20190524 - Up slow in the am, J slow too. Think he barely made it to school on time... In to work and a quiet day in the big office lining things up to get organized

20190523 - Swinging Cats

20190523 - Up later in the am as J didn't have to be to school at the usual time today. Dealing with no data, thanks D for using 33GB of data in 14 days... In to work and a very busy day of getting things done. Went out lunch with Jason and finished off the day. Headed home, ate with L and then relaxed until time to go to G's orchestra concert. LJG&I loaded up and off to the concert. We sat closer than usually and listened to the kids swing cats around by their tails for an hour. Afterwards J and I had headaches, L thought it was good... OMG  We made a stop through UDF to get ice cream on the way home. Home and D back from practice and left to go to a friends house, not sure where he is getting gas money...??? Up late working with AT&T to get on a new wireless plan because D used all of our data (33GB in 14 days) for the month in 2 weeks and our phones aren't working... D home late. I was up late going through pics from as far back at 7/2018.

20190522 - D Too Many GB

20190522 - Up in the am and dropped J off at school on the way in to the new office. Worked all day getting things dead on. Headed out a bit late. Got home and shipped ebay with J, ate with L&J D and a buddy at a Gahanna Varsity Baseball playoff game, and G at baseball practices. J worked on his speech final for a bit and then I headed to pick up G and swing by the post office. Home with G and his buddy Owen, they headed to the backyard to play wiffle ball with JD&D's friend. Finished the evening up watching some TV.

20190521 + Practice Visit

20190521 + Up in the am and dropped J off at the normal spot and then I headed to the high school main lobby for a meeting with the Athletic Directors of the both the high school and middle school. We had a meeting about Team App and that they want to make it mandatory for all sports...  After the meeting I headed in to work and came up behind Bill on the highway, so I called him and 'politely' asked him to get out of my way before blowing past him ;-) in to work and working on numbers all day. Transferred to the new office midday to make communication easier. Stayed a bit late for discussions and then headed to D's baseball practice. These boys are big and throw the ball hard. Watched practice and talked to the coaches a bit and then headed home. Had some dinner. L going through the gifts kids brought her for last day of school stuff, J at JGF1's soccer game and G hanging out on the couch watching TV with me. G&I wrestled a bit while I was attempting to collect tax and spilled some ice cream on the couch that made L happy... So the evening wound down and we all headed to bed.

20190520 - Many Meetings

20190520 - Up in the am, very tired, and dropped J off at school on the way in to work. Took my time getting to the big office today and started planning the week and catching up. Got a call for G from school, he wasn't feeling well and couldn't get a hold of L, she is busy with last day of school events with her Monday classes. I was able to wake D up and he went and got G from school. Finished the day and headed home. D @ baseball practice, J mowing (he had to repair the mower twice and ran out of gas:-), G on the couch. L made us some dinner, J&I planned when he would start drivers ed and then we all split up. I headed to an Athletic Boosters meeting, L&J to Scouts. After Boosters I ran to Scouts. J drove me home and after only a couple min I got Doc and we ran to Bible Bangers. Ran into Jeremiah there, I had invited him before and he is the guy J bought his car from. I introduced him tot he guys and he sat around and chatted with us for a bit before we started our lesson. Good short meeting. Home and fired up the laptop and got the tasks I absorbed from my earlier meetings done so I could get some rest.

20190519 - Long Drive for Local

20190519 - Up in the am to too many people asking me to do too many things... Got to the field on time and got things lined up for the game. The first game was good against a local team and our boys were on and did their thing for the W - GLBLUE 12U (8) vs Knoxville Fire (3). After the game we left our stuff at the fields and headed to Quaker Steak & Lube for a long lunch. Back to the fields for game 2 against JBAC, a team from Mansfield OH and the curse of the between game delay set in and we were done... L - GLBLUE 12U (2) @ JBAC (17).  The game was not good and we were out of the tournament so we packed up and headed home. But this was a great experience for the boys.

Got on the road, stopped for ice cream and gas, one more stop for gas and to eat dinner. Got American Idol playing in the car for L and heard of huge delays on 71 so went home up through Wilmington and Washington Courthouse to get home around 11pm. Checked in with D&J and heard about their weekends: D had practice and J had his big end of year choir concert that GmaW took him to. Headed off to bed. Up 3 times in the middle of the night.

