Thursday, April 28, 2005

Getting Organized

I had a great meeting with my boss yesterday that was followed up with a voicemail from her basically saying how great she thought I was and how great she felt about the working relationship we've established.

In honor of that, I've dedicated the first part of my morning to getting my office cleaned up...it's been trashed for too long now.

Once that's accomplished, I'm going to focus on doing whatever I can to increase sales for our company. I know that's my job in the first place, but I've been lacking in motivation lately. She really gave me the push I needed without really pushing me. I like that style of management.

Today means we have soccer practice for K after school and J has speech over the lunch hour. Nothing too crazy, but enough to keep us moving.

I hope to get back to the gym tonight for weights and then back again tomorrow over lunch for basketball.

Until Next Time...

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Saturday, April 23, 2005

Getting Old Sucks

Alright...I'm only 34 years old. I really don't think that I'm all that old.

Apparently, my back begs to differ.

All of the sudden over the past few days, my back has decided on several occasions to just go crazy and cause me to crumple into a heap on the nearest surface...usually the floor or the bed. It's in one specific place every time, so if I go to the doctor on Monday, I'll at least know where to direct them.

But dammit, this sucks.

Alright...I'm done bitching (for now). Go back to your Saturday night festivities.

Until Next Time...

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Socks & Soccer

Yep...today is Saturday which means it's soccer games and laundry time.

Had an early game today at 9:15 and it was pretty damn chilly...about 43 and windy. We endured and the girls played a great game, winning 4-0 against a team of bigger girls. K even made an awesome stop as goalie by deflecting a shot and tracking it down just inches before it crossed the goal line.

Other than that, just had Chipotle for lunch and am now have the second load of laundry of the day in the washing machine and have folded three other baskets' worth of clothes that were left over from earlier loads.

My biggest gripe about laundry is how long it takes the clothes to dry compared to the washing machine cycle. It really draws out the process for getting six people's wardrobes washed. (Yeah...I know I wait too long between laundry days, but I just don't enjoy it!)

Right now, though, wife K is out with my sister. Kid K is at a friend's house. J & L are having "quiet time" in their rooms. And M is taking a nap too.

So I'm sitting on the couch blogging while I wait for the clothes to dry and watching the PGA Tour on TV.

Hope everyone's having a good Saturday!

Until Next Time...

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Friday, April 22, 2005


This is the pic from "Boy Time" a couple of weeks ago. Posted by Hello

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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Happy Birthday Honey!

Just wanted to publicly wish my lovely bride, K, a very happy birthday today.

We're going to two of her favorite restaurants for lunch and dinner today...Dos Reales for lunch and Carrabba's Italian Grill for dinner.

Sure, it'll cost a small fortune, but the food will be damn good!

Have a good day all!

Until Next Time...

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Catching Up

I've been a bad blogger lately and haven't been posting as much as I should. This could be a long post, so consider yourself warned. (The boss is on vacation today...what else am I supposed to do?!)

Last few days have been busy with soccer games and softball practices for K. Tonight she has dance which means it's pizza night. I'm hoping I can sit back and enjoy a $.75 beer while I wait for her tonight....all depends on if I need to come back home or not during class.

Speaking of beer, today I called on a prospect located in Latrobe, PA...that's the home of Rolling Rock beer which I happen to like. I'm thinking a definite sales trip will be required for that one.

Baby M started cutting her first tooth this morning, so let the teething pains begin! I hope it's not too bad for her.

In sporting news, I want to touch on two subjects, so I'll start with baseball. No big shock that the KC Royals are sucking this year. They lost the home opener which I attended and I think they've won maybe one game this entire homestand. What is surprising though is my Baltimore Orioles (I've been a fan since I was 5 even though I've always been here in Kansas.). As of yesterday they were in first place in the American League East....ahead of both the Yankees and the Red Sox. Go Birds!!!!

Sporting topic #2 is the NFL and the HUGE money they got for the latest round of television contracts. ESPN alone has to pony up around $1.1 BILLION for the rights to Monday Night Football which will go to cable for the first time ever away from ABC. (Both ESPN and ABC are owned by Disney.) NBC is back in the NFL broadcasting business after an 8-year hiatus as it takes the Sunday night game package for an estimated $600 MILLION. (ESPN previously had the Sunday night package.) The NFL looks to make more money as they plan to add a separate set of Thursday and Saturday games late in the season. CBS and FOX will continue to air the Sunday afternoon games.

