Posts Tagged ‘daisy list’

Extended break

February 17, 2014 1 comment

I know I know… I’ve been away from you for over a year.

I have no reason to ask you to come back and check on me. I would have moved on by now. It understandable.

However, I am going to attempt to resurrect my little blog and get back to writing regularly. Life just got a little too complicated and there simply wasn’t enough time to dedicate to my project here. It doesn’t mean that I’ve been slacking on my listed goals. I’ve actually put a few to bed in my time away. I just haven’t made the time to share with you.

I needed a little time away to get some things in order, prioritize and give time to the people in my life that deserve it. Chasing my two sons around with my wife is also the most important thing that I can do with my time. They aren’t going to be this age ever again. Wouldn’t want to miss anything I don’t already with work and other distractions.

But I’m coming back to the AW. No promises or anything, but I have missed putting my pursuits down, and quite frankly writing anything semi-regularly feels good. Theraputic if you will. So I hope that I can win you back. Let you know that I do appreciate that you give a moment or two of your day to see what’s new in my zoo.

Changes are coming to my list. Seems like an annual update is in order. Drop an item or two that isn’t as important to me as it once was and add some that have grabbed my attention at this point in my journey. I will also start updating the accomplishments that I’ve checked off in my time away from the keyboard.

Starting now with #139 Become a Personal Trainer. Back in May I was recovering from a ankle injury that had sidelined me for several weeks. An opportunity to test for my personal trainer certification came up locally and I just didn’t want another opportunity to pass me by. Thankfully my mother bankrolled my enrollment and I attended and passed the test with flying colors.

I didn’t think that I was ever going to work full time as a trainer, but might take a client or two in flexible circumstances. One such circumstance presented itself and I was training a girl to gain some speed for her soccer career. Her hard work paid off tremendously and she just completed a terrific season. I did take some pride in watching her improve with the little guidance and encouragement that I was able to give her.

So I’m hoping to win you back with more of my adventures. The tone of them may be evolving with the growth and maturity of my family. The boys are now forming their own ideas of what is “cool” and “fun.” I am just going to strive to stay in that category for as long as I can in their worlds.

My certification as a Personal Trainer

My certification as a Personal Trainer


I’m Back!! and this time I mean it…

August 1, 2012 1 comment

Hello again…

After months of exile from my beloved blog I am making a (hopefully) triumphant return. We have a lot to catch up on so I am hoping to fill quite a few posts in the next week or so. I deluge of activity that will bring my journey up to date.

First off an explanation. I fell off the face of the web for a few different reasons. Work issues, life changes, exhaustion, and needing to reprioritize what is important in my life all played a major part. I kind of forgot how to enjoy life there for a while. We moved into a new house and still had a newborn in the house to care for. Needless to say, Wannabe got lost in the shuffle. Enough of the excuses though, after some careful thought I rediscovered my love for my list and it can help me be the man I want to be. It also is an excellent outlet to get some of the craziness out of my head.

To the current…Today I will be weighing in for a weight loss competition that is being put on by some of the police officers down at our station. While I have dropped some of the unnecessary weight I pack around I am not even close to my stated goal of 185lbs. I will return soon with my official weigh in start. We have done these competitions before and I have found them to be very effective for me in staying on course for getting in shape. I am really hoping that these trend keeps true this time.

Some other things to look for in the future…

I am obsessed with food and eating. So I plan on sharing some of my favorite recipes. Ironic that I put this directly after I declare a battle of the bulge, but I firmly believe that you can eat well and still work out and become fit. I WILL NOT be eating tasteless cardboard wafers to lose weight. I’m sure that I could lose more if I did adhere to a strict diet of rabbit vittles, but life is too short to not enjoy each meal that you have while your here.

Changes to the list…

I was looking it over and in line with some of my new found gusto and prioritization I will be changing a few items on the list. Some because they are no longer possible, and some because I am in a different place than I was when I first put the list together. Mostly because I have things that I would rather accomplish now than I did 2 years ago.


