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Why Do We Treat Women This Way?

18 Aug

It takes practice to convey a genuine bit of flattery without coming off as rude, fake or worse.  Do you notice how men are often rude, insincere and worse when it comes to treating women with respect. Why?  Women typically aren’t this way with men.

I enjoyed this very honest take on the subject of harassment.  And I do plan to be more vocal toward those who refuse to act with dignity and respect toward others.


Are You Still Buying Into This Scam?

4 Apr


Word of caution, the video above has a few curse words.

Sarah and I got engaged over a year ago. What some of you don’t know is the ring I ‘gave’ her that night was only a place holder. Our dear friend Summer lent us her ring for the occasion until we could find the right one.

Today, even when folks know that diamonds are the currency of arms dealers, drug cartels and only serve to enrich a small cabal of DeBeers…the legacy of the DeBeer ad campaign to buy that sweetheart a rock you can’t afford lives on.

Just one of the many reasons I love Sarah is she doesn’t care about diamonds. She cares about love. She wanted the ring that would make her feel special. She wanted a ring that had meaning. We found that ring. Thanks to my mother’s help, I was able to locate a ring with sapphires! It does also have diamonds, but they are small.

She was ok with that as long as it didn’t go toward some ripoff jewelry scam. It did not. In fact, the ring was part of another love story and now it gets to continue on representing our own.

From the looks of that smile, I think she likes it!


Building a Sports Prodigy (Kidding)

31 May

This opinion piece from Wall Street Journal writer Jason Gay is spot on!  Enjoy!



Magical Goal!

23 May

Do you like soccer? I love it!

Even if you don’t enjoy the “Beautiful Game” have a look at this video. The goal is pure brilliance but the announcer’s head nearly explodes describing the action! Enjoy.


Monday? Again?

20 May

Hello Monday!

Having a hard time getting going this week?  Spend 5 minutes with your coffee listening to these two kids belt out one of my favorite songs. Guaranteed smile!

Summertime? Already?!

16 May

Summertime.  When I was a kid, it meant long days of running around hills, creeks, fields, alleys and more. Riding our bikes all over Novato, we did our best to have fun and stay out of trouble.  Thinking back on those days, boredom seemed to be our biggest issue.

Today, parents fret over camps, summer sports teams, big vacations to places like Disneyland, and of course, how to handle taking care of the kids when both parents have a job.

My mom was a stay-at-home-mom until I was 12. Most folks 40 years old and above can say that.  But today, the norm is both parents working.  It has also become a norm that children are not allowed to run around town on their own.  While crime statistics do not support such over-protection, parents today don’t allow their kids to ‘go out and play and be home by dinner’ like me and my brothers were told.

So what to do once summer rolls around and kids are out of school. This article has some good suggestions: http://aol.it/ZnfajI

Do you have any ideas?

To Our Boston Friends

17 Apr

To Our Friends in Boston

In the summer of 2011, I visited the great city of Boston for the first time. Sarah had a conference there so I tagged along.  What a wonderful place to visit!

We started up north of the city on Cape Anne with good friends who graciously invited us into their cabin on the cape.  We dined on fresh clams and lobster and enjoyed the hospitality of these fine folks.

Onward, down to the big City, we took them to a Red Sox game the next day. It was my first time at Fenway Park. It won’t be my last! What an amazing ballpark. Yawkey Way shuts down to the cars and becomes a pedestrian paradise for baseball fans.  There are beers, hot dogs, and hats for sale. And there are people everywhere!  Outside of Wrigley Field in Chicago, is there any better ballpark?

As Sarah had her conference, I went off to explore Boston on my own the following day. I walked the Patriot Trail, enjoyed a lawbstah roll, and ended my day in Boston perfectly as could be for this sports fan – I took in game three of the Stanley Cup Finals at Sullivan’s Tap Room.

Hockey is a big deal in Bean Town.  And the Bruins were fighting for their finals life, down 0-2 going into game three.  This game was being played across the street in the ‘Gawden, AKA Boston Gardens.  No one calls it TD Ameritrade.

But scalper tickets were starting at $500, and I don’t like hockey that much.  An old lacrosse buddy of mine, Jon Ledwick, took me to the local dive, Sully’s. We drank PBR after PBR discussing the Bruin chances.

