The following are pictures that were taken at the Mini-C conference in Boca Raton Florida. This was an excellent experience and the show is going to continue to make more appearances at different conferences. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 8 years ago
Everyone has a fear of something. Some people fear water, some fear flying, some fear clowns (i don’t like them), and some fear spiders. Now, I’m not exactly afraid of spiders but if they catch me off guard you better believe I’m going to destroy it. This story is from several years ago when I lived in Florida. For some reason the insects and creepy crawlies are huge over there! I’m not kidding here. They seem to be mutated or something. It’s no wonder the elderly flee to Florida. Whatever is in the water it helps the elderly live for many years and the insects and such grow large enough to really scare the shit out of someone.
So several years ago my now wife and I were getting ready for bed and I went to use the bathroom. I did my business and sat in deep thought. As I sat thinking about whatever the hell it was I was thinking about, I saw something move to the left of me. When I turned I saw a huge ass wolf spider. This thing was pissed for some reason and I only say this because of how it looked. Do you remember Thing from the Addams Family? If not, it was the freaky hand that was always moving around and causing havoc. The spider moved up and down like Thing and as if it was prepping itself to jump. I stared at it for a moment and then jumped up and ran my ass out of the bathroom. Um…oh yeah and if you’re wondering, I did wipe so quit thinking about it. Anyway, I was freaked out over the huge ass spider so I went to get some reinforcements.
During that time I had a calico cat named “Lico”. I figured that if anyone could destroy it, and it be fun to watch, it would be Lico. I picked up my cat and went to the doorway of the bathroom. Lico immediately spotted the spider and was hissing at it. I let her go and she jumped toward it. I swear to all that is holy that this spider was the Neo of spiders. As Lico made her jump the spider jumped out of the way. I saw this shit in slow motion and my jaw dropped. Lico’s ass fell into the tub and hissed but ran right out of the bathroom. I stared at the spider and it stared back. It took off but was on the wall climbing up and toward me. I knew it was pissed and I split to get something to destroy it with. Out of everything I could have used my dumb ass decided to put two tube socks together and stretch it out so that it would have a ball at the end and I could swing it around like a Mace.
I went back to the bathroom and looked around but I couldn’t see it. I looked up and there it was chilling over the doorway. I about pooed myself and began swinging wildly. After several hits I figured I got it but when I looked in the spider had moved and fled into a vent that had been left open. I couldn’t breathe, mostly because I have asthma and the battle winded me, but I felt that I made my point and maybe it would stay gone. A week later the jerk showed it’s face again! I was sitting on my brothers bed watching the Simpsons when I felt something brush up against my hand. I looked down and there it was next to me. I freaked out and before it could jump I punched the shit out of it. It exploded when my fist made contact and its insides splattered me. I won and I was happy as hell but then I thought,
“Damn! What if this poor fool was just trying to say hello? Salutations or some crap like that?”
Oh well, it was not Charlotte so I handled it. In the end it was smart and fast but not fast enough. Let this be a warning to all of you wolf spiders who might be reading this entry. Don’t mess with me! I’m a Mexican, not a Mexican’t!Post Views: 484
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Hello folks and happy Saturday to all! It’s been a while since I’ve written a post for Diaper Wars. I do apologize for this but in all honesty I have not had a lot of material to go off of. Sure I have my little girl who is growing and growing but with my work schedule I don’t get to change a lot of her diapers. My wife and I are still using cloth and loving every moment of it. Our little Lola is growing so fast and Logan is doing great as a big brother. It seems as though both of our kids have hit a growth spurt recently. Logan is eating as much as I do and he looks like a towering 7 year old at 4 feet 4inches. Lola will be 5 months old in one day and she’s rolling over by herself and sitting up by herself. It’s amazing to see her grow and learn new things. The look on her face when she rolls over is priceless! She looks around at everyone and smiles. You can tell how happy she is that she rolled over on her own. It makes me very proud to see my children grow and learn.
So what’s been going on with the cloth? Well, I have found that I really dig GroVia shells. There is nothing better than changing a diaper, unsnapping the insert and adding another one. That’s of course only if there wasn’t a mess. If there was a mess and it’s on the shell, I don’t recommend using the same one. In my last Diaper Wars post I noted that I liked Drybees. After writing that post I began to notice that Lola was wetting out of them overnight. Even during the day it seemed to only happen with the Drybees and I thought, maybe we should do away with this brand. We changed our daughter regularly so it should not have been a problem but something was off. I had planned on writing a post about it to see what all of you thought and if you had any suggestions but when I mentioned it to my wife she said not to.