I'm thinking I need to start my own pro sports league and get my cut of some of this money!

And with that, it's time for some reviews!

BOOKS

The Broker by John Grisham

Definitely not his best work. I've yet to read anything of his that tops The Firm. The best part of the book is the Italian setting and the descriptions of the main character's surroundings. It felt like Grisham was trying to cross over into Tom Clancy territory with all the cloak and dagger spy stuff and it just didn't work that well. It was an easy read and passed the time, but ultimately not very fulfilling.

Rating: 2 out of 5 "plays" (If anyone has a better idea for a rating system that can play off of this blog, post it in the comments.)

Sideways by Rex Pickett

This is the novel that the movie was based on and I really enjoyed this book. I read the final 200+ pages on my flight from Denver to California last Thursday and never lost interest. Even though there's a huge focus on wine and the unique vocabulary that goes with that culture, I was still able to enjoy it. I like wine, but don't know a thing about tannins or how to define the scents that make up any particular vintage.

All that being said, it is at its core a buddy novel. I read the book before I saw the movie so those comparisons will come in the movie section of today's reviews.

The book was well-written and I enjoyed the relationship between Miles and Jack. Even though Jack has some questionable morality and character traits, I found it hard to dislike the guy. For those of you that know the story, I'd be curious to hear your perspective on Jack.

Rating: 4 out of 5 plays

MOVIES

Sideways

I can't think of one time where I've enjoyed the movie version of a story better than a book. Sideways is no exception, but it was still enjoyable and did a better job than most.

One of the first things that really bugged me about the movie was the casting choices for the two lead female roles...especially Sandra Oh. Virginia Madsen was no great shakes as Maya either, at least not as she was portrayed in the book. But Oh just doesn't strike me as the type of girl that Jack would go nuts over.

Ever since I had the thought about the casting, I've been struggling with who I would have cast in their places and I really haven't come up with anything good yet.

For some reason, Angie Harmon keeps popping into my head for Maya, but I don't think she's quite right either. Teri Hatcher might be able to pull it off too.

As for the Stephanie character (played by Oh), I'm thinking maybe Tea Leoni (the younger, hotter version...not the Spanglish version) or maybe Charlize Theron (yeah...I think that would work, but she's a little taller than I'd envisioned). Maybe even Joey Lauren Adams or Mira Sorvino.

I think they did a great job casting Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church), though.

Rating: Movie on its own merits: 3-1/2 out of 5 plays; Movie compared to the book: 2-1/2 out of 5 plays

Dodgeball
OK...I didn't have huge expectations for this movie. I couldn't get past Ben Stiller's ridiculous get-up from all the previews I saw, but I generally like his stuff and tend to like Vince Vaughn's films. (He was one of the best parts of Be Cool.)

If you enjoy slapstick humor and seeing guys getting hit in the balls or in the face, then this is the movie for you. Rip Torn is AWESOME in this film.

And...SPOILER ALERT...there's even some girl on girl action. Can't go wrong with that.

I laughed a lot during this movie. It's not great cinema by any stretch of the imagination, but it sure was fun to watch.

Rating: 4 out of 5 plays

MUSIC

AWARE 9 Compilation

Not a lot of people know about the AWARE record label. Quite simply, they rock. (Not in a headbanging way...just in a 'they're real cool" kind of way.) For a decade, the good people over at AWARE have put together CD compilations of some great, but unknown (at the time), bands.

Some bands have appeared on earlier AWARE compilations that you may have heard of are:

Hootie & The Blowfish

Better Than Ezra
Train
John Mayer
Matchbox Twenty (then known as Tabitha's Secret)
Guster
Howie Day
Vertical Horizon
The Verve Pipe
Five For Fighting
Jack Johnson

As you can see, there have been a lot of great bands that you've heard of and a lot more that you haven't heard of but are worth a listen. (My personal favorites are JACKOPIERCE and Pat McGee Band.)

(Holy crap that was a lot of linkage!)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 plays

I'm Good Now by Bob Schneider

This CD gets off to a good start with Come With Me Tonight, but starts to slow down a little bit from there. It's a pretty mellow disc and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Overall, I do wish there were a few more upbeat songs on there.

I've only listened to this once or twice, so I reserve the right to change my rating later.

