Tabled Ideas - Putting it all on the table

How To Get Me To Wear A Skirt
family, fitness: JUL 15 2013

NOW THAT I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION, I WILL EXPLAIN HOW. You may remember that I will be running the Disneyland Dumbo Double Dare to raise money for the Lazarex Cancer Foundation. We’re getting down to the wire on the fundraising, and I still need your help to reach my goal. So let’s up the stakes. Read on…

Why Did You Get Healthy?
fitness, getting things done: APR 7 2013

EVERYONE SEEMS TO ASK WHY I DECIDED TO LOSE WEIGHT. To be fair, the question is usually “Why did you make a change now?” Or “Why did you start running?” The answer to the first question is simply that I realized I was embarrassed of the person I had become. It took me longer to find the answer to the second question, even after I started running. I sure am glad I started, though. Read on…

Running With Purpose
family, fitness: MAR 5 2013

I AM RUNNING THE DISNEYLAND DUMBO DOUBLE DARE FOR THE TEAM FOR LIFE, AND I NEED YOUR HELP. At the end of August, I will spend two days at Disneyland in Anaheim running: on Saturday, August 31st I will run the inaugural DIsneyland 10K, and on Sunday, September 1st I will run the Disneyland Half Marathon. That’s a total of 19.3 miles over two days, and I’m doing it with the Team For Life and the Lazarex Cancer Foundation in memory of my grandfather, Michael Innello. This is where you come in, because I need your help to raise money for Lazarex. Read on…

Searching For Something Meaningful
philosophy: MAR 1 2013

I’M NOT SURE WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR, BUT AT LEAST I’M CLOSER TO KNOWING WHAT IT IS NOT. I’ve often had a bit of a tortured relationship with my career. More so since I became a husband and father, I’ve been taking a more critical look at my life because some days I think it’s OK, but most of the time it seems like there’s something wrong. I know it’s not my wife, and it’s not my kids: those are things that are definitely right. It’s hard to put my finger on, because by most measurements I should be happy with where I am: I make good money, I have good management and a flexible company, and I don’t hate what I do. But I don’t think it’s enough to “not hate it”. Read on…

It’s the Last .2 That Gets You
fitness: JUL 16 2012

IT USED TO BE THE ONLY MEANING I KNEW FOR “MARATHON” WAS WHEN FOLLOWED BY “DUNGEON CRAWL”. A year ago I never would have believed that I was capable of actually running 26.2 miles. Even 6 months ago, when I started this journey to lose weight and get fit, I still would have told you that you were nuts if you thought I could run a mile, never mind finish a race. But after running a 5K, a four-miler, and now an 8K, I’m completely sold on running. So much so that I just signed up for the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon in January. Read on…

Personal Records Have to Start Somewhere
fitness: MAY 20 2012

I RAN MY FIRST 5K RACE ON SATURDAY. There’s actually a lot more to this story than completing a race, but just like my PRs, I have to start somewhere. I came to the race expecting to run most of it and walk about 3 or 4 minutes in the middle, and left with a very different result that amazed me. Read on…

The Failure of (Our) Public School
family: MAR 25 2012

I BELIEVE IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. I think it can succeed, educate our children, and be the best choice. But what we have now is just a political leftover: something they slice a little more off of whenever they need to reduce a budget number and something the affluent, which most of our politicians are, rarely remember is not a choice for most people. I was educated in a public school system, but my children will not be after this week. Read on…

An Open Letter to the CEO of Carbonite
business: MAR 3 2012

DEAR MR. FRIEND, I appreciate that you had a prompt public response to the complaints from your customers about the behavior of Rush Limbaugh on his show that you advertise on. I would like to address a few of your points. Read on…

Fry a Turkey, Safely
family, food: OCT 28 2011

I’M NOT SOUTHERN, BUT I LOVE FRIED TURKEY. My father-in-law (and hence the wife), turned me onto this many years ago, and now we typically fry up at least 3 turkeys every fall and winter. I took the instruction that Jim gave me in this art, refined it over the years, and have put it all down in writing so that I can pass it on. Fried is better than any roasted turkey I’ve had, and we’ve brined a few and roasted them. And it is not hard to do it safely, as long as you follow some basic procedures. Several folks have asked about it this year, so I’m reposting my original LiveJournal post here. Read on…

A Different Kind of Space
business, getting things done: AUG 17 2011

SITTING IN STARBUCKS, I’M COMPELLED TO DISCUSS WHY. I mean, it’s the middle of the work day, and I “should” be at my desk, but there are some things that I can’t do as effectively there as I can when I remove myself from work (and home) environments, such as writing or really being creative in any way. One of the vice presidents at work likes to tease me about how much time I spend over at Starbucks, but he knows as well as anyone the amount of work I get done. I call it my remote office, but others call it a third place and I wish all offices were as flexible as mine is when it comes to letting people be their most effective. Read on…