Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington was found hanging in a house in Los Angeles this morning at 9:00am from an apparent suicide.
On This Day
Chris Cornell, the front man for Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog committed suicide by hanging today.
It’s official, we closed on our house today! Benton, Beth and I will move into the beauty below toward the middle of the month. I couldn’t be more excited about it, the neighborhood, and getting to watch the Man grow up in this part of the world.
Benton had his first dentist appointment today. He loved running around the office, but he wasn’t really about that “let me check your teeth”, life.
We went under contract on a new home today … we close March 1st, assuming all goes according to plan!
With rain pouring down and a full U-Haul truck and trailer, Beth, Benton and I said goodbye to San Francisco and observed it in our rearview mirror as we drove over the Bay Bridge for the last time as residents of California.
It was a wonderful almost five years in the Bay, and while we both met a ton of wonderful people, we’re both ready for the next chapter in life.
Thanks for everything San Francisco – we’ll try to keep in touch – you will be missed.
Benton turned one today – it’s hard to believe that it’s been an entire year since this little guy blessed our lives.
We were lucky enough to have a sizable group of friends join us in San Francisco before we said goodbye to the beautiful city.
And we had a great turnout from our families visit Denver a few short days after our arrival.
Ugh, you officially caught your first case of pink eye. Mom took you to see Sara and sure enough, she confirmed it. I don’t think I’ve ever had conjunctivitis, so I can’t say that I know what you’re going through. What I can say is how awesome it is to see you still smiling, laughing, and running around despite your beautiful eyeballs being nearly glued shut.
Here’s to hoping the eyedrops you hate nip it in the bud and it doesn’t last too long.
Love you buddy,
One of the best things I’ve ever seen; you in a backpack, strapped to your mother’s (and my) back.
We hadn’t been to Yosemite yet, despite having lived in the great state of California for over four years. We figured there’s no better time to see it than an impromptu trip in August.
We were wrong. Not only are the waterfalls not nearly as spectacular, but it’s also remarkably hot. Something that you took exception to (I don’t blame you, you run hot like your old man).
Despite that though, you were a champion, the whole trip, with ne’er a cry or peep, and Yosemite was still as beautiful as I imagined it. Below are a few pics. I’m sure you’ll see the entire album at some point when you’re older when your mother or I show you those boooooring family trips and such when you were a babe.
Love you buddy,
Mixpanel had their annual summer BBQ today. It was a blast, and you were a hit (as usual).
Love you buddy,
Today you made a joint art project with the rest of the Pond Koi. I may be a bit biased, but your piece of it is definitely the best.
Love you buddy, Dad.
You missed the music session today cause you were sleeping, which is totally understandable. You’ve been a bit stuffy and under the weather as of late. Being around all of those other little ones has got your immune system all outta whack.
After you woke up, the teachers said you hung out on your tummy for a bit while you explored the instruments. You’re learning so much. I’m proud of you little man. Mom and I will see you in a bit.
It was Benton’s first Valentine’s Day. The awesome teachers over at the day care had all of the kids make presents for their parents. Here’s what Benton made for me and Beth. On the back it says, “I love you mom and dad.”
I love you too, Benton. So much.
This week was Benton’s second at Bright Horizon’s day care. He’s adjusting well and seems to really enjoy being around the other kids. Each day they have him doing something a new to help them with development. Today Celsa helped him play with the Dot Dot Marker. #MELTING
Benton laughed today for the first time. It was epic.
We started off the day visiting the Winchester Mansion in San Jose. What a fascinating lady and place.
We then took Benton to his first Huskers game today in Santa Clara, CA. Nebraska squared off against UCLA in the Foster Farms bowl. After a poor showing in the first quarter going down 21-7, Nebraska stormed back and dominated the rest of the game, scoring 30 unanswered points to win 37-29.
Benton Richard Jorgensen was born today, at 6:03 pm at the California Pacific Medical Center on California St. in San Francisco, CA.
10 weeks to go …
It’s week 29, hella-cray, cray.
Little baby, you’re only three months away. Can’t wait to see you.
Week 22, with Great Grandma and Grandpa Marks.
I woke up to find my second motorcycle was stolen. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t starting to really dislike the stress of living in this city.
Week 19, coming at you from the top of One World Trade Center.
I felt our little baby through Beth’s stomach for the first time today. I’m not sure if it was a kick, or her bumping into the cushioned walls of her comfy little home, but I felt it on three separate occasions.
It was pretty surreal.
I visited New York today for the first time. Okay, technically the second, but the first time I was only in the city for a few short hours while waiting for a train to Connecticut. The flight was good and we arrived safely, but we were supposed to be here this morning at 8am instead of 6pm today, but because we arrived at the airport 6 short minutes past the baggage check time, they wouldn’t allow us on the plane. Pretty incredible, all things considered (it was a red-eye, we were the only people in the terminal, <a href=”https://medium.com/this-happened-to-me/thank-you-from-30-000-feet-2df5cae0eaf1″ target=”_blank”>Virgin America usually has such great customer service</a>, I could go on … ).
Eh, so it goes. First world problems, AMIRITE?
