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Baby Jives is Here!

Posted in family on 16 June 07 by mikevc

Here are the details on my little sister’s brand new baby direct from the proud papa!

  • Name: Jude Thomas Patterson
  • Gender: Male
  • Birth Date: 6/15/07
  • Time: 9:34 PM
  • Length: 19.5 inches
  • Weight: 8 lb. 1.5 oz.
  • Eyes: 2

Alright! Now Patrick really gets to celebrate father’s day.

My Resignation

Posted in family on 16 June 07 by mikevc

I am officially retiring from attempting to predict anything anymore.  Yes, the Spurs won the finals but that was easy: a monkey could have predicted that.  I missed yet again on the big one though.  I came home tonight to a message from my little sister’s husband indicating that she had given birth to a boy!  Woo-hoo!  So, my mom will have to wait a little bit longer for her granddaughter.  I don’t have any more details at this point but I am assuming his name is Jude Patterson.  So, we are now Uncle Mike and Aunt(ie) Letitia.

Fortuneteller Extraordinaire

Posted in family, rambling on 13 June 07 by mikevc

Thanks to Darcy’s suggestion, my little sister has started a game on ExpectNet to guess the details about her soon-to-arrive baby.   Family and friends are having a lot of fun with it.  However, I looked at it recently and noted that my wife and both my boys , who are currently several states away from me, all predicted the opposite gender from my selection.  How is that for loyalty?  Actually, I think it stems from my prediction seven years ago that Jonah would be a girl.  My hunch is they decided that the baby would be the opposite of whatever I chose.  If I remember correctly, L. even mocked my prognosticatory (is that a word?) powers in her Christmas letter that year.

So, to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that–despite that early setback–I have amazing powers to see the future, I will make another, unrelated prediction.  I want everyone to remember this prediction as events unfold.  Now, let me preface this by saying I am no fan of basketball anymore and have no inside information.  Now that that is out of the way, it is time for my prediction.

Here it is: the San Antonio Spurs will win the NBA Finals.

Remember: you read it here first.  Please note the date and time stamp as well.

“You and the Little Mermaid can go…”

Posted in family, podcasts, radio on 10 June 07 by mikevc

I truly love This American Life. It is the most entertaining show in any format currently in production. I can remember multiple instances of pulling up to our house and circling the block waiting for a TAL segment to end.  I drove over 600 miles this weekend and podcasts (downloaded from iTunes) of past episodes of TAL made the drive seem too short. I haven’t seen the Showtime show yet and am not sure I want to: I am somehow afraid that converting the show to TV is just not a good idea.

I particularly liked a segment from the “Reruns” episode that focused on a side of marriage–or any long-term relationship–that no one ever seems to talk about: the rerunning of stories. I have known my wife for ten years and she started complaining about six months in that she had heard all of my stories already. She also points out that I tell them over and over again. (She does the same, but Shhh!) Well, as it turns out, we are far from alone.

My favorite piece was one couple where the man said he had told his wife a story to his wife maybe six times and she said she had heard it at least fifty. The best part was when Ira Glass interviewed the wife she had most of the details completely wrong. It turns out the wife stopped listening after the first or second time she heard the story. I wonder if the same would be true with my wife.

Also, as I listened I truly identified with the story but I could not remember any of the stories that L. tells me I tell over and over again. Regardless, I am sure they are hilarious.

(BTW the title of this post refers to one of the funniest pieces I have ever heard from an episode called “Recordings” I think. Check it out.)

Whole Foods vs. Michael Pollan?

Posted in books, family on 9 June 07 by mikevc

Check out Otrops post on Whole Foods and their reaction/response to Pollan’s criticism of their somewhat deceptive image in The Omnivore’s Dilemma. His (Otrop’s) commentary is much more eloquent than anything I could write and he has all the relevant links. Also, he (Otrops again) was a longtime WholeFoodie (i.e., he worked there) when he was in the states. So, I am being lazy and referring you to him.

I am not sure that Central Market is much better in this regard but, man, it is so far superior to Whole Foods on so many other levels, isn’t it? In fact, the original CM on Lamar is one of the things I miss most about Austin; the Houston store–though good and far superior to the self-righteous and smug atmosphere of WF–is a pale imitiation of the original. NOTE: I do not mean to be overy critical of the Foods. Afterall, both of my siblings met their spouses while working at Whole Foods stores in Austin (Jeff met Joanne) and Santa Rosa (Ing met Patrick).
Back to Pollan: if you haven’t read his book yet (I think it is out in paperback now), I would definitely suggest you add it to your “to read” list. If you are a die-hard vegetarian or have a somewhat weak stomach, you might want to skim it.

