All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


Mom and Baby

Are doing just fine.

After just 20 1/2 hours of labor we received a brown haired, blue eyed little girl who weighed in at 8lbs 4 oz and 21 inches long.

Mom cried with joy. Dad's eyes might have sweated a little, it was very hot in that hospital room. Mom and baby came home today after spending 24 hrs in the hospital. Big brother hasn't quite figured it all out yet. He seems a little put out that mom can't pick him up right now. Grandma and Papa are visiting and let him get away with murder. I'm not sure if he doesn't know that he has a little sister, or just doesn't care, now that cookies are an entree that he seems to get at every meal.

Daddy has gained flexibility in his approach to parenting. Our little girl was just delivered. Before the nurse started to take her measurements and clean her up, I went to the warming table. I looked at her and said "Hi honey, this is your daddy". Her eyes searched out my voice. Then she gave me a big toothless grin. I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't experienced it. My little girl wrapped a full grown man completely around her finger.


Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Thank you for stopping by and for your RL and e-friendship this last year. Nothing much has changed here since June. Except Res Jr is now 2, and we are expecting Ipsa 2.2 sometime between now and the first of the year. Come on tax deduction! Mrs Ipsa has been tormenting me with goofy names in case we have a girl. I've been practicing headshots. I guess we both have our ways of preparing for another arrival.

Hunting season was a mixed bag. I nailed an antelope. Called in a small heard of elk which my buddy shot a cow out of before I saw them. I saw elk almost every day for the next 5 days but they were on private land. I never got a shot at an elk. Deer season was a bust except there was a little more action. I managed to miss a 617 yard shot at a doe. I haven't figured out why yet. I was privileged to hunt a portion of deer season with a beautiful piece of American gunsmithing that was loaned to me by the manufacture. The idea being that I would write an article for a hunting mag complete with pictures featuring the gun. Mr. "Always gets a deer" didn't even get off a shot at a buck with the FA 454. Sorry Bob, I'll try harder next year.

That's about it for me. No job, no interviews, consulting work is all I've had going on. I may pick up another part time contract after the first of the year. I've put in with coal mining company. I'm even considering the Department of Revenue job that I have cut out of the paper but not done anything with yet. The in laws arrive in 2 days.

I guess this is a less than upbeat Christmas post. It's been a less than upbeat last 6 months here. Regardless, everyone please lift an e-glass or a real one if it's handy. Here's to you and yours. As 2008 draws to an end its my hope that its been a great year for you. May 2009 be even better!