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Dragonhide 9:06pm, 12 April 2007
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Hello. Jallen Dragonhide checking in.

Today April 12, the day I happen to start my photo diary, is my 35th birthday. Blah.

I'm not sure what to say at the moment- I never do at first in "intro" topics.

So, Hi.


Sometimes it's best to don your peril sensitive goggles and just charge full speed!!

*UPDATE!* I will be wrapping this diary up in a day or so, but all my NEW 2008 posts are here:
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bunæn PRO 11 years ago
HAH! If you want to get Glory to come out of hiding, you just have to know how to beat the bushes.
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
It looks like Glory is admiring my amazing coif on the sly. Oh that's right, she probably cant see past that pretty blouse she is wearing.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
That's exactly what I was thinking Buns. Glory vanishes for weeks, and as soon as someone says "vibrations" she pops out of the woodwork. Yay!

Tim, the best thing about the Sept 24 pic is that it leaves out the hair! :-0

And I omitted last time to pick up on Archbishop Tutu. He is a great human being, humble to the extreme, and would not have been phased by your not recognising him, in fact I'm sure he enjoyed it. He used to walk around Cape Town with a t-shirt that read: "Just call me Arch".
Dragonhide 11 years ago
"just call me Arch" hahaha Classical.
Jissy 11 years ago
Wow wow wow- u take some amazing selfies
Simon-K 11 years ago
Thats a great self portrait, you look like you're contemplating life
Loca.... 11 years ago
I'll have to be back tomorrow. To sleepy to understand what i'm reading.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
*tucking in Loca* Good night. :)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Jissy- Thank you. I really do like pictures of people very much- but alas, no models available other than myself, so I make do. I however did catch my wife in a good mood and game to be a model once.. That was cool.

Simon-K I was, I was.. Thank you :)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Sept 25

Tomorrow (err today, it just turned midnight this second!) Ian turns 7.


They were practicing hitting the ball with their head- Ian was the only one totally shy of doing it, he kept ducking, much to the dismay of his team member next in the line who winced every time.

I need to work with Ian a little bit on this.. hahahaha

Although, he's the only one wearing glasses on the team, I wonder if that has anything to do with it...

Oh, we FORGOT his yellow team shirt today.. instead, he went to his futbol game dressed up in replica uniform of Real Madrid.. Go Real Madrid!!!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
PS: No child was injured in any form in the making of this picture.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Hahaha that's a great shot... I tried to get you to add this pick to my Caught in the Act group, but I'm guessing this shot is private? I don't see it in your photo stream...
Simon-K 11 years ago
Hahaha thats hilarious!! I was like that as a kid as well!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Happy birthday to Ian! Tell him he has to learn to head the ball so he can score goals like Raul.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Happy birthday, Ian!! {:->
Loca.... 11 years ago
Congrats to Ian. Have a nice day.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Geez, I vowed to take a picture everyday this week, but looks like I skipped last couple days... *kicking myself in the shins*
sunshinecity 11 years ago
ebilflindas 11 years ago
*throws a ball at your head*

Happy belated birthday, Ian!!!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
When I was in grade school (yes there were schools then) I would always get popped in the face with a baseball on the day of the school pics - 5 years running ! It became a joke around the house.

Happy Birthday Ian - keeping your head down is a good idea sometimes...

CollardGreens: Oops!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Did your school want to send a social worker to your house? hehe

When I was little, in one year (I think I was about 6 or 7) I dislocated my elbow falling out of a tree, had my dog bite me on the lip when I was teasing it with food.. snatch it away when he tries to bite into my peanut butter sandwich (I was smart!)... my brother threw a steel sign- a "House for Sale" sign and I walked into the path and it sliced my eyelid open (no lasting damage I got VERY lucky)...

The real estate sign was for a company my dad worked for- DeHart Reality and it was shaped like a heart-- when the school inquired about what happened to my eye, I told them that my brother threw a valentine at me... hahaha

They finally sent a Department of Family Services to investigate my family...

They found a happy family with a somewhat clumsy kid, but very happy and healthy.

It happens.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Thanks Emil!

Alex- are you trying to get me into trouble, AGAIN? hahahahaha
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
I know what you mean JAllen. When I took my daughter to the emergency room with the third broken arm in 2 years.... they took her aside and asked her what REALLY happened. fortunately (?) they all happened at school and so their suspicions were short lived.
Dragonhide Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Dragonhide (member) 11 years ago
Sept 28

Tonight we celebrate Ian's 7th birthday

Huffing & getting ready to blow out the candle

And it was weird. This is the first year that Ian has lots of friends at school and invited a bunch of strangers (strangers to us) over for his birthday.

