Monday, June 11, 2012

Fatherhood Day 1096

Happy 3rd birthday big's been quite a ride so far, and I'm so happy that it's just getting started...

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

I'm hiring!

Well it worked out pretty well the first time so I'm trying it again…

We (The Island Packet) are currently looking to fill the night shift Pre-Press Assistant position. Since I've had limited success going through the traditional channels with some of my past hires, I thought I'd turn to folks who know me already and might know someone who they think would be interested in the position and be a strong candidate.

The shift is from 3:30PM - 12:30AM, Monday through Friday. Stop reading now if you don't know anyone willing to work nights….

Still with me? Ok then…the night shift Pre-Press Assistant position needs to be a jack-of-all-trades - in short, me at night. The main responsibility is outputting the plates for the next day's paper and whatever commercial jobs are due, however the position is also responsible for the care and feeding of our AGFA computer-to-plate machines (it's not overly manual, but a potential hire does need to know how to use an allen wrench when needed, and there is a fair amount of cleaning involved), dummying several different sections, creating our comic pages. etc. The ideal candidate would have a background in Graphic Design and ability to learn quickly.

While we put as many procedures and safeguards in place to try to avoid them, problems can and do occur (human error or otherwise) and I am looking for a person who can deal with them without having to call me in the middle of the night. I need someone who can be shown how to fix a problem and remember that fix even if the problem doesn't happen again for another six months. Someone who can be trained on the half-dozen computer programs we use to get the paper out the door and be an expert in them shortly thereafter. Someone who can work well on their own and find things to do around the department during the occasional down time. Most importantly, someone I can count on! This position is unique in that it has it's hands into almost every aspect of the production process for the Newspaper - it's a big job and I'm looking for someone special to do it!

If you know anyone who might be a good fit, please have them contact me through any of the various means there are to contact me. Thanks in advance!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thoughts on turning 34

Becoming the same age your Father was when he died is a surreal experience as it is, but I've been dealing with his loss quite a bit since my son as been born. That's a topic for another post, but suffice it to say I will be glad to turn 35 more than most I imagine. Today was a great day as I spent it with my family, watching Macias have fun on the beach with his Grandparents and the cool ocean breeze whipping through Anara's still very whispy hair in whatever shade we could find. I wish he could have been there to celebrate it with me - I know he would simply adore his grandchildren and they him.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

For those wondering...

No, I will not be crawling back to the now-Peyton-Manning-led Broncos with my tail between my legs. I will always have a special place in my heart for them and wish them the best of luck in getting back to the Super Bowl....where hopefully they will lose to my Panthers!

Monday, February 27, 2012

More than one.

The other night as Macias woke up from his nap very grumpy -  refusing to eat and whimpering - and Anara was screaming her hungry little head off, it hit me....I have Kid(s). Child(ren). Two of them. Wow. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Brother and Sister

Macias met Anara for the first time on Saturday, and as you can see he really enjoyed it. We did have one slap-on-the-head moment (Macias, baby sister is NOT an action figure - be gentle...), but other than that he seems to have already taken to her quite nicely and loves holding her. It's both amazing and a privilege to be there to witness the start of a relationship that will last the rest of their lives...

Who is that?

Baby Sister?

I approve!

A very proud Papa...

Friday, February 10, 2012

Anara Winsor Bonner

My beautiful little girl has finally arrived! She was born February 9th, 2012 at 11:27 AM. She weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz., and was 21 inches long. Her delivery was pretty smooth (easy for me to say I realize) and orderly, a slight departure from her brother's birth. She comes home tomorrow to meet Macias - I can't wait!

Me and the first Bonner girl born since 1903.

My girls. 

Nanny making her Granddaughter yawn.

Eyes open! At least for a moment...

Anara day 2....

Macias day 2 - if I wasn't there for both, I'd say separated at birth!

Sunday, January 29, 2012


The bag is packed, the car is gassed, the camera's charged....all that's left now is to meet my little girl. I can't wait...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Saying goodbye...

If you've known me for any amount of time, you probably know that I am a huge Denver Broncos fan, and have been since I was eight years old. From watching them lose three Super Bowls in the 80's then wearing my bright orange Elway jersey to school the next day (not smart btw), to watching them finally win it all in '98 and '99 and every game in-between - I've bled orange and blue. However, I am sorry to report that after twenty-six years, my allegiance to the Broncos has come to an end. For the last two years, I've watched with horror as the team that I loved was driven into the ground by a new coach, then seemingly brought back to life when John Elway came back only to then be turned over to Mr. Tebow - I simply cannot cheer for a man who is so outspoken about his belief that I'm going to burn in Hell for eternity. John Elway is well known to be the biggest Republican in the state of Colorado, but never once did he go on TV and say "Vote for Bush!". He didn't bring it onto the field, and as such was the QB every Bronco fan - no matter what they believed - could cheer for. To paraphrase a quote from Star Wars, the Broncos are going down a path I cannot follow. After last week when they beat the Steelers in the playoffs and in dramatic fashion, I felt nothing. Then last night when they were blown out by the Patriots, I felt nothing. The reason for that? I have finally realized they are no longer my team. And so I say goodbye...

However, I love football and I miss cheering for a team and feeling the highs and lows that it brings. I have decided to root for my (sort of) hometown team, the Carolina Panthers. They have a bright future, we can go to games since the in-laws live in Charlotte, and most importantly - I like their Quarterback's touchdown dance a whole lot more than Mr. Tebow's...