It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It’s been a whirlwind of activity in life. I don’t really get time to update this site anymore. Well, except for now.

AAU basketball has come to a close (for now), so for now, it has been work, a lot of work. A major website launch coming at the end of the month, trying to keep a kid eligible for basketball by getting him to study and do homework… Two full-time jobs and having to do insane amounts of paperwork for everything it seems.

I did get my year review after I went full-time at work and it was a good one, so I have that going for me.

With everything going on in the world, there are more days than others where I just want to disconnect forever and be done with it. Maybe that will happen when I finally say enough with this site.

Going into the holidays, I probably won’t be updating much, but who knows? Things change at the blink of an eye!

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Moving

Our adventures in moving has completed. We are now down the the southern Maine area! It is time to get all the school paperwork done and transfer the kid to the new school. Lots to do and no time to waste!

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A New Beginning

Yesterday was the first day of my son, Brandon, as a Marshwood Hawk. While the formalities have not yet been finalized as of yet with school changing and permanent residence, we’re close. Very close.

Signed the lease to the new apartment yesterday, got the keys. Now the moving begins. In the meantime, we have a tournament to get through at the University of New Hampshire.

Game One, a win in his first game. Played well, a lot of work to do. Game Two. Marshwood down 2, :30 left, Brandon scores the tying basket to force the game into OT. The time keeper then starts the clock on the inbound pass, not when the first player touches the ball with :01.7 left in the game on what could have been another GW shot by Brandon. Not a good way to end a game for kids that hustled and worked their asses off.

A coach from Suffolk University was impressed by Brandon and he is getting looks right now (keep working on your game) that’s a compliment, as since Brandon’s freshman year, coaches, and officials alike have complimented him on his game. As a junior in high school. He’s had people looking since his sophomore year, the new AAU season with the NH (Seacoast) Spartans Elite as well. He does turn heads at 16 years old, 6’8″, 200 lbs. Now the weight room awaits.

Moving on to today. 2 games on tap and he is ready to go. I hope.

Within the next week, we will be down to our new home, to give the kid a shot at his dream. An NBA dream regardless of the naysayers. Past experiences aside, and yes, those still get under my skin when I think about them, Brandon has the best coaching staff that supports him, is behind him, and has faith in him 100%.

That’s what the kid needs. Nothing below that. Or any kid for that matter.

I look forward to seeing his progress in the next year.

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Happy Birthday, Brandon!

Happy 16th birthday, to my son, Brandon.

Brandon

It’s been a long road, and the past year has been even longer, tougher, and filled with challenges you have been able to meet and beat. You have been second guessed and been told there is “no faith” in you by a coach. I have faith in you and the people that matter have faith in you. That’s all you need.

I’m proud to be your dad. I’m proud of you. You, are my champion.

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Moving

So within the next month, now that my son & I are going to move, since the dynamics have changed in this building we currently reside in, things are going to be a little bit quiet around here and elsewhere regarding me.

A landlord rented to a business owner who sublet (against the rules in the rental agreements unless the landlord and party bargained an agreement otherwise) to a guy that has become a nuisance. The original plan, according to the landlord, was to sublet to an Italian guy, who was going to work for this business owner.

The other morning (3:30am to be precise) they were arguing and woke up my son and myself.

I try to teach my son, to be respectful of your neighbors. Other people that live in the building. I try to respect the others that reside in the building I reside in. Others sadly, do not share that sentiment.

This building turned from a nice quiet place to live and work from, to a place that is inhabited by people that are rude, crass, and do not care about their smoke wafting through into others apartments.

It happens everywhere, regarding rentals.

I just hope our next move, is somewhere, where there is some sort of relief.

Frustration has ruled the stay for the last several months since a string of “chefs” were rented apartments here. Well “chefs”, you both suck. One drops his toilet seat and is just ignorant to the fact he has neighbors when he stays up late, plays his XBox, and doesn’t care past his own protective bubble of ego.

The other, just allowed someone to come in and like his business, the place goes right to the shitter. Smoking inside the building, noise, arguing at 3:30am. I know real chefs who are kind, compassionate to others, and respectful. These two shit sippers take the cake.

I’ve never been this upset. Due to the fact my son stays with me full-time, I think the issue is so that he is not around such idiocy and I can’t protect him from it, but I wish I could give him a little reprieve.

I just hope our next move will be a little better.

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Changes

So to close friends and family, we have thoroughly thought about this and the decision has been made that Brandon and I, as of August 1st, will be moving to South Berwick, Maine.

To be perfectly honest and candid, Brandon and his uncertainty of the next basketball season at Kennett, and the opportunity, the invitation, and the ability for us to go to South Berwick, to play for his current coach, at Marshwood High School are the biggest factors.

Scholastically, I feel this is an upgrade, to help Brandon, with his struggles in school, and stop the years and years of hair pulling and struggle with his grades and hold him more than accountable with the way Marshwood holds their student athletes accountable for grades in order to play.

Those we have selected that are very close to us, that I have sat down with and asked for advice, have been great and supportive of this move for Brandon. This has been an ongoing discussion since the new AAU season that he spent with the NH Spartans Elite team.

I have consulted with my job and the finalization of this is imminent and I am afforded the option of working from home as most of you know. I am able to make this move, pending the finalization from the company president, which I have been told is more than just “probable”.

Brandon, however is the main focus.

