Hi, I'm Ruben. I'm a 24 year-old father to a 22 month old son and a 3 month old daughter. As a young boy I dreamed of becoming someone famous. Which I imagine we all felt at one time or another. So i went to a private catholic high school (St. Joesph), then ventured to a private college(Columbia College Chicago) to follow my dream of being on television. I never did make it or finish college for that matter. I'm a very hard worker at one of the worlds top fortune 500 companies. Yes, I am at the bottom of the food chain as a laborer but was recently promoted to a trainer and trying harder to move even higher on the corporate ladder. I have alot to say, and alot to share so join my blog as I speak of the things that make my world go round and the things that make me ask, "how could that be?"

Friday, January 14, 2011

Da Bears....Is it still a pipe dream to think Super Bowl?....NO! THERE FORREAL!

So its that time of the year again...When the REAL PLAYOFFS begin......The wild card round is finally over and its time for the divisional round.The only difference is that the bears are actually in it.... I also forgot to mention that they will be playing the 7-9 Seahawks. All i can say is we SHOULD win this game...I won't lie, I have already looked passed the Seahawks and started thinking about the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons. I truly think playing either of those teams would be a toss up, with the Bears getting a chance to defeat the Packers at home or the Bears having to venture to the Dirty South and take on those Falcons that no one's really talking about..... BUT THIS IS WHERE THE EPIPHANY BEGINS...WHAT IF, JUST WHAT IF THE BEARS NOT ONLY GO TO THE SUPER BOWL BUT ACTUALLY WIN IT! Its almost impossible to phantom. All I can say at this point is that  the football gods have been looking over us all season from the Calvin Johnson drop in week one against the Lions, to the win against Carolina with horrible 2nd string quarterback Todd Collins....All i know is if Jay Cutler can play his quarterback cards just right and Brian Urlacher and the defense stop the opponents just enough in the next two weeks we could just have a Bears vs. Patriots Super Bowl.I'm not sure how people are viewing this Bears team, but I know that little can stop them from achieving the ultimate goal, or at least making the Super Bowl, even though the Patriots is a whole other story. After the thrashing the Patriots gave Bears in week 14 I'm pretty sure no Bear wants to see them again, but if the football gods want to bless us one more time and take the Pats out this weekend...no one around here will be complaining. Who knows, maybe we could be saying "Bears, Super Bowl XLV Champions!" But for this week will just dream of beating the Seahawks.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Do you really need that i Phone?

Just the other day i was walking through the mall Christmas shopping when i noticed all these people with smart phones.... I understand the day when a executive, a lawyer, or a business man had a palm pilot or a blackberry because he really needed it, but today I see teenagers, mothers, even the elderly with these smart phone that they really don't need. I have a simple Cricket phone.... it makes calls, takes pictures and sends messages and has a full key board, and it works fine. I just don't understand what people need all that technology, do you really need to update your status on Facebook about what your eating in the mall food court, or do you have to tell all your friends who's ex boyfriend they spotted in the mall with a new chick, not really. Maybe I'm just old fashion but i think its a waste of money to have all this garbage on your phone. Just the other day I had a co-worker ask me how much i was spending on my wireless phone, i told him forty five dollars flat. You have seen how big his eyes open when I made this statement when he replied that he was spending around eighty nine dollars a month with AT&T and was locked in for two years. I bet he regrets being swiped up by the hoopla of smart phones, I know that I wont. I just feel people could put there money to better use, for instance there's people waiting for the bus but are holding a smart phone, why not invest that money to get a car to get them off the bus...... or to at least get some new shoes. Just remember the next time you go to walk into an apple store or any cellular store for that matter, ask yourself....do I really need all that stuff on my phone?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving? Really.....?

Awww its that time of the year again, when we all get together and give thanks for all we have and enjoy......or at least that's what it suppose to be about. Last time i checked it seems like all that everyone is worried about is watching football, eating until they can't breath, and in my family at least getting drunk. Is this what Thanksgiving has become? I won't lie I'm a busy man, I have two little monsters in my two young kids, I work as a loading trainer at my job, and i run all errands from grocery shopping to making diaper runs but i still like to find time to have one decent meal a day with my family. I truly think Thanksgiving is everyday except for the actual day of Thanksgiving. I don't no it could just be my personal experience but Thanksgiving has almost become to commerical, to fake, I remember of a time when this holiday would bring great joy to me as a young boy, sitting down with my whole family around, my grandmother making sure i ate some turkey and not just mash potatoes, my brother and my cousins playing video games, my sister making sure everyone was okay and had everything they needed to enjoy themselves and there food, and my parents actually getting along without being at each others necks. I guess alot of things have changed since those fond memories, for this holiday will be much different, much lonelier, my brother is in prison serving 3 and a half years on a fire arm charge, my sister passed away this pass spring after losing her battle with cancer, and my grandmother is in a nursing home with signs of alltimers, but i still have things to be grateful for, my Young son Ruben, who came into this world not breathing when life shot into him a minute and a half after being born, my beautiful daughter Claudia (named after my late older sister) who is so cute and beautiful she could light up my day even  when i can feel the weight of the world on my shoulders, and of course i couldn't forget about my beautiful Fiance Dalia who no matter what goes on between us and whatever circumstances we go through she is always standing by my side. My intention wasn't to tarnish Thanksgiving Day or ruin it for anybody,  but i just want people to think on this holiday what there truly thankful for, not just that they have the day off, get to watch football, and eat until there belt buckle busts; but to reflect on the years events and see through all the adversity and problems they may have had and think of what great things happened and what there truly thankful for...... I  know I will......Will You?

