Thursday, August 30, 2007

America Joins Global Hypocrisy

Normally I would put this under the Political Blog but being that Bloom County was comic that got me through my teenage years, but this hypocrisy seemed to cross all genres. Per comment from the Post, there was concern over the sexual innuendo and that Muslims might not take it in context. (Apparently Christians have a better sense of humor as the Opus strip poking at Falwell was run.)

The media does a fine job of telling you what is news. Obviously some are more concerned with potential violent actions in the face of comedy. Share the cartoon...offend someone.


Wednesday, August 29, 2007


I picked up Evan today with pads in hand. He was beaming with pride. Amidst all the joy is the realization that my son accomplished a goal on his own, a sign that he has taken a step towards independence. You know they eventually have to leave, but looking at the pictures of him as an 8 year old in his Pablo Creek Saints uniform I can't help but have these mixed feelings.

Let the waiting begin....

So the accolades were a bit premature. As of yesterday's practice the coach noted it as Final Cut Day. As of this morning, today is Final Cut Day. Some kids got their pads...most didn't. So Evan found his number on the list and it is back to the grind. A bit of a roller coaster for him but he is holding up well, keeping a good attitude. Nerve racking for the parents as they hope to see their son attain a goal that is very important to him. Regardless of whether he makes it, the experience is priceless.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

He Did It!!!!

His hard work has paid off! We found out today that Evan will play for the James Weldon Johnson Trojans football team. It was a nervous week as Evan moved from being one of the heaviest on his Pop Warner teams to more middle of the road with the 80+ kids trying out for JWJ's team. He tried out for linebacker and was initially concerned as they had the LBs working with the cornerbacks, safeties and wide receivers and apparently there are some tall and very fast kids going out for those positions. Still, the work ethic taught to him paid off and he accomplished a goal that was very important.

I'd like to thank Velocity Sports Performance on Gate Parkway for all their hard work in training Evan. I can't say enough about the staff presently there and those who have gone on to hopefully better things. Since day 1 they have worked with us through Pop Warner, injuries and late sign ups. As I've told them on more than one occasion, they've treated us like family. I hate to single out one trainer above the others or above any of those who work in an administrative function, but Brad Stewart has been one of Evan's favorites and really pushed him to go above and beyond. Thank you Brad.

I'd also like to thank my close friend Philip Hughes. I coached with Philip the past 3 seasons and he has been an encouragement to Evan in every aspect of his life. He put an onus of leadership on Evan and I firmly believe that the physical and mental expectations instilled a strong work ethic both on and off the field. Thank you Philip.

For me I get my nights and Saturday's back. Though I miss coaching the kids and being with the adults I have come to know over the years, I will enjoy watching Evan play as we watch from the bleachers.

Monday, August 27, 2007

It's Hidden Hidden

To quote the late Gene Eugene

See, the way I feel
Is hidden, hidden
The way I feel
It's time
If you'd reveal
What's hidden, hidden
Is it time?

Much time has past since my last blog (I was happy to find some do read this). The biggest event was the passing of our beloved pet Eddie (Puug with 2 Us PU-UG). There is still sorrow in the house as this was the first real family pet. Eddie passed on 7\8\07. I decided to let the kids decide when they were ready to introduce a new dog and though Sara was ready (to be young) Evan found he wasn't after getting a retriever\shepher mix. Her name is Roxy (originally named Sweetheart---gag) and just turned 1. We're busy making new memories and she has found a loving and welcomed home.

For myself I am in the throes of passing a kidney stone. Mark it down as number 5. So far it is week 4 and counting.

The kids have started school. Sara has Evan's old 4th grade teacher (she teaches 2nd now) and Evan has made the 1st cut of the JWJ football more to go.

Our trip to Boston was wonderful. I think we could live there if we had to. I'll get more into that trip at later date. Some good pictures and stories.

Feel free to check my political blog from time to time. I haven't added anything new but am being inspired to do so. I've also attempted to get a book club going amongst some of my friends. We're reading C.S. Lewis' The Great Divorce. I'm hoping they enjoy it. I'll probably start blogging on books read as well. I mean, this is all about sharing right?

Take care everyone.