Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I try to steer away from the mushy stuff. But I am thankful for my family and that I will be able to spend a few days with them over the holidays. My in-laws are in town (which can always be interesting) and we have some great activities planned with out little kids. Ahhh, to be a child; filled with that insatiable excitement for Santa Clause, presents, and all things Christmas that are not part of the daily routine. Merry Christmas to all you out there; and may you enjoy your holiday wherever your travels take you.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Perhaps it’s my cold-blooded side, but I do not feel sorry for those directly affected by the housing downturn. Those who are losing their homes either bought a home they weren’t actually qualified for, financed their home under terms that they really didn’t understand, were looking to make a quick buck on a flip or hold-and-flip, or simply trying to ‘keep up with the Joneses’. It is unfortunate that the correction in home values has to hit everyone, but that is part of living in a society.
If you own your home, are making your payments, plan on living there for the foreseeable future, and don’t have a job tied to mortgages, construction, or the buying and selling of real estate…just chill. Your home is somewhere you live and should not be seen as a ‘serious’ investment. After all, it is just wood and rocks on top of a pile of dirt.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
The economic environment is truly amazing. Really! I was a student of economics back in another time, and the classroom discussions were always philosophical. Times were good; individual net worth was up, unemployment was optimal, and everyone was spending. I sometimes envy the economic and business students of today. I am sure that their discussions on various economic theories and principals are highly attended. It is an exciting time to be alive and a part of society. The next several years will shape our country’s future for some time. It is in hard economic times that people either make real changes or simply temporary accommodations to their situation. I am hoping for the former. We have a new incoming president with fresh ideas and a same party Congress. People are ready for something not the same. Be aware, be a part, and lets move toward real change that will last.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I enjoy efficiency and convenience; the things that make my life easier: modern transportation, the huge array of electronics that fill our houses, progressive science. I am also thankful for the beautiful things in life; whether it is music, art, movies, poetry and prose, or nature. But all of these things loose their attraction without my best friend, lover, and companion to share them with.
My wife is the center of my support system. We have been married for a little over eight years now. I have to come to know her better over time; she is truly genuine and sincere. I awe at her ability to mind the kids day-in and day-out; often times with no break or help from me as I traveled for business. I have become even more aware of her value to me and her importance in my life. I love her dearly; wish to share our pain and laughter. And did I mention that she is gorgeous? The gods have been kind to me.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Me chatting it up with the boys.
I know many have said it, and I will too, but Billy Corgan is one of the coolest people that I have met; very chill and on-your-level. You know, seeing him and Jimmy Chamberlain was like they had just stepped out of a YouTube video in front of you. I did notice being in person that Billy’s shoulders are really narrow; not something that I had paid attention to before; and Jimmy has huge biceps, but I guess that when Mr. Corgan writes songs that have you beating the drum heads for 9 min straight you need some serious muscle.
Being in the front row of the concert was awesome. I have never been that close to the stage and having done it as part of our SP experience made it that much better. The play list was fantastic. We got to hear many of our favorites along with several new songs. The stage set was great; the sound awesome; and the band was dressed as you would expect them to be. No disappointments.
I also got to meet several other fans that were SP VIPs. I can say that the Pumpkin fan base is diverse. We saw people from all ranges of the spectrum and many that were just like us; totally excited to be meeting one of their favorite bands and having killer seats for the show.
It is interesting what will bring people together; maybe it’s a religious belief, political view, or biological connection. It could be a certain person’s ability to unite others under a sense of oneness; to feel understood, important, and complete; Billy Corgan has that power. I thank God that I had this experience and that I was able to share it with the hottest Pumpkin Peep out there…my wife. Let’s do it again Babe!