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Feels like forever since I updated this thing. So for all my concerned readers (this means both of you) here’s a quick recap…..

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It’s about 1 AM and I’m not sure if I want to go to sleep or not. I’m physically tired but my brain is wide awake. So I got on here instead.

Tomorrow is date #3 with Charlie. We’re going to see The Muppets at APBC. It’s an early show, so I’m assuming we’ll grab some food after that. I decided to burn her a CD of some of my music since she has yet to hear anything. Eventually I’ll put some more stuff online so anyone can hear it, most likely at Bandcamp, since that’s what all the cool kids are doing.

Wednesday I’ll wake up, shower, load up my car, and drive to Fayetteville. My grandfather’s wake is between 7:00 and 9:00 PM. The actual funeral will be Thursday, I think my mom said it’s at noon. But since I can’t really afford to miss too many days of work, I’ll most likely head back fairly early Thursday so I can get to bed at a decent enough hour to wake up for work on Friday. Yep, that’s right. I will be driving there one day and back the next. About 10 hours in two days. Fun times.

Once all of this is through I really need to get back to work on making a website and increasing my online presence. I’m trying to find a good free or low-cost webhost, but not really sure who to go with yet. But before I do that I need to fully exhaust the various free networks for artists. I’ve already posted my flickr photostream, and whenever I stop being lazy I’ll be making pages on Imagekind, Etsy, and maybe another Deviantart page.

So I guess that’s about all for now. Maybe I’ll attempt sleep. Or something.


Ray Ortega, Sr. R.I.P.

I was just awoken by the phone. My mom called to tell me that my grandfather passed away. He had a massive heart attack, they tried to revive him but it was no use. I don’t know anything about the funeral plans yet.

Growing up we weren’t quite as close to my dad’s parents as we were to my mom’s, who lived with us for years and helped raise me and my sister. We always thought that grandma and grandpa were a little loony, but we loved them nonetheless. Grandpa has had countless heart attacks and bypass surgeries over the years, and every time he would get some new medications and change a few things in his diet and be fine. I guess this time his heart had all it could take and gave out completely.

The whole thing is a bit surreal at the moment – losing two grandparents in the space of about three months. Grandpa was always good for a laugh, with his recycled vaudeville era one liners and Cold War era Polish jokes. It sucks that he’s gone, and I’m sure eventually it will set in, but right now it just doesn’t seem quite real. It was so sudden, and before when I found out he had another heart attack or was going in the hospital it was almost a given that everything would be fine, because it always was. It really sucks for grandma, because she grew up in a time and culture where women didn’t really do much for themselves, and he was her everything. Even as his health was failing, he still took her places and did everything for her. Even as they were cracking jokes at each other and telling each other to shut up, you could see how much they loved each other. I’m worried about what will happen to her now that he’s gone. I’m also concerned about my dad’s side of the family, most of them were pretty close to grandpa. It’s life, people die, but that doesn’t make it suck any less.

Well anyways that’s about it for now. I need to start getting ready for work. I’ll post more details when I can.