For our annual Father’s Day motorcycle ride, we rode up by the Ocoee River and up through North Carolina. We ended up stopping by one of the newly built casinos and checked it out for a bit. As you can expect, what money we played with we left without. I was a bit surprised that smoking was okay inside, but now looking back, that shouldn’t have surprised me. To be mid-June, it was chilly at times in the Nantahala. We ended up riding just shy of 300 miles, and had a great time as we usually do. Looking forward to many more of these rides with my Dad and brothers.
With as many opportunities that are out there to improve one’s situation, you’d think more people would accept nothing less than success on one of these endeavors. Too many people want life to change or become better, but aren’t willing to put the work into making it happen. Too many people quit before even trying. I think that’s why business is such a hard thing for most people. They want the outcome but aren’t willing to make the sacrifices to make it so. If you fail, atleast you tried. And no matter how many times you fail, you can always try again. But if you don’t even try or worse, quit, you put a roadblock in front of yourself that may last a lifetime. We get one shot at life, and too many are willing to sit by and watch it pass them by. Some with regrets and some won’t even know what they missed out on enough to even have regrets.
Yesterday morning, a neighbor on our street, was killed when his vehicle was hit head-on by someone texting and driving. He was just 24 years old. One guy’s life was cut incredibly short, because some guy’s text was more important to him than another human being. One guy’s family is now forever changed, because some guy’s text was more important to him than another human being.
The text you need to send can wait. The cars you’re meeting, the families inside, they are more important than any text you need to send—I promise you that.
This weekend Dad and us spent a good bit of time doing some landscaping at our Grandma’s house. It’s amazing the amount of curb appeal that can e gained with just a few hundred dollars worth of mulch, block and flowers. Rather than just going straight along the house with a thick layer of mulch and block, we did some curves into it to add some personality. The weather was just perfect for some outdoor work, and our Grandma got some flowers to enjoy this year.
Yesterday we said goodbye to a good companion and friend of 15 years. We got Jake when we were in the 10th grade. He was minutes away from being put down at the local shelter when we say those big beautiful brown eyes and adopted him. He will undoubtedly be the best dog I’ll ever have the pleasure of having in my life. He was by Mom’s side the entire time she was going through her battles and would constantly check to make sure she was okay when resting. He was a great friend to all of our cats, a protector of our house, and a great friend to all of us. He’s going to be greatly missed.
For the first time in forever, we all went together to a cruise-in yesterday evening. We went to the DQ in Calhoun for their monthly get together. Billy learned about it and got Dad to let him drive Mom’s Chevelle, while Dad drove his Camaro, and Chase and I followed up in the Z06. It was a great time together with some great ice cream, milkshakes, and Blizzards.
In an effort to kind of keep up with when I get a migraine, I’m typing now. Sunday night, just as Naked and Afraid was about to come on TV, I noticed part of my vision beginning to fade. Rather than trying to just tough it out and try to watch anyways, which without a doubt would have made me even more sick, I called it a night early. I thought I may have been able to just sleep through it in a desperate attempt to not have to deal with the sickness. But instead, I was up every few hours throwing up. Luckily, Chase was nice enough to bring me a cup of water so that I wouldn’t dry-heave myself to death. I have no idea why then, but I’m going to tinker with a few things and see if I can keep the next one further into the future.
We were so surprised to run into our 8th grade teacher today at lunch! It was so nice to get to see him for the first time in nearly 17 years. He was our favorite teacher throughout all of school and was the one that made the most impact on us. As you grow older you hope to get the opportunity to tell those people that, and we got our opportunity today!
In the past I have been extremely interested in the elections. This one though, sucks. It looks like we might end up with Trump versus Hillary. So an authoritarian versus an authoritarian. That’s the hard truth that so many are not paying attention to. Two nominees that essentially want more wars, less privacy, and less freedom to live our lives how we see fit. I don’t believe in believe in the solutions that either promise and am baffled why anyone truly thinks their life will be better if X wins over Y. Especially when the problems that they talk about aren’t even real problems! Talk about our debt!
Apparently there’s a bug going around our house and I just had my turn with it. Dad spent two days in bed sick as a dog, and I just finished up 26 hours myself. I’ve not been sick other than a migraine in a very long time, and as sick as I was yesterday, I hope I never experience a stomach bug again. Chase is feeling the symptoms now so he’s going to be feeling horrible for atleast a day according to mine and Dad’s run. Ugh.
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.