I’m one of them.

The realization

Welp ….it’s happened.

It’s finally happened!

And the crazy part is that I saw it and I didn’t see it coming at the same time.

It’s official! I…. D2dalo25… am an “isheep! ”.

What’s an “isheep” you ask? An “isheep” is a person that buys any and everything #apple puts on the market.

And as much as it hurts to admit I am one of those people. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it as if it’s a bad thing because in my opinion, #apple makes some great products. Oh no I’m just saying it because it’s kind of a weird thing…to me because a few years ago you couldn’t give me an #iPhone. That’s right I would have kindly declined your offer and ask that you just give me the money instead. And I don’t blame #apple for this turn of events in my life. No no no no no… I don’t even blame myself. Do you wanna know who I blame? I blame one of their biggest competitors #Samsung. That’s right, you all heard me say it I blame #Samsung. Why do I blame them you ask? Well I’ll tell you in just a moment. But before I do why we go back to where it all started.

Trying something Different

It all started about six months after purchasing my #Nokia Lumia 1520 that I had did plenty of research on beforehand. And yes I’m am aware that purchasing an #Windows based cell was a mistral but at the time it was the only relevant phone with a 6inch screen and so that’s what drove me to it… let’s not discuss that phone any more shall we? I was on my phone and I was wanting to download and use some of the latest apps but that in it self was a problem. Because #Snapchat wasn’t even available on a windows phone, #Instagram was still in beta mode. So I was really stuck with #Facebook and #Twitter 😟. But my wife who decided to go with and Android OS phone so she was able to download and play with all the latest apps. But… like I said I only wanted a phone with a 6inch screen and that’s what I had.

The Beginning of the end

So 2 years later our phone contracts were up and it was time for us to get some new phones. We were pretty excited because in a 2 year span so many new phones had come out. My wife was dead set on getting the #Samsung Note7 and I knew I was gonna go with something #android based but I wasn’t sure which one. So there we were in the store like two little kids playing with all the new phones, which is a must for me because to me if it doesn’t feel good in my hands then I’m not even gonna wanna use it. So the #Note7 had just released that week and it was on back order because it was so popular and we couldn’t get ours that day. But they would be delivered to our house in a week so it wasn’t bad.

At Last

The day finally comes. I see the Fedex truck outside the window and know what he’s putting in our mailbox. After returning back inside the house we rip into our boxes and are in complete awe. I decided to get the silver finish and she went with the blue finish on her phone. They both looked amazing. But don’t all phones look amazing fresh out the box? And after just putting in my info I was in complete heaven. Every thing from the eye scan to unlock feature to the new and improved stylus was just pure enjoyment to use. It’s sooo fast and the screen look sooo beautiful. Besides the bloatware that comes preloaded on it. It was love at first touch.

WTF

Two to three weeks in and we are still in love with our phones. I’m telling all my friends and some of no coworkers about how much I like it and some of them are actually saying that they are going to get one when their upgrade comes around. Then one day I read on the news app that someone is suing #Samsung because it caught fire in their house and the entire house burned down. Then a few days later I see that someone is suing because they charged theirs in their Jeep and it caught fire and basically burned the Jeep up. I couldn’t help but wonder what were they doing to their phones to make them explode. A day or two later I read that there are a lot more people suing #Samsung and that #Samsung is apologizing for releasing faulty phones. And they are telling everyone not to leave them plugged in overnight in their homes. (Side note: that was the first nudge that #Samsung gave me towards #Apple).

My mind won’t let me forget about these headlines that I’ve seen so I was very cautious. Then a few days later #Samsung issued a statement saying that they have discovered that there is an issue with the battery overheating and therefore causing the insides of the phone to catch on fire and they wanted all Note7 owners to return their phone in for a new one with a more optimized battery. As much as we hated to do it we returned the phones and got completely new ones. So about three weeks after that I was still reading headlines about how the Note7 was still having issues. Then…that’s when #Samsung issued a statement saying that all Note7 owners should return their phone. I didn’t read much into that article because I loved my phone. Ours wasn’t over heating and catching on fire. And after discussing it with my wife she was worried that one of them eventually would and it would be a shamed if it messed up the entire house. I agreed. (Side note: that was the second push they gave me in #Apples direction).

Why did I choose this

So we get to ATnT and stand in line because obviously we’re not the only ones who were affected by this. When a sales associate finally gets to us she describes to us that if we 2 other #Samsung phones that they would give us $100 off of our next phone bill, but if we went with a different brand we would only receive $50 off. And after hearing that news I was ready to say screw ATnT and go back to #boostmobile. But I held my emotions at bay. And that’s when I was seriously considering getting the 5.5 inch iPhone 8. Yea it looked like a toy in my hands but it was a relevant phone and i wouldn’t be dealing with #Samsung. But my wife wanted to stay with #android and #Samsung had the best phone for that OS. So we stayed with #Samsung, got the $100 off our next bill, and decided to get the #Samsung galaxy S7 edge.

