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Monday, November 5, 2007

Me: 34 years ago

Me and my boy tonight, right before I put the little hooligan to bed. Notice my tired eyes and his bright ones, coupled with his maniacal grin and the toy of the day, a Hot Wheels car, in his hand.

Mom says I was just like him: short, hyper, and a chip the size of California on my shoulder. Just like his Dad was as a child, Rakes doesn't walk anywhere: he runs. Very fast, taking out anything and anyone (usually his brother Trot) that gets in the way.

The past few days he's wanted to start playing the PS2 after seeing his sister play Barbie on it. In a matter of hours, he's gone from not having a clue to what he's doing to mastering the world of "Crash Banitoot", blowing up robots and swirling tornadoes at will.

It amazes me at not yet 4, he can be so adept at playing video games and using the computer. This coupled with Ciera figuring out all the functions on my new cell phone I got today in about 5 minutes while I'm still on page 3 of the manual led to this realization.

I'm in SERIOUS trouble in about 2 years: I just got my first cell phone with a camera on it today, and Ciera already knew how it worked. How do they know this stuff? How can a boy who still wears a diaper when he sleeps know how to get online, find the sites he wants, and play all these games without an adult helping?

I figure I have two options: A. Turn into Bill Gates. B. Move the family to a deserted island and hermatize ourselves for the rest of our lives.

I think I'm going with plan B.

How much damage can they do on a deserted island?

In Red Sox news, or non Red Sox news, I've got nothing. Lowell still hasn't filed for free agency, Papi had a minor knee operation today, and Manny has been MIA since his appearance on Leno Friday night. I'm pretty sure he followed Jay home that night and has been camped out on his front porch ever since.

Finally, things just keep on getting better if you are a Yankee fan.

What a bunch of ever lovin' dinks.

66 comments:

scott h said...

Why the heck do you look like Ernest T on crack?

Ted D said...

Bub, I'm on the floor right now! I don't know: I averaged 4 hours of sleep for roughly a month, had been home 2 hours when this picture was taken, and Rakes and Trot were doing their best to recreate that scene in Days of Thunder when Cole and Rowdy raced the rental cars through the city: only without the, well you know, cars.

It's a miracle I was upright at that point.

scott h said...

Move away from there the kinfolk said, Come to Oklahoma and be like Jed.

Ted D said...

Wait a minute: do I look like Earnest T or Jed Clampett?

I'm going for that guy who played the fat guys sidekick in all the Earnest goes to Camp, School, Prison, etc.. movies myself.

scott h said...

Where is the Dinkster. I know his story, 14 hrs of sleep and working for 2 hrs a day. Got his system all messed up.

Ted D said...

I imagine he's teaching Caroline about the rain forest. Or watching Dancing with the Stars. It's gotta be one or the other.

scott h said...

I went to matties place. All that talk about which Brady was your favorite hurts my head,

Ted D said...

You are killing me.

My vote? Mrs Brady.

Tex said...

\\and a chip the size of California on my shoulder.//

ahem. if you were trying to say you had a huge chip on your shoulder, dontcha think you should have referenced Texas ;)

Ted D said...

Tex, I thought about that: and in hindsight, I should have referenced my adopted sisters state.

Please accept my apologies: and with that, I'm off to bed.

'Cause I already look like Ernst T on crack: I need all the sleep I can get.

~**Dawn**~ said...

Looks like Schill may retire in a Sox uniform!

Still nothing on Lowell but they say the talks are progressing there too. ::fingers firmly crossed::

I've heard the Twins have expressed an interest in Coco in exchange for some pitching prospects.

I about fell out of bed last night when ESPN scrolled along the bottom of the screen during MNF that Pettitte declined his option with the EE. And now it looks like Benedict Damon could end up playing for The Other Sox in exchange for Joe Crede -- which is fine with me if it means they keeps their talons off my Lowell!

Ted D said...

Dawn, that was great news about Schilling today: I'm really glad he'll be back. And hopefully they lock Lowell up soon.

I hadn't heard that Damon rumor until you wrote it. How classic would that be if he gets traded to the White Sox and buried in that division for the rest of his career.

scott h said...

I just got up from a nap. Whats going on?

Ted D said...

You are really pathetic.

First day off and you're already sleeping.

scott h said...

Do I need to buy you a ipod? Don't you have a birthday next month. or is that the Dinkster.

scott h said...

Are you coming out or not. A little car ride out to Uncle Bub's is all those boys need.

Tex said...

nap??? what are you?? an OLD MAN?

scott h said...

Well, well. The south of the border gal is back. No grandpa just living the high life.

Ted D said...

Bub, that is Dink's birthday you are thinking about. No ipod for me: I wouldn't use it.

We're coming but it most likely will be next August: we're trying to work out a SG meetup at the Ranger/Sox games that last weekend in August. I'm putting you down as in, since you'll be on your second 5 month vacation of the year that month.

Tex, don't let his act fool you.

Tex said...

If Scottie Boy comes to the games, will he need to sit in the wheelchair area?

and Scott dont be buying Tedders a ipod. he'd have trouble trying to figure out what to do with the circle

Ted D said...

Tex, he's actually in better shape than I am. Of course, an 85 year old man is in better shape than I am, so it's all relative.

Why does an Ipod need a circle?

Tex said...

ted. have you even seen an ipod?

the wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round

Tree Newt said...

Dinkster here (you schmucks),

For your information, Caroline and I were watching "hoc-tee" last night, and tonight as well.

Marsha was the best brady.

And I'd like to have a 30 Gig iPod, or even better, an iPhone, if you're taking orders.

scott h said...

