Dymaxion

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from Alexandria, VA

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    • Merry Christmas

      10 years ago

      Dymaxion

      We hope this letter finds you happy and healthy. We’ve been especially blessed with a year of not moving. Last Dec. we had Kim’s Dad and visitors from another country for Christmas, a very special way to celebrate. Our new friends enjoyed Chinatown on Christmas day.
      In Jan, we had an absolutely wonderful time in beautiful Lake Tahoe for 10 days with Jeff’s family. The boys loved the snow, everyone got to go snow tubing and Dad was able to break off and ski a bit. Mom was all too happy to stay in the warm hotel room watching the boys and drinking hot chocolate. We saw Uncle Joe play the drums at a school concert. Later that month the doctors started seriously wondering if there was something wrong with Frank since his weight was dropping off the chart while his height stayed low and his head stayed average. So for the next few months, we took Frank in for a series of tests to see if something was wrong.
      Feb/Mar - Jeff was sent to Seoul, S. Korea by the Navy and had a blast with the Army… ah, Joint Operations! Soon after Jeff got home, he flew out to Cottonwood AZ for a short visit with Gramma & Grampa Pizanti. In early April, Grampa Pizanti passed away after a long fight with emphysema.
      Jeffrey and Frank started going to a place called J W Tumbles â€" an indoor playground where they learn new, fun physical things to do: crab walking, monkey bars, climbing, throwing and catching, etc. They both LOVE to play there. And, if they are good â€" which most of the time they are â€" they get stamps on their hands, feet and belly!
      In May, we drove down the road to the VA Ren-Faire where Mom, Dad and Jeffrey dressed up. Dad and Jeffrey even won a costume contest together! Later, we visited our friend Sue at her home in Scotia, NY, to celebrate her retirement from the Navy. We had a great road trip and it was wonderful to visit and see upstate New York. Near the end of May, we celebrated Jeffrey’s 4th birthday at a big park with a train, carousel and playground. A day or two after that, Jeffrey decided he was now old enough to buckle his own seat belt.
      In June, we went to the Twombly reunion in Butler County, PA, where we saw a lot of Kim’s Mom’s family. Mom, Larry and Carol followed us back to DC and Jeffrey had the amazing chance to drive back home in Oma and Opa’s car! He was assigned the duties of Flight Engineer and made sure his space crew was kept informed of all goings-on. Meanwhile, Frank got the whole backseat of Mom and Dad’s car to himself!
      August culminated Frank’s medical tests with an endoscopy to determine if he had a digestive disease. Frank had to undergo general anesthesia for about an hour while they scoped him. Thank God, the procedure went very well and the doctors found absolutely nothing wrong with him, so we are wonderfully content now knowing that Frank is a healthy, small boy who is an extremely picky eater with a possible slight case of reflux. The doctors kept Frank on an anti-reflux med and that was the end of the testing. HUGE sigh of relief. We celebrated Jeff’s birthday at the MD Ren-Fest where only Mom and Dad dressed up this time. We still had fun watching jousting and drinking beer… root beer of course, what were you thinking?
      Both Jeffreys started school in Sep. Jeffrey II started 4-day a week pre-school at our church. He loves every day he goes to school. We’ve even heard him ask on the weekends if he can go to school on the upcoming Monday. Jeff started a master’s degree program through the Navy War College. He enjoys speaking with adults for a few hours every Tues night. We all drove to Paradise, PA to see Thomas the Train â€" where else would he be? Jeffrey and Frank had a blast riding all the trains. Jeffrey kept count of how many trains we rode on â€" we ended the day with 5… from a couple minutes on a hand-cart to eating lunch on Thomas, what a special treat!
      Frank turned a whopping two years old in Oct! We invited a bunch of Jeffrey’s school friends to McD’s and they all had lots of fun eating burgers, fries and playing outside on the play set. Frank also had his 2 year well-baby visit and it seems he’s following his own low height/weight curve. So, Frank was finally able, after 6 months of testing and 4 months of meds to be completely done with both! Thank God!
      In Nov, Jeff started lectoring at church and both of us have had opportunities to volunteer at school, branch out and do new things. It’s nice to help. Jeff was elected board secretary of the Northern Virginia chapter of the Libertarian Party… www.lpnova.org/
      Jeffrey enjoys adding, telling time and reading books to the family. Frank loves shouting out letters, shapes and colors. We plan to wrap up this year by celebrating Christmas in Chicago and are looking forward to visiting with family there.
      The DC area is great to visit as a tourist and our house is open until May for friends and family. Next June we move to Spokane WA. Please drop by if you get the chance. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

