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Thursday, October 15th, 2009
6:01 pm - Autism Walk- I need your support!

For those who don't know, every year I participate my the local Walk Now for Autism. The walk on November 7 will be the 6th walk I have participated in. I have been working with autistic children since 2005. I see parents struggle with their children's disabilities, and I walk to help these kids and their families and to hopefully come up with a cause and prevention for autism. (I hate the use of the word "cure" given the nature of the condition.)

Also, in 2006, at the age of 27, I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, which is on the upper end of the autism spectrum. Prior to that, I always knew there was something different about me. I had trouble making friends and fitting in. I realize that I'm a lot luckier than others on the spectrum, being able to carry on a (relatively) normal life, but it is still a condition I wish for no one.

If you wish to donate, you can do it here. Those who have supported me in the past, I appreciate you. Those who haven't, I hope you will. This cause is very important to my heart, and I hope you will find in yours to help out. (And if you can't financially, don't feel bad. The economy sucks.)

Thank you.

Harold "Hbomb" Price

And here's all the stats and stuff:

Please join me in my fight to make a difference in the lives of the more than 1 million Americans living with autism today.

I am participating in Walk Now for Autism to help find a cure for autism. Autism is the second most common developmental disorder in the United States affecting one in every 150 children born today. Despite some promising discoveries, the cause of autism is unknown and a cure does not exist. Research is crucial. Every 20 minutes another child is diagnosed with autism. Not only must we find ways to improve the quality of life for children and adults with autism, but we also must find a cure, and soon.

Walk Now for Autism is our chance to make a difference in the fight against autism by raising money for autism research and heightening public awareness. Please join me in my fight as I raise money to help fund essential research. You can donate to Walk Now for Autism and/or join my team online using the links here</a>. Donations can also be mailed to Autism Speaks using the donation form located on my page or send me a check made out to Autism Speaks.

Thank you for taking an important step in the fight against autism.

Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Autism Speaks 501 (C)(3) Tax Id #: 20-2329938

Matching gift program: Many companies provide their employees with matching gifts. Please consult your employer on its matching gift guidelines and attach matching gift forms accordingly.

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Saturday, October 10th, 2009
11:42 pm - That wouldn't happen in a digital distribution-only world...
My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
HbombDMG goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as Brett Favre.
arborenet tricks you! You get a scratched CD.
charizard2000 tricks you! You get a 3.5-inch floppy disc.
jaimonster gives you 16 mauve lemon-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
raindayman gives you 2 blue coconut-flavoured gummy worms.
rblake77 gives you 1 teal blueberry-flavoured jawbreakers.
techni gives you 12 milky white cola-flavoured pieces of taffy.
yinepusayi gives you 18 blue evil-flavoured nuggets.
HbombDMG ends up with 49 pieces of candy, a scratched CD, and a 3.5-inch floppy disc.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
11:45 pm - PAIN!
Well, for most of last week, I had a minor sore throat. I gargled and it seemed to stay in check... until Saturday. Not only could I barely swallow, I also had some pain on the right side of my mouth and in my right ear. I couldn't eat. Had to force down something soft to get an aspirin down. Once I did get some aspirin in, the pain was held in check briefly. Sunday was pretty much the same story. Yesterday, at about 4am, I went downstairs to take some ibuprofen (so I didn't have to worry about choking food down for aspirn), and I had the hardest time swallowing the pills and the water. I almost told my mom, who was awake and downstairs at the time, to take me the ER then and there.

Naturally, I stayed home from work yesterday. I couldn't eat, and only had a little bit of water when taking ibuprofen for the pain. My mom made me a doctor's appointment and picked me up after her and the kids got out of work/school. They quickly confirmed I had I had strep throat and that I didn't have an ear infection, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. Opening up my mouth all the way was excruciating, but when I did, the nurse practitioner saw exactly what the problem was. A peritonsular abcess, or in other words, a ginormous pus pocket near my right tonsil. The NP then brought in the doctor, who told me to go to the ER. Then they brought my mom in and showed her the abcess. She said it looked like I swallowed a jellyfish and it was attacking my throat.

Anyway, they gave us a choice of 2 hospitals. Lee Memorial is probably closer to us, but it's also an older hospital. It's the hospital where my sister and I were born, and it's right by my old high school. The other option was Health Park. It's a lot newer and nicer (and the hospital where Sami, CJ, my niece Lydia, and my cousin Ashley's 2 kids were born), but it's also in the opposite direction. I had no clue, and my mom said Health Park.