The game did not start well for Boston.  But something happened near the end of the 1st period.  A cheap shot hit was given by a Vancouver player. A near-deadly blind side rush that knocked out the Bruin player who never saw it coming.  It was a high hit, it was ugly and it was despicable.

The entire bar silenced.  Then you could feel anger swell around you.  “You don’t  DO that in Bawston, buddy!” one man shouted at the screen. “Not in argh house!” another one cried out.  The thick eastern accents get even better with drinks and anger!

Suddenly, a team who seemed ready to lie down and get swept turned on a dime.  They won game three 8-1!  And the city, seemingly emboldened by one dirty hit, surged in support behind the Bruins.  I’d never seen a city work as one and bring so much focused energy and get behind something so quickly.

It was almost as if you could reach out and touch the anger and need for retribution in the air. Boston came back and won the Stanley Cup a few days later. An amazing turn around in a series Vancouver had in their hands.  They snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with an unnecessary and cheap hit. A comeback inspired by one ridiculously shameful shot.  Let that sleeping dog lie, goes the old saying. Vancouver woke up the sleeping Bruins and with one dirty hit, the entire North East, too!

On Monday, Patriot’s Day in Boston, the city was once again victim of a cheap shot. A low-blow. A cowardly hit.  This is the city where freedom started.  Where American truly began to gain the courage needed to best the King of England.  But some scumbag decided to dishonor this great city on the day they celebrate this glorious history. With a cowardly backpack full of explosives, this idiot snatched three lives and spread so much sadness.

I’m not from Boston.  I don’t know Boston too well. But I know Boston is not afraid. I know the intent of this attack, to spread fear, will not succeed. I know that Boston will pull itself off the tarp and be better for this hit it has suffered.  The rest of America has your back!

Cheer Up Dad!

26 Feb

I received this via facebook last week and it was truly touching.

My dad recently turned 70 and I wrote about much of his health issues last year. He is once again battling tough times with his diabetes.

To cheer him up, I thought I’d share this photo.  I love you Dad! And you too mom 🙂

dad post

Happy Valentine’s Day!

14 Feb

You all know by now I’m just a mushy romantic, don’t you?  If you’ve had enough of my romance, you want to click this blog closed today. But come on, it’s Valentine’s Day! What did you expect?

Who was this Saint Valentine, anyway? I thought I’d check out this Saint of Romance, see what made him so special.

Turns out, there isn’t much on the guy. Some claim he died in Rome on February 14 a long time ago.  Some see it differently.  No one knows for sure.  Some think the day is to counter a pagan ritual named Lupercalia. Others believe women conspired to irritate their uncaring men by forcing them to purchase over-priced flowers and dinners or risk being in the dog-house for weeks.  It is hard to say.

I’m a lucky one (understatement), Sarah doesn’t even like roses!   That doesn’t mean I will forget what and who this day is for and I’ll make it special for Sarah.


What truly makes Sarah so amazing is how deeply she understands me. She knows my strengths and my weaknesses.  If I was engaged to me, and I saw my many flaws, I would probably leave me.  She has more patience and forgiveness than anyone I’ve ever met.  Getting all romantic for our engagement was truly memorable but I’ve come to see love is in the little moments.  The making of a cup of coffee.  Doing the laundry.  Dropping one’s needs to help another. Skipping a workout to pickup a kid. The little things no one has to do – but does them anyway – that’s love.

So, on this happy day, allow me to profess my love for her from the electronic hilltop of my blog.  Because of every little thing you do for me, I love you Sarah Trejo!

Congratulations to our friend Miriam!

12 Feb

Sometimes, you just want to smile.   A few Sunday mornings ago, Sarah got a text from her best friend Miriam.  The text was actually just one photo. A photo of an engagement ring!  Miriam’s man, Ryan, had proposed!


This is the text Sarah received

When Sarah first moved up to Santa Rosa, she started getting in with some of the local cyclists. That’s how we all met.




Recently, she has been dating a tall fellow named Ryan. Aside from his poor upbringing regarding baseball, he’s a great guy. We couldn’t have been happier for them both!

Now they are getting married! We’d like to wish them all the best!  Congratulations on your engagement, Miriam & Ryan!

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