Joe Beernink

Monthly Archives: December 2012

Last year, shortly after the New Year chimed, I made the foolish mistake of writing out a set of New Years resolutions. Little did I know that by the beginning of February, my world would be turned upside-down by GBS and the resolutions would be long forgotten. But that won’t stop me now from looking back at my goals and seeing how I did. Resolution #1: Shop locally I actually did very… Read More

When I think back on 2012 in a few years, three letters will standout: G B S . Everything else that happened in 2012 revolved around my struggle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome which started on February 1. Other things did happen, but, with the exception of one other very big event (my book deal), they are all overshadowed by the hospitalization due to, and resulting recovery from, GBS. Here are, by month, some… Read More

May peace, joy and love fill your home, wherever it is. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Today is the tenth anniversary of the day I first met my wife, Lisa. Her sister, Katy, dragged her out to a country bar where Katy and I had met a few weeks before. Apparently Katy thought Lisa and I would be a good match. Lisa has gone on record about not expecting to meet someone at a ‘honky-tonk’, and had I not been wearing a shirt from the Hard-Rock Café –… Read More

After the election, I said I’d be pretty quiet on the political front for a while, and I’ve managed to stay true to that for a good six weeks now. To be honest, there hasn’t been a lot going on, politically, that I have very strong feelings about, and I’ve been really busy writing / recovering. So I haven’t really blogged much of anything lately. I’ve had the documentary Gerrymandering up on… Read More

Three years ago, I did a major re-org of my home technology. I wrote two blog entries on my old tech blog (Evolution and Living The Evolved Digital Life) about how I cut the cable (or at least trimmed it), by downgrading my service from Comcast to the bare minimum. For the last three years, I’ve paid only for the lowest tier basic cable (local channels + Discovery Channel + Northwest Cable… Read More

When I was four years old, I was supposed to get up on stage as part of a choir at the Christmas pageant at my elementary school. All I can remember is seeing the crowd and running off the stage, crying. For years, the thought of getting up on stage scared the crap out of me. I found ways out of being part of any further plays, concerts or speeches until high… Read More

It’s a short song, but it’s cute. I heard it on the radio this morning, and thought it’d be a good one to share. Enjoy!

Today, I completed the first draft on my latest novel, A Hundred Names For Rain. But it is not done. Being done means I am am ready for other people to start reading it. It’s not anywhere near that, yet. I started this book as an experiment. I hadn’t written anything new in over a year, and for me, that’s a very long time. I’ve spent months recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and… Read More

In part 1 of this series, I covered games I played on a Commodore 64, Amiga and at the arcade. In part 2 I covered those games I have played on the PC. In part 3, I will cover the console games I have played. Let me warn you, console games for me consist primarily of XBox Games. I’ve never had a Nintendo or a PlayStation. And actually, my game playing on… Read More