It has always been a close friends kind of deal on Ian's birthdays... I suppose that' another milestone of your kid growing up.... Oh geez.

I no longer mind my years advancing, but I damn sure do mind my KID's years advancing....

Aw, he's such a kick ass kid, I adore him. :)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Ouch three broken arms in 2 years!.... Poor Jade! I'm lucky that I have never broken stuff... Dislocated a few though.. Ouch.
Dragonhide Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Dragonhide (member) 11 years ago
Sept 29


I've started wearing my cross of a cowboy hat/fedora lately, especially at bonfire & Paella parties at my house. To some it looks like a Fedora, to others, it's a cowboy hat.

Anyway, today was the "Heathen Party" at my house, where we invite all our close friends, who are all..... hmm... not uptight about religion to put it kindly. I live in the middle of a very very religiously conservative part of America, and any one that strays from the "norm" is considered a Heathen- and obviously there's something really really wrong with our souls.

Whatever. They're all good people... I consider myself a good person. So there.

My in-laws and I worked hard for about 3 hours getting this paella going over open fire... and OH BOY.. it was about 20 times better than the last Paella.. .OMG it was sooooo EXCELLENT! And the bonus is, I now know exactly how to make an authentical paella now. I've helped with several now and took lots of mental notes!

At the end, everybody left at about midnight. nobody had to be carried and then tossed into the back of the pick-up truck, too drunk to walk..

In all- life is good & good stuff.


Although I did wake up with a MONSTER hangover... :P
Dragonhide Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Dragonhide (member) 11 years ago
Sept 30

Even a hat cannot hide the fact I desperately need a haircut.

So, my monster hangover?

I'll have you guys know that my in-laws are such go-getters.. I believe that old habits of Spaniards die hard.. they're always trying to conquer the world.

So, I open my eyes to my wife shaking me at 8:00 AM in the morning.. I'm all hung over and stuff, she's telling me, her parents are already up and burning wood- leftover wood and trees from our recent house add-on. The problem is-- it's an incredibly windy day, and we're in the middle of the forest during a drought... so, could I please wake up and start cutting wood, clearing more trees so that our forest doesn't catch on fire?

No rest for the weary.

I love my in-laws- they do keep us all on our toes..... %$#@&!!!!!
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Oh! Are you allowed to share the recipe, or would you have to kill me if you told me? {:->
Simon-K 11 years ago
Hahaha I think the idea of a heathen party is hilarious :)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Heathen party and we don't get an invite ?!?
ItinerArts 11 years ago
A heathen party sounds great!I grew up in the same kind of ultra-religious, ultra-conservative area. Probably has something to do with my passion for travel.

friuduric 11 years ago
Happy Birthday to Ian! Is he blowing out his candles in the pic? He looks so serious! Glad his party was a success.

(And if your heart is tearing out at his independence and making of friends NOW, just wait til he becomes a teen and really becomes independent *sob!*)

Our bunch of friends in DM is a heathen bunch, too. (In DM, Wednesday night is Church Night -- no other activities can be scheduled, no homework is assigned, so you can head off to church for activities there.) If you don't happen to be of that ilk, it's great to have a like-minded group of folks to keep one sane!

My sister and brother in law have some piles of old wood they'd like to burn, but they need a permit from the town, and everytime they are ready to light the match, they get a call that the permit has been revoked due to wind. :-[

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sunshinecity 11 years ago
trying?? LOL .... you need no help from me! You do enough damage on your own! LOL

The last two shots... hubba hubba! Now I got this great mental imagery of you chopping wood in just your... umm... ok, gotta go!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
hehehe I don't know, maybe I'll be killed for telling!

They are- always great fun! Never know what to expect.... :)

Yup, I grew up in the land of Jerry Farrell, Oral Roberts, Pat Roberts... *ick* and I have very itchy feet and am compelled to travel... must be something there.

Yeah, good observation, he's inhaling getting ready to blow out the candle! You speak with experience the things we do to stay sane... hehe

Madam, you are TROUBLE. lol
Dragonhide 11 years ago
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A brief experimentation. I realized tonight I haven't experimented nearly enough with my speedlite flash I got a couple months or so back. Life got suddenly stupid-busy. Anyway I experimented for a small handful of shots.

