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Happy 1.1.11

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Happy new year to all of my family and friends. I have no doubt that 2011 is going to be a crazy and chaotic year (thanks, Braelyn & Brody). I just hope it will be a better year than 2010–not that 2010 was all that bad, but you always hope things get better with time.

Braelyn turns three next Sunday, and she’s so excited for her Minnie Mouse birthday party next Saturday. She picked out the cake and everything. Crazy how much she has grown over the past year, as shown in her Christmas pictures from Dec. 24th 2009 and 2010.

Braelyn also just started preschool. She went for a practice day last Thursday, and Monday will be her first official day of pre-school. That and her weekly gymnastics on Saturday are two of her favorite things… aside from any toy that Brody happens to be playing with.

Speaking of the Brodster… he turned one in September and is quite the character. He, too, has grown considerably.

Brody begins toddler school on Monday, at the same place Braelyn goes (La Petite Academy). He loved the place last Thursday when we dropped Braelyn off… so much he got mad when he had to leave. So thankfully, both kids should do well in their new school.

Rebecca is loving her job at Treo Solutions, though she travels to Albany, NY a bit more than I enjoy. I do not think I am cut out to be the primary care giver. Rebecca is awesome at it… I just am “OK” at it. For 2011, Rebecca has vowed to not be grumpy (I give it < 1 day till she breaks that one), to give up soda (Diet Coke has been her cocaine), and until we go to Maui (January 17!!!), she vows she isn't drinking a drop of alcohol. Best of luck to her as she takes on these three monumental tasks at once. She is one tough cookie, though, so I bet she gets 2 of the 3. Spencer is doing real well in his junior year at Blue Valley Northwest High School. He has had a tough past year, with two friends taking their own life. He is a strong kid, and has pulled through. He really is turning into a fine young man. Says his mom is already going through a state of depression, trying to deal with Spencer being out of high school in a year and a half. Something tells me it's more Spencer than his mom, at least at this point. Something else tells me Spencer will be around a year or two after he graduates... time will tell. The big dawg Hoover is doing well. Still a bit gimp from his bad legs, but he is handling quite well. He has even been going up and down the stairs to the basement quite a bit of late. He's a great dog... and just over 5 years old. We will have had Hoover for 5 years in just a few weeks. As for me, I'm doing well. Lost about 12 pounds in the past month, but not completely by diet and exercise changes... while I have been going to the gym a bit more of late, I also took back to my old bad habit of chewing which I gave up on January 1st of last year. It really surpresses my appetite. I made it to labor day weekend without one, but only had a few while at the Gorge. Then I resumed on a regular basis the last week of November. I intend to quit it again right after Maui. I need to keep up the weight loss until then! Work is going strong and keeping me busy... a good thing. Resolutions for me for 2011? Not much, really. Will quit chewing again after Maui. Still don't drink pop (gave that up last NYE). I guess just keep going to the gym and eat better. Be healthy. Yep... sounds familiar, I am sure. Oh, the other thing... as of today, I have seperated my twitter and facebook accounts, and do not intend to post status updates via either. I have grown tired of that, and realize it's pretty much a big waste of time. As such, more about me and my happenings will be found right here on Oh, and twitter will become more of a work thing for me. Less personal, more professional. That's the plan, anyway. To any of you who have stumbled upon this, in whatever manner you came, thanks for stopping by and reading. I hope you have a tremendous 2011. It will be quite a year... and one without my beloved Dave Matthews Band since they are taking the year off. Ugggghhhhhhh. Peace, RE

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DMB, Vegas, the Wife and a Birthday

Monday, December 14th, 2009

First, happy belated birthday to my wife Rebecca. She turned 3X last Friday (Dec. 11), and we spent her birthday and a few days surrounding it in Sin City. While what happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, I will share a bit.

