Picking a car

July 15, 2012

Let’s take two young men. Same age. Similar income.  Similar education. When it came to buying a car, they both had about the same amount of money to spend.

The first guy bought a 12 year old muscle car. Over the years, it had been fixed up but it needed work to get it running. But, it was a cool looking car. In addition, for that model and year, there were plenty of add-ons to sweeten the ride.

The other guy spent about the same amount of money on an economy car that was about half the age of the hotrod. [click to continue…]

Travel Fitness

June 27, 2012

Recently, while on vacation, I wanted to find a good workout routine that I could use on the road with no weights or special equipment. I enlisted the help of Christy Erb who is personal fitness trainer and specializes in home fitness.  If you do this workout to muscle failure for each exercise and then repeat, it should take about 20 – 25 minutes. Although this is not the ultimate workout, it is something that can be performed in a hotel room or guest bedroom. Believe it or not, the next day a I was a little sore in a couple of areas that I had been neglecting.

Big thanks to Christy for her time. If you’d like to check out more from her, check out christyerb.com.





You might first be asking, “What is a toxic relationship?” In general terms, a toxic relationship is one that breaks you down rather than builds you up.  It can be a friendship, a partnership, a business relationship or even a family member. But it’s a relationship that does you more harm than good.

There are many people out there who are what my wife terms ‘takers’. They don’t give anything into any relationship and a relationship with them is over when there is nothing left to take. They are like a swarm of locusts who consume until there is nothing left and then fly away to destroy something else.

We’ve all been in relationships with ‘takers’. But, sometimes we are too close to the fire to smell the smoke. So here are eight indicators of a poisonous relationship. [click to continue…]

Quit Being So Gullible

June 6, 2012

There are two types of people I automatically don’t trust.  The first is the guy who just walks up to you in a public area and starts talking to you out of the blue. If you are in a busy area, a stranger walks up and starts a conversation, the odds are pretty high that there is a con coming. Just keep on your toes and you’ll see the scam headed your way. He needs some cash, wants to sell you something….

Think I’m cynical? Those are just the odds.

Now you may be wondering what the other type of person is that I don’t trust. Would you like to take a guess?



Car salesman?

No, no and no. With all those people, you know what you’re dealing with and you know that they have an agenda. As long as you know what the agenda is, you can you can only kick yourself if you fall for the trick. [click to continue…]

Embrace the Moment

May 26, 2012

A funny thing happened on my way to the marathon.

As a way to provide some inspiration to Mama and myself, we signed up to run a half marathon at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. For those of you who don’t know,  a half marathon is 13.1 miles. Mama and I ran together for the past few months getting ready for the race. It wasn’t that I needed to train to complete the race. It was a matter of the goal of my time. In fact, in addition to my shorter runs through the week, I ran a half marathon every Sunday morning in training.

Then, a week and a half before the race, I tore my calf muscle while working on a ladder. It was very painful. So for the next ten days, I didn’t run on it all. I only stretched it and iced it, hoping it would heal by the big day.

On the morning of the race, it felt fine.  I stretched it out and it looked like it was a go. I got dressed, hopped on the shuttle, but when I stepped off the bus…POW! (Yeah, that’s what it felt like.) It was bad. It felt like an ice pick in my calf.

So I did what any rational adolescent would do. I RAN THE RACE. [click to continue…]

Life Balance

May 10, 2012


I decided to try my hand at video.  I hope you enjoy.  If you have any comments, please drop me a note on Facebook.




The other day, I was in a crowded DMV.  It was the end of the month and since everyone waits until the last minute to do things, there were at least 40 people in the lobby standing in line.  All of the sudden, a woman entered the lobby and demanded to know who was driving the maroon Ford Taurus in the parking lot.

A woman at the front of the line turned around and replied, “That’s my car. What happened?” [click to continue…]

Listening to Idiots

April 26, 2012

In the early 90’s, I was with the team that built the original holding facilities at Guantanamo Bay. These were built for the Haitians fleeing to the United States. A rumor floated through the camps that if one could only step on U.S. soil, the Americans must let you stay. The Haitians knew that Florida was only 90 miles from Cuba. So close, but so far away. As a cruel joke, the Americans had built the camp on the shore where the Haitians could even see Florida on the horizon across the ocean.

About once every three weeks, one of the Haitians would decide to make a break for it. They would use something to throw over the fence, scramble down the rocks and dive into the water. The race was on as they swam with all their might. And to their amazement nobody would pursue. They would swim and swim and would finally reach the land. There they were welcomed by U.S. military personnel who would help them out of the water and then congratulate them on reaching the OTHER SIDE of Guantanamo Bay. [click to continue…]

Problems with “Not A Problem”

April 4, 2012

Question: Do you ever use the phrase “Not a problem” or “No problem”? If you answered yes, then you might want to read on to discover if you are using it correctly. Why is this important? Because, if you are using it incorrectly, you may be seriously ticking people off and not even realize it. [...]

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Nobody Can Take Care of You Like You Can

March 22, 2012

In a previous post, I mentioned running into my old boss. At 13 years old, being big for my age, I went to work in the hayfields. How I got connected with Steve Fisher, I don’t remember. But he taught me things about life that I still carry with me today. I would like to [...]

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