Single dad of 4 beautiful kids, Heston & Alex my twin boys, and my daughters Peace and Sky. Dad of 2 angel babies in Heaven, Ryan and Talon. Divorced. Semi-retired app developer, business partner, Commercial Real estate investor, Chicago Bears & Chicago Cubs fan, vegan, lifelong Catholic, voting independent party member, guitar playing singer who owns a dog, and 2 cats. We live in beautiful Denver, Colorado. I started my first blog Janaury 1st, 2012. Official owner of NotBatmanYet.com and @NotBatmanYet Twitter account.

Hawaii Life is Amazing

Life in Hawaii is pretty darn good. This year is rushing by and I’m trying to get my head ready for the Holidays with no extra family or friends. I had such big plans for 2020 Thanksgiving/Christmas. Oh well.

The Canadian border is still not opening up. They delay it another 30 days each month because Michigan and other bordering states can’t get things together. It’s terrible all over the place and we still have no Federal response.

Thankfully the election is coming up and we can finally get rid of Trump. I’m still doing my phone banking on weekends and the girls are doing the text program. It works out because they can sit down for a few hours over the weekend and contact the people needing help to vote. We are fully immersed in Joe Biden campaign. I love it.

My kids are doing great. Sky had a little bug this week but it turned out to be just an upset stomach for a night and part of the next morning. Of course my heart sank when she woke up covered in throw up. I immediately thought Oh Here We Go! It was nothing serious. I am so blessed everyone is staying healthy. We are on the last big project of this property. So far we put new sand down the 1 mile stretch of beach, cleaned up the entire beach area, added a dock, added a boat lift, bought a boat, added jet skis, had a travel van completely rebuilt so I can take the entire family around in 1 vehicle, cleaned up the main house, fixed everything that had been neglected on the property for years. Our very last project will be digging a brand new well for water. It’s exciting stuff. The boys love the huge machines. It’s necessary to do it this time of year because of how much saturation the ground has received this year. We have been waiting about 6 years to do it. The time has come. It’s noisy over on the east side of the island but it’s going to be worth it in 2 weeks when we are ready to go. I’m excited.

I ordered a whole bunch of stuff for Amazon Prime Days. The boxes have been flowing into the house this week. I love it. Each day is a new day to see what we got. The kids have new shoes, new clothes, some really fun outdoor toys and we installed a net to play games with the kids. We had it lowered so that we could all adjust if it was kids vs kids or Adults vs kids. We have been playing baseball and basketball all year, I thought something different would be fun.

Things are smooth. Quiet. I love it. I am doing well. I’m worried about my friends and family back on the mainland when Cold/Flu season fires up. That sounds very scary. I hope you guys take care also. I pray for all of you. I hope your start of the Fall Season has gone well. I love you guys! I will update more this weekend.

Rowboat Book Club #94

This month’s book is about Animals and I’m excited for all of you to see the amazing photos included in this book. I love my dog and 3 cats. They do make me more human.

In her groundbreaking and best-selling book Animals in Translation, Temple Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her distinguished career as an animal scientist to deliver extraordinary insights into how animals think, act, and feel. Now she builds on those insights to show us how to give our animals the best and happiest life—on their terms, not ours.

It’s usually easy to pinpoint the cause of physical pain in animals, but to know what is causing them emotional distress is much harder. rawing on the latest research and her own work,Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals. Then she explains how to fulfill them for dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, and zoo animals.Whether it’s how to make the healthiest environment for the dog you must leave alone most of the day, how to keep pigs from being bored, or how to know if the lion pacing in the zoo is miserable or just exercising, Grandin teaches us to challenge our assumptions about animal contentment and honor our bond with our fellow creatures.

Animals Make Us Human is the culmination of almost thirty years of research, experimentation, and experience.

This is essential reading for anyone who’s ever owned, cared for, or simply cared about an animal.

Halloween in Hawaii

This year we will be spending Halloween in Hawaii. We finally got all kids costumes in over the weekend. We tried them on and a few adjustments but it’s going to be awesome. The plan is for me to load up all of the kids into our Mule and drive them from house to house on the compound where each cabin will have an adult dressed up in costume. Then I take them into an empty house to beat the crap out of a candy filled Frankenstein pinata, then drive them back the same route where they get more candy from the adults dressed in their second costumes. Then we go home to the main house for a little Halloween party.