Rating: 3 out of 5 plays

Win A Date With Tad Hamilton Soundtrack

OK...before all my guy friends start giving me shit for this one...it came free with the purchase of the AWARE 9 compilation. This soundtrack was put out by AWARE and, I have to say, it's my favorite of the three CDs that I got.

With solid tracks from John Mayer, Five for Fighting and Liz Phair, the rest of it is very good too. I especially like the band Wheat's contributions as well as Soul Kid #1's "More Bounce In California."

Rating: 4 out of 5 plays

FOOD

Cape Cod Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper potato chips

OK...so these chips aren't healthy...but DAMN they taste good!

Rating: 4-1/2 out of 5 plays

Maloney's Bar & Grill

No link available for this one, but it's located on 79th Street near Metcalf in Overland Park. It used to be an Einstein Bros. but is now a bar and grill.

Went to lunch there with a former co-worker today and opted to sit outside on the patio. It was a wise decision because it was smoky as hell in the restaurant.

I immediately made an unhealthy choice by going for the mozzarella sticks. (They've just sounded too good to pass up lately!) They were very good, but since my friend behaved herself and didn't share, by the time I got to the end of the basket, the cheese had started solidifying and definitely lost a lot of appeal. In the early stages though, they were quite good.

We both got salads...hers with tomato, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and black olives and Thousand Island dressing. The salad was good, but her dressing was a little too thick for her taste. Overall, it was pretty good. I thought I'd be getting the same things, but apparently since I opted for the caesar dressing, they stripped all of the good stuff listed above from the salad. Not a great caesar, but I've had worse.

For the main course, she went the Philly Steak sandwich which she said was really good. I opted for the chicken pesto sandwich that had provolone cheese and tomato on it...also very good.

Once we overcame the salad portion, the rest of the meal was good and the service was also very good considering we were one of only two groups out on the patio.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 plays

OK folks...I'm completely reviewed out. Hope you weren't too bored.

Until Next Time...

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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Sunny and 80 Degrees

It's a beautiful day here in KC.

Got some yard work done, had softball practice with K, cooked some burgers on the grill for dinner and had corn on the cob to go with it.

I'm still damn tired though, so that's it for this post.

Until Next Time...

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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Kung Fu Fighting

OK...I don't really know if it has anything to do with kung fu or not, but it turns out that a guy I went to school with since elementary school has written a book based on his time at the Shaolin Temple in China over 10 years ago where he studied martial arts there. The book isn't even out yet and recently Fox Studios picked up the movie rights to it. Pretty cool stuff. The title is American Shaolin. (Here's a link to an article in Slate.)

His name is Matthew Polly and he's going to be on The Late Late Show tonight on CBS. I'm going to record it since I have a 6:48 flight tomorrow morning, but I'll try to watch it before I go.

I'm not going to pretend that he and I were best friends or anything, but we did have several classes together and got along fairly well.

The funny thing is that somewhere I have a Mickey Mouse autograph book that my grandparents gave me when I was in grade school. I remember taking it to my "gifted" class one day and Matt was in that class too. I had everyone sign it and I don't have it with me, so it may not be exactly right, but he said something to the effect of..."Hold on to this, because it's going to be worth something some day."(I'll find the book and put the actual quote in here sometime.)

What are the odds of that?

Matt's also written for Slate and Playboy. Sounds like a good gig to me! (Sorry...no link for the Playboy article...I believe it was 20 Questions with Jet Li.)

Go check out the links and tonight's show if you get a chance.

Until Next Time...

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Work = Bleh

I'm sitting here in my office after getting back from lunch and I find myself pretty unmotivated to work. My job's ok...certainly better than my last one, but I feel that I could be doing something more with my career. Unfortunately, I'm not exactly sure what that is.

I need more days like yesterday when I work a little in the morning and go play all afternoon...even if it is watching our local baseball team get the snot kicked out of them.

Last night, I finished watching Glengarry Glen Ross. Being in sales, I thought this would be a pretty good movie. I didn't care for it at all. I mean...it had a great cast and all, but the story was depressing...especially for someone in sales.

I'm back to reading Sideways now that I've finished The Broker and can't wait to finish it so I can go rent the movie.

Other movies I'm wanting to see are: After the Sunset, Flight of the Phoenix, Taxi and The Manchurian Candidate. I'm sure there are others, but those are some of the main ones.

