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Caption this photo [07 May 2009|10:58pm]

IMG_1706, originally uploaded by cyranodeunivac.

Currently this is one of the funniest pictures I have of Desmond and it makes me giggle every time I look at it.
He's doing two things at once here: 1) he's concentrating very hard on standing and steadying himself with his hands 2) he's thinking about putting the side of the crib in his mouth, you know, to examine it closer. :)

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How babies rock [25 Dec 2008|04:10pm]

IMG_1283, originally uploaded by cyranodeunivac.

This is little Desmond rocking out. For all those who have been asking for pictures, here you go. I got a whole Flickr photo stream up today. Happy holidays. Enjoy!

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The Baby Whisperer [22 Dec 2008|07:25am]
[ mood | accomplished ]

At this time yesterday, I was quite overwhelmed and unsure. Pretty much nothing scared me more than an unsoothed baby Desmond. By yesterday afternoon, he had officially kicked my ass. Just wouldn't stop screaming his poor head off 'cause poppa clearly did not get the memo somewhere along the line. Finally, he stopped after one of our nurses reswaddled him and bounced him about for awhile. (That whole bouncing while bending at the knees thing is tiring though) It was Chantelle's turn to nap so I spent the next three hours having to actively sooth him or pay the consequences. He wouldn't sleep and, if wasn't rocking him or bouncing him, within minutes he'd ramp up to a full-blown tizzy. I was tired, frustrated and my back, neck and shoulders were *killing* me by the end.
This morning, by comparison, could not be more different. I have total confidence that I can sooth him and, literally, I can take him from full-blown squawking-his-head-off screaming to peaceful in about a minute flat. No kidding. Last night we watched this video that they just got in at the hospital to lend to new parents. It's called "The Happiest Baby on the Block" and it's based on the soothing techniques developed by this one pediatrician whose name escapes me at the moment. Well, it's cheesy and it watches like an infomercial at times as he hammers away at his "Five S's" system.  But if you watch it and mimic his techniques it really does work like a charm.
I'm so totally stoked right now, I can hardly describe it. I've successfully taken Desi from screaming cry to peaceful two or three times now with little effort or fuss. It frigging works like a charm and I have so much more confidence it's ridiculous. No more anxiety about soothing him or hours of crying. Today is a new day.
I am the Baby Whisperer.

Poppa Pierce

PS.  Thanks everyone for all the congratulations and warm wishes.  I haven't the time or energy to answer all the wonderful comments but please know I've read them all with a big grin on my face.  :D

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Fatherhood [20 Dec 2008|05:59pm]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

It's official.  I'm a dad now.  What a rush!
Desmond Cole Pierce was born on December 20th at 11:14 AM.  He weighed 7 lbs. and 15 oz. and measured 20 and 1/4 inches long.
It was a very quick and uncomplicated delivery.  Both baby and mother are healthy and doing very well.  I could not be more pleased with the outcome and I'm so relieved that there were no complications or other problems with little Desi's health.  Chantelle was amazing too and was able to give birth without any drugs or pain management.  I'm so very impressed and proud of her.  We're just resting peacefully at the hospital now after many a visit from relatives and friends today.
Good night, all, and happy holidays.  :)

Pappa Pierce

To paraphrase an anonymous new father on a message board:  "It's like falling in love and getting an awesome new toy all wrapped into one!"

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We are officially home owners! [09 Oct 2008|08:36am]
[ mood | cheerful ]

We signed the title papers and submitted our check for the down payment last night .  The house is officially ours!
We get the keys tomorrow and we can't wait to open that door, walk inside and look on it all as ours for the first time. 
It's amazing how quickly all of this has happened; we're moving in this weekend.
In other news, Chantelle is beautiful as ever, albeit much rounder with child.  She's been the most amazing partner through all of this and I couldn't ask for a more reasonable, honest, rational, loving, humorous...well I could go on and on.  I was telling some friends the other night that these big life changes are the kind of thing that usually test a relationship.  Every day I marvel at how easy it has been though.  I expected more stress, more doubt, more emotional poo, but it hasn't really happened.  Granted, there are still greater tests to come but I'm moving towards the future with positive expectations based on the way we have handled everything together so far.  It's a good place to be at this point in my life.
Strange to think...this is the year everything changed.  Twenty years from now I will look back on 2008 as a significant turning point in my life, for better or worse.  I will have bought a house, got engaged, and become a father this year.  All of this against the backdrop of a world in crisis- a world in transition.  Our leadership is changing, our economy is changing and technological progress marches ever forward.  What world will my son grow up in?  What will I tell him about life before 2008?  He'll be growing up in a neighborhood less than two miles from the neighborhood I grew up in.  What about his childhood will be the same as mine?  What will be different?  What new opportunities for learning and growth will be unique to his generation and will they save the world?   I've always been an avid futurist but adding the perspective of fatherhood has given subtle new meanings to the future- added a new set of angles and dimensions I never noticed or cared to consider before.  I'm rather enjoying the ride.
The last few weeks have been a flurry of activity so we haven't had much time to see friends or attend parties.  I hope you all are doing well.  We miss you and look forward to having you over for a BBQ and beers some day.  Goodbye for now, my lovelies!  :)


