2/26/2009

31 Statements about Justin Mattes

Jeff had a version of this posted on his face book page and I thought I would publi0sh here too. Let's face it it is indeed of of my better writngs. Even though I don't turn 31 for a few weeks, I
1. I am proud to say I am the only one in my immediately family who was born in Bergen County (Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.) This really means I am a Bergen County Guy. Although when I was born I was transferred to Columbia Presbyteran a day later. Mom was so sick she stayed in Ridgewood and didn't see me for 5 days. First thing she asked my dad was "is it a boy or girl?"! I prefer C.P. to Cerebral Palsy

2. My Birthday is 3/15/78 I share my birthday with Andrew Jackson, probablly why I always use $20 bills whenever possible. Other notable events on 3/15 were the assination of Julies Caesar. Bit of irony because if the doctor had done a C-Section instead of natural child birth I wouldn't have CP. Thee state of Maine was admitted into the union on 3/15 , Maine was the first "road trip" I was Maine when I was a few months old

3. I have a lot in common with my cousin Jennifer than anyone else in my family. Both our names start with "J", we're the oldest of three siblings of the same sex. We both were baptized at our grandparents house, with our great Aunt Millie attending. Our moms are each others godmothers. We are considered to give everyone in our families the most stress.

4. The first time I stood up unassisted was in the garden with my dad, it was went I was in preschool. We started a pumpkin plant in a paper cup in school and I brought it home and planted it in the back. I stood up behinds the pumpkin and my dad took a picture. My mom didn't believe him so he devloped the picture the next day to prove it

5. Even though my brother Chris is 13 MONTHS YOUNGER he has done EVERYTHING FIRST. Drive,date, marry. Even though this has bothered me growing up, and sometimes still does, I know there will be advantages later in life!

6. I only have one friend, Darren, who's EXACTLY MY age. He also has CP and we met at therapy when we were ess than a year old.

7. I actually hold the distinct title of "most Honorary Memberships" in Bergen County, in four different towns. Park Ridge, Ramsey, Teaneck and Woodcliff Lake (not really but you know I had to slip it in there!)

8. My grandfather, Charles Princiotto is the man I admire most. He is also the man I have written about the most. He inspired one of my license plate "runs".

9. My first and only kiss on the lips WASN'T with a girl who I was in love with.

10. I've have all major events in my life happened when I was an even number age.

11. For the record I have NEVER "acted retarded", I have sometimes, ok more than I will admit, acted "Emotionally disturbed", =but ALWAYS WITH GOOD REASON!

12. I have WRITTEN about commiting suicide five times. Four of those times are a direct result of events happening in middle school, once when I was recovering from hip surgery and had to relearn how to walk.

13. My most exotic travels occured on my own or wit h people I didn't know real well.

14. I am probablly one of the youngest people to testify in front of the US Congress. My statements can be found in the Library of Congress.

15. My worst dream was when my mom turned into the Wicked Witch of the East. Nothing implied there!

16. I am known for my love of Jack Daniels. My very first Jack and Coke was with my brother Chris in Atlantic City.

17. Speaking of AC it holds memories not to be written here. My close friends know what I mean!

18. I shared two classess with Jeff and Lauren.Jeff I see the most, Lauren the least.

19. My Uncle Matt is only 9 years older than I am. Therefor I have a hard time calling him "Uncle".

20. In anthoner life I was definitely a lawyer. My Uncle Sal is a lawyer and my godfather.

21. It tok me 7 hours to complete an exam once. I write most of my poetry under 7 minutes, including Grandpa's poem.

22. I cried when I finished "Of Mice and Men".........only book that made me cry.

23. Sean is my best friend, because he has trusted me the most.

24. My family never felt sorry for me, however I can ALWAYS count on them when I truly needed.

25. Writing is my greatest gift. At times I have abused it. At times I have hurt people with it. However I will ALWAYS respected it.

26. I have more of my borther, Peter's friends on Facebook . They are ALL my "younger brothers" they look out for me. In turn I share my gems of wisdom with them.

