New Years Eve Failure or Not

New Year’s Eve Failure or Not?

Last night, 12/31/14 Bum & I went to a local bar for a New Year’s Eve Celebration that failed but was yet a great time.

Our daughter Megan and her husband Marc invited us (Bum & I) to join them at Classics Bar & Grill in Advance NC, right down the road from where I live. Normally we do not go out on New Year’s Eve, but thought this would be fun to do, so we agreed.

We got there at 7 pm and there were less than 20 people in the bar. The table area was nearly completely empty.

After ordering a round the waitress told us that the restaurant was going to close at 8 pm. We all laughed at what we thought was a joke, but, Nope, she was serious.

On New Year’s Eve, the only local bar, positioned in a community that is poised to explode over the next few years and they are closing early on New Year’s Eve.

This seems to be a New Years Eve Failure

While we laughed at what we considered a business failure here is what else happened:

Repeatedly one lady in the bar kept playing music on the digital jukebox. Each time she swiped her card in the credit card slot she appeared to be twerking with the jukebox.

Yeah, yeah, I know people dance in front of jukeboxes all the time. This was way different.  She appeared to be twerking on the jukebox. We were laughing so hard more than one of us snorted at the table. Later we discovered it was one of the bar owners.

When ordering another round of beer we thought about ordering a beer tower. The price was not too bad and Courtney would put our favorite beer in it. However, since the bar was closing in less than 1 hour she suggested that we not order a beer tower. We agreed. 10 minutes later the table behind us ordered one and had it delivered. We laughed thinking there was no way 4 people could drink 12 beers in less than 30 minutes. We were wrong.

An older guy walked up to our table and wished us a Happy New Year. While talking he said he had two wives and had owned two expensive homes, neither of which he still had or lived in, yet his ex-wives were very happy in “them thar homes.” He said he now lives in a hotel room.

I wished him better success in 2015. He came back later and in the chat, I told him Bum and I were still married after 37 years. He was so excited, cajoled us into standing up and hugging him. Later on, we saw him dancing with an older woman up near the jukebox. Our barmaid told us it was his mother.

At around 8:30 pm, 30 minutes past closing time I wanted another beer. Our barmaid came over to the table to check on us. I told her I wanted another beer, but I would not order one if she wanted us to leave. She looked like she wanted us to leave, but agreed that because she had work to do in the back room I could have another beer. Megan wanted another margarita too.

We joked with the barmaid about a local bar wanting to close at 8 pm on New Year’s Eve. When I asked her what she was going to do after work she said she was going to go home and cook Bang Bang Shrimp. I asked if we could come over and she said yes. I’m a smart man. Bum was there and I knew the barmaid only wanted a bigger tip. She left laughing to get my beer. She came back with my beer but forgot Megan’s drink.

We finished up laughing and cutting up with the barmaid by about 8:45 pm. We were nearly the last people out of the bar. On the way out of the bar, we saw the sign on the doors. Handwritten on yellow ledger paper, “Closing at 8 pm New Year’s Eve.”

We didn’t get a chance to close down the year in this local bar, but we closed down the local bar on New Year’s Eve.

Normally if we were told to exit a local bar at 8 pm on New Year’s Eve we would consider it a New Years’ Eve Failure. However, everything else that happened that night made it somewhat successful, ie – funny.

Six Statistics about the Fourth of July

Interesting Info – I did not realize this:

  • 150 million – the estimated number of hot dogs that will be consumed this July 4th. That’s roughly one hot dog for every two people.
  • 1801 – The first 4th of July party is held at the White House.
  • 1941 – The 4th of July was declared a national holiday.
  • 56 – The number of people to sign the Declaration of Independence. John Hancock was the only person to actually sign on July 4, 1776. The other 55 signers did not sign it until later.
  • 26 – The age of the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, Edward Rutledge. The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin at 70 years old. Most of the signers were in their 30s and 40s.
  • 2 – The number of people who voted to make the bald eagle the national animal. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national animal but was outvoted when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson chose the bald eagle.

A Turkey – give me a break Ben – what the heck were you thinking?

Happy Fathers Day 2012

Before they are born, a father prays that his children will grow up to be happy people.

He carries his babies and never lets harm come to them, striving to make them happy, often to no avail as a baby is supposed to cry.