20190518 - Beautiful Baseball Day

20190518 - Up in am and we headed to bfast. Then we split up a bit, L hanging out at pool with the girls, G went tot he field with the team to see the other Gahanna team play and check things out, I hung out int he room and got some things done. Terrill wanted to go exploring and I am all for that so G&I joined him and 3 other boys and we went to see a new sky bridge, line too long. We then stopped along road to explore river, G leading the way, he only one to fall in up to his waist hahahaha! Went to visitors center got directions to another park that had a waterfall. We got there and took a short hike to Cataract Falls and the boys climbed and explored and the boys did OHIO on top.

Back to the hotel and rested a bit before heading to the fields. The place was AMAZING. It had a brilliant layout and the setting was amazing. The 1st game was delayed twice for lightning and then a downpour. The boys made the most of it and G put cups on his ears, a trick he learned from his big brother and they played tic-tac-toe on a baseball with other team. Once we got back to a game it was a good one and the boys won W - GLBLUE 12U (7) @ Knoxville Smokies (2). After a short break and move we started game 2 which was a bit more intense... the game was a bit closer than we like but the boys pulled it off W - GLBLUE 12U (12) vs Derby City Dragons (11). We got done about 10pm and the plan was o to Dave & Busters but too late for us so I spoke up, G not going, others spoke up immediately too, so all back to hotel and got pizzas and ate together in lobby. It was the better choice for many reasons. Long nice day.

D had a hot 3 hour baseball practice today, Nicole took J home and GmaW came down and took D&J out shopping for J's bday. They got some Cane's and came back to the house to eat on back porch and watch the Indians game. J had his girlfriend over for a bit.

20190517 - Dinner and Putting

20190517 - Up late and L had taken J to school and G is off to school, L at work and D still in bed. I am taking the day off today so we can drive to Pigeon Forge. I finished syncing and updating the phone as I got things ready to head out. I got D up, had a little 'talk' with him about getting his butt out and finding a job as he drove me to pick up the car. I then ran and got G out of school. Home and L was there. We packed up the car and got on the road to Pigeon Forge. We avoided some bad traffic and stopped once for lunch and to gas up. Then the rest of the way, checking in to the hotel and meeting the team for dinner. Most of the dads by this point had consumed way too much and it was a bit out of control... We finished dinner and headed to play some putt putt, L won. Back to the hotel and settled in for the night. I was exhausted from the drive.

20160516 - Jack is 16!

20160516  Up in the am and J opened the few presets we got him. I then dropped him off at school and headed in to the new office for the morning. There was an issue with our DataMiner that was unexpected and took the whole morning... In the afternoon I ran back over to the big office to get some things done before I headed out for a long weekend of driving and baseball. Home and got the rest of the fam motivated and we headed out for J's bday dinner at the Texas Roadhouse. J ordered a 23oz T bone couldn't eat it all, and had to sit on a saddle and had the whole place sing to him! After dinner we Headed home and relaxed and packed for the rest of the evening. He is so big, hard to remember him little.

20190515 - Crushed Speeder

20190515 - up in the am and dropped J off at school on the way in to work. Still taking the back way to the big office today. In early and it is quiet so getting things lined up and knocked out. Left a bit early to get to Morango for G's baseball game, middle of no place... Gma&paW showed up for the game and it was s stinker... The same kids that beat us last Sunday crushed us 12-2... G did come in to pitch when the rial were already off, but there was no stopping this wreck... After G's game J&I headed to Hebron to pick up a pullover I left at the poker party. J got to drive my car and it is very fast and sensitive, he was not use to that and tended to speed a bit more :-o We got there go the pullover and J wanted me to drive the rest of the way home. We got home about 9:30 and got shut done for the evening. Up late on the PC getting email done.

20190514 - Wrong Uniform

20190514 - Up in the am and dropped J off at school on the way in tot he big office today. Spent the morning fixing things and working on reports with others. Finished the day up with a couple meetings and got out in good time. Home and worked on some Booster stuff until dinner with L&J, D&G at their baseball practices. I finished up the Booster stuff and ran to pick G up. I went to the wrong place... got the the correct place just on time and got him and ran back past the house so he could get his Scout book and on to the church. I sat in one one Board of Review and then it was G's turn so I had to leave the room. G went in and went through the steps and got his Tenderfoot rank tonight. He has 1 more to get before heading to Summer Camp. Home and we hung out watching some TV before heading to bed.

