Mar 20

Day 19,907

It’s Tuesday afternoon, and I’m getting ready to wrap things up for another day of teaching my Azure infrastructure class. There are definitely times that I feel that some aspects of this technology is kind of hanging out there at the very border of my ability, but then again, I find a way to recover and achieve a modicum of success.

I’m tired.

I would rather be shopping for riding lawn mowers and a new grill.

I’m sure there are things you would rather be doing as well. Although, I am pleased someone is reading this.

The good news today is my mom is feeling better. They performed a little procedure to remove the port from her neck that they were using for dialysis, and she gets to return home tomorrow. I’m sure my brother, my dad, and certainly the dogs will be happy to see mom come home.

I’ve been in touch with one of my old partners-in-crime from the trainer community. Jerry is doing a brief stint here in town, and we’re going to catch a bit to eat tomorrow night over at one of the better BBQ joints here in Kansas City, Q39 in Overland Park. It will be the second time that one of my old trainer friends and I have dined over there. Never a disappointment.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I’m kind of hoping that the part two of “Jackie Robinson” is on PBS tonight. I enjoyed part one, and it was quite an eye-opener. Lisa and I talked about it, and remarked that it’s hard to believe that all of the events depicted were just seventy years ago.

Until next time…

Peace y’all.

Mar 19

Day 19,906

It’s a Monday night, kids, and grampa is sitting, writing, and watching a public television documentary on Jackie Robinson.

For the casual reader, it should be readily apparent that I’m an old white guy. I have lived my entire life with a degree of privilege. I know it’s real. A number of my peers think white privilege is a myth or some sort of manifestation of some white guilt. I’m telling you right here and now. In my day and age, white privilege is real. When it comes to any number of programs, opportunities, chances to break out and get ahead, white folks have were born in the front of the line.

The only thing I can do moving forward is keepĀ that in mind, and make sure the decisions I make are fair.

I’m not too proud of certain realities of my genealogy. There were some pretty foul individuals in the tree that led to me.

All I know first hand is the love given me by my parents, grandparents, and siblings.

I don’t know how I would act or how I would behave if confronted by that select set of ancestors.

I might be better off not knowing.

Peace y’all.

Mar 18

Day 19,905

Hey gang, old Grampa Bob here, throwing down a few sentences before I call it a night on a Sunday in March.

It’s been interesting. Watched some more basketball, as I am a huge college basketball fan. Not so much NBA, for some reason, but who knows, I might develop a taste for it after the college season is over. Or not.

Just about the time that college basketball is over, the Royals start their season, so I think I’ll stick to the Royals come the first part of April.

I’m going to be busy this week, teaching a class on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Services. One of my favorite “moving target” classes. I have a lot of respect for instructors that teach the same thing week in and week out, they likely do a better job adapting to the constant changes that pop up mysteriously in the Azure dashboard. I try to get in and review them from time to time, but sometimes you just roll with it… and that can lead o occasional exclamation, “That’s new!”.

I’ve got an old friend coming into town this week, so we’ll plan dinner and get caught up. Might talk a little about pen turning and woodworking.

Hope all is well with you, no matter who you are, where you are, and when you are.

Peace y’all.

Mar 17

Day 19,904

So, cutting to the chase tonight here in Larryville…

Dane is currently on a bus, about to endure a straight-through express bus with limited stops surrounded by a bunch of sick classmates with half-full barf bags.

Kansas defeated Seton Hall to make it to the Sweet 16 in Omaha. We’ll have to wait and see who we play yet.

I figured out how to make a couple of different things in the Instant Pot. My corned beef turned out passable, and I look forward to my next corned beef brisket. I will aspire to continuous improvement.

Other than that, I’m particularly worried about Dane’s band trip. A lot of sick kids, with a couple kids I know requiring some elevated attention. Both of them are friends of Dane, either through school or sports.

I hope the trip home is bearable for Dane. I can’t imagine what that might seem like.

Kansas is going to the Sweet 16 again. It would be quite a feat if they could win three more in a row.

It’s at this point in the blog that I start to blather on about this and that in a poorly orchestrated effort to get to two hundred words, but then again, every now and then it works and I achieve my goal.

Peace, y’all.

Mar 16

Day 19,903

It’s Friday night, March the 16th. I’ve got some corned beef and cabbage ready for the pressure cooker tomorrow, and we’re hoping Kansas finds themselves heading to the Sweet 16.

It’s been a crazy day. My alma mater, Wichita State, was a 4 seed in the regional, and they found themselves on the wrong side of the final score against Marshall.

Kansas State held on to beat Creighton, Texas tanked, and right now one of the number one seeds (Virginia) is struggling, down twelve to University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

I do love this time of year.

Kansas square off against Seton Hall tomorrow, one of the typical one-versus-eight matchups that are all too common during the second round of the tournament.

I’m going to try my best to stay optimistic.

I need to focus on some things over the weekend, but it will always be a little more challenging during the big games.

Truth be known, this time of year, all the games are important.

So, I plot out my day for tomorrow, the various and sundry errands I need to run. The time management. This, that, and the other thing.

It’s a crazy time of year, and it is all too easy to love.

Peace y’all.

