business trip at the time, and learned of this news when I returned home. Needless to say, we were devastated.

This, combined with the loss of a number of close relatives and other circumstances, sent me into what can only be described as a deep depression. Only recently have I found myself starting to move on to happier times. As part of our annual tradition of purchasing holiday ornaments, we bought one for our little “walnut” so that he’ll always be with us at the holidays.

I’ve tried to maintain “The Korner” as often as I can, but just haven’t had the desire that I used to. This will hopefully change as we move into 2012. There’s so much great news to share (as well as the crazy and quirky stories) and as you know, I love to post and love reading all of your comments.

For now, I’m preparing for some time with the family over the holidays to “live again” and make sure that I’m spoiling everyone as much as I should! They deserve it and I love to do it!

Treasure all the time you have with those you love. You don’t know how much time you have so make the best of every minute!

Happy Holidays everyone!



Happy 4th of July Everyone…

July 1, 2011

Since I won’t have Internet access until Tuesday morning, i wanted to wish everyone a happy (and safe) Independence Day!

I’m beach bound for some camping with the family!

Obviously I Need Some Rest…

December 7, 2010


Someone caught me in my natural state!!!

Trip to the North Bay Area…

August 11, 2010

Just a few photos from our trip up to see my family on Saturday.

Ironically, this was just hours before my brother’s accident.

I got the call an hour after we had returned home and drove straight back!

Just outside Petaluma...

Johnny and Papa Mike at Costco...Naughty Johnny!

Johnny and I outside Sonoma State University

Passed out!

Happy Father’s Day

June 20, 2010

Happy Father’s Day everyone!

We’re enjoying our first, FULL day of vacation today on Bainbridge Island in Washington.

We made it from San Jose to Portland the first day in 9 1/2 hours (only two stops the whole way).

Got here yesterday at noon and it’s been fun so far. The kids love the two dogs (Great Dane and Wienerdog). Great combination!

Have fun and while the “Cats are Away, the Mouse Can Play”. Right Honeydog???

Dating Site Eliminates “Fatties”

January 4, 2010

A dating site that markets itself as a community for beautiful people has eliminated approximately 5,000 of its members for packing on a few pounds during the holiday season.


From CNN:

The international site threw out members after they posted photos “revealing that they have let themselves go,” according to a company statement.

“As a business, we mourn the loss of any member, but the fact remains that our members demand the high standard of beauty be upheld,” said Robert Hintze, founder of “Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which was founded.”

The site describes itself as an “elite online club, where every member works the door” — that is, users can join only after enough members vote them “beautiful” during the 48 hours after their profile is uploaded.

And apparently, enough beautiful people were angry that some members had enjoyed a bit too many treats during the holiday season.

Here We Go Again…

November 25, 2009

About this time of year, we all sit around and talk about what we are thankful for.


There are so many things that I could talk about. I’m sure I could ramble for hours and hours on end but that would be boring and I’m sure that after you all eat your turkey, you’ll be ready for sleep anyways. So I’ll try to keep this short.

Melissa and I

First, and foremost, I’m thankful for my family. My kids, my wife, my parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins…the list goes on and on. Without family, I’m sure I wouldn’t be who I am today so it’s because of them that I have been pretty successful in my life so far.

The Family

Second, I’m just thankful to be where I am right now. There are so many people out there who are either without a home, a job, healthcare…etc…There are days where I get upset and think that I’m not happy with my life. But you have to put things in perspective and I pretty much have everything I could ever want. (OK, maybe a little more money in the bank would be good…but we’ll survive). 🙂

Caitlyn Bryce and Johnny Dutch

And I’m thankful to each and everyone of you reading this post…and all of the other posts I’ve put up over the past 14 months. I started this blog to give people an insight into the things that I find interesting. To post stories that I have read to foster discussion amongst other people. I was so thrilled when I hit 1,000 page views. I had a previous blog for a year and a half that only got about 500 total views. Now, here I sit approaching 700,000 and I’m just amazed everyday how many people stop by to check out what I’ve posted. It’s pretty cool actually 🙂

My Brothers and I

I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. The food, the friends and the family. It should be great. I’m sure the kids will have a great time too! No trip to Petaluma this year. Staying here in San Jose with the family.

Good Friends!

Anyways, this Thanksgiving will be a time to reflect on the past, and look to the future. My Nana passed away on Thanksgiving night in 2003, so it sometimes can be a difficult day for me to celebrate. But, I think back to all the good times that we shared and it’s hard not to smile!

What does everyone have planned for Thanksgiving and the weekend? Are you clipping your Black Friday ads waiting for the best Black Friday sales?

Also…What are you thankful for?