Monday, October 24, 2016

The Duckling

So, having kids means stuff you own disappears and stuff you don't own appears in its place.

For example, I may not find my hairbrush, but I will find a Sophia The First pink necklace in its place. Or, I may misplace my wallet, but I will find a couple of Hot Wheels in my night stand drawer.

Your house is a regular minefield - doll legs, army soldiers, Nerf bullets, and random shoes strewn about.

Finding my mobile is quicker if I just bend down, look into my sweet daughter's eyes, and say, "Where is Daddy's phone?"

Needless to say, I am accustomed to things not being in place.

However, this morning, as I groggily walked into the shower, my eyes locked with this.

Look at it.
Staring at you.
In your birthday suit.

That is a freaky stare.

What is he thinking?
Why is he here?
Why isn't he back in his bathroom?
Why that weird, awkward look/smile?

Friday, October 21, 2016


Having three children has changed my life.

I know, repetitive. Too many memes out there.

But it is true, I guess one doesn't notice until you experience it.

The truth is, it has changed my life for the WAY better - there is happiness every day. Sometimes I am so tired and so beat from work that I want to sleep, but I get rushed by 6 open arms and it is like a 5-hour Energy drink.

I love my kids. I truly do.
I have 0 inkling on what my life would be without them.
Honestly, no. I don't want to even think about it.

One of the perks is that I get to relive moments of my childhood!
GI Joes, Army Men, Tazos, Hot Wheels, Puzzles, and COLORING!

The smell of crayons!
Sharpening crayons!
Playing with crayon shavings!

Now, after that introduction - here goes the MEAT of this post.

Crayola Crayons

Please look at the previous picture.
These are ACTUAL colors in my son's box.

Who is in charge of names at CRAYOLA? 

1- MOST of these guys have more creativity than Ben n Jerry's Ice Creams! 

Purple Pizzazz? 
Macaroni and Cheese? 
Purple Mountains' Majesty?

2- SOMEONE is a slight perv.

Tickle me Pink?

3- SOMEONE has zero imagination left and should be fired.

Blue Green?
Yellow Green?

Really? You guys came up with WILD BLUE YONDER and LASER LEMON!?!?!
You settled for Blue Green and Yellow Green?

Now, I know these are more REALISTIC colors than all the others, but the bar has been set high!
You can't just say two colors anymore!

Seaweed Green was taken? 
How about Carnivorous Fern?
Minty Green Delight?

Come on people!
Get with the game!

... one last note ...

Why do you guys still make White?
Who uses white?

Saturday, October 01, 2016


Y de dónde habrá salido el nombre Casimiro?

I bet that was a funny story.

O sea, "él casi miró"?

No vieron la sonografia para estar sorprendidos pero CAAAAAASIIII miraron? "Mi amor, caaasimiro" ... "We shall call him Casimiro."

Es que de dónde uno saca ese nombre?

Y cómo uno traduce eso?

Almostlooked Ruiz

No cuadra

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Naruto & the Final Battle

You would be surprised to read about such a topic as Naruto on this blog.

The truth is that Naruto has been a part of my life for 10 years now. In August of 2006, a group of students from the Ashton School referred to me as Asuma Sensei, repeatedly. Literally, multiple times EACH class, EACH day. Now, as a teacher I had been used to nicknames and such; but to be referred to as a character in a series? That had not happened, so I was curious. 

I must admit I had never read a manga. My only experience with anime was with Saint Seiya, los Caballeros del Zodiaco. This manga/anime, Naruto, would soon change that.

I became immersed in the tragic world of Uzumaki Naruto, I understood his feeling of being an outsider trying to prove himself to the world. I laughed at his immaturity, reveled in his accomplishments, and cried at his misfortunes. It was so well written that a young child could enjoy all the fight scenes and trivial jokes - but an adult could grasp all the life lessons Naruto was going through.

This was not a regular little kids comic book. People died. Constantly. 
It wasn't a bloodfest, like a Walking Dead or Injustice: Gods Among Us.

You learned to love Naruto and his friends. It is so easy to find someone who is a fan of the OTHER characters on Naruto because there were so many and they all contributed to Naruto's life. 

It wasn't a PERFECT anime; plagued wit ha ridiculous amount of fillers. (Filler is an episode that, as its name suggests, is used to fill in gaps to extend its run). The Manga, however, was always on point and excellent. In fact, the manga has been done for a couple of years now. Even MORE in fact, the video game has been done! 

