Saturday, May 23, 2009

I Actually Learned Something New While Waiting On Hold!

Waiting on hold is very difficult for me not because I'm impatient (hurry up and get to your point!), but rather because the Yanni rip-off, brain wash music being streamed into my ear usually has me poking myself in the eyes within 30 seconds.

(Yeah, well . . . you have issues, too!)

But I was pleasantly surprised this week while waiting on hold with Hawk Electronics when the "message on hold" was feeding me completely useless but entirely interesting tidbits of information.

I love this kind of info because it's the stuff that you use to amaze your friends with your "wiki-brain" when playing some random trivia game.

For instance, Bluetooth technology (the universal digital language for wireless devices) is named after King Harald "Bluetooth" of Denmark (born 935). King Blue-y is known for uniting Denmark, Norway and Sweden and imposing an universal language in his kingdom.

No kidding? Huh, I did not know that! And who was the clever chap who thought of lending his name to the universal digital language?

I dunno - maybe I'll call Hawk Electronics next week and asked to be placed on hold to learn that little nugget.

But how refreshing it is to come across a company that is brining innovation to its customers even when they're sitting on hold!

Hey American Airlines! Wake up and pay attention!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Cool Thumb Luke

Not many people can pull off "cool" while sucking their thumb!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

I tried to make a cute video with Tate for Kelly for Mother's Day. And it is cute so long as you don't gag from the extreme close-up of Tate chewing his Krispy Kreme doughnut and "eating" his chocolate milk.

(???? . . . it was early and I obviously wasn't completely awake yet!)

But I'll say what Tate can't . . .

Happy Mother's Day, Kelly! You really are the perfect mom for Tate. God knew exactly what he was doing when He placed Tate in your care! Thank you for all that you do for Tate (and me!).

We both love you so much!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

10 Years

Our 10th wedding anniversary was last week. I figured this was the best way to package all those memories into one post.

Love you Babe!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

2009 Sam's Club MS85

Day One of the 2009 Sam's Club is finally in the books.

Here I am at the Start Line with a college friend, Rob.

There were about 4,000 cyclists in this year's event - here are about half of them!

As I mentioned before, I rode this year in honor of my college roommate's wife, Amy, who was diagnosed with MS just last year.

As for the results - not too shabby!

85 miles in 4 hours, 24 minutes with an average speed of 19 mph! That blows away my previous times of only 16.5 mph - so I'm pretty stoked!

Here's the real reason I rode so well today. I pulled into the lunch parking lot and saw this truck handing out ice cream! It gave me the sustenance to carry on!

But more beating my previous time, I also blew away my previous fund raising record as well. During the two previous years, I was only able to raise around $500. But this year, thanks to some very generous friends and family of Amy's, I was able to raise over $2,100 to help fight MS!

And I have to admit that I feel that God blessed this whole endeavor because, for the first time, it wasn't about me and my own personal acheivement but all about Amy and those who suffer from this disease. And because of that, this year's ride really is special to me.

Unfortunately, Day Two is already in the books as canceled due to severe weather! . . . hence the title of this post!

I'm really disappointed! First, the City of Fort Worth made us re-route Day Two because they didn't want the Finish Line downtown because of fears that we'd all get Swine Flu. And now, the National MS Society cancels tomorrow because Pete stinkin' Delkus is predicting rain all morning! You better be right, Delkus!

(Update:  It didn't rain a drop!  Overcast skies.  Temperature in the mid-60's.  5-10 mph wind out of the north that would have made for a perfect tailwind for the last 30 miles.   Otherwise known as, A PERFECT DAY FOR CYCLING!!!!!  Umph - that's what you get for watching the News! I'm trying not to be bitter!)

Oh well, it was fun and I really enjoyed getting out and stretching my legs! Thank you all for your donations and encouragement! By the way, you can still donate you want - click here!