The ebb and flow of a fever pitch

 

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In football, the snap of a ball creates a burst of energy… followed by a moment of rest and regrouping. Sure, the fever pitch that occurs during the action is what’s most exciting to watch. But it’s not the only part of the game that determines who wins and who loses.

As the whistle is blown, the referee winds a forty second play clock that lets both teams climb to their feet, regroup, change out some personnel, and call a play before returning to action. This downtime is when the announcers spew their opinions, cheerleaders rally the crowd, and when the audience at home dashes to the fridge for a refill.

No one off the field is really paying attention to the most important thing that is actually happening: That very short moment when a player purposefully recovers. Continue reading “The ebb and flow of a fever pitch”

No, I’m not going to put my phone down.

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I’m gonna ramble for a bit, but I’ll eventually make my point.

I don’t have any “Facebook” friends. I just have friends. Pretty much all of them are online. Or to say it another way; if we are friends on Facebook, it’s because I decided that I genuinely like you. We are friends.

Continue reading “No, I’m not going to put my phone down.”

The GLD Guide To Middle Shelf Whiskey

GLDMiddleSome whiskey enthusiasts are all about finding the hidden gem. That fourteen dollar bottle really isn’t as bad as you’re worried it is. Other enthusiasts may try to impress you with their complex reviews of the finest whiskies you can buy. This review is neither.

I’m a strong believer in the middle shelf. Whiskies you can drink neat without wincing, yet are not too complex or expensive that you’d feel guilty mixing them with a bit of vermouth and some bitters. Continue reading “The GLD Guide To Middle Shelf Whiskey”

How to order and/or make a manhattan

“Rye manhattan, up.”

themahattanHistory suggests that the manhattan originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870s, where it was invented by Dr. Iain Marshall. That’s right… a doctor. That practically makes this cocktail recipe a medically endorsed remedy to all of life’s problems. Its greatness lies in its perfect balance between silky smooth and fiery bite. It is the king of all cocktails.

There’s no shortage of good reading on the manhattan, but most articles are written by people trying to impress you with their complex palette and esoteric lexicon. This is a more practical guide. Continue reading “How to order and/or make a manhattan”

New years, & dead horses

3617699757_c8f3c7092d_bLong ago, my mom passed on some great advice derived from an ancient Dakota tribe saying:

“when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount.”

There’s no sense in whipping the horse, or digging in your spurs, or threatening it. It’s already dead. You may find yourself brooding about how unfair it is that the horse is dead. You might be angry with the man who sold you the horse. You may even be sad, and sit around reminiscing about the good times you had with the horse. But none of that is going to get you any further down the road.

2013 was a rough year for my family. At one point, it felt like the whole stable died. We cashed in every bit of support offered from family and friends and may never be able to thank them enough for it. It took a lot of work, but eventually, we found a new horse.

Over the holidays, a few of our friends told us stuff like, “things happen for a reason” or “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Sorry, but I don’t buy that.

“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” ~ Lou Holtz

Things don’t just work out for the best. You have to make them work out. If you find yourself in a place where you need help, ask for it. If family or friends are offering their support, swallow your pride and accept it. You may be able to learn from the negative things that happen in life, but don’t dwell on them. Sometimes, there’s nothing to be learned. More than anything, the faster you get off the dead horse, the sooner you’ll be back on the trail.

I’m happy to put 2013 in the rear view mirror. For 2014, let me leave you with my favorite New Year’s toast:

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” ~ Dr. Suess

Photo credit David Clow.

Five weird things you didn’t need to know about Denver International Airport

Screen Shot 2013-12-25 at 11.58.04 PMDenver International Airport (DIA) is one of the busiest airports in the nation, but did you know it’s also the caffeine hating home of the New World Order?

According to Foursquare, I’ve been to DIA at least 50 times. Here’s some crazy stuff I’ve learned over the years.

The gargoyle in baggage claim

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As the airport neared completion in the early 90’s, bugs in the automated luggage delivery system delayed the grand opening. It was such a mess that they eventually scrapped the whole system. The debacle was even featured on the History Channel’s Engineering Disasters show.  As a result, a gargoyle now guards the baggage claim area to ward off the evil spirits that crashed the old system.  Works for me, I just want my bag now, thanks. Continue reading “Five weird things you didn’t need to know about Denver International Airport”