Merry Christmas!

Jenny and I want to wish everybody out there a very Merry Christmas! We cherish each and every one of you. We truly believe that we are so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family. We think of you all often, and hope that you are able to be with your loved ones this Christmas day, even if only in your hearts.

Merry Christmas!


Man Room

Originally uploaded by Xose.
Now that I'm FINALLY going to have a basement, or Man Room, as it is to be known from this day forward, I need to figure out a decoration theme.

A sports bar theme is a little too obvious, and I really don't have any favorite teams anymore, since I've been moving around so much, so that's out.

Jason's suggestion of an Amsterdam red light district scene (complete with painted murals of windows with naked women in them) was nixed by Jen.

I'm leaning toward an homage to guitar amps, with a giant schematic painted on one wall and framed photos of classic amps everywhere.

Your thoughts are much appreciated.....


Dioxin...the gift that keeps on giving

Originally uploaded by Xose.
The Monsanto pledge:

"Integrity includes



consistency and


Some folks at Monsanto apparently haven't been following the pledge too closely. Or at least they weren't when they were releasing tons of the super-dangerous chemical by-product dioxin into tiny Nitro, WV and its environs.

According to this depressing report by The Charleston Gazette's top environmental reporter, Ken Ward, Jr., the company is being sued by Nitro residents for releasing the poison, and subsequently, trying to cover up the resulting scandal.

According to Ward, "Starting in the late 1990s, St. Louis-based Monsanto--now called Old Monsanto--engaged in a complex series of spinoffs, name changes and corporate buyouts to distance itself from potentially massive environmental liabilities."

Not too honest, huh? I don't think it's too damn decent, either.

As for courage? "Officials from Monsanto did not return phone calls Friday afternoon." Hmmm....

They have been consistant is denying their liability for the last 50 years, so I guess one out of four ain't bad.

Unless you're a resident of Nitro.


Man, is it cold today. Last night a winter front swept into the D.C. area, bringing with it bitter temperatures in the teens (and wind chills in the single-digits). Right now it's 13 degrees. For the first time I miss California weather....

Must...not...forget $600K condos.....Keep...perspective.....

perspective...freezing...as is...ass....