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After years of a mediocre online presence I have grown sick of myself.  I don’t think it’s related to what I write, what I post, my political leanings or any of those common topics that make an online persona what it is.  I don’t think it’s my online persona per se.  I am just sick of myself, in all areas of my life, online and off.  So, with some hesitation I will be removing all of my various blogs over the next few days to weeks.  I may re-emerge in some manifestation but at this point I could not tell you what that manifestation will be.  I blame recent life events for this identity crisis, as I’ve labeled it.  I no longer really know who I am or who I want to or should be.  Some things will never change and that is my dedication as a father.  I will always love my children with all of my heart and will never cease to be everything that they deserve.  To be honest, my children are, what I consider to be, my one saving grace.  Loving them, and being loved by them, has made some pretty tough situations survivable.  However, every other aspect of who I am is fair game. It’s time to make a change, for better or worse. I don’t really know if anyone reads this blog anymore but if there are any passers by, farewell…  Thanks for stopping by.  Maybe our paths will cross elsewhere in the future.



Happy New Year

Posted: January 2, 2013 in Health and Fitness, Misc.

As always, a new year means setting new goals. I haven’t looked at this blog in almost 11 months. I log in today to write a nice, motivational post about getting my shit together in 2013 and what do I see? I see my nice, motivational post about getting my shit together in 2012. I guess nobody’s perfect but damn, I need some follow through.

I did meet some of my goals for 2012. We finished the basement of our house, although the floors need to be done again.
I took on the Insanity workout program and saw it through to the end. The problem was I didn’t have anything to fall back on once I finished it.
I did go to the beach once with my daughter over the summer however I was still in no shape to walk around shirtless, which I didn’t do.

This year I hope will be more of the same but with better, longer lasting results. I’d like to lose a lot of weight (around 100 lbs). That is the priority goal for 2013.

Hopefully I’ll check back in before 2014 but one just never knows.

That’s right, we are already at February 24th, 2012. Where has the time gone. Before we realize it summer will be upon us. In truth, the last 3-4 years have really flown by. So many changes, so many life experiences. Over the past 4 years, I have welcomed 2 children into the world, I have earned 2 degrees and switched jobs. My mother was diagnosed with, and subsequently cured of, cancer. I’ve lost weight, gained weight, taken up running and quit running due to an ankle injury. We welcomed in a new president in 2008, and here we are once again, actively engaged in presidential politics, to determine who will lead the united States for the next 4 years, beginning in 2013. I guess the point I’m trying to make is that time is flying and if we don’t make a concerted effort to stop and appreciate the world around us, it’s going to pass us by.

For me, 2012 is going to be a game changer. I will lose that extra weight and I will go to the beach with my daughter. I will take on a more active lifestyle. I will save more money, I will fix up my house with the hope of selling it in the near future. I will seriously consider going back to school 1 more time to add an advanced certificate to my degree. It’s time to make the most of the time we have. No more excuses. No more “putting things off.” There are things I want and things I want to achieve and I am not going to rest until my goals have been realised. Today is a new beginning.

There have been many posts on Reddit today disputing the validity and veracity of Lucidending’s post. Some facts in his posts have lead some to think his post is nothing but a ruse. However, the true situation can not currently, and may never, be verified. Based on this information where do we go? What do we do? What should we think of Lucidending? Is the story really less impressive if Lucidending turns out to be a fake? Here’s the deal. Real or fake, Lucidending made some deeply moving, motivational and inspirational statements. He made thousands of readers look at life in a different perspective. He was the reason for an enormous outporing of emotion and love from complete strangers. So I guess….in answer to my original question, we may never know if he is the Reddit Hero we all made him out to be and likewise, we may never know if he is the master of all trolls as some others purport but I submit to you that one does not necessarily exclude the other. Maybe this was all a ruse but so many of us were changed by his story and the various stories shared by so many. Maybe he is the master of all trolls but even if he is, he still just may be a hero as well.

Nothing we have is worth hurting anyone else for. It’s all fleeting people. Stop seeing race, color, sex, religion, etc…. Theyre all just people, and if you try to love them you won’t lose anything.

More on Lucidending

Posted: March 7, 2011 in culture, Misc., My Opinion

So what are some of your thoughts regarding Lucidending and his reddit post?

I’ve been thinking about it a lot today (yesterday). Actually, its kind of been an all consuming task keeping up with new posts as they’ve been added. I really should have been writing a paper for school rather than spending my time on reddit.

The first thing that strikes me is that I can’t even imagine what he must be going through, what he must be feeling. Although he is seemingly welcoming the relief from his suffering he did mention that he is scared, although he won’t share that fact with his family. I believe him to be a strong individual but this is based on no actual knowledge of the man, just the posts he chose to share with the world.

I’m also pretty amazed with the outpouring of emotion from the reddit community. So many have posted to share pictures of places they live, favorite places to be, etc. in an effort to provide Lucidending with a very memorable virtual world tour. So many others have posted their own personal experiences with losing a loved one or coming close to death themselves.

This is Lucidending’s legacy. He has caused thousands of strangers to share their most personal thoughts and emotions with each other in an effort to honor another individiual (Lucidending) at the end of his life.

More to come as things unfold…..

Lucidending – Redditor

Posted: March 6, 2011 in culture, Misc., Random

Please check out this post on I’ve found it to be extremely moving and thought provoking. It would be nice to keep this gentleman in our thoughts for as long as possible. The link is provided below:

I’ll post more thoughts on this later.