Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Build It: Half-Height Gaming PCs For The Living Room : How Low Can You Go?

Did you all know that i am a Geek? Well...I am, so here is a really cool article about making a small computer to hook up to your TV; but not just any small computer - a Gaming computer!

Build It: Half-Height Gaming PCs For The Living Room : How Low Can You Go?



Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Hello everyone,

I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a very happy new year!

This is the season where we have the joy of giving gifts to other people. But as your shopping and choosing gifts I would like you to remember that the reason we give them. I enjoy the look on their faces and the warm feeling I get when I see the excitement on the children's faces.

I always make a big deal on Christmas Eve and track Santa using the NORAD Santa Tracker at: I like to see him as much as my kids do.

I have found "The Night before Christmas" on YouTube at:

Since my new TV will play YouTube I will be reading the story of "The Night before Christmas" and then we will be watching it. Do you have special traditions that you follow on Christmas Eve? On Christmas Day? If not this would be the perfect year to start your very own Family Christmas Tradition.

Whatever you feel is the reason for the season, I hope that you have a great time this year!


Monday, December 13, 2010

My Seattle Snow Storm Experience

Here I have been talking about emergency kits and being prepared and guess what? It happened to me! I was caught in a snow storm and was stuck on a six mile stretch of interstate for nine hours.

Every year I travel to Seattle, Washington to the VA Hospital there for an Annual evaluation to see if my Spinal cord Injury has changed in any way. I decided to drive this year since it was during thanksgiving week and my mom lives near there. My kids got to spend time with their grandma as I and my dog went up to my appointment.

I took my own advice and made up an emergency bag for my car. Here is a list of what I had in it:

  • Water,
  • Four Backcountry Bars (because there are four of us in our family),
  • Rope,
  • Bungee cords,
  • A spotlight,
  • Flashlight,
  • Led lantern,
  • Tools
    • three different style of plyers,
    • Philips and flat screwdrivers,
    • utility knife,
    • crescent wrench,
    • a tube of goop,
  • Winter gloves, and
  • A small blanket.
It was so nice to have! Yet there are some points that need to be addressed with my kit.

First I think that more water is necessary. I had about 1 liter of water for both me and my dog for nine hours. We were both still thirsty but we had enough to sustain us. And since I ate one of the Bars I was thirstier, but if the time is long enough it is a given that you will be eating. I think that I should have had a whole gallon of water. It should be a gallon of water per person and if you have pets, don't forget them either.

Another interesting thing is that if you are traveling in a car you should keep the fuel above half a tank at all times. I had 3/8 of a tank at the beginning of my nine hour trip and had to start rationing it a couple of hours into the wait. I would wait until it was cold in the car and then start it, run the heater for a while and turn it back off again. There were other people who ran out of gas as they waited.

Since I am in a wheelchair I could not "walk" out of the situation or even go for help if I really needed it; so I stayed in my car and ate my bars, drank my water and waited. I called my wife every hour to tell her of my progress as she was quite worried. A cell phone is also something that should be accessible to you even if it can only dial 911.

If you have a disability, Please make your emergency kit! You never know when you may need it, and it is usually unexpected, but having it may save your life! Don't forget extra medical supplies if you need them (medicine, catheters, extra warm clothes, etc)

Stay Safe!

Travis!Seattle PI Snow Image

Here Comes Christmas Resolutions are Next

Ok Guys…Here comes Christmas. Another year has gone already (not sure where it went as I look back at the year), and it is almost time to look at our New Year's Resolutions. I usually don't think about it until the day after Christmas, but this year I thought I would get a jump on it.

So….what do I want out of my new year? What are my goals? Where do I want to be this time next year? These are the questions that begin my thinking process about what my resolutions are gonna be. Then I compare those answers to where I am now, or how I feel about where I am now.

How I feel about where I am now has a big impact on what my New Year's Resolutions end up being. But remember to not make them too hard or we will never achieve them and that always makes us feel bad.

So this year as I watch Christmas come closer I am thinking that losing weight and getting in shape will be my main goals for the New Year. I would also like some more money in the coming year so I am going to keep my eyes and ears open for entrepreneurial opportunities.

I am going to go over to and make an order for some supplements like Vitimans/Minerials, Fish Oil and Protein to help in my goals. They have a great selection, great customer service and good prices, and I believe that supplements help with getting in shape when taken in the right dose and at the right time.

New year's resolutions are important to us because it help us to reflect on where we are and improve ourselves. So think about yourself now, then think about where you wanna be at this time next year and make your new year's resolutions.

2011 is gonna be a great year! So, enjoy the rest of 2010 and lets all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Friday, December 3, 2010

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