The Youngest Chick Is Leaving The Nest

It’s been 8 years since I got custody of my kids – about.

Recently my daughter graduated, Summa Cum Laude, High School – from a Magnet School. Two years ago my son graduated from the same school. Amazing school: ISA.

I haven’t screwed them up!  Below is a picture of my beautiful daughter on this wonderful day.

DSC00476So soon she heads off to college.  Although she has the choice of several schools, she chose to stay local, at UTSA – for the first year anyway. She doesn’t want to change her life that drastically in one year.  I think that is a mature decision on her part.

So I will soon be child-free.  No dependents, except my faithful border collie, Yoshi, (of course).

That opens a lot of opportunities – for where I want to live, what lifestyle I want vs. what I had to provide to keep the kids (and the courts) happy.

This is what they call a game-changer.

Where to live?  Warm is good.  But it is 102 in San Antonio today,  that isn’t warm.  That is brutally hot.  And you people in Arizona with your “but it’s a dry heat” bullshit, just shut the fuck up.  It’s brutal.  You aren’t fooling us.  Especially when you greet us that way as we melt off of the airplane! 🙂

Anyway – a lot of options. Kinda like when I was 18 – and the choices were all mine.

No clue what I’ll do.  But I know I’ll do what makes me happy.  I am at the point in my life where I refuse to accept anything less.  Wish I thought that way 25 years ago.

Hope my daughter always does.

Lauren – your Daddy loves you.  And always will.  Even after you marry some undeserving guy 🙂

Best of luck, doll.

Always be happy.




  1. Tropical? India is pretty tropical 😛

    What everyone said +1

    Have fun at college!

  2. @Ike – thanks much. I am sure you will do fine with those kids. You are well on your way!

    As for where I end up, no clue. I love Huntsville, AL – but damn, it gets cold there 🙂 Imagine Birmingham is similar?

    I’m thinking someplace more tropical.

    We should chat. Been a while!


  3. Congrads… Have fun with life and everything it has to offer.

    Good luck..

    Uncle Tim

  4. (applause).

    I hope I’m still sane enough to be this philosophical 12 years from now.

    (and I hope I don’t screw up my kids between now and then.)

    Good luck on the house hunting. Ever consider Birmingham?
    .-= Ike´s last blog ..The Secret Hidden Markup That Drives Killer Facebook Ads =-.

  5. @Lauren 🙂 This picture is fine. I am so proud of you. I just want you to know that – and I want the world to know that. You are special. Never settle. Always demand MORE. “It’s always been done that way” is a shitty answer. Find a better way. FInd YOUR way. Change the world. One person at a time, if you have to.

    Never be a Lemming.

    Always push yourself and always push others. Never accept “good enough”. Strive for amazing. Strive for fun. Demand amazing fun!

    Don’t let anyone sell you anything less – ever. Be that a boss, a coworker, a company, or a boyfriend.

    Define your life.

    Love you, sweetie. More then you will ever know. 🙂


  6. Rob's Daughter says:

    You wouldn’t LET me marry an undeserving guy.

    Thank you daddy. I love you too. 🙂

    (Also I resent that picture upload-age.)

  7. @Kate – Thanks 🙂

    @Deannie – really appreciate that!

    .-= Rob´s last blog ..The Youngest Chick Is Leaving The Nest =-.

  8. deannie says:

    What is even more exciting is that Lauren can look at you and see that following your passion can also feed you. Actions to speak so much louder than words and you are a man of action.

    Wow Lauren, well done on the honors received for the hard work put forth during your high school career. Can’t wait to see what you do next 🙂

  9. Congrats Lauren, You rocks!!

    Rob you done did right good 🙂