Sunday, October 20, 2019


I haven't posted in a week, figured I'd throw something up here so we'll go with a randomness post.

I don't normally talk about work much but my role is getting expanded tomorrow. I'm ok with it, it'll be more work for me but I'm not afraid of that. The thing I fear is that I enjoy what I do now and I have a feeling that I'll start losing the duties of that job and I'm not going to like the newer aspects of the new job. I just hope it doesn't get to the point where I don't like my job. That's my fear, because I hate doing something I don't like to do. When you hate your job, it makes it a lot harder to go in.

I've been reading the Dresden Files by Jim Brewer. It's pretty good. It was recommended to me awhile back, maybe even 10 years ago and I read the first 2 but I started buying free books and stopped buying his so now I'm finishing it. I just finished book 7 and I believe there are 17 of them now so I have plenty of reading to do. It takes me awhile to get through a book because I only read on my breaks so 40 minutes on work days and that's it. There is also 1 season of a show called Dresden

If you've been around here before when I did the book stuff you'll know I'm a big fan of the Hollows series by Kim Harrison and I know she retired the series at one point but I guess is working on a new one so I'm sure I'll pick that one up when it comes out. There are a couple of recent Stephen King books that I need to grab as well but since I'm actually spending more on my books, I generally only buy one at a time.

Didn't do much this weekend, as we tend to do. Next weekend we have a birthday party to go to as well as something for Trevor's school about scholarship stuff and he seems to want to go to college so we'll be doing those on Saturday, plus the ND/Michigan game in the evening. I might even try to get out on Sunday to see Zombieland 2 with the kids.

For those of you that follow my Last Song of the Day or even want to follow along at what I listen to, check out my profile on I just joined up a week ago so there isn't a ton of content on there but there's a weeks worth. I've listened to 535 songs since last weekend. For those that don't know, I have a playlist that is currently sitting at 3,508 songs. I put that on random and listen away. I don't like to hear the same songs over and over and this is the way to do that. Out of the 535 songs I listened to last week, there wasn't any duplicates. I believe this is pretty close to real time as to what I listened to. I think as soon as the song finishes, it shows up on the site.

That's all I got I guess, nothing exciting but I guess it's better than nothing.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Saturday 9

Haven't posted here awhile so I'll do one of these question thingies. I read a couple of these every week but I only get around to posting one when I find the questions interesting. This one has to do with some music and some questions about sports so you'll see why I find it interesting. You can click the blog title pic to go to the original owner.

Live Like You Were Dying (2003)

Unfamiliar with this week's song. Hear it here.

1) This song is about a man whose father advises him to live life to the fullest, to become "the friend you'd like to have." How about you? Are you the friend you'd like to have?  I would like to think so, you know, if I had a friend.
2) The song lists several "bucket list" items: skydiving, mountain climbing, riding a bull. Have you done any of those things?  Would you like to?  I've done mountain climbing, hiked up the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. I would like to skydive, bull riding would be a definite no.
3) In the music video, Tim McGraw is wearing a white button-down shirt, blue jeans, and a cowboy hat. Which of those items is in your wardrobe?  Blue jeans, that would be it.
4) He wears a cowboy hat because he is embarrassed by the size of his forehead. When you wear a hat, are you more likely doing it for style, like Tim, or for protection from the elements?  I have no hair so I wear hats when it's cold. Baseball caps in the fall and a stocking hat in the winter.
5) McGraw's biological father was Tug McGraw, pitcher for the Mets and Phillies. How did your baseball team do this season?  The White Sox made steps to improve during their rebuilding process. Made it so I'm looking forward to next year when we get some pitching back.
6) Tim McGraw and wife Faith Hill live just outside of Nashville. They enjoy inviting friends over to sit around a bonfire, drinking beer and playing guitars. Tell us about the most recent get together you had with friends.  I guess that would be playing cards with the guys but technically, I only knew a couple of the guys there. I don't really have any close friends.
7) Tim likes his tattoos. He admits his silliest one -- a leprechaun wearing a cowboy hat -- was acquired during a night of drinking. Do you have a tattoo? If so, are you glad you have it and would you get it again?  I have a couple, both were chosen specifically to have the rest of my life. In other words, they weren't done just to have done, they have meaning.
8) In 2003, when this song was popular, the supersonic Concord took its last flight. When did you most recently board a plane?   What was your destination?   I couldn't tell you the year, I think I was in high school so we're talking late 80's, early 90's. I flew into Reno, NV. I was there to volunteer for the Special Olympics.
9) Random question: When did you last walk around the house naked?  Probably the last time I was home alone, which is very rare as my wife never leaves the house.

