Archive for January, 2012

Ava Went to the Pound

21 Jan

It is with great sadness that I write this post.

Today we had to take Ava to the pound.  Ava was my daughter Kyndell’s dog and so she wanted to go with me to drop her off.


Kyndell & Ava

Kyndell & Ava

As you can tell, Kyndell had been crying and was forcing a smile for the picture even though it was not a joyus time.  Several months ago, Ava become very dominat with our boxer, Bella.  They got into a fight over some dog food and Ava kicked Bella’s ass, causing her the need to get stitches in her leg.  This caused concern, and we had Ava checked out to make sure nothing was hurting her that may have caused her to suddenly start attacking.  Bella is a very, and I do mean very, hyper dog and she loves to play and antagonize our other dogs (Ava & our Golden Retriever Buddy).  We wrote off Ava’s attack as being due to Bella’s rambunctiousness and kept them separated for a few months and slowly started to integrate them.

All was well for the next month in a half or so.  Until about two weeks ago, I was putting the dogs out and Bella didn’t want to go out.  I noticed she was limping and checked her leg and she had deep gashes and wounds.  While we didn’t see any fight, we immediately assumed it was Ava and again started separating the two.  Ava and Buddy would get fed and then Bella.  Bella was chosen to be the one to be separated because Buddy gets annoyed with her as well, but he deals with it by not coming out of his kennel so that he doesn’t have to be around her.  So anyways, back on track.  When this second incident happened, we started looking for a new home.   We posted her up on Lejeune Yard Sales and Craigslist.  This didn’t yield us any results unfortunately.  But we kept her in hopes of finding her a new home where she’d be a better fit.

Then, out of the blue, she attacks Buddy yesterday.  Buddy is the most laid back, down to earth dog you can have.  So this was the final straw.  It was either take Ava to the pound, or risk having her attack one of our kids, specifically our 1 or 6 year old girls.  With that, we decided it was time for her to go to the pound.

The pound was a difficult task.  I did ensure that they wrote down on her papers that before euthanization, they contact us so that we can take her back if in the event they don’t find her a home.


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I love me some Coke! (Coca-Cola that is)

18 Jan

I have a serious addiction to Coca-Cola.  I don’t know what it is about it, but I drink it like it’s water.  I literally chug them back to back, non-stop.  Look out if I’m doing some late night programming or video gaming.  I drink them like there’s no tomorrow.

We’ve been working extended hours at work, so my junior Marines have got to see a side of me they don’t normally see.  They’ve seen me drink my fair share of Coke at work, but they had no idea until we started working these extended hours.

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Bye Bye USAA!!!!

15 Jan

So here’s the deal…

I’ve been a member of USAA for 13+ years. I’ve been banking with them and had insurance with them the entire time. I’ve had a car loan through them. I’ve had renters insurance for 6+ years, I’ve had boat insurance, mutual funds, everything. When we bought our house a few months ago (I went with Wells Fargo) I cancelled my renters insurance to get home owners insurancewith USAA and they wouldn’t insure me because it was hurricane season. So this irritated me a little but whatever. It’s understandable.

Then this morning, I go to transfer some money into savings only to have my savings account not show up in the drop down, so I look at my account listing and theres no savings account. Thinking this is a website issue, I log out and log back in, still no savings account.

So I call USAA and get their emergency line and he asks how can he help me with my debit card emergency or lost card issue and I stated that I logged onto USAA and my savings account was gone. He said I’d need to call back they only handle debit card emergencies and lost cards and I said what about lost savings accounts and he said nope I’d need to call back during normal hours.

I asked him when normal hours were and he gave me the mon-sat spiel and knowing tomorrow is a holiday, I asked if they were open tomorrow. He said no I needed to call Tuesday.

So my savings account, is gone, and they think it can wait until Tuesday??? Granted I didn’t have much if any money in it because I’ve already been having thoughts of switching anyways for better rates but for it to just be gone, scares me. What if I did have money in it? What if it was my checking account?

The only thing I can think of is since I’m fixing to deploy I’ve been trying to get all my accounts linked and setup for auto pay on my bills in the event I don’t have internet my payments are still getting made and maybe they closed it due to suspicious activity, but the problem with that, is I was linking my checking accounts, not my savings accounts and then setting up auto transfers from checking to savings…

Anyways, as of today, I’m going with Navy Fed. I’ve had an account with them as long as I have USAA but it’s just sat dormant since I’ve always used USAA.


High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography

14 Jan

I’ve always been intrigued by High Dynamic Range photography.   The photos look so vibrant and alive and I’ve wanted to give it a stab for quite some time.   In October, I bought the Nikon D5100 after selling and upgrading from my Nikon D50.  One of the features I thought was cool about this camera was the fact that it had a HDR feature where, when selected, it would automatically take multiple photos to create an HDR.

Unfortunately, I either wasn’t doing something correct, or it just wasn’t that impressive to me.  This kicked me into gear for giving it an attempt.  So I bought an HDR book from Banes & Noble to give me some tips and ideas and I did a little research online.  I ended up coming up with the following: Read the rest of this entry »


Kyndell doing donuts @ Busco Beach 1/8/2012

10 Jan

Well, Jan 7/8 2012 was my free weekend for the next month in a half as I prepare for my deployment.  On Saturday, my wife suggested we go to Busco Beach and go ride the four wheelers.  Without hesitation, I jumped on the idea.  With the highs being 70 degrees, it was the perfect weather to go riding. 

When we arrived, it was packed!  We haven’t seen it this packed for months.  So as we’re riding around, we see a ton of kids out riding their four wheelers and dirt bikes and they looked like they were having too much fun.  So after a short discussion my wife and I decided to bring the kids out Sunday to go riding.  My son wasn’t too thrilled about it.  Ever since his accident where he fell off, he has not wanted to ride them. 

My daughter on the other hand…

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My daughter had a blast doing “zig zags” and donuts.   I’m going to get her four wheeler fixed up with some new rims and tires and some performance mods and see if she wants to race it.  I think she’ll have a blast doing it.  And if not that’s ok too.  We can rip it up together! 

I can’t wait for my deployment to get over…

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