Mar 15

Day 19,902

It’s Thursday night in the country, and Lisa and I are sitting in the living room watching some college basketball. Have been since the middle of the afternoon, and if you ask us if either has taken a nap since the beginning of this little slice of life, we might cover for each other.

She’s napping right now. (Wink)

Kansas won their opening game against the team from Penn. Looks like we’ll face Seton Hall on Saturday. I hope the Jayhawks have a solid chance to proceed, moving on to the Sweet Sixteen.

Oh, and congrats to Loyola of Chicago, draining a three-pointer at the buzzer to knock off Miami and earning the biggest upset win of the tournament so far.

Other than that…

Got one of my laptops repaired. New motherboard.

Went in for my eye exam, that was good. Found out my prescription didn’t really need an update, so I’m using the opportunity to update the prescription in my sunglasses.

I hope to be wearing my sunglasses frequently in the coming months.

After that, I grabbed a bit of lunch at 23rd Street Brewery, choosing that little slice of porcine heaven, the BLT.

I love the sheer volume of bacon they put on that sandwich.

Then it was home to watch basketball. That’s about all I’ve got.

Going to hit the sack here in a few, hoping that it doesn’t hit back.

Peace y’all.

Mar 14

Day 19,901

Last night I wrote my blog very late at night, and prior to the writing of my entry, there may have been some adult distilled beverages involved.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

I’m not going to go back and change a thing. I thought about it, but I wrote it, it’s a part of my reality, I’m a 54-year-old man that had a couple of drinks with some old friends yesterday, and we had a pretty good time.

After I woke this morning, I went to see my mom in the hospital, and my niece was already there. Good kid.

My sister arrived a little later that morning, and I needed to get back to the house to meet a service tech to replace a motherboard on a laptop.

I’m on the verge of making a decision about our internet access. I like the down speeds from the satellite service, nut the data limits and upload speeds are an obstacle.

The NCAA basketball tournament gets going tomorrow. I’ve got an eye appointment, but after that, I’m all about basketball.

I’m exhausted. Time to hit the sack. I hope there is peace in your corner of the world tonight… I guess that’s just another way of saying…

Peace y’all.

Mar 13

Day 19,900

OK, I’m here in a hotel room in Salina, Kansas, and all in all, I’ve had a pretty good day.

Mom had a good day.

I would say she seemed more like a person inconvenienced by dialysis than in need of the procedure.

After they got that going (and much love and gratitude to my niece, Morgan, for her presence and patience), I went over to a close friend’s clinic, and we had a chance to catch up on a few things. We ended up agreeing to have a toast over at the old Masonic Temple in downtown Salina.

I left Doug’s place in a pretty good mood. There had been a few things hanging in the air between us over the years, and we talked.

On the way to check in to the hotel, I stopped at an old watering hole in south Salina, Speakeasy, which had undergone any number of identitiesĀ over the years, but boiled down into the common parts that comprise your average neighborhood tavern.

I ran into another old friend. We talked. A lot.

Then was time to meet Doug downtown.


I’m going to wrap this up and get off to bed. It’s too late. I need to sleep.

And I need to mentally digest the events of the day.


Peace y’all.

Mar 12

Day 19,899

OK. The next 48 hours are going to be a bit on the interesting side.

I’ll get up at four o’clock in the morning tomorrow to take Dane in for his band trip. He has to be there by four thirty in the morning, and the bus will leave without him if he is not there. After that, I’m in the car and heading west to Salina. Mom has a procedure that could take place anytime tomorrow morning, and I’m there tomorrow as well as part of the morning Wednesday.

I have to be back in Lawrence, er, home Wednesday afternoon to get the motherboard replaced on my primary system. The young person I dealt with at Dell was very professional and understanding, and it reinforced my decision to stick with Dell Precision system for the time being. Love their notebooks.

Car is serviced and ready to go. I need to take a shower and get primed. I’m sure Dane is excited about his trip.

I’m excited for him.

Not excited about my mom being in the hospital though. More “the opposite of excited”. Concerned. Worried.

Oh well. Most I can do is be there and offer emotional support.

I’m great at that kind of thing.

That was a joke. I think I suck at that.

See you tomorrow night.

Peace y’all.

Mar 11

Day 19,898

OK, so here’s a little idea that I ought to share.

Get yourself a little notebook. I have a little black one that fits in my back pocket, and can also easily fit into the pocket of a couple of my jackets and hoodies.

Keep a pen handy.

These can be important because as you’re going throughout your day, you’ll have great ideas. It’ll be about something you see, or something you hear, or just a random thought that appears right out there on the tip of your nose like moisture condensing to form a cloud.

And you take that brief seed of inspiration and you write it down.

Like I should’ve done half a dozen times today.

But I didn’t.

Because I forgot my little pad.

Somedays I’m a little more on top of my game than others.

I need to work on that.

Thing is, I know I had some really good ideas today. I had those minor epiphanies and I remember thinking to myself, “Hey, that was pretty good! I ought to write that down!”.

And I didn’t.

I need to work on that.

On the positive side, though, I was able to take a negative like forgetting my notepad and turn it into something positive, this blog entry being the result.

Peace y’all.

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