Sunday, January 30, 2005


10 Months old. Posted by Hello

Hmmm, will UPS still deliver? Posted by Hello

Blizzard of '05 fun! Posted by Hello

Friday, January 28, 2005

For the record

Did I ever tell you the story of how Leanna and I met? I was a volunteer rowing coach 4 months out of college, and she was a member of the team. Okay sounds bad, right? It gets worse! The thing I first remembered about her, the paw prints on the butt of her sweatpants. She, of course, was drawn to the "older man" and staked her claim on me by telling the other women "he's mine." As that was over 16 years ago, I think we've proven our critics wrong.

All right, some of you might know that story, but do you know this one?

The "closest" Leanna and I ever became in that first year was when, as a bet with my rowers (and also to prove I was tougher than they), I carried Leanna on my back non-stop up the 36 floors to the top of the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. I think it hurt her as much as me because I had such a tight grip on her legs that I cut off most of the blood flow for a while. Hmmm, maybe she's been paying my back ever since? ;-)

Saturday, January 22, 2005

It's true.

When all else fails and the stresses of life and family seek to overwhelm you, there is always that little room with only one seat where you are guaranteed to be alone.

Monday, January 17, 2005

New recurring segment: Motivational Tips

As part of an ongoing effort to focus creative energy, I'll be submitting short articles on motivating yourself for greater physical/mental fitness. e.g. "Little things can help you break out of the doldrums." Not only will these tips will be scattered throughout this blog, they will all be aggregated on my newly established "Motivational Tips" blog.

Life focus.

I'm starting a business. One of the core principals is the four day work week. I'm very serious. Others may join me, if they choose. I know your first question, "Doing What?" That's the topic of the first meeting. I've thrown some ideas out, it's just time to execute them.

Friday, January 14, 2005

"What's the deal with diapers?"

I was shopping for a bag of "swimmies" yesterday. It's astonishing just how many specialty diapers there are. Diapers for crawling, walking, swimming, daytime, nighttime, etc...

To me the most amazing diapers were those which made the child feel wet. New Pampers Feel 'n Learn Advanced Trainers™ are the only training pant with the Wet Sensation Liner™ .

After all the years spent building the dryest, most foolproof diapers, why now they are reversing direction? My (conspiracy) theory: someone at P&G found a warehouse loaded with tons of old first generation Pampers, and a clever marketing guy concocted this as a way to sell them as new.

Finally, any Sesame Street fans out there? I've never taken well to how Elmo stuck it to Grover and took all his props. Even in diapers (see picture). Damn, that's cold.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Little things can help you break out of the doldrums

For a while now I haven't been able to get motivated for much of anything really. I take great pride in being a very good triathlete, and my successes have always come about as a result of doing the hard work during the winter months. If you've read anything else on this blog, you know I now have a distraction in my life that has never before existed. But that's no excuse, so don't think I'll resort to blaming Alexandra.

No, I've just been lazy, that is until last week. Last week I resorted to the last "trick" I had in my bag; an infatuation with new "toys." In my case I mounted a new (to me anyway) Campagnolo Record crankset and matching bottom bracket on my road bike. Campagnolo is to bicycles as Apple is to computers. They are functional and beautiful. They inspire more than Shimano, which may perform equally well, but has none of the charm. It worked. My friend Austin is a born again Apple faithful. I'm not born again with Campy, I've just refound my faith. The first night with the new parts I put in 65 quality minutes on my trainer. They are so smooth, so perfect. Not impressed? You try riding that long in a semi-lit 50 degree cellar next to the cat's litterbox.

It's love I tell you.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

More dreams

Have you ever dreamt about buying a Volvo station wagon? I guess it could be worse; it could have been a minivan. Is this a symptom of "seasonal affective disorder?"

Sunday, January 02, 2005

A "Thank you" to the Jolly Old Elf

Dear Santa,

Thanks for tall the wonderful presents for Alexandra and the rest of us. In the spirit of continual giving, I wish to give to you a few suggestions for future improvements to the whole Christmas experience.

1) Require psychological evaluation for all elves. While every little girls loves to receive a doll for Christmas, as a parent I must say some of the ones produced this year are down right creepy. We've even named one "bride of Chuckie." The elf who made it might have some issues.

2) Give an extra bonus to the elf who first came up with the concept of flannel lined pants. Sure they weigh a little more, but they're so comfortable I could sit naked in a pair until next year. An hour in these babies is better than ....!

3) Easy on the wire fasteners for the children’s toys. It requires all sorts of tools and gadgets just to get the darn things out of the boxes. I know you don't want some grinch to come by and steal them, but there has to be a middle ground.

4) Finally, maybe you could make a second trip around the world on the 26th to pickup all the garbage produced from the boxing and wrapping. I'm sure you must have a spare sled or two in which some of the more "toy production challenged" elves (see suggestion #1) could go and do waste removal. Honestly, I can't get into the door of my house right now.

That's all for now. Thanks for showing us a wonderful Christmas, and think seriously about my suggestions for next year.

Sincerely,

Joel