Papa Gets His Wish

My Grandpa Momrik passed away this morning at around 6 a.m. I got the call from Mom when I was getting ready for work and then Dad called on the way to work. My Dad seems to be taking it pretty hard.

Ever since Nanny passed unexpectantly a few years ago, Papa has been going downhill. Nanny was everything to him and he just didn’t want to be here without her. I think it was about a year ago that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and had to be put into a home for full-time care. It was pretty bad too, he couldn’t even remember talking to you 5 minutes ago. It was sad to see and we all knew that he wanted to be out of our world and with his wife again.

Earlier in the week Dad had told me that Papa hadn’t eaten in a few days and couldn’t move anymore. He thought the end was coming. Last night Dad called the priest for Last Rights and prepared for it. He ended up spending the night with Papa so that he wouldn’t have to die alone.

My last memory will always be from a few weeks ago when we had a Momrik Christmas gathering over in Alpena. Papa was yelling at me to stop eating all the shrimp! He was a good man, who always had his hands on something. His flower beds and lawn always looked amazing and he could make the neatest little creations out of wood.

Papa will be missed, but now he will be reunited with Nanny again. We love ya Gramps!

Instant Messengers

Instant messenger (IM) programs have had a large impact on communication. It is a form of instant communication like talking on the phone or in-person. We can send a message and get an immediate response from someone else. We can hold conversations (or chats) with several people at once, which we cannot do on the phone or in-person.

The most popular IMs are AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, and ICQ. I have accounts on all four (I’ve never used my ICQ account), but prefer them in the order I’ve listed. I also have the most contacts/buddies/friends on each IM in that order.

Back in the day, to have a conversation with someone that was online you either had to respond back and forth through email or join a chatroom. Both are a pain in the ass. IMs have improved this immensely and have added a lot of extra features. The greatest advantage IMO is the ability to see when other people are logged into the service and if they are “away” or not. Away messages could be a whole new topic in itself. AIM has the most customizable away messages in my experience.

I can remember being back in college and instead of walking into the next room or yelling to a roommate, we’d chat on IM. We didn’t have to go find the phone and call downstairs to find someone who wanted to go grab some food. We could just switch over from the paper we were writing to IM and hit up multiple people at once. It was a whole new definition of laziness. Because of IM, the “freshmen 15” has turned into the “freshmen 20.”

IM is so convenient and easy that I can’t think of something that could take it’s place. I’m sure that someday something will (maybe some new form of video chat), but it will have to be easy to use, full of features, and just amazing. IM is here to stay for awhile. Send me a message…what are you waiting for!

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Widescreen Edition)Since I had the afternoon off I figured I’d watch a movie.

This movie was pretty good. The story was set back in the 1800s and is based on a comic book. It’s an action movie with a few twists and turns to keep you guessing where things are going.

The movie had some pretty good action and fight sequences. Nothing absolutely stunning, but better than your average movie. There were some special effects, but again, nothing absolutey awesome. Most of the clothing and surroundings were darker colors because of the Victorian time setting.

Sean Connery is still a great actor. Who wouldn’t want to have his voice? He was the only real big star in the movie although I recognized a few of the others. Would I watch this movie again or buy it? No, but I’m glad I watched it.

Overall, I’d give this movie a B-.

University Closing

Just got word a little while ago that SVSU is closing at noon because of all the snow on the way. Looks like I get to go home early and play! 🙂

On Purpose…

Purpose – The object toward which one strives or for which something exists; an aim or a goal.

Do your everyday actions have a purpose? They should.

Life is a series of actions and reactions that lead to the next. Everything we do is linked to events in the future and in the past. We can’t do anything about the past, but we can do something about what will be in the past; the present. We need to realize what we do will have an effect on the future. The sooner we realize this, the less we’ll have to look back on it later.

Most people go through life without thinking about the future or how their actions affect it. These people have no direction, have done no planning. They might as well tie strings to their limbs and play to the pupper master, because they aren’t doing much to make their lives meaningful for themselves or the people around them. With a purpose, life can fly like an arrow, slightly affected by wind speed and direction. Without purpose, life is a featherless arrow. This second arrow will fly, but not nearly as far or as straight as the first.

If you stop and think about it, our lives affect many more people than we imagine. My actions, in some shape or form, have an impact on everything else that I do. These actions in turn will affect friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, the store clerk, the bank teller, customers at work, the waitress at dinner, and so on. Since their lives have now been altered, the chain continues to the people they interact with. It’s a never ending cycle that often doubles back.

Place expecations on your own life. Create short-term, intermediate, and long-term goals. At the same time, don’t overwhelm yourself with purpose. Use it as a guide to living a better life and creating a better world. Remind yourself that you may not make the news, but you can make a difference.

After writing this, I’m reminded of the movie Pay It Forward, which has my recommendation.

Green Hut

Well, it’s like 3 a.m. and I’m not quite sure what to say. My sister and I came over to Bay City tonight and hung out with my good friends, Hater, Case, Kate, and Jeff. We had a good time. After playing some drinking games here at their house, we walked to a bar called the Green Hut. At least I think that was the name of it.

It was your typical hole in the wall bar, but they had live music and the guys playing were probably the best I’ve heard. Both guys were playing guitar and could really sing to go with it. I was actually looking forward to going out to Midland Street, where there is always a lot of “tail”. It’s too far to walk and no one was in shape to drive there, so we walked to this “local” bar and still had a good time.

While we were playing darts, a girl walked into the back room. I took a look and thought to myself, “she looks familiar”. After another glance, she also recognized me. It happened to be my first cousin Sara from Grand Blanc, Michigan. It was pretty weird to meet up with her at some bar where neither of us had ever been before.

I have a few pictures from the night. I’ll post some of them to the photo gallery tomorrow when I get home.

Binion's Forced To Close

A historic day in the world of poker. The world famous Binion’s Horseshoe Casino was closed late yesterday. Get the full details by reading the article. I hope they don’t have to move the WSOP somewhere else this year.