27. This may sound a bit obvious but my mom is my hero. Everything I ever accomplished or ever will accomplish is because she always believed in me.

28. I want to visit every state in the country before I die.

29. The only people I would ever wish harm on are the ones who make fun of me.

30. ALL MY HOBBIES: Antique Cars. License Plates, Police Scanners, Ham Radio, Photography and Lighthouses are ALL connected...let's leave it at that!

31. I would have written this one my 31st brithday BUT Jeff Krentzman inspired me so much I decided to write it now.

2/14/2009

Surviving Valentine's Day

In fine JM tradition I have been waiting all day to write this entry. As a matter of fact I went out last night so I could stay home tonight and write. These last few Valentine's Day I have been more sensitive maybe because I have yet to ihave a girlfriend myself. I go through stages at times I'm thankful I still single, I couldn't really afford one right now anyway. Although part of me just wishes I could expirence true love. Instead of snuggle up with some sweet someone I'm stuck here writing this entry. Such is life
People have asked why I haven't written more poetry. Wedll I just am not as inspired as I was when I had a fickler of hope at a few romantic encounters. Some of my best poems stemmed from the hope I once had. Like many other times I felt that if I really meant what I wrote, some how insome magically way it would work out for me. However as I sit behind the keyboard I am finally facing yet another demon that rears its ugly head every February 14th! Maybe I am building this up too much however what do you expuect from a guiy who's had co-untless failed attem pts at romance
Out of all the things I don' t have or can't seem to accomplish having so-meone look at my the way my mom looks at mom dad or Natalie (my sister-in-law0 looks at m y brother (younger brother) Chris. They say love isn't a luxery, it's a need well what they don't tell you is youu need different kinds of love in order to make your life complete! This is one o-f the many lessons I have learned the very hard way
If you think I'm feeling sorry for myself, I could careless. The title of this post is "Surviving Valentine's Day" and the only way I know how to do that without getting insanely drunk, is to write about it
I always said anyone can deal with physical pain, it's the emotional pain that can derive you insane. Well having a day celebrating love when you 're not IN LOVE is the most painful an adu lt can face. It's another sign of a failed attempt at a normal life. I see it everywhere and it makes me so sick. It looks so easy for people to fall in love, I upsets me that it hasn't happened to me once.; I have fell in love only twice, both time of cours the feelings weren't mutual! The funny thing is both times the girls felt I was one of their best friends
Everyone getts their heart broken but I haven 't had the fortune to have it recover. Let me tell you it sucks.
The title of this is "Surviving Valentine's Day" because you know what even though I may sound upset now, I'll wake up tomorrow in better condition than I am in right now. That's the "surviving part".
Happy Valentine's Day

2/03/2009

Kicks on Route 66-ham radio style







Alright I have been a little behind on posting to this blog but I thought I would do a little backtracking. Every September a few hams setup stations along old Route 66. Now given my love for license plates and cars this obgviously is right up my alley. This past Sempteber was the first time I was able to participate with my new setup! The stations use special 1X1 callsign ranging from W6A to W6S are scattered along the old Route 66. So I looked the information up and learned that the Missouri Texas and New Mexico stations setup PSK, so of course I attempted to pick them off. Well easier said then done. I had to go on 40 meters in the middle of the night to see if I could get them. All of the contacts happened around 2:00 in the morning so I couldn't actually run downstairs and tell my folks...So I had to wait until the next day.
I sent the QSL cards out one by one, complete with SASE and patiently waited for the return cards. I also needed New Mexico on 40 Meters so it was a double treat, a special event and a new state
After doing some investigating I found the group sponsoring this event every year awards a certificate if you send away for it. So I filled out the application along with $5 CASH (figured nobody would think that cash is sent by mail any more) and off I sent it to California. Then the waiting game came because it wasn't until after New Years did I get the certificate, I call it a late Christmas gift.
Now the question remains, will I do it again? ABSOLUTELY I am hoping a few more PSK stations come on the air, like Illinois which is a fairly easy hit from my QTH in Bergen County.