On Thursday and Friday, we enjoyed two Dave & Tim shows. This was the first time Rebecca has experienced Dave & Tim… and the two nights were awesome. We heard Angel from Montgomery, which was the first time Dave or the full band has performed it since August of 2001. That was a nice surprise. On her birthday, we heard Rebecca’s two most-desired Dave songs: Crash and Satellite. Yep, she walked down the isle to the riff of Satellite when we got married, and we enjoyed our first dance as a married couple to none-other-than Crash. We also heard a new, never-before-played song by Dave: After The Gold Rush. Dave played it on piano. When he went over to the piano, I was certain he was playing Out of My Hands, but no… he had a surprise for us! It was awesome. Dave said he screwed it up, but since it was the first time ever playing it, who was to know? The concerts were definitely great. I wish I had been at the Saturday concert, as I would have gotten to hear A Christmas Song, which was the one song I really wanted to hear. Oh well, we enjoed Mystere, the Cirque De Sole show. Second time I have seen it, but the first for Rebecca and Eli & Heather Bowman, our friends who joined us on the trip.

Ok, since I am often asked, that makes my 68th Dave show. It may actually be a couple more than that, but I think I have captured all that I can remember on’s website. Click that link if you want to see the exciting stats of my shows.

On Thursday, we had a wonderful… and I mean WONDERFUL… dinner at Prime, a steakhouse in the Bellagio. Our table overlooked the fountains. While expensive, it was a great meal no doubt.

Eli told me on the trip that they say you should walk 10,000 steps a day for health. I am healthy for the next few months based on our excursions in the bitter air in Vegas.

Well, that’s enough for now. Happy Holidays… and by that I mean Merry Christmas… to ya’ll out there (sorry, Obama… America is a Christian country, no matter what you say). Excited to see what changes 2010 will bring… 2009 has been a somewhat up-and-down year for me. Definitely up from a family perspective, mixed on the work side of things, and down on some other items which aren’t exactly things I want to post about. I am just thankful I have a great job in this economy, have the most awesome baby girl in the world, was blessed with the birth of my son this year, my step-son is doing better in school and is an awesome big brother to Braelyn and Brody, and my wife is the best (wrinkles and all!). I am also blessed to have such a great family and for all of my friends.

Here’s to a great 2010, including another “change” in Washington DC that will hopefully offset some of the change we’re seeing from the current mess in the corrupt capitol.


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Crazy Times

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Happy Sunday morning. Looked at my site yesterday and realized I haven’t posted in almost 2 months. Congratulations to you, for not having to expend your valuable time pondering my meaningless thoughts. Time to make up for that.

Let’s start with the fact that Braelyn is within three weeks of being a big sister. And, if Rebecca’s motherly intuition is correct, it will probably be less than the 3 weeks. While the baby’s due date is September 23, the doc has scheduled a Friday, September 18 induction. Our money is on not waiting that long. Rebecca feels like she needs a few more weeks to get everything done at work that she needs to get done, but the little one may not let her.

Baby’s name is going to be Brody Carlen Elledge. Brody because we like that name. Carlen because that is my mom’s maiden name and Rebecca suggested it. Elledge because I think the baby is mine. Time will tell if we got the names right!

Brody’s room is almost ready. New carpet was put in yesterday. Walls are painted. We have *some* of the stuff that will hang on the walls to bring it alive but still have to get some. So, surprise surprise, Brody’s room is baseball-themed. Vintage baseball themed, I should say. Grandpa Bradshaw was going to build a couple of nice wooden lockers for the room, but I think I complicated it enough that he doesn’t feel comfortable doing it now. So, I have to find me a good wood carpenter to get them built. Will be searching the WWW later today to find someone. I have already diagramed them and have some pictures for the lucky person to work off of.

As of today, Braelyn has been out of her crib and in her new big girl bed for one week. While Rebecca and I would have been more than content to leave her in the crib for awhile, her pediatrician suggested we get her out of the crib and into her big girl bed in advance of Brody coming home so that she won’t have any negative associations with the baby and leaving the crib. She has done really well in her queen sized bed… thanks to the rails we added to the side, we get some sleep, too. Only once this past week did we find her not in the bed in the morning, and that time she was on the chair we put at the corner to catch her if she falls. I think she really likes her new bed and has been doing quite well with it.

The Big Dawg is pretty-well back to “normal” and is recouped from his ACL surgery. He is back chasing the next door evil dogs up and down the fence line, at least until Rebecca or I get over there and get him to stop. I am not inclined to have to replace his other knee so he best take it easy.

Well, since we last “spoke”, my grandpa Carlen has moved out to California to be in an Alzheimer’s facility. He seems to be doing quite well and enjoying it, at least from what we hear out here. The facility is close to my aunt and uncle’s place so they get to see him quite frequently. It was definitely time. Speaking of evil, that is most definitely what Alzheimers is.