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We're in escrow! [22 Aug 2008|10:47am]
[ mood | anxious ]

For those who are curious about our house-hunting saga, we made an initial offer on Monday.  A couple counters later, our original offer was more-or-less *accepted* with the contingency that the seller has 17 more days to find a place to move to in Paso.  If all goes well, we will be closing the deal within two weeks.  The house is amazing and, by all accounts, we're getting a very good deal on it because of the current market conditions.  We're both very excited but I'm reserving some enthusiasm until the contingencies are cleared.  Please keep those good luck vibes coming.  Thanks.  :)


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Pins and needles [19 Aug 2008|06:46pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Chantelle and I just put in an offer on a house yesterday.  Our FIRST house.  Together.
We're supposed to find out if it was accepted tonight or tomorrow.  It's all we've been able to think about lately.  Eeeeeeee!  So freakin' excited!
*fingers crossed*


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Future fatherhood [11 Jun 2008|09:09am]
[ mood | enthralled ]

Far too much has happened in the past several months for me to even dream of succinctly summarizing it all so I'll start with the present situation and go from there.
First and foremost: I'm going to be a father!  It's a grand new adventure, to be sure, and most of my daydreams these days are consumed with things to come.  For most of you this is old news but for those friends of mine who are only now hearing of this, let me catch you up.
The woman I am deeply in love with- my girlfriend of the past two years- came to me one evening* several weeks ago with a copy of McElligot's Pool by Dr. Seuss.  As she handed me the book, she looked me in the eyes and said, "I think we're going to need a few more of these."  I was shocked, elated, confused- a whole symphony of emotions in a single moment.  The one thing I was sure of ,though, was that this was something I needed to embrace.  I was committed from the very first moment.
In all honesty, it was the kind of thing we sort of assumed would happen eventually but which wasn't in our immediate plan.  Regardless of that, we've embraced it as a new direction to travel together and we're just excited about the road ahead.  We decided that night that we were fully committed to one another and that neither of us really wanted to just go out and hastily get married because of this new development.  So, no shotgun wedding this summer but we're both hoping the little one can maybe be our little flower girl or ring-bearer when we do get married some day.  :)
Yesterday, we went in to do a blood screening and got our first ultrasound which I think I was looking forward to more than her.  You see, I've had this sort of nagging anxiety for the past several weeks that something is horribly deformed and we just don't know it yet- an anxiety I've comically and perhaps morbidly characterized as the head being "inside-out".  It's become sort of a macabre joke between us that I hope the head isn't inside out.  Well, yesterday I finally got to confirm that the head is indeed properly situated and that all systems are nominal.  We have a full complement of arms, legs, and a right-side-out head at one end!  Yay!  You can't imagine how giddy and relieved I was.  We often find humor in the odd role reversals we sometimes notice in our relationship.  I was a total sap at the ultrasound yesterday and she was fairly objective about the whole experience.  It's really rather cute.
Well, there are a million more things I could share but I'm trying not to write a short novel for my first time back in a while.  Suffice it to say, I'm excited to become a father and all my friends and family have been so supportive and wonderful, it's been nothing but positive all the way around.  Chantelle (that's my love's name, BTW) has been great and our relationship has taken on a new dimension, more deeply bonded than before and every bit as great.
I hope you all are doing well and thriving wherever you're at.  Love,


*  For posterity's sake, I'm pretty sure it was April 28th, a Monday night after I had come back from playing poker with my dad and his friends.

