things i know (that stoob and dad taught me)

a few nights ago at work, i found myself in a conversation with a younger fellow who told me he recently lost his dad. what was great about it was this: when remembering his dad, he focused solely on the great memories of him. he talked about the fishing trips they took, how his dad taught him how to wrench on cars, and how…

what gets me through

while her surgeries and chemo treatments are now behind her, i often find myself back in front of my laptop viewing a series of pictures i made on two separate evenings back in February, 2012.   i’m not sure what keeps drawing me back, really.  perhaps they remind me how amazing my family is when i foolishly get annoyed with them for petty things,…

“why are you running?”

this was the question a small girl sitting on her front porch asked me as i ran past her house during the third run of a run/bike/run/bike/run workout i did this past weekend. very good question, i thought to myself as i ran away into the dwindling daylight nearly four hours into my training session. why do i swim/bike/run as much as i do,…

let’s get racing!

last week, my club member Mike asked if i would be interested in racing Ironman 70.3 Kansas with him. “possibly,” i said. “when is it?” “june 9th,” he replied with a grin. “oh.” i told him i’d think about it, and let him know in a day or two. after all, i had planned on racing june 2nd and june 15, and my coach…

working retail

i’ve been thinking about writing a post about working retail for a while now, and after today’s events, i figured it was time.  more about that in a minute. when i left my job with the state, i returned back to a my job at a local ski / bike shop.  immediately, the stress of working as a PO was gone and it hasn’t…

inside the actors studio

i stumbled across a clip of inside the actors studio a few days ago and immediately remembered how much i enjoyed watching the show. if you haven’t seen it, i highly recommend catching an episode or two with your favorite actors/actresses. towards the end of each program, host James Lipton asks his guest the same ten questions. on the surface they appear to be…