Should be off to the Gorge next weekend for my somewhat annual trip to see the Dave Matthews Band for three nights in paradise. Doesn’t look like I will be making the trip this year. Figure it is too risky that Brody might grace us with his presence around that time, so I am going to have to miss out. It’s a bummer, too, as I won’t get to hear the new album at the Gorge and won’t get to reconnect with Rick and Nath (from Europe) and Jamie (from Las Vegas) who we camped by last year. I was looking forward to seeing them again, but they will have to enjoy this year without Gabe and I.

Work is crazy. We sold part of the business and created a new brand, Codero, for our remaining services. This has, and will continue to, kept me overly busy with work. I enjoy working hard and a lot (yep, that’s the Republican in me), so I guess it’s good.

Ok, so I touched on politics… let me get this out of the way right now. I am so excited to live in a country with czars in charge of many aspects of my life. I am so excited to live in a country which is de-privatizing industry and taking control over salaries, leadership and the such. I am so excited to live in a country that is more concerned with the “rights” of those who intend to do harm than the safety of its citizens. I am so excited to live in a country that is governed by a few whackos who feel that even though they can’t keep our government clean they should manage our health care for us. I am so thankful to Pelosi, Frank and Obama for really doing everything possible to make my life better so I don’t have to.

Enough politics for now. Quick sports update:

* Broncose will suck. Bowlen will figure out soon he messed up.

* Royals still suck. And, as long as they have David Glass and crew owning them, they probably always will.

* Chiefs will still suck, though they may double their victories from a year ago. The push for 4 is on!

* Soccer is still not my favorite thing to watch. Spent 2 hours watching Spencer play it yesterday. And after 80 minutes of thrilling no-scoring soccer, they shake hands and walk off the field with both teams, um, winners? losers? equals? I dunno, guess it isn’t important enough to have someone win that they don’t do over time or even a “kick-off” of some sort. What a disappointment to spend so much time watching so much “action” and not even have a winner. Oh well, this way I am the only loser!

Speaking of Spencer… it’s official. He’s 16. But have no fear [yet] as he doesn’t have his driver’s license. That will be coming soon, though. He’s a sophomore in high school. Must be doing really well… hasn’t had any homework in the first week!

Ok, time to go put together a crib and such so will sign off.

Talk to you soon… maybe.


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T Minus 4 Days….

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Yes, in just four days from now, I will finally be in the car on the way to the lake. While it won’t be my first trip to the lake this year, it will be the first full weekend of fun on the boat and in the water. The past two weekends it has been painful to not be at the lake. Ah, just four days…..

To all you fans who, like me, has had enough of the annoying Fred douche bag, be sure to check out and play Fred In The Blender. I enjoyed…

Hoover is rehabbing well, though he scared me today. He was laying all nice in the yard for me while I was trimming some bushes when all of the sudden Lucky, the dog from hell, and his crew were barking at the fence and yep… you guessed it, the fence marathon and barking fest was on. Hoover had two full lengths of the fence before I got ahold of his leash and got him back to the sanctity of our bedroom. Fourtunately he seems okay, but he is still supposed to be on restricted activity. He goes back to the vet in 2.5 weeks for his 8 week check-up. Hopefully he will get cleared to exercise a bit… he needs and wants it.

The parents were here for the past few days… actually left last night and drove back to Casper after a nearly 3000 mile, one-week roadtrip to Denver, Oklahoma, Memphis, Branson and then here to the OP. Enjoyed having them here, even if only for a couple of days. They will be back in just 3 weeks for a full week, with oldest sister Stephanie and my niece Ashley and nephew Stephen. Should be a good time. They will be here for the 4th, so we plan to spend it down at the lake on the water.

In the past two weeks, we have cleaned our garage (months overdue), cleaned our house and carpet (bedroom… definitely needed it thanks to my big dawg), trimmed the bushes, fixed a downspout, defrosted a freezer… holy cow, this is the most housework I have been involved in since, well, getting married!

Speaking of marriage, Rebecca and I will celebrate our 3rd anniversary a week from Wednesday. We are heading to St Louis to watch the Dave Matthews Band (surprise, surprise). Hope it will be a great show. I am loving their new album, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. I have “Why I Am” stuck in my head, on loop! Definitely the best album they have put out in a LOOONG time. And, of course, live performances of the songs kick the crap out of the studio versions, so I am anxious for StL!