    • The last of my (biological) grandparents

      11 years ago

      Dymaxion

      So I’m home from the drill weekend. We had our PRT & plenty of admin-istrivia to keep us busy.
      Last night I had a couple hours to wait between dropping off my rental car and catching the train, so I starting calling people.
      A lot of my relatives weren’t home or answering their mobile phones, but I did talk with Gramma Ginger, my Grampa Pizanti’s wife for the last 20+ years. Grampa Pizanti hasn’t been doing so well the last month or so. He’s the last of my biological grandparents and was a lifelong smoker. Ginger was understandably tired from taking care of him, the house and herself (usually in that order), but happy to chat for a little.
      After that call, I talked with a few friends and boarded the train. Kim and the boys picked me up from ALX station. I dropped off Kim at work & the boys at daycare so I could get some decent sleep for a couple hours. Sleeping on a train is more like work than rest.
      After I woke up & got home from picking up the boys, Ginger called and left a quick mesg saying Grampa Pizanti had passed away this morning ~0730 AZ time.
      (AZ doesn’t change for daylight savings & I don’t remember if they’re Pacific or Mountain now... Pacific I think, but I’m still groggy.)
      So a moment of silence please for Mr. Raymond Isaac Pizanti, Chief Draftsman US Navy (Retired), husband, father, grampa & great grampa. His wit & humor are already missed.
      :-(

    • Back again!

      11 years ago

      Dymaxion

      Hi everyone.
      So I seem to be checking in every 10 months or so. I really will do better from now on.
      Would you believe I still have 7 friend requests pending?
      Seriously.
      My excuse is that I moved cross country (again) back to Virginia & I have two sons, so I HAVE been a little busy.
      Everything is fine. We're settled in northern VA and enjoying life in a big city again.
      The move also meant a new reserve unit, so I've been drilling down in Charleston. For those with little or no east coast geography knowledge, Charleston is about 8 hrs drive from DC. I drove there and back again in Oct & said, "Never again." I took Amtrak in Nov & that was the bee's knees (good stuff) it took the same about of time, but I took a snooze, caught up on some reading and played cards with a fellow train passenger. Try that while driving! Plus, military discount makes the round trip tix cost half the price of flying.
      Cha-CHING!
      Speaking of $$, the wife and I just finished watching RvB season 4 (again) & its nearly Christmas, so it must be time to pick up season 5, eh?
      I love fall. We've already had snow (it melted) and the house is decorated for Christmas. Bring on winter!
      OBTW, I gave out all my mod pts last time so someone hook me up and push me over Karma level 25?
      I got your back,
      JP

      PS: Big thanks to my anonymous mod point benefactors! :-) (April 10, 2007)

    • Happy Valentines Day

      12 years ago

      Dymaxion

      Firstly, if you don't know the history of St. Valentine please check
      www.newadvent.org/cathen/15254a.htm
      &/or
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Valentine
      Yes, another religious holiday turned into crazy capitalism... don't get me wrong, I like capitalism, but not crazy capitalism, check?
      Such is life these days, "Material good, spiritual bad."
      "BS" says I.
      It feels good to help others. A friend of a friend had a project for school that I was able to help with today. I had to get up a little early. Do you know the last time I set an alarm? I got to ride my bike to campus (good stuff), meet some cool folks, and play an intel/info video game for an hour. Picture clue with 17 people at various computers scattered across a large room. I got the final answer right. :-) It was nice to get out of the house for a little after being sick most of last week and this past weekend. When the wife gets home this afternoon I need to go get a little something I painted at the pottery place.
      I hope your day is average or better.
      <3
      Jeff

    • Back in Blue

      13 years ago

      Dymaxion

      Howdy.

      I know I've been away from RvB for a while, but I have a few good reasons.

      Primarily, real life is more demanding than all you fine folks, but its nice to know some one missed me over the last 4 months.

      Seriously, though, I've been to Bahrain and back.

      Did my reserve weekend thing a few times (when not in Bahrain).

      Lady Dymaxion is currently enjoying finals just like many of you, I imagine. Best of luck to ya, if that's the case.

      #1 Son is a walking, talking, climbing, inquisitive thumb-sucker with slightly more cute than frustrating.

      So, life goes on. I'm surprised I still have my Karma & it looks like we have more picture slots? I'll be around with a mod in the near future... but first I need to call some mechanics about a partially detached flexible exhaust tube. That's the bad news.

      The good news is the Christmas cards are sent.

      All in all, things are fine.

      How have you been since September?

