Soundless Sunday: Jan. 25

Jan 25

“Since Ric Flair is the real world’s champion, he shouldn’t even be in the Rumble. He should face the winner. That would be fair. If you want to be fair to Flair.”

–Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Royal Rumble 1992

From the Rumble in 2014

From the Rumble in 2014

Soundless Sunday is a weekly feature where I’ll try and feature a favorite quote and a photo that I’ve taken. Enjoy life — it’s the only way to go!

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Snapshot Saturday: Jan. 24

Jan 24

Another blast from the past!

This photo cracks me up … because of that jacket … and those pants!

Nice jacket!

Nice jacket!

Enjoy!

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20 Days of Chill Challenge: Frosty (Day 15)

Jan 23

Frosty.

It sure is.

Depending on where you are, it might be frosty all over the place. This cold weather has been crazy! I’ve seen temperatures in the negatives more than once over the past 3-4 weeks when I was starting my car and getting ready for work.

One of those days, I saw it at -17. Yikes!

One thing that is cool about the weather, though, is how things look. A few times as I drove to work or elsewhere in the mornings, there was ice on the trees. It had a certain calmness about it, and was very appealing to look at.

There’s a problem with that, though. I never can seem to capture it well enough with my camera. I think it’s one of those things where I believe the human eye sees the beauty more than a camera can pick it up.

However, I did get a few cool shots one day when it was quite frosty out. And how frosty was it? Being out of the car for just a few minutes snapping photos made me feel extremely cold – and I was dressed for the weather!

That’s probably part of getting old, too.

It gets frosty much faster!

When I was younger, I’d head out in freezing temperatures wearing a heavy sweatshirt, jeans, a hat (usually a baseball lid) and some gloves.

That was it.

Now when I go out, I need much more to wear. A real winter coat. Winter hat. Gloves. Boots. There’s no messing around with that anymore. I don’t like being frosty.

It’s one thing to have a frosty pint or mug at a pub, it’s another thing to have a frosty face.

It is pretty funny when you think about it though.

In the winter, I’ll crank my heat in my car to avoid any part of being frosty. I want to be as warm as possible.

Then the summer comes and it’s hotter than sin out. And what’s the first thing I do? Crank the air conditioning in the car to make it extremely frosty.

Go figure.

But for now, I don’t like it being all frosty. So I’ll push the heat and bundle up until the time comes for me to crave being frosty!

This post is part of the 20 Days of Chill Writing Challenge hosted by A ‘lil HooHaa. Please check out the link if you’d like to see others or join in. You don’t have to do every theme if you don’t want! And for those participating, take a moment and check out the other participants!

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20 Days of Chill Challenge: Bears, beans and beer (Day 14)

Jan 22

Where do some of these themes come from?

Bears, beans and beer?

Sheesh!

I live in an area in New York where there are bears. On top of that, I am a photographer who enjoys taking photos of nature, whether plants or animals.

But I’ve never seen a bear, outside of a zoo.

A few years ago, while still working for the local daily newspaper, I was covering a football game. A writer who I know, and who works for another paper, was also there to cover the game. When he arrived, he asked me if I had ever seen a bear before and if it was odd for it to be just standing on its hind legs.

Of course I wondered why he was asking me that.

Turns out, he was heading to the game on the one interstate and as he came around one bend, there was a bear, on the side of the road, on its hind legs.

If it was me, I would have tried to find a way to stop and snap some photos. He kept driving.

I’ve heard more than once people around here seeing bears. I’ve yet to see one.

There’s one local establishment where a bear regularly visits and ransacks their dumpster. Maybe he’s seeking beans. Maybe a beer. Who knows. But I know several people who’ve had the chance to see it.

Me? Nope.

I’ve never seen a moose live, either. I’ve wanted to, but no luck.

But never the elusive bear.

I’m not a fan of beans. But I imagine bears are. So I wonder if I cooked up a couple pots of beans and put them out somewhere if I could see a bear and take some photos.

I could sit back with a cold beer or two and wait it out.

Though, knowing my lucky, I’d be left with a pot or two of crappy beans and some empty bottles. In the end, I still wouldn’t have bears, beans, and beer.

Where’s Yogi when you need him?

This post is part of the 20 Days of Chill Writing Challenge hosted by A ‘lil HooHaa. Please check out the link if you’d like to see others or join in. You don’t have to do every theme if you don’t want! And for those participating, take a moment and check out the other participants!

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20 Days of Chill Challenge: Organizing (Day 13)

Jan 21

Life is funny when it comes to organizing.

In parts of my life, I am very organized. In others, not so much.

In the professional world, I like to consider myself pretty organized. I keep a detailed calendar of things I need to do, set up reminders and try my best to do everything that needs to be done. That doesn’t always work out as when you are in a job like mine, sometimes you’re called away to do something on a higher priority scale, which then ended up meaning something else gets skipped.

But that’s not on the organizing part of things.

The job I am in is one that is constantly evolving. As I move forward in it, I learn more and figure out more, which helps with being more organized. What I love about it is being able to continually get better and improve. There’s room to grow, expand and make things even better.

So I organize to the best of my ability.

When I geocache, I'm quite organized.

When I geocache, I’m quite organized.

In the personal side of life, it gets a little dicey.

When I geocache, I am incredibly organized. Probably too much, to be honest. But I do it because I want to make trips as efficient as possible. There’s no need to go somewhere and keep crisscrossing spots. So I spend time looking at the map and making sure we are hitting caches on a good route so we don’t backtrack. I also try and make sure I look at logs to see that the cache isn’t missing etc.

I’ll sometimes even look to see what kind of restaurants are in the area we are going, but that’s a little more loose. After all, you don’t know how long it will take to find caches and there’s no need to put a time limit on that or decide we need to be somewhere at a certain time, because then it takes the fun out of it. The list for caching is just to keep us moving in the right direction. We’ve been known to skip over caches etc. when needed.