So, me, Mom, and the kids (yes, Sami and CJ were with us too) headed off to Health Park. My mom let my dad, sister, and her friend who lived near Health Park know what was going on. We arrived at about 4 and it wasn't too long before they saw me. My dad got out of work early and headed to the hospital, so he could relieve my mom so she could take the kids home to work on their homework, etc. Anyway, the hooked me up with a painkiller, a steroid, and an antibiotic, and I caught parts of Dr. Phil and the news on the in-room TV before they took me in for a CAT scan. I had a bit of a wait going in, an even longer one waiting for someone to bring me back to my room. At least when I got the CAT scan, that was like the first time I got out of bed since I arrived. I couldn't adjust much and my butt was a little on the numb side.

Anyway, when I finally got to the room, the ER doc said the ENT wanted to see me, but he was at Lee Memorial (thank you, Mom). The nurse came in at about 7:15 to take my blood pressure prior to the transfer. We didn't see her for at least another 45 minutes, and at that point, the transfer still hadn't been ordered. At about 8:30 we were told that the transfer was about a half hour away. And at least that was one thing that was timely, as the paramedics came to take me to the other hospital at about 9. After this point, I didn't have much of a concept of time- my dad had my watch and cell phone, but it was a half hour drive or so. Plus, they had Jimmy Buffett playing. They should make it a law that all ambulances shall play Jimmy Buffett. His music is calm, but won't put you to sleep like classical, non-intimidating, and for the most part non-depressing. Happy music. :)

Anyway, I want to say it was about 9:30 when I arrived at Lee Memorial, but considering I had no watch, cell phone, or in-room tv, I had no real concept of time. They gave me some more pain medicine and put some EKG stickers on me (they were never used for some reason. Then they told me that the ENT on call wasn't coming in and they wanted to squeeze me in at 6:30, prior to his scheduled surgeries the next day. While this was happening, the nurses/staff told me that my dad had not arrived, while at reception, they told my dad that I wasn't in the system yet. Around 10:00 or so, was when someone from the back finally peaked their head in and called for my dad. Then we told him that we were going to have to come back tomorrow. FAIL! So, we left Lee Memorial Hospital dejected. We stopped at a nearby Wendy's after we left LMH, only to find out they were out of chocolate frostys (frosties? frosty?). DOUBLE FAIL! We headed home, detouring at Chick-fil-a to see if they were open (they have awesome milkshakes), but they were closed. TRIPLE FAIL! We settled for Slurpees at 7-Eleven. Best Slurpee I ever had, although I still had some soreness in my throat, making it harder to get down.

So my dad and I were up at 5 and made it a point to give us plenty of time to get there. Once we got there, there was a little confusion of where to go, bur fortunately one of the nurses from last night recognised us and got the ball rolling. Unfortunately, she also gave us some bad news. The doctor was in emergency surgery. We didn't see the doctor until about 8:20 or so. The procedure was brief, but I was in a lot of pain. Between what was sucked out and what I spit out, there was a lot of blood and pus. The doctor said he'd come back with my prescription and care info. That was about 8:30, and we never saw him again. And it sounded like he left the patient across the hall in the lurch as well. We were stuck waiting, my mouth in total agony, and there again was no in-room TV (score 1 for Health Park). About 9:00 a nurse came in to check in on us, and we told her the situation. Then her supervisor popped in and said she was going up to the OR to get the info from the doctor. We were finally out of the hospital by 10:00; over 4 1/2 hours for a 5 minute procedure.

Anyway, once we left, we hit Chick-Fil-A for a long-awaited milkshake (not quite as good as last night's Slurpee, IMO, but probably a bit more substantial, since I hadn't eaten, and then to Publix to fill my precriptions and get some supplies for my recovery. By that time, my pain had subsided a lot. I took my meds, chilled a bit, and then took a nap. Mom and the kids had arrived, and so had my copy of Guitar Hero 5 (too bad my 360's in Texas at the moment- it E74ed a couple weeks ago and I just sent it out last week). Anyway, I'm in very little pain right now, but I'm out of work all week because of the Strep. I know that makes things tough for my mom- I am currently her ONLY assistant this year- but the school has rallied around her and given her the support she needs, contrary to an instance a couple years ago, where I went out of town for a couple days and my mom's other assistant was home with a sick kid, and she had very little support. I guess if you're sick and gotta go, go big. :)

Anyway, while I'm home sick, I will be updating my Twitter regularly. Twitter.com/usfhbomb if you're not following me yet.

current mood: not in pain- at the moment

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Monday, March 2nd, 2009
10:22 pm - Surviving 30
Well, I got through my birthday. Here's what happened:

Friday:
-Was surprised at work with cake and balloons in the staff lounge. Also got a new lunchbox and some soda from coworkers.

