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  • Two hometown stories on my mind...

    A couple of things going on that are pulling my emotions this week.

  • Captain Kirk to play Jack Ryan?????

    Actor Chris Pine, who portrays Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek reboot is now also bring another character back to the BIG screen. CIA analyst Jack Ryan is coming back in 2013 with a new movie. The role started by Alec Balwin, then Harrison Ford to then Ben Affleck is now going to be portrayed by Chris Pine. Check out the article about the new movie.

  • And so it ends with a blowout....

    WOW! I don't know if anyone expected the blowout that we witnessed last night. I am not an SEC fan, and I am not an Alabama fan, but they were certainly the better team last night and are the 2013 Champions. And now, the waiting game. The college football season is something I look forward to every year. I enjoy watching my favorite team, and a few others and look forward to going to a sports bar with a bunch of TV's and sitting back for hours and eating some bar food, sipping on some beverages and just 'being a guy'. For now, we have another 4 weeks left of Pro football. I can't wait til September!

  • Playoff football....I love it!

    The battle of the rookie studs are over. Both the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins lost in the wild card game over the weekend. Andrew Luck and RGIII are OUT! Great seasons for both, but neither will win the Super Bowl this year. My team, the Houston Texans, won their wild card game against the Cincinnati Bengals. It wasn't pretty, but it's a W in the playoffs. Next up for the Texans, is the New England Patriots in Foxborough. It will not be an easy game. Last time the two teams met, the Patriots destroyed us. The anticipation will drive me all week long til game time on Sunday. Fingers crossed for a victory.

  • How young is too young?

    So my niece just turned 12 and I found out yesterday that my brother and sister in law got her a phone for her birthday. More so a smartphone. My question is, how young is too young for certain things for kids. Does a 12 year old need a phone? Who are they going to call except their mom and dad and their grandparents. Do 12 year olds text already. Am I old, or being old fashioned? I just don't get it. Maybe I am being old fashioned. The young kids today know about computers, and smartphones, and tablets, and it's mind blowing what kids of today are doing. When I was a kid, I went out side to ride my big wheel. haha! ok, just had to vent.

  • A brand new year brings...

    As for most of us, January 1st is a 'day off' from work, and a time to just chill and do whatever: sleep in, clean the house, watch football, etc. Now for January 2nd, this is the day that it finally hits us that it's indeed a brand new year. 2013 is here and we have that time where we think to ourselves what this year will bring. Will it bring happiness, a new love interest, a new job, a new home, and other things that you may be thinking about. Happy New Year and make this a great year for you.

  • Another list of New Years resolutions....

    The annual tradition of coming up with a list of things you'll want to do, want to change, or want to quit doing has come. It's the last day of the year 2012. Haha. I guess I didn't come up with a list because I figured the Mayans were right and we wouldn't make it to 2013. But alas, it's here and I must come up with a list to use as a measuring stick. Do I want to lose weight? Do I want to get in shape and eat healthier? Do I want to reduse the amount of foul language that I use in everyday situations? Many things to chose from. I don't smoke and I am not a huge drinker, so those vices have never been a resolution. Are there things in my personal life that I want to either change or improve to help my personal life be more fulfilling?

  • Whats your Christmas Day tradition?

    A Christmas tradition for me is seeing a movie on Christmas Day. I usually do the first showing of the day at the theater. It's either the 12p showing or the 3p showing depending on the theater. This years big release is the new Quentin Tarantino movie. If you know anything about his movies, they are dark stories with lots of violence. This new one is called "Django Unchained" and has a great cast of big time names. I give it two thumbs up. The holiday downtime is not over, so if you want to go see a movie, go see it.

  • No WHITE Christmas!

    So I ended up going to Bartlesville, OK on Christmas Day to spend time with my sister in law's family. My brother, nephew and niece and all of my sister in laws family was there. Watching the TV stations talking about the weather and it was all about SNOW in the forecast for Wichita, and OKC and Tulsa. Bartlesville is 45 miles north of Tulsa. I even found a route to get to Bartlesville that would have me going east more and then south to avoid the snow. Turns out, NO SNOW! All of that for nothing. Haha.... It was still freezing and the wind made it feel even colder. But no snow for Christmas.

  • Will it be a WHITE Christmas???

    The weathercast certainly seems to suggest so. For Wichita, a 50% chance of snow is in the forecast for Christmas Day. I plan to be visiting some family in Bartlesville, OK and their forecast says a 90% chance of snow! The question is, should I be traveling by car if the weather is suggesting this. I am leaving SJ behind and I am a little concerned I may be in some bad traffic and it will take longer to travel back home and it won't be good for SJ. I guess I will be making a last minute decision tomorrow morning whether I will be getting on the road.

  • Well played Mayans... well played.

