Attempting 2016 Resolutions Again

I think I skipped last year with a resolution post for 2015. I think I failed my 2014 so miserably that I thought doing one for 2015 was a waste of time. Also, a reminder of what a year of failure I had. Well, even though I did not have a list, I would of failed at it. I think last year was very unmotivating to me. I tried to escape this year with minimal effort and I’m sure it showed from time to time.

I say it every year, but this year is going to be different. I hope. Every thing needs to be reviewed and looked upon in a new light. This is my last full year before I turn 40. I’m halfway through a life and have a lot of work ahead of me.

I started looking over older lists and realized I had either recurring items or just items I never accomplished so just carried it over from year to year. These recycled items are:

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Great Cycle Challenge Still Rides On

Last month, I was signed up to take part in the Great Cycle Challenge. It was a pledge to ride my bike for 100 miles in the month of June and raise donations for child cancer. It was a great idea and there was a lot of activity for the event. From everyone except me. I was a lazy sac when it came to my bike last month. Actually, I was pretty lazy overall that month. So far the event has generated $1.6M in donations and over 960,000 miles were logged.

Luckily, the event was extended and I can still reach my riding goal. It would be nice to hit or come close to my donation mark. There is still time for me to log my rides and generate money. The last day for donations is July 31. If that is also the last day for rides, then I have 84 miles to go in 2 weeks. Sounds doable with determination but next weekend is the 24-hour soccer event known as Sarah Parvin Memorial. (This is another child cancer sporting event.)

I am asking everyone to check out my progress and donate $1 from your Paypal account. I am going to hit a few local rails to trails and start adding up the miles. I’m going to ride to my parents house tomorrow to borrow the truck for a Home Depot run (new grill, smoker, and fire pit for the weekend). That means that I will eventually have to ride back home.

As of right now, I am ranked 192nd in Pennsylvania with donations. I may never hit #1 in the US with over $12k, but I can at least help make a difference.

If I do not hit 100 miles by the end of this month, then I will add another 100 miles to my goal and extend it through August. I will keep going until I hit my mark. So, if August is a bust then September will be 300 miles total. October 400…Don’t worry, August will be the finishing month if I fail this month.

Remember to donate under my page. Thank you!

Please Donate to my Great Cycle Challenge Participation

I am taking part in the 2015 Great Cycle Challenge and my goal is to pedal 100 miles throughout June to fight kids’ cancer!

Why am I doing this? Because cancer is the largest killer of children from disease in the United States – 36 children die of cancer every week.

Kids should be living life, not fighting for it.

It will be tough, but nothing compared to what these brave kids face every day of their lives as they battle this terrible disease.

And so, I am taking on my own personal challenge to raise $500 to give these kids the brighter futures they deserve.

But to achieve my goal, I need your support.

Please support my challenge and join me in the fight against kids’ cancer by making a donation through my personal fundraising page!

Here’s the link to my page:

All funds raised will support Children’s Cancer Research Fund to continue their work to develop innovative treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.

Thank you for your support.

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Want to Buy Youth Soccer Raffle Tickets? Win Philly Union Tickets!

cysaThe following is a plea/sales pitch to help out our local youth soccer club with a raffle fundraiser. I am a fellow youth soccer coach and the individual managing our first raffle (among other hats I wear on our board of directors.) I am also a member of the Sons of Ben (Philadelphia Union supporters group) and American Outlaws (USA supporters group).

Curse this damn weather! We are a few days into the spring season and a lot of our Catasauqua Youth Soccer Association (CYSA) teams have not had the opportunity to take the field for practice. Our first weekend of league play is just two weekends away. Luckily my U8 Boys’ team has been playing in an indoor league over the winter and we have the oppurtunity to use our school district’s gyms for weekly practices.