20190513 - Many Meetings

20190513 - Up in the am and got J to school and headed to the big office for work. At the desk all morning trying to get things lined up for a short week. Got some stuff done but not enough. Headed home and L cooked us dinner. We ate, D was at work and then J drove me to the Cross Country meeting and L ran G to Scouts. After the meeting J drove one of his friends and I to Scouts. Got some things done at the Scout meeting. After the meeting J got G&I home safely and then we checked in with D and his friends on the back porch. I got Doc and headed to Bible Bangers, it was a small crowd but good to get Doc out of the house.

20180512 + Mother's Day

20180512 + Up and LG&I to baseball fields as the #1 seed. D&J stayed home and put L's Mother's Day gift together, a new gas grill, and then joined us at the fields. G's game was tight against a good team that caught everything we hit. An interesting statistic = no one our team struck out during this game, there were a few walks and we only had 4 hits, the rest of those were fielded for out by the other team... We battled back but then got in a pickle where we had last inning and runners on base and G went in to pitch. They were able to get a couple hits off of G that went places we couldn't make the plays and we couldn't get caught back up and we lost. That ended baseball for the day... Frustrated we headed home. Home for just a minute and then LJG&I headed to see the new Avengers movie. it was very good and very long. Back home and I burned in the new grill and looked over the backyard. We cooked some brats and dogs and had a good dinner. We stayed up and watched American Idol and I texted the guys about baseball until late.

20190511 - #1 Seed

20190511 - Up late and got a couple things done before heading to the field. G&I went on our own and D drove L&J there later after letting the McClain's dog out. We had 2 really good games today and the boys won both of them! After the game we headed to the McClain's where we met up with some other folks from the team to relax and chat a bit. D&J put up a volleyball net and then worked on a new patio couch they got. I had to help J finish it. After hanging out a bit we headed home and all got to bed in good time ready for more baseball tomorrow.

20190510 + Bluehair Campfire

20190510 + Up in the am and dropped J off at school, got gas and bought bfast for one of his  friends. In to work the back-way to the new office for the morning. L had an emergency visit this afternoon to the hairdresser with her friend Tiffany because they turned her hair blue... Had a busy productive day and got all the numbers for April tied off. Home and we had some left overs and built a fire int he backyard. The McClains came over later and we sat around the fire and chatted, J had his girlfriend Katie over to watch a movie :-)

20190509 + Rainy W

20190509 + Up in the am and dropped J off at school. In to the new office and then over to the old one for an all morning meeting that lasted all day... Finished the day and headed to G's game through some pretty heavy rain and horrible traffic. The 30 min drive took an hour tonight and I made it to the game just in time for it to start raining... we played anyway... Playing against New Albany Gold, that have spanked us by run ruled the last 2 times we met them, the boys fought hard in the rain and G got called to the mound when were down 5/4 and held them. The boys battled back and pulled off the win! Home and had leftovers and we slowed down for the night. D over to a friends and home late.

20190508 - ColumbusBraves.com

20190508 - Up in the am, not feeling 100% today. Got J to school and in to the new office for the morning working on #s. Waited and waited on others to the point we couldn't do anything so headed home early frustrated. Home and crashed in a chair in the living room. Somehow I woke up in bed about 7:30pm and thought it was then next morning and I had to get J to school... Woke up and had dinner, D&G had gone to G's batting practice and D landed a job while there. L&I on the back porch, folding laundry and working on D's summer baseball team's site (ColumbusBraves.com) while DJ&G played wiffle ball in the backyard. In when it got dark, all boys to bed and I stayed up adding games to the new site.

20190507 + Aliens Are HERE!

20190507 + Up in the am VERY tired today, so is J, we barely got him to school in time. Took the back way to 270 and in to the new office for the morning and then over to the big building for afternoon meetings. Finished up and headed home. Home, got J and he drove me to Reynoldsburg to pick up some auction stuff that ended up not being there... So we swung by Harbor Freight to get a new tarp for the baseball team. On the way home we saw D on the map go past home and head to the Gahanna high school baseball game so J wanted to go there. We got to the game and there were a ton of folks there we knew. We saw D and hung out a while and then J drove me to vote. Voting done and back to the house for dinner on the back porch. D home and we ran to Wendy's for an ice cream snack and so D could get some food. L&J helped D unpack the rest of his stuff and get it in to his room. Up late watching TV.

