Bad Poetry Thursday – Not Fair

It's not fair,
There I said it.
Proclaimed it loudly.

It's not fair,
Though I want it,
Want it so badly.

It's not fair,
but that's just it,
the world we live in.

It's not fair,
What you gone do?
Never give in.

I’m a bad poet.  That’s why I have Bad Poetry Thursday.  If I were a good poet, then perhaps this would be Good Poetry Thursday.  Being a bad poet isn’t enough to stop me though, for the only way to improve is keep on practicing.

And besides, poetry, even bad, is a good way to express yourself.  So here I go!  Maybe one day it will get better, or even good…

Good poetry?  Maybe one day my friends, but don’t hold your breath.

Thanks for stopping by!  Hopefully you found something in this bad poem to like.

Short Tuesday -Craquelure

Little Jim was uncomfortable as he drove the teeny rental car to his childhood home. The fact that he had specified a full size SUV when reserving the car the week prior did not seem to faze the small freckle faced, red-haired girl behind the counter.

“We don’t have any SUVs sir. There must have been a mistake on the booking site. It really is a nice car though,” she informed him cheerfully from behind the counter.

Little Jim grumbled some not nice things under his breath that the girl either didn’t hear or pretended not to.

“Here are the keys,” she prompted with a smile. “If you need anything else, just let me know.”

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The 2016 Atlanta Spartan Sprint

On the monkey bars! Atlanta Spartan Sprint

The 2016 Atlanta Spartan Sprint has come and gone.  There were obstacles, both big and small, climbs and carries, and of course lots of that sloppy red Georgia clay.  While it was a lot of fun, it could easily have gone the other way.

I ran this race with my daughter, just like my other Sprint last year.  Having her out there on the course with me is great, but this morning, she wasn’t feeling great.  She could have sat on the sidelines, watched me run and cheered her old dad on, but that’s not my daughter.  In true Spartan fashion, she pushed on, ran the race and got that medal.  Maybe it wasn’t our best effort, but that’s okay.

Spartan Race isn’t all about getting muddy, though that is part of it.  It is all about obstacles, overcoming them, and then taking those lessons out into the real world.  We face obstacles every day in our lives.  Some people panic and run away from these obstacles, but not a Spartan.  A Spartan adjusts and attacks the obstacles ahead of him.

That’s what my daughter did today, before the race ever began.  She wasn’t feeling well, but instead of taking the easy way and sitting out, she used her grit to get through the race.  What a life lesson!  I’m so proud.

You are not going to feel your best all the time, whether at school or work, but what are you going to do?  You can grit your way through your tasks and reap the rewards, or I don’t know, lay in bed all day and skip out on life.

Don’t get me wrong.  There are real reasons to lay up in bed, and only you know your body, so keep safety first.  In the meantime, keep training and pushing ahead.  Maybe we’ll see you out on the course!


It sounds bad, I know. I’ll be the first to say it,  but it’s true. I really have no idea what I’m doing.

This blog/site was started not even a year ago with all the hopes and dreams that often come with a new blog, but now I’m not sure about anything. I’ve already thought about, and went around halfway through a redesign, and now, here we are again.

The question of what should I do is always there, and so is my reply. I don’t know.

Being this indecisive is frustrating.  For myself if not for anyone else. (It’s not like I have legions of fans waiting for the next post after all.)

So, the question remains, rolling around in my head.  Over the past month or so, as I’ve kicked it back and forth between deletion of the blog altogether and a complete reboot, I may have found a compromise.

What is this compromise?  Well let me say upfront, that it may not be a good idea.  But here it is.  The idea is to just be a bit more general in posting and therefore granting much needed freedom for creativity and general interest.

Most everything I read about blogging says to pick a topic and stay with that chosen topic for you’re blog. Target that audience. That is most likely very sound advice, but it is advice that I struggle with.

You see, I’m like most everyone else out there. My interest are many and varied. I like to write and draw. I also like to run and ride bikes. I have interest in fitness, clean eating, and dessert. You see what I’m getting at?  I feel as though I’ve been handcuffing myself, by restricting the things that I’m writing about, so I’m done with that.

I’m going to try this again. We’ll see how it goes. If it fails, then so be it. (To be clear, failure is not defined by page views, but by my own ability to keep interest in the work I’m doing.) There will most likely be some aesthetic changes to the sight as this process needs to be as fluid as possible, so be on the lookout for that.

Anyway, with a bit of luck, we’ll be talking soon!