There you have it. Proof that I'm still alive.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

This Weeks Timeline

I've mentioned here before that I've been making kind of a journal for myself or for when after I'm gone so I won't go into the details but I figured I could make a post of it occasionally. This will be a little flashback of the last 10 years or so from this week. I won't post everything, some photographs, maybe where I was if I went anywhere, movies I watched, stuff like that.

August 18th
2004 (Wednesday)
Photograph - Samantha licking off frosting

2010 (Wednesday)
Photograph - First day of school

2012 (Saturday)
Instagram - Kitty Chilling

2017 (Friday)
Google Maps - Left to camp at Jellystone campgrough in Fremont, IN

2018 (Saturday)
Letterboxd - Watched the movie Central Intelligence

2019 (Sunday)
Letterboxd - Watched 7 movies from the Into the Dark series

August 19th
2011 (Friday)
My Sports Obsession - Posted my 100th blog post

2012 (Sunday)
Google Timeline - Had supper at Red Lobster
Instagram - unlimited shrimp

2013 (Monday)
Google photos & timline - Went to Highland Firearms

2018 (Sunday)
Google Timeline - Had 5 Guys Burger & Fries for lunch

August 20th
2007 (Monday)
Photograph - Picking up Sam at school

2012 (Monday)

Google Timeline - Went to the outlet mall in Michigan City, IN

2016 (Saturday)
Google Timeline - Had Taco Bell in Columbia City, IN
Google Timeline - Visited Skyler at Ball State University in Muncie, IN

2018 (Monday)

Facebook - My mom found my work badge from where I worked from 1991-1994.

2019 (Tuesday)
Google Timeline - Went to the eye doctor (post to come)
Google Timeline - Had IHOP for supper.

August 21st
2010 (Saturday)
Google Timeline - Played cards at my ex-bosses house.

2015 (Friday)
Google Timeline - Grabbed the kids supper at McDonalds

2016 (Sunday)
Google Timeline - Went to cousins wedding

2018 (Tuesday)
Journal - Passed a city inspection at work.

2019 (Wednesday)
Google Timeline - Went golfing.

August 22nd
2004 (Sunday)

Photograph - Samantha and I

2009 (Saturday)
Facebook - Had the separation talk with Samantha this morning. Had to explain why mom and dad don't live together anymore, lots of crying.
Letterboxd - Went to the theaters to see Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsoniam.

2013 (Thursday)

Instagram - Doing homework on a Friday

2015 (Saturday)
Google Timeline - Went to one of my nieces weddings

2018 (Wednesday)
Google Timeline - Had Jimmy John's for lunch (at work)

2019 (Thursday)

Google Photos - Milo hiding

August 23rd
2018 (Thursday)
Google Timeline - Had Taco Bell for supper.

2019 (Friday)
Google Timeline - Had Mancino's for supper.

August 24th
2012 (Friday)
Google Timeline - Had Happy Cooker for lunch.
Google Timeline - Moved Skyler into IUSB.

2013 (Saturday)
Google Timeline - Had Jimmy John's and than Ritters for supper.

2014 (Sunday)
Letterboxd - Watched Noah.