      Pax
      -- Lord Dymaxion of Pizantiahk
      (but you can call me Jeff)

      Current book: The Pentagon's New Map
      (Exellent if you like your economics and national defense fields well mixed. Blend it all, I say.)
      Recent Movies: RvB Season 3 (FINALLY!), Dr No (classic Bondage :)
      Current Music: Winter Solstice 1, 2, 4, 5 (WS 3 & 6 are in my Amazon wishlist)

    • Take care of yourself

      13 years ago

      Dymaxion

      There used to be a time, not long ago, when people prided themselves on their independance. They didn't need help from anyone. It was macho and feminist, because it spoke the core of individualism. "I can take care of myself."
      These days, people expect govt to help them out at every turn. The poli-sci folks call this "entitlement society" and it sickens me.
      I'm saddened that so many people are now trapped in their own sewage in a dark and dangerous place because they trusted govt to look out for their interests.
      The media bemoans this as racism, but the media doesn't understand what the true problem is.
      Brothers and sisters, look out for those less fortunate than you. Tend compassionately to those who need help. There may come a time when you need another's assistance, but I warn you to never look up to an uncaring govt for assistance. Govt is more often the cause of our problems, rather than the solution.
      smiley2.gif

    • Fresh off the boat

      13 years ago

      Dymaxion

      I've returned from my Naval Reserve Drill Weekend up in Alameda, CA. The USS Hornet is not only a WW2 & space-race era carrier, it is currently a museum and a Naval Reserve site. Talk about a crazy-awesome recycling program. Anyway, so this past Sat was the Hornet society's "Living Ship Day" complete with a small-arms display, a Boyscout invasion/sleep over, a Young Marines ceremony, even church services Sun AM! This was also my first drill wknd with my new/current unit. The group is relatively small, but we're due for an influx of people once the new fiscal year comes around, b/c other units are being disbanded. Fiscal year, as if the $$ types couldn't find a way to work with the calendar year like everyone else. Pitty.

      So anyway now I'm home and the regular week is cranking up. All kinds of plans are made & I guess school folks are back in session now b/c when I go outside to the park with #1 son, hardly anyone else is there before 3pm. Its strange how we mark the passage of time. From rare catastrophes and weather patterns to mundane minutes, hours, days, etc.
      My oldest sister is heading off for college after Labor Day & I just found out that my Grampa is due for heart surgery soon.

      "Live deliberately" - Thoreau, "Walden"
      Relaxing, praying, doodling, etc are all deliberate acts & aren't a waste of time. They may not be productive in terms of money and materialism, but they are much more important (& necessary) for the health of our spirit.

      I hope all is well with you! smiley0.gif

      Current Book: Libertarianism - A Primer
      Recent Movies (* of 4): Sin City (**), The Life Aquatic: Steve Zissou (*), Starwars: The Phantom Menace (***)
      Recent Music: U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, Filter - Title of Record, Sarah McLachlan - Touch

    • Monday Monday vs CA Dreamin'

      14 years ago

      Dymaxion

      I guess I've gotten used to always having songs in my head. I go to sleep with them and wake up with them. They used to drive me crazy, but now I just go with the flow. Maybe I'm crazy now? It doesn't seem to help listening to the song anymore, either. I still love music. There's nothing in the world like it.

      Well, after all of my active friend searching (see previous journal entry), I know have ~100 confirmed friends and almost 30 pending requests. Oh, and my watchlist is full! Mod points to anyone who knows how to expand the number of ppl I'm allowed to have on my watchlist and tells me the secret of expansion. "We will rule the empire together...!" -- Darth Vader

      Lady Dymaxion is off to (grad) school. #1 son is waking up & I'm looking forward to a day of cleaning house, reading the wknd newspapers, and chattin' some more with y'all.

      Have a great Navy day (or equivalent. Offer void where prohibited or taxed by law.)
      smiley0.gif
      Pax
      -- Lord Dymaxion of Pizantiahk
      (but you can call me Jeff)

    • Yes, I am on a get-friends kick

      14 years ago

      Dymaxion

      Okay, I guess I should mention that having moved cross country, I'm home a lot with #1 son (stay@home dad) & sometimes conversation with people over the age of 2 years old is considered human interaction for me now. Accordingly, I've spent portions of the last couple days popping in and out of fellow community members profiles... tagging a comment on here or there & spending my mod points (that's what they're for, right?). Then I finish up with a friend request. Some ppl are fine with that. Others have mesg'd me & I think I've replied honestly. The point is this: there are some pretty cool human beings out there & if you haven't taken the time to meet some people and make friends (online or in your neighborhood), then I think your missing out. Yeah, the images online are pretty cool too.
      Pax

    • Move Complete!