#weekendcoffeeshare 1-9-16

If we were having coffee, I’d be drinking Folgers Colombian coffee.  It’s a medium dark roast and it’s pretty good. Not Starbucks good, but way more economical.  If that’s not your thing, that’s okay.  I’m sure we have some green tea around here somewhere.  We could put some water on for you real quick if you’d like.  While we sip, we can wait on the Supercross race to start.

That’s right.  It’s Supercross season once again, so I’m trying to stay up to watch it.  This time of year is about the only time I wish I lived out on the other coast.  The race starts at 7 o’clock over there, making that start time 10 o’clock for all of us over on the east coast.  That’s a late night, putting the end of the race at one.  If we weren’t racing ourselves tomorrow, that would be less of a big deal, but oh well.  It is what it is, I guess.  Good thing we’ve got that coffee, huh?

One more thing before I go.  The #weekendcoffeeshare has turned into one of my favorite blogging topics over the past several months.  I started doing it after moving over to WordPress, and it’s been great and all, but that may be coming to an end.  Here at least.  After some thought, I might be going back over to Blogger.  It’s just the money really.  WordPress cost and Blogger, not so much.  I’ve not decided one hundred percent yet, but I’m leaning that way.  So, if this is it, thanks for stopping by and reading my ramblings.  I’ll still be around though, so don’t worry about that.

So, you guys have a great weekend!  I’ll see you around!

#weekendcoffeeshare; Changes

If we were having coffee, I’d say that I’m just going to have a quick cup of instant and then it’s off to bed for me.  I’m sorry, but it’s been a long day and my eyes are extremely heavy tonight.  So, we should probably get to talking before I fall out the chair.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about what to do with the blog.  Initially, it was focused on writing and some other creative works that I was either working on or would be, but since “the funk” set in, things became more complicated.

By “the funk,” I am referring to my current writing funk that I’ve found myself in.  I’m still writing, but a lot of my motivation is gone, especially for fiction.  One of the things that I’ve found myself writing about instead during my apparent lack of creativity, is fitness and what I feel is my unique take on the subject.

It’s a different kind of writing, but it is also satisfying, if in a different way, than the fiction.  I have enjoyed that writing over the past couple of weeks and I’ve thought about changing things up on the blog as a result.  What do you think?  Should we talk fitness?

Other than that, I finished up the second book of Brandon Sanderson’s “Stormlight Archive.”  It is titled “Words of Radiance,” and it’s a beast of a book, which is why it took me so long to read it.  Well that and the fact that I had it in hardcover which made it hard for me to carry around.  Really, the thing is over a thousand pages, so I started dedicating my lunch break to it.  Some of the best lunch breaks ever!

My next book is “The Fifth Wave,” by Rick Yancy.  I’m barely into it, but I’ll let you know how it is later.

Okay then.  I’m off to bed.  Hope you guys have a great week.  We’ll talk again soon!

P.S.  If there’s too many typos, I apologize, but I’m going to sleep.

#weekendcoffeeshare: Post Christmas, Pre New Year

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I missed my morning coffee, but that’s okay.  There’s a pot brewing now.  Won’t you join me for a cup?  Anyway, let’s talk!

I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas!  We did, despite not feeling too well through most of the week.  Both my daughter and I felt ill right up until Christmas, but now we’re doing okay.  Perhaps we ate the sickness away.

It’s good to have Christmas behind us now, and we can look forward to maybe a little bit of less-busy time.  That would be nice.  I know that many of you will probably stay pretty busy right through the new year, and all I can do is wish you luck with that.  I plan to spend my new year’s right here at home, maybe with a nice cup of coffee and some good college football on the tele.

Speaking of the college football playoff, who do you want to win?  Do you even care?  I’m in the not caring much camp, but I will say that Clemson is the rival of the team that I pull for, so I won’t really be rooting for them.  That being said, I won’t really be pulling against them, at least not at first.  By the end, who knows.  I’ve tried to stay neutral on Clemson in the past, but it’s hard not to pull against a team dressed like that.  (All that orange!)

This past week did carry me beyond the 1,000 days writing on The Magic Spreadsheet.  You know, I thought I’d be pretty pumped on that, but honestly, I’m still in a bit of a writing funk.  I can’t explain why, it just is, and I’m trying to write my way through it.  Maybe I can figure something out in the new year.  If I can’t, I’m not sure how much longer I’ll last.

As for tonight, I think I should do a bit of reading and relaxing.  It’s back to work tomorrow after all, so I’m taking advantage of the little time left.  You guys have a great week and if I don’t see you before, Happy New Year!