Thursday, September 15, 2005 

Let's go on a field trip....

Thank you for visiting today! I have moved to a new publishing format and I would love it if you cruise over and say hi there. While you are there you can note the new address and bookmark me if you would like to. Heck, you can even subscribe!

Please check out my new home on the web by clicking here.

Smile today!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 


Ok...just by looking at the photo here you probably have just figured that I have gone a bit crazy (a wee bits nuts for all my Irish readers.) I often wonder if I have any Irish readers. I Mom is part Irish I guess so that counts I suppose. But I wonder if anyone ever actually logs on from The Emerald Isle.

If so...I'd like to personally thank you for giving birth to U2, Damien Rice (who sort of resembles a leprechaun to me) and The Frames who are hands down the best damn Irish Band ever! Sure U2 has sold a billion records but they have never been able to convey the strength and emotion that The Frames can. If you have never listened to a track by The Frames, click here. This will play an amazing song called, "What Happens When the Heart Just Stops?"

Anyway...let me get to the point here. The bomb photo was meant to mean something. I need to blow this site apart a bit and make some changes. I just feel sort of stagnant lately. Maybe it needs a new look or just better organization. I just don't know.

I want to continue expressing myself and using the site to find myself in a way but I also want to be able to provide more music and humor. Any ideas would certainly be appreciated. Maybe I should walk away from Blogger and go to Movable Type or another service that is more versatile.

Let me know what you think please. Also, I feel good today. I slept terrible last night but for some reason I am happy today and semi-energetic and that feels great. I am having some more stomach cramping and burning and if it continues I will call the doctor. I will be fine.

Smile today folks! :-)

Sunday, September 11, 2005 

The Piss Machine/Crash

I stayed home this weekend and Megan went up the hill to do the spa thing alone with her family. It turns out that I needed to stay although I did not know it at the time. About a half hour after she left I grabbed the trusty old iPod and the trusty old pooch and we decided to walk around the block. We had about 45 minutes of Hector pissing on things and the iPod cord getting caught up in the leash and then our little mission was over.

One question - Are there any dog experts out there? If so, why is it that pooches lift their little legs to mark their turf when nothing comes out? If there are 30 trees our little man runs out of piss at about 6 and just keeps on lifting. It drives me crazy!

Anyway...after the walk I went to the local Mexican food place and grabbed up some grub and then I headed back home and ate. At 5:00 I realized that I was feeling a bit sleepy so I decided to lay down in bed and catch part of the hurricane relief concert/fundraiser.

The last time I looked at the clock it was 5:21. I woke up later and grabbed my cell phone to check the time and it was 8:34. I was pretty happy with myself. No sleeping meds and I napped for three hours! Then reality struck. It was light outside. Hmmmmm......

I slept for 15 hours with no sleeping medicine. My body must have been pooped.

Last week I woke up every day early to try to be productive and it seemed to work. Little did I know that I would come crashing down all at once. Damn.

Speaking of Crash...I rented that movie and I am about to kick back with the piss machine and dive into it. I hear that it is great. I sure hope so.

Anyway...I hope that you all are ok out there. I need to fire up this movie and hope to stay awake through it. I feel like I have the body of an old man anymore. I am always sore and lately I find myself getting cramps in my stomach more and more. Sometimes getting up from a sitting position really hurts. I wish that I felt better but I seem to be getting worse lately and that scares me. I am also losing weight quickly and that is good in a way but it worries me also. Maybe I should have a chat with my doctor soon. That would probably be a good plan.

Dear body of mine,
I need a bit more time here on Earth. Bear with me ok? I will feed you all the bananas, vitamins and medicine that you are supposed to need. All you have to do is keep things moving inside for just a little while longer. I have some more love to give so I need my ticker and I need these arms because people still want to hug me sometimes. Also, please let me keep seeing. I so enjoy colors. And please allow me to hear so I can hear laughter and enjoy my new appreciation for the blues and gospel tunes. I will try to be as good to you as possible. No more carnitas. No more frosted flakes. Much more water. No more days without enough rest. Just please don't fail me now.
Ruben (Your strange yet sincere owner)

Smile today everyone and be happy.

Saturday, September 10, 2005 


As you may have guessed I have put off Flickr Friday this week. There have been so many things happening around here with school starting and medical appointments and I just needed a bit of a break.

I wanted to thank you all for all of your amazing comments about my cancer news. I still have an uphill climb to face with my liver but I will survive it. I will be just fine.

This morning Meg and I have a Biology lab to attend and then we will drive up to a town called Angels Camp and spend an evening with our family. It will be nice to sink into a hot tub and let my crazy life just fizzle away for a bit. I always love spending time with her and this place is special because this is where we will get married also. April is approaching like a locomotive!

About last week's Flickr Friday...
I believe that people were busy with Labor Day and life like me and I received three great photos. The two that I combined above are great. The photo of the Jesus image by Catrina works well with the photo of the flag that was taken by Melissa's sister during Hurricane Katrina.

Hey wait a minute...I just realized that one of these photos is of Katrina and one was submitted by Catrina. That is interesting to me especially considering the content.