I hope everyone else is more motivated on this Tuesday afternoon than I am!

Until Next Time...

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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Tale of Two Movies

So last night I watched two movies...one that we had on the DVR and the other I'd rented from Blockbuster.

Ever since we got the DVR, we've been recording a fair number of movies, but have been doing a piss-poor job of getting around to actually watching them.

We decided to remedy that last night and agreed to knock one off of the list.

The lucky winner of the J&K Movie-Watching Experience was Legally Blonde 2 starring Reese Witherspoon. Now, I'd seen the first one and actually thought it was pretty funny at times. Let's just say I'd have been really pissed if I'd have paid money to see this one in the theaters.

It was pretty damn bad. The only redeeming quality of the whole movie was Bob Newhart. (Damn that guy's funny.) I won't even going into any more detail on that.

The second film of the night was Friday Night Lights. I watched this one on my own on my laptop. It was a very good movie that definitely didn't turn out as I expected. Billy Bob Thornton was good in it and I thought Tim McGraw did a good job too. I thought the guy that played the quarterback was real good. I didn't remember seeing him in anything before this, but when I looked him up over at IMDB.com, he was also in Sling Blade with Thornton (another movie I haven't seen).

I also rented Glengarry Glen Ross which I have yet to watch. I'm thinking I might watch that tonight.

Other Stuff

Today was "Boy Time" for me and little J. Both girls had birthday parties to go to, so J & I hit the arcade. The first one we tried going to at the mall near our house had apparently gone out of business, so we had to hop back in the car and drive all the way out to another mall about 15 minutes away. We had a great time though and got a great black & white picture of the two of us. It's pretty damned cool. I hope to post it here soon.

We also had softball practice for K this evening, so we managed to get through that in one piece.

All of that meant that I missed most of the Masters. I did get to see Tiger's incredible chip shot on the 16th hole. (I haven't found a video clip online yet, but it was AWESOME.) I then got home in time to watch him clinch the victory on the first playoff hole. Tiger's back folks.

Tomorrow is the home opener for the Kansas City Royals and I've got a ticket. Now if only the rain will hold off.

That's all I've got for now.

Until Next Time...

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Saturday, April 09, 2005

New Blog On Deck!

My blogging pal Bruno and some of his buddies are going on a baseball road trip of the American League Central ballparks and they're going to blog about it.

So go check out Dibs Not Drive and follow it through their June road trip (at least).

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Saturday Fun

It's been a good day here in Play By Play land.

The day started early with an 8 am soccer game for K. On the way home, we stopped at Sonic so I could get a breakfast burrito.

After that, wife K went out bridesmaid dress shopping with my sister, so I was on my own with the kiddos for the day. Took them to McD's so they could play in the playland stuff. Came home, gave the big kids baths and just played with them a lot.

When I put M down for her nap, the neighbor called and wanted J & L to come down and play with her son. Shortly after that, wife K took daughter K to a birthday party.

I actually had a quiet house all to myself!!!

So I grabbed a beer, sat down on the couch and watched the Masters while I finished Grisham's The Broker. (Not all that great by the way...I enjoyed the parts about Italy, but the plot and resolution didn't really do anything for me. I've already started the book Sideways, so I'm going to finish that next and then rent the movie.)

The peace and quiet lasted about 90 minutes and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Now, if I can just win the lottery tonight, everything will be just peachy!

That's all I've got for now. Two more birthday parties for the girls tomorrow, which means J & I are going to have "Boy Time." I'm pretty sure we're going to the arcade. He loves the driving games.

Until Next Time...

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Friday, April 08, 2005

Comment Problems

Hmmm...not sure what's up with HaloScan, but my comments seem to be down.

That's odd.

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Blogger & IE

I don't know what the hell is up with Blogger and IE...I can't seem to do anything in there. So this one's coming via FireFox. I sure hope it works.

Woke up this morning and in much less pain than I expected after yesterday's workout. I'll take that as an encouraging sign.

Due to meetings, I'm going to miss my pickup basketball game today, so that sucks.

I'm in the middle of a conference call right now, so I guess I should start paying attention.

Until Next Time...

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Thursday, April 07, 2005

I Think I'm Going To Die

Just got back from my tour of the nautilus equipment at my gym from one of the personal trainers. I did at least one, sometimes two, sets on almost every piece of equipment.

