There’s No Place Like Home

What makes “home”, home?

Is it where you were raised?
Where your parents are?
Where your job is?
Where your favorite sports team plays?

They say home is where your heart is. I can buy that philosophy. Continue reading

Advertisements

Snowflakes

In the dead of winter, as the rest of the city scurries to their local grocery stores to stock up ahead of the 4 to 8 inches of snow that is about to fall across the region, I sit down in front of my picture window. The curtains are drawn back and I sit, with the lights off, admiring the show. To most it is a scene of school closings, hazardous road conditions, and shoveling. To me, it is so much more.

Continue reading

A Little Blog About Getting to Know Me

0 Questions To Really Get To Know Someone

1.Are you a morning or night person?
Normally, a morning person.  That’s when I can get my work done.  If I have something to keep me occupied, I can quickly be a night person, though.

2.Do you prefer, sweet or salty foods?
Sweet

20130324-072415.jpg

3.Ninjas or pirates?
Ninjas

4.Ninjas vs pirates, discuss…
Because Batman was trained by Ninjas.  ‘Nuff said!

5.Batman or Superman?
Batman.  I appreciate the fact he is just a super human being, not a super powered being.  His big “power” is he doesn’t give up.  A lesson we can all learn.

1242_10151325801148928_477192902_n copy

6.What was your favorite childhood television program?
Superfriends.

7.Are you a collector of anything?
Photographs of my experiences.

8.If you could be any animal, what would you be?
An Eagle.  Just to be able to spend the day soaring around.

9.If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The ability to multiply so I could be in several places at once!

10.What is usually your first thought when you wake up?
It’s usually a song.  Either whatever song I am currently working with on a video or what the kids have played the crap out of.

11.What do you usually think about right before falling asleep?
Usually nothing.  Everything just shuts down.

12.What’s your favorite color?
Burnt Orange

13.What’s your favorite animal?
Bald Eagle

14.Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets?
Yes.

15.Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes.  I have been witness to a few encounters.

16.Ever been addicted to a video/computer game? Which one(s)?
An old Sega Genesis game called “AeroBiz”.  My friend and I would have notebooks tracking what flights were profitable and what to close down.  We spent many nights working at our airlines.

17.If you were given 1 million dollars, what do you spend it on?
I would pay off all of our bills then get it in some interest-bearing accounts and change career paths.

18.Have any bad habits?
I make random noises for no good reason.

19.Which bad habits, if any, drive you crazy?
Hypocrisy, is that a habit?

20.List 3 of your best personality traits:
Creative, Funny, Caring

21.List 3 of your worst personality traits:
Sarcastic (or is that good?), short tempered at times, introverted (to a degree).

22.Have any celebrity crushes?
Not so much into crushes anymore.  But, if I HAVE to pick one, Jennifer Aniston.

23.List 1 thing you wish you could change about yourself:
Lose the weight.

24.Any tattoos or piercings?
No.

25.What’s the first thing you notice in the opposite sex?
Their smile.

26.Whats your dream date?
Spending an enjoyable evening with my Wife.

27.What personality traits do you look for in a partner?
Humor, compassion, intelligence.

28.What personality traits do you dislike in other people?
Hypocrisy, self-centeredness, spiteful.

29.Do you see yourself getting married in the next 5 years?
How about two years ago…for the second time.

30.Are you mostly a clean or messy person?
I love things organized.  It’s rarely that way, though.

31.If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Right where I’m at.

32.If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Australia.  That land fascinates me.

33.List 5 goals on your life’s to-do list:
Release a film, publish a book, watch my kids graduate college, live out my life with my love, and become financially independent.

34.Name 1 regret you have:
Not convincing my current Wife to go out with me when we were in High School.

35.Name 1 thing you miss about being a kid:
Not having the worries of modern day life.

36.Name 1 thing you love about being an adult:
I don’t have to ask permission to do a lot of things.

37.What’s your favorite song of the moment?
“The Way it Rolls” by Michael Kelsey

38.What’s your favorite song of all time?
“Walk This Way” by Aerosmith

39.What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?
Movies, dinner with friends, seeing a local band.

