Sick Day Part 2: More Sick Child, More Unreleased Content

My boy is sick yet again today, so it’s time for some more unreleased content in lieu of not being able to get out there and find some scoops for your fine people of southwest Florida.

Today, I present to you the unreleased PSA video I created a few month’s back in my graduate program for ThinkProgress.org. What follows is a one-minute piece on the expensive failure, the Avrocar: A joint top-secret U.S. and Canadian military flying saucer built in the 1950’s and 60’s.

The Avrocar, which Avrocouldn’t. (Video: Alex M Buono)

Despite it’s failure to ignite a new fleet of cold-war era saucers, the lifting fan prototype designed for the Avrocar found it’s way into the future Lockheed X-35 fighter jet in order for it to vertically land, as described by MIT Technology Review back in August 2015.

My point? Fail to go forward. And despite the loftiness and hyper-inspirational public domain imagery of this video, I still think the sentiment resonates with me.

Hope you are all having a great Thursday!

See you tomorrow, hopefully with a healthy child.

-Alex

Happy Mother’s Day

There’s a lot resonating with me on this Mother’s Day at this point in my life.

To: Mom

My mother, Valerie, circa 1980-something with a fierce bob.

I absolutely appreciate the continuing love and unconditional support I’ve received from my mom, Val. Thank you for demonstrating how to continue to grow, explore, and engage life at every stage. I use those tools every day, and for that I love you.

To Nan:

That catch is my grandmother, Marion.

love you too, Nan (my grandmother), for being a steadfast, hilarious, and compassionate grandmother to me and great-grandmother to Sam!

To Julia:

Julia and Sammy in the motel, 2017.

Julia, you’ve been a wonderful support to Sammy and me and I appreciate how well we’ve done with raising Sammy so far. I know we will be great partners in the years to come, and I look forward to developing the bright, sweet, goofy, curly-haired boy that we love. I will never forget your strength, care and resilience through the difficult times (as it was in this photo). Sammy will no doubt be better for this.

To Laura:

My mother-in-law Laura, with Sammy.

Thank you for the constant support you have given to Julia and me throughout the years. You have been so crucial in making Sammy’s day to day a better experience, and I will never, ever, not be appreciative of that.

To Rosa:

Rosa (left) hands off guava and cheese empanadas to Sammy in the “One Butt” kitchen.

You are the master of gift giving and no doubt about it, Sammy plays in that lovely kitchen every day and makes food for us. With any luck, he’ll be as capable as you in the “one-butt.”

Side note:

I took Sammy to the pool this morning, where we met a little boy who loved playing with Sammy. We all played together in the pool, where he and Sammy grabbed onto each arm as I launched them both in the air.

In playing with this other friendly little guy, I could feel that something was missing by the urgency of him wanting to have me interact with him. My gut feeling was confirmed as his babysitter told me that his father past away, the boy was no more than four.

It made me think about his mom.

It made me think about his dad.

What is each day like after that?

Enduring all of the emotional freight of a child wanting his daddy and perhaps feeling helpless, yet carrying on nevertheless.

I admire that strength- and realize that no matter the frustration, exhaustion, and ambiguity we enter into, through the different seasons of our lives, we have to keep going.

Happy Mother’s Day to you all, and to those I deeply care about.

-Alex

Southwest Weekly Roundup

Here are some headlines that you may have missed this week:

  • Kathryn Varn delivered a great profile on controversial Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri in this week’s Tampa Bay Times.

Varn’s profile digs deep into Gaultieri’s tenacious rise through the ranks of law enforcement and his recent forays into advocacy for arming Florida’s teachers and introducing the Warrant Service Officer Program for several county law enforcement agencies to serve ICE warrants to the undocumented in jail.

Don’t worry, it’s not the dreaded one.

  • Manatee County Commissioners decided this week to place the future location of a Confederate memorial statue on the 2020 ballot for Manatee voters. Via the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

In other news…….

Anything I missed? Let me know, and I’d love to hear your comments below.

-Alex