Braelyn doing great… well, she is a walking injury. She has more scrapes and bruises… she just doesn’t pay any attention to where she is going (I hear this resembles my middle sister Wendy’s toddler activities) and she has no fear… she is climbing on (and falling off of) anything she can. She loved spending time with the grandparents… she even saw Rebecca’s parents for a few hours today. Tonight, she was a bit on the cranky side but now that she is in bed, all is peaceful in the Elledge household.

Spencer is enjoying a week in Florida with his grandparents Bill and Linda. They are great people, and I know he is having a great time. He sent a text to Rebecca yesterday about how he isn’t white as a ghost anymore…. well, at least one of us has some color. I intend to get mine next weekend…. finally.

I am currently sitting on the back patio, drinking some A to Z pinot, listening to Dave Matthews Band, with Hoover by my side. Rebecca went in to watch some new, dumb show on TV (she said it was dumb, not me).

Well, after every great Sunday comes Monday, and every Monday means back to the office grind. Oh well, it will be a 4 day week for me (yeah, as if I don’t work on my days off).

Ya’ll take care and have a wonderful week.

Peace from the OP,


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Late Night Ramblings

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

I keep telling myself I should get more consistent at writing some of my thoughts, as they seem to be short-lived the older I get. And while I would love to dissect specific topics and share my views, I have decided on this somewhat sleepless night, to just ramble the thoughts going through my head. So, here goes…

* Drove to Colorado last Thursday night to attend my nephew Nathan’s high school graduation in Fort Collins. Thursday was a pretty hectic day at work, and I wasn’t sure if I was still up for an all night drive. Well, I guess I wasn’t. The drive took just over 9 hours of drive time. I think I drove 4 hours, Rebecca took over for about 2 while I took a cat nap, I drove, then she drove, then I drove again. Anyway, we made it, and Braelyn slept for the most part. Stopping for gas would wake her up and she would fuss a bit, but all-in-all, pretty good traveler she was.

* Speaking of stopping for gas… the tides turned this year. Last year gas was cheaper in Kansas, as I recall, and quite a bit more pricey in Colorado. This year, gas in Colorado was about 25 cents a gallon cheaper than Kansas. I am pretty sure that we just plain get screwed on gas during the summer. Some say they bring out the “summer blend” which is less pollutant. I say they jack up the prices because they know people will be traveling more.

* Further thought on gas… at the lake last week, gas was over $2.64 per gallon (on the water). This is a significant improvement over last year’s prices which were in excess of $4.25 per gallon. We’ll see next time I am down there if my theory of sticking it to the consumer is right… now that Memorial Day has come, the boat season is officially on and I bet gas prices have shot up on the lake.

* Back to graduation and the trip to Colorado. It was great to see my parents, both of my sisters, my two awesome brother-in-laws, and all of my nephews and nieces. A mini family reunion! Had a great time seeing everyone. Wish I could have seen my grandma and my grandpa, but grandma doesn’t travel anymore because of her age and arthritis, and grandpa doesn’t travel much as his Alzheimers continues to progress (such a sick, sick disease).

* I am so proud of Nate… he is an awesome “kid”, or should I say, young man. He had a lot of fun, and I could definitely tell he was happy reaching this milestone in life. It was awesome he let Spencer hang out with him a bunch… made it a great trip for Spencer.

* Two of the Lecher kids are now graduated… or, “gradumamated” as Nate calls it.

* Sidebar: watching the Tonight Show with Jay Leno… it’s the final week with Jay as host after 17 years. He has owned the late night ratings for 15 of the years, but I suspect Dave Letterman will take that title over real soon, as I don’t think the traditional Tonight Show audience is going to enjoy the ever annoying Conan O’brien. Time will tell, but I predict a turn-about in ratings.

* The world is in a mess, and while many are thankful Obama is “in charge”, I for one am not. With North Korea going nuts, I really wish we had a better commander in chief. I fear we will “talk” our way into a major issue with them… those nuts aren’t messing around. I don’t really mean this, but I sometimes think we should show them the power of the nuke and show ’em just how dangerous they are. As I said, I don’t really mean that, but we better not tinker around here. We must take some serious action before they do.

