January 28, 2008

Cause its one, two, three...

"Will I still be the apple of your eye?"

You know how you get that piece of news that just shakes your world to its very foundations? Everything is about to change and you’re not sure whether it’s going to be for the better or not. Sometimes life just throws a curve ball at you when you were expecting the slider and all you can do is stand at the plate with the bat on your shoulder while the pitch sails right on by you for a called strike.

If only you’d known what was heading your way you’d have done things differently. You might have done some research or prepared for the event. Once you’re caught by surprise there’s nothing you can do but react and hope that your decision is the right one. Whatever you decide to do, you’re going to be living with the consequences for a long time. Sometimes life just comes at you so fast...

Yeah, you’ve probably guessed what I’m talking about by now and chances are pretty good that you find yourself in the very same situation. Do you remember where you were when you heard the news? Were you enjoying your lunch and listening to the radio in the break room? Maybe you were at home watching the Ellen show? I was in the computer room working on a blog post when Felicia called and told me the news.

At first I didn’t believe her and I told her so. I think it may have hurt her feelings a bit that my reaction wasn’t more positive, but like I said sometimes you’re caught by surprise when the curve ball comes at you. I asked her if she was sure and she told me she’d double checked and wouldn’t have called me if it wasn’t a sure thing.

So now I’m looking at a new addition to our humble home. I thought one would make me happy forever, but the thought of a second one is kind of exciting too. And to think it wouldn’t even be possible without the government’s help. Oh yeah, without the twelve hundred dollar tax rebate check Felicia and I are expecting this opportunity wouldn’t even be possible.

So now it comes down to which little bundle of joy I want to add to the household. Should I go with Sony’s PlayStation III or the Microsoft X-Box?

Either way, I think my family will be much better off than we were before...

Monday’s Market Numbers

DOW + 176.72

NASDAQ + 23.71

S&P + 23.35

I'm just hoping things don't improve too much before I get the rebate check in the mail.


Blogger Aileen said...

Is the world big enough for Dirk and 2 mini mes? Congrats. 6 more and you'll be caught up with us. You can do it. I have faith in you.

January 28, 2008 9:38 PM  
Blogger The Mountain Cat said...

Dirkstar, Go for the Wii!!

January 28, 2008 10:37 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

Dude .. for real? For real, for real?

That's really cool beans!

I'm afraid I can't be much help on which game system to go with. I've never experienced either. I know, I'm a loser.

January 28, 2008 10:39 PM  
Blogger DirkStar said...

aileen - Uh, you didn't really read this post did you?

mt cat - Come on, the Wi games totally suck...

Jay - this rebate check could change your life.

January 28, 2008 11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good grief... whichever, it will just suck the nights away from you when you should be sleeping.

BTW, you LUCKY ass! We only have Playstation 2, heh.

January 28, 2008 11:27 PM  
Blogger DirkStar said...

claudia - I have two PlayStation IIs, a Nintendo 64, P.s.P. and a GameBoy color.

And others...

January 29, 2008 1:01 AM  
Blogger Adamity_Bomb_Bomb said...

Go with the PS3, man. I doubt you'll be sorry.

January 29, 2008 1:22 AM  
Blogger Aileen said...

OK , I got so excited thinking it was a baby and telling Tom that I must have missed the whole bottom part! lmao There was a reason I went to bed at 9:30 last night!! Oh Damn...so that means no baby??? *sigh*'

We have a Wii and I like it but you're not going to like it , I don't think. The system can use a few different game system games which is nice. And, I love the interactive sports games but I don't think it's a serious gamer system.

January 29, 2008 7:23 AM  
Blogger Matt-Man said...

That is very exciting news. You must be very proud of yourself and your masculinity.

There's no way at my age that I could possibly muster enough testosterone to choose bewteen two such fine game systems. You're my hero. Cheers!!

January 29, 2008 8:25 AM  
Blogger Doc said...


(I know nothing about video games... but I did learn a boat load about HDTVs last week)

January 29, 2008 12:22 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

That's wonderful news! Congratulations!

My first two children were 12 months and five days apart. Oops!

January 29, 2008 12:49 PM  
Blogger DirkStar said...

peggy - Again, I don't think you read the whole post...

January 29, 2008 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have me scratching my head. I see that there is a tax rebate thing, and you should get like $300 more for having little Micah... at least from what I heard. But I don't pay that much attention.

Sooo whatcha gonna do with the money?

January 29, 2008 1:32 PM  
Blogger You can Call me AL said...

