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Family Matters August 27th, 2009

My father called me a few days ago and let me know that my uncle had passed away. I went to the wake yesterday and saw family I haven’t seen in years. Some of them I don’t ever remember seeing. I recognized my aunt, but that is only because I remember her from my grandmother’s funeral over ten years ago. I don’t remember her ever seeing her besides that one time. I didn’t even recognize my uncles sons. I don’t even remember ever meeting them before, even though when I looked them up on Facebook I found out that they lived close to me when I was growing up.

Up until the wake I wasn’t necessarily upset with my uncle’s passing. I felt I should be more upset, but I suppose that even though he was my uncle, I never had him in my life so I didn’t really feel sad. I went to the wake only because I felt I should. My father, brother, and cousin Jasmine were all there. Jasmine and I started talking and neither one of us recognized anyone at the wake. I think we both felt the same thing, that maybe as a family we shouldn’t be so far away? She lives in Colorado so it is understandable why she wouldn’t necessarily know anyone when everyone lives in or around New Jersey, but I’m in New York, I lived in New Jersey for 21 years and these people are still complete strangers to me. I never really felt I had family before, my mother is an only child, and her side was the only side I’ve ever really known.

A few months ago my uncle contacted me on geni.com, which is a site to connect with your ancestry. I barely looked at it, I don’t even think I responded to him. I kept putting off for something else. Today I really looked at it. My family is a lot bigger than I would have thought it to be, and the fact that he put this whole thing together, I wonder if he felt the family was too far apart and if he wanted to bring everyone back together.

I don’t know these people who are in some way related to me. I don’t know their likes and dislikes, I don’t know their nicknames, I wouldn’t recognize them on the street if I passed them. I’m thinking that it needs to change though as I am seeing that family is important and that a family that is distant is useless. I think family should be all around, you should at least be able to say hi and find out more about other members of your family who may or may not be deceased. A Christmas card here and there, a phone call, a random cup of coffee, even just an add on a Social Networking site, family shouldn’t be something that you have no idea who anyone else is. It should be something you embrace, something that you know is out there, even if it is half way around the world. Family shouldn’t come after work, or anything else, it should be number one.

Family isn’t just those who are blood related, it is anyone who you love and hold close to your heart. Family are those friends you love, the ones who you would take a bullet for. Those family members are just as important as the ones your related to because they aren’t the ones who are obligated to be part of your family, but ones you choose to be part of your family.

Family is important, love is important, don’t let another day go by that you don’t appreciate or know your family. You never know when they’ll be gone for good.

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Interesting Day on Forrest Avenue August 22nd, 2009

There was a huge thunderstorm in Glen Cove today. Well I am sitting here and I see a flash of lightning. Then I hear the thunder. It wasn’t just thunder, this was the kind of thunder that is right overhead, but louder than usual like it hit something. Well then I hear another explosion. I come out to the kitchen and what do I see? Well look below.

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The lightning struck a power line and fell onto a car, which made that car, and the car next to it explode. As messed up as it sounds, it is poetic justice, since the Subaru that blew up was the same one who last week parked on my ass in an illegal parking spot and Kris had trouble getting out to go to work.

A few hours ago I was working on a blog post and some new content (which won’t be up for a while) and I hear a bang, like somebody had dropped something heavy. I go to the kitchen and I see a cop. Well as nosey as Kris and I are, we take a walk to go see what happened. A car went speeding up the road and hit the Bobcat that was working on the road from the fire earlier today. The car is totaled, and somehow everyone who was in it survived. Here are the pictures of it.

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It’s been an interesting day on Forrest Avenue in Glen Cove and Locust Valley, now if only everyday was as interesting.

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Oh What Beautiful Colors August 14th, 2009

Over the years I have had a lot of people tell me that my site was hard on their eyes and it was so dark it was hard to read anything. I hope I never get those complaints again because as you can see, I made it brighter, lighter, and with easier to read colors. Now hopefully more people will come and use this as the resource site it is. I realize some parts look weird, but I can assure you that this is still a work in progress, and if you tell me which parts of the site look off, I will fix them ASAP.

In other sire news, I have finally decided what the first feature of a member section will be. It is light weight, easy to code, but unfortunately a lot of other sites have it. I will just have to make mine better. I am not going to tell you what it is, I may tell my mailing list subscribers, so if you really want to know, then sign up.

I am waiting for this week’s payment to come in, but I don’t think it is going to come in until late tonight, if not then possibly tomorrow. I just hope my bank accepts wire transfers on the weekend, otherwise I will need to wait until Monday. Either way, I believe all bills are up to date and I won’t need to pay any until next Friday when that payment comes through. Hopefully between now and then I can come up with some side work or something.

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