Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Tuesday's Rant (on Wednesday)

This may ramble more than normal as I'm listening to Buffet, which often has that effect.

I'm a fantasy geek, and my football team sucked this year.
I got a speeding ticket yesterday on my way to therapy. That pisses me off! (My fault, though.)
Why not Merry Christmas? Cards from vendors that say 'Happy Holidays' go straight in the trash.
I like rice. And breakfast tacos. But not necessarily in that order.
I like pickles, too. And beer. (But I've said that before.)
I haven't started shopping for Christmas yet. I think I'll wait another week or so.
I'm ready for warmer weather.
I like the change of seasons and cool weather for a little while but would rather wear shorts year round.
My kids are great!
Ryan hates to get his hair cut; he's got a wild head of hair. (We can only cut it when he is sleeping, so sometimes it takes a couple of days to finish the cut. That is comical.)
I like working out. I don't like people who pose at the gym.
I don't understand people who stand in the middle of the workout floor and talk on their cell phones like the conversation can't wait 20 minutes until they're done.
I like my job!
I love my wife!
My best friend bought Rose Bowl tickets for $600.00 each. That's a lot of money for a football game.
My sister and her husband are coming to town on Sunday. It will be good to see them.
I like Scotch. (I thought of that because my sister's husband drinks a lot of Scotch.) Scotchy scotch scotch! (A mindless Will Ferrell reference.)
Why do Austin drivers stop on MoPac @ the 35th street bridge when there is no apparent reason for them to slow down? I have never understood this. Maybe there's a presence there that makes the people at the front of the line slow down subconsciously, causing the backup. It's that only plausible theory that I can come up with.
What makes Austin drivers think that they can drive on ice? It seems to me that they speed up when the weather gets worse. Go figure.
I could go on for a while about how crappy Austin drivers are. Do I have room to talk? After all, I did get a speeding ticket yesterday.

Oh well. See ya!

Monday, December 12, 2005

A Christmas Party Extravaganza & a Life Lesson

The wife and I went to my company Christmas party this weekend and it was huge! There was an ice sculpture on every table, extravagant food, open bar, live music, the list goes on!

We had a great time! The only drawback was that we didn't know anyone there. The party was at corporate headquarters and I work 150+ miles from there, even though I am officially attached to the corporate office. Nevertheless, we made our own fun! We spent the night in Houston, which meant a rare night without the boys. While I can say that we both missed them, the night of grown-up time was much needed and a lot of fun!

Today, it's back to the real world. Work. I suppose that it's a necessary evil but I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I tell my kids that all the time. Don't worry about figuring out your life at age 12 (or 10.) You have plenty of time to do that later! Be a kid! Play in the rain. Play kickball in the street. Ride your bike fast and far until you feel like you can't ride anymore, then ride some more.

That's what everyone should do until life smacks them in the head. Let it lurk in the shadows. Ironically, by doing so you'll be grabbing it by the horns. Living to the fullest. Do what you want to do as long as you don't harm others in the process.

Stop to smell the flowers, but not so long as to miss the trees blowing in the wind. We all get so caught up in the big picture that we have the tendency to forget the little things. I'm guilty of it, too.

Last year Miyo started competing in triathlons. I have been doing them for 5 years.) I went to a race south of Austin to participate but mostly to help pace Miyo. This was one of her first events and she was a little aprehensive about it so I wanted to make sure that things went well and that she enjoyed the day and all that it held for her. In the process, I learned something myself. I had lost the innocence of S/B/R. (Swim/Bike/Run) While riding with Miyo, I took the time to look around at the landscape and enjoy the trees, the wind blowing through the canopy and the shade making shapes of imagination on the ground. On the run we talked and laughed and ran and walked and started over at the beginning. At the end, Miyo sprinted to the finish, as the day was about her success.

As a result of that day, during training rides and runs I try and look around and notice my surroundings more. It's sad that I live in such a beautiful city and area, Austin and Central TX, and take it for granted. Make a point of loving the outdoors and noticing the beauty that it holds. It might surprise you!

(Wow! That got really off topic from where I started but it flowed out of my fingertips. Here's to running and riding in Austin. Enjoy the beauty of it all!)