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Weekend at Grandma and Grandpa’s

Weekend at Grandma and Grandpa’s

A few months ago I wrote this post but never hit the publish button. With that being said, it’s interesting looking back at the post realizing my thought haven’t changed. It shows my consistency.

Weekend at Grandma and Grandpa’s

I had the kids for the weekend. It was amazing. Not everything went to plan but that’s what made it great.

Settling in my childhood home on Friday night, my mother showed me news article announcing a youth basketball clinic in Keney Park. Although I hadn’t been to the park in years, I thought it would be great to go back.

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Starting to Realize I’m too Old for This

Starting to Realize I’m too Old for This

Throughout my playing career, I rarely was hurt. In high school I was fortunate to strain a muscle on an off week. I had the flu for two games during the state tournament. But I rebounded by splitting my chin open on the floor for the state finals.

During college I had nagging back issues. Playing through the injury disrupted my chi. The injury spread its destructive energy into my right leg, through my hamstring, down to the knee, and finally settling into a career ending tendonitis of the achilles.

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Summoner Series…The Hype is Real

Summoner Series…The Hype is Real

It’s not very often I binge read a book series. The Summoner Series by Taran Matharu was excellent. Great book for young adults or people who want to crush a fast-paced action series. Let me tell you, it really delivers.

Years ago I heard a ton of hype around The Novice (book 1). I followed the story on Wattpad, or whatever the equivalent is of following on Wattpad. It didn’t take long for me to realize I had no idea what the book was about. I only followed the author because a few hundred thousand people had been reading chapters published daily by the author.

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Making the Best of a Situation

Making the Best of a Situation

I tell lots of stories. One of the stories I don’t think I’ve ever told stretches back to the last birthday party I had in 3rd grade.

Having a birthday in December meant I had just changed schools that previous fall. Beginning the school year at a catholic school in a neighboring town, I didn’t think to invite many kids from my previous town (and school). However, I did invite my best friend, Ari. He was known to have a good time and get a little out of control like myself. He always managed to keep it together just a little bit more than myself, so he made for a good governor.

3rd Grade Birthday Party

At my 3rd grade birthday party, I asked my dad to have it at an ice rink. Ari, was the only friend I invited from my old school. Everyone else was from the new school I was attending.

After a few laps of skating the rink, I found I wasn’t having much fun. Something inside was telling me that the party wasn’t exactly what I wanted. The skating rink seemed something like my new friends from the parochial school would be interested in. My old friends wouldn’t know what to make of it. Internally, I felt I wasn’t really into it.

It didn’t matter, I convinced myself to keep up the facade. No matter what, I had to make believe I was having a good time. Otherwise my father wouldn’t let me hear the end of it.

Within a few minutes my best friend Ari came up to me and said, “This isn’t fun!” I knew he was right. But I wanted to impress my new friends. I kept on skating around the rink and hoped Ari would act more like them. I pretended I had a headache. Ari did silly things to get me to laugh.

Hindsight is 20/20

As much as I wanted to laugh and have a good time with him, I didn’t bother. By the end of the day, I just hung out by myself. My new friends from the parochial school loved Ari and I was miserable. The party hadn’t turned out how I wanted it to. Ari was the star of the show. People wanted to hang out with him. I was supposed to be the big deal but no one seemed to notice.

As I look back on the situation with 20/20 vision I realize now I shouldn’t have compromised who I was. At the time I knew it too. I didn’t trust myself enough to be happy being myself (who I was inside). I thought assimilating to the new culture was more import. Since then, every day I kicked myself for leaving Ari left out in the wind trying to make me laugh by have a good time.

Now, I am an adult and I hope my children don’t make the same mistake I made as a child. I pray they will be themselves no matter who is in front of them. I hope and pray they will unapologetically be themselves. As dad, I’ll clean up the pieces proudly so my children grow to be themselves.

 

Hey, God Punished You

Hey, God Punished You

Growing up I learned from my parents being an older sibling means you’ve got to slow down, be a leader and good example for your younger sibling. If you aren’t going to be good to your younger siblings, you are going to pay for it when they outgrow you or Karma is going to pay a visit. As a parent I try to teach my kids the same things. My son is expected to be a model example and “useful engine” around the house (we are still into Thomas references).

Unfortunately, things don’t always go to plan. Sometimes one of the kids is unagreeable. Other times the kids have no idea what they are supposed to do. On rare occasions, the Karma gods reap their vengeance.

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The Desert Spear Book Review

The Desert Spear Book Review

Peter V. Brett did it again! He blew me away with another book. The Desert Spear, book two in The Demon Cycle, was spectacular. If you were a fan of The Warded Man, the second book in the series will have you begging, borrowing, and stealing until you get your hands on the next title. Do yourself a favor, order the box set.

I tried my best to hold back the Night. I wanted to hold off for a month before reading the next book in the Demon Cycle Series. Lord knows I tried but I couldn’t do hold out. Any quiet time during the day I pondered about The Warded Man. Knowing the book had already been published didn’t help. At any moment I could reserve the book from the library or go into a bookstore and buy it.

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Raising DC and Marvel Universe Fans

Raising DC and Marvel Universe Fans

As a kid I loved comics and superheroes. Comics about X-Men, the Hulk, and Batman were the only books I would read for a few years. As I grew older, I continued to read about superheroes in the library but I refused to check them out. I thought it looked dorky to check them out. Everything I read seemed so cool and everyone else needed to know about it. But I didn’t have any one to share my Marvel and DC universe knowledge with.

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I am Creating a Monster

I am Creating a Monster

The first step to solving a problem is admitting you have a problem. Hi, my name is Chris. I am creating a monster. At night My Precious cries for someone to comfort her. With my busy schedule, I don’t get to spend as much time with her during the daylight hours as I’d like.

At night time, guilt piles on hard and lightens with each step I take toward her bedroom. Within moments, I’ll pick her up or climb in bed snuggling close with her pink zebra. Every night like clockwork she’s up at 11pm and 1am waiting for me to visit. Should I leave her be? 

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Books and Hoops is Making Progress

Books and Hoops is Making Progress

The Books and Hoops program has made tremendous progress. Over the past few weeks I’ve been in touch with an up and coming graphic artist to create a logo. An IT consultant and I have been working to build a website. Business contacts have provided feedback to build a successful program. Most importantly, I’ve been in touch with two schools to begin the Books and Hoops program.

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