I’m pretty sad at this point because everything about this phone reminds me of how awesome the Note7 was. Smaller battery, less ram speed, lackluster camera, smaller screen, no retina detection, no stylus and no showing it off to all my friends. After thinking of all that I was missing I was pretty down in the dumps for a while. But I still could get all the latest apps and the time it took to charge up to 100% was pretty quick. But other than that I hated that phone.

I need one of those

A long time before this I bought my wife an #iPad. It got destroyed and seeing how happy she was with it I surprised her with another one. But I bought myself a #kindle. And day after day night after night it my kindles were just getting slower and slower. But my wife’s iPad was as snappy as the day she turned it on. And one Christmas she surprised me with an upgraded kindle. It was fun for about 3 weeks then yet again it just kept getting sluggish. So I decided I needed a better tablet and went and purchased myself a brand spanking new #iPad Pro.

This is pretty awesome

At this point life seemed to get a little better. My ipad almost made me forget that I had a sub par phone. Almost! When ever I was home I would rarely use my phone. I’d just leave it in my room while i carried my iPad around. And the best part was that all the apps that i sued on my phone could be downloaded on my tablet. And I could get all my pictures and documents from the google cloud and use them on my tablet. Yup, life was good. Then there was one time when I was at work sitting down in a chair three feet off the floor when I accidentally knocked my phone to the floor. I had it in a body case but it fell on its face. When i picked it up to see if any damage was done there was a beautiful crack across the screen. I was confused because this was suppose to be made with gorilla glass 3 which was the strongest glass on the market or so I thought. As soon as that happened I told myself that my next phone was gonna be an iPhone! But I still had at least a year until then so I was pretty much playing the waiting game.

I like them again

As a kid and all through high school i loved to draw. And as an adult every now and again I’d get a strong urge to draw something. But i had never drawn digitally before. SO one day after watching the #apple event on you tube they mentioned that they would be releasing the #apple pencil. And my plan was to buy it in about a week or so. Little did I know that my wife had already ordered one for me and planned to surprise me when I got home. So we get home and I open my shiny new #apple pencil and I download an app called #procreate. Man oh man oh man, the pencil was a pure delight to use. It had a bit of heft to it which didn’t bother me at all, and the way it glided across the screen was just awesome. And I really loved the fact that all I had to do was just plug it into the #iPad to sync it up. I don’t know if you guys have ever used a stylus before but most of the time they are a pain in the butt because of that giant squishy rubber tip at the end of them. As an artist you could never be precise with them and that was a huge problem to me. So I pretty much never used one until the #apple pencil. And I have to say I was truly blown away with it. Even with the $100 price tag that was attached to it.

Oh happy Day

The day had finally arrived. It was time to upgrade our cell phones, and I was celebrating like i had hit the winning shot at the end of the game, on the inside. I was leaving the manufacturer and the operating system that was all to familiar to me and jumping on a new ship. I knew the transition wouldn’t be too hard because I used my #iPad on a daily basis and I watched tons of YouTube videos on the iPhone Xs Max. I had very high hopes and expectations. So I knew what I wanted as soon as we entered the store. And I got it. The wife on the other hand still had a little doubt. Until I told her that she was getting an Xs Max also. So her entire tone changed because she was feeling the way I was about the Galaxy S7. We didnt find any cases that we liked in the store so we waited till we got home and found some on #Amazon that protected the entire phone instead of just the sides and back.

Wow

The moment we got home we ripped into them. And man oh man it was sooo shiny and slim, it smelled good, it felt a little wired in the hands and it was an absolute fingerprint magnet, but I knew at that moment I was gonna be a happy customer. And set up was a breeze. It asked for my email and WiFi password and that was it. Mainly because it was communications with my #iPad so all of my favorite apps were being downloaded in an instant. I truly loved the way it communicates with any other #apple accessory with the same email address and only that accessory. This one didn’t have a home button like my iPad so navigation was a little finicky at first but within 5 minutes i was having no problems at all. The retina scanner was another one of my favorite things about it. I could unlock it, purchase and download any apps all just by looking at it. And speaking of the retina scanner, one of my favorite things was to play with the new #animoji feature. (Instead of just regular video messages you can send video of a character that you’ve created to look like you or a number of different emoji that can move its eyes and mouth exactly how you do).In fact for the first few weeks that was how me and my wife sent messages to each other. Then there was the sound quality which i loved, there was the battery life which was a huge bonus for me and all the latest and greatest apps that my heart could handle. And when I was at home there was no need to even use it now because i could send and receive text, send and receive phone and face time calls all on my #iPad because they were communicating with each other. I loved everything about the phone. I actually felt like I was back in the loop when it came to cell phone technology and for me it was a great feeling.

