What I’m Into Right Now – July 2018

Wow! It’s hard to believe another month has gone by since I’ve checked in with a “favorites for the moment” list… but here we are. See what’s keeping my interest these days and then feel free to leave a comment with some of your own.

Bing Cherries – There’s usually only a few week window where this Summertime fruit is at it’s best and at a lower price. We’re in that window now so we’ve been enjoying these while we can.

Pokemon Go – Yes, this mobile game is still a thing and yes, I still play it. Gives me something fun to do during downtimes. While I never stopped playing over the past two years, others have but are now returning because of some recent in-game improvements. Some of these would include friends lists, field research, and community days.

Live Free Or Die – Another in a long list of survival shows that I enjoy. This one follows the lives of several different people who choose to live a less materialist lifestyle in different environments.

New Cody Jinks Music – Cody Jinks has shown up in my monthly lists before and now makes a return appearance. He has a new album, Lifers, coming out July 26, 2018, and there are three songs from it available to listen to now. I’ve been listening to them on repeat whenever I get the chance.

What are you into right now?

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Driver’s License Lapse

Ever make a mistake that you swore you’d never make again? That was me about ten years ago when I let my driver’s license lapse. It wasn’t on purpose. I just didn’t pay any attention to the expiration date on that little piece of plastic in my wallet.

By the time I figured it out I was just outside the window where all you have to do is by your fee and get your picture taken. No, I had to re-take the written driver exam.

Not going to lie. Even though I had decades of driving experience, the idea of taking the test raised my anxiety level a little bit. I mean, how bad would it be if I didn’t pass? It would not only be embarrassing but also time-consuming having to go back again.

I studied the online manual in preparation and my wife and daughters drove me to the DOT testing station the next Saturday morning to take the test. They waited in the car and while I went inside.

Taking the test was a different experience this time compared to the first time I took the test at age 14. Back then, it was done on paper. This time it was computerized. A DOT worker pointed me to a computer, letting me how many questions I’d be given and how many I could miss and still pass.

The first few questions went well with the computer telling me I got them correct. Then I got to one that I didn’t read all the way through and answered it incorrectly. As soon as it popped up that it was wrong I realized my mistake.

I remember saying to myself, “Deep breath. Slow down. You can do this.” That’s when I started reading each question two and three times before answering… just to ensure I didn’t make another dumb mistake.

There were a few questions that seemed a little tricky at first. They asked about traffic situations that when behind the wheel you would do the right thing… but on the computer screen, the answer wasn’t as apparent. I skipped those questions, choosing to come back to them at the end.

I’m sure I let out an audible sigh of relief when I realized I could answer every question I skipped incorrectly and still pass the test. Knowing this I breezed through them getting the majority right.

As I walked out of that building with a brand new driver’s license in hand I vowed to never let it expire again. I even went so far as to set a Google calendar reminder on my birthday  every year to check my license expiration date.

On my last birthday when I checked it was expired… so I renewed it online. That means I’m good for another 8 years!

Have you ever accidentally let your driver’s license expire?

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What I’m Into Right Now – June 2018

June… it’s a month for changes! My kids lose the rigid structure of their school, sports, and dance schedules… and that means our family schedule loosens up a bit too.

It gives all a chance to slow down and relax a little bit… and it gave me a little time to think about the following list of things that I’m currently into.

What I’m Into Right Now – June 2018

Alone – I just got through the first two seasons of this History Channel television show on Hulu and love it. It puts 10 survivalists into the wilds of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. They each are on their own… literally. There’s no film crew. They each document their struggle to survive and thrive.  The last one standing wins 500K.

I’d like to think that my survival skills could get me by for a couple of days… but I don’t know that I’d last that long by myself. I need social interaction.

The Waitress Original Broadway Soundtrack – I loved this show when my wife and I got to see it last year. You can read my review here. Now, my daughter is thinking about doing a dance solo to one of the songs from it next dance season. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack thinking about how I might edit the music for her.

Strawberry Shortcake – This one’s a family favorite! Strawberries are plentiful… and a great bargain right now making this a great treat. In case you missed it, my oldest and I created a video showing how we make strawberry shortcake.

Ice Cream – Soft serve, scooped, ice cream sandwich… doesn’t matter. I love’em all and warmer weather means the perfect opportunity to enjoy them all.

Cargo Shorts – Yeah, that’s right. I said it. I love cargo shorts. Makes sense. I’m a Dad. So glad that you don’t have to dress up to be on the radio.

What are you into right now?

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