Richard Tocci

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


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Monday, April 26, 2010

I'll Have What She's Having

Thanks for Crystal Cox Felty for this one. Made my week!

You can link to the video here.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Hayden's Progress

In the last few months, Hayden has shown tremendous progress both physically and developmentally.

Lately, eating has become much less of a chore, with Hayden being able to chew his food without choking, and being able to tell me when he wants more. He uses sign language now to tell me "more food" or "more drink". The last 6 meals or so he's eaten more than I've ever seen him eat. For a guy with Italian heritage, that's-a my boy!

His understanding of language is incredible. While he still can't talk (other than saying "Ooooo" when asked what a cow says), he can identify all of his body parts and even articles of clothing. He can also say "I love you" in sign language. He certainly knows what he's doing when I tell him to stop playing on the TV stand and he smirks at me, and then crawls away when I get up to move him!

Physically he's also improving. He's started to walk on his knees, and if I hold his hands, he can walk quite far. Today he wanted to walk up steps but I was not ready for him to do that. He was pissed at me for 20 minutes!

I'm so glad we're seeing progress. Too soon, he'll be asking for the car!

New Math

Conversation with Alex this evening on the way home to my house.

Alex is learning math, and asked me to drill him. So I threw him a bit of a curveball.

Dad: "What's 5 plus 0?"

Alex puts up 5 fingers on his left hand, and raises none on his right.

Alex: "5!"

Dad: "Very good. Any number plus 0 is always that number. So, what's 10 plus 0?"

Alex: "10!"

Dad: "Very good! What's 100 plus 0?"

Alex: "100!"

Dad: "Excellent! Now, what's a billion plus 0?"

Alex: "130!"

Must be that new math. Perhaps Alex's processor has a floating point error and needs to be replaced.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

More Random Thoughts

Kolbheads -- Seriously?

Making turns in your car is generally easier when you're not blabbering into your cell phone.

When making a turn into a parking lot, it's not a good idea to stop when you're halfway into the parking lot. Just get in and turn around later. Please. For me?

Gravy is now easy. No lumps!

Earthquakes are caused by promiscuous women, huh? Wow...maybe it's the underground nuke testing?

McNabb and T.O together again? This is the Ike and Tina of the NFL.

There once was a man named Bertold
Who drank beer when the weather grew cold
As he reached for his cup...
Oh, snap! You just got limerickrolled!

"Here I come to save the DAAAAAAY!"

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Monday, April 12, 2010

"I said stop talking!"

Or here

Thanks to Rob Heller for posting the video.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

McNabb is Now a Redskin

What are they thinking?

Donovon McNabb, the Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback for nearly all of his 11 years on the team has been traded to the Washington Redskins for a 2nd round draft pick this year, and a couple of other draft picks next year. Earlier in the week, it was announced that all quarterbacks on the Eagles roster, including Kevin Kolb and Micheal Vick, were up for trade possibilities. McNabb was the intended target all along, however, and now is headed 100 miles south to the Nation's Capitol.

While business is business and the NFL is certainly a business, I only have one thought:


McNabb, of ALL players on the Eagles, should be an Eagles till he retires. Like Johnny Unitas being a Colt, Walter Payton a Bear, John Elway a Bronco, and Dan Marino a Dolphin, Donovan McNabb will always be, to me, an Eagle. I don't care what uniform he wears. He loved the team, he loved the fans, even when they booed him. He wanted to remain in Philly for the rest of his career.

He holds just about every QB record in Philly. Ron Jaworski has him on speed dial so when he had to congratulate him on breaking yet another of his records, it would not take too much time. McNabb's number should have been retired at the end of his career, in Philly, where it belongs.

Yes, I'm pissed. I'm upset. I will still support my team but I will not be able to help myself when the Redskins beat the Eagles twice a year for the next several years. Yes, I said it -- the Redskins will beat the Eagles every time they play as long as McNabb is at QB.

No one would ever want to see Craig Biggio in another uniform besides an Astro's uniform. Mike Schimidt play for New York? Are you kidding me? Bret Favre a Viking...oh, wait...never mind...

It's just not right, and I believe the Eagles will rue the day they traded McNabb.

And, let's add more insult to injury. The Redskins have the number 1 draft pick this year. The least the Eagles could have done is scooped up that draft pick for such a highly skilled player.

Of course, I may be totally wrong, and McNabb will go down in a heap of flame, fire, and brimstone, and washout in Washington, and Kolb may be the next Coming of Christ in terms of football. Just sayin'...

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