This is a really cool tribute to the one and only Mr. Rogers.

Try not to relive your entire childhood when you see King Friday XIII.

12 Things Successful People Do Differently

10 Years Ago Today…

Posted: May 7, 2012 in funny
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Allen Iverson gave us this gem.

And 10 years later, we’re still talkin’ about practice, man.

Instant Information

Posted: April 22, 2012 in life
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This is one of those transparent blogs. One that hit me like a ton of bricks.

Nobody likes putting personal obstacles online for everyone to see – it makes you look weak, right? Nobody wants to read a Facebook status that’s just complaining or talking about how bad life sucks. You want to look perfect because you can control what information people get about you. You want to look like you have it all together.

This is the antithesis of that. This me being honest.

I spend more time than you know thinking of Twitter statuses that aren’t funny. I write them, erase them, write different posts, erase those, then settle with something I feel like someone will think is funny. Often times I’m refreshing Twitter and Facebook to see if anyone responded or liked my update.

I’m addicted. And it’s getting old. You know, the kind of “I seriously WANT to stop, but it’s crazy hard.” Kind of like watching Intervention, but clearly it’s not drug or alcohol related. I get it. It’s easy to put down my phone and stop. So why don’t I just do it?

Because I’m afraid I’ll miss something.

But what I’m missing is my life.

I spent yesterday fishing with some friends. It was in the low 50s and misting rain. But that didn’t stop me from throwing the pictures of the fish I caught onto Instagram. Some might say that I probably spent time staring at my phone instead of engaging in conversation – and that’s probably true – but the reality is that I wanted to show off my catches to my dad.

I remember the countless hours he spent teaching me how to fish while I played with the minnows in the bait bucket. All of those hours without a cell phone. All of those father-son hours without him checking Twitter or Facebook or Instagram. All of those hours without him playing Words With Friends or DrawSomething. All of those hours without distraction. All of those hours it was just us. I had his attention and he had mine.

The way it used to be.

You see, we’ve become obsessed with information. My generation in particular. We love it. We crave it. And now, it seems, we need it. We’re addicted.

While I watch sports, I’ll share my opinion on Twitter and constantly hit the refresh button to see if my favorite sports writers or friends have chimed in to the conversation. Refresh. Refresh. Refresh.

Yesterday while we were fishing, a group of high school kids showed up in their fanciest prom digs to take their pictures near a beautiful entrance to a beautiful neighborhood. To the nines, I’m telling you. This was their night. But the one thing that stood out the most to me was that a large number of parents spent the majority of the time not taking pictures of their kids dressed up and looking stellar. Not talking with other parents, not chatting with anyone – they were on their phones the whole time. They were missing the opportunity to share this magnificent moment with their kids because something more important was happening on their phones.

This phenomena is killing story telling too. It’s killing personal, face to face communication. Let me tell you guys about these fish I caught. Wait, I told the story on Facebook, didn’t I?

You saw a movie on Friday? What did you see… wait, I saw on Twitter that you hated that movie. Sucks, man.

How long will this need-information-immediately stage last? Who knows. The only thing we do know for sure is that the next platform is being discovered or built right now. First MySpace, then Facebook, then Twitter, then…

You see where I’m going.

But here’s the thing: Facebook and Twitter are great community resources. Both of these sites have helped me gain great friends. They’ve helped me connect with old friendships. They can be used for a great laugh when reading embarrassing stories that just happened. They can be used to keep up with friends and their children. And most importantly, it helps bridge the nearly 500 mile gap between my daughter and my family. It captures moments that make distances disappear.

They’re definitely not bad outlets. But I have started to make them bad because I can’t let go.

For now I’m going to limit myself because I have to. I can’t risk missing this life I’m living to stay plugged in. I can’t miss my daughter’s first accomplishments because I’m addicted to something that doesn’t matter in the first place. It’s killing me. And it’s going to kill all of us if we’re not careful.

But first, I’m posting this on Twitter.

Mad Men

Posted: March 24, 2012 in cool
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Season 5 starts tomorrow.

Mad Men Season 5

Cover Tune Grab Bag

Posted: March 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Pretty good, but not as good as last year!

2012

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