So, I read the ending. Saw the video game ending cut scenes, but now I get to really live them watching these last 3 episodes (476,477,478).

Here are the links to watch the Final Battle 1 & 2.

So, on October 7th, after the final episode (478), I will write my top FIVE Naruto moments.
THAT will be hard, picking just five out of 10 years. But I like the challenge.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta

Ok, so I followed the suggestion from TheNerdLeague to read Kirkman & Azaceta's Outcast.

The writer for TheNerdLeague said the first 3 episodes were great.

I read that post 2 days ago.

I have read all NINETEEN issues!


Simply well written and enticing, I couldn't get enough. Literally, I could not stop reading. Uggghhhh now I have to wait every MONTH for ONE episode?


It is wayyyy better than the Walking Dead. The plot grabs you, the characters feel like you know them already,... I love it.

Kyle Barnes, the protagonist, is perfect as your hero. Why? He is NOT hero material. Simple. He is flawed with tremendous baggage, but he has a power. A light. So, he uses it to fight supernatural powers.

If Walking Dead is the Avengers. Outcast is Doctor Strange.

I love the mix of religion into it. You truly do not know who is who here. Who is good? Who is bad? Anybody can be infected.

You know what I love more?

I am not given answers right away. I still have questions, they give me nibbles, and I feel satisfied, but I have MORE questions now. Even better? The Reverend, Kyle's sidekick (?), and Kyle have EVEN MORE QUESTIONS!

Truly recommend it.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Redhood & the Outlaws

If you are trying to find a quick, easy comic to read I recommend Redhood & the Outlaws.

It is sharp, quick, funny, and sarcastic as heck! Jason Todd  (the Robin that the Joker beat up with a crowbar to death in the 80s) is back as Redhood with Artemis (Yes, the Greek goddess/Amazonian), and Bizarro.

I, personally, was never a Robin fan. But I have learned to enjoy Tim, Jason, Dick, and, yes, even Damian. I have not read Stephanie Brown and Duke is too early to tell.

Jason is the antihero of the Robin's. If you like Deathstroke or Deadpool, Redhood is right down your alley.

Friday, September 23, 2016


No, this isn't religious awakening.
No, not a DC Rebirth post.

More like a Rebirth of me, TeacherYorch.

I promised an old friend I would come back, just differently.

So, here I am now. TeacherYorch.
Do I qualify as retro? Like, 2004 was ONLY 12 years ago.

Do people even read this anymore?

Well, who knows. But let us begin.



I am a geek.
I am a nerd.

Different things.
I am both.

I love to read, write, debate, learn, do math problems, carry out experiments, and teach. I like it all.

The geek side of me survives through YA novels, comic books (mostly DC, I know), manga, anime, sci-fi, and whatnot.

To quench this need to talk about all of it, another old friend and I, Forest, have begun a podcast to just be GEEKS.

It is called Geeks Ramble Via Voice Notes.

Seriously, that is what it is called. Check it out.

So, every once in a while I will post.

What you ask?
I do not know.

But I will.
It will not be the gym from 10 years ago though.
He had to occur for me to happen.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Manu - Deuxième

I miss my Manu.
I admit it. I am going to be selfish here. 
I know others miss Manu, others love him as well.
But, this is my moment.
So, I miss my Manu.

Hace 2 años te fuiste.
Wow viejo.

Qué extraño pensar que ha pasado este tiempo sin ti… Sé que estas en un momento transitorio, sé que no estás ahí siempre. Pero eso no me significa que pare de hablarte- es más para mi propia sanidad, básicamente. Sé que has muerto; pero se me hace más fácil hablarte, tagearte, y mencionarte cómo si estuvieses aquí a todo momento.

Quizas esa es la forma que he sanado esa ruptura en mi corazón – el saber que tu cuerpo no esta pero tu sí estas en otra forma. Eras una parte tan intrínseca de mi vida que entiendo lo que quieres.

En estos últimos años he solamente escrito de pérdidas- Mami, Teacher Odette, de los Santos y tú. Creo que ya entendí lo que quieres de mi, no que tengo que echar hacia adelante y olvidar, es recordar y ser el de antes escribiendo. No soy TeacherYorch ya y no podría serlo de nuevo, pero tú tampoco podrías ser DeerManu, verdad?