A father prays to God that his babies will always be safe and happy.

A father works long and hard every day to put clothes on his children’s back and food in their belly.

A father will praise his children’s accomplishments and accept their mistakes, not without a tear or two, as his children travel thru those often tumultuous teenage years.

A father will guide his children thru the developing years as they reach forward into life as teenagers.

A father will pray to God that he has shared enough wisdom, morals and instruction for his teenagers to grow up and be happy.

A father will encourage and guide his developing young adult’s passions and dreams as they ponder what the next steps of life will become for them.

A father will support his developing young adults as they bang, scuff and scratch their proverbial knees, elbows and toes of adulthood, often with a tear, but always with a firm, steady hand when requested or needed.

A father will pray that the work he did as the father of a baby, a young child, a teenager and then as a developing adult will have been enough for his teenager to grow up to be happy.

A father will lend an ear, a shoulder even a needed dollar to his grown children, (aka friends).

A father will be involved in his good friend’s (aka children’s) life, caring for them as a good friend (aka father) should.

A father (aka friend) will listening to the stories of become a contributing member of society, professional, a business person, involved in the community and father or mother themselves. He will proudly watch them become all this, only giving guidance when asked.

A father will work, laugh and play with these friends (aka children), as he would with any other good, trusted and loved friend.

A father will smile when others speak of his good friends (aka children), and proudly admit to them, “That is my child!”

A father will always give thanks to God that the work he did as the father of a baby, a young child, a teenager, a developing adult and adult has created a happy person and a good friend.

Happy Fathers Day to me and all of my other father friends!


Do you need Four Leaf Clover Luck?

As I mowed the grass today I thought about four leafed clovers. When I got done, I did this little video of my thoughts.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day folks.  I hope you have good luck despite not having a 4 leafed clover.


Thanksgiving Festivities Pictorial

It all starts by selecting the best possible turkey eggs.  Be carful, there are some swindlers out there who will sell you eggs from other animals.

Then with the proper care and attention the eggs will hatch and you’ll get some decent turkey chicks.

(please no oohs, or aahhs allowed)

It’s important at this stage to have enough water, turkey chick food and pooper scooping skills.  Work at it long enough and this is the result:

Now the real work starts – You will need one of these tools (it looks difficult, but you only need one good swing)

Now a little clean up work (save the feathers and make a pillow for someone you do not like well)

I suggest you go for the best cooking method.  Deep fried is good

After the appropriate amount of time (& Temperature) – Waa Laa !

Serve warm and to as many friends as you can

If you are hungry enough, and or have enough people join you Poof – all gone!

There are a few side effects, fortunately none that anyone has determined to be life threatening

and if you have a dog, he/she can make bye-bye with the left overs

And go figure, it all started with a bunch of us strangers coming over to visit another land across the big pond.

Happy Thanksgiving Folks

A little fun with the festivities of the holiday.  The real celebration is less of the festivities and more of the gathering of friends and family

Life Report Essay – I am blessed

I received a request from a reporter to write this story.  I want to share it with others.

My Life Report Essay

Some people think it was a tough life for me to grow up number two of 15 children.  As a child I wore hand-me-downs from my older brother and was encouraged to care for my clothes so that my other brothers could wear them. My parents worked hard to make a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread serve all of us at one meal. My mother worked hard with the daily tasks of raising 15 children, while my Dad worked hard at a Union job and numerous handyman jobs to provide for us. I’m happy that I was able to learn about giving, sharing and making the most of a little. I am blessed.