I like playing with long exposures. no big secret.

RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Another picture of the monster hangover emerging from your right eye?

Totally gorgeous picture of Ian and his birthday cake. And that paella is spectacular, the wood fire even more so. I'd like the recipe too, or maybe I've just gotta come to the next heathen party (I qualify), and pitch , help and observe.

No comment about that naughty, perverted Sunshinecity! Do Jewish Italian girls qualify as heathen? Probably, three times over.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
umm... heathen? I had to look that up in the dictionary... LOL still don't know what you mean byt that... care to elaborate?
And anyways... I am unique, none like me, can't you tell? LOL

TROUBLE? I resemble that remark
; )
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Sunshine- Think Mel Gibson's BRAVEHEART- those crazy, "godless" unwashed people painted blue who know how to PARTY!!!!!

The fundamentalists around here seem to think we're just like these people :-)

In my book, it's a compliment. I mean- the fundamental religious folks were too uptight for 16th Century ENGLAND* that they got kicked out???!!! hehe

*typed with tongue in cheek*
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
And, BTW, Mel was playing a guy called Wallace in that movie! Don't worry Sunshine, you'll fit in, just ask Jallen to leave the ham out of the paella.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
And what about the shellfish?
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Being so far out from a good seafood source, we only had frozen shrimp on hand. It didn't detract too much from the end product, though :)

I've never had Paella with ham... doesn't sound bad to me. This one is mostly Chicken and Shrimp, Good stuff.
Interesting picture, very unusual conversation
Dragonhide 11 years ago
hahaha Hi Pablo! You never know what the conversation will be about here... Thank you for stopping by! :-)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Woah, I'm at what I hope is the apex of a horrible horrible week.

Monday, I wake up, my wife needs my van- she's in a hurry to get to work, the SUV has a flat tire. OK.. I mumble and go out to change the tire after she leaves so I can get to work.

I get to work with her SUV no problem, she text messages me... the van broke down on her.

My office manager tells me that an imporaant client's server has crashed.

Tuesday was reasonably good.

TONIGHT. I'm still at work at 9:30 pm.. one of our Internet server's RAID controller card died a horrible death and corrupted all the backup hard disk drives... destroying everything. I'm waiting for the company we co locate our servers at to scramble and assemble a NEW server which I insisted on- I can't take chances anymore.

I expect I'll be up all night restoring everything for clients. Hopefully I can start on that soon.

Sigh. this IT industry isn't always what it's cracked up to be....
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Damn. Sorry to hear that, Tim. Hope something good comes of all this!
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago

Hope things get better! {:->
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Oh dear, catastrophe after catastrophe. I doubt any good will come of it, except maybe Tim gets all the data back.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Thanks for the sympathy.. at almost 1:00 AM and still working, they really do help. :-)
eelend PRO 11 years ago
that pic is full of mystery

eelend’s 2007
Dragonhide 11 years ago
October 03

Neither viruses nor system failures nor hackers nor gloom of night stays these geeks from the swift completion of their appointed rounds

My backpacking equipment doing double duty as my office bed. Caught a couple hours sleep, now back at it, restoring Internet services.

Oh, my new JPG magazine arrived I thought I would take a few minutes to relax and thumb thru it. My eyes were too blurry I couldn't see anything, so I just went to sleep.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Man, I hope you were able to get things sorted--and saw some well-deserved logs!
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
buddy, your bedroll looks suspiciously like cardboard
sunshinecity 11 years ago
thanks for the dietary consideration folks... much appreciated...
and oh yeah... I'm all about partying!! LOL

Duuuuude! That's some nasty arrangement you got for a sleeping there. You're gonna need a back rub in the morning for sure, after that....

And yeah... I'm offering.
Way to go man!! At least you got a little sleep and now you have a back rub offer, that should help to finish the work.
Good luck!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
I get to go home I get to go home I get to go HOME!!!!!!

Still stuff to wrap up, and one website to reconstruct all over again... we had JUST finished it last week, and had not put it into the backup rotation yet... so... Square 1 again. It's a dynamic website, built almost entirely on the server, so nothing to re-upload back to the server... Ahh the dangers of Web 2.0 I guess, no local copy by nature!

