Posts Tagged ‘wife’

Ink’d up

August 23, 2012 1 comment

I put this item on the list with only a half-hearted belief that I would actually go through with it. I never really considered myself a tattoo man. Probably because it was drilled into my head that “good” people didn’t have tattoos. They were the marks of thugs, criminals, and low life’s. What a crock!
What I had actually said was that I would never get anyone’s name tattooed on me…especially a girl. I believed that as soon as anyone did that the clock was ticking before they split. Dani and I had talked about it many times and it was always the same. She thought I wasn’t really committed to her…even though she has a wedding ring, two adorable kids of mine and we have ridden more than our fair share of ups and downs in our relationship. I always answered that I would NEVER get anything permanent because then she would be headed out the door.
Then Valentines day arrived. Dani has been “saying” that she wants to get a tattoo to symbolize our boys, but she never did anything about it. (Kinda like I did about a lot of things before I started this list, and still do about most things.) I usually gave her a pretty hard time about getting a tattoo. How I was against it, it might be trashy, what if she didn’t like how it turned out. So I figured she would be pretty surprised when I went and got her a gift certificate for her tattoo.
The more I thought about it the less I could see any reason to not have something for Dani tattooed on me. She is the love of my life, my best friend and the mother of my children. No matter what the future holds I know we will be together. I simply cannot fathom a life without her…enough of the gushy stuff. I found a copy of her signature and took it with me to the tattoo shop. I had decided to get it placed on my wrist. She was going to flip!

I felt bad because it took a lot longer to set up the station that it did to do the tattoo. Less than 10 minutes and I was done. Permanently branded as the property of Danielle Corippo. I love it though. I can’t imagine not having it now. It just fits. Oh, and she flipped out. I don’t think she really believed that I had gotten an actual tattoo of her name. For a few days I wondered if she was expecting it to wash off eventually.

I ran into a dilemma afterwards though. I didn’t think that I had truly gotten “enough” of a tattoo to claim on my list. Sure it meant the world to me and I think it’s pretty awesome, but it took less than 10 minutes and really is just a couple of squiggly lines. Dani has gotten to the point that she can draw it out in a second or less.
Leave it to her to solve my dilemma for me. Fathers day I received a gift certificate to get another tattoo. This one was going to be something that I had been kicking around since we got married and went on our honeymoon to Hawaii. The problem I always had was that I would add things to it. I knew I wanted a tiki god, one of the love gods that are protecting their family. I also wanted to incorporate my fire fighting badge. My department has adopted a pretty unique badge, not one of those that every firefighter has that you can bulk order out of a magazine, but a true Maltese cross. I would have to include something for our first child, Daisey our lovable yellow lab. Then we went and had our boys, no way could I get out of having them in it.
So it never seemed to be rock solid, but now I had been pushed up against the wall.
Mark Phillips at Trust Tattoo in Ukiah nailed it though. It turned out more perfect than I could have ever imagined.

After more than three hours of pain and suffering as the needle dug in and out of my leg I had it. Mark had taken a pretty simple line drawing and idea and turned it into a remarkable piece of art…on my leg! He incorporated all of the things that I was asking for and I think it’s badass!!! It has made me think I’m pretty awesome strolling around in shorts this summer. Everyone has had great things to say about him. I really don’t know what took me so long to go for it, but I’m glad that Dani finally pushed me into it.
And just like that my list is smaller by one more item…


Long Absence

March 11, 2011 4 comments

I know that I haven’t been posting anything in over two weeks. I have taken this break due to the birth of my son Cody, and some extended hospitalization. Everything is just fine now, but I have been using this time to bond and adjust to my new family. I guess I have been reading some, but I’ll just add those a little later. Just wanted to add a little note on here to let everyone know that I am still around and will be returning as soon I get a better handle on being a father to TWO boys.

In the meantime I would like to give a “shout out” to my friend The Cartman and his new blog “Joy of Pork” over at I think that he has taken his love of the other white meat a little too far in his last post.

All I have to say is LandCruiser FJ40!

Life is full of unexpected bumps, bruises and surprises. Sometimes it feels like your taking shots from all sides at once, with no chance to defend yourself. Then there are times that things just fall into place and it makes you really wonder if some things are just meant to be.

But before we get into all that. I finished another book about a week ago and am just now getting to updating my progress on the list.

Every pirate must read this!

Part of this is due to one of my best friends getting married. Part of it was being a dad to a very rambunctious 18 month old that can walk up to me and I will literally drop whatever it is I’m doing to go play with that lil guy. Then there is what I always say with things start getting hectic, Life just gets in the way.

I picked up Treasure Island for the first time when I was 12 years old and visiting my grandparents. I can’t remember exactly what happened, but it ended up sitting on my book shelf for the next 20 years. In those 20 years I discovered Jimmy Buffett and island music, and have dreamed about sitting around living on an island or a boat. That type of lifestyle just resonates within my soul. If there is such a thing as reincarnation I believe I was a pirate in a past life and that lifetime has left a residue on my soul that just won’t wash away, nor would I want it to.

Back to the actual book. I really enjoyed Treasure Island and was happy to be able to say I went back and read it after dragging it along with me through life for 20 years. It really is the origin of the romantic pirate lifestyle. If you haven’t read it your depriving yourself of the true pirate tale. The ultimate pirate, whose name just happens to be John, and the eager wide eyed youngster caught up in the adventure that is the basis for all the pirate tales that followed, I mean what’s not to like? Treasure, pirates, the high seas…I will say that I expected a damsel in distress, or a damsel at all, but it was great none the less.

