Mobile Minutes: Teacher Cash

Two strange things about my first teaching paycheck:

1. My students applauded the news as if I was a victor of the Hunger Games. It’s as if they knew how painful a month without pay really was.

2. First purchase? A set of black ink pens (G2’s) that I opened similar to a pack of aged Cuban’s. I pulled one out and proceeded to place the rest in my storage closet and lock the door.

I’m transitioning wonderfully.



Irony: Coming from a school that didn’t offer cross country as a sport…only to become a cross country coach.


Bonus Round Irony: Having a high school running partner during track season that eventually became a NCAA All American in cross country. Also a local middle school teacher and cross country coach.


Mobile Minutes: Furniture Airports

So, it turns out there’s this store in the world named IKEA. It’s giant, blue, yellow, and full of…stuff. You can build a home, buy supplies for the home, or just chill on the furniture for your home, while eating a plate of Swedish meatballs or a cinnamon roll.

These are all true stories, and some of the things I have experienced in the past two days. A few months ago the city south of where we live opened up an IKEA. To give you an idea of this significance, the closest one past that is in Chicago. Needless to say I waited my due time to visit, and actually heading home yesterday Darco conned me into stopping by. Continue reading

XXXI: Laughing Along

Lately I’ve been messing around with PhotoShop and the lovely shirt template that I have inserted into my files. Why? Not really sure outside of the fact that it’s just fun to do.

Anyways, there’s this old mantra that goes something along the lines of, “If you don’t like something, don’t complain, do something about it”. Some things in my life don’t change; I still have an appreciation for women’s soccer, just because I think it’s cool, it’s a growing business, and it’s always nice to see people who bust everything they have to grow something from nothing.

There’s a profession team in the city that I work in, along with a guy’s Major League Soccer side as well. However, so much of women’s soccer is geared towards promoting the game to, well…little girls and inspiring them to be the next Alex Morgan (by the way, please don’t). I appreciate that and all, but to be the one to complain…what about us 20-something year old men who just enjoy the game? We don’t have kids, and we don’t play the game, but we enjoy the fun aspects of the culture.

Why can’t we light smoke bombs during the time goals are scored?
Why can’t we enjoy some locally brewed beer before the game?
Why can’t we make some odd, interesting shirts to wear during the game and beyond?

I’m easily filing this under ‘pipe dream’, but I think making a random type of supporters group that doesn’t fit the exact mold would be pretty fun.

Again, it’s just a pipe dream.

You have to admit though, this is pretty sweet.


Mobile Minutes: Waking Thoughts

A few quick thoughts this afternoon…

1. Starbucks new Starbucks Iced Double Shot with 20g of Protein is absolutely insane. I’m in heaven.
2. Give it up for afternoon naps. I’m not sure what it is, but two days in a row I’ve had a very short nap around 4:00 PM, and I mean I’m out like a rock. It’s incredible.
3. A huge thank you to you crazy number nerds! I was notified by WordPress last night that my ‘stats were booming’, and then I found out that yesterday the site had over 150 visits after this quick blog appeared. Again, thank you so much!

Anyways…carry on.


Mobile Minutes: Hipster Mode-Achievement Unlocked

It’s 730AM. I just saw Darco fly out to El Salvador.

Since she left I’ve embraced “hipster mode” in the city. I’m drinking cold brewed coffee at a local coffee shop, next to a man with a “man bun”. This is in the area of downtown that has old, eclectic buildings that are being turned into lofts, microbreweries, and coffee shops. My beard game is strong with the turquoise color, and I’m even wearing my thick framed glasses.

Did I mention that I’m heading to Trader Joe’s next?

Hipster Mode-Achievement Unlocked


Cue gazing away, Christian music album shot...


This is exactly why my wife doesn’t leave me to my own devices.