“Wait! Don’t write anything on it.”
“I figured something out and it works great.”
The solution? My wife took one of our newborn pre-folds and inserted it into the sleeve of the Drybees diaper. I can now say that everything is cool in the gang with Drybees and my daughters bum is safe from any slight redness. On the topic of redness of the bum, we found that the best thing for this is Grandma El’s. It took the redness away and it works fast. Yeah…I know, a plug for Grandma El’s but it’s pretty good stuff. Everything is good in clothland but a new battle within the Diaper Wars has begun. Remember my mention of my daughter growing and how much progress she has shown? Well, she has begun kicking like you wouldn’t believe when her diaper is being changed. She will try and turn over while I’m working on the velcro and she also pulls her leg up and she’ll hold her foot. It makes it hard and all she can do is laugh and smile. I have to move fast because once I have one side done she will kick up or turn to the side and shift her diaper. I then have to start all over and hope I can move faster than her.
It’s definitely been a fun experience using cloth diapers. What’s been even more fun is figuring out how to put little tights on my daughter. You would think this would be easy for anyone but if you’re a man with his first daughter it’s a learning process…well, at least for me. I have struggled with her tights for some time now and last week it took me about 10 minutes before I finally got them on. I was getting frustrated because Lola kept kicking and finally on that same day I figured it out. I rolled them down to the point that only the part that went over her foot was there. I inserted the first one and I swear I did a backflip because I conquered the mighty tights. I know I probably sound like a fool but I’ll admit it. Men are stubborn and I could’ve asked my wife but I had to figure it out myself. Now it’s a piece of cake and the next time something like this comes up I’ll ask my wife first. Yeah…I don’t believe that either. I will eventually but hey, like I said, men are stubborn. So things have been excellent and cloth diapers are the way to go for us. We have found things that work and some that don’t. The adventures will last and the Diaper Wars continue.
Below you can check out how good Lola sits by herself.Post Views: 372
By Ricardo — 7 years ago
Crazy things happened to us throughout our lives. People come and go but it’s the conversations that last a lifetime. This past Tuesday I had a conversation with my team, and a couple officers. The conversation was hilarious and it involved a time when I had gone to the Old Country Buffett with my wife and our friends. We had been there for a while and of course, I had to use the restroom. So I got up and went for it. I usually try to wait until I get home because public restrooms suck but I couldn’t wait.
I walked by snotty kids who were running around. They were obviously annoying others while they ate their dinner. I laughed and made my way to the restroom. I chose a stall and sat down. Now, I know this is getting personal and possibly gross but it’s funny. I’m sure everyone has had a moment of stage fright when someone else enters the bathroom and I’m no different. I sat awkwardly waiting for the person to leave, but instead I heard a familiar voice.
“Hey bro, you need a poop buddy?”
I busted up laughing. My friend did the same and sat in the next stall. The story was short. The story was funny and I shared it with my co-workers. We laughed and had a moment that I will remember for the rest of my life. I will remember this because one of my co-workers who took part in the laughter recently passed away. It’s a shock and out of no where. But I will remember him through this story and his laughter.
On a personal note…I will miss you bro. It’s crazy to think that you’re gone. We were just laughing and joking this past Tuesday. We even talked about you taking over my shift and I expected to see you this morning for coffee and more stories filled with laughter. It’s just surreal bro. I’m trying to stay strong and fight back my tears as I type this but it’s hard. Since I started working here we’ve been cool. We hung out with our group many times and it was always fun. Monday Night Football (MNF) isn’t going to be the same without you. I don’t know that I will be able to have a Stella without thinking about the Stella glasses that we would use during MNF. It’s going to be hard brother but we will manage as we always do. Thanks for always laughing and joking, thanks for being you my friend. For the rest of my life I will live by a quote you posted within the last couple weeks,
Life is short, Live it. Love is rare, Grab it. Anger is bad, Dump it. Fear is awful, Face it. Memories are sweet, Cherish it.
That’s exactly what I’m going to do sir.Post Views: 384