I’m getting better when it comes to being organized with blogging. I totally get both sides to this – plan out or just kind of go off on a whim. I’ve done both. I like the organizing and planning because I actually get stuff out. When I don’t, I tend to have longer breaks.

That being said, I don’t plan out like some bloggers do. My blog planner has scribbles and arrows and all that as I don’t always stick to dates. But, I keep a lot of notes and ideas, which helps me when I want to do blog posts. If you looked at my 2015 planner, the notes at the end of January are pretty full as when I come up with something I want to blog about, I put it there. I’m definitely using this planner more than I have in the past.

I wish I was organized in other aspects of my world, but I tend to be more of a procrastinator. Add all that together and sometimes the organizational skills go out the window. For example, you should see my personal e-mail. There’s more crap in there that needs to be, that’s for sure.

I’m working on it though. I need to get my organization skills across the board, though it will take time — of that I am sure!

This post is part of the 20 Days of Chill Writing Challenge hosted by A ‘lil HooHaa. Please check out the link if you’d like to see others or join in. You don’t have to do every theme if you don’t want! And for those participating, take a moment and check out the other participants!

T-SHIRT ALERT: You can also get the official t-shirt of the 20 Days of Writing Challenge by going to the TeeSpring campaign. It will run for 21 days (through Jan. 25), but make sure you get your shirt. They are $15. A total of 10 need to be ordered for the campaign to go through. If 10 are not sold, then there will be no shirt made.

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20 Days of Chill Challenge: Newbies (Day 12)

Jan 20

When did it become do weird to be a newbie?

No matter what we do in life, we’re all newbies at some point. In fact, I kind of wish I had that feel of a newbie in many things I did.

Be it geocaching, or disc golf, or online virtual worlds, or blogging, or anything else. Being a newbie is kind of cool.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not always fun to be a newbie, such as when you are starting a new job. Those first-day, or first-week jitters are hard to overcome sometimes. In that case, as you feel things out, sometimes it’s difficult to be the new person.

But in hobbies and things like that? It would be really neat to bottle up the enthusiasm and excitement and try and sell it.

Let me give geocaching as an example.

When I started in the world of geocaching, it was amazing. I really enjoyed it and loved all aspects of it. I remember my first few finds. My first geocaching road trip. My first event. The first cache I placed is still active and I plan on keeping it active for as long as I can, mainly because it’s quite special to me.

On the days I’d go out geocaching, it was an excitement and an adventure.

I still love to geocache. I truly do. But that initial excitement is gone. I can still capture it here and there when I go on some fun cache runs with friends. But overall, it’s now a hobby I’ve done since 2008 and I enjoy doing. I just don’t get that newbie excitement I once did.

How about disc golf?

Talk about a fun sport. I really do like to play it. When I first started, I got really into it. I traveled to play. I played in tournaments. I was trying to do all sorts of things to improve and get better. Heck, I started a really good disc golf blog, made some great contacts within the industry and professional players, and loved going and playing.

Then it changed.

See, I got too serious. Despite not being that good, I’d get ticked off pretty easily when playing. I thought I should be able to do this or that. Add the fact that I didn’t live too close to a disc golf course and things added up. I quickly lost my “newbie” excitement and, eventually, I started losing interest in the game. When you don’t have places to play and gas is near $4.00 per gallon, it’s tough. And, remember, during that time I was unemployed.

The newbie feeling isn’t a bad thing.

Somewhere along the line, being a newbie became a bad thing. And I’m sure I’ve taken some “newbie” jabs, too. But… to be able to capture that initial feeling would be a wonderful thing one again. Try and keep that excitement and feeling as long as possible. And if you ever find yourself ready to pounce on a newbie, remember we were all there once.

This post is part of the 20 Days of Chill Writing Challenge hosted by A ‘lil HooHaa. Please check out the link if you’d like to see others or join in. You don’t have to do every theme if you don’t want! And for those participating, take a moment and check out the other participants!

T-SHIRT ALERT: You can also get the official t-shirt of the 20 Days of Writing Challenge by going to the TeeSpring campaign. It will run for 21 days (through Jan. 25), but make sure you get your shirt. They are $15. A total of 10 need to be ordered for the campaign to go through. If 10 are not sold, then there will be no shirt made.

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20 Days of Chill Challenge: Word of the year (Day 11)

Jan 19

How do you define your year?

Can you do it in one word?

Whether it be a goal, a state of mind, or something else, think of one word to define this year.

For me, this is simple.

Happy.

That’s it. Put it in any form you want — happiness, happy, happier, happiest, etc. — but happy.

I’m starting to get there. I had a long stretch of life where I was pretty miserable. But I’m starting to battle back. I smile a whole heap more. I enjoy life more. I am pushing toward a lot of things to be happier and, so far, it seems like it’s working.

But happy.

Personal.

Professional.

Everywhere in life.

It’s that simple.

Is it easy to get this? Of course not. If full happiness was easy, everybody would be so and the world would be a wonderful place in which to live.

I’m looking to be happy. In every aspect I can be happy.

Now to keep pushing forward to make sure the word of the year comes to fruition.

This post is part of the 20 Days of Chill Writing Challenge hosted by A ‘lil HooHaa. Please check out the link if you’d like to see others or join in. You don’t have to do every theme if you don’t want! And for those participating, take a moment and check out the other participants!

T-SHIRT ALERT: You can also get the official t-shirt of the 20 Days of Writing Challenge by going to the TeeSpring campaign. It will run for 21 days (through Jan. 25), but make sure you get your shirt. They are $15. A total of 10 need to be ordered for the campaign to go through. If 10 are not sold, then there will be no shirt made.

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