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Happy Thanksgiving To All

November 23, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you here in the States. This has been a great year for our family and we have a lot to be thankful for with the success of our business. I hope everyone reading this can defy the bad economy and have a lot to be thankful for in the coming years.

25 Random Things About Me

February 19, 2009

So earlier this year my wife Jill tagged me with this Facebook note (similar to a blog meme) that had the following rules:

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

Well the first time she tagged me, my response was:

1. I don’t like to follow rules šŸ™‚

Apparently that WAS NOT the answer she was looking for… I think here exact words were “YOU DIDN’T EVEN TRY!” So in the interest of marital harmony I have decided to write a list of 25 random things about me. I hope you enjoy them… and yes they are all true.

1. My first love was football. When I was old enough to write I wrote “When I grow up I want to be a football player for the Miami Dolfins”. Hey I was five. I didn’t spell dolphins right.

2. I grew up in South Florida (most of which was in Lake Park, Florida).

3. I attended the following schools (all in Florida), Lake Park Baptist Elementary School, The Kings Academy, Suncoast High School, Palm Beach Junior College, Florida State University.

4. I now live in Texas.

5. One of my dreams growing up was to be a professional athlete (basketball player).

6. I was really good at basketball.

7. My brother was really good at tennis.

8. I have Bachelors degree in computer science.

9. When I was a baby I fell asleep to the Beatles and Beach Boys music.

10. I still like the Beatles and Beach Boys.

11. In my teen years I was a headbanger.

12. My first rock concert was in Hollywood, Florida with Ozzy Osbourne and Motley Crue.

13. I love basketball, football and tennis.

14. I have been happily married for 10 1/2 years to my wife.

15. When I was a teenager, my friend and I formed a two person heavy metal ban called Krum. It didn’t last very long… I was the lead singer and bass player. I can’t sing (not that it matters with heavy metal), and I wasn’t very good at bass.

16. I can’t believe I am actually telling you this stuff.

17. I am very sleepy (it’s after midnight).

18. I should go to bed.

19. I have lived in the following places in Florida: Lake Park, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Tallahassee, and Delray Beach.

20. I currently live in Cypress,Texas.

21. I love Texas, but I miss Florida.

22. I LOVE the beach.

23. My first summer off from college I went to Singer Island beach every single day with a friend of mine. I was a beach bum that summer. It was great!

24. In the middle of seventh grade, I skipped to eighth. I should have just skipped to college.

25. I should write children’s stories because I make up funny stories for my kids ALL the time.

26. I think I mentioned earlier that I don’t like to follow the rules…

27. Ok, the fact that it is so late must be getting to me…

28. I didn’t think I would make it to 25

29. Ok, seriously I need to stop.

30. But I just can’t stop…

31. Sometimes I am a little goofy… err… ok sometimes I am real goofy.

If you would like to tell people 25 things about yourself, just refer back to this post on your blog with your list of 25 things and I will link to your 25 random things about you in this post (as long as it’s family friendly of course)...

Our Hurricane Ike Adventure (with Pics)

September 15, 2008

Well I am back from Austin and I just wanted to let you know about the Manty family’s adventure with Hurricane Ike…

Last Friday we were prepared to ride out Hurricane Ike at our House in Cypress, TX (Northwest of Houston), but around 7:00pm Friday night our plans started to change…

The Power Outage – Friday Night

At around 7pm Friday night our power flickered off and when it came came back on our air conditioner stopped working! That really messed up our plans. We were hoping to cool the house off before we lost power, but instead our house was 85 degrees and getting hotter. After a bit of discussion we decided to evacuate to my wife Jill’s aunt’s house in Austin. We packed up the car around 8:45pm Friday night, just before the Hurricane made landfall. It was INCREDIBLY WINDY! We left our driveway at 9:14pm and headed out 290 to Austin. I think that the both Jill and I were in a bit of daze, because the trip to Austin went by so fast that we didn’t remember most of it. I am VERY glad we evacuated!

Austin Was The Smart Choice- Saturday and Sunday

The kids would have had to go through the storm and our 3 month old baby would not have been happy with the heat. Instead we spent the day playing games in the backyard, learning about Uncle Keith’s cool second life conference room that he set up for the University Texas, and in general having a good time.

The Trip Back To Houston – Sunday Afternoon

Our neighbor told us that our power was back on Sunday morning and that’s when we decided to come back to see what our house was like. We packed up, ate lunch, checked the roadways on the Internet and headed home mid-afternoon Saturday.

The Rude Awakening – Sunday Evening

In Austin, everything was fine, but as we were traveling home we knew we were heading the wrong way. My wife and I played a game on the way back called “count the generators”. We were counting how many generators we saw in people’s cars and trucks heading back to Houston. Jill won the game, but it was a little sad to see so many people bringing back generators with them.

The devastation Ike left is unbelievable.

We were quite surprised when we turned off 290 onto the main road that leads to our house… the traffic lights are twisted all over the place, fences are down everywhere, traffic signs are twisted around in crazy ways, trees are down, lots of tree limbs and debris everywhere. It was a very gloomy/eerie feeling when we got back.

When we got home I tripped over some debris unloading our car and sprained my ankle, but that is really no big deal. Neither was the damage to our property.

The important thing is that my family is all safe and we have power in our area!

The Damage Report

We did suffer some minor property damage. Our back fence blew down so we can see straight into the park behind us, plus our side fence blew down so we can see straight into our neighbor’s yard. Also our neighbor’s tree fell on our house and is laying right beside our house. It appears as though the only damage from the tree is that the storm gutters are bent. All in all, not so bad from what I can tell. Having been through hurricanes in South Florida (where I was born and raised), I know it could have been a lot worse.

The Stories

I have heard lots of stories from various friends and family in the area. On the day of the storm while we were at Jill’s Uncle’s house, her Uncle got a call from his brother who was working security in a building downtown. Apparently, all the windows on the 6th floor had blown out, along with other things that blew out from the windows. He was safe, which was the important part.

One of our friends barns was flattened and his garage roof was hit by a tree. When he went outside to clean up the next day he stepped on two nails and had to go to the ER. When he got there, they told him that he could wait there until about 5:30 in the morning or go home and come back the next day to get treated. He decided to go home and come back the next day. These are just a few of the many stories out there. Ike was a horrendous storm and I hope nothing like that happens again in this area for a long time to come.

Pictures

Her are some of the pictures of our house…

Our new view of our next door neighbor’s back yard:


Next Door Backyard


Our new view of the park behind our backyard:

park view



The tree that fell on our house during Hurricane Ike:

Tree House



We were very blessed to only have minor damage. I know people who weren’t so lucky. A lot of people are still without power, gas and food supplies are low, and many of the roads are a mess. Please, pray for all of us as we recover from the widespread damage that Hurricane Ike has caused in Texas.

It’s A Boy

May 31, 2008

This past Thursday morning at 2:49am our sixth child was welcomed into the world. It was a great homebirth… baby and mom are doing well. You may not hear much from me for the next couple of weeks.

Here is a picture of our baby (click on the picture to see it in full size):

baby q

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