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YES YES YES FUCK YES! [21 Dec 2007|08:38am]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

This must be love...
Something very good happened for the lady in my life, something she's been struggling towards for the better part of this year...and *I* couldn't be more thrilled and excited.  Literally.  Bursting at the seems with happiness...for her.
I apologize for being mysterious, but I don't want to break the actual news before her on LJ.  Keep an eye on Blueangelrock.  ;)


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A very merry unbirthday to the rest of you... [02 Nov 2007|12:05pm]
[ mood | old ]

As for me, I'm officially "old" today.  Thirty doesn't feel much different so far and I'm still young at heart, so you can send happy birthday wishes or sincerest condolences.  It's all the same to me.  ;)


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Two posts in one day?!?! [03 Jul 2007|04:59pm]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

Just as a quick update, I totally kicked ass today.  Not so much at work, but I wrote a letter to the editor defending a friend of mine and explaining some of the latest public access (Channel 2) drama.  Sent that to New Times and Tribune.  Also, my lovely and I were finally able to secure a two bedroom place downtown and it rocks! 


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Drive-in tonight, fireworks tomorrow! [03 Jul 2007|01:30pm]
[ mood | content ]

For those who would like to join us, Chantelle and I will be watching Ratatouille at Sunset drive-in tonight, July 3rd at 8:30.  My parents might be there too and they are wonderful!  :)

Also, a few of us are going to Cayucos for the fireworks tomorrow in case anyone would like to carpool or meet up with us there.  Please call me or send me a message if you're interested.  Have a wonderful week everyone and hopefully I'll see you very soon!


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Movie Night on Friday! [26 Jun 2007|11:58am]
[ mood | cheerful ]

This Friday, June 29th, I'll be hosting what will likely be the last movie night at my place (looking to moving into a new place very soon).  Anyway, if you're interested we're doing an odd double feature this time around with other funny 'net videos in between.  Here are the details:
Where:  My place.  (write to me if you need directions)
When:  Friday, June 29th starting at 7:30-8PM
What:  Spike and Mike's Twisted Animation, Batteries Not Included, and maybe a little "It Came From The Net" in between.
Who:  You

As usual, you're encouraged to bring drinks, snacks, friends, and a sense of humor.  :)
See you Friday!


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Disconnect... [16 Jun 2007|09:30am]
[ mood | relaxed ]

Helllloooooo? Anyone still reading this?
So there are a lot of reasons I personally have stopped blogging for months and months at a time:
I had been doing it for at least six years already and was/am suffering a little burnout; the place I'm most used to posting and replying from (work) has been prohibitively busy this year; more personal satisfaction and less loneliness, which sort of cuts the percentage of whiney woe-is-me type posts. :)
Ultimately, I've fallen out of the habit but not a week goes by that I don't feel a bit guilty for not paying closer attention to what my friends are up to, or for not sharing the things that are fun and exciting in my life. I'm really hoping to get a bit more involved in the coming months, not only on LJ but in social stuff in general. I've seen all the Flickr sets I'm not in and I wonder why I never planned on going. Why I didn't want to exert the energy, I guess. I think I just go through less social phases but I'm never really unhappy like that. I don't feel depressed, I just seek more solitude. It just feels more comfy not setting myself up for several rounds of small-talk sometimes. Whatever the reason, I'm wanting to overcome this mild social aversion I occasionally retreat into.
I know I've given similar speeches in sporadic posts over the past couple years but I always feel the need to explain that "it's not you, it's me". Hehe..I love the friends I've made here in San Luis and on LJ. That said, here's a quick summary of my latest excitement. If there's something going on with you that you would really like to share with me, please tell me in the comments. I do miss trading text with so many of you:

Work - I'm steadily gaining more responsibilities and more titles at my job. The most recent development is Information Assurance. I will likely be trying to qualify for my CISSP certification in the coming year. No easy test to be sure, but I'm on track to become the Information Assurance officer at my lab in addition to heading up Systems Engineering as I have been doing for the past several years. My job is getting more administrative and less technical as the years and months progress, but I'm finding myself alright with that. I'm not quite as jazzed as I used to be about solving that obscure problem with the automated systems or setting up new servers, etc.

Personal - My relationship with C. is still going strong. Neither of us are perfect human beings but damn do we know how to communicate. She doesn't flip out on me when I tell her the hard truths and she likewise feels encouraged to share things with me. I'm not sure I ever knew a love relationship could feel so comfortable and stress-free. We are starting to look for a two-bedroom place to move into together. We both want lots of space so we can each have a personal space to retreat into and work on our projects if necessary. Still haven't found a place we both love yet but we're trying not to hurry or settle.
Also, I'm not going to Burning Man this year.  No, it has nothing to do with being p-whipped or any of that other nasty stuff.  I really need a year off if not from the planning fuss, I need to not spend so much money this summer.  My dream is to save enough to go visit Japan next year for the Cherry Blossom Festival (with C., of course).  Burning Man, unfortunately, does not fit into that plan very well.  Plus, I'm feeling lazy.  So there!  :P

Alright, I suppose I could write a small novel and it's taking something of an effort to cut things off there, but I'm hoping some of you will actually read this instead of saying "Shit, that's too long!  *skip*"
Have a beautiful weekend everyone! 
I'm going to see Monster Trucks for the first time tonight!  What a hoot!


