Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Budding Entrepreneur

Quote from Adam this morning:
Dad, do you think you could give me fifty dollars if I make my bed?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Nice Surprise

As of 10:00 this morning, I had a total of 20 hours left in my real estate class. Lou, our beloved professor, decided to give us Friday off. Down to 13 hours. Then, at 10:00, he called three of us into his office. Since the three of us have our tests scheduled for tomorrow afternoon, he thought we should go home...and not come back. Oh yeah, and study. I had this stupid grin on my face the whole time he was sharing this great news.

So...I have officially completed my 90 hours of real estate class. Now just gotta pass that test!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010


On Saturday night we went to Collierville to eat BBQ and watch the fireworks show with Dad & Co. As soon as the first rocket was launched, Adam was ready to leave. It was too loud for him, and he immediately began crying. Mandy ended up taking him farther away from the action. Micah wasn't too sure what to think, but as soon as it started he wanted out of his stroller and into my lap.

As I watched the spectacle, I couldn't help but think back to what our 4th of July fireworks celebrations commemorate: Real rockets. Real bombs. Real fire. Real war. I then started thinking about Francis Scott Key and the events that inspired the composition of "The Star Spangled Banner." Remember that? And while I was extremely grateful for the sacrifices that have been made whereby we are a free nation, it also hit me that perhaps my son's reaction to what was going on was the most authentic. Go figure.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Where's the Love for the Grizzlies?

Yesterday the Grizzlies signed Rudy Gay to a 5-year deal worth $80 million. The critics are all over that move. The funny thing is that those same critics would have been just as upset had the Grizzlies let him sign with another team. They would have been claiming that the Grizzlies continue to show that they don't want to spend money (remember the Pau Gasol deal?).

Just a couple of days ago the experts at ESPN made their predictions as to where the top free agents would end up. Guess what they thought about Rudy Gay and the Grizzlies? None of them thought he would end up staying in Memphis. That shows the lack of respect people have for the Grizzlies (or Memphis). So the Grizzlies stepped up and paid Rudy Gay. And, yes, they probably paid too much. But I think they had to do it. They had to keep Rudy Gay as a Grizzlies.

So just remember. The Grizzlies were the surprise team this season. They exceeded everyone's expectations. And I think they'll continue to do so.