My 2 boys and wife encompass 95% of my life. That is the way life should be. The other 5% is work, friends, hobbies (blog), and all that other junk. So if you visit your going to see a lot of my fam and our adventures. One of the reasons I started this in the first place was to be a better dad and show my sons that life is meant to be lived and celebrated. Not trudged through and living to work. That being said some of the big deals in my household are The Avengers, Batman, Spider-man, Maldonado Crazy Monkeys, and lots of toys to play with.

New Found Things…

I will also be sharing new things, places and people that I discover in life. Recently I posted about my good friends Charlie and Cindy Miller and their family’s McCloud business, McCloud Outdoors. I will be sharing more and more items like this in hopes that someone finds and reads this and decides to visit some of the things I enjoy in life. I have another waiting to go already…Just waiting for The Cartman to launch. (I hope he still reads this)


Thats it for the moment. I pledge to be consistent and rededicate myself to documenting this journey, just so my boys have a way to go back and look at some of the things that we did in our lives. Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to drop a comment, even if it’s just to say hello. Everyone like to see comments on their page.


A “shot” at catching up

November 11, 2011 Leave a comment

So I’m into the new house and WAY behind on this project. So in the interest of getting back on course I am going to speed through the last couple of months with a pic and brief description on my adventure. Sorry for the brevity of this post, but I will continue to wallow in procrastination if I don’t get all this out at once. Afterwards I will attempt to continue my journey and keep it as up to date as possible.

Ribs, Slaw and Black Eyed Peas from Tyler Florence Cookbook- All were very good!

Roasted Potatoes and Bananas for Cody from Tyler Florence Cookbook

Roasted Bananas, Cinnamon and Brown Rice for Cody from Tyler Florence Cookbook

The Score- A heist novel, I always wanted to be part of a heist!

Point Man - A how-to in leading a family through the dangers of the world with God as your guide.

The Magic Finger- I don't know what Roald Dahl was on, but it was good stuff. Another crazy adventure that I took RObby on before he fell asleep.

The Turtle Boy- A weird, strange, disturbing trip. That's what I get for trusting Amazon to give away a book.

Oh yeah, I know how to shoot this now...

So that last one I might have to explain a bit. My friend and co-worker Ed decided that it was unacceptable that I didn’t know how to shoot. So he gathered up some firearms and ammo and we went up to a range at the top of Cow Mountain. Along for the ride came another co-worker Pat (from Exploring NorCal fame) and his son. We got to the range and first thing that we notice is a 25′ tree burning right next to the staging tables. Next thing we notice is a guy directly underneath the tree, which I have to point out has been burning for quite a while and is threatening to fall at any moment, raking the ground to gather the brass from expelled rounds. So we get a table in relative safety and do a gun safety briefing. Ed was really good at explaining how all the guns worked and what to do. It really set my mind at ease, until I fired my first shot. It really is amazing that man has harnessed that much power in such a small package. After a few more rounds I was starting to get the hang of it and enjoy myself. I was still only hitting my target about 1 time out of 10, but I was really proud of that 1 time. After about an hour more and more people were showing up and it got quite crowded with people starting to do their own thing we decided it was a good time to go and we left.

I did feel much more manly going down the mountain.

Like A Rock

October 18, 2011 1 comment

Its been well over a month…I have no excuses. I just haven’t sat down and written about anything. Sure I know what your thinking…nothing been going on right? Not exactly true. I have had some small events and put together some things that need to be updated on AdventureWannabe. I just have been lazy about it. I have sat down and gotten a sentence or two, but not much more than that. The motivation has just been gone. Is this the death of my blog?

Leave it to my incredible, beautiful, amazing wife to snap me out of the funk and kick start my list ambitions again. So for what I think is the first time I am going to get out of order of how things have happened to me. All because this is easily one of the most incredible experiences of my life.