I’ll be working the entire week up here from <a href=”https://www.wework.com/locations/new-york-city/fidi” target=”_blank”>Mixpanel’s New York office</a> at 85 Broad St. in the financial district. Time to see what a week in the life of a New Yorker is like.
More to come I’m sure.
Ms. Bethany’s baby bump, week 18.
Here’s a glimpse at Bethany’s bump, week 17. Big things happening.
Holy Toledo-fish. Today we announced to the Facebook, Twitter (etc…) world that we were having a babe.
I have to save this for personal reasons. The chances of this happening again, are slim-to-none. Partially because it was the first game ever played, but also because Pops’ intelligence is unrivaled – most of the time.
We heard the baby’s heartbeat today for the first time. Well, I heard it for the first time, Beth heard it in Montana. It was pretty surreal and definitely made things a lot more real.
Here’s a pic of the ultrasound. I can’t wait to meet you little bugger.
Some scumbag son-of-a-bitch made off with my brand new Triumph Street Triple R last night. Parked on Pacific St., just between Buchanan and Webster. I’d parked it there for the two weeks I had it. She sat amongst multiple other bikes and scooters.
I’m not entirely sure what drives people to steal from others; especially something as personal as a motorcycle. It’s not like a CD player or iPod, or a phone taken from a car. The pain is far greater, and the inconvenience you’re put through is much more significant.
Here’s to hoping that the world will one day be void of the filth that is capable of committing acts like these.
I hope we’re reunited again soon ol’ girl. If not, I hope he at least treated you with enough decency to give you one last hurrah before likely scrapping you for parts (ugh).
You’ll be missed. I wish we could have had more time together.
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— XANAXCHRIST+ (@RiqqiXNX) December 11, 2014
The Nebraska Cornhuskers finally fired Bo Pelini today – the state erupted in an immense amount of joy (not really).
Back when I worked at Cozy, I had the privilege of working on a shortreal documentary with Henry and Evan based on the San Francisco housing crisis and Kim-Mai Cutler’s wonderful Techcrunch article. You can see the video below, here.
I started a new job as a UX Designer at Mixpanel today in downtown San Francisco. Here’s to the next chapter.
Robin Williams was found this morning in his home in Tiburon, CA from what authorities are alleging to be a suicide by asphyxiation. The 63-year-old actor was said to have been suffering from a deep bout with depression.
Ellie Grace was born today at 6:02 pm. She’s a healthy 7 lbs 15 ounces, and 20 inches long. She’s one of the most precious things I’ve ever seen.
Congratulations Sarah and Eric!
I took Pops to the final Stadium Series game at Soldier Field in Chicago today. It was minus 3 degrees with the windchill, and it snowed 4-6 inches during the game alone. It was one of the greatest experiences ever, and surprisingly, with the layers we had on, it wasn’t nearly as cold as I imagined it would be.
Merry Christmas Pops.
You’ve gotta be kidding me… Zuckerberg is either the most intelligent person on planet Earth, or the dumbest. The Facebook CEO recently announced that they’d be acquiring the mobile messaging app, WhatsApp for 16 Billion (with a big B).
Ironically, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton was denied a job at Facebook back in 2009 when he applied.
Whether Zuck is an idiot or not is yet to be determined. One thing’s for sure though; go start building a messaging app.
It’s my birthday today. Yippee…
I’ve never been uber-keen on birthdays. To me, they’re just another day – God, I’m such a pessimist. Fortunately, I married a woman who apparently feels the birthday is the most important day of the year for its recipient.
This year, my dearest wife not only bought me a home brewing kit, but she also took me on a five-hour whiskey and IPA cruise throughout the city. We rode the F-train through San Francisco, while sipping beers from Bryan and Pacific Labs, and drinking whiskey from Seven Stills (which was coincidentally brewed from Bryan’s beer). It was legen… wait for it… dary.
But she didn’t stop there. After our one and only food/bathroom break, everyone boarded the train to head back to the Castro. Shortly after boarding, 50 strangers started singing happy birthday in unison. The brewers and hosts came by and wished me a happy birthday, along with a number of other patrons who were there to enjoy themselves, not me. But for 2 minutes everyone was there to say happy birthday. It was incredible. I actually teared up a bit. I have never felt anything like it.
Last year Beth (and the rest of my family) got me a NASCAR. I drove that fucker 12 laps at a speed that is incomprehensible. I didn’t think she’d ever top that, until she got a bus full of strangers singing happy birthday.
I’m so stoked I married you, babe. I love you.Thanks for everything.
Over the past 18 months, Cozy has caused me to have to travel to Portland, OR around 10 times. I typically stay between 3-5 days, and sometimes longer depending on what the trip entails. All in all, I’d be willing to say I’ve spent 30-40 days there over this time period, and I’m all but positive it’s rained (at least a little) every single day I’ve been there.
That was until today. Today it didn’t rain.
It snowed instead.
My great uncle Rueben Caha passed away. As my father put it, he was a truly great man, and will be missed by very many. Rest in peace uncle Rueben; we’ll miss you.
My dear older sister married the man of her dreams today. So stoked to officially have a brother in Kevin Fig. Congratulations you two, you deserve it.