Friday, June 29, 2012

First Annual Crook Refunion Pt 1

Photo: (reunion+fun)=refunion this week. Permission to be jealous of our awesome t-shirts.

Well The Crook Refunion has officially begun. Thursday was full of fun stuff! We started with hard core playing out in the yard and barbecue for lunch. Mostly the kids jumped in the bouncy houses All Day!

Bouncy Houses!

Playing Hard!



Dinner and Visiting 


White Elephant Gifts!

My Gift

Jordan Got Awesome Flipflops and a drawstring bag which were stolen from his closet ha ha!

Tyler's present: Easter Eggs

Yes Jake. Those are size 9 WOMENS Keds =-)

Temple Tiles that are supposed to be interchangable in a frame.

Photo Album


We ended the nigh with quite a scene! Issac here got out of his crib. He threw everything out of his mother's suitcase, and covered himself with sunscreen and hair gel.

Stay tuned for Day 2!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Favorite Movies

Do you have a favorite movie? I am talking about that one movie you've seen about 100 times and can recite the dialogue word for word?  There are a few movies I love and I could watch over and over without getting tired of them. These are the classics, so they are older, and  I might have to do another list with more modern movies.





Monday, June 18, 2012

Gypsy Style

I am in an English class this summer and our last assignment was to write a "How to" paper. After mulling over several boring ideas I came struck. I am going to explain how to shop lift like a gypsy.
Almost three years ago, I bought my first car, a silver Chrysler PT Cruiser,  which I am still driving.  I have affectionately named him Bosley. Buying a car is not a huge deal, but Bosley will always hold a special place in my heart because I acquired him under unusual circumstances. I  bought the car from my dad's friend Willis. There are two important things to know about Willis. First, Willis is in the car business and acquired my car for an amazing price. Realizing that cars are not a good investment,  I wanted to make sure I got the best deal possible on my car. Second, Willis and his entire family are genuine, in the flesh, gypsies. My dad first met them while he was working for the FBI and had helped recover one of the children in the family who had been kidnapped.  Because of my dad's friendship with Willis, I have learned one more important lesson about gypsies from Willis and his family.

 Gypsies do not believe in going to school and most neither read or write. My dad talked to Willis and his wife about their family history. My dad asked them about the birth date and place of their family members, including parents and grandparents, and even offered to help record the information.  It was really eye opening. Willis did not know where he was born. His wife believed her family had come to New York by ship. She was also certain they had come from Romania. It was clear Willis's wife  had no  idea where Romania was or that Romania was nowhere near the Atlantic Ocean.  Another fact I learned from my dad was that most gypsies typically originated in India and eventually migrated westward. Many modern gypsies claim to come from all over Europe,  including Romania, Spain, Italy, and England.                               

As great as these gypsy friends are, gypsies have a reputation for being deceitful and dishonest. In the Cher song, there is a reason that Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves  are grouped together. Over the years, my dad's gypsy friends have taught my family and me  how to acquire nice things at a "discount", and how they just happen to come by extra money. (Just keep in mind while reading this that my car sale was completely legal). Consequently,  I have learned a few tricks of the trade and can now explain how the gypsies steal computers and other merchandise from stores such as Walmart. 

I don't think it would be wise to post the rest of the details in my paper in case anybody got the wrong idea but here are some videos I found very surprising.                                                                                                                

Gypsy Jewelry Theft.       

Interesting Video  on pickpockets and thieves who target tourists in Italy. 

Friday, June 15, 2012


It's all about the Shoes Baby. You ever wonder why women are so obsessed with shoes? To tell you the truth I don't really know myself, but you should be aware that shoes are a big part of a woman's life and they will definitely notice what kind of shoes you are wearing. Always have 3-4 pairs of footwear that you keep clean, polished & in pristine condition; I recommend having 1 pair of dark brown dress shoes that will look good with jeans, 1 pair of sleek black dress shoes for slightly more formal occasions, get yourself some cool looking sandals for summertime outings, and when you go sporty go with a nice pair of white cross trainers. Never mix up sporty wear with formal shoes or the other way around, women WILL notice your shoes and if you're sporting some ugly kicks then she'll write you off fairly quickly a 
guy who lacks style. 
Get Your Haircut By a Pro. maintain a consistent hairstyle that you get cut at least every 2 or 3 weeks by the same hairdresser, in general you should choose a man to cut your hair since I find them to be a bit more in tune with the style I want to achieve whereas the women will try more experimental things and cut your hair in a more feminine way. If you don't know any good hairdressers then try out a few places in your area or find some opinions online about good ones in your area. Look at a few men's magazines and find a style that you would like for yourself, show this to your hairdresser when you go in and ask for a similar style. Oh yeah, always remember to tip him at least a few dollars if he did a good job and keep going back to the same guy every few weeks. See what a difference a haircut can make.


