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Grow A Beard (if you can)

Grow A Beard (if you can)


Time to Plan a Tropical Getaway

We moved from a warm, sunny place (Phoenix, AZ) to a less warm, sunny place (Wisconsin). This is our first winter here and I severely miss the warm sun on my face. I hereby declare an annual trip to a sunny location each year for my wife and I! We will be here in February, 2014!!


Doing nothing might be the riskiest move we make. Well said..

TED Blog

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Al Gore posits an intriguing question in his newest book, on shelves tomorrow, January 29: can we change the future? But this book isn’t about peering into a crystal ball.  In The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change, Gore — who’s spoken at TED multiple times — breaks down the factors that are changing our world at an unprecedented pace, leaving many of us feeling something akin to temporal whiplash. As Gore outlines, these forces are: ever-increasing economic globalization, the development of a “global mind” via instant communication, a global balance of power with multiple centers, an economic compass pointing toward unsustainable growth, [ted_talkteaser id=243]revolutions in the field of genomics and biotech, and a disruption of the relationship between people and the earth’s ecosystems.

“What do you think about when you hear the phrase ‘the future?’ Is it a hopeful place? Is it a little scary? Does…

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More Than the Olympics

The Olympics inspire. Every couple years athletes from around the world get their spotlight to show they are at the top of their respective sport. In the US, we see the sports that appeal to us as a nation (and of course earn the best ratings); gymnastics, basketball, swimming, volleyball and track & field. I wish we were able to witness more Olympic sport diversity, but that opinion can be detailed in a different post.

My kids, 2 & 4, have enjoyed watching segments of the Olympics this year. My wife has engaged their interest and had them use their imagination to dream what they could do one day. Most of the athletes in the games do not win, but I realize that is not what it is all about. Every athlete talks about the journey and how special it is just to be a part of the Olympics. Now I don’t expect my kids to be Olympic athletes…I just want them to dream that they can be.

Aspiration, in some cases, can be just as rewarding as Achieving.




Family Vacations: Now and Then


As a kid, my family would take one vacation every summer. Each one would start out from the back seat of our Buick, not an airplane or a train. We could count on the air conditioning to be ice cold and the drive to be long. We packed trendy zebra shorts, long striped socks and probably a tank top worn by our older brother. My dad would start off the trip by predicting the exact time we would arrive our destination (I found out as a dad myself how much influence he had on his prediction). One item we did not pack, nor consider; car seats. In fact, my younger brother would call “hump” which was the arm rest between the driver and passenger seats. There might have been seat belts in the car, but I believe they were tucked behind the seats. Hell, I remember one time lounging in the back window above the seats for a stretch down the interstate.

The trips were long. We traveled to South Dakota, Niagara Falls, northern Wisconsin and Milwaukee just to name a few stops. We didn’t have games or iPods or traveling DVD players. All we had was each other and our imagination. Not great, but we survived. Needless to say, our trips are different now that I am dad and in the driver’s seat. Let’s take a look at an upcoming trip…


My family and I just booked our vacation to sunny California for a late November trip to Disneyland. The drive is about 6 hours so I quickly figured; how many movies do I need on our iPad to entertain the kids? How many times will they want to listen to the ‘Lighting McQueen’ song? Can we get by with 1 potty break? One thing I don’t have to worry about is this conversation; Do not cross this line? or Stop touching me? or Get your feet off of me! These do not ring inside our traveling mobile because of one glorious, required item…the car seat.

The car seat keeps my kids safe and keeps them safe from one another. When they get a little older, I’ll remember to tell stories of how family road trips across country used to be. They won’t believe me and will wonder how we did it without whatever latest piece of technology is popular.

All in all, family vacations are about experiences. We’ll sing, laugh and have fun the entire time. Maybe we’ll even leave all of our electronics behind just to see how people in the ‘olden days’ used to do it. Nah…but it was fun to think about for a minute.