Saturday:
-Went to Osaka with my folks, sister, and niece. First time visiting new location. Still good.
-Got a couple shirts from my sister and some pants from my parents, as well as 2 $30 BestBuy GC giftcards.

Sunday:
-Put giftcards towards Singstar Vol. 2 and Buzz Quiz TV for PS3.

Monday:
-After we got home from work/school, mom told me and the kids to change into "comfy clothes". Then they put a blindfold on me. They took me to Chuck E. Cheese. (Kids' idea)
-The kids also had a present for me- a bag of 30 mini-rubber ducks.

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Thursday, February 26th, 2009
10:20 pm - BTW
http://hbombgames.com
http://twitter.com/usfhbomb

And also look me up on MySpace and Facebook.

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10:09 pm - Steve Page, Derrick Brooks, and turning 30
Well, yesterday I come home and check my e-mail, and I see on the sports headlines that the Bucs have cut 5 veteran players, including Derrick Brooks- the greatest Buccaneer of all time. The Bucs pull this crap all the time, getting rid of their aging superstars. The Bucs are just going to alienate their fans if they keep uncerimoniously getting rid of their longstanding players. It stinks.

And then I see that Barenaked Ladies have posted a blog post on MySpace. I check it out, and I find that BNL and co-lead singer Steven Page have agreed to part ways. I'm glad Ed, Kevin, Jim, and Tyler are sticking together, and I wish Steve all the luck in the world, but that is going to be a big hole. Plus, I was planning to go see them next week at Universal's Mardi Gras. Looks like it is now their first show sans Steve. I'm not quite as excited as I was, but I still want to go, at least to see what the new BNL looks and sounds like.

And all of this happens on the week of my 30th birthday- as if I wasn't having a hard enough time as is. Plus, this is the first birthday in a few years that I will be spending without my best friend Zak. He and his wife moved to Indiana back in December. They were supposed to be in town this week to pick up some stuff, but I never heard from them.

I'm used to disappointment surrounding my birthday. Back in HS, my b-day used to fall during the week of the big T.W.I.R.P. (The Woman Is Required to Pay) dance. During the leadup to the dance, the girls would get their dates all sorts of treats and stuff.  I never got asked to the dance. (Yeah, I wasn't nearly as cool back them as I am now. *self-depricating sarcasm*)

I'm bummed that I'm not where I wanted to be at age 30 and the last few days haven't helped.

Can I just go back to being 25?

current mood: depressed

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Monday, January 26th, 2009
9:40 pm - Writer's Block: Robotic
Do androids fall under the realm of "robot". In that case, totally Lt. Cmdr. Data from Star Trek: TNG. Come on. Is there any other choice?

Otherwise, I'd have to say R2-D2.

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Monday, January 19th, 2009
11:52 pm - Plug
http://hblog.snowflakestudios.info

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Monday, October 27th, 2008
5:44 pm - Stootsi Unboxing: Random DVD Player

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Thursday, October 9th, 2008
4:05 pm - Adventures With Hbomb: Special Edtion

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Friday, October 3rd, 2008
7:17 pm - Adventures With Hbomb: Episode 1

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
10:22 pm - Autism Walk and Stootsi

First, I apologise for neglecting my LJ in favor of my MySpace blog. Anyway, I am participating in an autism walk in November. Here are the details:

I have participated in the Southwest Florida Walk Now For Autism every year since I moved back to Florida in 2004. For those who don't know, I have been working with autistic children since 2005. But this isn't my only connection to autism. In November of 2006, at the age of 27, I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome after years of suspecting. Last year was my first walk since my diagnosis, and it was also the first time I raised $100 (thanks Sarah and Toby). I know you all aren't made of money, but every little bit helps.


Ok, that's the personal stuff.
Now, the stuff from the walk's website:

I am participating in Walk Now for Autism to help find a cure for autism. Autism is the second most common developmental disorder in the United States affecting one in every 150 children born today. Despite some promising discoveries, the cause of autism is unknown and a cure does not exist. Research is crucial. Every 20 minutes another child is diagnosed with autism. Not only must we find ways to improve the quality of life for children and adults with autism, but we also must find a cure, and soon.


