1 Step Forward 2 Steps Back 
Sunday, June 6, 2010, 08:39 PM
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Hope the first car repair of the summer is not a sign of things to come. Water pump gasket leaking so easy cheap fix right. Well... would have been cheap unless you break 2 things while you fix the one. I happened to destroy a spark plug cable. Not a big deal except they only sell them in a set, $50. Then the radiator drain plug decided to stop working, only $5. So my $3 fix was a little closer to $60 with an extra hour of labor thrown in. To balance that out I went ahead and fixed a few annoying things too. Sure felt good to have a weekend without baseball to get this stuff done even though this season was such a joy to coach. So proud of the kids and their runner up finish in the league championship.
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Truck Stuff! 
Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 04:50 PM
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I originally started this site to talk about cars. I have a truck project I wanted to chronicle here. Unfortunately I do not get to work on it very often; there is always something to take up that ever so valuable hobby time. There is work; I work more hours now than ever, price of success? Yeah, letís go with that. Kids; the older they get the more they want to do. Better take advantage of the time we get before they get too old. So I have to squeeze as much work on it during a few summer months. Yesterday was like an early Christmas present. I got an entire 4 speed manual transmission conversion to replace the existing 3 speed automatic. Very exciting stuff! I know itís going to be a long project but I keep making it longer. Better start reeling in some of the customization. So far the transmission conversion may be the hardest part. But letís add in a custom 4 link rear end, swapping out rear gears and a custom dash. At least I havenít decided to add airbag suspension.
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The New Year 
Thursday, December 31, 2009, 06:26 PM
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The New Year is upon us and I hope I am up for the challenge. This past year was full of challenges and left me a little tired. I'm hoping I can build up a head of steam early this year and really get my personal projects moving forward. Career wise I had one of my most successful years, I really learned a lot and donít see that slowing down. For my personal goals I would like to make headway on the truck that is now in many many pieces. I have set the mark low, just the engine and a little frame clean up for this summer. My amateur coaching career seems to have defined me that past few years and this year will step it up a notch. Looks like I will be managing a Baseball team and a Football team, but not at the same time. I think about how to make each successful all the time and I hope I can do right by the kids that are entrusted to me. Now for just me: Training has already begun for the Cap 10k April 11 and my first Triathlon on May 31. I hope to improve my time on the 10k by 10 minutes and hope to finish the Tri even though it is just the entry level variety. Depending on how that one goes I may be competing in 2 more. Hope everyone had a nice Christmas and enjoys some safe New Year festivities. Good luck in the coming month!
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Fall in Texas 
Sunday, October 4, 2009, 08:33 AM
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The Pop Warner football season is half over and moving up to a higher league has been a challenge. That makes the small victories even sweeter. It takes a huge commitment from coaches, parents and most of all the kids to come to practice 3 nights a week and play a game every Saturday. At 10 years old winning and losing doesn't mean much to them. They just want to get in the game, have fun and receive the approval of their coaches, peers and parents. Observing the attitude and approach to motivation most coaches take, it is no suprise many kids will stop playing sports at this age. Criticism is not a bad thing, broadcasting it while it is directed to an individual is a bad thing. That negates the reasons the kids are playing in the first place (see above). Have you ever watched a soccer game for kids at this same age. There are a lot more smiles and cheers on both side of the field, no wonder it is so popular now in an area that didnt even know it existed 25 years ago. The saying I have come to appreciate and wish more coaches practiced: "Yell encouragement, whisper criticism." It makes me appreciate the group of coaches I have had the luck and pleasure to coach with for the last 4 years.

On a lighter note, the rains have returned on the heels of one of the hottest and dryest summers in decades. I never expected (but should have guessed) that our football team would have their best game in a steady downpour. They were loving every minute playing in that dreary, soaked to the bone weather. Now if I can get it to rain every game.
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Are you ready for some Football? 
Sunday, August 30, 2009, 05:39 PM
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Football season is upon us again which means there will not be much time for anything else. Back to coaching my sonís team and this time itís getting serious. We were moved from a D2 division to a D1 division and that steps up the competition level quite a bit. All the pressure is on us coaches to get these kids ready for their first game next week. So thatís pop warner football and it is a lot of fun. My daughter is in the marching band as a freshmen in high school and they work harder than the football players, I am so impressed. Now we will be at all the high school games. Then there is college football and I have season tickets to the Texas home games. Since the pop warner games are on Saturday also I may not get to see all of them but I donít miss it so much when it comes to watching 10 year olds having fun playing. I think my fantasy football may suffer because I will be sleeping all day Sunday. Sorry Cowboys, I just may not have enough left in the tank to worry about how low the HD screen is this week.
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