Richard Tocci

Richard Tocci
Just when you thought it was safe, I show up...


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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Seriously, don't even think about it...

This is a picture of a guy I went to school with named Mike Markland. Mike is in the US Army and is stationed in Iraq. I saw this picture today and wanted to share it:

Mike Markland in Iraq

There are only two things to note in this picture:

1. He's holding food in his left hand.
2. He's got a gun in his right hand.

The expression on his face? He's had that expression for over 20 years that I recall. I don't think you want to mess with his lunch right now...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Hayden Took His First Steps

Well, in front of me, anyway, and with help.

I put him up on his feet last night and held his hands, and he took 5 steps to me. He knew exactly what to do, and he was so happy when he did it.

My youngest is growing up...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hip Hop Senior Choir

One of my friends on Facebook, who is also a former employee of Vertafore, posted this today. It's one of funniest things I've ever seen.

"...Ridin' Dirty.."

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Captain Phillips Rescued

This is one story with a happy ending. A pirate attack on the Maersk-Alabama has ended with the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips and the elimination of the pirates that took him. The Navy did get the captain of the pirate ship and have him in custody.

Online articles can be found on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Reuters, and AP.

I heard someone say they had a coordinated attack ready from 25-30 meters, and took out the three pirates holding Phillips, one of which was holding an AK-47 to his back. One of the news reports on TV said it was a difficult shot. 25 or 30 meters, even with the ocean moving? I don't think so -- that's like shooting fish in a barrel for these guys.

But I'm glad he's safe and sound, and congrats to the Navy for getting him out.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Once again, there are stories about parents killing off their families and then committing suicide so they can't get caught by the police for their crime.

I don't want to talk about parents killing their families right now. It depresses me. It makes me feel angry and depressed all at once, and it will just put me in a foul mood.

But I want to combat it in a way I think is more intelligent, so I want to share something with you. I watched Geraldo At Large the other night, and he said something I think is great. I can't find a video, but the line went something like this:

If you are contemplating a murder\suicide, the suicide first.

And that's all I have to say about that...