Sunday, December 21, 2008

15 Years and Counting...

This year everything is a bit upside down. I've been traveling 3 of the 4 weeks of the month and finally, today, is a day to be home. So before it gets any later, I wanted to tell my wife Happy Anniversary and here's to 15 more! And thank you for helping me to learn some important lessons about myself, life, women, kids, etc.

15 Lessons I've Learned Through Marriage:

1) There is no bad day of marriage that is worth trading in order to be single again. The reason isn't because the bad day isn't bad but because there are so many good days in between.

2) I'd rather be happy than right.

3) Being a Dad at home is better than being a boss at work.

4) I know nothing about women. How in the world can you be an active listener without coming across as fixing it? I am still missing this one.

5) The sooner I apologize, the sooner everyone is happy.

6) Never talk to a woman about her hair, her age, or her weight - even if she asks. Opinions about these things are really requests for validation.

7) This too shall pass. Except, thankfully, for my marriage, family, and faith.

8) Fighting can be healthy for marriage. Plus there's the make up...

9) Unfortunately, kids do what I do, not what I say. Crap.

10) Some of the funniest jokes happen at prayer time.

11) That saying, "It's the thought that counts" is a lie. It is much more effective to ask a woman exactly what she wants and then just give it to her.

12) Laughing is the best way to stop crying.

13) Meeting someone half way will never make for a happy marriage. There is either all or nothing.

14) The happiest word in my dictionary: home.

15) Marriage gets better with time. I wouldn't go back but I am sure looking forward to it.

Here are a few more, now that I think about it:

16) I am my best self with/because of my wife.

17) Pig tails and pony tails will get me to do anything.

18) Worrying about the future is a waste of time. Do what you can today. The rest will work itself out when it's ready.

19) I have been so blessed to be so loved by so many.

20) That saying, "Never go to bed mad"? - not always true. Going to bed mad then trying again in the morning sometimes works out much better.

21) Even after seeing me at my worst, the people who really love me stick around anyway.

22) The most important things (people actually) in my life all fit on my bed. Everything else is just stuff.

23) Seeing your son make his first great tackle is funner than making your own first great tackle.

24) The difference between being a bad dad and a good dad? Two words: I'm sorry. Two more: Try again. If that fails, one word: bribes.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Bucket List item - check

Event: Seeing The Eagles in concert December 1, 2008

Time on the road to get to the concert: 3 1/2 hours

Time waiting for this concert: 20 years

Person who convinced me to go: My love - thank you Trish.

Average number of beers consumed per person: 17

Number of beers consumed by me: 0

Number of drunk guys that passed out on my row: 2

Average age of the audience: 50

Average emotional age of the audience: 16

Odd fact: They had an intermission. Intermission? At a rock concert? I guess they had to take their high blood pressure pills.

Only regret: Not having someone there to share it with (no one wanted to spring for a ticket). I did text my family throughout the show giving them play by play updates.

Favorite moment: Right at the beginning when they walked in - Being in the same room with my favorite band and singer (Don Henley). Awesome.

Favorite songs performed: Hotel California (with a 2 minute spanish trumpet solo), Life's Been Good, Boys of Summer, Desperado. Harmonies sooo tight.

Seat location: Center stage, row 17 baby.

Concert ticket: $250

Rental car: $150

Spending 3 1/2 hours in sheer heaven: priceless