Random Thoughts So Far In 2014

So every year, I say that I’m going to write a book, or start a website, or blog more. I am now almost a year out from my last post on here, so don’t look for that book on Amazon, or search for my website on Google anytime soon. Right now, I am sitting next to a pool in the thriving metropolis of Junction City, KS while my wife attends meetings this morning. I have been looking for ways to be more productive, be healthier, be more organized, blah blah blah. Same crap that every other American says on January 1st every year. And by the end of the year, 92% of people will not have achieved their goals. I am out to change that personally this year. I normally would have turned on Disney Junior or PBS or some other mindless junk for my kids to watch on tv and I would have played around on Facebook or Twitter or read every sports article on the net while channel surfing. Not today. After a battle with my son on whether or not he needed to drop a deuce before we went down to the pool, (which subsequently was won by me after making him sit in there for 10 minutes) I got them in their swimsuits, grabbed a book, notebook, and my iPad and have actually been reading a book and taking notes while they play in the pool. As gay as it may sound, I am reading Bethenny Frankel’s book on life. It is full of great time managers, meal ideas and other stuff to help anyone become more efficient. It took me awhile to get past the stereotypes of a stay at home dad, so I will read any book, male or female on stay at home parenting. And as cute as you may think they are, the Procter & Gamble “Thanks You, Mom!” commercials piss me off to no end. Every Olympics these commercials come out, and every time it portrays ol’ dad as being non-present in his child’s life. I know that this is the case for some kids, and there is a name for these people, they are called assholes. But, the majority of the country have dads that are present in their child’s life, or they have a real man that loves this child’s mother so much, that he is willing to step in and be a father figure to them. I will climb off my soap box now. This is the first time, I have sat down with a book and taken notes since my 5th freshman year in college. The kids are content, we are the only ones at the pool and I feel like I have accomplished something, even though I am 136 miles from home. Facebook and Twitter are starting to lose their luster and I fully believe they are incredible time assassins. 9 times out of 10 I ended up thinking what I posted on either site was stupid or non-productive. Unfortunately, we have become a society that it so dependent on social media, it is hard to not use them to keep up with the world. And as I have said before, it is my water cooler for work. But, I still think that if I cut down my time on these sites, clean up who I follow and refocus my time, that I can accomplish a whole lot more. No, I’m not deleting my profiles or anything like that. I have become extremely good at travel planning, either for Hilary’s job, or for personal trips. I would rather spend my time writing on here, getting the house and our finances organized and running like a well-oiled machine, so that we have time to travel more. (Side note, while I am deep in thought, my kids are trying to figure out how to recover Jacquie’s goggles from the bottom of the hot tub. Caleb keeps turning on the bubbles, and she wont climb all the way in to get them. I picked a great time to wear jeans to the pool) Goggles recovered!!!!

Life, Website, Book, Organization

So, its been almost a year since I wrote anything on here.  I feel guilty that I haven’t kept up with this.  A lot of things have happened in the past year, some good, some bad.  Main thing is, I have refocused my life and my thought process.  I probably have enough material to write 2 books, but I think that sticking with the blog and website makes more sense.  The other thing that I want to, is figure out a way to make money doing this blog and website.  I know that I’m not going to become a millionaire from it, but I want something to motivate me to do it.  I have been building an extensive list of recipes, ways to get and stay organized and reading about time management.  There has been a lot in the news recently about “digital detox”.  I did this last year for a month, it was good and I did enjoy having more time.  But as a stay at home dad, Facebook, Twitter, and the Internet is my water cooler.  People that leave the home for work, have that camaraderie of talking to co-workers and interacting with people at lunch.  I don’t have that.  Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  Truth is, I don’t think I cant do a complete digital detox anymore.  Its my cheap little way of keeping up with what is going on in the world.

The Book

I have decided (after a lot of thinking and prodding) that I am going to start the brainstorming for the book. I am going to need a lot of support in this process. It is time to start a new chapter in my life, one that involves my family (especially my wife) even more. You may have noticed that my Facebook account is gone and I feel good about it. There was just way too much negativity on it, and quite frankly it was depressing me. I am and always will be a Republican, a Missouri Tigers fan, a Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan, and a diehard Saints fan for 28 years. I really dont need anyone telling me how bad my team or political party is. I am involved enough, that I know how many Championships they have won in my lifetime. I am spending more time teaching my kids how to be an asset to society when they get older, spends nights in Topeka, so my wife doesnt have to drive home, and being there for my family, friends, and neighbors. Writing this book will give me an outlet and a hobby that is both healthy and thought provoking. The humor that was on Facebook will be in the book, I promise!