Estoy a paz contigo. Pude decirte adiós, look into your eyes, and let you know I loved you one last time; remind you that you were my brother. Smile and laugh, face covered with that stupid mask, and let you see me tell you how much we loved you. And I know all the promises were lost, but, I guess it was time for you to move on. 

Thank you Manu, for being there when I still need you, for listening to me when I speak to you, for accompanying me and letting me know you are there.

Tu ausencia solamente cementa tu presencia en mi corazón.

Much Love Buena Sika...

-Loco, loco... ya aprendí la diferencia entre has y haz.
-No relaje, ya era tiempo! Ya yo iba a llamar a don CapCana para denunciarte.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Manu - Rambling

Estuve pensando en ti este fin de semana.
Nada malo mi hermano, no te preocupes.
Solamente extrañándote con todo mi corazón.

Hay tantas cosas que te diría.
Chequéate la película HER, no sé si la habías visto –
te encantaría el soundtrack, entero de Arcade Fire.
Tú me enseñaste ese grupito la primera vez.

Mira a tu ahijada.
Sonriente pero peleona.
So much like you.
I miss you brother.

-Loco tu viste que dizque el SIKA ta arrasando!?!?!
-Cómo? No me digas!
-Yo no sé cómo fue que nombraron una enfermedad entera por Andrew.
-Andrew es un sika.
-Maldito carajito.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Manu XMas Mix IX - 2015

Aquí seguimos nuestra tradición de oir musiquita los diciembres- y ya el año que viene es el DIEZ, barbaro - 12 months for us to prepare for that, verdad? Comenzaste esto en diciembre 2007 porque dijiste era "la mejor época del año, el mejor mes del año (y no sólo por los ingresos extras). A mí particularmente para esta época me gusta mucho oir música y siempre me hago un playlist y cada año las canciones son diferentes." 

Hoy es el 1ro de diciembre Manu, "nuestro mes de música, tragos y juntaderas.(Adiós Manu)

Vengo un mes rebuscando canciones que nos gustarían escuchar mil veces - our personal favorites, some new ones. Lo pensé más este año porque las canciones del año pasado ahora son ManuSongs.

1- The Cure - Strange Attraction. You know how it goes, every year this was December to us. I still don't know why really, but you loved it ONLY in December. This will always be our first song.

2- Deepest Blue - Give it Away.  This song means laughter and dancing. Unos brinquitos, unos traguitos y el GIVEEE ITTT AWAAAYYYY del viejo Joeliz! 

3- Vampire Weekend - Step. God, you hated when I played Vampire Weekend pero se te pegó, eh? Falseate ahí. No te preocupes, Step no es annoying, ni rápida y se entiende - I think you'll approve.

4- Misterwives - Reflections. Ni sé why. I just know this is a Manu song - it has the Manu feel to it.

5- Enrique Iglesias - Escape. [phone call- random moment of the day] "Dimelooo" / "Manuu Manuuu - oye, oye!" / "Vamo a ve..." / "You can ruuun, you cannn hiiiide, but you can't escaapee my loveeee!" / [risas] "If you feeeeell like leaving, I'm not gonna beg you to stayyyy ... Uff! Uff! Sharapova si 'ta buena!"

6- The Jungle Giants - She's a Riot. Esta la escuché en UrbanOutfitters Music Mondays, your favorite store. It's an odd store, not for me. Tu sabes - I'm a superhero TARGET t-shirt kind of guy. Te imagino en tu Audi (your second love) listening to this one.

7- Manu Teran - Secret. One more from Barcelona 2005. One more lost memory of the one passion you loved more than Photography. Y claro... una foto ahí dizque tu versión cool en SEPIA porque tu sabías de fotos. Ey loco, pero yo dejé de fumar hace mucho!

8- Bright Eyes - First Day of My Life. I am going to lend you one of Lety and I's song because I can't let this Christmas go without remembering how happy you were with Liana - how much we miss the both of you in our lives. You were so happy, so fresh, so new - it was the first day of your life and you may have been blind before you met each other...

9- Modest Mouse - Float On. I'll always end with our song Manu, always.

Manu XMas Mix IX - 2015.
Love you bro.

-Papa... ya tengo una para el Manu XMas Mix X.
-Ya? Un poco precoz tu. Voy a llamar a Lety.
-Ey, don't pass yourself.