It's been two years (minus one week) since I've posted to my personal blog. Since then I had to finish another big web project that ran about six months overdue and have been busy with a new 10 month-old daughter Julia (and 5 y.o. Fianna). Lately though, I've been migrating the old site to a new CMS and hoping to catch up. The recent Guardians of the Galaxy movie fired up my interest a little too much and I popped out a little summary of the Team's history.

I'm writing this almost a year later, but my second daughter was born on December 15, 2013. It was an eventful birth. At two points, her heart stopped beating. The first time they rushed Jennifer into the operating room for a possible emergency c-section. By the time she made it in there, everything seemed to be OK. The surgery was called off, but as they were getting ready to move Jennifer back to her room, her heart stopped again. They decided not to take any chances and conducted the emergency surgery. She spent a day or so in the ICU after that, but all was well and we soon got everyone home.

Our SoCal friends were in our part of the state again for a second major Amador Vintner's Assn event - The Big Crush! Celebrating that time of year when the grapes are ready to bring in from the vines and get crushed, stomped or what have you. The Baers and their kids were up, as well as Rick & Gulshen. The Favetti's didn't make it but the Baers created and laminated a 'Flat Tony' to carry along (and pose) with us.

In September 2012, I flew into Nebraska to drive around with Rick and Laurie Bressler. They had already been driving cross country for a couple weeks and during their trip planning I had noted that there was a Cornhuskers home game the week they would be in Nebraska. In addition to the game, we visited some old 'bressler sites' and relatives throughout Eastern Nebraska and South Dakota.

I couldn't stop. Completed four more science fiction classics since the last article. These three were worth extra notice: Man Plus by Frederick Pohl (1976), Gateway by Frederick Pohl (1977) and The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (1974).

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