2018 (Friday)
Google Timeline - Had McDonalds for breakfast.
Google Timeline - Had Simonton Lake Drive-In for lunch.
Google Timeline - Had Long John Silver's for supper.

2019 (Saturday)
Google Timeline - Had Jade Garden for supper.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

What I'm watching

We spent last weekend watching the Into the Dark series on Hulu. I thought it was a TV series but once we got into it, I realized that they are all movies. Usually under an hour and a half but a movie none the less. You can see my ratings for each one here on my film diary. They weren't great, most weren't horrible. They were a typical horror series I guess. It's rare to get a really good horror movie and being they are putting one out one a month, I wasn't expecting to much.

We've also been really getting into the Live PD, Rescue, First Responders and whatever else is out there. We already have a healthy respect for those individuals but watching what a lot of them have to go through when dealing with the idiots out there, makes you respect them more. Of course, the real reason we watch is just to watch how stupid people really are. It also helps that Live PD is 3 hours on Friday night and Saturday night because right now, there isn't much on.

We started this today on Prime, it's supposed to be pretty funny. It's been ok so far (just finished season 1) but I know a lot of shows pick up after the first season and I hope this one follows that lead. With my lack of plans this weekend, we may get close to being finished with it by Sunday night.

Let's not forget my Sox, I always try to watch them but they are actually fun to watch this year. They are young so they don't always win but when they get on a roll, they are exciting to watch again. Coming into today, they've won 3 straight. Next week I'll get to add Michigan football as well.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Damn Teenagers

I feel like I should post here but I don't really have much to say. I probably feel that way because I told a guy at work that I post here and I know he went to the blog, whether or not he does again is the question.

I got a few issues I guess I can discuss. The first being my teenage daughter. She's a good kid as far as getting into trouble and doing things she's not supposed to do but I worry about her for other reasons. She is so co-dependent with her girlfriend that she has no other friends and has no desire to have any friends. Now, part of that is my fault because I don't really hang out with anyone other than my wife but it's not like I go out of my way to not have friends. I have friends at work, people I talk to, I go golfing once a week with a guy from work. The difference between herself and I is that I don't turn down things when people invite me to do things. Whether my wife goes or not, I'll go without her. Samantha has absolutely nothing to do with anyone unless there is a reason she can't be talking to her girlfriend. Her girlfriend was away for 4 or 5 days, all of the sudden, she's hanging out with another friend. As soon as her girlfriend is available again, haven't seen the friend since.

That's not the part that worries me the most. The part that worries more is her need for drama. If you're a regular reader (if I still have any), I have access to her phone and anytime I think I need to check it, I check it. Well, while her girlfriend was gone (she was in the hospital without her phone), she would text her only it wasn't, just thinking about you, or hope you're getting better or something like that. She talked about how horrible she's doing. I'm so lost without you, I'm so bad off that my friend has to hang out with me. That's an issue, it's all about her. Now, she's not that way with us much because we'll call her out on it but the need for everything to be about her is ridiculous. I'll be honest, I used to love to hang out with her, now, not so much.

She likes to tell people that she's just like me. Um, no you aren't. I don't have to rely on anyone else to make myself feel good. I love being alone and having alone time. I hate drama and want nothing to do with it. I go eat by myself, I've gone to the movies by myself. If you're not with your girlfriend, you're hiding in your room.

Don't get me wrong, I love her with all my heart but if I were honest, I'm just looking forward to her growing up and getting out of this "teenage" phase so I can have some kind of relationship with her again. This, you don't understand mental illness stage has got to go. It's time for her to grow up and realize her "life" is exactly where she's putting herself. I try to give advice but she doesn't want to listen. She's a teenager, she knows everything.

I guess had more to say about that than I thought so I'll leave this post at that.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Cross Post From MSO

This is a post from my sports related blog (My Sports Obsession) but I thought it fit in here as well since it is personal.

