Tuesday, July 29, 2008

For My Friend

I am feeling a little better since my surgery on Monday. Yeah, I had a growth removed from my head. Nothing too serious... but I am sure glad that it is over. Although today my thoughts are with my friend and her family, who are dealing with much more than me.

Take a moment to laugh if possible:

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Napkin Anyone?

Well I am sorry that it has been a few days since my last post. I know, I have been slacking, but to be honest it is hard to write something here everyday. I don't always feel inspired to share, is that rude? Don't get me wrong I enjoy sharing in my random and sometimes incoherent thoughts. I hope I haven't let you down and ran you off. I am committed to try to stay somewhat consistent. Look for some changes to the weekly post format in the coming month.

For now enjoy the following video:

Sunday, July 20, 2008

It's A Twister

One look at that picture and you begin to understand what kind of evening Nicole,Lucy, and I had. I was enjoying my Sunday nap when I kept hearing the neighbors saying, "Oh my God!" over and over again. I also heard some thunder in the distance. At first I just rolled over to get back my summer slumber. But my curiosity got the better of me so I looked out the window and saw a black sky. As I turned around,the tornado sirens erupted. I ran out to the living room and saw Nicole sitting there on her laptop. I said, "Have you looked outside?" She said she was just out there a half hour ago with the dog and it was fine. The sirens keep ringing, I told Nicole we would need to head down to the garage. I ran down the steps outside and looked around the corner and I was stunned. It was a large wall cloud rotating towards us. I ran back up the steps and told Nicole get Lucy and don't worry about anything else. So I grabbed the keys and my Blackberry, this just proves that I guess I consider my Blackberry as part of the family. When we got to the garage we nestled ourselves in front of the back concrete wall. At this point the rain started coming down very heavy and thunder that wad defying. I was, to be very honest, worried. God bless my sweet wife, as we sat there she said we should have a prepacked emergency bag. Always thinking, what would I do without her and her constant pro activeness. Well the storm blew over without any serious damage here. Then the sun came out, and we ended our evening with Italian Paninis for dinner.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Laugh, Think, and Cry

On March 4, 1993, Jim Valvano was awarded the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award at the first annual ESPY Awards. Following is his acceptance speech

I can't believe it has been fifteen years since I watched that speech on ESPN. It moved me then, and it still does today. I have never forgot the quote at the end:

"Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever".

The Jimmy V Foundation

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

I Dare You

hat was something I heard all the time when I was a kid. For those who didn't know me as a kid I didn't turn down too many dares. You didn't have to go to the dreaded double or triple dog dares, I would take you up on it pretty quick. I must say my pride got me hurt a lot as a child, although I was a kid and what else where you going to do, right?

One thing my friends and I did do all the time was ride bikes. It didn't matter if it was sunny or raining, we where always on our bikes. Sometimes it was to just ride to a friends house to play Atari, or a all day drive to my grandparents house in Cincinnati. So I am sure your asking what does my lack of turning down a dare and riding bikes have to do with each other?

I have decided to accept a dare, the dare to lose weight on Livestrong.com . I was reading on the website last night and once I saw the word dare, it was on like donkey kong. LOL... sorry I have been dying to use that phrase. I have bought a bike and I am committed to shed the flab. I will get into the bike in a future blog.

Anyway, so lets review, I can't turn down a dare, my childhood was so boring all I did was ride bikes, and I have accepted a dare to lose weight at age 35. No problem I am glad we had this chat.

To follow my progress: Livestrong Blog

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Life in a box

Hello out there whomever you are, I don't have anything specific to write about today. It was a normal day work,home,and sleep. Boring you say, not really to be honest. I guess one may feel as though it is boring, and ask why didn't you do something fun and get out of your box and live a little. Right now I don't mind being in my box, it may not be much but its mine and I am sharing it with my sweet wife and awesome dog.

I imagine one day I am sure I will look back and realize how easy it was just to go to work then home then to bed. I will long for days that weren't filled with dirty diapers and soccer practices. Some would say I am behind in life, but I believe everything happens in its own time whether you agree with it or not. This is not good for me since I am very inpatient.

I see myself right were I belong, with a long road ahead. A road I am sure that will be mostly uphill. Things do happen, and life will stare you down and test your will. Its how you choose to confront it, and respond, that will make the difference. A challenge is how we learn, but you have to allow yourself to learn.

Inside my box there is love and hope. Two things that don't have a price and can't be equalled by anything or anyone. Inside my box I am content, not chasing a carrot I can't catch. Don't worry I am not going to sell my wears and go live in a commune. I hear their dental plan stinks anyway.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Big In China

GM, Ford doing well in China,

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Now I am not going to ramble on about how I have all the answers about high oil prices. And I am not going to point any fingers at any lawmakers or anything. Nicole gets to hear me complain enough about all of those issues... :)

What I will say is I think its interesting that GM and Ford have seemed to find a market to buy their cars and trucks instead of America. But is it too little to late for them, time will tell. I think it is also funny what they say in the article about how the goverment is controlling their fuel prices in China...lol... Now that is a great business plan, make everyone pay for their cheap prices. And I am sure their goverment is also invested in oil.


Monday, July 7, 2008

Quitting last forever.

I was watching the Tour De France today and it just didn't seem the same without Lance. Oh well this year is the first year I have paid that much attention to it really. There seems to be something about cycling I have always enjoyed. Although I haven't been back on a bike in several years, and for good reason I guess. A few years ago I was hit by car while riding and it was painful physically and emotionally. I haven't really told too many people but it was something I wasn't proud of even though it wasn't my fault. I have always wanted to get back in saddle but was a little apprehensive to be honest.

Then about a few weeks ago I saw a picture of an old friend on his bike enjoying life. Made me think I should just do it. I should just get a bike and head out and explore and find out whats waiting for me around the next corner. Now I know what you are thinking, yeah I am little worried about the biker pants and the biker jerseys well lets just say I will be not be doing any Nike ads anytime soon.

Lance says, "Pain is temporary, but quitting last forever." I will try to remember that when I am trying to climb my first hill again. That is what I like about this video, he falls but he doesn't give up.


Saturday, July 5, 2008

Time to Party!

Well today is the day we have our post reception party for everyone who couldn't make it down to Jamaica. Funny thing is that today I kind of feel like I am getting married all over again. Which is fine because I would marry Nicole all over again anyway. Nicole has some of her family down helping tie up loose ends, and I am just trying to not get in the way. I can't wait it should be a good party.

To all of our friends and family thank you, we couldn't do it without you. For those who couldn't make it, its kewl. There will be pictures and video of the festivities forthcoming.

Here are some of the places we used for our reception:




Friday, July 4, 2008


It's that time of the year
for the red white and blue
They stand for freedom
in all you say and do

Show off those colors
for all the world to see
Fly them proudly over
the air the land and sea

We celebrate the birth
of our blessed country
It surely is indeed
the land of the free


Tuesday, July 1, 2008


As you can see everything changed overnight. What do you think? I decided to name my blog.... "The Daily Dose" Which means I am going to try to stay on top of this "daily" I can't make any promises that it will have something new everyday, but I will try. You can still expect sarcastic humor and occasional car blog and of course very popular "Lucy Picture of The Week."