Random Acts of Shifeness: Hello February

  • As a parent, you sort of know your kid but every now and then they surprise you. Did you enjoy that laugh? Who am I kidding? My kids surprise me every day. Just this very day, Hayden said she wanted poop for dinner. I'm not quite sure what that means, but poop is probably not part of any recommended physician's diet. OK. I do know what she meant. My daughter is a lot like me and she's just trying to be funny. Sometimes at 4 we just don't quite have a handle on sarcasm. Or perhaps she has eaten enough of her father's cooking and went with the tastier choice? 
  • I got way off task here because I was going to talk about Mr. Kyle Bunga. He got invited to a birthday party tomorrow, but faced a dilemma. Tomorrow is also a big STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fair at the local university that is geared towards the little people. As I mentioned previously on this blog of mine, Kyle has said he wanted to be a scientist, but I thought for sure a friend's birthday party would certainly win over his Saturday plans. Nope. The little man thought about it for a moment and said he wanted to go to the fair. I was pretty surprised and I was also thrilled because I am looking forward to spending the day with him and seeing what he finds the most interesting. 
  • How's your week going? Did anybody get peed on by a dog? Oh just me. Sweet. At work we are helping out a co-worker's family by walking their dogs and I'm terrible at it because I got pissed on. The dog is a yellow lab and I was just chatting away with a friend until I looked down to see that I had walked into his line of fire. I think Tank has trained me that I would never have to worry about that situation with him because he's a midget compared to a lab. I know I'm not the smartest man in the world but I thought I had mastered the skill of dog walking. Evidently not. 
  • Hearing surgery update: First, thank you for your support. Second, it might not happen as soon as I would like. I have it tentatively scheduled for March 10, but I am having a bit of a battle with my health insurance company which could lead to a postponement as we would have to take some more time to save up more money if we have to pay for it ourselves. 
  • Any big plans for the Super Bowl? We will be going over to a friend's place but probably will only make it to halftime as the kiddos have to go to school the next day. It would be pretty cool if the NFL had the Super Bowl on a Saturday. Just throwing that out there, Roger Goodell. 
  • Quote of the week: Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. - James Frey
  • Recommendation of the week: "When Breath Becomes Air," a book by Paul Kalinithi
  • Well it's been an up and down week emotionally for me. Lots of highs and lows but I'm on the right side of the grass, I have an awesome wife and amazing kiddos, a pretty sweet basset hound and lots of great folks like you guys who stop by to say hi. Thanks. Have a wonderful weekend.

I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream. 


  1. STEM - so wish they had that when Travis was
    in school. It opened here, a high school, the year
    after he graduated. Hope you all have fun.

  2. It's in the blood. He's got a lot of family members that are pretty good in the STEM areas. I'm just glad I can help show him the possibilities if this what he wants to do. Right now he's pretty excited to hear an astronaut talk about his space shuttle missions and also learn about earthquakes. It will be interesting to see what else grabs his imagination tomorrow.

  3. Yeah for your son. STEM rocks and kids who prefer STEM to party clowns and paint ball wars rock even more!

  4. Based on choices your son is already making, I see a bright future for him.

  5. Leave it to an insurance company to muck up someones plans of feeling better. I hope it works out for for you.

  6. It's unbelievable how difficult insurance companies make life. It's difficult to see how they could question medical necessity of that implant. We're on medicare now, and they just denied the anesthesiologist's claim. Guess they thought biting a bullet would have been sufficient. Good luck with the approval.

  7. excellent choice on the science fair. it seems like yesterday sonny and his friends were in our garage making stuff for science fairs

    i'm trying to place a bet on the super bowl but i can't find a line for the over/under on concussions.

  8. Hi Matt. I'm back. First of all I must thank you for your support in recent weeks. I appreciated your sentiments at what has been a very difficult time.

    Didn't you know that Lab pee is lucky. They don't pee on everyone, you know :O)
    I see Kyle has his mind set. I hope he enjoyed the science fair. Much more interesting than a party, don't you think?
    I'm out of touch, what's this with impending surgery?

  9. Hi Val.
    Welcome back. We missed you. Again my deepest condolences and I'm sorry for your loss.
    Good news about the lab pee. I need it.
    Kyle did enjoy the science fair and I will have details on my next blog update.
    As far as the surgery goes, I have a chance to get a BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid) to restore hearing in my ear that has been deaf for my entire life. I was able to use a prototype to see if it would work for me and it did and it was absolutely amazing.
    I'm going to do it one way or another but I was just hopeful my insurance would cover a portion of the cost as it will be around $15,000 when it's all said and done.
    Take care.

  10. Sorry for the problems with the surgery. Hopefully everything will work out as it should.


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