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Is this thing on?

This is a test to see if my blog is linked to my Facebook page.  I am trying to get as many people as possible to read this, so here goes nothing.

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Click Through the Link!!!

So the whole time I’ve been home with the girls, I’ve been trying to find ways to make money some way, some how.  I read SO MANY articles and blogs saying things like, “Sell your stuff on eBay / craigslist.  Ron from Chelmsford started going to yard sales and second hand stores, made a few sales, and went from living in a cardboard box to a 5,386 sq ft palace in six months.”  I thought this was the root to shoot.  I’ll post this and that on craigslist, get a half.com account and get rid of all those old text books and paperbacks (still available, by the way), and we’ll be eatin’ steak all winter!  Bullshit.  That’s all the fairy tale of making money selling shit is.  I’m sure Ron and all his American Pickers-watching buddies are loving life (wait, I actually love that show).  Riches did not come pouring in through this line of work.

I have, however, found a way to kill two birds with one stone, or maybe the phrase “accomplish 2 things with one click” might be a little better, don’t want any bird blood on my hands, unless it’s one of my own chickens, and then I wouldn’t use a stone, probably use the ol’ cone, and wear gloves, so there’s be no blood on my actual hands..  SO, I am enjoying this writing / blogging thing and have enrolled in the Amazon Affiliate program.  By coming here and clicking through the link labeled “AMAZON HOMEPAGE” to do your Amazon shopping, the staff here at Firecat Central gets a small percentage of your purchase.  This will not cost you the shopper anything more, you simply just go to this site and click through the link on the left and it will help us out immensely.

Also, right below the Amazon link is a link to a book one of my (and maybe even your) friend Nick Vittas wrote, “American Bread: Chronic Lyme Disease and the Tao of the Open Road.”  My full review of the book is coming, but if you click on the image or title on the left, it will bring you right to the Amazon page selling it.  He’s a great dude.  Buy the book.  Do it.  Now.  …..no seriously, right this very instant…. Well, since your being pokey, make it 3 copies just for lally gagging.

Now that this is established, the pressure is on to get writing and keep new stuff up there.  I will have at least a post a week and am trying to mix it up as much as possible regarding the topics.  Thanks in advance for checking my site out.

…and if anyone knows how to contact Ron in his secluded castle, ask him if he will want to advertise his second hand empire here.

A Reminder

I’m listening to a book titled “Man Made,” by Joel Stien (available on Amazon.  get it by clicking through the link on the top of the page).  In it, the author, who was raised upper middle class in New Jersey and hadn’t spent much time out of the NY/NJ area, had a son.  Leading up to and shortly after his birth, Stein decided / realized he was not “manly” enough to raise a son.  In an attempt to improve his manliness level, he puts himself in all sorts of different scenarios with outcomes ranging from zany to uncomfortable to heartfelt.  While caring for a dog for two weeks (something he’s never done before), he describes a feeling many people have had when living in a full and warm household.

“Everything feels slow, which I hate, only right now I don’t.  I thought having a dog and a kid would be slobber and barking and running back and forth, but it’s calming.  I feel something that’s not the absence of loneliness but something more tangible. Like anti-loneliness, like Sean Greene* and Matt Nadal* the day trader had, and I’m finally getting some of it too.”

*both appeared in earlier chapters

I have had moments like this, and our lives have certainly been made even fuller with the addition of backyard chickens to our household.  Seeing these ladies grow, introducing them to the delicacy of mealworms, and finding their first eggs have been such marvelous experiences.  I could not have imaged life without them… until today.  While playing in the yard this evening, in our “slow” moving merriment, my wife and I, our two wonderful daughters, our wonderful dog, and the four chickens were all going about our business, enjoying our time together, when one of those little fuckers pecked my baby girl!  Right then and there, I lost all love for that stupid bird (If it even is a bird! I feel like a “bird” should be able to fly more than like 5 feet at a time, so I pause to even call it that).  While I’ve cooled off a little because my baby was ok, at that exact second I heard her cry, I wanted to run up and just give the thing a good ol’ “Adam Venitari in the snow” special, if it only wasn’t mildly fleet of foot.  Things moved from “lovingly slow” to “oh shit screaming kid” fast very quickly, and it was an important reminder.  Some things in life you just can’t control.  That chicken was acting on instinct; she saw another creature about her size and felt the urge to place it in the pecking order.  She is lucky she wasn’t then placed in an order… of Buffalo wings (thank you, thank you, I’m here all week).  I guess the key is to find creatures that can exist naturally with you.  When co-existing with someone or thing forces one party to greatly alter the behavior of the other, is it really worth it?  These next 24 hours will be an important test for my love of the chickens.

1st Post – Why should I?

Well, why should I NOT?  Ha, nothing better than answering a question with a question.  I am starting to write more and more, and am trying to get some thing published, anything. This blog will give me the structured space to write whatever is on my mind at any particular time.

Trying to think of topics to write about has been the most difficult thing about writing.  I know how ridiculous that sounds, but I have plenty of experience writing in detail about what is happening in my life, or something of note that happened the other day, but there;s no point to starting a blog to simply tell the world what I’ve been up to… I can join Facebook for that.  So for my benefit as much as anyone else’s I am going to list some of the general topics I plan on writing about here at Firecat Central.  I am all inspired and stuff right now so I want to get these ideas out so I can refer to them later.

family / dad / kids stuff 

travel                                 sports

music                                cooking

observations on how people act

politics                              “the man”

spirituality                          dog ownership

home owner issues             movies

I’m excited.  Let’s get it on!!