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My Boy

I hadn’t seen him in a couple of months but my boy was back last night and he was on FIRE. Absolutely flawless performance.

Tears. In my eyes.

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Life is an exciting journey, full of surprises and unknowns. Yeah, yeah, yeah. However, there are at least a few things I’d like to do before this little journey ends. One of those things is flying. I want to fly. I want so badly to fly. I stare out at the sky, watch the sun set, count the stars, and every time I do I wish I could fly out to it all. Unfortunately, that’s probably not going to happen in this lifetime. So the next best thing I can imagine is hang gliding.

Seriously, how cool is this?

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What is at least one thing you want to do before too late? Is anything stopping you or standing in the way?

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I have a number of relatives near to my heart, a few of which I’ve actually met. But there’s one cousin who, like the proverbial cream, rises to the top. It was also his birthday earlier this month so my brothers and I wished to pay him a small tribute. Share in our love over at my brother Tim’s page.

I love my other cousins, but that Jessie…

**Family, I really do love you all. Don’t hate me. Because I love you.

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Yet Time Goes On

Today I attended both a birthday party and a wake. There’s something to be said about that but I don’t have the words in me at the moment.

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Power

Just got back from church. It was a simple Sunday service – we sat in our fellowship hall (with windows) instead of the sanctuary (without windows) because there’s still no power in the building from the hurricane. So, the hymn choice for the day? “There is Power in the Blood.”

I crack myself up.

True story.

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Houston, TX

I love Houston. I love Houstonians.

The city and surrounding areas took on Hurricane Ike last weekend and while the overall Ike experience was tame by comparison on my side of town, close to a million in and around the city are still without power, many of those also without water or gas. That’s a lot, and that isn’t counting the folks closer to the coast who, tonight, are without their homes.

I’m back at work swinging around my route picking up packages this week. It’s been nice being on the road again but nicer still seeing my regular customers. I’ve tried catching up on their weeks – many homes have some roof damage, there have been a lot of trees felled, power out all over the place, water out – but the consensus concludes their story with “I’m thankful – it could’ve been far worse.” There’s a positive attitude, an optimism that resides in these people. Yeah, it’s been a rough week, devastating for some, and many of us see that and realize that lacking power for a week or two isn’t the worst outcome and we’re thankful we are where we are.

People have been volunteering their time, sharing their generators, providing much needed food, water and ice to those lacking. There are gas shortages around town and that makes for unbearably long lines at any station but most residents seem to calmly wait for their chance to refuel. Traffic lights are spotty all over the place. There’s the perfect place to get the rage fueled up. But for the most part people have taken/are taking it all in stride. Sure, there are the knuckleheads who are looting and others who are understandably aggravated and publicly vent but the city overall seems to be taking it all well.

I love Houston. I love Houstonians.

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On a related note, I want to say that I love FedEx. I know there are a lot of great companies out there who take care of their employees but I’ve been noticing that when FedEx refers to their employees as family, they usually mean it. There are those employees who have their issues with the company and with their managers and some of it is justified but from my experience this is a pretty great company, speaking from an employee standpoint. The reason for my applause today, though, is the company’s response to the damage caused by the hurricane. I don’t know how each individual station responded but my station had food and snacks for those in need and for those who worked throughout the week. They had bags of ice available to any employees still without power, made available the washer and dryer, pretty much stepped up wherever there was need. They even offered a couple of days of free gas for personal vehicles at a neighboring station. While I’d argue that FedEx has great customer service, their employee service some days is difficult to beat.

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