Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Thought...

Very thankful for all of the sacrifices made by our soldiers, sailors and marines over the course of this great country’s history. Also thankful for the sacrifices and hard work made by my father, often working 3 jobs as I was growing up, who died 24 years ago today. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017


My church today was a 13.8 mile thoughtful, purposeful tramp across the city, followed by some meditation in the form of an an ice bath. Some awesome scenery and thanks to a couple of friends who observed me far from home and stopped and asked me if I needed a ride. In the future, however, note to self: take identification and water, and wear comfortable shoes. Not sure how Jesus walked as much as he did in sandals, but I definitely get why he took so many frequent rests.   

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Proud Papa

Feeling very proud this evening. I’ve been hard on my son during his young life in an effort to teach him to be a man in a world that doesn’t respect them any longer. No ‘safe zone’ for this teenager. Between a father who pushed him physically, a mother who held him accountable academically and a church family who challenged him spiritually, he’s always had to keep his foot on the gas and challenge himself every day.

After a state and national championship in the hardest sport in the world in middle school, he had his shoulder surgically repaired prior to high school. Despite continuous dislocations, he kept at it, winning over 90% of his high school matches (94-8 record) and winning or placing in every tournament he wrestled in, despite often doing so with basically one arm against well-prepared opponents who knew it.

This past year has been the hardest, after a final dislocation ended his wrestling career and he had to watch teammates and former opponents finish their high school career on high notes. But he manned up more than ever, showing what a 3-year team captain does in that situation: traveling with his team, helping support and coach teammates, and being a role model in reflecting how to handle a bad situation. To top it off, he made straights As his senior year, despite taking all AP and Honors classes, in addition to working an average of 25 hours a week.

While graduating high school with honors is an awesome accomplishment, I know that the future has even more in store for him as he heads south to college in a few months after heading even further south (Honduras) next month on a mission trip. My heart is full as I look (literally) up to him now and say “Well done, my son.”

Friday, May 26, 2017

Weekly Retrospective...

What I’m readingThe Spiritual Emerson by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

What I’m listening to: Real estate podcasts by Bigger Pockets.  The latest was a guest interview of Meghan McCallum, who has some great ideas for that market

Where I’m failing: Discipline, but I draw motivation from my son, who has been hitting the gym with me every other morning before work.

What I’m excited about: I stopped by my daughter’s apartment last night on my way home from work, which is awesome to be able to do. So proud of that kid. Also jacked for my son, who jumped out of a perfectly good airplane yesterday with some of his friends.

Quote that has me thinking: What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

What I need to work on: Spanish (Honduras in June/July) and my spring garden (still a lot to plant).

What I’m looking forward to: Life, man….

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday Motivation....

My son, who graduates Saturday, decided to go skydiving with his friends today. What a life….

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

'Would You' Question of the Week

Would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane? I did, and I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, because my son will also do so tomorrow…..

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Old School Pic of the Week

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results – Albert Einstein 

Monday, May 22, 2017


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Emerson Quote....

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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Weekly Retrospective

What I’m readingThe Ice Man by Phillip Carlo and The Book of Matthew.

What I’m listening toDave Ramsey’s daily radio show. Everything he says is basic common sense, but it’s amazing how often I need to be reminded.  

Where I’m failing: Letting my emotions get the best of me. I was pretty sick when I left work Thursday night and stopped by an urgent care clinic. I had called ahead but was not called to the desk until 10 minutes after signing in. Everything appeared to be good until the customer service person asked me to sign a document stating that they could bill my debit card in the event my insurance didn’t pay for certain services. I told the rep I had a $35 co-pay so there shouldn’t be any additional charges. I then stated that I’d never NOT paid a legitimate bill. I then informed her that medical facilities were well known to overcharge people and that’s why insurance companies oftentimes didn’t pay for services to begin with. Before I left on principle, prolonging an infection that has made me completely miserable for the past few days, I said a few more things that I’m not proud of, including a couple to folks in the waiting room. Oddly enough, the urgent care clinic I went to yesterday morning (how I love to spend a vacation day) didn’t ask for anything, saw me more quickly (without an online scheduled appt) and had me on my way in less than 30 minutes from the point of arrival.