Satisfied

So a few weeks go by and next thing you know Christmas is here. We are still loving our phones and all is right with the world. Now we just got these $1200 phones last month so we weren’t expecting an expensive gift from each other. So I give her her gift which was a board game of her favorite TV show and she hands me mines. Then she hands me three more boxes that were about the same size as the first box. So I opened the first box and I was almost blown away. she got me an #apple watch. I was literally speechless because thats the last thing I was expecting to receive.

And once again setup was a breeze. All I had to do was scan my watch face with my phone and after it downloaded all my favorite apps it was done. The other two boxes she gave me were the charging stand, a black metallic band and a carrying case. I was truly a happy camper on Christmas Day. I can send and receive text messages and voice calls all from my wrist. And there are a few other very cool things I can do with my watch but those are the main two things that I want to be able to do. I love my watch

A happy Sheep

And that ladies and gentlemen is how #Samsung pushed me into the arms of #Apple and how #Apple has been treating me so far. It was at that moment that I had realized that i had become an iSheep …and I was proud to be one.

It’s now February 2019 and I’m still loving all of my #apple products. They get updated on a regular basis and they perform how I expect them to. And thats all Ive ever wanted out of all of my electronics. Im with #Apple and I’m happy about it. And to be honest, I just don’t see me changing platforms anytime soon.

Thank you if you’ve made to this part of the story. I hope you have a blessed day and an awesome week. And let me know in the comments below if you’re an iSheep or if you know someone who is but they wont admit it. I’ll see you guys next time. Bye!

Random facts that happened during this time

1. This post has been on my mind for two years.

2. I didn’t write about the first time we had to exchange the phones and we went to a satellite store where the sales associate didn’t know what she was doing and tried to charge me $600 to replace our Note7 phones and I lost my temper and almost chewed her face off. Luckily my 5yr son was with us and I didn’t want him to see me like that.

3. After getting my iPhone and thinking about the Note7, using a stylus on a phone is just an extra step you have to take when it comes to doing anything on the phone.

4. I still haven’t changed my #Apple watch wrist band. I just love how the white looks and grabs attention from people. I’ll change it one day.

5. I wanted to get the new #iPad pro and give my wife my current #ipad pro because she still has the #iPad air 2 but #iPads last so long that most people don’t upgrade for years at a time. She says she’s still happy with it.

6. When I got my #iPad i gave my son my old #kindle and he used it for a few months until my little sister upgraded her #iPad pro to the 12 inch model and gave him her old 9 inch #iPad pro. So I have two kindles that are completely useless in my electronic junk drawer (lol)

7. The day I got my #iPhone I gave my son my Galaxy s7 and he’s played with it for less than 24 hours (lol)

8. I will be getting me some #Airpods (lol).

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Roses on a Battlefield 

The sky was a deep dark grey

Lightning cracked and thunder rolled for ever

The ground was muddy and impossible to walk on

Thanks to the stinging rain.

The air was heavy and thick

The only smells were gunpowder and blood

Concrete bunkers smelled like complete death

And each squad mate smelt worse and worse

I’d pass a shiny artillery shell some days and see a huge change in myself

Being out here so long my body  has gotten weaker and I’ve forgotten the taste of real food

Oh how I longed for a hot plate of my wife’s delicious meatloaf and potatoes

Even that slop at the mess hall would have satisfied my angry stomach right about now

My hands were constantly wrapped around a gun or knife

The feel of cold metal was one thing that actually comforted me

Pulling the trigger became second nature

Realizing that I’d pulled a trigger hundreds of times and was still living made me say a small silent prayer for the soldier that I killed.

Huge artillery guns sounded off every couple of minutes

Even after hearing them for months they still rattled my bones when they fired

Exploding sounds would hit the ground seconds after

And each time it did I wondered if it killed a man or just scared him half to death like it did to me… It was pure hell.

But one morning when the sun was high in the sky

My platoon an I were headed to an advanced position

While jogging I looked down and stopped in my tracks

My mind was in amazement at what my eyes were seeing

My combat boots were completely surrounded by dark red beautiful roses

My eyes filled with tears and my heart dropped to my stomach

It was then that I realized that no matter how much death, destruction, hatred, and just plain old pure ugliness that man can create.

The world is still… and will always… be a beautiful place!
  

I Dont Wanna

I don’t want him to start school

I don’t think my heart is ready

I don’t want him to turn 5

Just give me one more year I’m begging

I dont want him to meet other kids

I dont want him to meet a new teacher

I dont think y’all are listening to me

Just point me towards the nearest preacher

I dont want him to make new friends

I dont want him to eat lunch from home

I dont want him to discover a whole new world

Soon he’ll be asking me to buy him a phone

I dont want him to meet a cute girl

I dont want him to start going on dates

I dont want him to go to his senior prom

Then he might wanna travel across states

I dont want him to fall in love

I dont want him to leave his room

I dont want to be his best man

Seriously….Can I put him back in the womb?

