Storm Drain Kitties

 

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Nobody likes waking up to their alarms going off loudly next to their ears, especially when there are tornado warnings joining in on the annoyance. After slowly waking up and looking outside, I soon realized the warning was serious this time. If you have ever been around a tornado you should know the awful sound it makes; it sounds like a train is rushing past you. After seeing the pool equipment go flying up in the air, the plethora of lightning strikes nearby, and the sound of nearby tornados, I decided to prepare for the worst. As I sat down, still bundled in my blankets and sweatpants, I started hearing what I thought was baby birds chirping. After living in the woods I became desensitized to the sound of storms’ harming nature, but I have never been able to resist the urge to help. I put some shoes on, said a prayer, and ventured into the storm. Not long after leaving my doorstep, I realized that the chirping was actually meowing. When I finally found where the meows were coming from, my heart sank; there were two tiny kittens underneath a storm grate. Immediately, I tried yanking the grate off of the ground to free them, but it felt cemented to the ground so I continued on to my next idea. I fixed a rope and some zip ties to try and lift the kittens up, but they would not cooperate enough for it to work. Soon, I realized plan B was not going to be successful. With the constant bang of thunder and the sound of tornados in close proximity, I did not want to hang out on top of a metal grate for much longer. More than the sounds of the storm, the frightening yells of the kittens drove me to try even harder to lift the grate once again. After some profanity and hard work, I felt the grate budge slightly: hope! Mud had crusted over the edges of the grate over time, adding on to the weight of the already heavy storm grate. After about 5 minutes of pulling and digging, I finally got one of the sides to budge. Once I got the grate halfway up, I panicked because I did not have a good grip. I worried that if I tried to lift the lid any further, it would slip and possibly land on the kittens. Luckily, my neighbor came out to her patio and asked if I needed help with anything: yes, please. She rushed down after I informed her of the kittens, and she grabbed them while I held the lid up. She told me she had dogs (and a boyfriend who apparently let her go help a stranger during a tornado storm, instead of offering help himself) and could not help any further, so I rushed the kittens to my apartment and warmed them up as quickly as possible. Later in the evening, the kittens started to regain composure. Although still nervous, it did not take long for the kittens to trust me; after a night of rest, they finally started to eat, move around, and do all those other cute kitten things. After a couple trips to the Animal ER, the 4 week-old (roughly) female kittens are now healthy and flea free. So here I am, with another random blog post and two little kittens. I have never raised kittens before so any tips would be great. Also, I am a fairly busy man so I am still unsure if I can keep them or not. I refuse to give them up to an adoption center because these sisters have an obvious bond; I would hate to put them through further abandonment or possible separation. Either I will find a home for both of them to be treated with love and proper care, or these two little girls will be my new roommates.

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Family Trip to Colorado 

Being from Texas, I have rarely seen thick snow, but any time I find myself surrounded by the white fluff I find myself more relaxed than anywhere else. There are few places I’d rather be than in the snow. It’s a sensational feeling to be up on the mountain, and away from all the worries. Whether it be side by side with my best friend or by myself, the rush of pioneering unexplored trails relinquishes a feeling of blissful accomplishment. As a Texan, I gladly suffer through wet winters and harsh summers for the land I call home. That does not mean, however, that I won’t drop what I’m doing at a moment notice to scour a mountain. From broken bones to avalanche warnings, dangers linger around this dangerous hobby, but the fun is well worth the risks. My happy place is in the snow, especially with family. I can forget about all of my problems at the sight of a snowflake. There is something truly magical about being in the snow. Until I grow too old or finances diminish, I will continue to push myself further when it comes to sports like this. Until that day comes, I hope to see y’all on the mountain sometime. 

My First PC.

Luckily for my Writing in Publication grades (I’m currently in college at Concordia in Texas), I was successful when building my first personal computer. My production speed has increased in tenfold; I can finally focus on a working computer. For over 10 years I have yearned to create one, so it’s reassuring to see myself utilizing my new PC only 2 days after completion. School, Work, photography, blogging, movies, and music, this computer will be a beneficial tool for increased productivity. First step? Clean up that horrid clutter.


For those of you wondering which parts I used. 
**CPU** | [Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/VKx9TW/intel-core-i7-7700k-42ghz-quad-core-processor-bx80677i77700k)
**CPU Cooler** | [CRYORIG R1 Ultimate 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/xFw323/cryorig-cpu-cooler-crr1a)
**Motherboard** | [Asus PRIME Z270-A ATX LGA1151 Motherboard](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/7VZ2FT/asus-prime-z270-a-atx-lga1151-motherboard-prime-z270-a)
**Memory** | [Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/6ntWGX/corsair-vengeance-lpx-16gb-2-x-8gb-ddr4-3000-memory-cmk16gx4m2b3000c15w)
**Storage** | [Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/FrH48d/samsung-internal-hard-drive-mz75e500bam)
**Storage** | [Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/KyCwrH/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st2000dm001)
**Video Card** | [EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0 Video Card](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/bNcMnQ/evga-video-card-08gp46286)
**Case** | [Fractal Design Define R5 Blackout Edition ATX Mid Tower Case](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/nwVBD3/fractal-design-case-fdcadefr5bko)
**Power Supply** | [EVGA SuperNOVA P2 650W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/6p8H99/evga-power-supply-220p20650x1)
**Monitor** | [Asus PG27AQ 27.0″ 3840×2160 60Hz Monitor](https://pcpartpicker.com/product/TzfmP6/asus-monitor-pg27aq)

My Great GrandFather in his WW1 Uniform. TX, 1917. 

My mother was adopted as a baby. She was accepted into a loving adopting family, so there was never any wonder about “the truth” for my mother. Recently, her blood family has become a part of our lives. The introduction of new family members was shocking, but delightful. A pleasant surprise, they have proven to be the most loving people. They have been willing to answer any questions we might have, such as family history. Without even knowing me yet, my newly found aunt sent me an ancestry binder full of extensive information. I was interested in my bloodline, and she was more than happy to oblige me. The binder contained this picture, as well as hundreds of others. Pocahontas to King Henry II, my bloodline has revealed compelling information about my heritage. With my busy schedule, I have not yet been able to go through all my new information. Although I am exciting to learn about my family, it is a little over whelming. It may take a year or longer to go through the plethora of new information, but my goal is to classify and organize everything I find on my blog. I look forward to sharing what I find about myself with anyone who wishes to read. If you have any questions, please ask! I will gladly answer any and all questions to the fullest of my extent.

First post to my first blog; Unsure of the direction I’d like to move in. Hopefully, by the summer, I will have a quicker wit for writing and publication. I would like to commit my topic to my family’s history, but do not be surprised to see posts about my current life. I will try my best to keep all posts relevant to Brown heritage.