Journal 0705

The day after the holiday is always the most brutal, even though it is on a weekend,, thought we would go unscathed but alas, after going into Cargo Largo to take advantage of some sales.. some asswipe decided to punch my drivers side window out on the car and steal……nothing.. well I say nothing, but C’s wallet was in the console, but all important things were in her phone case.. so they didn’t get diddly.. now we’re stuck with getting a new window that insurance won’t cover as we haven’t met deductible.. cleaning up all the minuscule pieces of busted safety glass all over the interior, finding a piece of clear plastic to cover the window as I”m sure it will be at least wednesday before they’ll have one in stock, and then being pissed at dirtbags who feel compelled to destroy property.  Bumper is stringing words together nicely now, soon won’t be able to turn the voice off. he’ll be an orator for sure.. or at least I hope he is.  J and I watched the Royals walk off against the Twins today.. pretty exciting to say the least, later today we blow up some blackcats and sparklers as J didn’t get to last night.. will be fun..back to the real world tomorrow… finding clients, selling insurance, creating relationships with new customers, working on this audiobook, dubbing, voicing, producing some commercials and generally trying to decide what to do, to be my own boss.  Decisions, decisions.. SQUIRREL


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


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..


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..

J-Day 7


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


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…


J-Day 5, 6

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.


Missed yesterday as it was brutal at Entercom Complex, holiday audio production and all, overall very busy, had also to help client cancel her 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.

Journal Day 2

So I missed a day big whoop, wanna fight about it?  Got really busy yesterday actually, tended to some insurance business, talked to a potential new client, applied at State Farm, mowed the yard and watched 6 at soccer practice, actually I watched 2 while Mom coached 6’s team.. their last game is Saturday, then it’s baseball season, Coach pitch and 6 will crush it,, I’m anxious to see the look on his coaches face the first time he crushes one, he can really hit the ball, I’ve been throwing at him since he was about 3. he’s got work to do on fielding and throwing straight to the person he’s throwing to, but that will come in time.

Goals today, scrape the popcorn ceiling in the living room.. DONE,, a great workout for my arms, needed that workout for sure..if you’ve never attempted scraping a popcorn ceiling off and are not sure what or how to do it easily,, I can help, just shoot me an email,,, contact link is on this blog.

in keeping with the goals venue, some research into other insurance carriers in the metro that may be hiring, and possibly some other employment options, my goal is to make 80K plus my freelance  that includes audiobook narration, radio station imaging for a couple of stations and general voice work here in the KC area. Would love to do talk radio, but I don’t think I’m articulate enough to make it work the way I would like to. It’s always been my passion, but lets face it, there’s not a lot of money in it when you’re trying to support a family.

Time to finish the ceiling, maybe I’ll post a pic or two here on the blog when its done..

Journal Day 1

I’ve decided to start this journal, mainly to track ideas, dreams, accomplishments and goals hopefully on a daily basis. See what I’ve done, make some adjustments and then act upon them.  So.. lets begin, I’m on vacation from Job 1 (only 3 days though) and am on a honey-do list from C. We started this morning by hauling off all the carpet yanked up on the remodel, got the garage semi cleaned up and arranged so at least you can walk through it without falling over all the scraps, flea market finds and assorted kids bikes, balls and plastic swords… Rescued a bicycle from the dump, it was in remarkably good shape, one of those extreme trail bikes with knobbies and a mono-shock system,, filled the tires with air, WD40 on the chain and viola.. new bike for me to ride with 6.

Found a new app for LinkedIn Android for job search, looking for a full time salaried + compensation insurance gig.. found a couple worth exploring at State Farm, so I’ll drop resume and apply, all they can say is no right?.. Geico and Progressive both denied my existence and or qualifications for the positions they had open. my guess is that they saw how old I am and said.. “naaaa we’ll pass”.. I will start the process of scraping the ceiling in living room to get all the crap popcorn ceiling off and then we’ll be ready for paint.  Move the hardwood into the room to “season” itself and then that adventure begins.. may need to lay a new tile hearth around the fireplace to compensate for the floor being off level by 1/2 inch or so.. shoddy construction during the homebuilding phase I’m sure..


Get some applications out,

write a Medicare policy, write an individual policy for a family,

clean up the house a bit before Mom gets here in a couple of weeks for a 2 day stay.( She’s driving across the country with her sister on the annual trek to Nebraska for the summer months, hope to see all the pics of her and my dads adventure in SouthEast Asia, pretty cool vacation if you ask me.)

Play more with the boys.. ride my new dump find with J, help C with his words, and just be a Dad

Dreams: Being able to use my talents skills in a way to financially support my family, give to my church and help others..that’s it..  more tomorrow…

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