20190506 - A Lot of Running

20190506 - Up in the am and dropped J off at school on the way to work. Still taking the back way as 270 construction is a nightmare. In to the new office today to observe the invoicing process. Spent a bit of time getting caught up from the weekend. Had a very busy day that seemed to never end. L called me on her way home from dropping G off at baseball upset with J... Home and had a talk with J, got things sorted and a plan for correction. J&I shipped some ebay things and fixed the listings he did over the weekend. I then ran J to Scouts, then to the post office, then to pick up G. Got G, he had a good practice and we ran to Scouts. The Scouts were outside playing a game and they had some fun. Home and hung out watching the Blue Jackets, they lost. Up late working on things.

20190505 - Last Game and Coach Chat

20190505 - Nice late start to the day. Got in the office and did a couple of things. Got J started on listing things for ebay and LG&I headed to Dayton to watch D's last games of the year with Wilmington Baseball. Uncle Russ was there when we arrived and we hung out with him and watched the game. D didn't play but it was nice to see all the guys there for Senior Day as it is their last game ever... We stayed as long as we could and then had to head home. We dropped G off at home and then L&I went to a meeting for D's new summer baseball team the Columbus Braves. Sounds like some serious baseball! The coach has been doing this for 44 years and was on the OSU Baseball team when they won the NCAA Championship in 1966. After the meeting we headed home and Tom & Bill stopped by with their boys. We hung out on the back porch and talked baseball and the boys went back tot he field to hit and practice. We had some good discussions about the team and have a plan. Everyone took off and we watched a bit of American Idol and then checked in for the night. I stayed up and set up a new Team App for D's Summer team --> https://columbusbraves.teamapp.com/

20190504 - W, Rain, L, Dinner

20190504 - Up early and LG&I headed to Berliner Sports Park for a game. It was a great game until one inning we blew the run rule lead and gave up 8 runs on 8 errors... OMG! Gma&paB showed up to watch and unfortunately it was one of G's worse games... Somehow the boys pulled out a W and we got seeded in the gold bracket. L&I headed back to the house with Gma&paB while G hung out with the McClain's so he could play. We got ready for the party tonight and I grabbed a quick haircut while LJ&GmaB went shopping for J's birthday. All back at the house and we listened to G's game, it was a rainy mess and they got beat bad... L headed to the party early to set up, J&Gma&paB headed out next and G got dropped off and did a quick turn around and him and I headed to the party at Brio in Polaris. It was a nice crowd, all of GmaB's sisters and their husbands were there, not sure the last time we have all been together. Great to catch up with folks and great food. J&I bailed out first so he could drive home in the light. We got home and hung out. Soon everyoe else got home and we chatted until late.

20190503 - Run Rule

20190503 - Up in the am and dropped J off at school, he's all dressed up for his concert tonight and looks good. In to the new office and up in the conference room by myself in the am getting things done waiting for folks to show up. J had a big concert competition today and L went to it, Gma&paW showed up for it too. Had a busy day of numbers and graphs. Finished the day up a bit early to head to baseball. The roads were a mess so I took 23 all the down through downtown to get to the game. It was a good game and the boys run ruled the team 12-0 in 4 innings. After the game we went to dinner with Gma&paW and then headed home for the night. D stopped by late to drop off some of the things from his room with a couple of his friends. J&I chatted with them a bit before heading to bed late.

20190502 + New Shoes

20190502 + Up in the am and dropped J at school on the way in to work. Took back-way as 270 is a mess.In to the office and in to the conference room for the day. Had a long day of brain rattling equations and discussion. Finished the day off and headed home. Home and fell asleep in a chair until called for dinner and G melted down because his Xbox was shut off to get him down the steps... Ate and then J drove me to the Tanger Outlet the back way up to 36. We went through a couple stores and I got myself a couple pairs of really nice shoes. Home and watched the end of the Blue jackets game, they lost. Everyone to bed, I was up til 3 doing things on the PC.

