Random Observations on Life

Random Observations on Life

Over time, owners do resemble their dogs!

This is a blog about a dog. Well not really. This is the more about the ramblings of the dog's dutiful owner, Blue's Dad. Although Blue might be the backdrop of this whole experiment, there's no telling where this trail will lead me. I apologize ahead of time for the randomness of my observations. I've always tended to color outside the lines.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Bluesdad's Bucket List

Although I've never written it down, I do have a 'bucket list' or 'things to do before I die". Most of the items seem to be places I want to see but some are just things I want to accomplish.

Several things have already been accomplished: Walking on the Great Wall of China, visiting a Third World Country (Vietnam), getting a Graduate Degree (MBA).

Some things are in process, like visiting all 50 states by the time I'm 50 (this one may be a hard one, I've got a little over 2 years).

Some things I've given up on: playing in the NBA for example.

Some things should be relatively easy like being in Florida for a Shuttle Launch.

I'm sure many things will still be on the list when I die.

This week I crossed off another item on my list. I finished writing a novel. My list did not necessarily require it be published, but I did finish it. It took ten months and is about 84,000 words which translates into about 336 pages. It's about a man's journey to overcome the effects of a bad childhood.

I don't know if I'll pursue doing anything further with it, but sometimes things on the bucket list are more about the journey than the destination, wouldn't you say? None of these things on my list are more important than the day to day things like family that make life worth living. If I never accomplish anything else, but can be called a good dad and husband, I've accomplished all that I really need to.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Yesterday's Supreme Court Decision

I must tell you, I am certainly concerned about our highest court's handle on what is right for our country. Yesterday's decision to allow people to wear tank tops and wife beater shirts in public, needs to be rethought.

Although there are a few select people who can pull it off, there are few things more offensive than being in Wal-Mart and seeing some hairy backed guy with arms exposed all the way to his shoulder blades.

Some will say this is what our founding fathers envisioned. I disagree! We didn't get the term 'farmer's tan' from people wearing sleeveless shirts. Our forefathers must've understood the importance of covering floppy teacher triceps.

So I hope the Supreme Court will rethink their decision. In my opinion, not everyone should have the Right to Bare Arms!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Looking for the Positive

Several times in my life, I have been made aware of how much of a difference we can make in someone's life by giving a compliment. A couple of years ago, I decided I was going to find someone each day to give a genuine compliment to. I determined it had to be sincere or people would see right through it. This only lasted a month or so, but I learned that by focusing on someone to compliment, I tended to overlook the negatives in everyday life.

A little while later, while going through the Denver airport (which at the time I was flying in/out of about once every two months), I stopped at the Mcdonalds to get a drink.

The young African American girl behind the counter looked at me, paused for a minute and said, "I remember you! You came through hear a couple of months ago and said you like my hair!"

Now, I didn't remember specifically saying something about her hair, but it was certainly believable, since her elaborately styled hair certainly caused envy to my bald head. Even though I didn't remember saying something, it had created a memorable moment in her life and made her feel good.

Try it! It's not hard. Try it for a week and see how many good things you can find to point out. Looking for the positive may not be as easy as pointing out the negative, but it sure leaves a better taste in your mouth.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Top 10 Social Pet Peeves

I was talking to my brother Pinata the other day. I call him Pinata because sometimes I just feel like hitting him with a stick! I was talking to him about going to the top of the Stratosphere in Vegas.

"I am quite afraid of heights," I told him, then asked, "How about you?"

"Afraid of heights?" He responded, "No.... but I'm terrified of widths!"

Now you know why I call him Pinata.

I don't mean to be a complainer, so let me get my top ten list of Social Pet Peeves off my chest so I won't have to address them again.

The following is a list of things that I run across on a regular basis which make me think, do you even know you live in a world with other people, or do you just not care?

10. Parking in the fire lane at the front of the store. I remember when one of my young daughters was grocery shopping with me once, she asked, "Daddy, why do some people park there?" Knowing full well the people in the car could hear me, I answered, "Because they're lazy."

9. People not waving in appreciation when you let them in traffic.

8. Not letting you merge in traffic when there is obviously nowhere else to go and you have to merge.

7. (tie)Someone talking loudly in a movie or the people behind you in the movie kicking your seat

6. An employee at a store/restaurant/utility company etc. treating you like you are an inconvenience rather than the pure reason they have a job.

5. Non-handicapped people parking in the handicapped stalls even if they're driving their handicapped grandmother's 1977 Powder Blue Chrysler Cordova with a handicapped sticker.

4. Parents letting their kids run wild in public and looking at you as if to say aren't they cute. All the while, the unparented brood destroys aisle after aisle in a store or shatter your prescious porcelain statues of Elvis in your home.

3. Saving Seats, which I addressed in a previous post.

2. People not saying thank you when you hold a door open for them or people going through before you letting the door slam in your face.

1. Butting in Line. Absolutely nothing is more socially vomitous than this act..

Now that I have got my negative juices spewed, I am going to call Pinata and talk about rainbows, butterflies and other positive things.

I would love for you to add to this list in the comments section.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Back Yard-Before and After

This posting is not funny or controversial, but some of you have asked to see how the progress on our back yard is going.

Two years ago when Bluesmom and I moved in, the back yard was unfinished and full of weeds but we knew it could make a great play place for bluesbro and bluessisses.

We've almost got it complete, so I wanted to share the results.

I've attached pics at the BOTTOM OF THE PAGE since I can't figure out how to get them up here. Oh well.

It will look much better when the trees have grown and the bushes are full, but that may take many years and I wanted to share it now.

The most prominent feature of our back yard is a retention pond which holds a little runoff two or three times per year. We put grass down and now it is a great place for Blue and the boy to run.

Bluesmom's favorite feature is the rock wall which separates blues poo area from the rest of the yard. If you look close, you can see Blue's own private fire hydrant.

Run, Blue, Run!