Other places to find me.


My Torchbearer Video
Most Recent Tweet
No RSS feeds have been linked to this section.

Is this really 12?

The other night I recruited my son to go to the store with me. My wife was getting Gillian ready for bed which means that Georgie has an hour until his bed time. Just enough time to keep me company as I went shopping for stuff for my lunch. So off we went to the local grocery store to pick up some things.

I have decided since me and my buddy have begun our exercise regimen (currently stalled until inner ear thingy is gone) that I would pack myself healthy lunches. I am a total creature of habit so if I find something I like, I can stick with that exact same thing for a very long time. I decide that a lovely salad should fit the bill nicely. With a few sunflower seeds and broccoli it will be a salad that I will not get tired of for a long time.

We immediately head over to the produce department to look for the lettuce and broccoli and such.

In the produce area my son asks me a question that sparked quite the conversation.

“Do you want this kind of broccoli?” Georgie asks me while holding up a bundle of fresh broccoli.

“Um, no. I want something that is already cut up. Like in a bag or something.” Says me.

“What about Lettuce? You want me to grab some?”

“Dude, I buy the salad in a bag. I don’t have time to cut vegetables and leaf lettuce.” I snobbishly reply

My son said nothing and put the lettuce back down.

I said, “Man, what a snob of me to say that I ‘don’t have time to cut vegetables’ as if that was below me. I am so stuck up huh?”

George looks at me and asks, “Why do grown ups have to hate themselves so much?”


“All adults hate themselves. ‘I am too fat. My hair looks bad. These jeans make me look ugly. I am a snob. My job sucks.’ I don’t get it”

“Dude, adults are just hard on themselves I guess.”

“Well, it seems to me that if adults would just put their mind to stuff they could be who they want to be.”

“I don’t think it’s that easy.” I said.

“I dunno dad. When you really think about it, I think that it is. If you want a better job then go to school and try hard and you will get it. If you want to lose weight, eat better and exercise. I mean, just put your mind to it and anyone can be and do whatever they want to.”

I did not have much to reply to that. I thought about when I was 12 and hated myself. Most kids Georgie’s age are not the ones to say “You can be what you want to be.” Most of the time this conversation happens but with the adult and child parts switched.

What wise words of encouragement has a child offered you? I would love to hear about it. I think kids are amazing like that.

I am thankful that my son has this insight at such a young age. I hope that he continues this attitude throughout life. Maybe I can learn to be as positive and motivated as he is.

According to him, I surely can. As long as I put my mind to it.


The Monday Mystery

Monday was spent in the Emergency Room of a local hospital. I woke up that morning with a very strange feeling in my head that my blood sugar provided no clue to at a welcoming 114. What could it be? I drove (probably should not have) to work and continued to feel strange. When my coworkers noticed that something was wrong they insisted that one of them take me to the hospital.

I was not too excited about the office freaking out over my symptoms but it did get me really concerned about what was wrong. You see, I felt (and still do) extremely dizzy and foggy. It is as if I am falling backwards all the time or that my head put on 20 pounds and my neck cannot handle it. I also have this very weird delayed reaction when I turn my head too fast. It takes a while for my focus to catch up. I started to really freak out.

The ER found nothing. I laid there for several hours waiting for blood tests to come back but nothing came up. They told me to see my doctor because they could not figure it out.

Great, I am a freaking mystery.

So yesterday I stayed home from work and went to see Dr. F-Bomb. Instead of busting out any profanities he said, “It sounds to me like you have an inner ear viral thing. I’ll give you something that will clear that up in a few days.”

He scribbled out a prescription, handed it to me, and said goodbye.

Here I am at work, still dizzy, still a little worried, but with a new pill to add to the collection that I am hoping will clear this crap up.

Wish me luck!


You Tube Tuesday #13

I will post later today about what is going on in my life but for now check out this amazing video that someone uploaded on my birthday. And thanks to all for the birthday wishes. very cool.


The Perfect Awakening

This morning my daughter woke me up with these words.

"Happy Birthday to You. Happy Birthday to You. Happy Birthday dear Pop Pop. I Love you so much!"

It didn't rhyme.

I didn't care.

It was perfect.


Diabetes Power Show and dLife

As many of you may know, I found the OC by listening to a very beloved (and greatly missed) Podcast called Diabetic Feed. I am still hopeful that one day it may return.

As I was checking out Podcasts on iTunes and I found “Diabetes Power Show.” I subscribed immediately since it looked to be right up my alley. The show consists of 3 hosts who discuss different D related subjects and interviews as well as news and info about diabetes so I was really excited about checking it out.

Well, yesterday on the drive home I decided to have a listen and guess who they were interviewing...

Give up? Click here!

And guess who is coming up on the next episode?

Give up again? Click here!

Wow! I love it. It is great not only to read about these people but to hear them interviewed is awesome too!

Speaking about OCer’s in media did anyone see last weeks dLife with Kerri on it? The Simmons Family did the wave when her segment came up. That was very cool.

And speaking of dLife, you should really make sure you watch Sundays show. It looks like its gonna be another great one!

The Story of a Pioneer
dLifeTV reports on the life of Elliott Joslin

One of the leading diabetes centers in the world was started by a man
whose ideas were years ahead of their time.

Watch dLife this Sunday
7:00pm ET, 6:00pm CT, 4:00pm PT

Be inspired this Sunday, watch dLife