I dont want him to start school

I don’t think my heart is ready

I dont want him to turn 5

Just give me one more year I’m begging!

                                             -Daniel Taylor

6 month photo shoot

My son starts school in a few months and I’m clearly not ready for it. I dont think I’ll ever be ready for it. So many thoughts run through my mind all day and night. A lot of them are happy thoughts, but to be totally honest, some of them are scary, for me not him. And sometimes the thought of him going through troubled times in his life keeps me up at night…seriously! It’s just something that I really really really dont want him to experience.

 
Thank you if you’ve read this weeks blog. Please feel free to leave me some comments below and let me know if any of you have ever felt like me or are going through this situation with me. And please let me know what I can do to settle my nerves lol. See you guys next week!

Sex After Marriage

Sex After Marriage

    What’s going on everybody? D2 here and I know i’ve been missing for a while on my blogs and there is no excuse for that other than I only write when I’m not looking for something to write about. And with that being said, this idea came to mind the other day when I arrived at work one morning. See what I mean, my inspiration hits me at the weirdest times. But I digress. Soooo… lets get into it shall we.

    Has anybody besides me ever wondered why a lot of people always say “sex stops after the honeymoon”? Now I’ve heard mostly men say this and they were deep into their marriages. I’m talking 10 to 15 years deep! Another crazy thing is that these dudes be having three and four kids, yet still manage to spit these words out of their mouth. Now I’ve never technically heard a woman say it to me, mabey because i’m a dude, but i think that there are women out there who feel the same way also. Now most commonly men stop doinga lot of things when they finally “get” the woman and honestly some women stop doing certain things they started doing also. So realistically both parties are at fault.
    Now I don’t have any type of degree when it comes to relationships, I’m in my early 30’s, and I’m coming up on my fifth year of marriage, but please believe me when I say that ” sex does NOT stop after the honeymoon”. And in my humble opinion, I think sex should get better and more expressive after the honeymoon rather than before. In fact I bet there are some couples out there well into their 20th or 30th year of marriage still getting their “groove on”, and having fun doing it.
    Below are some reasons that I think that sex should not stop, why people (mostly men) say that it does, and a few ways to keep the flame of desire burning after years of marriage.

1) NEVER STOP DATING YOUR SPOUSE.


    Now here’s one that everybody and their mamma has heard before. And I must say that this one is very critical and true in a relationship. And I don’t mean necessarily always go out on these expensive and lavish dates. I mean Always try to see your spouse the way you did when you guys first started dating. I think at some point every married couple would like to go back and visit the beginning of their relationship. Because somehow a lot of the little things were easier back then. Like communication was even easier back then. I don’t know of one couple from my generation that didn’t stay up talking on the phone all night, knowing that they had important things to do the next day. And the way we use to hold hands everywhere we went. I wont go deep into the science of what holding hands does to a human being but there is some really powerful feelings beind doing it. And I don’t need to explain the strong emotions behind kissing and hugging. Do I? I didn’t think so. And after all that communicating, holding hands, kissing and hugging has taken place. Then comes all the intimate touching. And this is my personal favorite act of dating my spouse. So to sum up this little nugget of info, “Always dating your spouse” doesn’t mean expensive dates and pricey gifts. A picnic in the park, wine and cheese under the night stars, or even just an unexpected cooked meal and great conversation can end up being a “great date”, Trust me!

 2) SEX USUALLY STOPS WHEN ONE PARTY FEELS THAT THEY’RE DOING MORE THAN THEIR SHARE.

    One big problem that a lot of couples forget to think about, mainly because their spouse doesn’t or hasn’t talked about or complained about, is their performance in bed. After marriage, sex is suppose to be elevated to another level, and I think that the reason people don’t bring up their couples performance is because they don’t wanna embarace them, or they’re just avoiding an awkward conversation. And to be honest if you can’t talk to your spouse about their performance, then who can you talk to about it. And if you or your spouse feel that the other could be doing more in bed that’s a big problem. Because that can lead to one of y’all not liking it and then the sex stops. And that’s never a good thing. And long periods without sex causes sexual frustration and can lead to problems outside the bedroom. The worst case senario being having a affair with someone and eventually getting a divorce. And the best (least problematic) case would be having petty arguments all the time or something of that nature. Sexual frustration is one of the worst feelings to have in a relationship. Especially when you’ve got your spouse right there beside you. And I don’t wanna bring up all the health benefits of having sex , believe me there are a lot of them, but I will state two important facts that you probably don’t hear about often. Are you ready? For women it’s that sex can improve bladder control. And for men it may make prostate cancer less likely. So you see, you two are helping each other live a healthier life and having fun doing it. So do you and your spouse a favor and make love making a consistent act in your relationship. Your spouse will thank you for it.