20190501 - J Driving

20190501 - Up in the am and L staying home with G who was up barfing all night... Dropped J off at school on the way in to work. Backtracked and stopped back at home and pulled the recycle bin in out of the road. Off to work the back way, better than sitting in traffic... Got to work and had a trip planned to go to Findlay today but that didn't work... so hung out in the office working on the reporting tool. L called in the middle of the day our sewer had backed up in the basement... I called around and got a crew to the house to snake it out. Finished out the day and headed home. Got home and got some things and ran out to the ball field. I got the scoring set up and then headed back home as G was not playing. J&I headed out, swung by the post office and then he drove me around the NE side of town and we found a bunch of geocaches.  Home and worked on some booster stuff tonight. Not up late.

20190430 + May Flowers a Day Early

20190430 + Up in the am dropped J off at school and did a loop back to avoid the crappy traffic on 270 created by the new construction. Working out of the new office today. Spent the morning heads down on some complicated calculations. Took a break at mid day to meet a Scouter downtown at the Scout Store. Usual BS with those folks, can't buy a patch without paperwork and signatures for God and POTUS..... UGH! we did manage to get some of the awards and the fellow I met first had saw the frustration and complication in the what should be extremely simple process... Back to the office and back on the screen, cracked the code and spent the rest of the day making sure things line up... Home and the flowers our friends from Holland gave us are blooming. Had a nice dinner for LJ&I, G had batting practice earlier and had McD's so he stayed on his Xbox. After dinner I headed to Panera Bread and hosted a Team App class, had 4 folks show up and they seemed to enjoy it and learn a lot. Home and watched the Blue Jackets win a very exciting ice hockey game. Got boys to bed, G not feeling well...

20190429 - 2:30 800m

20190429 - Up in the am and dropped J off at school and got the car filled with gas. Jumped on 270 and they have changed the traffic pattern so it was a NIGHTMARE... Finally got to work and got the week rolling. Had a busy day in my office getting a bunch of things done. Finished the day and headed home. Home and got L&G and we headed back across town to Dublin to pay $19 to watch J run in the 800 for 2 minutes and 33 seconds, a pretty good time for him. After J's run we waited and waited for him to get done and come join us so we could head home. Home and J&I cooked ourselves some dinner and we sat down to watch some TV. I headed out about 9 to get Doc and go to Bible Bangers where our friend Gregg that is becoming a police officer joined us for the first time in months. It was great to catch up with him and the other guys. We had a short lesson and then headed home. I stayed up to watch a show and then to bed in good time.

20190428 - Muddy Caver

20190428 - Up late as all baseball for the day has been cancelled due to drenched fields. G playing on the Xbox and L cleaning and running errands while I got some things done at the desk. In the afternoon we listed to D's game, Gma&paW went but D didn't play... LG&I took a walk downtown, G on his scooter to Coldstone for a sweet treat. We walked around down by the creek and then headed home. G&I settled int he living room and watched some TV until time to run and get J. I got to the church right before the campers pulled in and got J. He was all smiles. We swung through Wendy's to pick up some food on the way home. Home and we all sat at the table and J told us of his adventures and creepy things he saw. Very happy he went on the trip and had a good time. J got cleaned up and we watched some American Idol. I called D and discussed his approach in talking to his coach to get playing time before the season ends... up to him now, prayed for him. To bed and worked on a quick-start guide for Team App and Tuesday's meeting.

20190427 - HOME RUN

20190427 - Up but not too early and got a couple of things done at the desk before LG&I Loaded up and headed to Grove City. It had rained all night so we were greeted with a 3 hour delay when we arrived... So we went to Waffle House for a big yummy breakfast. After breakfast we made our way back to the fields where we met up with everyone and I scored the game before ours of a team made of Giants we had to play next. 

Finally game time and we got into it against the GIANTS and they hit 5 home runs to start the game... We then put G in to see if he could stop them and his 4th pitch sailed over the fence. This made him made and it was on. For the next two innings he held them to only score 1 an inning. 70 pitches later he was tired and they started hitting off of him so they pulled him to finish the game. He was only one of the 2 that hit against these guys too. Due to his efforts we only lost 15-1 (better than the 22-0 the team before us suffered) 

With very little delay game two started... it was against some of G's old friends and for a team he tried out with in the past. Frustrated from the previous beating G got up the plate, took one ball and then done something I had not seem him ever do before, he hit a home run and the place went nuts! It started off a hitting flurry that would allow the victory in only 3.5 innings. What a HIT! 