Walk Now for Autism is our chance to make a difference in the fight against autism by raising money for autism research and heightening public awareness. Please join me in my fight as I raise $125 to help fund essential research. I will be walking on Saturday, November 8, 2008 and would like you to support those affected by autism.
You can donate to Walk Now for Autism and join my team online through my webpage at www. walknowforautism. org.


Please join me in my fight against autism. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of the more than 1 million Americans living with autism today.


Sincerely,
Harold Price
Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Autism Speaks 501 (C)(3) Tax Id : 20-2329938

Well, since I posted that on MySpace, I've gotten $20 in donations. I appreciate any help you can give.

In other news, I have a follow-up on my Stootsi unboxings. Apparently the folks at Stootsi saw my unboxings and liked them and sent me the following e-mail:

Harold-

This is Bryan from Stootsi.com. We stumbled across your Youtube videos
online today and we found them fun and entertaining. We'd like to ask if
you if we can continue to send you mystery boxes so these unboxing
videos of yours can continue to be made. We'd like to then, place them
on our website if you don't mind. What do you think? We'd let you keep
whatever we send you. It would be of course entertaining and fun for
you, us, and our customers. Pleaset let us know what you think of the
idea. We'd like to do around 1 box per week or so, you make the video,
and then we put it on our website. Let me know your thoughts!

Regards,

Stootsi.com

Dude! Holy crap! Free stuff for posting unboxings on the web? Sweeeeet! I am pumped!

Anyway, that's what's going on right now. I guess one super-long post makes up for nothing since my last unboxing. Or maybe not. I'll try to give equal time to my LJ in the future.

-H



current mood: enthralled

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Friday, August 29th, 2008
9:42 pm - Stootsi Unboxing: 10 Random PC Games & Wrapup
Well, here's the last of the unboxings.



Or click here!

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
8:15 pm - Stootsi Smorgasbord Unboxing- Bronze Medal Box
First, just a note from the Disappointing Envelope- 2 of my receivers don't work.

Second, still no word on the random PC games. Hopefully soon.

And with no further ado, here it is:



Or just click here!

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Saturday, August 23rd, 2008
3:51 pm - Stootsi Unboxing- Dissappointing Envelope
Well, I was surprised to find my Dissappointing Envelope in my mailbox, considering I didn't get anything from Stootsi about shipping it. Well, here it is:



Or click here!

Anyway, UPS tracking has the Bronze Medal Box arriving Tuesday. No word on the 10 random PC games.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2008
7:32 pm - Stootsi Unboxing: Silver Medal Box
The smorgasbord continues. Still no word on the Bronze box, the PC games, or the disappointing envelope.



Or click here!

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Thursday, August 21st, 2008
10:33 pm - Stootsi Unboxing: Gamer Box

The first of my Stootsi packages. My silver box should be here tomorrow.





Or just go here.

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
7:40 pm - Tropical Storm Fay and Stootsi Unboxing updates; my computer sux

Well, Fay wasn't as bad as they were predicting it could be- it didn't even become a hurricane- yet. I feel bad for those who may get Fay on the second time around (the weather guys on the news all seem baffled by it). After a day off, school's back in tomorrow. BTW, the first day went relatively smoothly.

The first of my Stootsi items is now in transit and should be here Thursday. According to the e-mai I recieved from them, the Gamer Boxes went out yesterday, the Silver Boxes went out today (I should probably have that Friday if that's the case), Bronze Boxes and Disappointing Envelopes should be out tomorrow or Thursday. As for the PC games, they said the orders of 30 or less (I only ordered 10) should have gone out (maybe that went today with the silver box).  I hope to have at least some unboxing video up by the weekend.

Anyway, my desktop is giving me issues. It seems to only want to run in Safe Mode. I may have to extract as much stuff as possible and start from scratch. I'm just glad I have the laptop.

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2008
7:46 pm - Coming Soon: Stootsi Smorgasbord

A couple weeks ago on Cheapassgamer.com, I stumbled upon the second anniversary Smorgasbord at Stootsi.com. I ordered the following:

Anyway, Stootsi started to ship out orders this week. I plan to tape my unboxings when they arrive and put them up on YouTube. I hope I get something good.

-H



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Friday, August 1st, 2008
12:51 am - Fantasy Football- It's on!
Ok, here's the info:

In order to join the league, follow the link above or go to game front page, click the "Sign Up Now" or "Get Another Team" button and follow the links to "Join a Custom League". When prompted, enter the League ID# and password below.

League ID#: 269006
Password: oldschool

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