      14 years ago

      Dymaxion

      I love moving, but only once I've moved and resettled. We took a leisurely three weeks crossing the county from VA north to Chicago, south to Dallas, then west to Cali. Crazy, eh? Well, now the computer is back up and all my files check okay. #1 son is finally walking and learning a word or two daily. You should here him say Tank-tank for thank you -- its great.
      Still playing Starcraft after all these years. It started out as getting back into the story line before SC: Ghost came out, but its release has been post-BONED so many times I've lost count. So now Lady & Lord Dymaxion play multi into the night... but not too late, she has school in the morning!
      smiley0.gif
      Gonna go order Season 3 now. Ciao

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  • Comments (52)

    • DeltaSniper

      11 years ago

      Hey...not much. How are you?

    • DeltaSniper

      11 years ago

      lol
      Well we missed you too.

    • DeltaSniper

      11 years ago

      It's good to see you are still alive.

    • DeltaSniper

      12 years ago

      Well congrats to you.

      I enjoyed talking to you.

    • DeltaSniper

      12 years ago

      Your on!?!?!

      How have you been?

    • Natagan

      12 years ago

      I asusme from your title your a fellow (Well its sad to say, former) Firefly fan?

    • Moridar

      12 years ago

      Randomly stopped by and saying Hi!

    • funkybunny

      13 years ago

      You still checking in from time to time?

    • torryrocksme

      13 years ago

      As if my alerts weren't enought you keep your watch list active, here's a personal comment! LOL! Been a while, hope you can drop back in some time in the near future. Keep up the good Naval duites. Have a good day, week, month, year, etc. smiley0.gif

    • erin214

      13 years ago

      i have 3 new pictures!! get excited and comment!! :D

    • spike1107

      13 years ago

      Body: PLEASE READ THIS WHOLE POST. IT'S SO DANG TRUE* 1. At least 2 people
      in this world love you so much they would die for you. 2. At least 15 people
      in this world love you in some way. 3. The only reason anyone would ever
      hate you is because they want to be just like you. 4. A smile from you can
      bring happiness to anyone, even if they don't like you. 5. Every night,
      SOMEONE thinks about you before they go to sleep. 6. You mean the world to
      someone. 7. If not for you, someone may not be living. 8. You are special
      and unique. 9. Someone that you don't even know exists loves you. 10. When
      you make the biggest mistake ever, something good comes from it. 11. When
      you think the world has turned its back on you, take a look: you most likely
      turned your back on the world. 12. When you think you have no chance of
      getting what you want, you probably won't get it, but if you believe in
      yourself, probably, sooner or later, you will get it. 13. Always remember
      the compliments you received. Forget about the rude remarks. 14. Always tell
      someone how you feel about them; you will feel much better when they know.
      15. If you have a great friend, take the time to let them know that they are
      great. Add this as a comment to ten of your friends tonight and at midnight
      your true love will find you. Something good will happen to you at 2:25
      tomorrow. Get ready for the biggest shock of your life. Whoever breaks this
      chain letter will be cursed with 10 relationship problems for the next ten
      years tag ur it!! this is so scary!!! send this to 15 ppl in the next 143
      min. and then press F6 and your crushes name will appear in big letters!! it
      is so scary because it works.... but if you break the chain.. you will be
      cursed w/ relationship problems

    • erin214

      13 years ago

      i got a couple new pictures ........ you should comment :D

    • Feed

      13 years ago

      Merry Christmas
      and enjoy the lyrics to
      Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire

    • DeltaSniper

      13 years ago

      Merry Christmas

    • noirakita

      13 years ago

      Happy Holidays!

    • DeltaSniper

      13 years ago

      Merry Christmas...thought I would leave you one now since your on...and I hardly see you anymore.

    • torryrocksme

      13 years ago

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    • Metallikat

      13 years ago

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    • bdlambell

      13 years ago

      ACTUALLY.... the 230 you see isnt the bullseye.. hahaha its the AO's tool box... W/C 230 is aviation ordnance... that frame is frame 98... which is up by the bow cats... haha :D

      03-98-9-Q

      and that picture was taken when we were doing CQ.. we were just out for a week.. so our shirts stayed fairly clean... haha
      the sleeves on mine were dirty as hell though...

      Post edited 12/12/05 4:57PM

    • 1shot1kill

      13 years ago

      Where did you go? <.< >.>

    • torryrocksme

      13 years ago

      Hope you have a great Thanksgiving Day Jeff!

    • PennyCo

      13 years ago

      thanks much for the almost linky! hehe

      i appreciate it greatly!

    • qtdivachick

      13 years ago

      Hey, thanks for the nice comments!! :) Nice ot mee u new friend! :)

    • RvBDarkviper

      13 years ago

      well put... just i hate the fact that people would use a gun, against there own military who worked so hard to protet them... this discusses me in so many ways...