I married young. I know I was in love, despite all of the naysayers who tried to challenge my decision. Family, friends and employers tried to talk me out of it. I married well. By this I mean that I married a beautiful woman who loves me as much as I love her. Like many other married couples, we had to work thru the tough times together. Now, 34 years later there are no tough times. Our love is stronger now then I could ever have imagined. We are happy together, share with no second thought, laugh together, cry together and enjoy our lives together. I am blessed.
I participated in raising 4 beautiful, smart, self sufficient women. My careers did not allow me to be home as much as I wanted to.  But, when I was home I played the role of Dad.  Dad of wisdom (maybe), Dad of guidance (praying for guidance myself), Dad of discipline (never quite knowing what to do), Fun Dad (when I did what my girls wanted to do) and provider Dad (we managed to get by). My wife and I committed prior to marriage to having 4 children early in our marriage. We did this knowing we would sacrifice all of our wants until after the children were thru college. This turned out to be a wise thing for us to do. We raised 4 fantastic friends. We did not miss any wants and have realized that they weren’t real anyway. I am blessed.
I worked hard at every job I have had. I have had eight different employers and dozens of different jobs. I committed to learning as much as I could so that I would be able to do the best and to succeed at every job I had. I have been paid very very well for the jobs that I have had. Because of my work ethic, I have never had an interview, resume, background check or drug test.  I have never been fired, riffed or laid off.  I am blessed.
I discovered a few years ago that there must be a reason for being blessed. This discovery changed my life. I quit my job and started a business where I can give back 50% of my time, energy and knowledge. This includes helping our unemployed friends and neighbors on the difficult task of finding jobs.  I am also writing two books. The balance of my time I use to train and consult in an area of business that I am very passionate and excited to be involved in. I have to make money to pay my bills and to feed my retirement, yet my wife supports my decision to give up a great job to chase a dream. We are happy and doing good, despite the significant reduction of income. I am blessed.
In summary, I live a blessed life and did not really realize it until recently. I have only one regret in my life. I wish I had learned much earlier in life that you can do well at giving back, because I have found that I love giving back. I am blessed

Happy Mother’s Day – 2011

A Mom’s entire day is filled with duties that many others are not able to deal with.

She is there to do the things others can’t understand or can’t make happen.

A Mom is there to help the young child get thru the day and achieve all that they can achieve.

Are you a Mom?  If so, I am sure you know what I refer to – Happy Mother’s Day to all of you.


Thanksgiving Holiday & What I’m thinking

My life is changing faster than I ever imagined it could. Lots of great things going on in my life and, WOW, am I ever thankful for the all I have and the future opportunities that are awaiting me.

However, what I am the most thankful for is not the stuff in my life, but the people.

A good friend of mine wrote an article about the people on “your front row”. One of my take aways from his article was that these are the people who have the greatest positive impact on your life and the ones who care the most about you.

I believe that my life is a compilation of who I am, what I do and the influence on my life from the people I share it with.

My life is filled with opportunities to meet lots of new people every day. For me, “Networking” is rewarding in many different ways, but mostly because it helps me to create new relationships with lots of different, unique and positive people.

This constant activity of finding, developing and nurturing relationships has always been important to my personal and professional development. For me, an important requirement of this activity is to make sure that the people I am developing these relationships with provide positive value to my life.

I have two principles related to my networking activity that I strive to pay attention to:

Principle #1 – We draw people into our lives thru our attitudes and actions. Positive attitudes and actions will draw positive people into our lives. Negative attitudes and actions will not create the same beneficial results, and could be detrimental to our lives.

Principle#2 – The people in our lives directly impact our attitudes and actions.
Positive people are fuel for our positive attitudes and actions in life. Negative people do not provide the same value, and could become another detriment to a good life.

These two principles are key to our lives being healthy, rewarding and enjoyable.

Realize these principles early on and the overall benefit to our lives can be quite dramatic.

I have been very blessed to discover the positive people in my life and their relevant value to me.

Interestingly, I have also learned that there are people in my life who do not provide the positive impact that I feel is important to me. So, why are these people a part of my life? They aren’t. I’ve come to realize that I’m a part of their lives.

God decided that there are people who need to be influenced by my positive attitude and actions. I am honored to have this role in someone else’s life. However, I have no idea when and for whom I am to provide this influence. I have decided that it is not important to know the answer to this puzzle. As long as I always strive to do right and to have a positive attitude, it does not matter. It’s also easier to be consistent in life with a positive attitude and actions. There are no worries about when to change or who is being influenced, when it’s all good.

In summary:

Strive to have a positive attitude and you will attract positive people into your life.
Surround yourself with positive people and this will positively influence your attitudes and actions.
Always have a positive attitude and do right by others, because you do not know if you are to be influenced or to influence others. It also easier and less confusing.

In conclusion, I sit here on the couch this Thanksgiving holiday and thank God that my life is surrounded by lots of fabulous people who provide positive influence and value to my life.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

And, Thank you.

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