40.What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?
That would be Cleveland Browns football!

cle2a

41.Have any hidden talents?
Not so hidden, I can do over 100 voices.

42.You’re about to walk the green mile, what do you have as your last meal?
Five Guys Burgers and Fries!

IMG_1921

43.What would be your dream job?
Philanthropist.  Not for the monetary reasons.  I would like to help people who could use a hand.

44.Which would you rather have, 100 million dollars or true love?
In the words of Tony Stark, “Is it too much to ask for both?”

45.If you could have 3 wishes granted, what would they be?
Good health and peace for my family and true friends, an end to labeling people and a genie to grant me unlimited wishes!

46.Ever wish you were born the opposite sex? If so, why?
No.

47.Name 1 thing not many people know about you:
I am adopted.  Some know that, now you do, too.

48.If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?
If I told you that, I would be booted from Witness Relocation.

49.Do you believe in the afterlife?
Yes.

50.On the topic of abortion, how do you feel about cookies?
Cookies?  NOM-NOM-NOM!

Drugs and Addiction

I’ll just come right out with it.  I have never done drugs that haven’t been prescribed by a physician. NEVER. A lot of people don’t believe that, but it’s true. Oh sure, I’ve had the “contact buzz” at concerts and other social gatherings. But to this day, I couldn’t be the first to smell the smoke and tell you with certainty that some one was “blazing up” (if that’s even the term.)

I’m not going to stand on a soapbox and condemn all of you that have done (or are doing) any kind of drugs. I’ve always believed that you should do what you feel is right. Just don’t force anybody else to join you and don’t put anybody else in harm’s way. That goes for drugs, religion, sports teams, shirt color, whatever you got. What I want to talk about is this constant rally around those who go to far, overdose, and the people flock to scream “what a tragedy!”  (Corey Monteith is my poster child for this one.)

Continue reading

The “I’m Telling Mom!” Mentality

Remember when we were kids and when there was a fight, somebody would end up yelling “I’M TELLING MOM!” and run off for parental back-up? Unfortunately, there are a great number of adults who never grew out of this mentality.

I don’t want to get off on a rant here, but I am sick and tired of this whole “harassment” epidemic in this country. I am not talking about the obvious cases where women are getting groped and guys are getting threatened (or the other way around). I am talking about telling an off-color joke to a friend who you know will appreciate/enjoy it and having some nosey Nancy (or Ned) listen in, not care for it (or worse, doesn’t really care about the joke but has an issue with you personally) and immediately runs to management claiming they were harassed instead of confronting you to explain that they didn’t care to hear that kind of (joke, topic, etc.).

Why must there be a constant tug-of-war at every turn in your workplace?

On the flip side, why can’t the “offender” simply say “I’m sorry, I won’t let it happen again.” and just make sure to keep future jokes away from the offended party?  Why must there be a “Oh, screw them!  I’ll show them for telling me what I can and can’t say!” course of action?

Bottom line, just be polite. Try communicating with each other first. We ARE all adults here, right? Right?

I wish I can say that the playground was left behind in our childhood. Unfortunately, they just put cubicles in it.

Is it really worth having a person lose their job and not support their family all because YOU didn’t like a Knock-Knock joke?

Quit Crying About the Weather!

This morning my Facebook wall was ALIVE with the sounds of something off of a Peanuts cartoon

“WAAAAAA!  THIS WEATHER SUCKS!”

Why are you people so surprised by winter weather?  So for you, with a little help from Bill Engvall, here’s Ohio weather in a nutshell:

In the spring, it’s nice and it rains a little bit.
In the fall, it’s beautiful.
In the winter it is cold and snowy.
And in the summer it is hot and humid.

WRITE.  IT.  DOWN!

But EVERY year I have to hear about how horrible the winter is in the buckeye state.  “I don’t remember it being this cold before.”  It just makes  me want to Gibbs slap somebody and yell “LAST WINTER!”

Why do you think we Ohioans have the battle cry “Hey, at least it ain’t snowing!” for the rest of the year?

I am no Meteorologist, but I am willing to bet there will be another cold and snowy streak about this time next year, too!

So quit your crying, grab a shovel, and count down the days until Spring Training like the rest of us!

Or, you know,…move south.