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We are on the last full day at being at the beach at Emerald Isle, North Carolina and tonight is taco night. Last week, we drove from

English: Split, gymnastics Deutsch: Spagat

English: Split, gymnastics Deutsch: Spagat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cincinnati, Ohio to Mechanicsville, Virginia. We still don’t know if we are driving home to Cincinnati on Saturday or Sunday. Yeah, it is a bit late to be discussing such maneuvers, but such goes vacation.

The greatest lessons learned during this whole trip is one easily forgotten: be flexible. When things don’t go as planned, change the plans or perish. Too many people get completed stuck in the schedule and fail to see when it is time to change. They ignore the signs and complain. They get angry and point to the schedule. They will not relax.

Some things do require a tight schedule. Open heart surgery being one. The patient will not live for too long if left open. Very few things in life, however, require such a tight schedule. Failing to plan is as dangerous, so plan, go and be flexible.

Who knows where we are going tomorrow. We may drive to the in-laws and head home on Sunday. We may drive about half-way and stay overnight and then drive the rest tomorrow. Doesn’t really matter. When the decision is finally made, that is the direction will will go, until the signs say to move differently.

Be flexible and succeed.

 

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emerald water, indeed

emerald water, indeed (Photo credit: rachel in wonderland)

The last time I traveled for the Legacy workshop in New Jersey, I used a plane to fly from Cincinnati to Newark, a train, two actually, to get from the airport to near the hotel and an automobile to get to the airport. My adventure made for a long day, though nothing experienced by John Candy in the titular movie. The time to travel has come again. The yearly vacation trek will start on Wednesday.

Most years, the travel involves taking the family to the beach at Emerald Isle, North Carolina. This year, a slightly different plan is afoot. On July 11, 2012, it we will our 20th wedding anniversary. Trying to celebrate such an event in the midst of starting a new business is trying. Where should we go? There were thoughts of Ireland or perhaps Germany. The state of Utah some how became a compromise. No, I don’t remember how.

We will still drive to the in-laws in Richmond, Virginia. The kids will go to Emerald Isle with them while we fly to Utah to some hiking around and way too much driving. My wife wants to see the whole state in one week. Salt Lake City to the Bryce Canyon area to Moab and back to Salt Lake for a tiring plan ride to Jackson, North Carolina.

Yes, I will most as I can while traveling. I will take many pictures and put some on my photostream in Flickr. Enjoy.

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Photo of a dog behind a chain-link fence at th...

Photo of a dog behind a chain-link fence at the Paws and More No Kill Animal Shelter in Washington, Iowa. I took this picture. This looks just like my dog Yuma. He was from a shelter in Evanston Il. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Toby’s 30 hour journey has a good ending. After losing sleep and not being able to justify to ourselves that we had made the right decision for Toby and were not just completely selfish, we called the Cincinnati SPCA on Sunday afternoon and asked if we could get our dog back. We talked to them why we came to the shelter in the first place. We expressed our concern that he would not get adopted and be put down. As much as we want him to have a good home, we are not willing to take the chance with his life that he will not.

My mother told my wife after we had dropped Toby off on Saturday that he was one of God’s creatures and Toby was in His hands now. Though this offered some solace to her, it did not to me. What is God wanted for Toby to have a good home and we were it. Were we giving up too soon on training this dog to be better? After all, when we picked up Wolfie from the Knoxville Animal Shelter nearly 20 years ago, we gave a larger donation to get free basic obedience training classes. She became a wonderful dog, even in the small apartment we had at the time. She still chewed and did things, but we loved her.

It was a race against the clock to get to the shelter before 5 pm. It took them some time to find him, worrying us that he had snapped at someone and they hadn’t updated the computer. The animal handler came back empty handed once and my heart sank. She left again to search a different area. In a few minutes she returned and asked if this was the dog. It was.

Toby sniffed around the waiting area and then saw us. He was overjoyed at our return. He smelled like the shelter. A bath was in his future when we got home. He is back with his toys. He has already peed again in the house. Snuggles has stopped her wondering all over the house looking for him and is now sleeping. Her tail again wages.