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Snowpunks trip and catching up... [23 Jan 2007|10:05am]
[ mood | hopeful ]

Less than a month to go and I'm excited to be going on (and organizing) the second annual Snowpunks trip to Tahoe. Like last year we have two huge cabins- one with an indoor hot tub, one with a sauna- and each with an amazing view of North Lake Tahoe. We're not big skiers so we'll be sledding, partying, sipping hot coco, making lewd snowmen (and women) with enormous genitals. You know, the usual things people do in the snow. :)
Speaking of which, there are still a few vacancies in the cabin with the hot tub if anyone is interested. Please contact me ASAP if you are. We're going on Feb. 16-19, President's Day weekend, and it's the usual crowd of local hooligans you've come to know and love- think Fandango, Rocky Horror, slopunks and the like.

I know, my journal has been a bit...uh...sparse this year. To read it, you would swear I did nothing but go on cool vacations and then disappear into some kind of void where nothing ever happens in between. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course. I'm having trouble finding a good place to start, so I suppose I'll start with the conclusion of my last trip- the one mentioned in the post previous to this one.
C. and I had a pretty amazing time on the cruise, all things considered. The first five days or so were great. We drank, we gambled, laid out by the pool, took in some art, saw the sights at the ports of call...oh, and we got all dressed up for dinners and such. I must say, we made a striking pair. Believe me, I'll be the first to tell you I'm no adonis but damned if I don't look fucking sharp in a brand new suit with a woman like C. on my arm.
The last few days of that cruise sucked, however, because I got the strep throat of Cthulu or something. I mean I've had strep throat many times in my life, but this was something special. Anyway, C. took amazingly good care of me all through the agaonizing few days of getting off the boat and flying back to SLO. I'll say this, though: going through tough times brings people together. Even though we both saw each other in our worst, least attractive state on that trip, C. and I grew all the closer for it.
More recently, she has been going through some very difficult times with her family. Out of respect for her, I won't go into the details but suffice it to say, I've been there for her as she was there for me when I needed her and, again, it seems to have strengthened that bond between us- that bond you can only achieve through facing adversity together.
That, I suppose, partially explains my absence from LJ. I've been a little too busy dealing with life itself and the complexities of life in a relationship- one that has proved to be both highly rewarding and meaningful to me. I think a lot of my posting in the past may have come from an inner sense of loneliness and a need to connect that has been sated, somewhat, by this new and beautiful "nation of two", as Kurt Vonnegut would put it. We try not use the word "love" around each other too much for fear of diluting it's meaning, but that's exactly what it is. Love. :)
Lots more to share, but maybe another time. I have things to do. Hope all is well with the rest of you out there in LJ land. I must admit, I've missed some of you quite a bit. Ciao, darlings!


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Life of Luxury... [13 Oct 2006|05:26pm]
[ mood | excited ]

First it was Burning Man; now, I'm going on a Caribbean cruise for 7 days. I've been using crazy amounts of vacation time this year but so far it's all been worth it. Anyway, I'm going to be gone for a while. I'm sorry to be missing out on the breast cancer fundraiser, the zombie party, etc. but...well...it's a damn CRUISE, ya know?! :D
So, blueangelrock and I will both be out of the loop until the 24th or so. Can't wait to get on that massive ship! Woohoo!
We'll see you all when we get back. Ciao!


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Meme...I got tagged! [10 Oct 2006|09:19pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Once tagged by this entry, the assignment is to write a blog entry of some kind with six random facts about yourself. Then, pick six of your friends and tag them; no tag backs. This explanation should be included.

Tagged by Jedipussytricks

1) I have a numb spot and atrophied muscle in my left shoulder. It's the result of a fateful snowboarding trip in high school where I dislocated my shoulder and severed the nerve to my deltoid muscle.

2) My dad is more of a musician than I am. He plays guitar, bass, piano, accordian, banjo, and he sings. I play bass and some guitar and piano, but I'm not much of a singer.

3) I almost killed myself with my bass recently. Note to self: ensure all plugs in the house are grounded and don't play barefoot.