* So, California’s supreme court says no-no to gay marriage, except for the 18,000 that did it before the election in November. Surprisingly, as a very conservative person, this is just one of those topics I don’t really have a solid opinion on. In this, the land of the free, who are we to tell people who they can be with and who they can’t? While we don’t have to condone or agree with things, this is the land of diversity and I hate to see people not have the right to be who they are, and to be with whomever they want. I don’t think it really hurts us as a society for gays to be married. Of course there is the argument that it can run insurance and medical costs up because of the associated risks of AIDS and whatnot, I think we have a lot of other issues affecting us economically that don’t infringe upon people’s rights. There are a lot of “legal” things that I don’t agree with, but that doesn’t mean they should be illegal. Oh well, just some ranting on a topic that I, as I said before, don’t have a real solid opinion on, though I guess as I typed this, maybe I do… Hope I don’t get banned from the Republican Party or the Christian religion for my thoughts on it.

* Tomorrow (Wednesday) marks Hoover’s four week mark after his leg surgery. Four more weeks until he gets checked-up, and hopefully cleared to increase his activity. Hoover has pretty well decided he is done with his no activity period, and we find it harder by the day to keep the big dawg down. Tonight he wanted to jump and play and it took some serious force and stern words to get him to refrain. Poor guy… just wants to have some fun! And Sophie wasn’t helping…. she wants to play, too. She kept bringing toys over and dropping them in front of Hooverm trying to entice him into play. Fortunately, from my perspective, he seems to be getting much better, and I certainly hope a month from now, he will get cleared to run a bit!

* Braelyn continues to grow, run, play, make messes…. she is such a doll. One thing is she seems to find countless ways to get bruised. From running into walls and doors, to tripping over imaginary lines, the girl is showing some marks! Good thing is she is rarely hurt… hopefully she will progress quickly into a bit more control! Her curiosity definitely gets the best of her at times. She is going to be a great big sister, though… she knows where the baby is now. Well, she has narrowed it down at least… sometimes it’s in Rebecca’s tummy and other times it is in her tummy!

* The ‘rents are going on a 2500 mile or so journey in about a week, with a final stop through OP next Friday/Saturday. Will be great to see them again, even though its only been a few days.

* Hope the Nuggets make it to the finals! While I like Coach Phil and the Lakers as a rule, I don’t much care for Kobe Bryant, and would love to see Denver do well! Of course, I really don’t care for the NBA, so let’s just scrap this point altogether.

* Learned some sad news when in Fort Collins. One of my all-time favorite teachers, Tom Staffelino, has cancer and isn’t expected to make it more than another week or two. I really loved this guy as a teacher, and really got to know him on more of a personal level after high school when I was officiating high school sports and when I did my student teaching at Kelly Walsh High School. I hate to see the good ones go down. Staff, or Coach Staff as we all called him, was probably my second favorite teacher in Junior/Senior High School. Bill Callahan was definitely my all time favorite, and he passed quite a few years ago. Mr. Bocott, my 6th grade teacher, was in my top few, and he, too, has already passed. Other notable teachers were Mrs. Finchem (3rd grade), who I believe is still kickin’ it, and Ms. Simons (also still kickin’). I’m sure there are more, but these few definitely left lasting impressions on me in a positive way. I had those that left non-positive impressions, too… one old hag who taught physics but thankfully I can’t remember her name… man, she was a beyatch…. oh, I digress. Anyway, my thoughts and prayers are with Staff and his family and friends. His life was spent grooming young men and women to make something of themselves… and he succeeded.

* Of A Revolution (O.A.R.) concert coming up on June 6th at Sandstone… can’t wait! One of my favorite bands.

* Dave Matthews Band new studio album comes out Tuesday… Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. Can’t wait to get it. Also can’t wait until June 17 (Rebecca and my third anniversary)… we will be spending it in St Louis at the DMB concert. Great way to celebrate our anniversary!

Well, I think that’s enough rambling for tonight. You can see my head wanders a lot…. maybe blogging it will help me get to sleep. I will finish my glass of A to Z wine and turn off the tube.

Hey, life is short… we are all on this earth for a millisecond in time… make the best of it, enjoy it, and be happy. Catch me on twitter (@relledge) for my thoughts in 140 characters or less at a time.



