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.

It is obvious

I used to blog on here at least once a month. The past 2 years with Covid, it is obvious I put no effort here. It’s time to finally shut down this blog. I have had a great time with this username and I do appreciate all of my loyal readers and followers.

I want to invite you all over to the blog I HAVE been writing on the past 2 years, my Vegan Sam blog. My vegan cookbook is coming out later this year, FINALLY!, and I need to focus all of my efforts there, since that will be the start of my Vegan empire. We have so much happening, I am stressed. Really stressed. I am happy. I am in a great place in my life, my kids are growing up. They are really happy. Things are calm. I have finally found the peace I have been searching for. Turns out, in all of my chaos, I just needed to fix me. I’ve done a great job working on myself the past 10 years. My 40s have been a real adventure, they focused on my family life. I have everything I want. I am excited about starting my 50s with a huge successful vegan book and cooking tour. The cities and dates are coming together. This is my next Chapter. Check out all of my exciting and fun things happening on the Vegan Sam website! It’s not hard to find.

Thank you all for being here. I’ve had this blog since 2010. It changed usernames 2 times before I landed on my 3rd name, Not Bat Man Yet. Love it. This will be shutting down on the 1st of July. What a ride! I love you guys so much. I appreciate your continued support. I mass emailed all of you that signed up on my last podcast. Watch what I do next, it’s going to be awesome!

The boys are in Little League

Trey is on a team with a lot of really talented kids. You can tell he still has a lot to learn, but he is learning so much. We had practices all through April. Our 6 week season has started this week. The boys are playing for the city league and it has been a lot of fun so far. My twins are on the same team. The coach underhand pitches to them. They are doing their best, sometimes they hit it. Sometimes it’s a giant whiff and I try not to laugh because I know how pissed they are walking back to the dugout. I have to stand around both fields so I can see all of my boys play. I try to cheer them when they come up to bat so they know I’m watching. I keep forgetting to take photos at the games.

After the game we get to spend their tickets at the concession stand. I think it’s cool they still do that. It’s a reward for trying. Right now, all of the players get a turn to play. It doesn’t matter who is good and who is still learning. They all get a chance. I like that about this league. We already did team photos so I’m waiting for my big buttons of all of my boys so I can pin them on my shirt for every game. My dad never came to any of my sporting events, I’m already breaking that cycle with my own kids. It feels good.

I have my daughters in a dance class. They go 2 times a week with Brenda. Brenda loves getting them in their dance outfits and telling me all about it when they get home. The dance class is the same nights as baseball so I’m going to have to wait until Drew comes out to see them play so he can take the boys and I can get over to dance class. The 1st week of June is the big dance recital and then the girls are done. They show me the new moves they have learned, and they practice together. It’s very cute.

Things are still quiet and great. The weather is finally turning so I will be able to get a lot more gardening done. We have planned out everything we want for this years fruits and veggies. It’s time to drag out my tiller and start digging. I love this time of year.

I hope everyone is having a great early Spring. Get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Weather changes are awesome when we have all been couped up in the house for months. Love you guys!

Happy Easter 2022

Good morning, everyone. It’s been a while since I sat down to get my blog updated. I have posting more on my other blog site. It’s finally starting to take off a little.

I have family in town right now for Easter. I spent a lot of time yesterday and this morning prepping food and treats for this weekend. It’s nice letting the kids visit with everyone so I can take care of a few things in my email and write this. I hope everyone has an awesome Easter weekend. I pray you all are healthy and doing well. God has a plan for all of us and it’s our job to go with the flow of life. Some days it’s hard to see that but it’s the truth. We are all meant to learn, love, and support others around us.

My kids are doing great. School has been different but good. The boys are signed up for baseball and both of my girls are going to dance classes starting on Monday. I’m trying to hope for the best with COVID still being out and about. It’s a struggle to figure out what feels the best in making decisions. 2 years we have all put our lives on hold. I’m hoping being vaccinated and still doing our best to stay healthy will keep it away.

Business is finally starting to improve. Losing a lot of money was not a fun experience but I know a lot of other business owners that lost everything. I am blessed and thankful that things are finally turning around. Lindsay is doing a wonderful job to keep things moving forward, even if it has been a snails pace for months and months.

I’m trying to keep this short and sweet. Thank you all for coming and reading my blog still. I need to start writing more here. The other platform is more fun with comments and linkbacks.

Have a great day, love all of you! God bless your weekend.