3) EXPLORE NEW FANTASIES AND BOUNDARIES WITH YOUR PARTNER.


    Now this ones is important because after five to seven years of having sex with the same person can get a bit..ordinary, it might help if you switched things up a bit. And no i’m not talking about using paddles, whips and chains, put those away for really desperate times. I’m simply talking about role playing. I cant tell you how many stories I’ve read where the woman dressed up in something she would never wear outside of the bedroom, like a female super hero, and it drove the man completely nuts about her. Or the man started acting different during sex and the woman would be smiling from ear to ear all day. I mean peoples sex life went from non existent to at least once everyday simply because one of them dressed differently for bed!  Role playing can bring out a side of your partner that you never saw. And most people keep this thoughts bottled up inside because they don’t want their partner thinking that they’re crazy or weird. But so what, they married you and you married them what y’all do or discuss in your bedroom is nobody else’s business. It still amazes me that not every couple knows each others secret intimate fantasy. When I read that I literally sat back in my seat and said a little prayer for them. I mean… why wouldn’t you tell your spouse your secret fantasy. So what if they find it strange they should at least be willing to give it a try, even if only to please you. And don’t you be so quick to judge them about their fantasy either. You better be thinking about how you can make it happen or they will seek out someone who will. When I told my wife one of my fantasies she was into it with no hesitation. She didn’t laugh or make me feel weird at all. And that just opened the flood gates for me. And when she told me hers I didn’t think she was weird I immediately started thinking how I could make it happen as soon as possible. And that’s the way I feel that all couples should think. Because if one of you don’t then again, that could lead to some dangerous problems in your marriage. So don’t be afraid to explore new fantasies and boundaries with your partner. They will be glad you did!

 

Thank you if you’ve read this far. Please feel free to leave me your comments and thoughts in the section below and let me know what you think about this article and anything it discussed. I will see you next time.



  

Lessons from a child

 

 

Fresh hair cut selfie

What’s going on everybody, its me again and I have another epifany  I wanna share with you guys. And this time it’s about this little ball of energy in the picture up above. 

A few days ago I was in my office. Now this isn’t really an office it’s my videogame room. And this is my second favorite place in the whole house, besides the kitchen. This room is full of my most expensive electronic toys. My #computer, my #xboxone our wireless routers. Soon I’ve have my #ps4 and mini  #Nintendo. And me and my son were playing with race cars in this room that I designated just for me and my wife. And here are just a few thoughts that rushed through my head.

1.) He’s in my room playing. (My son has his own dedicated room to play with his toys)

 2.) We’ve been at this for at least an hour. (I’ve never played with race cars. I liked action figures)

3.) I wasn’t upset or mad at all. ( I don’t like when my rules get broken in my house)

I’ve changed! And it’s all because of him. He’s made me break at least 80% of  the rules that I made for myself when I was younger and ready to move out of my parents house. And the more I sit back and think about it the more I realize that even though I’m the parent and the provider. I work 12hrs a day, I read him stories at night, I fed him and changed his diapers when he was a baby and he’s running the show.  And four years later I finally realized  he raising  me!

Below are just a few ways he’s helped me become the person the I am today.

He’s taught me patience

     For 30 years I’ve only been patient for certain things. And a disobedient child was on the very bottom of that list. But raising him I’ve had no choice but become patient. When I’m trying to do something for him but he insist on doing it himself is just one of those things that I had to step back and let him do. Like when it’s bed time and he wants to read his favorite book.  Even though I can do it faster and better than he can I just wait and watch patiently while he struggles with it but eventually gets it. And we celebrate with a high five lol.

His favorite nighttime book :Cars in color

He’s taught me the importance of planning

2months old

Since the announcement was made that he was coming into this world I’ve never planned so much in my entire life. I’ve seen tons of people who didn’t plan for their child and to me it just didn’t seem right. And I just didn’t want to go through that with my son. And since our son wasn’t planned (he was a surprise) we were determined to give him a decent future. A sort off outline incase he gets lost. So we planned…. and we planned……. and we planned. Everything from his haircut to what sport we want him to play when he goes to collage has been planned. And we know that most of those plans are gonna change but it just feels right to us.  Especially to me. Planning things and seeing them come together is a great feeling. 😁 

