Not that long ago


August 29, 2003 by Jason


Staci somewhere she can't remeber

Dean Update

April 16, 2016
  It has been too long to catch things up so I will just jump to what is most on my mind these days.  Dean is growing up fast.  He started walking this week and is exploring everything that he can reach. He keeps his Mom and I busy in chase mode.  He brightens my day with his good morning smile and bangs on the door after me when I leave in the morning.  We have been keeping busy with visits from grandparents and taking Dean out to try new things.  
  My sister Stephanie welcomed a second daughter, my niece, Eva Jean Means on April 7th.  She is far away in Guam so I can't yet meet her in person.  Luckily, we live in an age where I can get lots of pictures and videos.  My BIL Chris is still out on deployment but luckily they were able to share the birth through an iPad.  
  I am still getting used to the new Papa and Uncle role's. But, I am enjoying them both very much and can't wait for all the good times we will have together.
 

Baby Dean

June 12, 2015
On May 19th at 7:19pm my son Dean Marcos Halac was born.  To watch Staci bring a life into this world was one of the most amazing things that I have ever seen.  We are extremely excited to embark on the journey into parenthood.  It has been 3.5 weeks since his birth and the joy is still sinking in.  I am busy just trying to keep up with my new life reality.  Holding him in my arms, even at 3am when he is screaming, is still wonderful.  He is already growing up too fast.  I am in love and the happiest new Papa in the world.

Happy New Year

January 11, 2015
The end of the 2014 snuck away from me.  Time has been going by quickly these days with so much going on.  Work has been going well, married life is awesome, and Staci and I will be expecting a baby boy coming in May.  Although a lot has been happening I know this is the calm before the baby storm.  Can't wait for all 2015 will bring.

Married Life

October 10, 2014
Thank you all who made our wedding on August 16th so special.  The whole thing went by too fast.  By the time I realized what was going on I was on the the way to Cabo.  Two weeks in Mexico was everything we needed to relax and wind down from all the excitement.  Getting back into the usual routine happened quickly.  That was until Monday when Staci decided to shake things up a bit.  She decided to follow in my footsteps and got hit by a car.  She was walking to work and got hit in the crosswalk right in front of the hospital.  Luckily it could have been much worse and she is recovering quickly.  Her leg is pretty banged up and she is taking things slowly.  What are the odds of both of us getting run over in front of a hospital?  I think we have used up our accident luck.  Time to stay away from cars.

Happy Birthday 'Merica

July 4, 2014
So we have crossed quite a few milestones lately.  My beautiful niece Viana Josephine was born on June 4th at 4:11 PM in Guam.  I wish she was closer so I could visit but I have been trying to get my baby time via Skype.  I am really excited to see her when Stephanie and Chris bring her to California in a little bit more than a month.  My Mom has recovered from her minor surgery.  It didn't go as smooth as planned but I am glad to see her doing well.  My Papa has recovered from his major surgery and is now back to his old self.  He is living up in the San Fernando Valley so it has been hard to visit him often.  I am getting into the crunch time for pre wedding planning.  I can't wait to celebrate with everyone!

Papa's back

May 14, 2014
It took a whole lot longer than I expected for my Papa to get back up to speed.  The surgery took a lot out of him and his recovery took some time.  The good news he is now well on his way to a full recovery.  It was a stressful time and I am glad to put it behind.  I have been getting myself ready for the onslaught of summer and how busy it will be.  With weddings (my own included), bachelor party's, and everything else going on it will be busy.  I am excited for all the adventures and the warm summer to come.

Papa's Surgery

April 3, 2014
I took the day off on Tuesday to take my Papa to have surgery on his abdominal aortic aneurism.  The process for me was pretty uneventful but he had a busy day with the surgery taking almost 4 hours.  Things went really well and he is now party bionic with 3 stents and a tube connecting his femoral arteries.  He is recovering well now and hopes to make a speedy recovery. 

Moving!