Should be required reading for all young men to fertilize their adventurous spirit.

Now to my BIG news. First I want to thank my wife for putting up with all this nonsense and supporting me to go out and chase all this stuff I want to do. She really is my best friend and I would give everything up for her in a minute. She gave me the greatest gifts in my life when she married me and gave me my son. She also goes along with me on trips and is behind me on all my adventures and misadventures. I know that sometimes she doesn’t understand what I’m thinking, but she has my back no matter what I decide I want to do next. So just in case I don’t tell her enough…Thank you Dani. I love you!

So originally #186 was to own another Jeep. I had a ’84 Jeep Wrangler and I loved that vehicle. It was the funnest ride I ever owned. Even in the winter when I had to have the top on and the heater wasn’t great it still was fun to drive. I had to rebuild the engine in it and that is still the foundation of all my motor/engine knowledge (which is limited) and one of the proudest achievements of my life. My biggest regret was selling it so that I could get my Chevy. I do love my Chevy also, but it’s not nearly as fun. It is the truck that I need to have to pull the trailer and haul stuff. You know really manly things that you have to be able to pull off in order to keep the ol man card.

Having a Jeep is just plain fun. Not to mention that there really is a brotherhood among those that drive Jeeps. They wave, they check out your ride, and there is a level of respect you are given, even if it’s just a stock Wrangler. Now when I say Jeep I am strickly talking Wranglers, CJ’s and such. A Cherokee, Liberty, or Grand Cherokee is not a Jeep. I know it has that name on it, but come on. When you say Jeep you have to think of the old Willy’s from MASH. Anyway, back on topic…I really thought that I was looking to buy another CJ or Wrangler and have to fix it up. Then life threw a curve…

My brother in law got a early 60’s CJ5 for his 30th birthday from his grandfather. It has become a family tradition that is passed down from generation to generation. Talk about being jealous! I had forgotten how much my Jeep had meant to me. Dani must have had a little jealousy going to because she started pointing our Jeeps for sale and dropping hints that she would be happy for me to get another one. So I started looking also. I even pulled my brother in law aside and asked if he would mind if we got a Jeep also. I just didn’t want him to think that I was taking something away from his gift and everything that it meant. No matter what happened I wasn’t going to get a vehicle that meant that much.

I wasn’t finding anything that I was really into or could afford. I would be on Craigslist and be getting excited about settling for just getting something. Which is something that I told myself I didn’t want to do. If I was going to spend money on something I wanted to really love it. Then here comes The Cartman who has to give his opinion on everything that I’m doing and he was thoroughly disgusted with the thought of me getting a Jeep. Why this man cares so much about what I’m doing is beyond me. I guess it’s just a testament of the depths of his friendship. He said that I should be getting a hot rod like a ’32 Ford coupe or something similar. Not at all what this item is all about. Then I mention that I also like the Toyota LandCruiser FJ40’s. This The Cartman approves. So I had that going for me, one more problem. People really like their FJ’s. I mean REALLY like them and don’t want to give them up, at least not cheaply. So I was just about to give up on that idea, which sucked because I was really digging the FJ look and that everyone seemed to say they were bomb proof. Then I found a listing in Petaluma which is one of the closest FJ’s that I’ve been able to find. It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but thought that it would be worth the look. So I talk Dani into going, she really wanted a Jeep so this took a little begging.

It's not a Jeep, but I love it.

When we got there we met an older gentleman that explained that he was a mechanic that had hurt his back and wrist and just couldn’t drive and 4×4 like he wanted to anymore. He had restored this LandCruiser and put in a lot of work in her. The engine is a straight six (same type I rebuilt in my old Jeep) and purrs very smoothly and quietly. He had built a Rubicon rack that sits up on the roll bar and has tons of extras that I would never had expected. Air compressor, hi lift jack, CB radio, extra fuel tanks and thats just a few of them. I was so excited! However, like I said it was more than I discussed with Dani and I thought it just wasn’t going to be able to happen. Then the guy starts lowering his price, without me even asking yet. I have hope. Another couple minutes of chat and I was able to get him to lower the price again. This time to a number that I think I can make happen. I figured I was going to have to wine and dine Dani to get her to be on board. Not only is this not the vehicle that I said we were going to get, but it’s more expensive. We get back in the car and head to dinner, first thing she says is “Did you love it?” and I try to play it off. Yeah its good, but I want to get something that the family is going to like. This is as much her’s as it will be mine. Then comes this…”Well, if you love it you should get it.” I love this woman!!!! But I still play it cool and say I want to think about it. That lasted til after dinner and I called and said I’d take it and be back to get it the next day.

Good looking good.

I hope he's actually driving this in another 15 years.

The rest is self-explanatory. Dani grew to like it more as everyone said how jealous they were and what a cool rig it is. I love it! I love driving it! The no power anything is actually making me get a workout when I drive it. Going back to my truck was almost too easy and steering I almost pulled into a curb. As soon as I fix the parking brake cable it will be ready for almost anything. I can’t wait to take my lil boy out on a camping trip in it. I think that we are going to have a blast in it, especially going with his cousins in their Jeep.

Another item off, another one that I thought was going to take a long time. I really am living a great life!

Got to love the original logos.

What really is important

Just spent the day running around with the family, but it was a great day. Good reminder for me that I would give up everything on this list for a day with Dani and Robby if I had to. Also how blessed my life is that I don’t.

As always…more to come…