Did you say peanuts or mustard?


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Is it me or are people talking more softly now?

I used to be able (when I was a school teacher) to identify a single voice out of a group of people (important when people ie students plot against you). That skills is gone with my older ears.

Why is that?

I know a bunch of other tricks and am still able to see what is unfolding before it happens often (with kids). but I can’t hear the extra clues that used to make me better/faster.

I miss those ears.

Started me down the path of considering what else old doesn’t work as well as it did. My back hurts virtually every morning. Doesn’t matter what I do the day before, only that my back will hurt in the morning.

My eyes aren’t as good as they used to be – a function of age I know.

Aches that used to be for one day, now last three or four.

I have to take vitamins and protein shakes just to keep the whole thing moving forward.

Youth is wasted on the young.

.doc

Five songs that changed my life


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I’d like to teach the world to sing:

I was twelve – what can I say. (the actual song not the Coca Cola commercial version).

Heart of Gold

Again, 12, but this song has stayed with me my entire life. Actually this was the launching of my Neil Young fan club. I’ve got just about everything Neil has written/published/sung over the years. I fluctuate my favorite between this song and the next song on the list. I played this song for my wife when I realized she was “the one.”

Old Man

12, Neil Young, this one touches me. I sing this one in the car when I hear it.

Sound of Silence

This was one the first really hard song our choir sang and I love it to this day. It is one of the most haunting songs I know.

Number five is a compilation song – anything else by Neil Young, a couple of songs by James Taylor that stick in my mind but you could also put a number of songs by Simon and Garfunkel in there. I also love anything by Bruce Hornsby and the Range, the Blues Travelers and of course classical stuff fits nicely here as well.

My fifth favorite song is more of a mood song than anything else.

thanks for listening!

.doc

To be


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I am

I was

In the little quiet

I still am

but

huge wide word

but

that fills the page,

and the next page

and the page beyond that

with confusion

but

and but

is all that echoes

bouncing off the walls in a hollow room

and we do not question

seems funny

but

but

huge but still somehow less than what we were.

We are,

we were

but

can you shape that word into a tiny hole?

push it

like water under pressure

more than the container

bursting forth to quell fires

can you shape that word into a tiny hole?

or will the pressure kill you

but

no pressure

but

no pressure.

.doc

An Architectural Home Companion still my favorite all time blog series…


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If you are interested you can find old copies of AHHC out on this blog in the archive and on my wordpress blog (above) also in the archive.

So yesterday the wife and I did date night (its one of my favorite nights – we just get to be ourselves rather than mom and dad). We went to the movie Knight and Day. It was as Barb put it “a good summer romp.” Not the greatest movie ever but certainly a movie that you could enjoy for a couple of hours.

My next great goal in life?

Five places I have never been but would like to go:

  1. Seoul South Korea
  2. Anywhere in New Zealand
  3. South Africa
  4. Anywhere in Africa (other than SA)
  5. Santiago Chile (or for that matter Peru)

The question is always when will I go!

.doc

Listen can you hear it?


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I got sunburned a little yesterday which rarely happens for me. I have been inside most of the summer and was only outside for a 1/2 day Friday but that was enough.

  • Why is it that some people are willing to talk about money, and other people are not?
  • When does someone become mature?
  • Teaching a child to drive is a lot harder than you would think.
  • Why is it that highway construction often seems to be at the busiest time of the summer for travel?

Anyway long trip back home now. Sometimes I think it is 10 times harder to drive someplace for meetings than it is to actually fly there. Yes there is the stress of getting to the airport, but in reality it is actually easier to fly than drive. Kudo’s to the airlines (and in particular United, my favorite) for making that the case.

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Wind in your face, sand in your eyes, the beach


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In High School I was introduced to the fantastic novels of Jean Sheppard who wrote about life in Northern Indiana. “Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories,” the story of a prom date in a steel mill town is my personal favorite. There are a couple of movies (Summer Story and A Christmas Story) that are also from the same series and again based on life in Gary Indiana in the 1930s and 1940s.

That essence that the books capture and share remains a critical reason why I write this blog and books today. Sharing even one minute of who and what you are with someone is amazing. I think back to my own childhood and the slice of life moments that changed me as a person. Sitting in a boat early in the morning with both my father and grandfather fishing. Those were simply amazing times for me. We didn’t often catch enough fish to eat, but we had a lot of fun trying.

The first time I kissed my wife was simply life changing. The moment I met her everything else just seemed to float away. I’ve told her a million times it doesn’t matter I go in the world, it isn’t real until she see’s it.

Becoming a dad was an abrupt transition for me (my wife already had a daughter from a previous marriage) but i treasure that person and that relationship.

The birth of the Bean and later “da boys” remains with the day of my wedding the most tremendous days of my life.

With the Wind in your face – face your journey and never look back!

.doc

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Building out a solution


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I’ve been toying with the idea of redoing my home network.

  • Its got some sections that have issues, not sure why they have issues but there are issues.
  • I have a couple of powerline Ethernet segments that don’t seem to be performing at a good level
  • wi-fi remains inconsistent

i have to find some way to solve the various bandwidth needs in the house without moving or rewiring everything (although moving and pre-wiring is appealing).

There has to be an easy way to have wi-fi everywhere without having to buy range extenders and antennas that go in every room. If I have to have a device in 1/2 the rooms of my house it defeats the value of wi-fi.

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