Indoor Triathlon in 5 days.

March 21, 2007 at 7:24 am | Posted in Family, Sports | Comments Off on Indoor Triathlon in 5 days.

When I signed up for the Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon, I had no idea the time would fly by so quickly.  I am oncall this week for work which just messes with my training horribly. I am going to try and take it easy until Sunday, hopefully one more good hard workout on the bike then rest.

I recently received the rules and my start time.  I will be starting at 7:00 am Sunday morning.  The good news is that I will be able to compete and still get to church.  The bad news it that the run on the treadmill will be done on a 2 degree incline.  This is something I was totally unprepared for.  I tried this a couple of days ago and it is significantly harder than I expected.  This is the sign that I will be done running once this triathlon is over.  My knees hurt after running on the incline and it took a few days to recover.  I can say that although I am a very slow swimmer, the fitness improvements from swimming are great and I will be including more swimming as a part of my training.


Segregating Children From Men

November 26, 2006 at 7:25 am | Posted in Family, News, Politics | Comments Off on Segregating Children From Men

Wow! this story – Segregating Children From Men really hit close to home in a scary way. As much as I dislike this as a man, I have to say as a father, I support the policy. As easy as it is to be outraged by the big business, we have to look at the realities of what our society is today.

The sad truth is that a few creepy perverts have ruined a lot of things for all men. Because a few creepy perverts have done bad things with kids, I have to make sure that I am not alone with children. Not to protect the children, but to protect myself. Because a few creepy perverts have harassed women in the workplace, I have to make sure I am not alone with a woman at work. Not to protect the woman, but to protect myself. Until we can cleanse society of creepy perverts, this is the kind of stuff men will continue to have to put up with.

The easy position is to be insulted by this, but I look at it this way.  I support profiling as an effective law enforcement tool, so it is difficult for me to be insulted when I fit the profile in question.  The fact is creepy perverts are overwhelmingly male.  Granted the percentage of creepy perverts among all men is very low,  however, if you eliminate men from a position of potenially causing harm, you have brought the risk of creepy perverts to practically none.  If everything in the world was all about me, I would be insulted by this.  The bottom line is that this is not about me it is about protecting kids from creepy perverts.

In fairness, the article does point out how poorly the Airlines implemented the policy.  Knowing how broad their profile is the airline should implement the policy discreetly and respectfully.

My First Construction Project

November 10, 2006 at 11:07 am | Posted in Family | Comments Off on My First Construction Project

I don’t do this for a living and if you look close, I am sure you can see all the flaws, but I built this myself for my Mother.


The whole purpose of the deck was to make this wheelchair lift work with this mobile home.


Merry Christmas

December 24, 2005 at 10:06 am | Posted in Family | Comments Off on Merry Christmas

As I write this early on Christmas Eve, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and remind those who are travelling today to be safe. My family’s prayers are with you.

Today is the great day of suspense for the Children. My 6 year old is quite excited and can barely contain it. I suspect there will be a short night of sleep tonight. If you need some help entertaining the children and maybe even get the to bed tonight at a reasonable hour, check out NORAD Tracks Santa.

My family will be celebrating the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem about 2000 years ago. I truly wish that whatever you choose to do tomorrow brings you Joy.

I am on holiday from my day job and so my “Honey do” list will keep me busy until 2006. I am sneaking this last entry of the year in while the rest of the family is busy. So in case I don’t get a chance to write again, have a happy and safe New Year as well.

‘Help! Help! My kids are pinned in there!’

December 11, 2005 at 8:04 pm | Posted in Family, News | Comments Off on ‘Help! Help! My kids are pinned in there!’

‘Help! Help! My kids are pinned in there!’ This is probably the saddest story I have read in recent memory. As the parent of a six year old, this story really hits me hard in the heart. Hats off to Michelle Malkin for publishing the information for fund for the family. If you can help this family please do. If you can’t offer any other assitance, please pray for this family.

A fund has been established for donations to the family in memory of Joshua. Donors should write a check to “Joshua Woods benefit” and mail it to Centier Bank, 1276 N. Main St., Crown Point, IN 46307.

Call the bank at (219) 663-7804 for more information.

Who Am I?

December 11, 2005 at 8:18 am | Posted in Family, Religion, Sports | Comments Off on Who Am I?

I just posted on my Personal Blog a profile of me in case you are interested.

Ring Those Bells

December 9, 2005 at 8:49 am | Posted in Family, Religion | Comments Off on Ring Those Bells

Last night I had the awesome opportunity to ring the bells for the Salvation Army. I really think that it is unfair, because I got way more out of it than the Salvation Army got in money. My 6 year old daughter and I were outside a local grocery store from 5 pm to 6 pm. It was 23 degrees outside so we had to dress warm but we were really kept warm by the awesome generosity of all different kinds of people. There was the mom with two small children who made sure that both her kids could put something in the bucket. There were the senior citizens who went out of there way to make sure they put something in the bucket. Even the young (early 20’s) men were willing contributors. I have no idea how much money was put in the bucket but the really amazing thing was that very few people were putting in change, most people were putting in bills. I was not looking at how much, the only reason I noticed the bills was because we had to use a paint stirrer to stuff the bills into bucket so people could put more in.

I highly recommend ringing the bells if you want to restore your faith in people. You could see that some people felt guilty walking by and not contributing. I hope that I didn’t make them feel that way. I was only there to ring the bell so that people would know the bucket was available. People saying Hi as they walked by was more than enough.

The point of having my 6 year old daughter there was the opportunity to show her what God can do through people. That God puts on people’s hearts that they should help people in need, even people who don’t believe in God. That is the really cool thing about the Salvation Army. They are recognized for the really good things they do without people getting tangled up in the religious side of it. No one saw the Salvation Army complaining about where the could put their buckets. The Salvation Army is tremendously faithful and knows that God will provide.

So next time you pass a bell ringer, even if you are not contributing, just say a friendly hello. It is a big reward for the bell ringer.

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