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I’ve not spent a lot of time with my Journal and I really should, there are so many things going on in the world and my life right now that I can’t keep up. Lots to think about in coming weeks and days, and I worry about the legacy that I haven’t yet attained for my sons. It literally scares the shit out of me..

I can’t help but comment on the recent tragedy in South Carolina

Racism is not hereditary, its taught, it’s learned, its slammed into our kids heads by their peers and ultimately their parents or guardians.

I grew up in a Navy family, that means every 3 years we moved, like it or not I had to make new friends almost constantly. I was taught by my parents that everyone is the same, no matter their skin color, we are all the same. As a boy, I made friends with anyone who would be my friend, it mattered not in the least to me what color they were, where they lived, what kind of clothes they wore, how much money they had, if they wanted to play baseball, trade shoes, bikes, sit next to me at lunch, play catch after school, build tree forts, smoke cigarettes, whatever IT DIDN”T MATTER.

We are such a PC society now that you can’t say what you feel, think or mean without offending someone.. it really is a problem that is beginning to grow…

This kid who sat in a bible study group for an hour, then stood and killed these beautiful people will die either in the gas chamber, or by the hands of his cellmates. I feel for his parents, I don’t know their background, I can’t seem to find any credible evidence of who they are anywhere, I can’t imagine anyone teaching their children to hate someone enough to take their life.

I will say this.

I am teaching my sons the way my parents taught me. Love everyone for who they are, treat everyone equal, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.. The Golden Rule ( or at least one of them), Don’t judge anyone for the color of their skin. Be kind, be sincere, be giving, compassionate and loving to all with whom you meet.

btw, A flag didn’t move this kid to massacre 9 people, he wanted to start a race war , those are his words,.. its not 1952, we’ve evolved from that horrible time in our countries history,, or have we

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Lots of things to do still this summer, finish the living room remodel, create a business plan, find an SBA loan, get licensed in P&C and start thinking seriously about the future of Larson & Associates,, yes I know, catchy name.. SalChris Productions is still my freelance business, and will continue to be so.. 2.5 is starting to speak a little more clearly every day, soon he’ll be rattling non-stop superlatives at break neck speed.. or something…. 6.8 is on a mini-vacation with Mom and Gramma somewhere in the middle of Kansas, where I understand the heat is beating down mercilessly on the plains..

Goals for rest of the week, include the above business stuff and finding a way to humanely dispose of a very persistent mole who has made a mockery of my already mock-able lawn.. Writing a business plan will be my most challenging project as I’ve never attempted one, and am researching how exactly one creates a business plan, what it involves, and how many innocent plans will be strewn about in crumpled balls of frustration.

Taking the spray painted finish off some mid-century finds C got in a thrift store that we are going to redo either in stain or perhaps chalk finish for resale.. finding a way to create a neat lampshade from a wire basket that once held golf balls.

Making sure the Drake under my Peony bush has plenty of space to hatch her ducklings, we have 9 eggs under the bush and that would be really something neat to see..

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Ahhh The Birthday

Milestone birthday today I guess, 55.  Or is it?.. you start to think to yourself, wow, I’m 5 years away from 60.. crap!.. I’m at odds with my career, do I start my own business? Is it too late in my life to do this?  My answer is NO its not too late and I am going to start my own business. You are as young as you feel, and that means I’m still feeling 30ish.. with a 6.8 and a 2.5 year old in my life, they force me to think younger, to know that I can do this, they drive my ambition, my outlook, my life, I have to have some legacy to leave them. God help me live to be 100, just so I can watch them thrive and grow. C starts a new chapter in her career life, working with her mom and I really believe she’ll be great at it.. Until I can get our business going, then I think I’ll need her expertise to help me grow our business. I’ve done a lot research in the last two weeks, trying to make a decision.. think I have, Go Independent, more products, less start up cost, more opportunity to serve my community and clients… I’ll share this new life adventure as it becomes more of a reality than a dream..

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Big day today, it was the last day of Kindergarten for 6, he’s officially a first grader, and I’m sure he’s just as excited as we are. Baseball in full swing for him and 2 will be right on his heels I’m sure.. Big decisions to be made in coming weeks and months. I have a goal in mind that I have to follow through on and I hope we make the right decision. I am confident God will guide us to the place we need to be. I put all my faith in His hands,, or Hers,,( I don’t know, I’ve not yet met God and don’t plan on it for at least 50 years)

Been working  on some improvements to our home with C, we’ve redone a powder room and laundry room, now starting on living room

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Would love to create some furniture, along the lines of SteamPunk style, kinda like this shelf we made out of gas line pipe and pine scarred and stained. Need the YardCrashers dude to come fix my backyard though :)  wonder how to go about doing that…

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Wow, unless you really keep on stuff like this, time just moves way too quickly.. Memorial day weekend brought a couple of goals  to a close, we started the reno on the living room, scrapped all the popcorn off ceiling, sanded the faux wood beams down to re-stain, took cabinet that blocked view from living to kitchen out and definitely changed the the flow of the room. The Fung Shei is strong in this area now or whatever the kids are calling it now..