The third photo was taken by Chantel and when I tried to post it I was not able to see all of the words on it very clearly. Chantel wanted to share that the nine values of her life are:

  • Nurturing of Dreams
  • Love
  • Forgiveness and Acceptance
  • Creativity
  • The Golden Rule
  • Freedom
  • Laughter
  • Honesty
  • Security
That was great for me to be reminded of. These are things that we should probably all think about more.

One more thing...A member of our little blog family left a message on Thursday that she was going to have her son that day. If you have some time please go and give a congrats to RockStar Mommy.

I will dive back into the blog pool and do a few more laps on Monday. I just needed a break to focus a bit. Take care of you and yours! Smile today!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005 

Amazing News!!!!

So many of you have walked right beside me through this last cancer scare and I want to personally thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart!

This afternoon Megan and I found out that I am still cancer free and that means the world to me! I need to be in remission for five years (three more) to get the liver transplant that I need and now I can continue on that positive path!

There was however some bad news today that we have to deal with but it was expected so we were much more prepared for it. My liver disease is getting worse but we will fight it! I was kind of depressed when we left the hospital today because of this bad news even though we got the good news but Meg came to the rescue again.

She looked at me and said, "We got great news today! Smile! We made today count!"

She was right forcing me to heed my own advice! Today really did count and I will wake up with her tomorrow and make it count also!

I will keep you all updated and let you know where this journey takes us. I will end this and keep this post short tonight because I have a sexy young fiance that needs to be cuddled in the other room! I am so happy!

Let me leave with you with an incredible gospel/blues track to listen to by Eric Bibb. Please take some time to listen to this! It has really inspired me!

Click here to be inspired!

Smile today! I certainly am!

Friday, September 02, 2005 

Flickr Friday Friends

Hello all! I know that I am posting this late and there is a reason for my tardiness. My last post meant a lot to me and I wanted as many people as possible to read it. If you did not have the chance to read it click here to read it if you have a minute.

Now for Flickr Friday! This week I am going to try something new! My partner in crime, Megan, came up with a fun idea to have the first Friday of every month be the day for a guest poster to take over and post their own theme. And since it was her idea, she will be our guest this week. If you are interested in posting here and sharing your Flickr Friday theme ideas please email me at: Now I will stop typing and pass the old keys to Megan. Work with her please. She is my angel!

Hello All! While Ruben called this a fun idea, my theme is actually quite thoughtful and serious. Damn college instructors! I hate when they actually make you think! Please take a moment, though, and read each of these following sentences over and over until they really make you think:

Most everyone would give their lives for someone. A parent; a grandparent; a friend; a partner; a child. But, would you give your life for a stranger? Or a group of them? What about for an idea, cause, or belief? Is their something you feel that strongly about? Many people talk amongst themselves about something someone else should be doing for this cause or that cause, but are you ever willing to take the risk and be the one that makes a difference? If your answer is yes, you could someday be a martyr (one who endures great sacrifices or suffers much in order to further a belief, cause, or principle).

So, I'd like to see your photos of something that symbolizes anything you would give your life for, aside from family and friends. Ruben shares above that his is Inner Peace.

My Sociology professor really put this into perspective for me a few nights ago. Ask yourself, if there is nothing in this world that you would give your life for, is your life worth living? And, what is it's purpose if there is nothing you believe so deeply in?

Again, if you are interested in posting here and sharing your Flickr Friday theme ideas please email:

Also...we will be adding comments and photographer names to the photos and that will be visible in Flickr every Tuesday. Please write your name and blog address in your email.

Thanks, we look forward to your photos!

I will leave you in Ruben's words......Smile Today!

Thursday, September 01, 2005 

Please read this...

Out of all the blogs that I read I seem to find myself reading Ginger's the most often. She always has something positive to say and her insight is amazing! Today she wrote about Hurricane Katrina and her post really got me thinking. To read it click here.

Sitting here in the comfort of my funny little house in California is usually not very exciting because nothing really crazy ever happens. But tonight I sat down and took a look at some images of the damage that hurricane Katrina has done and I have to feel pretty damn lucky to be where I am.

Just a couple of thousand miles away in the same country that I live in people are without power, water and even food. Looking at some of the images I thought that I may be looking at a third world country! This looks like Tsunami damage!

Anyway, I will keep this brief. Megan and I just donated $50.00 to The United Way and I encourage all of my readers to donate also. It can be any amount that you may be able to spare. We are so very lucky to have homes tonight and the feeling of safety.

Ginger will cuddle up to her man tonight and I will cuddle up with Meg and we will be alright in the morning. Sure, I may be dealing with a health crisis but these poor people are dealing with a loss that I could never imagine.

There is a song that I want you all to hear. Please take just a few minutes to listen to the words. Pray for the people in distress today and hug your children just a little bit tighter. There are children right here in our country that have lost their parents and many parents that have lost their children.

Click here for the song.

Click here to donate ANY amount to The United Way.

Click here to see Flickr Images relating to Hurricane Katrina.

Smile today!

About me

  • I'm Ruben
  • From Modesto, California, United States
  • This space could be a million lines long but I will try to make a long story short. In April of 2003 I was diagnosed with a rare terminal liver disease and treated for Hodgkin's Lymphoma in my neck. Because of the combination of diseases and amount of liver damage, doctors estimate that I have between 2 and 5 years to live. Hence the name of this site, "Each Day Counts." If I cannot win this battle I will fight, love and travel until the very end!
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