Monthly Archives: October 2009

#5 – Tough Days

A lot of things can make for a tough day. The weather, your boss, a coworker, or a poor driver slowing you down can all make you have a bad day. But a tough day is a special bad day. Of course we all know people or pets we love will die, and even unexpected deaths are still sort of expected. At some point we realize that someone has to fill out the statistic books for this generation so after the initial shock of the news we can handle with the grief with some practicality.

But years later that I have come face to face with a simple task that is still tough. Day fourteen’s task is to write a letter to my father. I’m dreading this one, and putting it off.

Dad died just over 10 years ago. I still have trouble with it sometimes.

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Posted by on October 21, 2009 in Journal



#4 – The Bucket List

Haven’t been keeping up with the journal, so might as well kill two birds with one stone. Today’s entry is my bucket list, day twelve’s task on the 30 day trek to a better man. Click the link or go see a predictable movie starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson to learn about bucket lists.

The task requires ten items at least, but I can beat that. (Does that mean I’m not doing nearly enough with my life?) I can come up with many because you can add anything, even as simple as eating a local restaurant you frequently pass, but never stop.

  1. See all seven continents
  2. Go to Cedar Point
  3. Weigh less than 250 pounds again.
  4. Eat at the Moonlight BBQ in Owensboro, KY
  5. Visit Russia and see the Kubink museum and Kursk.
  6. Travel in space.
  7. Ride on a bullet train
  8. Take a trip by train.
  9. Take a trip by steamboat.
  10. Take a trip via ocean freighter.
  11. Take a cruise.
  12. Visit Savannah, GA with the wife.
  13. Take the kids to Disney World.
  14. Take a wilderness trip to Alaska.
  15. Become a CCIE.
  16. Speak a foreign language moderately well.
  17. Go deep sea fishing.
  18. Skydive.
  19. Climb a mountain (1001 feet counts).
  20. Scuba dive.
  21. Visit Hawaii.
  22. Win a poker tournament at a casino.
  23. Get a bachelor’s degree.
  24. Continue this list.
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Posted by on October 19, 2009 in Journal


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Once again up late, but nothing to write about.

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Posted by on October 13, 2009 in Journal



#2 Journal Entry

To tired for a long post.
Celebrated Megan’s birthday with a great couple’s only trip to Kings Islands Howloween fest.
Bengals beat Ravens. First place in the AFC North! WHO DEY!!
Watching a great Broncos/Pats ending that got recorded as well.

Proud of myself for sticking to the journal even though it was late. I was tired, and it would have been easy to skip.

Best day of the year so far!!

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Posted by on October 12, 2009 in Journal



1 – The First Journal Post

This is the first entry in my journal. I’ve been turning over new leaves thanks to the‘s “30 days to a Better Man” series. Day #8 – Start a journal.

I’ve always wanted to start a journal, but three things have always prevented it, my lack of initiative, lack of follow-through (notice how much the Fictional Beer articles are updated), and thinking I have nothing to write about. But the Art of Manliness has pointed out that it is the mundane things that will be interesting in later years. I’ve taken the initiative, so now I hope I can stick with it until it is a habit.

It takes 21 days for something to become habit. Reading each entry in the ’30 Days’ series should keep me reminded. However I’ve already been post-poning some days, and just coming back to them the next time I check the site. Two-weeks to get to day 8.

I do feel improved. Today I also completed day seven’s task by reaching out to an old friend, Jeff Roback, and MCSE classmate at Sullivan University.

I’ve been trying to eat healthier, and have been successful. However beer is still thwarting some of my efforts. A good beer buzz certainly increases the late night appetite.

Tomorrow I complete day nine’s task, take a woman on a date. Megan & I will be going to Kings Island’s Fright Fest without the kids. I’m really looking forward to it. We haven’t been anywhere alone (other than simple dinner & a movie) since going to St. Louis 3 years ago.  Only a day trip but still fun.

I hope to write about all sorts of subjects, and I have no real goals for this journal. Other than to keep it up.

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Posted by on October 10, 2009 in Journal