February 8, 2014
I have been trying to get the pictures from my winter adventures on the website.  But, I have somehow managed to break the upload function on my website.  So the ETA on new pictures is pending my debugging skills.  The year has been flying by so far.  Planning for weddings, bachelor parties and everything else have been keeping me busy.  If we weren't already busy enough we decided to move.  The puppy has grown to 85lbs and needs more space so we are moving to a house with a backyard.  I will miss being so close to the beach, but the space will be nice.

Counting Down

December 19, 2013
It is t-minus 2 days until we leave for Colombia.  I am soooo ready.  Work has been feeling never ending.  It will be soul relieving to break the monotony and get out of Dodge.  I have my hammock, my bathing suit, and my backpack ready.  Expect a long overdue update to pictures.  I guess I should start taking pictures more often than the once a year I go on vacation. 

Sister in Guam

October 21, 2013
My sister is officially living in Guam.  I will miss having her close by in San Diego but I am excited for her new adventure.  Alex and Tish have welcomed Grady into their family.  We cancelled our dinner plans when Tish went into the hospital.  But Grady decided he wasn't ready so Tish was sent home and dinner was back on.  He didn't make them wait too long because shortly after dinner Tish was back in the hospital to have Grady early the next morning.

Trying to Fix the Lazy

August 14, 2013
Since taking a hiatus from crossfitting I have gotten quite lazy.  At first I blamed it on the puppy but that is clearly not the case anymore.  To try and pick up my physical activity I joined the local tennis club with Staci.  It has been a long time since I have been on the court and it shows.  After a few practice sessions I got called up for a doubles match that the club setup.  I was the youngest guy on the court by at least 20 years.  I held my own but they made me work.  Kevin is taking the family and moving to Virginia for a fresh start.  It is a bummer to have him leave but I hope the move will be good for him and the family.  I have been trying to get as many visits in their last few weeks as Californians.
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Hypocrites

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We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Aristotle

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Will Rogers

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Robert Frost

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.
Edmund Hillary

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you're alive, it isn't.
Richard Bach

If running was easy, it would be called your Mom.
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I've got some friends, some that I hardly know
But we've had some times I wouldn't trade for the world
We chase these days down with talks of the places that we will go
We live on front porches and swing life away
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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Dalai Lama

All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.
James Thurber

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
Mark Twain

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Barack Obama

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Thomas Edison

Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.
John Lennon

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
Paul Valery, French Poet

If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.
Albert Einstein

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
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"I don't much care where --" said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy,the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America’s Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn’t want to go to war, and the three most powerful men in America are named Bush, Dick, and Colon.
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Things are more like they are now than they have ever been.
Gerald R. Ford

Digressions, objections, delight in mockery, carefree mistrust are signs of health; everything unconditional belongs in pathology.
Friedrich Nietzsche

I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.
Ancient Persian Proverb

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.
Buddha

Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.
- Unknown

It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.
- U.S. Supreme Court, in American Communications Association v. Douds

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- Thomas Jefferson

Truth, when we are fortunate enough to find it, is like bad-tasting medicine. It rarely comes as a pleasant surprise, because if it surprises us, it means we've been denying it for some time and have a lot of beliefs based on falsehood. It's hard to give up those beliefs.
- Orson Scott Card

Alcoholism is not a problem.
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Amy - "Do you think they clean the mud baths? Because I don't want to get in after somebody else"

Oscar Wilde - Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humour was provided to console him for what he is.

Steve Jobs, CEO, Apple Computer, at commencement, Stanford University, 2005:
"For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been "no" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. . . . Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. . . . Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is, I can't remember if it's the thirteenth or the fourteenth.
George Burns

I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.
-Frank Sinatra

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
-Ernest Hemingway

A wife asked her husband: "What do you like most in me, my pretty face or my sexy body?" He looked at her from head to toe and replied: "I like your sense of humor."
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-Confucius

The thought police would get him just the same. He had committed would have committed, even if he had never set pen to pape rthe essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you.
-1984

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
-Winston Churchill
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