November 22, 2010

Caribou, Football, Dominoes and my two youngest...

Sure its kind of a pain in the supple buttocks that my kids all go to school in a town 10 miles the opposite direction of my work from my house.  But after I drop the oldest of the three at the High School, I have a little time to kill before the Elementary bus comes to get the other two.  Sometimes we go to the bus stop and throw whatever ball we happen to have in the car around to each other.  Today though, for the second time in as many weeks that I have brought them to school in the morning, we went to Caribou.  The first time, they both got the "kids" hot chocolate.  Its a smaller, colder version, and this morning both boys told me that they were pretty sure that a small would be better.  Hotter and bigger, right?  We got our drinks and sat down for the customary game of dominoes, and half way through the youngest asked if he could go get an ice cube from the barrista.  I said "Sure." and off he went.  The middle boy said only loud enough for me to hear "Maybe somebody should have ordered the kids hot chocolate."

October 04, 2010

Here come the environmental terrorists...

Want to know the scary part of this?  Its not for Halloween, and its not a joke.  This is a serious ad created by environmentalist wackos, and somebody accepted money to run this ad over the airwaves in the UK.

July 03, 2010

Out of mn soon

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July 02, 2010

Wild flowers right off the freeway

These cool orange flowers are growing near an overpass on 494 North, right by where I work.
I bet my Dad knows what they are.

June 25, 2010

June 17, 2010

It is gorgeous out.

Somebody should declare that the weather always be at least this nice, or force someone to create a $20 billion slush fund to pay me out of when its not.

June 12, 2010


"No, I'm not a pessimist. At some point the world shits on everybody. Pretending it ain't shit makes you an idiot, not an optimist."


June 10, 2010

Third grade baseball

So I am sitting behind home plate watching my youngest son's team playing baseball. Every once in awhile, the pitcher throws a ball completely behind the batter. He doesn't have to move, he just let's it go behind him. So is that a pitch that is so inside, its outside?

Everyone is at lunch but me...

I go to lunch too early...

June 09, 2010


Does it look like I have it? Like I am concentrating? I am not. Squirrel!

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I am kind of good looking...

Lisa is drinking at work again.

June 08, 2010

Change is hard...

So I used to have my security keycard in my wallet. It made getting into my office as simple as shifting my hip over by the card reader, no thought process, no hand eye coordination required.
Today the security department came around and gave us all these handy zip cord badge holders. Now I look like a fool when I thrust my ass toward the card reader and nothing happens.

Dreary day...

Best days for massive amounts of indoor productivity.

Everyone has stuff...

Sometimes when your stuff gets to be too much, look around and remember that everyone has stuff. Some of theirs might be worse than yours. Either way, its ok.

June 07, 2010

Geek Squad

Not the Bestbuy version, my company's version.

I lied to myself...

Back a few weeks ago when the price of a Twix bar went up a dime to $0.85 I told myself I wasn't going to buy them out if the vending machine anymore. Liar.

Beautiful day!

Should be working outside, but I'm not.

Think, then speak...

I come into work thru the parking garage, which is technically the basement of the building I work in. When the elevator opened this morning a young lady started to step out, and the realized she had gotten on a down elevator from the first floor. We both work on the third floor for different companies.
So guess what I said as she realized her mistake and was already embarrassed enough?
"It went down on ya, huh?"
She either didn't notice how wrong that sounded, or made this remark to cover it up, "That's ok, I like to ride the elevator."
Oh my, that actually sounds as bad as what I said.
You just have to love Mondays.

April 28, 2010

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February 01, 2010

Make a comeback!

As I am in the midst of a comeback, I am very happy I found Billy Cox and his message. Below is a blog post that is just one of the things I am using to make 2010 the best year ever!

In Life there are times when we get knocked down. Too often we are tempted to just sit there and and get all caught up in today’s challenges. But, if you are going to achieve your full potential, you’ve got to bounce back mentally.

Lance Armstrong overcame incredible odds to become a seven-time Tour de France (the most prestigious race in cycling) champion. In 1996, although he had never won the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong was the number one ranked cyclist in the world. But in October of that year, Lance discovered he had advanced testicular cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain. Chances for his recovery were less than 50 percent. He endured two surgeries, including brain surgery and chemotherapy. Although he was weak, Lance started to think about racing again only five months after his diagnosis. Unfortunately, to add insult to injury, his sponsor had dropped him.

But Lance didn’t let that stop him. He decided to make a comeback. In 1998, he declared victory over cancer and returned to racing. The road back was long and hard, with many challenges and discouragements. But just one year later, in 1999, Lance won the Tour de France. Amazingly, he is now the only person in history to have won the race seven years in a row. What a comeback!

The question is, if Lance Armstrong had never experienced the adversity of cancer, would he have become the greatest cyclist in history? In his book, Every Second Counts (Broadway, 2003), he gives us the answer: “I’ve often said that cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me … the fact is that I wouldn’t have won even a single Tour de France without the lesson of illness.”

How about you? Are you experiencing adversity in your business or life?
Are you letting it hold you back? Depending on how you choose to react, it can make you stronger and you can make a comeback.

How do you become a comeback person? Ask yourself the following:

1. What’s good about this situation or what could be good about this challenge?
2. What can I learn from this experience so I can be better in the future?
3. What are some new actions I can take today and what can I do more of in the future that will help me rise to new levels?

Finally, get up every morning and look in the mirror and say “I am an honest, goal setting, self motivated positive person. I look good, I feel good, and I am moving closer to my dreams.

Remember to be the type of person who provides a service that other people need and fill that need and make friends along the way.

To your success,

You may reprint or re-post this material as long as Billy Cox’s name and contact information is included.

Billy Cox is a author, speaker and business leader who is inspiring the next generation to Dream Big, Take Action and Get Results He is the author of The All-Star Sales Book, The Dream Book and You Gotta Get In The Game. He can be contacted by calling 1-800-722-4685 or