Never again... everything is gonna be in the backup rotation from day 1. :P

Glory- hahaha it does look like cardboard!! It must be a subtle reminder of my fate if I don't get it all ironed out- I'll be thrown out to the streets....

sunshine- that sounds soooo good to me... tension headaches sux.. thanks!

pablo- you're right I can't complain anymore! haha
sunshinecity 11 years ago
most welcome m'dear...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Backrubs are great! I had a full-body treatment from Jennifer last night, and felt so much better afterwards. Actually felt like going straight to sleep afterwards, but had a few more hours of customer time.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Oct 4 I am sure I took something somewhere.... pending.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Oct 5

I had such a FUN FUN Fun fun photoshoot with my son. He came up with most of the ideas himself. It's scary how geeky-like he is to Daddy.

Kid Vader: Typical night time routine

Click on the photo to see the others in the set
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Y'know, there's that scene in Empire (is it?), when one of the Imperial Generals walks into Vader's chamber, just before the Dark Lord's helmet is placed back on his head...I think this photo captures that vulnerable moment much more intimately.

btw, Ian--Like I always remind my Ren, "Make sure you're pointing it down!" ;-D
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
I have expressed my outrage at the photo's page. I am so disappointed.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Hahahaha Star wars (Original ones!) reunite!!!!! Emil.. LOL... Thank you.

Buns-- I'd say about half of the articles in that issue was lost on me... The one artist I appreciated-- Patti Smith.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
I'm tempted to say what a crap photo, but I won't, because it's actually a great, very imaginative photo?
ItinerArts 11 years ago
jelliajamb 11 years ago
haHA! This really hints at more than this goofy moment - a whole goofy afternoon. I know exactly what you felt seeing the geekness duplicated - a lot of pride, a little 'I'm so sorry I did this to you', more pride, some fun, and a 'hey I'm not so lonely in my geekness anymore! This is my bud!'. Each of mine has shown me that they won't forget the geek they come from in some way or another. off to see the rest
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Ian is such a cool dude {:->
sunshinecity 11 years ago
lmfao that's an awesome moment captured there.... the pair of you!! your kid is gonna be one cool guy when he grows up! He's already got you beaten in your own game almost!
= P
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yow - double yow and triple youw....miss a few days and darth vader shows up on the toilet !!

CollardGreens: Oops!
Great idea for a photo, I saw the other ones and there was only missing one of vader shaving or cutting his toe's nails hahahaha.
Good photo.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
hahaha thank you all. I was inspired, and I can see a recurring series in this.. We must do this again. :) I am fortunate to have Ian who is as much, if not more, into this idea as I was.. :)
Meelifluous PRO 11 years ago
I think your son has issues! His idea? Sounds suspicious to me! great fun, though!
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Issues? Yeah, you can see 'em all stacked there next to the twa-lette!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
You're right, Mee- I would hope it doesn't develop into a power issue and he feels the need to bend everything to his dark will. God forbid.
jrayfarm1980 11 years ago
I LOVE the Vader set! Completes my evening nicely - I just watched the Family Guy spoof on Episode IV (your photo set was funnier, by the way). Looks like you do have a kick-ass son. And it's so cool to see a dad see be so jazzed about his kids, by the way. Doesn't happen as often as it does, sadly. I'm sure you do, but I hope you do tell your son how cool you think he is!
bunæn PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by bunæn (member) 11 years ago
Being more of a Spaceballs kind a guy, I imagine your boy to be all "I BRAKE FOR NOBODY"
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Thank you Jray.. It can be a challenge juggling work guilt & family guilt and keeping everything balanced. I do not want to be one of those Dads that are so out of touch with their kids.

Buns- that is Ian and my other favorite movie! We do the "Gimme paw!" "howling* thing all the time! hehe
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
For me and my boy, in addition to Spaceballs, it's Young Frankenstein and Kikujiro.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Not familiar with Kikujiro... Gotta check that one out, it is in good company- Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein, indeed...
Loca.... 11 years ago
I was going to say that your boy looks fantastic on his birthday photo but i can't cause he looks AWESOME in that Vader thing he's doing. All the set looks great.

Get a haircut man.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
LOL I just did Loca- get a haircut!!! I'll try to post... :)
Dragonhide Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Dragonhide (member) 11 years ago
Oct 6

Underneath the dark lord of sith- the tyrant Kid Vader's mask, you find...

a 7 year old kid who typically thinks that pouting means that he gets his way every time HA!!

Only sometimes does it work. ;)

Taken at an Italian restaurant that I took my in-laws to.. Very nice place, it looks straight out of something that Sunshinecity would take picture of in Rome.