    So this morning, we woke up to 1-2 inches of snow and ice. My dog was funny this morning, when I took him out to do his morning business. He saw snow as a very young puppy, but it had been almost two years since. He freaked a little, but finally figured out that the snow covering the grass was harmless. Tomorrow is December 21st, the day the Mayans predicted as the 'END OF THE WORLD'. Is todays snow and ice a pre-cursor to tomorrow's devastation? I certainly hope not, but we shall see.

  • Woooooooooooooo...He's BACK!

    Please allow me to geek out for a second. Wrestling legend Ric Flair returned to the WWE last night on their weekly television show RAW. He left several years ago when he lost a 'retirement' match and went to a smaller wrestling company. Last night, he showed up and for that brief moment, I totally geeked out and had goose bumps and was ecstatic seeing him back in the WWE. I've had the opportunity to meet him twice and both times, it's been awesome. Yes, I know wrestling is scripted and for the most part it is 'controlled' to allow the wrestlers to not get hurt. It's a male soap opera, I get it. But Ric Flair has been a name in the industry for four decades and is a true living legend. It was good to see him back last night.

  • Touching and heartfelt... Nicely done.

    The horrific events of this past Friday in Newtown has touched us all. We feel for the victims, the families, and the community of what transpired. Words can't even describe how many feel about what should and could be done to help prevent something like this again. Our President spoke at the vigil service last night, and if you saw any the speech, you saw how heartfelt he was and how powerful his words were. Here is the speech incase you missed it.

  • Holidays cards.....should I do it?

    It happens to all of us this time of the year. Our mailbox is full of Holiday cards from family and friends with their families. Each year comes and goes, and I have never done a card to send to others. I am single, never married and no kids. I do, however, have a dog. Should I have a picture taken of me and my dog and send it out to everyone wishing them 'happy holidays'? What do you think? Do you send out a holiday card to your friends and family?

  • Very cool... check this out?

    Today is 12.12.12 right? Everybody is talking about it and how that its the last time in our lifetime that this will happen. There will be some other variations of cool number dates in many years like 2.2.22 or 2.22.22 and so on. Tonight is a very important fundraiser for the east coast that I am sure many of you will be watching. Speaking of watch, a friend of mine took this picture from earlier today centered around today's cool date.

  • WHAT just happened????

    I was in utter shock last night watching MNF featuring the Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots. Both teams are really good. Houston apparently decided to not show up and got routed by the Patriots 42 - 14. I was blown away and upset. However, the Texans have already clinched their division and will make it to the playoffs. Let's hope they can regroup and be better prepared as they move forward towards the playoffs and ultimately the Super Bowl. :) Go Texans.

  • They're back........I can't wait!

    I've mentioned I am a Trekkie. I wasn't a huge fan of the orginal series featuring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, for the most part because the graphics of the earlier times of television didn't make it that believable talking about the 23rd century. I was a HUGE Star Trek: TNG fan. I watched that show religiously. Then came Deep Space Nine and Voyager. I saw every episode probably 5 times. I went to all of the movies and just a huge fan. No I don't own any Star Trek uniforms, have never dressed up for Halloween or attended any conventions. When they decided to reboot the series with a younger cast portraying Kirk, Spock and the others, I was hesitant. I saw the first reboot and absolutely loved it. So now, yesterday, they've released the new movie trailor for the second movie that comes out in the summer of 2013. It looks really good. Check it out.

  • Do you prefer Mom and Pops?

    I went to a brand new Italian restaurant last night for dinner. It had just opened two weeks ago and it's the second location in Wichita. I prefer mom and pops over national chains. For several reasons. One, it's local, and the vibe is local and that just feels better, not as stuffy. Second, I feel the portions of the food are larger at mom and pops and you get more for your money. And finally, I like that the money stays here locally and helps infuse the local community. My dinner was great, and as a matter of fact, I had so much left over, that I have lunch and dinner tonight. I say, support your local mom and pop restaurants.

  • Will HE win it Saturday???

    No doubt, Kansas State football had a stellar year. And the team was led by quarterback Collin Klein. Collin is one of three finalists to win the annual Heisman Trophy, the award that goes to the most outstanding college football player.. This year, there are two quarterbacks and a defensive player. The awards ceremony is Saturday night. Will you be watching and rooting for Collin?

  • The heir to the throne IS???????

    As much as I think it's over the top of the media frenzy of the British royal family, I am still fascinated by them. It was announced that Princess Catherine is expecting. The new law now states that the first child of the heir is now in line to be the future monarch of Britian.. So, either a future King or a future Queen. I think we have all at one time in our lives, daydreamed of what it would be like to be a blue blood royal. There have been movies made about commonors becoming royal, the more funny one that comes to mind for me is King Ralph starring John Goodman. Anyway, as I mentioned, I do think its over the top with all the media coverage, but I am happy for William and Catherine on the news of their expecting their first born, the future King of Queen of England.

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