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I Feel Like I Should Have Something To Say

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Laying in bed, watching TV. I have become addicted to The History Channel and National Geographic of late. The past few days, I have watched hours of programs related to the Presidents of the United States… a bunch about Abraham Lincoln. In fact, just got done watching a two hour special on how many times Lincoln’s body has been moved since he died. I guess I didn’t pay that much attention during history classes growing up. Oh well, the Boob Tube makes up for that now.

Speaking of Presidents, I must say that (hold your breath, this will likely be a huge surprise to you) I am not impressed with the first few weeks of the Obama administration. After watching last week’s press conference during prime time TV, I think America witnessed just how unsmooth Obama is without a teleprompter. Sure, he sounded his normal eloquent self during the prepared remarks, but the Q&A session that followed actually became very painful. Long, drawn out responses full of “ums” and pauses show that the savior isn’t so swift on his feet. Add to that the botched nominations of tax evaders, the pushing for the American Bailout of 2009 (without the 48 hours of full text disclosure before the vote, as promised)… I know we’re in for a long four years or perhaps eight. I just don’t get why Letterman dropped his feature on presidential speeches where he always made so much fun of W Bush (pretty easy task). Heck, the press conference would have kept Letterman busy for a week, as would Obama knocking his head on the Marine One helicopter … that made lots of news when Bush did it. Oh well, as I well know, it’s all Bush’s fault we’re in the mess we are… I just wonder how long the honeymoon period will be for Obama. At this pace, it can’t be too much longer… can it? Oh, probably so.

Haven’t been feeling the best for the past few days. In fact, stayed home from work today. I think I should be heading into the office tomorrow. I kept up with e-mails and everything, so it shouldn’t be too hard to catch up. It’s my favorite week of the quarter… board meeting week! Ah, I just can’t wait for Thursday.

Friday, weather pending, I may be heading down to Stillwater, Oklahoma. Dusty Harvard, a former player of mine, opens his junior year with a four game set beginning Friday evening. Spencer and I may be making the journey to watch a few college games. I certainly hope D-Town has some successes this year… he deserves it. He will potentially get drafted this year. Sure hope so. Hopefully the pressure doesn’t get to him so he has to juice up like A-Rod. What a shame that America’s (former) past-time has become the mess that it is. Oh well, I will be watching the Royals on their home opening day at the “new” Kauffman Stadium this year take on the (once) mighty Yankees, courtesy of my CEO Phil Spencer. Should be good times. I bet A-Rod won’t quite hit it as far…

Moving from the diamond to the wrestling mat, I am so proud of my second oldest nephew Nathan Lecher, who on Saturday won the regional tournament in Colorado at the 152 lbs weight class. He will compete for the final time at the State Tournament in Denver at the Pepsi Center later this week. He had a pretty good State Tournament as a junior last year, coming out of nowhere and taking 6th. Hopefully he will wipe the mat with his opponents and take home the title. Good luck, Nate. Can’t wait to see you and the rest of the clan when you graduate in May.

Cold front heading our way. I am so ready for spring… or summer. I am anxious to get out on my boat, Wastin’ Time, and waste some time relaxing on the water.

Braelyn is doing great. She is officially walking. Not all the time, mind you, but she is definitely walking around. It all seemed to click last Thursday. It is cute to watch her moving around, desperately trying to get where she is going without dropping down. At times she appears to be running, though that is quickly followed by a head first slide. It is definitely a monumental step in her development. Now, if we could get her to speak a bit more and quit screaming in that high pitched squelch when she wants something. Oh, I long for that monumental step to come.

The Big Dawg, Hoover, seems to have mostly recovered from his limp. He went from not very active to too active a week or so ago as I took him for a lot of walks and from playing with Parker Hashmi in the back yard. He is still a little ginger on that back right leg, but doing much better. If I still see any signs of it late this week, we’ll take him into the vet to have it looked at.

My thoughts and prayers are still with mom and dad as the continue to cope with the loss of one of their two Pugs, Maggie. She died unexpectedly about two weeks ago when she went in for a teeth cleaning session. She went into cardiac arrest and they couldn’t save her. Devastated my mom and dad. I loved that little girl, too. She always kept me warm when I was back in Wyoming coaching.