    • Im_a_girl

      13 years ago

      Pax was AWESOME!!! i had such a blast..and the RVB guys were so hilraouis!......gus told mee that he wuld sign my stuff for free and then my bf wuld hav to pay $5 and then geof wrote..on my pamlet...that my bf was weird^.^

    • Player_Calo

      13 years ago

      Hey Jeff, check out my journal.
      Here's your award...again.
      TheAwesomelyAwesomeAward.jpg
      If you want this on your profile, just ask.

      ~Rob

    • funkybunny

      13 years ago

      No problem. Once I become a sponsor I won't have to juggle my watchlist and can stop by more often.

    • Luckystars

      13 years ago

      well, its more of a subtle rvb awareness thing. when i post some pics from the river in a minute that will explain.

    • S1L7H

      13 years ago

      spam.gif big money, big money, big money, no whammys.....STOP!! spam.gif

    • Frazzer

      13 years ago

      You're cool.......here's proof

      *hands you a COOKIE*

    • medeapyralis

      13 years ago

      I just wanted to tell you you kick so much ass for knowing the llama, llama, duck song!!!!!!!
      I was just losing my faith in the world, then I got your comment, and life was suddenly a lot better...
      Ok, that's being dramatic, but still!

    • erin214

      14 years ago

      haha yah. thanks

    • erin214

      14 years ago

      well no i wasnt fishing for compliments... i was just annoyed that day. what compliments could come from a list of annoying things? lol

    • XxLuVaxX

      14 years ago

      i dont really give a shit if u talk to my sister or not - i just figured u'd be trying to contact me and not her. nice try tho

    • XxLuVaxX

      14 years ago

      no. the pictures were deleted by me.

    • adrcrc

      14 years ago

      EE in kato is good wish i was on the coast but oh well i can only ask for so much

    • Athena89

      14 years ago

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    • Governator1

      14 years ago

      TOGETHER WE WILL PUMP THESE FORUMS UP.

    • boxryry

      14 years ago

      Thanks for the tips and comments and such :-)

    • Dymaxion

      14 years ago

      Yeah, I plan on going back and spending more time on HBO. Maybe I'll stumble across it somewere, eh? smiley0.gif

    • lanik323

      14 years ago

      I reeeeally could have sworn I saw it there. Hm... I couldn't even find it online. I guess it just looked similar to the one on HBO.

    • FalseHope01

      14 years ago

      Posted a picture of the watch after it met the hammer, since you wanted to see it. :P Unfortunately I didn't have any photos of it before my friend attacked it.

    • bdlambell

      14 years ago

      what kind of training would they be getting over here i wonder... fiscal year not to far away either... how do you like working with the hawkeye? i dont know to many people that work with them, and the people i know are usually enlisted folks.... what might you do as the A/C MO... our MO is an 0-5, so im just curious how that works over there... i hope people dont laugh at people in the military.. even if it is the reserves... it beats the lazy bastards that just sit around on their couches all day everyday.... props to you for serving the country!

    • Dymaxion

      14 years ago

      Heh, now blue bombs I have seen, but I couldn't tell from the backlit photo. Still cool. Not much to hang on a Hawkeye, eh? smiley0.gif I'm a LT, Acft Maint Officer, drilling out of Alameda & San Jose. My 2wks a year are supporting Bahrain AIMD... and its actually over 3 wks b/c it usually takes two days to transit each way. But you probably already know that. I hear I may be sending a bunch of my A_'s (D, E, M, T, etc) toward LeMoore for Training, but I gotta wait for new fiscal year money$. Okay, now I'm boring ppl... sorry. "Don't laugh -- Its my job!"

    • bdlambell

      14 years ago

      so what base do you go to for your 1 weekend a month 2 weeks a year? and whats your rate and rank?

    • bdlambell

      14 years ago

      well if you look.. the bombs are blue.. just training bombs... it was for our change of command... and yea its Navy, at NAS Lemoore, Ca... so its just for show thats all...

    • XxLuVaxX

      14 years ago

      lol thanks ill need the luck. this one doesnt believe me worth shit

    • Dymaxion

      14 years ago

      Hello and welcome to all my random friends. !Hola y bienvenido a todos mi amigos irregulares! (Okay, so its not quite a "true" translation, but I'm working on my spanish, really... and communication in general. Help me out, eh?)

    • Dymaxion

      14 years ago

      Alls fine here. I've spent a little time in Italy too. Christmas in Rome is amazingly warm.

    • MALEENA55555

      14 years ago

      !hola!
      ?como estas?

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