What I’m excited about: My son’s birthday/graduation swim party at the house today and senior day at Church tomorrow.

Quote that has me thinking: There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning. - Louis L’Amour

What I need to work on: Spanish (Honduras in June/July)

What I’m looking forward to: Kicking this massive sinus infection. A steroid shot and 10 days of antibiotics starting yesterday….

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May Garden Tips (from the UGA Extension)

  • Make third plantings of vegetables mentioned for April (snap beans, corn, squash, lima beans).
  • Control grass and weeds; they compete for moisture and fertilizer.
  • Locate mulching materials for such crops as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, Irish potatoes, okra and lima beans. Apply before dry spells occur but after plants are well established (usually by blooming time).
  • Pole beans cling to the trellis or sticks more readily if attached by the time they start running.
  • Try a few tomato plants on stakes or trellises this year. Now is the time to start removing suckers and tying the plants up.
  • Watch out for the "10 most wanted culprits": Mexican bean beetle, Colorado potato beetle, bean leaf beetle, Harlequin cabbage bug, blister beetle, cabbage worm, tomato hornworm, tomato fruit worm (and corn earworm), cucumber beetle and squash bug. Early discovery makes possible early control.
  • Begin disease control measures as needed. Check with your county Extension office for more information.
  • Water as needed.
  • Mulch as needed.
  • Keep a log book of problems and failures that occur so you can avoid or prevent them in the next planting season. Note successful techniques and varieties for consideration next season.
  • Make plans now for putting up some of your garden produce. Check with your county extension office for more information.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

'Would You' Question of the Week

Would you rather Reverse one decision you make every day or be able to stop time for 10 seconds every day?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Old School Pic of the Week

My maternal grandfather, Joe Bobo, pitching in the Southern League back in the 1930s….

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday Quotes....

For us, warriors are not what you think of as warriors.  The warrior is not someone who fights…The warrior is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. -  Sitting Bull

Kind of reminds me of this quote, made almost a couple thousand years earlier:

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends – Jesus Christ (John 15:13, The Holy Bible)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Grandma...Where it all Started.....

Got to stay in my first Air BnB and hang out with this beautiful lady Friday evening and Saturday morning while in Louisville…..

Sunday Projects....

In addition to putting down a lot of mulch, spring plants and soil conditioner, I worked on my brick walkway and pulled some potatoes….

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Year to Date Progress...

To date through the end of month April, I’ve made the following progress in measurable goals (thanks to Kadar, Corey and Tyrone for keeping me on point for the rest of my goals):

Body Weight:

Net Worth/Debt:

Thursday, May 11, 2017

'Would You' Question of the Week

If you were reborn in a new life, would you rather be alive in the past or future?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Old School Pic of the Week

Might have been the best slugger to ever play the game, but never got the chance to try his hand in the big leagues...... 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sun Tzu Quote

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.  - Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Hamburgers and Prayer

Today we celebrated our first ‘Hamburgers and Prayer’ gathering in downtown Dallas. We met some new friends and are looking forward to learning more about how we can serve our brothers and sisters in the community as we continue these going forward. 

Saturday Project

We continued our work at Clarkdale Elementary School, moving a lot of mulch and creating a composting bin….

Spring Blooms and Onion Harvest

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Old School Pic (and quote)

The Mick after a bad day at the plate....check out those forearms!

If I’d have known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself – Mickey Mantle 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Moving Express Shout Out!

We went down to Jacksonville to help move my beautiful daughter home this weekend and had two guys show up and start signing to me and communicating via text on their phones. Hats off to Chris and Ryan for a phenomenal job and to Siah Huseby and Moving Express for hiring such awesome guys.

Moving Express, St. Augustine, FL
Owned by Siah Huseby

Bacon Grease

Baking one pack of bacon leaves me enough grease to cook eggs for up to 2 weeks....