4) In jr. high, I read Clavell's "Shogun" and Michener's "Hawaii". They mostly bored me at the time but it made me feel grown up to read my parents' books.

5) I am downright fascinated by the concept of the space elevator and Bigelow Aerospace's inflatable space modules. It seems far-fatched and even crackpot to some but, then again, the idea of the airplane was greeted with great skepticism 150 years ago. I'm fed up with miopic attitude of every generation's so-called academic community.
In the words of Arther C. Clark, one of the originators of the space elevator concept, "The space elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing."

6) I have been a resident of Second Life since 2003. I own a small plot of virtual land there and have even built a small virtual home. Though I am really only an occasional visitor, I'm hooked on the idea. I read every scrap of news about SL that I can find. I am an avid futurist.

And the lucky winners are: gjunell, ubiquity2k, slownewsday, isis_page, rustymaggot, mayhem_chaos


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Playa bound! [25 Aug 2006|03:36pm]
[ mood | excited ]

Yay! I'm finally packed and ready to hit the road. All financial worries have been allayed for the time being and I'm ready for a heaping helping of otherworldly weirdness in the desert. :)
*sigh* I'm going to miss my girl though. She's been very supportive and helpful in my preparations despite the fact that I'm leaving her here for the next week and a half. Matter of fact, she's been totally amazing, all things considered. I'll be thinking of her fondly while I'm away. Oh, how I savor the bittersweetness of life...
Good bye, all. I'll look forward to catching up with you on my return to civilization (Sept. 5th). Mwah!


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Things work out... [24 Aug 2006|12:10am]
[ mood | grateful ]

Words cannot express the gratitude I feel right now. Thank you to all of you who have offered advice or monetary help. As it turns out, gjunell, a kind spirit whom many of you know (and a close neighbor of mine) has stepped up and helped me out. I am now at least certain that all the time, money, and emotional energy I've invested in my preparations will not be in vain...and that is a HUGE relief. Thank you, Greg. You really saved my ass and I can't tell you how much this gesture means to me.
As for all the other financial foo, well I'll just take it as it comes. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Ideally, I'll be able to get my rent money back and write a new check and go to the Burn on my own funds. Then I'll go to the bank where their excellent customer service will sympathize with my plight and wipe the overdrafts off my record. Yes, that is what would happen in a perfect world- but I'm far from counting on it. Honestly the biggest thing I'm bummed about now is the black mark this has put on an otherwise sterling banking history. Drat!
'Nuff with the negatives though. This little episode, painful as it was, forced some overdue introspection and THAT was all very positive. In a nutshell, I realized I must have done a few things right in my life to be surrounded by such an amazing "family" of friends who would all eagerly step up to help me out in my time of crisis. I really could never have expected such an outpouring of help and sympathy.
There's also one person I've neglected to mention until now who also came to my rescue tonight. My special lady, my girlfriend, my SO- whatever the kids are calling it these days. She gave me the understanding and care I needed tonight and there, too, I felt I must have done something right to have someone caring for me so well. It's all been rather positive and brings a happy tear to my eye in the telling.
Love to you all.
I'm (still) going to BURNING MAN!


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FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!!!!!!1111 [23 Aug 2006|06:12pm]
[ mood | enraged ]

So, that thing in the desert I do every year. Burning Man. Yeah, I hope I can still go to that. You see, as a consciencious renter, I dropped off my rent check early and clearly wrote "Post until 9-1-06" on it to ensure they wouldn't try to cash it before my next direct deposit.
What did they do? They cashed it immediately, draining my checking account, overdrafting straight through all my savings and dipping into my credit card by about $150.00...
Yes, my account balance actually read like this on the website:
Checking: 0.00
Savings: 0.00

Just in case it hasn't totally sunk in, I'm totally FUCKING DESTITUTE right now because of someone's clerical error and I'm supposed to leave for Burning Man on Friday. How in the FUCK am I going to do that when I have negative moneys in my checking and savings?!

*deep breaths*

Of course, I can't reach anyone who can help me on the phone now so I have to just wait until tomorrow to straighten this out. As soon as they're open tomorrow morning, I will calmly and politely explain the situation and request they refund my rent money to me. Then I'll write them another check and try to be a little clearer about what "Post until" means. If, however, they do not see reason I may have to spray the entire office with an uzi while cackling maniacally.


UPDATE: I'm an idiot and forgot to write "Do Not Post Until". Surely my property managers rightfully concluded that I meant them to take my money right away and give it back to me at the first of the month.

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