Rowboat Book Club #110

All Her Little Secrets

by Wanda M. Morris 

In this fast-paced thriller, Wanda M. Morris crafts a twisty mystery about a black lawyer who gets in over her head after the sudden death of her boss. A debut perfect for fans of Attica Locke, Alyssa Cole, Harlan Coben, and Celeste Ng, with shades of How to Get Away with Murder and John Grisham’s The Firm.

Everyone has something to hide…

Ellice Littlejohn seemingly has it all: an Ivy League law degree, a well-paying job as a corporate attorney in midtown Atlanta, great friends, and a “for fun” relationship with a rich, charming executive—her white boss, Michael.

But everything changes one cold January morning when Ellice goes to meet Michael… and finds him dead with a gunshot to his head.

And then she walks away like nothing has happened. Why? Ellice has been keeping a cache of dark secrets, including a small-town past and a kid brother who’s spent time on the other side of the law. She can’t be thrust into the spotlight—again.

But instead of grieving this tragedy, people are gossiping, the police are getting suspicious, and Ellice, the company’s lone black attorney, is promoted to replace Michael. While the opportunity is a dream-come-true, Ellice just can’t shake the feeling that something is off.

When she uncovers shady dealings inside the company, Ellice is trapped in an impossible ethical and moral dilemma. Suddenly, Ellice’s past and present lives collide as she launches into a pulse-pounding race to protect the brother she tried to save years ago and stop a conspiracy far more sinister than she could have ever imagined

Rowboat Book Club #109

Taste: My Life through Food

by Stanley Tucci 

From award-winning actor and food obsessive Stanley Tucci comes an intimate and charming memoir of life in and out of the kitchen.

Before Stanley Tucci became a household name with The Devil Wears Prada, The Hunger Games, and the perfect Negroni, he grew up in an Italian American family that spent every night around the table. He shared the magic of those meals with us in The Tucci Cookbook and The Tucci Table, and now he takes us beyond the recipes and into the stories behind them.

Taste is a reflection on the intersection of food and life, filled with anecdotes about growing up in Westchester, New York, preparing for and filming the foodie films Big Night and Julie & Julia, falling in love over dinner, and teaming up with his wife to create conversation-starting meals for their children. Each morsel of this gastronomic journey through good times and bad, five-star meals and burnt dishes, is as heartfelt and delicious as the last.

Written with Stanley’s signature wry humour and nostalgia, Taste is a heartwarming read that will be irresistible for anyone who knows the power of a home-cooked meal.

2022 is going to be…A year

2021 ended with not much different from the start of 2021 for me. We stayed at home a lot. We social distanced. We got vaccinated, online shopped, and tried to find the end to this Pandemic.

In between, I lost a few family and friends to Covid. I lost some business. I lost some money. I am healthy and my kids are too. We added 2 more cats to the family because I can’t tell my kids no. Daryl and Ashe. They are active little boys and I’m happy to have them.

I have a few goals for this year but again, it all depends on Covid. I have my booster shot. Now I have to get my kids booster shots. I wish I had more to pass on here but we haven’t changed much of anything the past 12 months. I am happier, at more peace, and praying my bad knee holds up until I can get surgery. It is better, but not good. I’m getting more into cooking than ever before. My Christmas gifts were mostly kitchen gadgets and that’s why I’m on a cooking/baking session. I love it. Cooking is a big passion, it’s not just a hobby.

My kids are all a year older and more behaved. I love that. My pets are fine. I really wish I had some big exciting thing to announce but I don’t. Life is all about keeping that COVID out of my house.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Here’s to…another year.

Rowboat Book Club #108

Black Nerd Problems

by William EvansOmar Holmon 

The creators of the popular website Black Nerd Problems bring their witty and unflinching insight to this engaging collection of pop culture essays—on everything from Mario Kart to issues of representation—that “will fill you with joy and give you hope for the future of geek culture” (Ernest Cline, #1 New York Times bestselling author).

When William Evans and Omar Holmon founded Black Nerd Problems, they had no idea whether anyone beyond their small circle of friends would be interested in their little corner of the internet. But soon after launching, they were surprised to find out that there was a wide community of people who hungered for fresh perspectives on all things nerdy.

In the years since, Evans and Holmon have built a large, dedicated fanbase eager for their brand of cultural critiques, whether in the form of a laugh-out-loud, raucous Game of Thrones episode recap or an eloquent essay on dealing with grief through stand-up comedy. Now, they are ready to take the next step with this vibrant and hilarious essay collection, which covers everything from X-Men to Breonna Taylor with “alternately hilarious, thought-provoking, and passionate” (School Library Journal) insight and intelligence.

A much needed and fresh pop culture critique from the perspective of people of color, “this hugely entertaining, eminently thoughtful collection is a master class in how powerful—and fun—cultural criticism can be”