OKGo! Road Tripping!

We took a road trip to Ithaca, NY to see the band OKGo.  The concert was pretty good!  There were a lot of kids around our son 80’s age there.  It was pretty safe to say that if OKGo sang a song that had a YouTube video, the tweens and teens knew all the words.  Their videos and music are pretty neat. The concert was exceptionally cool and was certainly different experience-wise than any other concert I’d ever seen. Check out 80’s reaction to the concert.  We spent the weekend doing some other stuff in Syracuse, NY too.  Check our Vlog.  We had a blast.

Here’s 80’s favourite OKGo video:


Hey. Can you spare a kidney?

This here is my friend Melissa.


Some of my former colleagues might remember seeing her over at Tunney’s.

Remember? When she worked there she was the only one who could make you laugh while she made you something delicious?  She’d drag your sandwich ‘through the garden’ and made the most delicious mayos ever?  Oh yeah, those were some good times.

<pause to remember happy-sandwich time>

Here’s the thing though, Melissa has kidney disease and the doctors give her 6 months to a year before she needs to go on dialysis. DIALYSIS.  And she’s 40.  FORTY!  We’re close in age and I’m quite fond of her funny ass so it hits pretty close to home.  If Melissa can’t find a new kidney before she has to go on dialysis, the doctors predict it will cut her life expectancy in half.

And when you really think about it, 20 years left to live is not a long time.

When you register to donate a kidney, you might find out that you’re not a match for Melissa but you might be a match for someone else.   My FN peeps who live with or who love a relative who lives with Diabetes know all to well the fear of dialysis and shortage of kidneys.

Sign up to give a kidney and you *can* save someone’s life. That’s all there is to it.

I’d like to hear Melissa or some kidney recipient say:

‘Oh hey, things were pretty serious back there cause I had no kidneys left but someone gave me one and I’m good now.  I’m good now, cause someone GAVE ME A KIDNEY!’

Or what if YOU could say this?

Friend:  ‘Whoah, that’s a seriously cool scar you got there.’

YOU: ‘You think so?  I got it when I was SAVING SOMEONE’S LIFE.  They were dying, I GAVE THEM A KIDNEY and NOW THEY’RE ALIVE. Thanks to ME.’

Click the links below, take a look and seriously consider it.

That's me and Melissa.  She needs a kidney.  Let's help her out my peeps.

That’s me and Melissa. She’s down a kidney. Let’s help her out.

To look into giving a kidney,  click on these handy-dandy links:




If you want to talk to Melissa about giving her YOUR kidney, send her a message on Facebook.

Alternately, talk to me here in the comments below and I can connect you.

Draw My Injury.

Frankly, I’m sick to death of my ear injury.  I’m trying to keep an open mind about it.  Trying to see the good in the bad.  I’m trying to learn the lessons I’m supposed to learn with this experience.   From an intellectual or spiritual point of view, I figure I’m on this journey to learn a lesson about what an invisible disability feels like.

I keep trying to breathe deeply and remember that I am probably experiencing this process to learn patience or humility or gratitude for what gifts God or the Creator or luck (whatever you might believe) has bestowed upon me.

When in truth, sometimes…  I’m just mad. Angry. Graceless. Frustrated.  I’ve been sidelined.  The world keeps spinning/working without me and I don’t like it.  I’m some kind of cranky-pants lately.

Take a look at my Draw My Injury video.  I was inspired by other YouTubers who have made ‘Draw my Life’ videos.  Though I didn’t feel up to making a whole lifetime of drawings, I felt like this might be a good way to share part of my story.

Let me know what you think?

Becoming The Man in the Arena.

Brené Brown is a researcher, author, and public speaker.  She’s done quite a body of research on Vulnerability, Creativity and Shame. She’s very popular.  I can see why.  I like how she shares her research.  Her keynotes and methods of sharing feel really  authentic.  She’s honest about her struggles and her process. I like that she sees a therapist.  I like that she includes her therapist in her work and creative process. She’s present in her approach and thinking. It makes me feel like anything is possible for me.

I often visit Brené’s work and keynote videos when I’m feeling overwhelmed or discouraged.  (Yeah, in my mind, I can totally call her Brené – cause we’re friends in my mind. Anywhosie, enough about me and my imaginary friends.)

Click the link below.  It’s a twenty minute commitment but it is excellent. Brené Brown is funny and smart. This keynote is definitely worth your time.

Did you watch it?  If not, go back.   It’s ok, I’ll wait.  🙂

Particularly, I was struck by the quote that she shared.  I thought I’d share it with you.

The quote/passage is often called ‘The Man in the Arena’.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

-Theodore Roosevelt,  ‘Citizenship in a Republic Speech’ delivered at the Sorbonne on April 12, 1910.

It really resonates with me.

I am daring greatly.  I am the man in the arena.

You could be a hero to pretzels!

This week, I reviewed Tarte Lip Tints.  I don’t love them all but I do love one of them!  I also realized I have significant issues when applying lipstick without a mirror.  Oh First World problems, why do you plague me so?

At any rate, have a look.  It’s got tons of fail.  I seldom disappoint in that area.  I know you’re proud.

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Do subscribe.  It gives me a reason to ship these videos every week.  I love it.  With more subscribers, I’m totally motivated and I spend less time on the couch eating pretzels. By subscribing, you save a pretzel’s life, y’all.  You’re a damn hero.  That’s how I see it.

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.  This is pretty neat!  I liked the idea that people read my stuff.  I find it odd that anyone would bother downloading my pictures though.  (tee hee – it’s just silly).  Anywhosie, neat to look at for me.  Prolly, you’re not interested.  That’s ok.  I am!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.