Dark with low light that sort of mimics dining out in the starry night outdoors in Italy, hence the grain in the picture. I like.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Oct 7

I've been having such a terrible week. I'm not the type to whine much- but I'm whining now.

Last Monday- I wake up, my wife's SUV has a flat, and can she take my van to work? Sure I mumble......

I get up and change the tire of the SUV to the spare. It takes me about 45 minutes, I don't have good tools for the job but I get it done.

Late for work, I start on my way.. My celphone rings.. text message from Merche- my van broke down on her.

Someone else rescues her for the time being- I get to work, an important client has their internet services disabled somehow. Takes a good 3 hours to figure it was a stupid toggle set by the former providers of these clients that we were unaware of.

Tuesday was OK.

Wed. our new Internet server- which has everything redudantbuilt in... the hard disk drive controller decided to eat all the hard drives, corrupting the data *and* the backup. and this is early enough in the server life that I haven't finished coding a backup rotation. Everything is lost. I have to start all over with several client's websites, and all the server setup.

I sleep at the office. Thursday, after just 3 hours of sleep I resume with the server restoring. I get home at 9 pm.. I've been at the office working for about 36 hours by now with only 3 hours sleep (and a few flickr breaks )

Friday.. Big whirlwind installing a major server for a bank went OK.. thank god Murphy took a hitaus.

Saturday- the same damn Internet server crashes again. I am unaware as the server is still relatively new it hasn't been added to my pager alerts yet. Oh yes, and after a hour drive up north to show the in-laws "the city" the van's brakes fail. I have to turn back and gingerly drive back home to switch cars.. what should have been a 2 hour drive ended up being 4 (one way!) Lots driving.

Sunday Morning- I wake up, read a book a while.. then go downstairs to my mad scientist lab dungeon to check email and see dozens of server down alerts that started on Saturday.

Spend all day Sunday fighting with the Datacenter to get everything sorted out....

Monday, I just stared at the computer screen completely burned out. Oh, and took flat tire to get repaired--- There's nothing wrong with it. I think someone is screwing wiht us.

I get the van back, it was just brake pads, not too bad an expense.. back to normal with that.

GOD.. I am tired of Murphy.

Ok I'll quit whining. I just felt I needed to record all this for my diary purposes. :)

Oh the picture-- This is from sunday, when I took a break from server restoring and making new backups to attend a birthday party that ended with a hike on a trail.

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I went right back to the office to work some more afterward.

*end whine mode*
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Holy dooley, Tim!

I think you are more than entitled to have a bit of a winge with all that stuff going on!!

Glad you got out to the fresh air for a bit. This pic is wonderful!!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Oct 8

New Haircut

New Haircut.

Thankfully things seem to be calming down a bit. I'll find out tomorrow for sure.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Thank you Lalalian- you're cool. *HUGS*

Whew I needed that hug- thanks again ;-)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
awww aren't you a cutie!!

Wow, hopefully your crazy hectic week is behind you now.. on to brighter and better things.

Shame I can't open the other pic, with the lake view... that is a stunning shot.. I love the reflection.... so perfect!
Great picture of the lake
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Awww :)

Thanks Pablo!

BTW The photo of the lake is no longer private.. sorry about that- :)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
good stuff... thanks, I added a comment
friuduric 11 years ago
Wow! You've had a rough few days, there. What a nice birthday party that ends with a hike!

I love the Darth Vader shot -- You'll have to keep this picture for bribery purposes later, yeah? ;-)

Adventures on Sabbatical
ReeBeckiSupergirl PRO 11 years ago
I think the universe was out of whack last week. Everyone I know was having one of those weeks. Here's to a much better week for us this week!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
OK - time to fine tune the universe...just where is that remote?? Love the photo of the pond...THAT is good stuff...broken servers deserve new foul language approach. I'll pass you a few choice ones if you like...

CollardGreens: Oops!
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Whoa, lookin' good, dude! I got my hairs cut yesterday, too! How 'bout that?! You'll see my version soon.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
And Sandra talked about cutting her hair SUPER short... Wonder what's up with yesterday!

If anyone finds the universe's remote control, please let me know.

Looking forward to the next Kid Vader shoot.. but first, got to take my in-laws to the airport in 6 hours... and somehow find time to sleep beforehand.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
My hair got cut super short a few weeks ago. I still don't like it {:-(
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
I have to agree with ReeBecki -- last week was extraordinarily sucky .....

Happy belated bday to Ian :-)

The force is strong with him!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
*tapping fingers on desk*.... we're behind aren't we, young man!
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