Starting at third base for the Boston Redsox in 08. AROD!!!
Like the Eagles say " Get over it get over it."

You freaking can't be serious, your trip out here is going to center around a Gilligan's island reunion!

And Tex you are speaking with the Original EverReady rabbit.

scott h said...

Mr Schmuck, now you are talking. If I can get out of my contract without trading a kidney I want a Iphone.

scott h said...

Where in the world is Ernest T.

A brick in one hand and crack snack in the other.

scott h said...

Do I have to singlehandedly drag this blog to a 100 comment.

Tex said...

Scott. Take it back. NOW. before I head up to Okie and kick some oh wait..im not on my blog..I cant say that :)

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scott h said...

You are going to make me go checkout what kind of highcomedy Britney Spears pulled out today.

~**Dawn**~ said...

Who is this "scott" character who dared to say that Slappy would be replacing *my* Mike Lowell at third base?? Them's fightin' words!!

Tex said...

Scottie step away from the joe

quick.

Tree Newt said...

Bub, you are infuego tonight. The plant business must hae gone better than you let on!

Speaking of...did the bed show up yet?

scott h said...

Tex I can already picture you and Ernest in your matching Arod jersey's. Talking about how you knew all along he was your favorite.

Tex said...

TTTTTTTTTTTEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDD.

IF YOU DONT COME NOW I wil LNOT be responsble for my ACtions or Words


Im fixing to go ALL BECKETT on HIM!!

TTTTTTTTTEEEEEEEEEEEEDDDDD

scott h said...

Dawn awakens , and falls into the trap of recognizing me.

No Mattie we have no bed. I assume he will call at 8:00 in the morning. Plus my building is gone now so I can hardly wait to try and direct him to a empty parking lot.

scott h said...

Tex what is lnot, is it like snot? Cause if it is I want no part of it or of you bringing it to me.

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Ted D said...

Man, I leave for 5 minutes and Bub goes crazy!

Dawn, Scott is my insane brother in law from Oklahoma who lives to get on mine/Tex/Matt, who am I kidding, EVERYBODIES nerves.

Tex, have at him: I'll tell Ciera Auntie Tex just had to let go with both barrels. Bub, you work YOUR trips out here around other things: I think it's OK I do the same. ;) Of course, your's is church related and mine is Red Sox related, but it's close.

And there is no way Slappy plays for Boston. But IF he does, I will NEVER, and the Rock means, NEVER, wear a Afraud jersey.

Besides, the Bedazzler has already spoken:

Theo: DO IT.

Tex said...

Ted Dalton. If you dont get your BUMM here quick...I am not going to put up with this. period.

Ted D said...

I'm here Tex, I'm here!

Just pretend he's like a 4 year old, which he is, at least mentally, and ignore him!

Bubba, you are KILLING me!

Tex said...

::breathes sigh of relief::

Ted. would you PUUULLLEEEZ put him in line?

\\Of course, your's is church related and mine is Red Sox related, but it's close.//

:)

Tex said...

and I thought Scott had lots of beds. doesnt he have to?

Ted D said...

Tex, he's been my family for, whoa, 24 years now Scott?

I have no idea how to keep him in line. He's an Okie Tex: what can I say?

scott h said...

I believe I will take the liberty of having the last word and move on to more stimulating activities.

Tex said...

and dont be putting Tex in the same sentence as Okie. Im just sayin' :)

~**Dawn**~ said...

Re: "Of course, your's is church related and mine is Red Sox related, but it's close."

Amen, Ted, amen.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to seek intensive therapy from that Slappy McWhippingboy trauma.

Tex said...

i think i just did. :)

scott h said...

Im a poet and I didn't even know it cause my feet don't show it cause there longfellows.

Tex said...

O M G. Scott has really lost it now. I mean he disses the Red Sox by mention of that fraudplayer. And NOW he pretends to be a POET!??

What's NEXT????

Ted D said...

//Im a poet and I didn't even know it cause my feet don't show it cause there longfellows.//

Huh?

More stimulating activities? Is that an insult?

Tex, I think you did!

Dawn, don't let him bother you: he's harmless. I don't think I've ever seen him 100% serious since I've known him.

Ted D said...

//What's NEXT????//

I think it'll be breakdancing.

Or beatboxing.

It's really a coin toss at this point.

Tex said...

well theres one place Texans and Okies can live peacefully

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/11/06/1106texhoma.html

Ted D said...

Tex, I can't left click on it.

What do I do? ;)

Tex said...
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Tex said...

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories

/local/11/06/1106texhoma.html

put both of these together. I dont know why but it wont let me post the entire thing

Tex said...

copy and paste Ted to get to the link.

::siggggghhh:: and here i thought you were all technoEducmated

Ted D said...

Tex, I was kidding!

Didn't you see my wink?

::rolls eyes::

Tex said...

well i guess Scottie boy got skeeered and hid under the covers in all those beds he has

Ted D said...

I think the thought of you, and I quote, "Im fixing to go ALL BECKETT on HIM!!" was the deciding factor.

Tree Newt said...

Oi vey.

scott h said...

Nah, Im going green. Just saved some kilowatts and wrote you and Tex a two page letter explaining how you both are all wet.

Tex said...

id rather be wet than be an okie

Ted D said...

Tex, what in the great wide world of sports is he talking about?

I have GOT to try and keep up.

Tex said...

Ted i think he's doing it the old fashioned way.

paper, pen, envelope and stamp

Ted D said...

I don't think so Tex. He's too cheap to buy the stamp.

New Post, btw: be kind.