The next few days will be very telling. We know we must work harder to train Toby to be the dog he can be. It will take work and discipline. The kids will need to understand what having a puppy means. The dogs they knew growing up were well passed that stage. They’ve never experienced not being able to ignore a dog for too long. The journey will be bumpy, but it will be fun. And should the need ever arise where we must give away a dog? We will make every effort to never take a dog to a shelter.

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Cincinnati skyline

Cincinnati skyline (Photo credit: joseph a)

Today I did something I’ve never done. I work at AAA in Cincinnati and today was our annual Children’s Outing. This event takes many disadvantaged children from the tri-State area and gives them a day at King’s Island. This year was the 105th anniversary for this event. It is great community outreach and way for our company to give back.

This year, I was asked to take pictures of the kids during the event. Though I seem to be suffering from a cold, I thought that perhaps the sun would do me good. I’ve also taken pictures at various beer fests in Cincinnati and Columbus, so I’ve do events that require lots of walking around. Wow, I had no idea what was ahead.

Arriving on time, I neglected to put sun screen on. Big mistake as the temperature climbed to over 90 degrees. I did my best to stay hydrated, taking breaks inside every few hours. By 4 am, however, I was done. All pains and sunburned have, I barely made it home. Once cool, I started to get cold chills from the cold and sunburn combination. Yeah, I’m in a world of hurt.

No mater. I would do it again for the kids. To see their faces all smiles all day long at King’s Island is worth far more than price. To have their smiling faces thank you for letting them come is a warmth that will break the hardest heart. These kids have tough lives and it was good to give them a happy day. The event is one that all the kids talk about for the rest of their lives. Some were able to rise above their situation and look to give back through the event.

What a great day!

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It is mid-August and Summer is doing its best to hold on to the weather. The days are still warm, but without the humidity normally associated with Cincinnati. The nights too are cooler than summer. It is the yearly reminder that fall will soon be here and summer will be gone again till next May.

Fall is a great time of year for those who love the colors and terrible for those with allergies. Some do prefer the term Autumn, though somehow it feels more archaic to my ears. Coming from one who strives for the proper use of whom and laments the passing of Old English letters such as Þ and Ƿ this may seem odd, but the word Autumn just has a feeling of foreignness about it. This may be due to its French and Latin roots. This does make it a loaner word while Fall is more Germanic in etymology.

The colors will soon be returning, their level of brilliance determined by the amount of rainfall at the right moments. I’ll no doubt be out looking for chances to take pictures. It will also mean a cooler time Geocaching under the forest canopies. In all, a welcomed time of the year.

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In August, Miami, Florida is hot and very humid. It’s tropical nature can fully be felt this time of year. It should not be surprising that this time of year is also the slow season in Miami. Many hotels have too many empty rooms and prices for them are quite a bit less. So, of course I was in Miami for Top Gun Training.

Friday gave rise to some Geocaching, claiming the the Florida badge and dropping off a travel bug that I found in western North Carolina. I added some miles to its journey by dipping it in Geocaches in Virginia, West Virginia and around Cincinnati. That little one has been around quite a bit. Happy travels.

The training itself was incredible. How often do you get to spend time with not one, but three self-made millionaires in the ways in which they acquired it. For those you could see outside the discussions, leadership by example was quite evident. It is now time to put all those ideas, philosophies and methods into practice. Otherwise, the investment in time and money will have been for little.

Travel back was a bit of a nuisance. Leaving Miami late, the tardiness and annoyances kept falling like Dominoes. Late to Atlanta, waiting on the gate to be cleared, late leaving Atlanta and then having to wait 20 minutes for the bus to the long term parking lot. By the time I arrived home, I was not only very tired, but with the beginning of a bad headache. Such are the sacrifices of the Entrepreneur.

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It Is Hot!

Today in Cincinnati, it is hot. Depending on where you are, the heat index will feel like 102-110 F. Yeah, I know that isn’t a real temperature, but it is still stifling.

This seems to happen every year. Every time when the calendar says it is summer, it gets hot. Some summers are hotter than others. When the rain is less, the humidity grows every day. It gets hotter. The ground gets drier. Why?

Why does it get hot every summer? Why does it always have to be unbearable? I mean, come on. What’s up with that? Summer? Really? Why is it so hot in August and July?

No one seems to know. Algore Gump blames the cars and trucks. Some unbelievers blame that big fire ball in the sky. All I know it is hot.

Come back in 6 months when people are complaining about the cold.

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