That’s the best we can do. I don’t want to take them to a Trunk or Treat event at our local Church and I am not going to do a traditional trick or treating with my kids. The cool thing is this will be Rain’s very first Halloween and Sarah is very excited. Her daughter has 2 costumes Lol One for the ride along and one for the party. She spoils that kid. I will be dressed as a Pirate. My costume is very cool. I’m excited. I bought costumes for Bubba and the 3 cats. I think it’s going to be fun. The kids are excited and they love each other’s costumes.

How are you guys handling Halloween during Covid? Is anyone going trick or treating to people’s houses? I told my friend that’s staying in my Denver house to flip the porch light off. I do not want anyone coming up to my house for candy. I prefer they stay safe and do something else and I don’t want to contribute to that mess. I hope everyone has fun but just expect a different looking Halloween this year.

I hope you guys have a great week. I have a very busy week and I’m all jacked up over Amazon Prime days. I’m looking for kids clothes and a few Christmas presents that I can hide. Love you guys!

I’m awake but I’m not up yet

I went to bed early last night. That’s an understatement. I fell asleep at 3:30pm Lol I had a busy weekend and overdid the chores. The house and yard are all cleaned up so it was for a good cause. I always forget Monday morning at 2am my time, my girlfriend Kate calls as she drives to work. We talk for a few minutes. It’s mostly me incoherently grunting through the phone call. By the time we are off the phone, I AM UP! And I’m not always happy about it. I try to go back to sleep, most of the time I am successful. But not this morning. Today is one of those days I’m up and I might as well get laundry started.

We are in full swing of plans for Halloween. We are not going trick or treating off of the compound so the adults are trying to make it special and fun. We will be decorating, throwing a Halloween party with prizes for best costume, scariest noise, fastest apple bob. All the fun things we used to do at my 4H Halloween party every year as a kid. I hope my kids have fun. I know the adults have been having a blast planning the whole thing out.

I was going to go as something else but now I’m going as a Pirate. I ordered my costume, it fits, that’s what I’m doing. The kids have options and are still undecided. We even got costumes for the pets.

Let me see what else is going on around here? I’m still working the phone lines for Joe Biden’s campaign on the weekend. I’ve signed 46 people up to register to vote. That makes me proud of what I’m doing. It’s taken me 32 hours to do that Lol It’s something at least. I have given a lot of information out so everyone knows where to vote and how to do the absentee ballots if they want. This election is so important. I’m doing all I can to get the word out about Joe Biden. He is not my ultimate candidate but he’s pretty good. I don’t mind supporting him and I know he’s going to win in a landslide. The other side is so batsh** crazy, it wouldn’t take much for our side to win Lol

Please make sure you are registered to vote. Don’t just assume you are. Check on it. You can do it online. IWILLVOTE.com

Have a great week guys! I might try to go back to bed for a few more hours. I love my girlfriend’s calls but it’s still 3:30am here. I need my sleep!

Addressing My Email Address

For this blog, my email address is:

Samuel@NotBatmanYet.com

You are welcome to email me anything you want. Someone will read them. I get sent the ones that want a response. I would say about half of my email is people sending me info to look at and read. I love that.

Now for my other blog it’s that website url plus Samuel at the front. Emailing me here for something over there, isn’t in order Lol I appreciate it though. Also, with Godaddy Email system, which both of my blogs use, sometimes emails get put into the Spam folder and lazy butt me doesn’t see it until I think to check the spam folder. Sorry about any delays. I try to remember but I’m old af.

Good Talk.

Should we stay or should we go?

We had a family meeting Sunday morning about whether it’s time to go home or not. I voted yes, I’m ready to go. The other adults (Sarah, Brenda, Lynn, and Gabby) all voted to stay. I asked the kids, Heston said, Why would we ever leave? So that’s decided. We are staying in Hawaii for the rest of this year and for all of the upcoming holidays.