Why Babies Don’t Sleep At Night

So I figured out today why babies don’t sleep through the night and why they wake up their parents.  It is simply because the child is feeding off of a parents brain in the middle of the night.  Eventually the parent has no brain left to feed on, so the child has no need to keep waking up in the middle of the night.  At this point; green beans, sweet potatoes, and peas during the day will suffice.  Just a quick thought.  I am getting ready to hit the ground running on this whole blog thing very soon.

A Great Quote By A Great Man

By profession, I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am prouder – infinitely prouder – to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys. The one has the potentiality of death; the other embodies creation and life. And while the hordes of death are mighty, the battalions of life are mightier still. It is my hope that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battle field but in the home repeating with him our simple daily prayer, ‘Our Father who art in Heaven.’-Douglas Macarthur

Kansas City named America’s Number 3 Manliest City

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – The “Queen City” may be Charlotte’s nickname, but the city now wears a new crown, America’s Manliest City.

According to a new study by the makers of COMBOS, Charlotte is the head honcho when it comes to manliness.  Charlotte takes the top spot in 2010, improving one spot from the 2009 second place finished.  Last year’s top city, Nashville, Tennessee dropped to fourth in the rankings.

The ranking process changed a little this year, using manly criteria like the number of home improvement stores, steak houses, pickup trucks and motorcycles per capita.

Last year’s rankings were based on criteria such as number of professional sports teams, popularity of power tools, and frequency of monster truck rallies.

NASCAR’s hold in Charlotte, helped in the rankings.

“Charlotte is NASCAR country so we’re not surprised that they’ve taken over the top spot,” said Craig Hall, general manager, Mars Chocolate North America. “After all, COMBOS has been the ‘Official Cheese-Filled Snack of NASCAR’ since 2002.”

The new ranking came just in time to help spotlight a new festival that is set for this weekend here in Charlotte.

NoDa is hosting the inaugural DudeFest on Saturday with a string of beer tasting, chicken wings, music and motorcycles.

The study is commissioned by COMBOS Brand in partnership with Bert Sperling, the research expert behind the popular “Best Places to Live” studies. The “America’s Manliest Cities” study ranks 50 major metropolitan areas.

According to the study, Charlotte now has chief bragging rights on manliness thanks to its top 10 rankings in the sports, manly lifestyle, manly retail stores, manly occupations and salty snack sales categories.

Several cities made big jumps up the rankings this year – Chicago, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia all broke the top 10 after being in the lower half of last year’s rankings.

In addition to cities improving or declining in returning categories, the change in rankings can also be attributed to a new category this year – manly occupations (fire fighters, police officers, construction workers and EMT personnel).

The manly occupations category was added this year to recognize the hard-working guys that make so many American cities great places to live.

Charlotte is often compared to Boston, who came in the 31st sport this year. Long known as a city for diehard sports fans, Boston backed up that claim by taking the No.1 spot in the sports category thanks not only to the number of professional sports teams, but the quality of professional sports in the city.

2010 “America’s Manliest Cities” Rankings

1. Charlotte, NC

2. Columbus, OH

3. Kansas City, MO

4. Nashville, TN

5. Baltimore, MD

6. Milwaukee, WI

7. Chicago, IL

8. Indianapolis, IN

9. Washington, D.C.

10. Philadelphia, PA

11. Denver, CO

12. St. Louis, MO

13. Columbia, SC

14. Harrisburg, PA

15. Cleveland, OH

16. Orlando, FL

17. Salt Lake City, UT

18. Birmingham, AL

19. Detroit, MI

20. Cincinnati, OH

21. Richmond, VA

22. New Orleans, LA

23. Phoenix, AZ

24. Houston, TX

25. Oklahoma City, OK

26. Toledo, OH

27. Minneapolis, MN

28. Memphis, TN

29. Louisville, KY

30. Seattle, WA

31. Boston, MA

32. Atlanta, GA

33. Providence, RI

34. Dayton, OH

35. New York, NY

36. Jacksonville, FL

37. Pittsburgh, PA

38. Grand Rapids, MI

39. Dallas, TX

40. Rochester, NY

41. Las Vegas, NV

42. San Diego, CA

43. San Francisco, CA

44. Tampa, FL

45. Sacramento, CA

46. Buffalo, NY

47. Oakland, CA

48. Los Angeles, CA

49. Miami, FL

50. Portland, OR