Tuesday, July 26, 2011


I guess it can be viewed as odd when one categorizes things in decades.  Of course, this is coming from someone who spent more than one decade focused on a particular one.  So, I guess it makes it more notable when I experience my own new decade.  Today is the big 40.

I can sit here and babble about all that I've learned and all that I've accomplished and how, looking back, I feel fulfilled.  That isn't happening.  I can say that I am inspired each and every day to do more, accomplish more and fill every bit of my life (and the lives around me) with as many great experiences as possible.  My circle of family and friends branches and becomes bigger every year and makes me that much more in awe of what I have.

Anyhow, that off my chest, I promised listeners of the show and readers of the blog/newsletter that I'd make an announcement on July 26th.  There was a reason.  What better way to announce my celebrating a decade in writing than when I become 4 decades old.  Heck, this is also the third decade anniversary of MTV's debut.  But, yes, I've been doing a lot of writing and hope to finish the book by the end of the year.  As soon as work on that finishes, we may be launching a new video series.  But, let's tackle these things one at a time.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Attending A Peepshow

Went out with the Hennessy boys (Dad and brothers) last night.  Had a great dinner at Strip House before going to see something called the Peepshow.  Tremendous show but I figured that, if anything, people walk in with no real idea what to expect other than Holly Madison.  So, why not take a moment and share it with you.

The show is a mix of burlesque, musical and Cirque Du Soleil.  Take a young overworked woman that comes home to her dog after a long day.  Bring her into the world of nursery rhymes in a mix of escapism but also trying to find herself.  Great music, a beautiful cast, sensual moments with many laughs, Peepshow is not what you think from the title.  (Instead think Little Bo Peep mixed with ummm... a peepshow.)  One of the major parts that you walk away astounded by is a spoiler that I can't reveal but you have to see to believe.

Overall, Peepshow is better than I expected.  Visually entertaining and something for everyone.  Ok, not everyone.  Actually, I was amazed at how many young women were dressed to the nines there attending (as if it was a girls night out.)  There is a lot of toplessness and sexual connotations made but if you have no problem with that (and are old enough) go check it out.

Monday, July 11, 2011

She Blossoms

Growth takes a lot.  Let's take a moment and think that somewhere a seed sinks deep enough into the soil to take root.  Of course, that wouldn't happen without enough water, sunlight, nitrogen, carbon dioxide... well, I think you get the point.

Next month will be a sort of anniversary for my wife.  She took a bad situation and planted a seed.  That seed was an education in the field of medical coding.  She fed that seed a lot of her time, energy and passion.  That nurturing allowed it to sprout recently in the form of a certification by completing her coursework with flying colors.  That sprout has matured over the last few months and today... it bears fruit.

Kerry isn't the type to pat herself on the back, shout out her accomplishments to the world or bring them up unless pressed.  That's her husband's job.  Speaking of jobs, that's what she starts today.  Of course, you really never know what you are going to accomplish until you put your feet in the right direction and start pushing forward.  You will never know how proud I am of her.  (That Bee Gees' song "More Than A Woman" is hard to get out of my head right now.)  She's a true fighter and is more than deserving of my awe.

Anyhow, a few hours from now, I'm going to make her a nice breakfast as she prepares for her first day at work.  As anyone would be, she is a little nervous.  Here's hoping that with a few nutrients and the sunshine on her (as it always is) she will have an amazing day and continue to blossom.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Independence Day 2011

I don't expect anyone to celebrate this holiday in Canada, Mexico or the U.K. -- especially there as it would be like celebrating the ex-fiance's wedding anniversary.  But, many people forget that July 4th is Independence Day (after the date written on our Declaration of Independence.)  Heck, most think of it a celebration of BBQ, fireworks and cold beverages.

It was on the 50th anniversary of that aforementioned document that the only two signers to become president (John Adams and Thomas Jefferson) passed away.  President James Monroe also died on a 4th of July.  Not to leave things on a downer, President Calvin Coolidge was born on the holiday (as it was made a federal unpaid holiday 2 years before his birth.)  All in all, I'm just thankful to have this moment to reflect on a small country's determination to become "free and independent states."

Happy Independence Day, folks!