We’re Waiting for You, Jivey!

Posted in family on 8 June 07 by mikevc

My little sister is due to have her first child this month, which will make me an Uncle. Woo-hoo!! Jonah and Toby will have their first first cousin. Because we don’t know what the gender of the baby is, everyone has taken to calling the baby Jivey, which is an amalgam of their chosen names: Jude for a boy and Ivy for a girl. I think they ought to stick with Jivey (or–I guess it would be spelled Jivy) regardless. So, since I was officially fired as the family seer for the Houston VCs after I predicted with 98% certainty that our first child would be a girl, I am giving prognostication another shot and publicly recording my prediction that my mother will get her granddaughter. You heard it here: they will be having a girl. I will report back after the event and let you know if fortune telling is in my future.

Batchin’ It

Posted in Astros, family on 7 June 07 by mikevc

I am flying solo for roughly next two weeks. L. and the boys are in VA. I will meet up with them at the end of the month when I head to D.C. for the annual ALA conference. The thing I am learning is that once you grow used to living with two kids and having a wife who is always available to share inane observations with it can be quite boring to be at home alone. I mean I have plenty of time for reading, blogging, and wasting time in general but after one night so much free time is a bit much.

Of course, these observations are all made while the Astros are on a road trip. Once they return to Minute Maid next week, I will be spending most nights working on my 43 Things goal of attending twenty ‘Stros games this year. And, I know the Astros are sucking royally right now (Thanks for reminding me, Bon) but I am a true fan and will still go. Plus, you’ve got to love that Hunter Pence.

Oh well, I will have to work on filling my time and look forward to seeing the family again.

In-Law Jokes Just Don’t Apply

Posted in family, schmaltzy on 6 June 07 by mikevc

So, I have to say that I have fantastic in-laws. This past weekend the entire branch of the Houston VCs flew to Virginia. The entire weekend was built around allowing me to go to the Graves Mountain Bluegrass Festival, which they gave me a ticket to a few months back. It was hands down the most fun I have had in a long time. The music was amazing and–though different–it reminded me of the sheer joy I used to feel at attending a really great show but magnified from three hours to three days. Also, I was able to bring J and Smollett during the days and they had a blast dancing, swimming, and eating. So, a big, big thank you to my in-laws.

Then, I come back to Texas while the remaining Houston VCs stay in Virginia until I return at the end of the month for a conference. (More on that later). I check my e-mail and discover that my father-in-law has gotten tickets for a Baltimore Orioles game for the end of the month. Not just any tickets, but field level a few rows up from first base. Never in my life have I had such great seats for a MLB game. I am so excited.

Aside from what they have done for me or given me (and I haven’t even mentioned the trip to Florence, the Bose, or the autographed Jimmy Carter Nobel Prize speech), they are just fantastically decent and selfless people and have raised two daughters who reflect goodness and honesty more than any people I have ever met. I am a very lucky guy to be married to one of those daughters and T. and Smollett are lucky to have her for a mom and her parents for grandparents.

Important Note: My mom is awesome too and I count the boys quite lucky to have her for a grandmother. This is definitely true considering the challenges she faced–not the least of which are her stubborn, moody, and temperamental offspring (and I count myself at the top of this list).

New (sort of) Pictures

Posted in boys, family on 27 April 07 by mikevc

I was cleaning out my desk tonight and found some actual pictures that L. took w/ her camera before we went 100% digital. I started scanning and then began digging out other pictures. So, there are a few pics up on flickr from Austin, honeymoon, Northern CA during J’s first Christmas, our trip to Italy, and Jeff and Joanne’s Wedding/our trip to London.

Check them out by clicking on the Flickr link to the right of this here post. Or come to think of it, I could just throw the link in here


Posted in boys, family on 27 April 07 by mikevc

El Jefe wanted me to share this tidbit.

I came home from work the other day, and J-dog asked me to go to the computer w/ him.  He sat me down and said, “I need you to go to Google, G-O-O-G-L-E, I remember.”
I did as I was told.  Once we arrived at Google, he tells me, “Type in: recycle city”.  I did so and it lead us to the EPA’s site on recycling.  He pushes me out of the way and starts playing a game.  For thirty minutes he plays a game where he turns Dumptown into Cleantown.  At the end of this time, L. asks him, “Why don’t you turn Dumpden into Cleanden?”  Once he understands what she is asking, he–of course–declines.

The irony is–also, of course–completely lost on his young mind.