I didn't get any cards today, it is a Sunday after all, but yesterday I did some rearranging in my downstairs level. My grandfather died  a few years ago and I grabbed his desk and put it in storage. My wife was in the storage and it was annoying her so I took it out and set it up in the den. I pulled a dresser out as well and kind of made a "man cave" even though it really isn't. It's still a usable room with a couch and TV but nobody really uses it. I also can't leave my cards out all over because I have a stupid cat that likes to chew on cardboard, so I can't even leave the boxes of cards out because she'll chew on the boxes. When it's all said and done, I can only do so much because the room was painted red when we moved in and we never changed it. I'll probably rarely use it but at least I got to move my cards out of storage to where I can access them easier. My books were in the bedroom on a shelf and it gave my wife some of her shelf room back.

Here's is the aforementioned desk. As you can see, it's pretty nice, and huge. You can also see the red walls. The wife and I picked up a few things that could go on the walls and still match, plus I snuck a few things in as well. We'll go left to right on the desk.

This is my stack of magazines, programs, folders, ect. They are acting as my book ends until I can find a decent set that go with the room. The card books shown are (L to R) Tier 3 collections are in the first 2 books, and the last book has my Michigan collection as well as auto's and relics that are team collections and not player collections.

Next to the books, on the desk shelf are 2 bats that came from the Louisville Slugger museum that my mom picked up for me. The helmet was from the greek fries that I got at the last Sox game I went to, earlier this year. There's also my DVD's from the 2005 Sox.

The stuff on the top middle of the desk isn't really anything yet. The lamp was just thrown there to get it out of the way.

If you know my collections, than you are really confused by these 3 items. They were also my grandfathers and my grandmother gave them to me. On the left is a mug commemorating Mark McGwire's race to 70 HR's back in 1998. The middle is a Coke bottle with the St. Louis Cardinals on it and on the right is a Joe Montana beer stein. In case you haven't figured it out, he was a Cardinals fan, and a Notre Dame fan. As much as it pains me to have a ND alumn on my desk, I figured it was ok since he is one of the all-time greats, and he's in a pro jersey.

Beside that shelf and to the far right of my desk are my other card books. (L to R) Paul Konerko Collection, Tom Seaver Collection, the rest of my Tier 1 Collections, and the last 2 books are my Tier 2 Collections. As I said before, I don't have book ends so I'm using my Scott Podsednik bobble head for one on this side.

A little better view of the bobble head, or at least the box. When I get an actual room, I may break it out of the box.

Next, I'll go from left to right up on the wall above the desk

This photo is of myself, my brother and 2 cousins back when we were in little league. My grandmother made these for all 4 of us boys. I'm on the left and Sluggo is the other in yellow for the regulars who may know him by name.


These are above the right side of the desk. We picked these up at Hobby Lobby along with some stuff below.

As you can see, next to the desk is the dresser I pulled out. In the top drawer are my non-collection cards and Baseball Collection, 2nd drawer is full of empty boxes and such, 3rd drawer contains the Vintage Collection and the bottom drawer has my White Sox Collection in it.

Above the desk and dresser are these other 2 from Hobby Lobby. My wife did a pretty good job of picking all this stuff out that went with the walls. That's pretty much just one corner and wall of the room which I have claimed as mine but if you look around the room on shelves and walls, I have other stuff laying around.

There are a few Michigan things, it's hard to put that stuff up because of all the red in the room.

Last but not least, this is above the couch. Another Hobby Lobby pickup by the wife.

I have a bunch of other stuff that I could put up but a lot of it is in boxes in storage and I'm not going to drag all of that up until I actually get my real Man Cave, which will be in a year or 2 when I start kicking kids out and taking one of their rooms. For now, this little corner will do when I need to work on cards (or to be honest, get away from the wife for a bit.)