I'm already sore now. I can't imagine what I'm going to feel like when I wake up in the morning.

So, if you all never hear from me again, you'll know what happened to me.

Until Next Time...(if there is one)

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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Sick Kiddos

OK...only one sick kiddo. J was coughing a little bit this morning and had a runny nose. I kinda figured it was allergies. I don't think allergies make you throw up your dinner, though.

So bedtime has been an adventure tonight to say the least.

In other news, my sister's wedding planning hit a hitch this week when the bridal shop where she paid for (but hasn't received) her wedding dress went out of business. Basically, my folks are out $800. I really feel bad for her (and my folks). The first thing I asked was to see if they could stop payment on the check and of course it had already cleared. (Yet another reason for people to pay for major purchases with credit cards to get purchase insurance on those kinds of things.)

I'd really intended on writing more tonight, but I've got nothin' right now.

So have a good night everyone.

Until Next Time...

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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Kansas: Home of the Dumbasses

So much for my mini-campaign to defeat the "marriage amendment."

The early returns are in and it appears that with 79% of the vote in, 79% of Kansans are bigoted idiots compared to the 20% of us that actually have our heads screwed on straight (no pun intended).

I wish I could move out of this state (and Missouri's no better).

For those of you who agree with my stance and voted accordingly I thank you. I just don't think there were enough of us to overcome the large number of rednecks in this state.

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Election Day

UPDATE: For someone else's two cents, check out Fist Tickle Brick.

Personally, I don't know a thing about all of the school board and mayoral candidates here in Kansas.

What I do know is that this "marriage amendment" that specifically bans gay and lesbian marriages is bullshit.

Since I already explored my opinions on this in depth last night, I'll leave you with this...

If you live in Kansas, please go vote today and vote NO for the marriage amendment.

Until Next Time...

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Monday, April 04, 2005

Tar Heels Win -- Damn

I wish I could say that I'm happy that Roy Williams finally got his national championship. The reality is that I can't.

Tonight I was pulling for Illinois and the players that current KU coach Bill Self recruited during his tenure there.

Given a little time, I'm sure I'll get over it and be pleased that "Ol' Roy" finally won it all. But for tonight, I wanted him to feel the sting just one more time as a kind of punishment for leaving the school that gave him his first chance and had been so faithful to him for so long.

On the positive side, I think this Carolina victory is going to get former UNC coach Matt Doherty another head coaching job. Those are his players out there. I hope he gets credit for that.

OK....time to let it go.

Kansas Election Request

For those of you in Kansas, tomorrow is election day here in Kansas. Now, I know that people rarely pay attention to non-Presidential elections, but I urge all Kansans to go out and vote tomorrow...specifically against the proposed "marriage amendment" to the state constitution.

This is the amendment that specifically bans marriage between gays and lesbians. A vote for this amendment means that you think it's a good idea to discriminate against two consenting adults that wish to enter into marriage.

As for the idea that it "protects the sanctity of marriage," I say BULLSHIT. Has anyone seen the divorce rate in this country lately? I'm willing to bet that there would be a significantly lower divorce rates among gay and lesbian couples.

Another thing that bugs me about this whole thing...the state constitution (just like the U.S. Constitution) was created to guarantee rights to its citizens. Nowhere does it say that the constitution was designed to DENY rights to citizens. And the last time I checked, gays and lesbians are tax-paying citizens too.

So PLEASE...do me a favor (if you agree with what I'm saying)...try to find a few minutes to go out and vote AGAINST this marriage amendment if you live in Kansas. Because, honestly? It's a bunch of crap!

Until Next Time...

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Honeymoon Over?

I'm getting a not so great feeling from my boss these days.

I was out in Arizona last week for an all-day sales meeting and, during the course of it, learned that there was a problem with my first deal that I thought I'd closed.

You see, this client was wanting to do something relatively unique with our program and I had received specific approval from our executive team that it was acceptable to do exactly that. One would think that approval from the executive team would be sufficient reason to move forward.

That's what I did. Had my account services guy send the client the contract to sign and the client signed and returned it. And there was my first deal.

Well...apparently my account services guy didn't send him the right contract so we had to send him an addendum. Kind of a pain in the ass, but something I can live with. I mean, the bottom line is it's my responsibility to review those before they go out and I didn't. Lesson learned and I'll be reviewing all contracts before they get sent out from now on.