When he came back from the Colby College basketball tournament with that huge smile on his face and an air of confidence I have never seen before with him, I knew we had made the right choice.

His first practice with the Hawks team and he was quickly accepted as one of their own and plays with them like he has played with them for all his life. He’s not a guy that hangs out on the 3-point line on the far wing on the sideline and watching the plays develop for the guards and forwards to shoot from where they do with regards to the play.

Brandon is part of an offense that has a numerous amount of plays for a 6’8″ center.

Brandon is part of a team that when the hand goes up, they get him the ball. And he scores at will.

Brandon has worked furiously, hard, and frankly, he has worked his ass off since the NH State Tournament and there are two instances where I have noticed much improved development.

  1. The time from the start of the AAU season with the Spartans…

and 2. from the NH State Tournament until now.

He’s developed in that short amount of time, a desire to prove one person wrong, and to improve him game exponentially.

He has developed court confidence, tenacity, aggressiveness, physicality, and desire to win. A desire to win that he feels lacked with his former coach. We went down that road before and that ended up with me being branded a sort of “Lavar Ball” type. Which I couldn’t care less about.

Marshwood has an offense that is tailored for Brandon, he will play for 100% certain, there is no guessing what the pecking order will be next year, there will be no guessing whom will be chosen to skip ahead of the upper classmen or whom the senior(s) will be that will be starting in the same position.

No excuses, no getting your guy from the Rec Dept league, no politics or favoritism. No coaches kids that start that should probably play another sport other than basketball that they excel better at.

None.

Brandon will play, he won’t be rotting on the end of the bench during an abysmal season, no watching. Playing. The game he loves to play. I know how he feels and we make the move.

I do this for my kid so he can chase a dream. He may not get in and he may have his doubters. So did a kid named Michael Jordan. Do I think my kid is the next MJ? Hell no.

My kid is the next Brandon Libby and even if that kid went through the D-League and got a 10-day contract and played 1 game and had the stat line of a Matt Steigenga (Bulls ’92) or Ron Watts (Celtics ’66). I’d till be proud as hell of that kid like I am now.

Brandon made the decision back before the AAU season, but we have carefully thought this out and are now in the final stages of planning. His development and what he accomplished in that season against very tough teams and top notch talent solidified our decision to move.

Brandon isn’t on Facebook a lot and I know that he shares the same sentiments I do when I say for him, he thanks and appreciates the time and the mentoring, the coaching and the support that has been shown to him and for him since he started playing the game from everyone.

Regardless of the past year and what I believe to be the truth.

It’s time for him to play and for us to move on. For Brandon.

Thank you to those who have supported Brandon especially and who continue to do so.

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AAU Spartans

After a great start Saturday (2-0, 4-0 for both 10th/11th grade teams), the Spartans 11th grade bowed out early, and the 10th graders lost in the championship game to my son’s former team. Hard fought all the way. He is disappointed, but the learning experience has become huge for him. He’s growing and maturing on the court weekly.

It was a great weekend, not the results we were looking for, but, in the end, the drive to come back and get that rematch is stronger than ever.

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The Plague 2017 Part 2

So I contracted the sequel to the Plague that I had earlier this year, but tenfold. I was on the shelf for over a week. Flu-like symptoms, head cold, chest cold, high fever… this time, this one, hit me hard.

I’ve felt so run down, but I slept about 140 hours last week, I was that sick. So be careful when you come down with something, hit it fast and hard with medicine and hopefully, you won’t be writing a will like I was and a note to my children about how much I love them and will miss them.

I have tried getting into the programming frame of mind, but without avail. I did wrap up the Try Docker course over at Code School the other day, but it was a short course and just touched on what Docker was and the basics. Like the minimal basics.

I will be getting subscriptions to Pluralsight and Treehouse at some point.

Travel season for AAU takes a lot out of me. I drive my son 2 hours away for practices. Driving 8 hours a week for practices only. We have a 2 week hiatus (1 week remaining) from tournaments until we go back to Springfield, MA next weekend. He’s been out all week with a bone bruise and will be back this week.

Which I learned yesterday was school vacation week. March and April vacation weeks come too close to each other.

I tried getting into the Twitch project over at Free Code Camp, but didn’t get too far into that either. The bug has to hit me and I feel so fatigued, especially after last week’s near-death experience, in which I almost called a priest.

Summer will bring relief and relaxation.

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Travel Season

Travel basketball is in full swing, even though posts are very infrequent, between work and everything else, my time to post is limited but I am looking to get some scheduling done that will allow for some posts on the road, here and there, more often.

Just finished up last week the Elixir courses over at Code School, so I am going to head over and work on some stuff I have going over at Udemy and Coursera.

Hopefully the summer season will bring some downtime and I can take a few weeks off and enjoy the summer, if it ever gets here to the New England area… more snow in the forecast for this weekend with a tournament to drive to in Pembroke, MA!

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Busy, Volume I

Close Encounters with PHP is up and I can finally go back in and go through this course. Finally, back to being really busy, I’ve been trying to manage my time better. To no avail however.

My son plays basketball and is currently starting on JV and on the bench for varsity. So he has practices nearly every night and games, couple that with working 40 hours a week, I get home and I am beat. I wouldn’t trade it for anything though.

I’m hoping soon, and that’s probably in March, that things slow down a bit. We shall see. I’ll get back to updating this thing more often and I have another Free Code Camp update to post as well. Ciao!

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