He’s taught me to be consistent 

     Ok this one was tricky. Or mabey it’s just me. When he was a baby I had to learn how to change him. 😷 Over and over and over again.  Then we wanted him to start talking and crawling. So each day I came home we’d spend time talking “baby talk” and crawling around on the floor hoping that he’d copy us. Over and over and over again  And then one day he started pushing himself backwards. It wasn’t crawling but it was progress. Then a few weeks later he was completely crawling.😃 And on his first Christmas he said the words “da da”. That was truly one of my most favorite holidays ever. Because we worked on that one for the longest. So then It was time to teach him to walk. Like any baby he would hold on to something and walk but we wanted him to walk by himself. So we worked on it….over…and over….and over.  Then just a few days before his 1st birthday he started walking. Talk about some proud parents. And just a few short months later he was running and jumping all over the house. Then it came time to use the potty.  Oh my goodness we thought that would never end. The first thing we got him was a kid potty to put in the bathroom but he refused to use it. While I was at work my wife worked with him a lot on this issue. Then she said her father told her to just sit him on the grown up potty. And she did and guess what happened? He went potty.  I could go on and on with this subject but I dont wanna loose your attention while I got it. LOL

He Taught Me To Control My Anger

Heres Another one that was kina hard for me. Now as I said before I dont like when the rules in my house are broken. And with him being a child he really didnt know the “rules”. So naturally hes gonna do things hes not suppose to. Im saying all this now because at the time these thoughts never came to my head. When he did something wrong I’d raise my voice at him. And that usually got him to stop or calm down. But one time he kept doing something and his mom kept telling him to stop so I jumped in. And I really didn’t mean to yell as loud as I did but man I yelled. And the look on his face just tore me to pieces. So after putting him to bed that night my wife and I had a talk about it and she reminded me that he was acting like a child should. And that night after praying about it really hard, I told myself I would learn to control my anger towards him and whenever he’s around me and I’m getting upset at someone or something else. Now I still disipline him to this day, but I dont get angry at him for doing what someone his age does.

He Taught Me To Release My Inner Child

Random selfie (mean mugging)

   Being a parent made me wanna get glasses instead of wear contacts, and so I did. Being a father made me wanna grow a beard because my dad had one, and so I did. But seeing how carefree my son runs around the house in his underwear all the time and playing with his toys makes me wanna be a child again. He has two toy boxes full of toys. He gets to take one and just dump it out in the middle of the floor and play with it all day. He has a “kids” #kindle that he plays his games on, while the living room television is playing his favorite movie and he’s not even paying attention to it. The joy in his eyes he has when everything is going his way is truly a sight to see. He can run from the laundry room to the living room  all day just humming and jumping its really incredible how he’s just full of energy. I love laying in the floor playing race cars with him, I’ve also found myself liking quite a few of his animated movies. #Cars, #Home, and #Zootopia. I’ve even caught myself walking around the house just talking loud for no reason at all. And the best feeling in the world is walking around the house in my boxers and a t-shirt. so yea….im learning to be a child all over again. And its pretty fun. LOL

Random bathroom selfie

 

 

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The Beard Life

What’s up  everybody? It’s me again as usual, and this time I wanna talk to you guys about something else that’s very close to my heart.  I wanna discuss my ” hickey hider”, my “crumb catcher”, my “face fur”, or whatever you may call it. I wanna talk to you guys about my BEARD.

So please sit tight,  I won’t be long but I’m gonna take my time and take you guys on this 3 year…. no imma start earlier than that, let’s say this 10 year journey… from me looking like a boy to  me looking and feeling like a man all because I let my facial hair grow!

In the beginning 

In the beginning I was just like any other dude in his mid twenties. Still in college, working at a sporting goods store, living in his own apartment, and wearing the almighty “chin strap” like a crown on his face.  At the time you couldn’t tell me that every woman I saw didn’t wanna sleep with me. Here see for yourself!

Fresh new haircut

Mannnnn… you couldn’t tell me I wasn’t  the bomb (lol). But I didn’t walk around acting like a duschebag or anything like that.  No that want my style,  I was always laid back and relaxed. I rocked that look for a long time. I loved it because it made me look a little older than I was, which was cool because I liked older women anyway. (Lol) It was kinda funny because with this look  only women my age would try and talk to me and I was curving them all.

A New Look

    So some years had flown by and I was starting to see that every dude I saw was wearing the same facial hair style that I was. And I’m not saying I owned it or anything it’s just that i like to be someone who sticks out or be different than everybody else.  And plus whenever I went into the barber shop it was weird how the people behind me were getting the same style. Even my barber had that style and that was the final straw to me.  So I decided is find a new style, but I needed a haircut at the time so I wore it one last time. I knew it would be weeks before I would get another cut so that’s when I started looking for a different style.  Now when I say looking, I don’t mean I talked to other people about it or I went searching online.  No I would just look at some pictures of myself and try to imagine how I looked.  And to my surprise it didn’t take that long for me to figure out. I decided to go with the “scruffy beard” look because it made me stick out and it didn’t effect my job. In fact one of the younger guys at my job said he was looking for something different so he gave it a try, but his girlfriend didn’t like it so he went back to the”chin strap”. Here have a look at mine.

