Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Baby steps - 1st Post of 2011

I'm not quite sure why I find this story so great, but I do. He just seems like a good guy who has made years upon years of bad decisions. And yet, he still sparkles with talent.

So here's to you Homeless Radio Voice Man (aka Ted Williams).

Best of luck in 2011.

It sounds like you've already got some good things going your way.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Important Life Lessons Part II

I swear, the internet is just chock-full of important life lessons. Here's one I just picked up on dating. I'll dedicate this one to my little sister - just because she's the only one in my family still single. And because she's the most likely to date a Ken.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Important Life Lessons

As I was perusing the internet the other day, gleaning information from all of the college conference expansion talk, I was reminded of an important life lesson which is best displayed by the graph below. (Apparently you may have to click on it to get the full effect. Sorry.)

For those of you who may not be as familiar with this 80s classic as I am, here's one of the GI Joe Public Service Announcements that used to play alongside Saturday morning cartoons.

That's right kids. Don't play in all those abandoned refrigerators in your backyard. I'm glad my kids have watched this public service announcement early and often. It's almost as cool as JD's important PSA regarding Munchausen syndrome.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

World Cup

The World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the world and yet no one seems to care about it in the United States. Just last week our boss asked one of my co-workers to come up with a game that we could play to get into the World Cup spirit. NCAA bracket style games were out because of the World Cup's group play format. A support your favorite team idea was out because we're not sure if more than 1 person could name more than 5 teams in the World Cup this year and even if they could it would probably be just by guessing countries from Europe. So we decided to divide up the teams the most fair way we knew how - picking from a hat.

Given the relatively small cast of characters we work with we all got two teams. I ended up with Argentina and Holland. I have to say that when I picked Argentina I was pretty excited because I knew thay are a favorite this year, perhaps because the team has the best player in the world in Lionel Messi. He's now coupled with his infamous coach, Diego Maradona, who lead the Argentines to the 1986 World Cup with his Hand of God play and the Goal of the Century.

Holland, on the other hand, was a team I knew nothing about. Until I looked them up online I thought that one of the highlights of the Dutch soccer team this year was when the Dutch Pop Idol Stars stopped by to sing during halftime. Boy was I wrong. They're actually good. Who knew? Probably not anyone in the United States.

For picking out of a hat I'd say I got pretty lucky. So, on the eve of my first team's game - Holland v. Denmark is tomorrow morning - HUP HOLLAND! Whatever that means.

(The best part of this video is that apparently Holland does not have enough highlights to last out the entire song. Oops.)

Oh, and if you fall apart Holland, I'll still be able to fall back on my Argentinians. (My apologies to Canada for shwoing this video. I'm pretty sure I know why you didn't make it to the World Cup.)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Now announcing...

It's good to be back. It seems like things have been going blazingly fast, sort of like this guy, but with a little more substance.

It seems like things have gotten busier on pretty much every front. The kids continue to grow. We've taken on additional work, home, and church responsibilities. It's been a little hectic. But it has also been a fun time for us as a family as we learn and grow together.

Of particular note is that we are pleased to see our family expanding by 1. It's a girl. Though it has been just a short time, we love her and are excited to have her in the family. Little Bella.

She's a German Shorthair mix, but she seems to have taken her look and identity from the Shorthair rather than the mix. She's a bit hard headed and stubborn which Teri says makes her fit right in with the other kids. But like the other kids, she also has a very tender side to her, tries to be well mannered, and usually has a pleasant disposition--at least when given the proper motivation.

We got Bella for free while we were in Safford. David was excited because a German Shorthair is his dream dog and he figured Bella can be his hunting companion. Teri was excited because she has been asking to get the boys a pet for more than a year now. And although Bella has come with the usual assortment of puppy flaws, she does seem to be adapting to the civilized lifestyle pretty well.

Meanwhile the kids have been busy having a fun summer. They both took swimming survival lessons this year for the first time. McKay grew into a total fish and has since braved diving boards, deep ends, and other pool hazards.

Gibby, although compliant with the requests of his swim teacher Ms. Elizabeth, was not very excited about those requests.

Both survived and hopefully, they will be much safer around water now.

As for Teri and me, we are just trying to enjoy the ride.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Go (AZ) Cardinals

At 3:00 PM or so on Thursday I got an email from my boss telling all employees to support the Arizona Cardinals by showing up for work the next day in Cardinal gear, so long as you didn't have to make an appearance in court. Not wanting to pass up an opportunity to show up in a t-shirt and jeans, I was totally in. But there was one problem - I didn't have any Cardinal gear.

Teri and I set off right after work to rectify that situation but found out that it was going to be pretty hard to do. The sporting goods store had nothing, the mall's cheapest t-shirt was $30, and Wal-Mart after Wal-Mart was sold out. What did we do? We went to the not so local pharmacy store and found an Arizona Cardinals T-shirt stuffed into a mug. Total Cost - $10.

Of course, there was a reason I found the shirt for such a low price. It was light blue. (Like this only without Woody Woodpecker and with the team name and logo in white) You have to figure that these shirts were probably the result of some mistake along the way where the factory completed a several thousand shirt run of blue shirts rather than the red ones ordered. But things like that happen all the time.

Showing up Friday in a t-shirt was great, mainly because no one else did and they were a little jealous that I was able to work in comfort. Having the Cardinals win on Sunday and go to the Super Bowl was even better because I am almost certain to have at least one more "Cardinal Pride" day at work. So here's to you light blue Arizona Cardinal shirt. And go Cardinals! Maybe if you win the big game we might get a chance to show our support in victory parade day. One can always hope.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Those Darn Promises

I was saddened when I read about President-elect Obama's speech earlier this week about how some of his campaign promises weren't actually feasible. Poor guy. Looks like being a rookie at the whole leadership/campaigning thing kind of got to him.

You know how that goes. You're in the moment and you think hey wouldn't it be great if we could get a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage? Next thing you know your thought accidentally slips out of your mouth and you find yourself saying something you never meant to say. And now people actually expect you to do something that you know you really can't do. It's a terrible predicament.

But I think he's handled it well. Rather than disappoint people by saying that he made some stuff up about what his plans are, he's deftly put the blame on everyone's least favorite thing right now - the economy. Here's his quote to reporters.

“I want to be realistic here, not everything that we talked about during the campaign are we going to be able to do on the pace we had hoped,” Obama said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” program broadcast this morning. “Everybody’s going to have to give.” (See the full article here.)

In four years when he's going through this process again, I hope then President Obama will learn from this experience. I know of at least one example of a guy who ran for President who was able to say that he lived up to all the promises he made.

Besides, it may work out for the better that President-elect Obama can't quite give us the "change" he so easily promised. As another former president said in his inaugural address, "Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the achievement, in the thrill of creative effort." Here's hoping we don't stray too far from that ideal.