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Kharmin Returns!

“Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends.”
Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Part 2Emerson, Lake & Palmer

I’m back!

“Where’d you go?” I’m sure is the question that has caused elusiveness of sleep for many. Are you ready for the answer? Is the suspense almost too much to bear? Should I shut up and just tell you already?

Ok, fine. The big secret is that I haven’t been anywhere. I’ve just been overwhelmed with the daily activities of our baby girl. Not so much a baby anymore (she’s 19 months old!), she walks, talks, eats (and yeah, the end results of eating, too) and is just a joy to have around. Need a hug? She’s got ‘em. Having a bad day? She’ll get you to smile and forgetaboutit. Who knew being a daddy would be this much fun?

I could go on forever, but I won’t bore you with the details. You know how it is: get a first-time daddy started on his little girl and he’ll never stop. So, instead of that, I would like to dedicate this time and space to get this site back on track… talking about me!

For the past, oh I’d say 10 months or so, I have been off and on involved with the online version of Magic: the Gathering. As in the real-live version, I’m not terribly good at it, but it does help me to decompress after a long, long day (funny note on “decompress”: I was telling my wife the other day I needed to decompress, but my brain hiccupped and instead of decompress I said decompose! D’oh. Although, I guess in a molecular level we all spend time continually decomposing? Hmm… maybe a topic for another day as I am rambling enough now as it is). For those who aren’t familiar with Magic: the Gathering (MtG), it is a collectible card game that pits two or more players against each other in a dual to the death! Well, not real death. Each player starts each game with 20 life points, and the object is to use your cards (which are different spells) to deal lethal damage to your foe. The cards come in five different colors (some with multiple combinations of those five basic colors) and each color compliments the other in some way– however, not all colors compliment all of the others. Confused? I thought so. Well, if you want to know more, you can just go here for more info.

What else? Let me see. Oh, I know. I also rebuilt my computer. I decided to take the plunge and invest in a technology I hadn’t used before: liquid cooling. Everyone in my family thinks I am totally geeked out now (as if they didn’t already think so before?) and I know it is only a matter of time before I get the call to help someone else to move up to this technology. Maybe by that time, the next cool thing (pun intended, too!) will be on the market. It’s already in a prototype phase now: ion cooling. Check it out. It’s amazing what they’re able to do with computer hardware these days!

That’s really about all of the news since the last update. As I said, the little girl is taking up a lot of our time, but in a good way. We’re making sure to get outdoors as often as we can during the summer, and she loves running around, playing with her big blue ball and going down the sliding board. I know I’ve got to cherish these moments as they pass much too soon. Today, she’s pointing to the car ready to go to day care; tomorrow she’ll be asking me for the keys.

That’s my girl… the show that never ends.

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