Things That Make Me Smile

I think I got Type II diabetes just from taking this picture. I am not sure who these drinks are for. Are they energy drinks for kids? I'm not a parent, but I have seen enough kids to know that the LAST thing they need is more fucking energy. Are they for adults? Who are these creepy adults who still like Hello Kitty and SpongeBob? When I think of "more power", I think of guys jumping out of planes from space or guys zipping around mountains in wing suits... not weird cartoon characters from 15 years ago. But what do I know. Bottoms up!

I think I got Type II diabetes just from taking this picture. I am not sure who these drinks are for. Are they energy drinks for kids? I’m not a parent, but I have seen enough kids to know that the LAST thing they need is more fucking energy. Are they for adults? Who are these creepy adults who still like Hello Kitty and SpongeBob? When I think of “more power”, I think of guys jumping out of planes from space or guys zipping around mountains in wing suits… not weird cartoon characters from 15 years ago. But what do I know. Bottoms up!

Keep smilling

Sometimes not being perfect is the best thing.

I was going through old pictures looking for good memories when I found this photo. This was taken in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, on the walkway near the aquarium. (Aug 2009)

I was going through old pictures looking for good memories when I found this photo. This was taken in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, on the walkway near the aquarium. (Aug 2009)

My wife surprised me with this little guy. Every time I look at him, I can't help but smile. His German is better than mine, so he has been helping me today in my errands. He is a cool dude, with a wild sense of humor. (You could never tell by just looking at him)

My wife surprised me with this little guy. Every time I look at him, I can’t help but smile. His German is better than mine, so he has been helping me today in my errands. He is kind of shy at first, but really he is a cool dude, with a rather dirty sense of humor. (You could never tell by just looking at him)

Here is a pay phone that is located just outside my station in the clinic. At first glance it seems normal. But a closer look shows that it takes... Deutsch Marks. "Hello 1989? Yes, this is a collect call from 2015..." I wonder if I can use this phone to call my teenage self. (I'm calling dibs on the movie script!)

Here is a pay phone that is located just outside my station in the clinic. At first glance it seems normal. But a closer look shows that it takes… Deutsch Marks. “Hello 1989? Yes, this is a collect call from 2015…” I wonder if I can use this phone to call my teenage self. (I’m calling dibs on the movie rights!)

This was in one of our local magazines. It is a really great publication, so this was a bit of a surprise. Even if you don't speak German, your internal nerd should find this pie chart to be funny. Someone was definitely asleep at the wheel for this one.

This was in one of our local magazines. It is a really great publication, so this was a bit of a surprise. Even if you don’t speak German, your internal nerd should find this pie chart to be funny. When my birthday comes I want a cake in which all the pieces add up to 211%! Someone was definitely asleep at the wheel for this one.

Duct Tape

This is simply a scientific fact.


AwardsBefore I had to enter the psych clinic I had a fantastic community service job that supported the military and their families. Unfortunately, the work turned out to be a bad choice for me and triggered too many things that been long forgotten and buried. But, during the time that could work, I loved knowing that I was helping people every day. These are some of the awards I received in recognition for my service. My favorite is the Heart of Victory Award for supporting the U.S. Army’s V-Corps.


BreakfastI am having a terrible day today. Everything scares me. My thoughts are trying to injure me. I am sad and I don’t like myself.

In spite of this — or seeing through all of this– my wife is being amazingly gentle, supportive and watchful. Even though I could not get the courage to drag myself out of the bedroom until after 3pm, there was still a full breakfast and hot coffee waiting for me. When I sat at the table I just started crying. How is it that someone could possibly love me so much when I am struggling to learn how to love myself?  Danke, Schatz! I ich hab dich Lieb!


Karate penguins

Penguins are rather peaceful… until they are pushed too far. Respect the penguin. B-)


Sun Flowers

Gummy Bears

Two of my favorite things: cherry and cola gummy candies, and sunflowers.These are a treat from my wife to celebrate the end of my days (actually, 18 months) of being required to stay or sleep at the psych clinic). I’m back home again. I will still have therapy during the days, but I can always come home now when we finish.  It was a lot of hard work to get to this point. I experienced things that I never want to go through again. Being home is good. Yeah. My wife is pretty awesome.


In the spring of 2006 my brother and I both finished our graduate programs at the same time. I was immensely proud of my brother for his hard work and completion of medical school. If it is possible, I was even more proud of his decision to become a pediatrician. Our little sister was making her way through veterinary school, and I had been recently accepted into a well-regarded PhD program. The three of us were were defying the statistics and kickin’ @$$!  This was the hot song in the Atlanta clubs. During graduation weekend, we were on top of the world and this was our anthem!  “I know all about that!”

I just love this city

I just love this city

I found this picture of the Jeep I drove during my grad school years. We had many early mornings, late nights and weekend trips into the hills. Good memories.

I found this picture of the Jeep I drove during my grad school years. We had many early mornings, late nights and weekend trips into the hills. Good memories.

Very cool Starbucks Card from my wife.

Very cool Starbucks Card from my wife.

Monet painting (I had this poster when I lived in the dorms during undergrad)

Monet painting (I had this poster when I lived in the dorms during undergrad)

German Engineering (washer and dryer)

German Engineering (washer and dryer)

Full Speed Ahead

Full Speed Ahead

Xkcd.com – Scheduling Conflict

Dr. Who?

Dr. Who?

Drinking club with a running problem. On-On!

Drinking club with a running problem. On-On!

Home

Home

Baby Sheep

Squirrel Plan – xkcd.com

Du bist schön (You are beautiful)

Du bist schön (You are beautiful)

Baltimore Orioles Bird and Starbucks Bear

Baltimore Orioles Bird and Starbucks Bear

I Love You

I Love You

American Cheesecake and Kiwi-Banana ice cream!

American Cheesecake and Kiwi-Banana ice cream!

Running with my wife

Running with my wife

Amerikanische Frühstück

Amerikanische Frühstück

The Baltimore Rowing Club Men's 8+ in the Baltimore Inner Harbor

The Baltimore Rowing Club Men’s 8+ in the Baltimore Inner Harbor

Towson University Varsity Men's 4+

Towson University Varsity Men’s 4+

Towson University Men's 4+ winning the Crawford Bay Cup

Towson University Men’s 4+ winning the Crawford Bay Cup

New bike! This bike is so much fun to ride!

New bike! This bike is so much fun to ride!

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