• My wife ran away and started a rock band

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    For a week now my wife has been in New York without me.  After being there a few days, she called me late one night to tell me that she has been playing the new video game Rock Band.

    If you haven’t seen this game, it comes with a guitar, drum set, and microphone.  To win, you need to hit the drums or strum (actually flick) the guitar at the right time while rock songs play on the screen.

    Sandy told me that she plays the drums.  Her friend Jennifer Francis plays the guitar, and her friend Melissa Courteau sings.  At the beginning of the week, they were playing together every day.

    In fact, while I’m writing this tonight, she just called.  

  • What’s different when Sandy’s not home

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    My wife is in New York this week enjoying some time with old friends.  She and her friend Melissa from Hickory went up to the Poughkeepsie area on a $10 each way Skybus flight.

    So what’s different when she’s gone?  Here’s my “Top Five” list.

  • My Italian Greyhounds Playing! Bennett and Brady

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    I guess it’s about time that I do a blog post about my two Italian Grehounds, Bennett and Brady.  Here they are playing.  You can start the video below and I’ll write some more about them below.

    Bennett:  He’s the brown one and is about a year older.  We first got Bennett when I was starting my business in 2004.  When Sandy would go to work, I would work at home growing my business.  As you probably know by now, I don’t really like being alone.  So, I would play with Bennett several times every day.  Some think that I taught him to be a little crazy, like me.

    Brady:  We got Brady about a year later.  He’s a my wife’s favorite.  He’s typically not as crazy and loves snuggling on the sofa with Sandy every chance he gets.

    When playing, Bennett loves to chase and fetch.  Brady doesn’t fetch.  He loves tug-of-war.  If he wins, he keeps what he wins and never returns it.  You can see that in this video.

    My wife and I absolutely love these dogs.  I hope you enjoy watching them play.  When they play, they both get pretty crazy.  But most of the time they are actually sleeping on the sofa (or in the bed if we let them).

  • My home office is starting to look nice

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    Now that my office at work is pretty much the way I want it, I’ve been doing a little work on my home office.  It has a nice large brown desk in it and another smaller glass table for my computer.

    The most recent additions have been rich, dark brown curtains.  They really look nice.  Sandy and I picked them out last weekend.  I’ve also added two more bookcases.  (I’ve always loved libraries and this office is starting to look more like one.  Of course, I have my big brown globe which helps.)

  • Exercising again

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    I started waking up at 6 AM again this week to exercise and get to work early.

    Last week I tried a different approach.  I stayed up until 2:30 AM and 3:30 AM two nights to get things done.  I got a lot of reading and learning done.  But it’s hard to get to work on time.

    Exercising is not that hard.  It’s all in my head.  If I convince myself that I want to do it, I do it.

  • I’ve always liked balloons, but this is too strange

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    I’ve always thought balloons were cool, especially when the clown would twist and turn them and make them into an animal or something.

    But this is just a little too strange, even for me. 

    Impressive!  But strange.

    Click on this link, scroll down the page, and check out the pictures.

  • The Patriots lost the SuperBowl

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    Unbelievable.  After going 18–0, the Patriots lose the most important of them all.  Amazing. 

    There were dozens of us crowded around the big screen TV at my sister’s house in my home town of Milford, Massachusetts and there was a whole lot of screaming during the last few minutes.

    It was a good game and I’m amazed that the Giants were the team to topple them.  All of us were shocked and disappointed.  But the one thing we agreed upon was that it was better to be beat by Eli than Payton.

    For all of you that want to complain, gripe, or tease me, feel free to comment below.  Just remember that the Cowboys and Colts weren’t even in Arizona this week.

    If you are a fellow-Patriot fan, feel free to comment below as well.

    I still think this decade’s Patriots are the best franchise ever in the NFL.

  • I learned to ski in Mount Cranmore this week

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    Sandy and I flew in to Massachusetts via Skybus last Saturday and my mom and dad picked us up. 

    On Monday we took my nieces, Becky and Kayla Bonnell to New Hampshire.  We wanted to do something fun with them.  So on Tuesday we went over to Mount Cranmore.  We got a full day pass which included equipment rental, lift ticket, and even a two-hour lesson.

    My wife knew how to ski, but my nieces and I had never done it before.  In the beginning, there was a lot of falling, as this video shows…

    But after our two-hour lesson, we all started doing better.