Archive for April, 2013

The ninth time IS the charm

April 26th, 2013 No comments

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be road blocks.  I’ve had them; everybody has had them.  But obstacles don’t have to stop you.  If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up.  Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”  Michael Jordan

There is a story about how Michael Jordan failed to make the cut of his High School varsity basketball team as a sophomore.  At 5’11”, the adolescent Jordan simply wasn’t good enough to play ball with the best in his school in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Motivated by the fact that he wasn’t “good enough,” Jordan went on to lead the Junior Varsity team while tallying several 40-point games, grew by 4 inches in between his sophomore and junior years, and would return to make the team, and be selected as a McDonald’s All American after averaging a triple-double in his senior season.  Oh, and then he went on to be a six-time NBA Champion, winning the NBA Finals MVP award in all six times that he was there, along with all the other accolades doled upon what would be the greatest basketball player that anyone has ever seen play the game.  Read more…

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Geeking out, and loving every minute of it

April 24th, 2013 No comments

Do you ever make obligatory phone calls to people that you haven’t spoken with in a while, only discover that you really don’t have much to talk about?  The call goes something like:

“So, what’s new with you?”

“Nothing really.  How about you?  Anything new?”

“Nope…pretty much the same here too.”

That’s kind of been my life the last few weeks, and a major reason that I’ve been unmotivated to blog about it.  Perhaps that’s the difference between the skilled writer and the ones that are just blogging hacks (*raises hand for the role of the latter*) is that skilled writers, and to some degree conversationalists, find areas of interest to talk about when there aren’t any new topics.  And while I suppose that I could have written about how I’m totally geeking out on my PlayStation 3 with NBA2k12, and how that game has me simulating a ton of basketball in a mock 62-team tournament, I don’t know that it’s really a topic that I want to write about (regardless of the amount of enjoyment that I’m getting out of it).  Read more…

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Spring Break, 2013

April 3rd, 2013 4 comments

I’m willing myself back to blogging as it can sometimes be a daunting task.  For those that have ever ventured into the arena of writing, you know that motivation is largely the biggest reason that one places pen to paper (or in my case, fingers to keys).  The other major factor has to be time.  And while I seem to have a few minutes of the latter here and there, I’ve been severely lacking in the former for quite some time which has lead to very few posts on PablosPlace as a result.  But I remind myself of my yearly goals, one of which was to get a post onto here each week, and I press through my lack of motivation, and here I am.

When last I wrote, I talked about two topics, and left out a ton of details.  One detail of the past week that I want to revisit was a couple of times where I felt fantastic about being a husband and a father.  Traci and I took advantage of a couple nights stay at the Palazzo Hotel in Vegas, a gift she had received by being a member of the studio audience of the CBS Television Show “The Talk.”  She wrapped up the certificate this past Christmas for me to unveil, and we were finally able to make use of it while the kids had the week off for spring break, and they could all be taken care of.  So Traci and I spent a couple of great nights in Las Vegas, and we had a blast.  Read more…

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