I don’t know how my wife can handle all the comedy I bring on a daily basis

January 30th, 2015

Today will be a whirlwind after the kids get home from school: bolting to the Igloo for a semi-private ice hockey lesson to help prep Van Jr for his tryouts, Viv has play practice, and then I’ll be taking a couple of Viv’s friends to Stratosphere. And then we’re hosting a couple of Viv’s friends for a sleepover.

The lesson for Van Jr is to hopefully get my son some confidence during games. Although I’m saying it’s for tryouts, it’s truly to improve his game time performance for the remainder of the season. He’s been stuck in a chicken and the egg situation all season. He tends to freeze up during games, but looks great during practices. One of the best way to get over that freezing is to face live ammo (i.e. ice time during games). The problem is that ice time is earned. Ergo, he gets in his own way to earn it.

I don’t know how my wife can handle all the comedy I bring on a daily basis… this discussion was based around Abbe asking me to move the new heavy bag we recently inherited…

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Regardless, I’m definitely Overly Paranoid Rob Lowe…

January 28th, 2015

Maybe it’s the snow. Maybe it’s the squirrels in the attic. Maybe it’s all this working from home. Maybe it’s Maybelline. But I’m definitely coming down with some serious cabin fever.

Some of my recent conspiracy theories… point to a distinct opinion of marketing…

I think my distrust and my “spidey senses” being piqued are all due to that each one of these incidents allows the offended to feel justified anger with an easy path to redemption. It feels like they just “gamified” your angst, America.

Regardless, I’m definitely Overly Paranoid Rob Lowe…

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I’m going into the office tomorrow to hang around some humans.

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God bless the great indoors

January 27th, 2015

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Movie Reviews…

300: Rise of an Empire – I wasn’t expecting anything cerebral, and I was not disappointed. Plenty of uncerebralnessitude…

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lessons for a father

January 26th, 2015

I attended an Emotional Intelligence training class last Friday. I sneered at this class with cynicism just as I used to as an arrogant, young man that knows everything. But this time, I decided to keep my eyes and ears open. And I am glad I did. There were many lessons in that class for this 40 something year old. Lots that will apply for work, but most of the improvements I felt were for my most important role as a leader… lessons for a father.

It’s weird how much more I worry about my children’s struggles than they do. I need to quell my own “inner hulk” to give them calm leadership.

Even in the face of seemingly unprovoked unfair treatment. We are going to stand strong and work harder to change minds. As a family, we will keep our ears and eyes open to do our best to understand the other side.

Impact doesn’t always match intention, so we need to do our best to dig through to grasp what is needed to break patterns that are unproductive.

Above all else, we need to be honest with ourselves and be honest with our own abilities. Being able to back up and make sure of our footing when we take a stand is important. Take this logo…

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Have you ever seen the arrow?

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I’ve seen that logo thousands of times, but never noticed it. We don’t know everything. We need to be humble and recognize that.

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Welcome to the Hotel Squirrelfornia… You can check out any time you like, and you can also leave.

January 22nd, 2015

I hate squirrels. There I said it. Hate them. They tear up parts of our house so that they can get inside the attic for warmth. And they have been livin’ it up in our attic at the Hotel Squirrelfornia…

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A tiny squirrel scratching and running around above your head at 3am sounds like a full grown man climbing through your insulation. It sucks. We’ve been losing sleep. So I took action…

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I cut back the limbs near the entrance to the near the dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair. Where I could smell the warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air…

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And sealed up the doors with a couple layers of screen. So suck it, squirrels. You can check out any time you like, and you can also leave.

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It’s worked well… at least, the past couple of days.

So I called up the Captain,
“Please bring me my wine”
He said, “We haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine”
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say…

So yeah, Captain bring me my wine and I don’t want to hear any voices or squirrels waking us up in the middle of the night any more.

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