It all started with my birthday. That annual reminder that death is stalking you. Well I completed one more trip around the sun. Hurray…

I got home that day and my wife made sure that I had a great time. Spent the day with my family and went to an incredible dinner at Francis Ford Coppola’s Rustic. I overate…and that is an understatement. This place is awesome, great atmosphere, good food, and I had a dinner date with my wife without kids. I love those boys, but I haven’t had Dani to myself since Robby got here.  Only hiccup was that Dani said that my gift from her (like I really needed anything else at this point) wasn’t going to be there until Sunday. Little odd for my girl…she overplans everything. (I didn’t pay much attention to it at the time. Looking back it’s odd.)

So the next few days went by and I’d ask a question about it here and there, but didn’t get much info about what was going on. Saturday night rolls around and my boys didn’t sleep very well. But being the good husband I am, I got up and took care of the kids. Not too hard, just getting them back to sleep.

6:15 AM her alarm goes off!! I was infuriated! Why is that thing set on a Sunday morning?!?!

Her response: Go get in the shower.

(Sorry for the language here.) WTF!! Why? (I just thought that. Didn’t dare say that to her.)

So there I am showering before the crack of dawn with no idea what is going on. And it dawns on me. The 49ers are playing the Lions today! I’m going to the football game. That has to be it. So I get all excited and get out and tell her I know what is going on. This last for about 20 minutes until I check my iPhone and see that the Niners are playing in Detroit. Its a little late to try and catch a flight to Motown. Back to square one…

Soon after my brother in law shows up and then soon after my good friend D. I guess its the three of us. Still have no idea what is going down. But into the truck we go and off down 101. Night before Dani had been making a music CD while I put Robby and Cody down for the night. Somehow Bobby got a hold of it and put it in the player. First song was Aerosmith-Living on the Edge, then Avril singing Knockin on Heaven’s Door, and I got it together when I heard Bob Seger belting out Like A Rock.

I looked over to Bobby and said, “I got it. We are going skydiving.” He just shook his head affirmatively. I immediately soaked my shirt with sweat, my hands wouldn’t get dry, and listening to how Bobby had been stressing about this day for months wasn’t helping. D in the back had jumped before, and swore he would never ever do it again, but some how got persuaded to join us the day before.

Bobby and I in the ready room

So we make it to Lodi. Get signed up and make it into our harnesses.

This is the Ramjet...He'll be pushing you out of a plane in a couple minutes.

Do you hear the Top Gun theme in the background...I did

Then I met my jump partner. I should have known when I heard the name…Ramjet. That can’t be good. Not to mention he reminds me WAY too much of The Cartman. Still not sure they aren’t related. He’s running all around and cracking jokes. All the other jump masters are like Navy Seals with their chutes and jumpsuits…not Ramjet, T-shirt and blue jeans. Let’s do this shit!! It’s just jumping out of a plane over 2 miles above the Earth.

The ride to your jump

Before I know it I’m herded onto a plane and sitting single file staring at a plexiglass door that is going to open and I’m going to leap out of. About this time ol’ Ramjet tells me that I remind him of his wife’s divorce lawyer. Jeez, this guy really knows how to put a rookie at ease. Some one throws the door open and I swear to you time stopped…All I remember is a bunch of yelling and being pushed towards the opening. Then I watched as one of my best friends in the world disappeared. He just left. And then it was my turn…

Picture says it all!

The next minute was one of the quickest and most incredible of my life. It was one of the most intense, wildly exhilarating experiences. I can’t imagine anything getting much more extreme. Even as I sit here writing this I know that there is no way to capture it in words, you truly have to take the leap to understand.

Then the chute opens and you can catch your breath and take it what exactly just happened. I was flung from a plane and hurdled towards Earth. Thank God that chute worked. I would have just punctured a hole into the vineyard below us. The view was unbelievable and Ramjet put the control straps in my hands and taught me how to move and spin and then I hear D yelling at me. We were descending together and yelling most the time. And just like it started it was all over…but the bragging.