We took 6 and 2 to the cemetery to lay flowers at the graves of their Great Grandfather Rollie and to their aunt Whitney, it is hard to imagine that 10 years have passed since that awful day when the news of her accidental death devastated our families. We do know in our hearts, she kissed the foreheads of our sons before God gave them to us, so we know she is always there watching. It’s faith like this that keeps the threads that weave our family together strong.

We have ducklings (well technically they’re still in eggs, but still…) the drake laid her 9 eggs under our huge Peonies bush and has been keeping them warm, hope they all survive, it will be fun to see them walking out of our yard into the lake, and it will be a great teaching moment for 6.

My mom is soon to be on her way driving across country with her sister headed to Nebraska, I think this is probably the last time they’ll make that drive, I’m not really comfortable with them driving such long distances. She’ll stay a couple of days and then head back to Arizona. We don’t get to spend much time with them as they live so far away and it costs way too much to fly there.. Maybe a train ride to Phoenix would be a fun trip.. have to check that out..

Goals this week: Get Part D plan written for client and apply at State Farm

Narrate another chapter in this long novel , and promote the current crop of my audio books on social media.

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Missed yesterday as it was brutal at Entercom Complex, holiday audio production and all, overall very busy, had also to help client cancel her healthcare.gov policy as she is now covered by her company, I truly  think that the “navigators’ are trying hard, but they are minimum wage employees who could give a rats ass about you or your situations, they have a quota to do daily and it’s all about the numbers they generate and the calls they field.

6’s last soccer game was today, he had to play for both teams as they were 3 short of a team, a little confusing at first but he tried just as hard with his team as with the other, builds character for sure, of course they all received a participation medal which is nice, there isn’t any MVP but I think he knows he is our MVP. He played well, learned teamwork and that’s really all that matters right now at this stage of the game. Baseball is going to be a great teaching moment for me as well. I learned from watching other kids and countless games of bigger kids and pros alike trying to copy their swings, their stances, their mannerisms, everything about them I soaked it in, and I hope he’ll do the same. It’s a game that will be enjoyed both as a player and spectator for the rest of his life.

Its a Memorial Day weekend to honor our fallen heroes , members of our Armed Services that paid the ultimate price for freedom with their lives in all sorts of places around the globe, I’m honored to honor you by flying my flag, paying tribute with my time today on the radio, and through these humble words of thanks. Thanks for fighting for freedom, thanks to the families you’ve left behind to live their lives with your memories, thanks to the governments who are allies and have committed their countries men and women in the fight against terrorists, terrorism, tyranny and communism.

When I hear our National Anthem it brings emotion to the heart, I’m so thankful that I live in the greatest country in the world, that I have the freedom to speak my mind, that I have the freedom to bear arms against those who would harm my family, the freedoms that many do not, the freedom to worship God through the Catholic Faith, the freedom to write these words without retribution or penalty.

I wish you the peace and tranquility of life, life without pain, without war, without stress, without sickness, without strife. Remember also those that have passed too early in life, of cancer or illness, of accident or willful harm. God Bless You and Yours

Journal Day 3

Back to work after a 3 day mini vacation and the inbox was slammed full of production, both for my primary and my freelance work with WQHK and WZIM. I opened the studio door at 9am and worked steadily until 5:15, no lunch, no breaks, no biggie.  Big day for 6 today, first day of organized baseball practice, he did well considering.. fielded the ball well, hit a couple and more importantly followed direction and participated the way he should be, really proud of him. I think he’ll be an outstanding player both as a player and a leader. Stuffed some El Carbon tacos down with 6, 2 Coach B and Gramma S and momma, good stuff maynard… tomorrow looks to be another busy holiday rush, most of the sales staff will have bailed by noon for the 3 day weekend, and we anticipate a massive flow of late orders as usual.

Goals for tomorrow, include get all the stuff done we need to, to get out at a decent time, write a Part D plan for a client and follow up with quotes for 2 leads received today. I got a job solicit from a company I applied to back in the fall, will see what they have to offer.  I’m still hopeful State Farm reaches out and either says yay or nay.  Revise my resume and polish it a bit, and then social media market the latest narration finally approved by ACX in hopes to generate some audiobook sales..

Eat Twinkies.