Thursday, July 18, 2019

the Walking Fat

If you remember way back at the beginning of 2017, I started tracking my walking on a map just to see how far I'd get with my daily steps. I changed it up a little after I started and decided to walk to all the MLB and Big Ten stadiums and if I go by others I'll log them. Well, the last stadium I was at was in Colorado and from there I went to Seattle, there is a whole lot of nothing between those cities which is why I haven't really posted about it much. I'm finally in Seattle so you finally get another stadium post. Sadly, it really didn't look that impressive from the ground.

Only thing I know about this stadium is the retractable roof and when I watch games there (on TV), I always hear horns in the background because of the train tracks next to the stadium. Oh, and the Mariners play there.

I also noticed the Seahawks stadium was next door so I went around it as well. So let's see where that puts us on our tour.
  1. Guaranteed Rate Field (Chicago White Sox - MLB)
  2. Soldier Field (Chicago Bears - NFL)
  3. Ryan Field (Northwestern Wildcates - B1G)
  4. Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs - MLB)
  5. Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers - MLB)
  6. Camp Randall (Wisconsin Badgers - B1G)
  7. TCF Bank Stadium (Minnesota Golden Gophers - B1G)
  8. Target Field (Minnesota Twins - MLB)
  9. Kinnick Stadium (Iowa Hawkeyes - B1G)
  10. Memorial Stadium (Nebraska Cornhuskers - B1G)
  11. Coors Field (Colorado Rockies - MLB)
  12. Pepsi Center (Denver Nuggets - NBA)
  13. Mile High Stadium (Denver Broncoes - NFL)
  14. T-Mobile Park (Seattle Mariners - MLB)
  15. Centurylink Field (Seattle Seahawks - NFL)
So that's my 6th MLB stadium and my 3rd NFL Stadium.

Day 928 - Seattle, WA (3108.2 miles)

Goal - 1,500 miles (4.1 miles/day)
Currently - 719.8 miles (3.64 miles/day)

As you can see, I'm below my goal pace but I don't really go "walking" anymore. Most of my steps come from work and a little around the house. I have already matched my days with 10,000 or more steps from last year and we still have 4 1/2 months to go. I don't know what all that means, but it is what it is.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sunday Stealing #6

I just got back from Virginia for the week. We left on Tuesday and came back yesterday. We didn't do much "fun" stuff, it was all about spending time with family and friends. I ran off from the in-laws for a couple of days to spend time with my cousin and family outside Asheville, NC. Not much more to say about that, like I said, it was all about spending time with family and friends.

I ran into this Sunday Stealing post and liked the questions so here goes.

1. Are you satisfied with the way your life is right now?  Yeah, could always use more money but my life is way better now than any other part of my life.
2. Do you drink enough water?  Nope, my wife tells me all the time.
3. When was the last time you ate at Burger King?  Week or two. We don't have it a lot but occasionally.
4. Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?  Mountains, not even a contest. Love the mountains, hate the beach.
5. How do you usually feel when you wake up on a morning?  Sore, very sore.
6. Would you rather take someone on a date or be taken on a date?  Doesn't make a difference to me, it's all about the time spent not the quality of the date.
7. When was the last time you wore high heeled shoes?  Um, never.
8. Vodka or wine?  Vodka, I rarely drink but I prefer hard liquor when I do.
9. How often do you cry?  Rarely do I cry cry, but I tear up all the time. I'm an emotional guy.
10. Ever had a crush on a teacher?  Probably, I would assume most boys do at one time or another.
11. Can you wire a plug?  Nope.
12. Do you wear socks to bed?  Yep, wear them all the time. My feet get cold, I get cold.
13. What is currently bugging you?  The damn teenagers in my house, or I should say 2 of the 3 teenagers in the house.
14. Can you change a car tire?  Yes, changed many of them.
15. Have you met more than ten celebrities?  No, definitely not. Can only think of 2.
16. Do you sleep naked?  Almost. I used to before kids were roaming the house.
17. What was the best music gig you’ve ever attended?  Nothing comes to mind, I've been to hundreds of concerts but nothing stands out.
18. Have you ever had sexual feelings for anyone you follow online?  Sexual feelings as in she's hot and I'd like to see her naked, sure. Sexual feelings as in I want to tap that, no.
19. Who is someone who has changed your life positively?  Cheri, she's the reason I can answer question 1 like I did.
20. Favorite city?  I guess Chicago.
21. Can you drive?  Got my license the first day the law allowed.
22. Cigarettes or alcohol?  Neither. Smoked 1 cigarette in my life. I drink alcohol but very rarely.
23. Favorite and least favorite accents?  Accents do nothing for me, as long as I can understand what they are saying, that's my favorite.
24. Did you play Red Rover when you were a child?  Yes.
25. Do you like 1980s fashion? No, only thing that should survive the 80's is the music. The rest of it needs to stay there.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Sunday Stealing #5