So yeah, I’m full jumper status now. Should be getting my Skydiver membership card anytime. No big deal. Ha!

I have to give a huge thanks to my wife Dani for making this one happen for me. She is the love of my life and always knows just what I would like without me ever saying anything. You are incredible baby baby!

And I promise I’ll get back to updating. I don’t know what caused my little vacation from here, but I’m back. Some of the upcoming things will be benign in comparison to this birthday gift, but it’s all working toward getting these goals accomplished.

He got me safe and sound back on the ground. Thanks Ramjet!

And #29 is crossed off!!

Surgery, Extra Hair, and lots of reading

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

August 14th I woke up at the station and sat up with pain in my tummy. (I have a 2 year old and tummy is perfectly acceptable medical terminology in my world. Belly, Stomach, Abdomen, Beer Dumpster…they all work.) I didn’t think too much about it at first. We had put away some pretty good sized burritos the night before and figure that I just needed to pass something and the pain would disappear. So I went home and went about the day, taking care of the boys, fixing breakfast for them, but the pain was getting worse and I wasn’t able to pass anything. By that I mean gas or bowel contents and to me that is frustrating.

When I got home that morning I told my wife to sleep in while I took care of the boys. When she got up a hour or so later she walked out to find me face down on the couch holding my tummy is obvious pain. Of course I tried to play it off like some tough guy and said I just needed to fart and it was no big deal. It went like that most of the day with the pain not subsiding and I became increasingly grumpy and less helpful around the house. Finally around six that evening my wife told me that I was going to the ED to get checked out. At that point I didn’t even put up a fight. I figured the worse that could happen was they told me I had gas lodged somewhere. I was wrong.

So I went to the ED and one of the Doc’s was a good friend of mine. We were talking about the Giants and everything was good. Then he did the physical exam and the entire tone of the room changed and he went from my friend to a Doctor. He told me that he was calling the surgeon immediately and that I would be in surgery in a hour or less. I was going to lose my appendix.

Last pic of me with all the original parts

Long story short…I woke up without an appendix. Surgeon told me that I was lucky to have come in when I did, that another hour or hour and a half and it might have burst and then my procedure wouldn’t have been laproscopic. Took three weeks of lifting restrictions, but I am back to 100%.

I took that time to do something that I’ve never been able to do before…grow a beard.

As grizzly as I probably will ever be.

I’m a clean shaven dude. That’s just who I am. Beards are also frowned upon at my workplace. By frowned upon I mean strictly forbidden through department policy. The reason for the policy is that we have to be able to seal our facemasks to our clean shaven face during a firefight so that we are breathing sweet cool clean air instead of hot, dirty, chemical smoke. So I have never allowed a beard to take root. The longest I had gone is probably three days without a shave. For the first time in my facial hair growing life I wasn’t going to be required to harvest my facial crop.

No fear in that beard

Just before the hacking

I made it just over 2 weeks. Then Dani stopped kissing me and I couldn’t stand that. It was quite a topic of conversation for the two weeks that it was there, then it was gone. It was really strange that I looked weird to me. It was funny that I walked out and said hi to Robby and he had to double take and then touch my face a couple times, like he was making sure that it was me.

So just like that #156 is off the list.

Another side effect of the surgery was that I was able to get through a bunch of books. I had some time on my hands.  So instead of the usual long winded run down…well you’ll get this.

Bumfuzzle: Just out looking for Pirates, by Patrick Schlute- Young couple turn their back on “normal” society and point a boat west until they make it back where they started from.


a stolen life, by Jaycee Dugard- Memoir of the most famous kidnapped child ever found. Very descriptive and traumatic. Made me want to allow torture in the prison system.

a stolen life

The Help, Kathryn Stockett- Southern belle comes home from college and writes about all her friends little secrets and the horrible way they act and treat their housekeepers in the ’60s.