My first new look

See what I mean. I didn’t look like any of the guys in my circle, and this made me look even more older than I did before. And you all know how I felt about older women at that time (lol)

Old Pictures, New Beginnings

    So a few more years later and then I noticed that my newest favorite facial hair style becoming more and more popular. And this time I told myself that no matter how many dudes copy it, I’m gonna keep it.  So by this time I’ve met my wife, gotten married and we’ve had a child by now. So one Sunday we were having dinner at my parents house and my mom brings out some old family pictures. And I see one picture of my dad when he was around my age, he worked at a plant like I do, and he was holding me (as a baby) about the same age my son currently was. (Coinsedence?…i think not!) But there was one thing he had that I didn’t……. a beard! (And an afro but I never did like the way I looked with a lot of hair on my head) It wasn’t one of those “hippy” looking beards, but it had decent length to it, it looked healthy,  my mom liked it and he looked… well… “manly”. I thought it was kool and at that moment I thought to myself “why don’t I grow a beard”.

I Was Just Thinking That

     A few days later at work, one of my co worker walk up to me and says “ man why dont we grow us a yeard?” So the first thing that comes outta my mouth is ” what the hek is that”, and he said “grow a beard for a year!” He had already started his a month or two ahead of me. So he pulled out his “beard comb”, and I burst out laughing. Then he tells me im gonna need one also, and I start laughing even harder. So I added, and the rest of the day the only thing I could think about was this journey I was going to take. I didn’t tell my wife until I got home fun work because I wasn’t sure if she was gonna like it. But  still the main thing I wondered was how I was gonna look. So I get home later that evening and tell my wife the big news and she gives me a puzzled look, but she says I should try it out. And that put me into hyper drive mode.  

Hyper Drive mode 

     About two weeks into my “yeard” I was going beard crazy. Researching combs,  beard shampoo,  beard balm,  beard oil,  I mean if it had anything to do with a beard I researched it. I bought a handmade wooden beard comb which was no bigger than a penny. (The wife laughed at me for a week for spending  $20 on a Barbie doll comb. Btw) 

#Kent wooden beard comb.

And after two or three beard balm trials I finally found one that I liked. The smell was pretty awesome from this stuff. 


Honest Amish beard balm

    Within about 3 to 6 months my years was growing and looking healthy. Whenever the sun hit it it was shiny, and whenever I passed a mirror or some shiny window tint I couldn’t help but stop and stare at it. 

 
From then to now

   Well from here on it mostly becomes a pic blog. But please keep scrolling. There’s some more reading to be done. 

4 months

     ^This was on Valentine’s Day. And I didn’t wanna let my barber trim it at all but I wanted to look nice because the wife and I had a hot date that night. This was also the time I  realized that my mustache was acting real petty and stubborn.

6 months

    ^This was one of the first times I whipped out my camera and saw my beard shinning in the sun so of course I had to snap a selfie lol. 

10 months

    ^Around this time I joined #Instagram and started smack talking about all the beardless dudes out there by making meme funny memes.  And I even joined a beard club which was pretty fun. But I had to resign because they wanted me to travel and my bank account didn’t allow it  lol. But even though I resigned from the group i still keep in touch with since of the  bearded bros.

13 -14 months

    ^Around this time I was reading into making my own beard oil. And it just so happens that I did. And the wife loved it. I had three main scents.  One with a peppermint  after scent,  one with a citrus after scent, and (the wife’s favorite,) one with a sweet coconut after scent. But sadly the co worker who asked me to grow a beard with him shaved his off. But that didn’t stop me. 

Almost 2 years

     Two years down and I was very proud of myself for not shaving it off. And something kept telling me to keep growing. And after seeing some of the bearded bros I was kinda jealous. So that got me more  motivated. 

2 and a 1/2 years

     I was still expierement with different like and scents. But just fell in live with the three I had already made I gave up on it. 

    And that brings us to today. My beard is still going strong but one thing i have never done that I’ve needed to do for some time is get my edges trimmed because it gets tangled very easily and combing it out is sorta painful early in the morning when I’m getting dressed for work(Lol) I wash it 3 days a week and oil it twice a day.  I’ve considered bottling and selling the oil but never got the guts to do it. I just really never knew where to start when it came to selling it. My son likes it because he knows that when we’re wrestling all he has to do is pull my bread and he wins. My wife says she wouldn’t know who I was if I shaved it off. And I’ve talked so much smack about beardless men that there’s no way I’d shave it off, they would probably hurt me(Lol). 

     But anyway that’s my story in a nutshell.  I had planned to grow a beard for one year and it ended up being for life. And I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made.  I still haven’t given it a name though.

I had really enjoyed my #beard journey.  It’s an experience that I encourage every man to go on!

Thank you for reading my blog. Please leave a comment. I’m always intrigued by what people think. 

My gaming partner.