Still can’t believe that the Crappys, I mean Grammys, failed to include LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band in their tribute to lost musicians last week. I guess despite being nominated 12 times and winning one, that just isn’t worthy to be remembered. Screw the grammys. I certainly won’t watch again. I am anxious for May, though, when Rebecca and I will journey to Las Vegas and watch Jason Mraz open two nights for the Dave Matthews Band at the MGM. Good times, they are-a-coming!

Well, I guess that’s enough rambling for one sleepless night. Yeah, I have been having a hard time sleeping lately. Too much on my mind, I guess. Sad thing is I don’t remember half the stuff on my mind. My memory sucks, to say the least, and it is frustrating. Sometimes I think my 90 year old grandma remembers better than I do… and perhaps even my grandpa, who is suffering the horrid Alzheimer’s Disease. That is right up there with cancer as the most horrible things in the world. Maybe Obama our savior will bring out the cure for both of those… I’m sure many expect him to.

Signing off from Overland Park, KS,


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So Much To Say

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

But, I just can’ say it yet. So, I will keep some of it to myself at this time. But I can say, the next week is going to be interesting and I have no idea where things will end up for me. Time will tell.

Ok, so it has been awhile since I’ve really posted much of anything. Let me start with some politics. My initial reaction to Senator John McCain picking Sarah Palin as his running mate was, “Are you kidding me?” I, along with most Americans outside of the Great State of Alaska, have never even heard of this lady. I happened to be on a Frontier Airlines flight from Denver to Seattle when he made the announcement. Fortunately, Frontier has DirectTV so I was able to watch. While my mood was slightly hindered by the plane full of Obama supporters (this was the morning after the Democratic Emmy Awards, er, Democratic Nomination Convention), I was anxious to hear this lady speak. And when she did speak, I was impressed. So was Mr. Democrat sitting next to me (yes, he was complaining about how many houses McCain has and how he merely married for money — we almost had to be seperated by the flight attendant). He actually said after her speech that he is afraid….

Fast forward to the RNC and listening to her speak again, I think he SHOULD be afraid. This lady is good. She has energized the Republican party. And, I didn’t think that could happen this year. All I can say after listening to her, Rudy, and Huckabee is “Game On!” We do have a long way to go, and I am anxious to see her unscripted… but I bet she’s good.

The Mom and The Dad came out here and visited for a week, and it was great to see them. They arrived on Saturday and went with Rebecca to her parents house to celebrate Spencer’s Big 15 Birthday. Speaking of Spencer, I uploaded some pictures of him tonight that I took on his first day of high school — yep, Spencer is a Freshman at Blue Valley North West High School — he’s a Husky! Anyway, back to the ‘rents. I was gone to the Gorge for DMB when they arrived, so I didn’t see them until Monday night. On Tuesday, we did a down-and-back trip to the Lake of the Ozarks and took them out on the boat. They enjoyed that, as did I. Sad to think that my boating season is basically over… yet the payments continue year-round.

Mom and Dad took off back to Casper on Saturday and made it back late Saturday night. I am thankful they came out and got to spend some time with Lil Braelyn and Hoover. They threatened to take both of them back to Casper… I didn’t let ’em. They are going to watch Braelyn for a week in October when Rebecca and I venture back to Maui with Gabe and Stephanie. I can’t wait for that trip to come.

Uploaded some pictures of Lil B wearing her Denver Broncos cheerleading outfit to my gallery. Even though the Broncos didn’t play today (they play the Monday Night Football game tomorrow against the hated Raiders), it was fitting for her to wear the orange and blue on opening football day. She looked adorable… judge for yourself by checking out her photos.

Yesterday, I went and watched Brock play his first football game. He made a nice tackle on defense, and a few on offense, too. Ok, so his grandma called it blocking… but while on offense he ran out, found a defensive player, wrapped him up and tackled him… on several consecutive plays. No flags were thrown, though! Was quite cute. Uploaded some pics from the game in the gallery.

Well, Rebecca just got home from a walk, so I guess I will wrap this blog for now. More on what’s to come later this week.

Peace, ya’ll. And vote for the old guy and Sarah for Pres/VP…. we can’t afford not to.


