Someone Moved Jake’s Cheese – And It’s OK

If you look back at the video of Jake explaining why he should play basketball, you’ll hear a kid full of the certainty that he’s going to be a star.  He’s going to make the game winning three-pointers.  He’s going to be great.  He was so sure of himself.  This was only four months ago: We …

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Christmas Hiatus is Over – How’s Everybody Been?

What’s up, BigCalfGuy readers?  Did you enjoy your holidays?  I sure did.  It’s nice to take a step back from writing about life once in a while to really live it. Anybody doing some “new year, new me” crap?  Do new year resolutions ever really last?  A friend from work has a calendar, and yesterday …

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Jake played 2 minutes in the 3rd, Wolverines lose anyway.

Wearing Wolverine green and white and in front of a home town crowd, Jake got his first taste of the hardwood tonight. He warmed up with the boys, and got to play with just over 2 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. The crowd cheered when he subbed in, and though he didn’t actually get …

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Hanukkah is Cool

Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn, and you will. Last year during our Christmas shopping, Beth kept mentioning how she finds a menorah beautiful.  So, I bought her one for Christmas with a pack of candles.  Like a ton of candles.  Little did I yet know. I did a …

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An Occasional Mishap

I don’t mean to throw shade at the US Postal Service, but this is funny. I received a healthy portion of a piece of junk mail in an envelope from the USPS.  I didn’t think much of the envelope until I realized it was already open, and it contained a flyer that looked like an …

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Says Jake, after his first basketball game: “It was pretty awesome!”

Here are some action shots of Jake during his JV basketball debut against the PCHS Pirates this afternoon. They won by four points! Here he is, getting into the car, on his way up to join the team for the bus ride to Guilford: Here’s Jake finding his place on the bench as Coach picks …

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What’s Your Favorite Failure?

What a weird question, right? We don’t often think of failures in positive terms like “favorite”. Yet successful people, or at least those with open mindsets, are quick to refer to failure as a chance to learn something. I was listening to a Tim Ferris hosted podcast based on his new book (which I asked …

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How Jake’s Basketball Career Is Going So Far

“How’s Jake doing in basketball?” I’ve been getting this question quite often lately, and it’s harder to answer than I thought it would be. I guess it depends on who you ask.  Here’s where we are and how we got there: We began deeply ensconced in the Dunning-Kruger effect, which is the psychological phenomenon of …

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The Good and The Bad: An Attempt at Thank You

When I posted my first post in July of 2013, the first of the 415 I’ve published since, I had no idea what I was doing.  Actually, most days I wonder if I’ve learned anything in the last four years. I’ve had an on and off relationship with this site.  Every time it starts to …

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Annie: Sept 2012-Nov 2017

Things took a major turn for the worse with Annie overnight. I got a call this morning from Dr. Nesin at the Chester Animal Hospital.  Annie wasn’t getting better.  In fact, she was declining, and doing so rapidly.  Her liver was still in failure, and now her kidneys were, too.  Her white blood cell count …

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Annie’s Saga Continues

Annie Golden Retriever and Gabe at Vet Office

We got home this morning around 6 a.m. Firstly, thank you to those who have reached out with support.  Here’s what we’ve been up to since my last post. Gabe and I went to visit Annie last night and see if she’d take some food for us.  We were hoping she’d be better enough to …

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Man! If It’s Not One Thing, It’s A Sick Dog

golden retriever Annie

Things were going pretty smoothly for Thanksgiving week.  I should have known the other shoe was going to drop.  It always does, right? The company was great.  The turkey was perfect.  The Christmas shopping was going along swimmingly (online, of course).  The only hitch?  Annie wasn’t feeling well. It’d been 4-5 days since she’d really …

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