Not only does the spring weather and its uncertainty and lack of time mess with our practice schedules but now is screwing up a project that CYSA has me running. The project is running a raffle ticket sale to help finance and promote our youth partnership with the Philadelphia Union which I also orchestrated and administer. The setting up and prepping for the raffle was easy the part. The hard part I am dealing with is getting all the teams tickets and enough time to sell tickets before our April 11th drawing at the Blue Monkey Sports Restaurant in Catasauqua, PA. (A portion of the food sales from that night will go to CYSA, which is another fundraiser I lined up for the spring.) I’m concerned that CYSA won’t have enough time to sell my original low target goal to make this a successful fundraiser to try and do annually. I am hoping that any money earned from this raffle will help us buy new goals and nets and fix a lot of our playing fields and hopefully cover some tournament costs for our kids.

My U8 boys and their parents are doing a great job selling tickets so far as they help me make this a huge hit. They also have an incentive to be the team that sells the most raffle tickets which I will cover next. While my team hits the street I want to hit the “social media” streets and hit up my fellow soccer fans and members of the Sons of Ben.

Who wants to buy a raffle ticket or two from my U8 Boys? Tickets are $5 a piece. Prizes include a handful of $100 cash prizes, local gift certificates, and the huge prize to soccer fans is 4 pack of sideline tickets to 13 different Philadelphia Union games in Section 111 Row K. (Four of these packs of tickets will include the season ticket holder scarves.) A full list of prizes can be found on I can take Paypal payments to fill out the raffle tickets. If you send Paypal, please make sure that you send it as a personal gift when choosing why you are sending money. They can be sent to and please include your name, address, email address, and phone number. I will reply back to you with your ticket number(s) and can send you a picture of the filled out stubs per your request. I can also give you my mailing address if you prefer to send me a check written out to CYSA. If you are local to Catasauqua drop me an email to meet locally or you can come out to the Blue Monkey on March 26th and cheer me on in the ESPN Radio Wing Eating Competition. I’m also going to try and get out to watch the March 30th Union match with local Sons of Ben members at one of our local watering holes and will have tickets on me.

What is my team’s incentive? The team that sells the most tickets will win a group outing to take the team and our entire families to a Philadelphia Union game. The kids will also get to sit on the Union’s bench during pregame warm-ups. My kids all want to win and they deserve to win for all the hard work they have put in with me. These kids started playing three seasons a year with me and they practice over the summer. They attend soccer camps on their down time and I got a few of them hooked on watching games on TV. I am about to start a new chapter in their careers by taking them into a travel league this fall. I think kicking it off with a huge group outing like this would be something the kids of Catty Crue will never forget.

Goals/Gameplan for 2013

135149571435cxJLHere we go again. It’s a new year and it’s time to post up my list of goals to do this year. These aren’t resolutions because resolutions never last. I will probably break a resolution by the time I am done typing this post. This is also not meant to boast because I think I am far off from others on being able to boast. I am just throwing these items out there into the blogosphere to create some sort of accountability that I need to accomplish more than half of the items below. I feel better about myself when I can physically see items being crossed off of my list. Sure, I can easily keep all my goals in my head but it is not the same.

It is not specific but the items towards the top of the list are more important to me than ones towards the bottom. They all carry some weight in the grand scheme of things but I would rather take my kids camping than replacing all the light switches and outlets in the house. Scratch that. I’m not going to waste any brain cycles on prioritizing them.

So without further ado, here is the 2013 goals:

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Year 2012 is Coming to an End

We are almost 2 weeks away from closing out this year but only 6 days away from the end of the world. We will see if the ancient predictions hold any truth. I highly doubt it so we all might as well go out and finish Christmas shopping and think of the year to come. I’m hoping my 2013 will be the year of the reboot. This year was not one of my better years but I can’t sign off on it as being the worst. One of the things I learned through my ongoing Tao readings is change or the threat of change allows our life not to be stagnant. No one wants to drink from the cup of life if it contains stagnant Koolaid. Externally things could always be better but internally I learned a lot about myself and I hope to continue down that path.

