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Month: July, 2014

Heart healthy. That’s a “blue mind”

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Great summer….no, lifetime reading.

I cannot believe the reaffirmation this book from Dr. Nichols has offered. Especially now.

As we left our new favorite SW Florida home, it began. Call it a flutter. Call it palpitations. Call it an ache. How about “all of the above”? Very real.

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According to the good doctor, it’s normal. Water of any kind brings neutrality, peace, calm, etc. Thus, my second-half career choice training, which continues this fall with SCUBA and next spring with more sailing certs through costal navigation. Weeks of training leading to a half-lifetime of water, selling pleasure, and hosting family, friends, & strangers-to-new-friends alike.

Don’t get me wrong. Our outdoor Y has a great lap pool that we all enjoy. My favorite moments there are lap swimming with our youngest boy. He’s strong. But, that pales in comparison to playing, diving, swimming, and exercising in the clear Gulf waters. Same for the Caribbean.

Being land-locked won’t work for me and ours. We love to explore. Max asked me about my favorite things the other day and he answered for me “our family, the beach, good food…and travel”. Son, you are mentally strong too.

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Both boys love good water…

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…which is why I let them play in strong currents. It’s a lot like life. Big force. Fun play. Knockdowns. Getting back up to go again. That’s life.

I know fun. Really fun. I know privilege. And I know otherwise. However, what I know best for all of us is a change of latitude and atmosphere. It will happen. Sailing Charter Captain by 50 is still a must. Join us.

Then, we are very well positioned for little & grown kids with “blue minds” going between Pass-A-Grille and St. Croix, USVI. Then….on to grandkids who better be able to swim at birth. Just sayin’.

Look into the “Blue Mind”, if water is your thing. You’ll be glad you did.

Cheers.

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Dad. Me and mine.

Bittersweet morning …

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Another summer. Another blur.

Just a few weeks are left in our 20+ summers with kids. Every one of them have been different. Different places to play. Different beach homes. Different characters. Similar restaurants. Always great food. Maybe a new kid guest or two. Always a great beach. But, every experience has differed in some way. This summer has kept our tradition alive.

After our Disney adventure, before Kait left for Europe…
we regrouped and headed back to Florida with our young guys and their grandmothers. Our first beach trip with them after both of our dads passed. Kinda different, but it was a wonderful week plus in Pass-a-Grille and beyond. That will be our summer home someday, perfectly positioned between St. Croix, USVI & the Green Mountains of Vermont. No way to get bored bouncing between those three playgrounds. But, I digress.

Summer is flying by, as usual. And…

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Dad. Me and mine.

Another summer. Another blur.

Just a few weeks are left in our 20+ summers with kids. Every one of them have been different. Different places to play. Different beach homes. Different characters. Similar restaurants. Always great food. Maybe a new kid guest or two. Always a great beach. But, every experience has differed in some way. This summer has kept our tradition alive.

After our Disney adventure, before Kait left for Europe…
we regrouped and headed back to Florida with our young guys and their grandmothers. Our first beach trip with them after both of our dads passed. Kinda different, but it was a wonderful week plus in Pass-a-Grille and beyond. That will be our summer home someday, perfectly positioned between St. Croix, USVI & the Green Mountains of Vermont. No way to get bored bouncing between those three playgrounds. But, I digress.

Summer is flying by, as usual. And, as very few know or care, we are already halfway through The (British) Open. Not a big deal for 99.9% of the world, but it is to me.

I love it. I’ve never been to Britain, but I’ve loved this Open since I was a kid. Watched it with Dad every summer. And, tomorrow, about 8:30am or so, I’ll be watching and remembering my Dad. Almost a year to the day, I kissed Pops on his forehead for the last time. He passed just before I arrived at the hospital that Saturday morning. His skin was barely cool. Just like him. Just like me. We are cut from the same cloth. We watched the first round of The Open last year and he seemed relatively fine. That was our last chat and our mutual goodbye, so to speak.

I sit here now, doing what dads do. I started this entry with nothing but myself, my new iPhone, my Friday jazz via WUOT, and this huge recliner. But, now our youngest has bathed very quickly and sits beside me with his new Kindle. Oh, now we are joined by his brother and his iPod. How times have changed. Our tv is off. Our Bose is pumping out Louis Armstrong et al. But…times have changed. All we are missing is Mom and one of our iPads.
Fortunately, it’s family movie night or we may just head to books & bedtime early. Who knows? It’s the weekend.

No schedule is a great schedule.

Jazz Jam is now pumping out a nice variety and we are at least here together in one room. Chillin. There. I said it. Just great tunes, steady rain, and gadgets on a blah Friday night.

We’re fine. I’m alive. And we have new traditions for all four of our kids to write about, blog or otherwise.

Oops. Gin is here. No iPad. Max just told her that I was in a dancing mood tonight. Out with the handhelds, all. It’s Wii time.

Just Dance, everyone. Soon.

Gotta dance now.

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Deutschland and Disney

Deutschland and Disney.

Deutschland and Disney

Deutschland and Disney.

Holy Schnitzel

Funny & cool. Sweet globetrotter…

Adventures with KHill

I have had the best few days EVER. I’ll try to give a run-down here.

Thursday: We had our first day of class (class? This trip involves school?) and it went pretty well. I like the professors but you know…school. Not going to be the most fun part of the trip but that’s totally okay. After class Thursday, we hopped on the S-Bahn and went to a park nearby called Hirschgarten, which literally means deer park. I thought the name was funny, then we got there and there were actual deer in a large closed-in space. Like a zoo but with just deer. What? Anyways, there was also a biergarten which is like a zoo but with people and alcohol. So they had the Germany-USA soccer game set up on big screens all around the biergarten and we got there a couple of hours early and got a table with…

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