Archive for the 'Sadness' Category

Death and Life

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

Last night Parker and I picked up his girls and we went over to our friend Ben Soto’s place. It was awesome, and they have a beautiful house. We got to play Wii for a while, eat cupcakes and stay up late. Oh and he has two awesome chihuahuas that we played with (Banksy and Stella).

This morning, Parker, Christian and I drove up to our old ward building in Brea to attend the funeral for Kemy Pyper. She was an awesome lady who was our bishop’s wife when we were younger. She was SUPER nice and our Bishop (Dennis Pyper) was very influential on me and my family. it was a heavy emotional funeral, but like most Mormon funerals, it was overall happy, with our knowledge of the Plan of Salvation and eternal families. We know she’s in a better place and is waiting for her family. Nevertheless, the sadness of seeing her family say goodbye to her, even if it is just for a time, was touching.

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RIP Billy Mays

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

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Seriously? What’s going on here? I had just finished my post about Farrah Fawcett when I heard about Michael Jackson. I was too blog-exhausted to post anything about it. But yeah… this is weird. RIP Billy. Now we’ll have to find someone else to yell at us to buy stuff.

(oh and in case you forgot, I was Billy Mays for Halloween last year)

Billy Mays!

The Day Farrah Fawcett Died

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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This really sucks. The woman was an inspiration and fought long and hard with cancer. Marylynn even served her once as a waitress at Ruby’s. I don’t want to be disrespectful, but I’ve been thinking about this day for 18 years because of this song:

The Day Farrah Fawcett Died
by The Vandals

Birds In The Air
Never Chirped The Same
Slobs In Bowling Alleys Know
They’d Never Burp The Same
They Came To Cry
Shocked With Disbelief
Broken Masses Of Millions
All Drowning In Their Grief

“She Was Just An Innocent
How Could You, God?”
They Cried, The Day
That Farrah Fawcett Died

Throughout The Globe
Every Chinese Man And Turk
Their Unifying Symbol
They Really Liked Her Work
But Who’s To Blame?
No One Made A Move
Until I Find Out Who Did This
Nobody Leaves The Room

“She Was Just An Innocent
How Could You, God?”
They Cried, The Day
That Farrah Fawcett Died

They Say The Road Was Icy
But That Just Don’t Add Up
A Bushy-Haired Intruder
Another Government Cover Up
A Drug-Related Overdose
A Hunting Accident,
Death At The Hands Of Another;
I Will Bet!

First JFK
And Then We Lost The King
Thank God It Must Be Over Now
They Say They Come In Threes
But Still I Ache
The World Has Lost A Friend
I Will Trade All
Of My ViewMaster Reels
To See Her Once Again

“She Was Just An Innocent
How Could You, God?”
They Cried, The Day
That Farrah Fawcett Died

…It Was The Day
I Heard My Momma Cry
It Was The Day
The Day I Hoped You Lied
It Was the Day
I Prayed to God You Lied

“She Was Just An Innocent
How Could You, God?”
They Cried, The Day
That Farrah Fawcett Died

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Thanks, Farrah, you will be missed. RIP.

Hope Ya Know, We Had a Hard Time

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Thanks to Mary Barnum and Parker who shared this video with me. I finally watched it this morning and it hit home harder than… well, pretty hard. Beautiful message and very personal for me. Thank you.

Long Live the Quadroforce!

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Long Live The Quadroforce
K’chan, Doc Ock, Nick Nasty and TJ Wiggles.

Tonight was bittersweet as some of my best buddies from Virgin Mobile took me out to a farewell dinner of sorts at an awesome Portuguese restaurant up in Somerville. Originally, Octavio, Nick and I referred to ourselves as the “Design Triforce” – a design team that was not to be reckoned with. Then we took it to the whole next level when Kelvin was moved over to our area. We had become the QUADROFORCE!! A totally unstoppable team who could actually be stopped by ruthless higher-ups, a sluggish economy and downsizing.

But seriously, it was awesome to hang with the guys again tonight and the lovely Lynn (who serves as the April O’Neil role to our Ninja Turtles), who also took this picture for us. Thanks guys for the AMAZING dinner and the Christmas gift that meant so much to me and my family, you’ll never know. It was awesome working with you for these past two years and hopefully I’ll see you again soon.

The Quadroforce is dead! Long live the Quadroforce!

The Economy Got Me.

Friday, November 21st, 2008


So I figured I should go ahead and write about this, since basically, I’m rather sick of talking about it now and if I get the whole story out, it’ll be one of those elephants in the room everyone’s afraid to acknowledge. Monday morning I showed up to work and everyone was all a-buzz talking about an e-mail sent out by our company president. A fairly large number of people were going to be laid off. Apparently the economy was effecting the company the same as every one else. I didn’t think I was in too much danger until about 20 minutes later when I got called into my department manager’s office.

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In Memory of Andrew Sherwood

Friday, July 20th, 2007

We wish to offer our prayers, love and our deepest condolences to Josh and Amanda Sherwood for the loss of their sweet baby boy, Andrew, who left this world to return to his Heavenly Father one week ago today (July 13th, 2006).

Marylynn and I were babysitting Josh and Amanda’s two boys, Zack and Andrew last Friday. We had put Andrew down for a nap only to discover that he had passed away in his sleep shortly thereafter. It was every parent’s (as well as every babysitter’s) worst nightmare. At this point, all signs point to SIDS, so there was nothing we could have done to prevent it. It would have happened either at our place or if he was at home.

So with that in mind, it is obvious to us that the Lord had some reason he wanted us to be involved – and that reason, we believe is to ease the burden from the Sherwoods so they wouldn’t have to go through the ugly part. We are so blessed that they feel the same way and we have been drawn closer through this. We both feel like this was one of the reasons we ended up in New Jersey – to be there for each other through this.

We were also blessed to have family come out right away to help support us through this. John, Jaime and their kids came out right away and Sarah (Marylynn’s sister) and Mary (Marylynn’s mom) flew out from Califonia the next morning. They were with us for a few days, and Quang happened to be in town on Wednesday so we got to feel like ourselves again. Everyone at my work was really sympathetic and incredibly supportive. They let me take most of the week off to be with family and recoup. The funeral was Wednesday and I was honored to be a pallbearer and walk alongside Josh. The burial will be held on Monday in Orem, UT. The Sherwoods are such an amazing family. Our hearts just weep for them, their little boy Zack and the memory of sweet little Drew. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Andrew Michael Sherwood
April 4, 2007 – July 13, 2007