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Roads in Life We All Travel...

I Once sat in a class room... i once dreamed of working in L.A. I once paid $8,500 a semester at a private college to learn the tricks and professional way to using a television camera. I dreamed one day of taping movies, sporting events, porn, and all the great things people pay great money to have a professional camera man to tape. 4 years later i got kicked out of college... lost a girlfriend, found the woman of my dream, had two kids and started to climb a fortune 500 company's ladder. What I'm trying to get at is that we all make these plans of what our life will one day be... but how many of us never end up doing what our parents or even us wanted us to do when we grew up. Some times i ponder what my life would have been had i finished school, moved to L.A. and found the job of my dreams, but on the other hand now i know what my life would be like to be a father, a good fiance, a provider, and a bread winner. I also have found out for the first time in my life how it would feel like to be so good at something that i would be recognized for it and relieve a promotion for it...This is where the story real begins. I was one week freshly kicked out of college and my friend give me a call. He told me they where holding tours and interviews for package handler and at one of the Major Shipping Companies in our local industry park. I ventured into the world of hard labor which till that date i had never worked such a job. I remember on my first day of work one of the regular package handlers told me " they hire alot because alot of people quit because they can't handle this job." I took it in stride. I wont lie on my first couple of days of unloading which is the process of unloading thousands of packages in about three and a half hours to be sorted and reloaded by other package handlers did scare me a bit. My first day i almost quite, thinking about how things would be so different  had i stayed in school but understood there was no looking back. I worked about a couple of months before i met the girl of my dreams and eventually the mother of my kids. She was so beautiful, so sexy, and so short lol. After dating for about 6 months my future  fiance got pregnant with my first child "Little Ruben". I pushed my self to become full time package handler at my job which would mean i would have to perform the hardest job which was to work in the load end and "load" trailers. As I learned the process I noticed that i was very good at this process and after just 2 weeks at performing my new job duties to include loading half the day and unloading the second half of the day I was Awarded Employee of the Month. For me this was a big award considering that the whole facility employs over 250 employees over two sorts. As my new son was finally born i striated to  move my self up the corporate ladder. After about 9 months of my first child being born my fiance was pregnant with my second child" little Claudia". At this point i understood that the money i made as a full time package handler was not enough to support 2 children and my woman. So every day i went to work i networked within my facility, worked hard, and eventually received the promotion to load coach. As i got this promotion it made me feel accomplished, as for the first time in my life I really felt like I had   done something amazing for I had never truly go the extra mile to receive something that only a few could reach. This also inspired me to reach even higher and to eventually become a manager. As for now i will be  the greatest trainer at my facility and enjoy the nice pay raise i received at work. I guess what I'm getting at is that we all plan to live this wild and crazy life that only the famous and rich live, but how many of us end up living the simple life, which i myself is more proud of the say if i was filming porn in L.A. Being a father is better  then anything i could have done with a college degree, and as i sit here and ponder making good money moving up even higher on the corporate ladder i find out that my true love is business management, i would have never learned this had i not gone through the hardships of life. Sometimes we need to be forced into different situations to find our true calling... So the next time something doesn't work out don't trip, just think what could come of it. Thanks

Monday, August 16, 2010

Racer Cars+Gang Bangers+Police= Dessert and a Show!

The other night i had finish food at Aquascalientes (hot water) Mexican restaurant. Which has some of the best Mexican food in all of Cicero. When i left there parking lot i had decided to I wanted some dessert so i decided to get some ice cream. I made my way into the Dunkin Donuts/31 flavors parking lot where I encountered about 15 small  suited civic cars and one lonely mini van with six gang bangers in it. I thought nothing of it as i i drove up to the order window. While ordering two vanilla cones the gang bangers started arguing with some of the people in the racer cars. It only took about thirty to forty seconds after that before you heard and saw an ambush of police cars.As you would imagine all the civics cars zoomed out of the parking lot in time to avoid police. By the time The mini van with the gang bangers noticed the police it was to late, one gang banger jumped out the van to make a run for it and was quickly tackled and hand cuffed while the mini van drove over a curb and drove threw an alley where it was cut off by another police vehicle. As all of this was going on i was still waiting for my cones while in complete shock at what i was watching before my eyes. i finally did get my ice cream while watching a show of a lifetime.....O and my dessert was great to.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Tell me why my son wouldnt sleep.....

My son is so hard to put to sleep.... i can never get myself in bed before 3 a.m. I try the warm milk, reading him a story, playing with him to tire him out. nothing seems to work with him..... His mother is getting him to rest just a bit...hopefully i can get in bed by 4... and yes thats in the morning. Thank gooodness i work second shift. Does any one have any good ideas to help me to get my son to fall asleep?

Ruben's world... What's going on lately with those Cubs

   So I was thinking today...while i was reading my newspaper in the lunchroom,  when will the Cubs win one? I smurked to myself and said how could it be that it has been so long since they have held the crown of world champ? Sometimes I think its the players...OR it could be the stadium....or it just could be that there just not meant to win it. People always seem to think that its the Cubs year...every year. Honestly i think  the Cubs will never win one in my lifetime..That sucks considering im a die heart cubs fan. So I guess I will have to be like the other Cubs hopeful and just keep saying, "there's always next year".