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Sad Day for a DMB Fan

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band

LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band

Laying in bed tonight watching the television, my phone rang at about 11:20 pm. It was Gabe. “Have you heard the news?” he asked. Well, I had not. This afternoon, LeRoi Moore, the saxophonist and a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band, passed away unexpectedly from complications stemming from an ATV accident he had back in June. Since the accident, LeRoi had been in and out of the hospital, but had recently returned to Los Angeles to begin rehabilitation. He hasn’t played with the band since his accident, but the severity was never really disclosed. I kept thinking that he would be back on stage with the band any time. I was definitely hoping for his return before the Gorge in a few weeks. Little did I know that June 6 and 7th, in Chicago and St. Louis respectively, would be the last time I would see the full DMB together… forever.

Much to my surprise, DMB is in midst of a concert tonight… at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, of all places. I certainly hope that Dave and crew were able to see LeRoi before his passing, being in the same city and all. I guess it is fitting that the band would jam tonight in celebration of a musical genius.

Time will tell if LeRoi will be replaced permanently in the band or if the saxophone will be silenced. Jeff Collins from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones has filled in for LeRoi for almost every concert since LeRoi’s accident, and I presume he will be with the band for the rest of the tour barring any other conflicting dates with the Flecktones. But what will the future hold?

My thoughts and prayers go out to the band, the fans, and LeRoi’s family and friends. I will never forget sitting in a bar in Moses Lake, Washington, with LeRoi and his girlfriend having drinks just a few tables away. That was back in 2002, but outside of a concert and sitting front row a few times, that is the only time I witnessed him off stage.

Rest in Peace, LeRoi. You were The Stone.

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It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Hoover is beside me, snoring. How clever.

Yep, it’s a rainy morning here in the OP. Wouldn’t you figure? I have absolutely no plans this weekend other than just relaxing and goofing around the house. Rebecca just went to Sam’s Club to get some necessities (like AA batteries, since we are out and it is hard for Spencer and I to play Rainbow 6 on the XBOX 360 when the controllers keep shutting down). I hope it isn’t supposed to rain all day, though it is not like I plan to be outside much or at all.

Braelyn is upstairs in bed, taking her mid morning nap. She didn’t sleep very well last night which is weird because she was tired last night when we put her into bed. We had the Beckners over last night. Erin and Sean brought Lincoln Cade over. He turns one year old in just under two weeks now. He is a cute “little” kid, though I think I saw him making some moves on Lil’ B. It’s amazing how young a kid’s hormones kick in! Lincoln’s going for the younger woman. What really is amazing is to see the things Braelyn will be doing in her next half year. Lincoln eats regular food (he enjoyed one of my hamburgers cut up into small pieces), walks around, tries to get into Hoover’s water bowl, acts like he’s going to throw his sippie cup, and talks a lot. Not real words, mind you, but he does have the “ma” down pretty well. I still am not over him slapping Braelyn’s butt. Actually, he didn’t do that, but he did decide it would be fun to sit in her lap.

The Murphy’s are down at the lake with Stephanie’s family. Hopefully they don’t get the rain we are getting. Gabe called a little while ago to have me tell him how to run my boat and he said it was a bit overcast but not raining. Would suck if they can’t spend much time on the water because of the rain. I think I am heading down to the lake next weekend with a few friends. Will be my last weekened down there for awhile, as Rebecca has my following weekend planned out for me, and then we’re off to Casper the weekend after for some birthday celebrations of my Grandpa (80) and my Grandma (90). Should be a good time. Then, August has quite a few DMB concerts, so who knows how many more trips I will have to the lake this year. Sad, really… summer goes by pretty quick. And then we’ll be in the winter months once again, where we write a big check every month to pay for a boat that we can’t ride. Yeah.

Received a text message last night from my mom. Her week+ venture to California came to conclusion as she arrived back in the big city of Casper last night. She went out there with my sister Stephanie and my niece Ashley and nephew Stephen. Ashley had a dance competition out there, and they all had the opportunity to take in some Disneyland and attend my aunt’s 60th birthday party.

Uploaded a ton of pictures last night; some of Braelyn, some of Hoover, some of the Murphys and pool play, some of the Lake, and some professional pictures taken yesterday of Braelyn and Spencer.

Now, back to cleaning the virus off my computer. I messed it up real bad yesterday trying to break some encryption on some pictures. I knew better. Oh well, gives me something to do this rainy day of July.

Oh man, I need to go put some deodorant on to make sure I don’t have any BO. You should put some on, too, to keep the BO out of the white house.


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