Covid is still not under control. The lack of federal response has been a mess. Our local area Denver, is doing well, another outbreak, doing well again, another outbreak again. I’m not comfortable with that part but I do miss my house. I have a buddy’s mom living there for now. She loves it. She’s able to work from home and still maintain the house and guest house. I am now considering getting one of the rooms redone to better suit what I want it to be. It might be the perfect time to get that part of the house renovated. It shouldn’t take more than 2 or 3 days. She can isolate in the guest house while they work. I’m thinking on it.

The boat I bought the family is awesome. We take it slow and kind of putter around our little island just looking at stuff from a different perspective. We’ve been out into the deep water on the calm days and have opened her up a bit Lol That was fun. Okay, well the boys all had fun. I got yelled at twice to slow down and I did right away. I love boats. I love water. I always have.

The kids are still doing online school. We did change school districts though. My kids are now all enrolled through Colorado/Denver school district. It was an easy decision. I’m not going into why but Hawaii school system is a completely different animal. I didn’t appreciate certain aspects of it and I pulled my kids. All of this virtual learning stuff is getting much easier. Peace gets her 1 hour a day to learn after everyone is done in school. She loves it. She’s going to love school when she’s able to attend next year. I’m excited for her. My daughter is very smart. She’s going to be smarter than me some day I already know that. I’m glad she loves to learn new things.

Everyone is doing well. We added a stray kitten to our family. We named her Kaia and we call her Kai or Kaia. Depends on the moment. She is a beautiful black fur ball with beautiful green eyes. She’s been to the vet and gotten a checkup. We think she is now 8 weeks old. She plays with Amanda and Bubba a lot. Penny, not so much. Penny has kissed her head a few times but that’s about it. Penny is the HBIC of our cats and she isn’t into teaching this kitten anything.

I’m finally feeling better. I had a head cold or allergies or a mild flu with no fever. Who knows. I went to the doctor and he wasn’t much help. My symptoms were not pin pointing one specific thing. I got medication for allergies and that helped out a lot. My voice is finally out of the James Earl Jones depths and I’m not coughing up a lung. Whatever that was I hope it stays away forever. That was a rough several days for me.

I did manage to get caught up on all of our podcasts this past weekend. I will be posting all 8 of those later today. Be sure to wander over to our page and click on all the links marked NEW. We just added that this weekend. I didn’t even know we could do that Lol I love our new platform. It’s much easier for me to navigate.

How are you guys doing? I caught up on all of your wonderful messages. Thank you so much for the support. I love you guys too and I hope you have a great end of September. Wow this year is flying by, huh?

Rowboat Book Club #93

This month we will be reading 2 books. It’s an Either/Or. You get to pick which one you want.

The first option is:

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

by Ocean Vuong

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.

With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.

Or

Disloyal: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump

by Michael Cohen

The Inside Story of the Real President Trump, by His Former Attorney And Personal Advisor—The Man Who Helped Get Him Into the Oval Office
Once Donald Trump’s fiercest surrogate, closest confidant, and staunchest defender, Michael Cohen knows where the skeletons are buried.

This is the most devastating business and political horror story of the century. As Trump’s lawyer and “fixer,” Cohen not only witnessed firsthand, but was also an active participant in the inner workings of Trump’s business empire, political campaign, and presidential administration.

This is a story that you have not read in newspapers, or on social media, or watched on television. These are accounts that only someone who worked for Trump around the clock for over a decade—not a few months or even a couple of years—could know. Cohen describes Trump’s racist rants against President Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, and Black and Hispanic people in general, as well as the cruelty, humiliation, and abuse he leveled at family and staff. Whether he’s exposing the fact that Trump engaged in tax fraud by inflating his wealth or election fraud by rigging polls, or outing Trump’s Neanderthal views towards women or his hush-money payments to clandestine lovers, Cohen pulls no punches.

He show’s Trump’s relentless willingness to lie, exaggerate, mislead, or manipulate. Trump emerges as a man without a soul—a man who courts evangelicals and then trashes them, panders to the common man, but then rips off small business owners, a con-man who will do or say absolutely anything to win, regardless of the cost to his family, his associates, or his country.

At the heart of Disloyal, we see how Cohen came under the spell of his charismatic Boss and, as a result, lost all sense of his moral compass.

The real real Donald Trump who permeates these pages—the racist, sexist, homophobic, lying, cheating President—will be discussed, written about, and analyzed for years to come.