ThrillerFest 2019

The entrance to ThrillerFest 2019 Sadly, ThrillerFest 2019 has come to an end. Wait… you don't know what ThrillerFest is?? Seriously? Hrm. Well, if you hang on a sec' I'll give you a quick rundown. Are you ready? OK; good. *channels the voice of the Micro Machine Man* Ahem. ThrillerFest is the annual, week-long event,... Continue Reading →

Father Manuel “Manny” Dorantes

Wanting to build upon the theme of my last post—Los Angeles—I thought I'd share the interesting circumstances of how I met, Father Manny. No, I’m not going to mention angels or moral dilemmas, but I might bring up divine intervention a time or two.  Divine intervention?  Is there such a thing?  Or is the following... Continue Reading →

Los Angeles

No, not Tinseltown. I'm talking about the city's namesake. You know, those robe wearing celestial beings with feathery wings that sprout up from their shoulder blades. Yeah, I'm talking about angels. There are references in the sacred texts of nearly every major religion of these supernatural creatures. For example, in the Torah –the Jewish Bible—the... Continue Reading →

September 11, 2001

It was a beautiful morning, typical of early September. The bright and warm sun rose slowly and steadily, burning away the few wisps of clouds that still lingered in the sky. Summer vacation was over, the kids were back to school, and the roads were clogged with buses and commuters. I was twenty-three years old,... Continue Reading →

Writers write

They do it, not because of some external force, but because they feel compelled to memorialize the thoughts and words floating around inside their head.  They write in journals; They write poetry; They write for their children; and sometimes they get to write for the public. For the longest time I was happy  doing the first three things.... Continue Reading →

Several months in the life of a Secret Service Agent— (including a trial, protecting Sarah Palin, and a visit by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad)

2008 was a busy year. It started off with me getting married (New Years Day), and then several months later, being transferred to the U.S. Secret Service flagship office—NYFO (the NYC Field Office). It was also a campaign year (McCain vs. Obama) and I was assigned to the detail of McCain's VP pick— Sarah Palin,... Continue Reading →

A Family Divided

"As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live."  - Saint Pope John Paul II Pretty accurate quote, huh?  I think so.  Just take a look at current events.  Go turn on your television, or check the latest post to your Facebook or Twitter feeds, or pickup... Continue Reading →

What happens when 20 lbs of C-4 explodes?

Read to the end and you will see... C-4 is classified as a high-order explosive (HE), that produces an over-pressurization shock wave.  It is similar to TNT, Semtex, nitroglycerin, dynamite, and ammonium nitrate fuel oil (ANFO). It is very stable and cannot be detonated by a gunshot or by dropping it (unlike the explosive TATP, commonly referred... Continue Reading →

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