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What’s going everybody?  If you don’t know it by now, I’ve been playing videogames for a long time, and I’ve played with a vast amount of people. But my most favorite person to game with is my sister! That’s right fellas, its a girl. As you all can tell from the text message above we’ve been gaming together since 5th or 6th grade. We are grown as hek with kids now, but through it all she’s always been there playing with me.

In the beginning.

It all started in elementary school. We took a class field trip to a place what is now #chuckycheese, but back then it was called #showbiz. And back then it was just a medium sized room, with some arcade, and pinball machines. And maybe a coffee machine or two. But I was familiar with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the videogame, but I didn’t know that she was too. So I was chilling there eating my pizza. And when I finished I think I told the teacher that I was gonna go play the arcade machine. And I had been there before so my dad had given me a 2 $5 bills for spending money. Little did he know that the food was already paid for so my money went to this baby right here.

But anyway I digress… So when I went to the arcade machine, and I immediately stand in front of Donatello’s stick. (my favorite character) And I think she came up and asked do I wanna play. And of course I said “y!ea” But we both had dollar bills. And back then boys and girls, we had to walk to a machine and get our own change. When we got back to the machine we loaded up and started playing. She picked Leonardo and I loaded up Donny. We started out doing good. But Somewhere I started sucking and just loosing a lot of lives, and I almost ran through the first $5 within a few minutes. But thankfully she was holding us down with Leonardo. So I switched up to Ralpheal just to get my groove back. ( each turtle had a special crowd clearing special move that you could do by pressing both buttons at the same time) So I was doing pretty good with ralph, she was doing good with leo and we were actually beating the game. Then we came up against two mini bosses at the same time. Beebop and Rocksteady…..lol… mannnn they killed us sooooo many times that I wanted to stop playing but I saw the look of determination on her face and kept at it. lol. It was funny as hek now that I think about it. The way she was jumping up and down was hilarious. So I was obviously on my second $5 bill and it was almost gone too. But we defeated them and moved on. Footsoldier after footsoldier kept coming at us and we were killing them all. There were the regular black footsoldiers who just did normal attacks. Then there the red ones  (i think) who through fire down and tried to run away, so you had to jump over the fire and karate kick them. lol It was awesome. Every now and again a whole pizza would pop up  or just a small slice would and whoever was the lowest on health had to eat it. And even then we had to decide because the game was getting progressivly harder. And then we came to the second to last mini boss Crain! It was even harder with him because he was a brain in a body. (sounds crazy i know) So we had to kill his body first, and then kill him. But the thing is, he killed me which took all my quarters, and when I said that, she said “look in my lil purse and get a dollar and go get some more quarters”. I was shocked actually, but I wanted to play so I did. And on my way back to the machine I could see her jumping up and down and mashing on the buttons. It was too too funny. So thanks to her I would be able to jump back in and help “defeat the footclan”. Then after we killed Crain, the footsoldiers were rediciously hard. So at one point she died and said “ill be right back i gotta go get change…dont loose”. So before I knew it she was back in with me. And we get to the main boss….Shredder. man oh man was he hard. He killed us soooo many times. And whenever I’d die she would say “look in my purse and get a quarter”. And I dont know how many times we died I just know it was alot, but we finally defeated him. We literaly sat there and played that entire game from begining to end….and won!  And it felt great. Talk about two kids jumping up and down and screaming like they were crazy lol. And I cant remember anything after that but the class packing up and headding back to school. Thats one of my favorite memories when it comes to videogames and she was there with me.

Then to now

And thats not hte only time she played with me. Remember, we were just kids. Over the years, when we were in highschool she would visit me or i would visit her and play Soul Caliber on Playstation.  Thats why I had it because I played it at her house and liked it.Even when she got her first job in highschool, which was at Hardees…lol…She got off work one saturday night and on her way home she stopped by and played a game or two with me. And all through highschool we spent countless hours playing MLB Slugfest. I wish that game was still around. Then When she graduated highschool she moved to Florida (and she became roomates with my wife, who also plays games with me). And even though we were in diffrent places we played the Sims Urbz. which sucked but she liked it so I played it. We would call eachother at least once a week and talk about it. Also When she moved to florida to go to school she invited me a few weekends. And even though she had to work she still played a few games of NBA Street with me on PS2. And then we started playing online and one of the first games we played the hell out of was Left 4  Dead on Xbox360. I dont even wanna think about how many hours we poured into Guitar hero either. Then there was that brief while where we played alot of Dead Island on PS3. And then came along a little game called Destiny. For at least 5 months we played that game non-stop. every night for atleast 2 hours straight. And in between all these hours of videogames we’ve played, we’ve gotten married and we both have kids. Well…she has kids, I just have one child. But its just so funny how shes played a significant role in my life. And those arent all the games we’ve played those are just some of the big name titles that I can remember.. but shes been right there with me through it all.

And I just want to tell her thank you for all the wonderful memories!