I don’t want to drone on and on in this specific post but I just want to quickly chronicle how I progressed through my goals I set at the beginning of the year. Not for the world to see but for myself in case I go senile and need to remember what it is I did for my life.

-Stay well under 200lbs. [Optional goal is 180lbs.] (This has been my goal for the last couple of years and been successful.) Completed as well as the optional kicker. Somehow I dropped almost 40 lbs.
-Complete 2 certifications for work. Fail! I’m dropping this for 2013 because I don’t want to feel forced to care about work.
-Play more disc golf.  Sure I would love to play more but I think I got out more than previous years.
-Disc golf in 2 new states.  I try to do a new one a year and missed 2011. I failed to do 2 but I did play in Maryland so I’m counting it.
-Go fishing with the kids more. Fail! I went fishing in NY but nothing local that I could take the kids to.
-Take the kids camping. The boys and I had a great time after the quick storm we had setting up our tent. Can’t wait to do it again in 2013.
-Get all the rooms on the first floor painted. Only the hallway and kitchen remain.
-Insulate 2 of the 3 crawlspaces. Didn’t even hit the planning stages.
-Replace the ceiling fan. Not only replaced the old one but added one to the dining room.
-Replace the garbage disposal. After some bloody knuckles and Jaegermeister, this was done.
-Replace all electrical outlets and light switches. Only the second floor was partially completed.
-Expand the garden and hook up a rain barrel system. Garden was expanded and I have the design plans and the barrel so I am counting it.
-Build a compost pile. Maybe 2013.
-Decommission one of my servers. This should be done around the start of January so I’m on track at removing this from my plate of worries.
-Write 12 blog posts to this blog or any reincarnated form. (Actually 11 if you count this one.) Nailed this early in the year when I started writing game reviews for regarding boardgames on IOS devices. However I did drop off their radar without a notice. I feel bad and might try to repair that relationship.
-Hook up a surround sound system in family room. Does buying a Surround sound 5.1 Turtle Beach headset for my Xbox 360 count? Didn’t think so.
-Earn Xbox Gamerscore of 13500. Actually one of the failed goals that I’m glad I didn’t hit. That just means I spent less time this year playing video games. I’m currently at 11151. So I was way off my goal. I’m glad I didn’t go with my original 15000 mark.
-Read 10 books. I should hit 15 by the end of the year.
-Learn a new geeky/nerdish trait or skill. Well, I wouldn’t say I mastered editing documents using vi but I am better at it than I was before.

Sure that only works out to be a 50% completion rate but it is better than a ‘I gave up on January 2nd’ completion rate. Now to adjust some of my ongoing goals and add some new ones in there.

Last Weekend of Soccer Coaching

This weekend will mark the end to my fourth season of soccer coaching for CYSA. No, not four years…four seasons. My first run at coaching was just last year in the spring of 2011. SInce then I coached my youngest son and his band of misfit athletes in Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2011, and now Spring of 2012. I also just recently coached my oldest son’s U12 team this spring. Soccer is a sport that does not end. The only real break you get is two months between spring and fall. All the other seasons overlap each other.

Head coaching two teams at once wears you down. There is no rest, no spare time, no time to prep, no time to let the past week of practices soak in. I will not put myself through that ringer again. Since I started off with my youngest son, I’m going to stick with those kids and get them ready for a hell of a high school career. The raw talent in these little kids is amazing. I am hoping to close out our season tomorrow with another win which will put us at undefeated with an impressive 8-0 record. Our last game is against our second CYSA U7 team that I co-coach with my friend Coach Jason. (We are dedicated to this group of boys and girls.) More than half of those games were clean sheets and a 5+ goal margin. Every kid on my roster this season scored a goal. I have 3 kids that are still to young to play on my team but they played up and are some of the better players. Including one 6 year old girl who is in 4th place as top scorer and recently tried out for our U9 girls travel team and I was told she was one of the best players that tried out. Luckily her parents already confirmed she is sticking with our group of kids between Coach Jason and myself.

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