Oct 012015
  • We used Madison Pike this past weekend. It’s wonderful that it’s finally open, and it has indeed pulled a lot of traffic off Madison Boulevard in the evening.
  • Well, when it came time to pick the Alabama-Georgia game, my head said UGA, and I went with it. I would love to be mistaken, but I don’t think Alabama is playing with enough cohesion to make a run at it this year. No one looks entirely clueless on the field, but I don’t see enough single-minded purpose either. Go prove me wrong, guys.
  • I tried a Home Run Inn frozen pizza this weekend, and it was really good—one of the best frozen pizzas I’ve ever had. (Yeah, yeah. That’s better than “best sushi I ever had from a gas station,” at least.) They’re at Publix and don’t carry much premium over the more familiar brands. I may do a full-up review.
  • Speaking of full-up reviews, if you haven’t already, go read my review of Blue Plate Cafe at Rocket City Mom. When you are finished, comment and tell me what a great review it is. Also that you wish I weren’t married. (If you’re a woman.)
  • David Gerwitz shares his iPhone upgrade experience. I think I can count on one finger then number of times I’ve set foot in an Apple Store, and I would guess it was five years ago.
  • At Nathan’s soccer game last night, the opposing team’s coach was ejected about three minutes into the game. First time I’ve heard of that in the nine years we’ve been playing AYSO. I didn’t see it; I was still en route. Nate told me he argued about 30 seconds, though, which seems like a long time. If you’re gonna jaw, jaw once, then get jawed back at, and move on.
  • Watch for a post on Good Shepherd’s Upward basketball and cheerleading program soon. It’s that time, and I want us to make 2016 awesome.
 Posted by at 12:53 pm
Sep 292015

I think this morning I finally had my Eureka! moment on why I’ve been bumping along.

I’ve been wasting time. And it’s generated formidable guilt.

How have I been wasting time? Oh, just in a general kind of way. I’ve not been making consistently good decisions about what I allow to capture my time and attention as I go through the day/week/month/year. I’m not doing enough of what I really want to be doing. I look back at what I’ve done over a period of time, and say “yeah, all right, but what else?”

I’ve not sufficiently appreciated how blessed I am. There are a lot of people who get up and turn the crank every day just like I do, except they’re also saddled with marital discord, addiction, financial difficulties, or any number of other significant rucksacks of misery, of which I am thankfully free.

But doesn’t that reasonably compel me to make that much more of what I’ve been given?

Moreover, it’s yet another arena in which to make a significant error of perspective–what I’ve come to think of as the “well at least” trap. I’ve written of approaching parenting that way, too. “Well, at least I’m not as bad as that guy.” Wow, really? That’s the line I’m going to use? Relativity can be quite seductive.

I want to keep my expectations realistic, but I also want to be honest with myself about my capabilities, and frankly, a baseline measurement of “yeah, things are going OK” is beneath them.

Here is a day/week/month/year–a glorious gift from God. What will I do with it?

 Posted by at 9:04 am
Sep 242015
  • Madison Pike reopens tomorrow! I’m looking forward to seeing how much traffic this pulls off Madison Boulevard in the evenings. I hope it’s significant.
  • Thankfully, I was able to declare victory over the washer last night. I’m out $185 for parts, several hours of aggravation, and a little blood. (Not fun, but the upside is it would have been a $400 service call, i.e. dangerously close to “totaled.”) I can’t say enough about‘s customer service and repair help. I find appliance repair roughly as enjoyable as a prostate exam, but their step-by-step videos definitely minimize the pain.
  • Dad is just back from ten days in Europe, including the Oktoberfest, which (you may know) is the biggest single event in the world by attendance. Looking forward to getting together and hearing about it soon.
  • Alabama has had highly accurate quarterbacks for so long that I’ve gotten really spoiled. It’s hard to swallow holding my breath when Coker loads up. I mean, with AJ he’d get a quarter-second into that lazy, lobbing release, and it was money, man. You knew it was a touchdown. Now, apparently, with a pass downfield, it’s back to the same, oh-shit vibe as was necessary at numerous points in the ’80s and ’90s. Maybe he’ll settle down.
  • I’m impressed with the current condition of Milton Frank Stadium. East played there last week, and wow, what a nice facility. I think both Lea and I expected there to be more “patina.”
  • Looking forward to writing at Rocket City Mom again soon. You should look forward to reading me there.
  • Farewell and godspeed to Yogi Berra, one of the most remarkably decorated athletes of all time in terms of championships and awards, as well as a verbal treasure and all-around wonderful fellow. RIP.
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