 Val Kilmer Pics


Try a Tie? Yes, ties are really hot right now and women find them irresistible, you can wear them to work or even a night out. Don't think that you have to be wearing a full suit to wear a tie. You can even some wear some nice jeans, a blazer jacket and a cool tie, this can be a pretty hip and stylish look that women will notice. Don't be afraid to experiment a bit here with ties with bold colors and patterns, you'll stand out in to women in a good way.
To Beard or Not To Beard? Ok, maybe a full beard is a bit too much but a little bit of facial hair can be quite attractive to women, just make sure that you get yourself a nice electronic beard trimmer to keep it all trim & tidy. Unkempt facial hair is a big turnoff for women, it shows that you don't really have class and don't care about your appearance. In general it is true that most women will prefer a clean shaven man but sporting a nice trim goatee or some five o'clock shadow just may do the trick and make the ladies melt. 


Don't Be a Walking Logo. Try to avoid wearing clothing with big logos plastered all over it, nothing shows lack of class more than a walking billboard. Pick your clothes based on the clothing design itself and the fit and not based on the logo or brand name.

Be a Hit with the Proper Fit. This is probably the biggest problem I see out there with men's clothing, which is wearing clothes that do not fit properly. Wearing proper fitting clothes is probably the best thing you can do to improve your overall look and feel, no more wearing your big brothers hand me downs or clothes from when you were a different size, it's time for you to shell out a few bucks and upgrade your wardrobe. You'll only need about 3-4 solid outfits combined with at least 3 pairs of nice shoes to really get up to speed. Your clothes should not be too tight or loose but rather they should snugly fit the curves of your body without feeling tight or uncomfortable. Most men tend to wear clothing that is too large and baggy for their builds, don't be one of them. Good fitting clothes will make you look much sharper and you'll feel more confident and comfortable & women will notice this.


Wear at Least one Interesting/Unique item. When you go out try to wear at least one unique item or accessory such as a watch, bracelet, hat,  etc. The item should be unusual enough to stand out from the normal stuff you usually see people wearing. This serves two purposes, firstly it's known as the pea cocking theory which is to wear an item that is so unique that you will have women stopping you and asking about it or if you're already talking to a woman it can serve as a great conversation piece. Secondly, you may be perceived as being unique and interesting, it can also add a lot of depth to your personality if you can tell an cool little story about the item.

Never Mix Apples & Oranges. Try to maintain a consistent look throughout your outfit, if you have a casual look up top with a nice dress shirt but a sporty look at the bottom with track pants then you're on the wrong track. Keep your closet area divided up into three main sections: casual wear, sporty gear and formal wear. Also, follow the power of three when it comes to choosing colors, you shouldn't be wearing more than three colors at one time unless you want to look like a box of skittles. Remember to keep it simple and cohesive at all times.

Better to Be Overdressed than Underwhelming. If there's a choice between being a bit overdressed or underdressed than choose to go for overdressed. Sure, you may stand out a bit but trust me, women are very fashion conscious and they will notice and appreciate the effort you made to look your best. You may even become the topic of conversation amongst a group of females. Being the center of attention is always better than looking like someone who doesn't give a crap about his appearance.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


So I started thinking awhile ago about what I thought was scary. Was it the mystery in some dark, passing shadows. Unknown sounds, creaks and bumps? Gory bloody creatures? Was there one person or fictional character that terrified me and why? So I thought the next logical thing to do would be to make a list. Yes, I made a list. I imaged if I awoke in my bed in the middle of the night and saw someone standing over my bed, what would scare me the most?

1) Chuckie/Molly Basically any sort of sinister psychopathic dolls with weapons.

2) Jason. obviously I don't want my body sawed in half.

Samara Morgan-Devilish little girl with a score to settle that crawls out of the t.v.? No thanks!
4) The Wicked Witch of the West-this actually has very little to do with The Wizard of Oz. She reminds of a nightmare I had several times when I was little. This witch kidnapped a whole bunch of kids. We were supposed to play hide and seek in our house. The witch was it, and whoever she found, died. Lovely huh?

 5) The Joker-Why so Serious!!?  Enough said

6) The Burger King Dude-despite what the commercials said, I Do NOT want to wake up with the king. Please tell me I'm not the only one who thinks he's creepy?

Here's a parting favor just for fun-in the spirit of being scary. 

So my fair readers.  Who would be on your list?