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Merry Christmas to all the BDR Readers!

The christmas tree

Photo courtesy of Matti Á. on Flickr

The staff at BDR would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

We hope Santa was very good to you and that you enjoy this time with your loved ones.

We’d also like to thank you for reading BDR over the last eight months and ask that you continue to support us.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The Week In Rewind | 5-Dec-2010

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This week culminated with the re-introduction of the Christmas season to our house. For the first time, we decorated the outside of our house with Christmas lights. But not before Mrs. BD and I had a little disagreement over whether we should have white or colored lights on the house. We also bought our Christmas tree.

My annual contribution to the New Jersey economy when I purchased my Mountain Creek Triple Play Card. In all honesty though, it’s the perfect deal for me. Now that the twins are here (and aren’t capable of snowboarding, yet), three days at a local hill for the price of one and a half is a great deal.

I joined, an invitation-only website that connects premium outdoor and sport brands with dedicated outdoor enthusiasts, athletes and professionals. Exclusive arrangements with their partner brands allow members access to pricing as low as 70% below retail on apparel, footwear and equipment from an elite group of premium manufacturers.  If anyone is interested in a membership, shoot me an email.

Sam over at has some great stuff for sale up on his site.  Head on over and take a look.  Oh, and by the way, I stole this week-end wrap-up idea from Sam.  Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, right?

Other than that, it was business as usual for me this week.  Work is hectic as usual and family life has been what you can imagine it is when you have twin 1.5 year old daughters, two full-size dogs, and a wife who works full-time!  Next week is a another week that I’m sure will be full of adventure.  Stay tuned.

* Let’s see if this weekly idea, unlike Just Think About It, sticks around for a while…

Christmas Light Survey

As the holiday season rolls around, Mrs. BD and I have decided to hang lights on the house for the first time.  Because of this, we’ve been having a little debate about what Christmas lights look best on a house.  I’ll keep my opinion to myself – for now as I don’t want to sway a vote, but it will be interesting to see what everyone thinks.  Thanks for taking the time to answer this poll.

More Noise & Other Disturbances

There’s probably a whole three people in this world who read this blog (myself, the author, being one of them), but that’s OK. It’s most likely due to my less than diligent approach to putting information up here. In that sense, it’s become more of a journal for me than a blog for others, but that’s neither here nor there.

Let’s see if I can’t update everyone (all two of you) on what’s been the haps lately for the Mrs and I. I suppose the beginning is just as good a place to start as any.

We closed on our house on December 22, 2006 – the Friday before Christmas. We were amped, geeked, totally happy. After our closing we went and picked out colors and went to Home Depot (the first of countless trips to the HD) for paint. After a lovely stay at my parents (minus the stomach bug that ripped through everyone including Tek, our dog), we were able to attack the house. I had the week off between Christmas and New Years and spent it getting the house ready. It was more of a crash course on wallpaper removal and painting. We moved in for good at the end of that week and started our lives as homeowners.

I went back to work the following week to find out on Tuesday that I would be losing my job. I can’t get into specifics due to the terms of a legal settlement, suffice it to say that we (my company) did nothing wrong but were sued anyways and were not able to afford to fight. That sucks – doing nothing wrong and not having deep enough pockets to fight it.

So, there I was – a new homeowner with no job. What did I do? I went on a 4-day snowboard trip to VT, made gratuitous trips to the HD and got a new dog. Very financially responsible!

Actually, the snowboard trip was already planned and paid for. It’s an annual trip that we make every year. HD trips kept me sane because I did a lot of work on the house – mostly joint/compounding and painting the kitchen and half bath. And the dog, a chocolate lab mix named Cally (short for Calamity Jane) was free. She had such a sob story that we had to take her in.

Since then, I’ve taken a temp job as a mechanical designer while I look for a new engineering job. The irons are still smoldering in a few locations, but the trail is getting shorter and shorter. There’s potential to come on board here, but I don’t know if I want to.

So, that’s my life since Christmas in a nutshell. Hope yours hasn’t been as hectic 🙂

Oh, and everyone be sure to check out my buddies blog – The Daily Pube. It’s pretty damn funny! I might even be contributing from time to time there!

Oh, The Places I’ve Been..

My Baby

My Baby

Wow – September 30th was the last day I posted in here, huh? Amazing. Well, a lot has happened since then and nothing has happened since then.

First off, I finally got new tires for my truck. BF Goodrich Radial All-Terrain T/A KO 31×10.5×15’s. Great tire, nice look, and a good price. Due to an insanely high electric bill (A/C, come to find out, wasn’t working correctly – i.e. always running), I had to shelve the idea of the M/T wheels for now. Soon though – very soon. I have, however, been able to do other modifications.

Baby's New Shoes

Baby's New Shoes

I bought clear corners for the front and also had some custom door lock pins made up. I’m in the process of refining that design and possibly even exploring the option of making a larger quantity to try selling. We’ll see how that goes.

Thanksgiving and Christmas both took place in MA this year – well, Christmas always does, but having Turkey Day with the folks was a nice addition this year. We didn’t go to the game, however, because the weather was horrendous. It looks like I’ll miss out on the game in two years because my cousin, Greg, will be a senior at Milford High and I’ll most likely go to his game. That means that I won’t have seen a KP Turkey Day game for six years by the next time I go to one! I’ve never gone that long.

The New Year has brought a ton of snowboarding! January 13th and I’ve already got 9 days in. For a weekend warrior, I can’t really complain with that. Ris and Court said they want to take a lesson, so we might do that one of these weekends. My annual WICed Fest group trip was another success with 19 of us heading up to Okemo Mountain for three days. There’s talk of a trip out west next year – Big Sky in Montana and Whistler in BC tend to be the two leading candidates right now. I’ve got to get on that.

Other than that, we’re pretty calm. I’m looking forward to a week-long vacation next month. We’ll be cruising the Caribbean. I’ve never been on a cruise before. Hopefully we’ll be buying a house by this time next year and there’s even (small, very small) talk of thinking about starting a family in the next year or two. All good things….