I don't really like the game counsels, I prefer PC games. Having said that and having 2 boys that enjoy their gaming counsels, I suggest the PlayStation 3.
Also, you need another kid too. Way more fun kicking two kids ass on maddon Football!

January 29, 2008 1:34 PM  
Blogger Kati said...

ROFL Well, it DID sound like you were leading up to news about another ankle-biter....

Personally, I rather like our Wii. Even if the games aren't the greatest for graphics, the fact that it can be used as an exercise program (hell, that boxing is a work-out, as I've said before!) is great in our cold climate. I never thought I'd say it, but that Wii system is pretty cool.

As for our rebate check (which, we haven't gotten our taxes completed yet, so we have no idea how much our check is going to be), I told DH that one thing I'm going to go out & buy right away is a clothes-line-tree. Ya know, one of those retro-type spinning-racks that Moms used to have set up in the backyard for the clothes??? Yep, one of those. Our backyard (as stuffed of things as it is now, and as small as it is) can spare just enough room for one of those little trees, so that's what I'm going to get. That way I can stop running the dryer mostly, this summer. No new gaming set-up for us. No-sirree!!! I'm getting me a fancy, new clothesline!!! *grin*

Though.... Maybe.... A new (not too fancy, I can't figure out fancy) oven-range would be an equally acceptable use of the $$. That is, if I can't persuade DH to just pay off the damn credit-card with the $$.

Have fun spending the tax $$, Dirk!!! *wry smile* I mean, after all, if we don't send our hard-earned tax-rebate money on to China (India, Indonesia, Japan, etc), how will we possibly EVER save OUR economy!?!?!

Dude, Dirk, I just finished a book, a slightly "older" one that I think you'd greatly appreciate. If you haven't read it already. It's _Luxury Fever: Why Money Fails to Satisfy in an Era of Excess_ by Robert (or Richard, I can't remember) Frank. VERY insightful. Some of the graphs & data went over my head, but the basic jist of it was that we need progressive taxes that tax our CONSUMPTION, not our INCOME to help us learn to save money (and that won't tax what we DO save!) and to tax those in the highest echelons the most, to fund truly progressive programs for assisting those who are drowning, economically & socially, and to provide funding to repair & replace the public works systems that are breaking down (bridges, water & sewer systems, roads). Since obviously trickle-down economics isn't working for anybody but the Hiltons & Trump! Anyway, if you haven't read it yet, get your hands on a copy & give it a read. I think you'll appreciate some -maybe even a good many- of the points the guy makes.

January 29, 2008 2:08 PM  
Blogger Arcturus said...

Congratulations, DirkStar, and all the best to you and your family.

By the way, Micah has really grown -- either that or little Lamb Chop is shrinking!

January 29, 2008 3:26 PM  
Blogger sageweb said...

Well I can help you! I have the PS3 and the Wii and an older Xbox. (Not the Latest) for the money and technology...it is the PS3 hands down. You get Blu-ray which pretty much every studio had sign on to except Paramount. The online games are the best. And more games are expected this fall. P.S I just noticed your comment on my site...I can't believe I missed you ...I mean with your big head and all. Just kidding..Great Site!

January 29, 2008 3:40 PM  
Blogger Citymouse said...

Take the money and buy lottery tickets, you will be helping the education system, keeping our gas station people working and who knows, it may even have a return like the stock market!

January 29, 2008 5:53 PM  
Blogger Jahooni said...

Great post!
Funny. I like funny.
Cute kid.
I think I have discovered your age though.. ha!
WII all the way. It is soooo much fun. Only $1200. I thought 19,000 last year was shit. 1200 yikes. But get the WII, what the hell.

January 29, 2008 6:48 PM  
Blogger DirkStar said...

citymouse - Lotto tickets?

Have you gone mad?

I may as well invest in the stock market...

January 29, 2008 7:00 PM  
Blogger HoosierGirl5 said...

Congratulations! I have 4!

(friend of Jay's )

January 29, 2008 10:27 PM  
Blogger cher said...

whatever one you can play guitar hero on. no question.
oh, and congradulations man. that is just awesome!
i'm totally coming over.

January 30, 2008 1:03 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

Hey - babies are way better than new computers, Nintendo Wii OR Xbox 360's.

January 30, 2008 10:30 AM  
Blogger DirkStar said...

peggy - Have you ever had a PlayStation?

Kids are not cuter than an X-Box...

January 30, 2008 11:27 AM  
Anonymous a beaverhausen said...

Both systems have their pros and cons. We have both and can attest to that fact.

January 30, 2008 4:03 PM  

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