Here is a snip-it of the automated game recap from GameChanger: ...Gahanna Lions 12U Blue pulled away for good with seven runs in the second inning. In the second Grant W hit a solo homer, Owen T grounded out, scoring one run, Cade S singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run, and Landon G drew a walk, scoring one run. 

After the game we got our soaked selves to the car and packed up and headed towards home. I made a special trip to Canes to buy the home run hitter his favorite meal. We swung by the McClain's for some pizza and chat before heading home and got ready for bed but stayed up and watched game 2 of the Blue Jackets hockey game, they won!

20190426 - Hieroglyphs

20190426 - Up in the am and dropped J off at school. In to the office where a couple more folks were let go... so it was quiet in the office... I found myself faced by an immensely complicated equation; luckily we have a part time college math professor working here and he lent me a hand. I use to love algebra... Finished the day and headed home. J's ride for the caving expedition showed up right after I arrived. So we got him packed up and J vanished for a couple of days... LG&I then jumped in the car and headed to a Mexican place someone at work recommended and it was fantastic. We swung by Lowe's on the way home to get some ferns for L to put all over the house. Home and making sure things were lined up for the weekend and then L&I settled in and watched 'Glass'. It was pretty good, but L slept through most of it. Got G off to bed and didn't stay up too late working on things. D's games for tomorrow have already been cancelled.

20190425 - Proof

20190425 + Up in the am and dropped J off at school and headed to the big office today. At the desk getting all sorts of things caught up and cleaning up the reports for the tool we worked on all week. A pretty busy day and got enough done in prep for tomorrow. Headed home and went straight to D-Bats to pick G up, he is hitting with a different bat and doing well... can't afford another expensive bat... After practice we headed home and got J drove me to Meijer so we could finish off his list of things to take caving this weekend. We got our supplies and headed home. J spent the rest of the evening packing and G was on the Xbox. We finished off the night and got to bed in good time.

20190424 + Batting Pink Petals

20190424 + Up in the am and dropped J off at school on the way in to work. I’m to the new office and another full day of charts. Headed home and ran G out to Dbat for some swings and then J drove me to Meijer after sweeping the pink crab apple petals off his car to get supplies for his upcoming caving trip. Home and relaxed a bit before picking up the PC and working late into the night.

20190423 - Long Day, Bad Game

20190423 - Up in the am and dropped J off at school on the way in to the new office. In the conf room all day again looking over charts. We did take a nice break for lunch at Old Bag of Nails in downtown Worthington. At the end of the day I headed to New Albany for G's baseball game. L&G met me there and then L ran over to the high school to watch J run, but he wasn't running until later so L came back. The game was HORRIBLE. Probably the worse I have ever seen our team play. G had one play where he attempted to get the runner out at 3rd and got scolded for it... and his at bat was an atrocious strike out. We lost 18-1 in 4 innings... L headed to J's track meet where she got to watch him run and he got a new persona record time. G&I home, both very frustrated with the game. L&J home, J on a terror trying to defend his grades... it did not go well for him. got J settled and he came up with a plan. We watched TV for a bit but all to bed in good time. I did a couple of things on the computer but got some good sleep.

20190422 - April 22nd

20190422 - Up in the am from a good nights rest and dropped J off for school and got gas and headed in to the big office to start the day. Spent the morning documenting the process for the new metrics tool. Had meetings all day until 8:30 pm and headed home, long, not so fun day. Got home and everyone home from practice and Scouts, J argumentative about the caving trip this weekend. We watched some American Idol. Bible Bangers cancelled due to my long day.

20190421 - Easter 2019

20190421 - Everyone up early and a pretty stressful getting to the car experience... we drove to Gma&paB's and headed to their church for Easter Service. We then all headed back to their house for a huge yummy meal. After the meal DJ, GpaB &I took a nap and G played with Sam and Lena. We chatted for a bit and then took off. Home and Lilly was outside all day, we forgot her... and she dug up a couple huge holes along the back of the house to let us know... D headed back to school and J&G helped me get the mower running with the supplies L&I got yesterday. J then helped me get the pump installed in the backyard and he headed in to get on the Xbox with G. I hung out on the back porch until L was done mowing and we headed in to watch a bit of American Idol before heading to bed.