The Help

Heaven is for real, Todd Burpo- Little boy has an appendectomy and visits heaven, then comes back and tells his parents. I’ll let you decide what you believe, but it was inspiring and gives me hope.

Heaven is for Real

There, I think your up to date. I can’t promise for how long though. I don’t know what is about to happen next.

American Baseball History – A complete course

September 11, 2011 Leave a comment

I have considered myself a baseball fan from the moment I learned the game…I think I was seven. I played and watched and every once in a great while went to a San Fran Giants or Oakland A’s game. It taught me teamwork, respect, work ethic, fair play, unfair play, passion, heartache, and joy! It also taught me appreciation of “the moment.” That time in every game in which the outcome hinges upon. Some games have one, some have several. More than any other spectator sport baseball is built upon “the moment.”

Recently I had become more and more aware of some gaping holes in my knowledge of the history of the game. Sure I had heard of stories about the game and “moments” of it’s players, but stories have a way of becoming blurry with the truth the more they are told. I wanted to find the truth in all these “fish” tales of the game. My wife got me a book called Storied Stadiums by Curt Smith as a gift. It is a massive volume that highlights all of the greatest tales from every stadium that major league baseball has ever been played in…up to just a few years ago. It has a wealth of knowledge, but is very difficult to follow along. Mr. Smith wrote in a very fragmented style and paid particular detail to the physical characteristics of each park. I thought that this book was at it’s best when delving into the actual game play in each facility. Every park in the history of the game has been witness to incredible feats and unbelievable “moments.”

Hx of all the parks in American Baseball

I used Storied Stadiums as an addition to the true meat and potatoes of my survey which has been Ken Burn’s documentary Baseball. This epic 20+ hour volume starts at the lie that has been passed as the origin of the sport (Doubleday denies having anything to do with the sport, much less inventing it) and last year updated it with a 10th inning that chronicled from the 1994 strike through the now infamous “steroid era.”  The early hours were largely photos and interviews with historians that have studied the game. As the years passed Mr. Burns added video and talks with the people that lived through those times and those games. Special attention was given to the Negro leagues and the treatment of the players that made that league just as competitive and popular (if not more so) than the MLB. The last couple of hours went quickly as it concerned the years that I could remember. I had much more fun reliving those moments, where I was, how old I was, what my world was like at the time, than all that came before. I think that is just in human nature though. Everyone like to hear and see their own stories.

I now feel like I have reasons to call Mays, DiMaggio, Mantle, Johnson, Aaron, and Gehrig my heroes. In addition to the ones I grew up with…Clark, Bonds, Griffey Jr., Ripken, Puckett, Williams, Thomas, and Gwynn. I understand some of the rivalries better (still don’t believe New York/Boston qualifies as a true rivalry…until 2003 anyway.) Mostly I just enjoyed sitting back and hearing and seeing the legends of the game replayed for me. All the Yankee champs, Boston near misses, Giants/Dodgers battles, Cubs heartbreaks, Cardinals champs, Orioles greats, and Braves destroying fans hearts as they moved from city to city.

Lesson learned: The object is always to get back home safe.

I will always love this game. This year has been trying with the Giants free falling in their division and the sweet memories still fresh from the World Series Championship, but that is why I’m a fan. It is a game of emotion, some good, some bad. At the end of the year only one team is happy with how it went. Only one team is shedding tears of joy, the rest are just wiping their tears and prepping from the next run at the title.

Surgical Delay

September 8, 2011 1 comment

I’ve been out for the count for the last couple of weeks due to an emergency appendectomy. Seems with all the time that I’ve had at home I would have been posting updates, but it wasn’t so. I will be getting back to it soon with another item off the list, many more books that I’ve read (had a bunch of time to read when you can’t work or lift much), and some of things that have been going on. So until then I hope you are out living the life that you’ve always wanted!