Category Archives: Random Thoughts

Memory Monday – Swift School Punishment

I didn’t get in trouble much in school for two reasons… I’m a people pleaser and didn’t want to disappoint anyone… and the fear of having to eat pork n’ beans. You can read more about that here.

The only time I remember being reprimanded at school, I mean really reprimanded, was in 8th grade. The punishment came down quick and the sentence was carried out just as quickly.

It’s a story that my friends from back then probably forgot about, a story that I doubt I told my parents, but it’s one the lesson stuck with me to this day.

It all started like this. We had just finished physical education class and were walking up the long hallway away from the gym towards the classrooms. I was near the back of the pack. There was a drinking fountain on the left that some kids stopped to get a quick drink at.

Not me. I did a quick sinus snort and spit right in it and kept walking like nothing was wrong. My P.E. teacher saw it and shouted my name to stop me while all my friends kept going.  He caught up to me, grabbed my arm and drug me to that drinking fountain.

“Did you do this?” he asked pointing to the trail of spit. I didn’t lie. I knew I was caught. There was no detention for this. I was told to immediately find the janitor, apologize for what I had done, and then clean it up right then.

So, that’s what I did. I scrubbed and cleaned that sink until it shined while the janitor supervised. Lots of students passed in the hall and laughed at my situation. It was embarrassing but it taught me an important life lesson about respecting others and the work they do.

Until that moment I had never really thought about what a hard and thankless job our janitor had cleaning up after a school full of teens and preteens. After that, I made a point to say hi to him whenever we passed in the hall.. and to this day I have never again spit somewhere that would require someone else to clean it up.

Would some today criticize my P.E. teacher for grabbing me, yelling, and making me stay out of class to clean up my mess? Perhaps, but I can tell you this, the lesson I learned in the hallway that day was more important than anything I learned in the classroom the rest of that week.

Did you get reprimanded at school and learned a life lesson from it? Leave a comment and share your story. I’d love to hear it.

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What I’m Into Right Now – April 2018

Typically, I write these posts on the 1st of the month but Easter this year fell on April 1st.  That meant Easter Sunrise service in the cemetery to start the day… a little napping throughout the day… and a little time spent working on an April Fool’s prank video.

By the time all that was all done, I was tired and uninspired.  But fear not! I’m back with another monthly installment of some of the things I’m digging right now.

What I’m Into Right Now – April 2018

Cinnamon Bears – Sure, we’re coming off a time of Easter chocolates, jelly beans, Peeps, Peeps, and Cadbury Creme Eggs… but one of my favorite candies of all time is Cinnamon Bears. A few weeks ago my wife got me a 2-pound bag and I’ve been working my way through it just a few bears at a time.

Lime Water – This isn’t some new fancy drink you can buy at the corner convenience store. I’ve simply been adding a quick squeeze of lime juice concentrate to my ice water. We ended up with an extra plastic lime full of juice at home so I took one to keep in my work refrigerator.  It’s funny how just a little lime has me drinking more water.

Deception – I’ve always been a fan of magic shows… but this ABC TV show is a different kind of magic show. It features a magician who is helping the FBI solve crimes… in hopes they can help him exonerate his twin brother who was framed (and convicted) for murder. It’s equal parts magic, comedy, action, and drama.

Drunk Girl – This Chris Janson song isn’t getting much radio play (yet) but I really love this song… for both the music and the content. With a title like “Drunk Girl”, you might think this is an upbeat party tune.  Actually, it’s a stripped down, piano-heavy tune about a guy who does the right thing. If I had teen boys I’d play this song to them as an example of what a true gentleman would do.

Throat Coat Tea – I’ve been fighting a cold lately that’s given me a sore throat which can be an occupational hazard when you have a daily 5-hour radio show to do. This tea not only tastes great but it really soothes a sore throat. 

What are you into right now?

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Random Thoughts From An Evening With The Eagles

My wife and I were fortunate enough to have a great date night when the Eagles brought their An Evening With The Eagles tour to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Monday, March 26th.

Although we’ve seen lots of concerts over the years neither one of us had ever seen the Eagles before and felt like this might be our only opportunity.

When we told our teenage daughters we’d be going to the show they didn’t know who the Eagles were.  We tried to play some of the Eagles’ biggest hits to jar their memory. Nothing! They didn’t recognize a single one! Talk about a “we failed as parents” moment for my wife and me.

It was an awesome concert. I think it easily ranks in my Top 5 Favorite Concerts of all time.  If the Eagles ever come near you, and you can afford it, you should definitely go.

They played for 2.5 hours without stopping and took the audience on a journey through the decades and their hits.  Twenty-seven of them!

Over the course of the night, I had lots of random thoughts. Here are a few.

Random Thoughts From An Evening With The Eagles

  • Dang! Starting with Seven Bridges Road is a bold move… but they nailed it. If this is any indication of the rest of the night, we’re in for something special.
  • Deacon Frey doesn’t sound exactly like his late father, Glenn Frey, but it’s close enough.  Add the familiar harmonies and guitar licks and you’d think Glenn was actually here.
  • Yes! This is an older crowd. We shouldn’t have to deal with a bunch of drunks and can sit and enjoy the show.
  • These dudes can really rock! I wonder how old they are. I should Google that later.
  • Vince Gill was the perfect choice to join the band. He’s an excellent musician and can harmonize with the best of them.
  • Joe Walsh is an entertaining guy.
  • Don Henley looks like an actor… but which one?  It’s right on the tip of my tongue.
  • That woman a few rows in front of us might think she’s dancing but from this vantage point, it looks like she’s trying to land a plane.
  • I wonder what the average age of the crowd is. I’m betting it’s upper 40’s.
  • Because it’s an older crowd there are a lot fewer phones out taking pictures and videos than at any other concert I’ve been to.
  • Those are some funny faces Joe Walsh makes when he’s really getting into the music. Almost looks like he’s trying to keep his dentures in. Who cares, though. He can flat out play!
  • Robert Patrick from Scorpion! That’s the actor Don Henley looks like.
  • Vince Gill has had lots accomplishments and won many awards in his career but a highlight has to be looking over and seeing Joe Walsh nailing the guitar part to one of his own songs.
  • I forgot just how many great songs the Eagles had.
  • Seriously, how old are these guys? I’ve seen performers half their age not sound as good or have the energy these guys have.
  • 60! Vince just said he was 60 and was the youngest of the old guys.
  • Any artist that wants to see how to do a live show should watch the Eagles. They can captivate an audience on talent alone and not pyrotechnics or stage tricks.
  • And we’ve come full circle… Desperado was the perfect choice to end the night.

Have you seen the Eagles in concert? What were some of your thoughts?

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