Category Archives: family

My Year of Firsts: Skydiving, Half-Marathon, Now What?

skydiveAny of you that are friends via Facebook or Twitter may have seen that I started the year with my first skydive.  It was a once in a lifetime experience I’d recommend for everyone.

Then, a couple weeks ago, I ran my first half-marathon.  One of my entrepreneurs (Ted Murphy) and I chose Gainesville’s Five Points of Life Race Weekend as a joint training goal.  half marathonI’m happy to say that my half-marathon went better than I expected (beat my goal by 5min) and it was sure nice sharing the experience with my wife, my girls, Ted and his better half Tara.  As you’ll see in the video below I snagged from Ted, he also finished strong, completing his first marathon. Congrats buddy!
Following the race, my wife asked how I was going to follow-up January and February, with another “first” in March.  That’s a good question.  Via twitter I’ve received ideas as varied as running the bulls, ballroom dancing, and hiking the Appalachian Trail.  However, it’s gotta be something I can squeeze into weekends.  What do you think, if I could knock off a “first” each month this could definitely be a year to remember!  Ideas please…also, please don’t call this my “bucket list” — I am getting old, but give a guy a break…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Well, it was a successful Harry Potter midnight run…accompanied by my little Griffindorables!

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Enjoy Your Avalon This 4th of July

Avalon is my favorite film of all time. It covers topics ranging from childhood, to early immigrants, to technology, to entrepreneurship, to family. I’ve been lucky enough the last few years to host a July 4th extended family cookout and I always sneak Avalon on the TV so, at the least, its themes/lessons will be reinforced subconsciously.

Although I am a huge champion of technology, Avalon really makes me think about some of the societal changes brought about by cars, TVs and other advances — changes that were good and bad. Most importantly, it makes me think about the importance of family and how it’s worth the effort today to capture the multi-generational connectedness that existed by default in past decades.

Whether you’ve seen Avalon before or not, it’s worth another view for you and your family around this 4th of July. I’ve embedded the opening below. Enjoy the movie and your holiday…

Related images: Avalon Movie, Aidan Quinn, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Barry Levinson, Elijah Wood, Joan Plowright