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Kids growing up and parents trying to raise them right

It’s interesting that when a child is born, parents are in control of everything related to the child, from when to eat, when to use the bathroom and even who to talk to. 

However, as the child grows, many parents slowly start losing full control of their child’s life. 

It’s bittersweet because parents want to mold their child into the most perfect kid, but they also want to see the kids grow up to be responsible human beings. 

I started thinking about this because I would love to be listening to my teen and preteen girls in school. I would love to see how they interact with other kids, to see if what my wife and I teach them is actually working. 

Alas, I understand that I may never be able to listen in. 

Time will tell if what we taught them sticks. 

In the meantime, I will continue to imagine myself as a fly on the wall hearing the imaginary dialogue my daughters might have. 

I love when my kids receive awards

What parent doesn’t?

I enjoy having my children recognized. It fills them with joy (even if they sometimes don’t show it) and it makes me feel wonderful.

Of course I’m happy for them.

Further, I am happy for myself (and my wife, naturally). We must be doing something right. 🙂

Even though our children shouldn’t necessarily be so, they are our extension, our legacy.

If nothing else, they are what we leave behind after we are gone.

I’m proud of that.

I love to meet people who talk about their passions

I love to hear the pain in their voice for something they really believe in.

For example, I met a lady today at a Toastmasters meeting that is passionate about teaching sex education to religious groups. She has a sincere interest in helping others with what many church goers still believe is a taboo subject.

I know she will do well and get the word out there. I wish her the best of luck!

High-level Introduction to Object Oriented Design

Presentation for Women Who Code Tampa, March 8, 2016

Traditional/Procedural way




Why Objects? or

Relating Objects to the real world



Object Oriented Concepts


steering wheel













People perform different roles











What’s the story?

This post is the visual aid for a Brandon Toastmasters presentation on March 1, 2016.









Riot in Toulouse, France (March 25th, 2007) after the campaign of a politician.








Photo by Sally Mann
















Images found and retrieved from 35 Powerful Photos That Each Tells a Story

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I love my past experience in the US Army

22 years ago today, Feb 2, I joined the Army. I look back and have no regrets for making that decision. I learned so much, met several lifelong friends and met my wife because of this decision.

Little did I know at the time that I joined that the Army experience would be extremely valuable for everything else I was to do in the future.

Thank you for the opportunity! I would definitely do it again.

Isis on the Panama Runners website

That’s her in the picture in the center. The little girl on the left. 🙂

This picture is probably from 2010 at a track race at the Rommel Fernandez stadium in Panama City, Panama.


Image captured January 29, 2016.