I haven't posted in awhile, I start to post, than I slack off. I ran across this Sunday Stealing and it was about music so I figured it'd be a good post.

Questions from Unusual Music

1. A song that gives you goosebumps.  There's a few but Watch the Lamb by Ray Boltz always does it to me. Almost Home by Craig Morgan is a more recent one that does.

2. A song you hated once but now love.  I can't think of any, there's a bunch that grew on me but I wouldn't say I hated them.

3. Do you remember your first CD?  My first CD would be a bunch of them because I had to replace all the cassettes stolen out of my car. I refused to buy CD's until I had no music to listen to. My first cassette I purchased was Emotions in Motions by Billy Squier.

4. Has your music taste changed much since childhood?  Most definitely. I hated Country, now I listen to it. I used to listen to some pop and rap, now I'm not a big fan. I can tolerate some of it but not most of it.

5. Favorite genre?  Most versions of Rock.

6. What’s a genre or style of music that you just don’t understand?  I listened to most anything so I can't think of a genre that I just can't stand.

7. Do you have a process for listening to music, such as listening to the instruments more than words?  Depends on my mood, some days I just want to jam to some loud music, other days I listen to the lyrics.

8. What’s your favorite thing about your favorite song?  It's a classic Rock song. I really get into certain songs for awhile, but they never seem to last like my favorite does.

9. Do you have a favorite decade for music?  I listen to all decades but if I had to pick a decade it'll probably be the 80's. That genre is probably in the top 3 or 4 on my playlist.

10. Can you play any instruments?  Nope

11. Do you remember your first favorite song?  Not really. I wasn't really "into" music until I was an adult.

12. What was the first concert you ever attended?  Back when I strictly listened to Christian music, I probably went to hundreds of concerts but I have no idea which was my first.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Last Songs For Music Monday

I had a slow week in music because a lot of my listening comes at work and I only "worked" 2 days this week. Monday was Memorial day so I had it off. Tuesday I had a vacation day. Wednesday I worked. Thursday I worked but I was at a conference all day so I couldn't listen to music. Friday I worked but it was a bad day and ended up being half a day and I haven't done much this weekend.

It's a little Rock heavy this week but it is all random so get what you get.

The stats.
  • Songs on the Playlist - 3,373 songs (up 7 songs from last week.)
  • Songs listened to this week - 233 songs (down 288 from last week.)

  • Listened to the 50th song by Elvis Presley since 2018 on Monday.
  • Listened to the 100th song by Metallica since 2018 on Wednesday.

  • Listened to the 100th song by Halestorm this year on Wednesday.
Monday - The Best of Times by Styx
Genre - Classic Rock

Tuesday - That's All by Genesis
Genre - 80's

Wednesday - Leader of the Band by Dan Fogelberg
Genre - Soft Rock

Thursday - Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch
Genre - Rock

Friday - Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
Genre - Country

Saturday - Fake It by Seether
Genre - Rock

Sunday - Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue by Crystal Gayle
Genre - Country