Now, though, the legal team is involved and is saying we can't do what the executive team had said it was ok to do. I ended up calling my client on SATURDAY to explain the problem and, obviously, he's not real happy about this.

I called my boss on Saturday to ask her to escalate this. I meant on Monday, but she thought I was expecting her to drop everything and start calling people at work on Saturday. Umm...NOOO....just on Monday.

I mean, if this weren't my first deal, I wouldn't be so obsessive about it, because, quite honestly, it's not the biggest deal in the world. But I don't want to start out by promising something and then taking it back. That's just not cool.

So I finally got the boss to realize that today was fine. I called her again this morning because e-mail was down to see what she needed and she just seemed put off by my persistence on this thing. I'm not sure why.

I'm probably blowing this out of proportion. After all, I got a great review a couple of weeks ago, so it's probably nothing.

And I think e-mail is back up, so I'm going to get back to work.

Until Next Time...

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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Take Three...Wait...Four

I tried posting a couple of times last night, but neither of them took. (Update: Also tried this morning.)

Anyway, sorry for the long absence...was out of town for work and then my mom was here the past couple of days. It's been a little nuts.

We finally have the house to ourselves and actually got a decent night's sleep...even if it was an hour shorter.

I'm going to work very hard this week to focus on work during normal working hours. Being in sales...in fact, one of only two sales reps...it hit me this week that the company's future success rests solely on my shoulders. If I slack one day, it doesn't just affect me...it affects 150 other people and potentially their jobs. When you work from home, it's very easy to slip into a slacker routine. In fact, I've done just that over recent weeks. I'll report back at the end of the week with the results of my efforts.

Otherwise, today is a busy softball day for daughter K. She has practice from 3:30-4:45 and then we have to drive over to the softball complex for a pitching clinic from 5-6:30. (This is the third and final pitching clinic...unfortunately, we missed the first two. K's real frustrated about that.)

That's all I've got. (I'm going to copy and paste this somewhere else just in case I lose the post yet again.)

Until Next Time...

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Take 3

I tried posting a couple of times last night, but neither of them took.

Anyway, sorry for the long absence...was out of town for work and then my mom was here the past couple of days. It's been a little nuts.

We finally have the house to ourselves and actually got a decent night's sleep...even if it was an hour shorter.

I'm going to work very hard this week to focus on work during normal working hours. Being in sales...in fact, one of only two sales reps...it hit me this week that the company's future success rests solely on my shoulders. If I slack one day, it doesn't just affect me...it affects 150 other people and potentially their jobs. When you work from home, it's very easy to slip into a slacker routine. In fact, I've done just that over recent weeks. I'll report back at the end of the week with the results of my efforts.

Otherwise, today is a busy softball day for daughter K. She has practice from 3:30-4:45 and then we have to drive over to the softball complex for a pitching clinic from 5-6:30. (This is the third and final pitching clinic...unfortunately, we missed the first two. K's real frustrated about that.)

That's all I've got. (I'm going to copy and paste this somewhere else just in case I lose the post yet again.)

Until Next Time...

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Saturday, April 02, 2005

Time Flies

Damn...just lost a whole post, so here's the abbreviated version. (I'm feeling lazy.)

Been out of town most of the week in Arizona...hence the lack of posts. Went to a spring training game and a great dinner one night.

On kid duty today which means McDonald's Playland is in our future.

How was your week?

Until Next Time...

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Time Flies

Wow...can't believe I haven't posted since Monday.

The only semi-good reason for that was I spent Tuesday getting the house cleaned up before I left town for Arizona. Tucson was nice...went to a spring training baseball game one afternoon and had a great dinner another night.

Other than that, it was a bunch of meetings and a long flight back home yesterday. I didn't sleep for crap on Thursday night, so I slept from pre-takeoff to landing on both legs of yesterday's flight.

My mom came and stayed with us last night and we were up until nearly 1 talking to her...all the while I was desperately wanting to just go to sleep. Then I had to get up with M at 6 this morning. Fortunately, she went down for a nap at 8 and I was able to get 90-minute nap myself, so I'm feeling slightly more civilized at this point.

Today, wife K went out with my mom and sister to check out stuff for my sister's wedding. That means I'm on kid duty for the bulk of the day. I see a trip to McDonald's Playland in our future.

That's all I've got for now.

Until Next Time...

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