On December 7, 2013 I said good bye to my best friend. He was a 14 ½ year old black lab named Champ. I held him in my arms as he was put to sleep and his journey to the Rainbow Bridge began. Champ was not just a dog. He truly was the best friend I ever or will have. We were constant companions and we really did take care of each other.
Champ never needed a leash because I had him since he was 6 weeks old and I taught him to always remain within twenty feet of me. I could let him outside and I didn’t have to watch him. He knew his boundaries and when he was ready to come back in he would open the gate on his own (taught him that as well) and he would just lay down patiently by the back door.
We would always sleep in my king size bed and when he got too old to make the jump I ended up sleeping on the couch so he could be near me. For the past three years I have been sleeping on the couch and even after his passing I continue to do so.
The first two weeks without my friend I cried non-stop. This wasn’t just a pet….I was alone without my best friend. Those of you that knew Champ know what I am talking about. Everyone would always say “that truly is the best dog ever.” He was and always will be.
When I first got Champ I was stumped in choosing out a name. I was watching the NFL Draft and they mentioned a rookie player named “Champ Bailey.” I immediately knew the name of my friend: He would be called “Champ.”
Today Champ Bailey is in is fifteenth NFL season with the Denver Broncos. Champ Bailey has never been to a Super Bowl until this year. In less than two weeks I will be cheering for Champ and his Broncos because I truly believe my best friend is a world champion as well.
I really miss my friend but honestly believe that a Super Bowl victory for Champ Bailey and his Broncos will be a fitting ending to my best friends time here on earth. I will be watching the game with my best friend’s spirit and hope to one day shake that wonderful paw in congratulations at the Rainbow Bridge. I miss you friend.
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Are you serious America? There is a FURY about Ben Affleck being chosen as the new Batman? Let me be the one that breaks some terrible news to you…….Batman is not real. There isn’t a Joker. Catwoman doesn’t exist and if ya wanna see a penguin ya better go to the zoo. I do have good news…I found Commissioner Gordon…but he’s not in Gotham City. He’s the High Commissioner for Canada.
Ben Affleck is an actor. He has a wife and a family. HE IS NOT BATMAN!!! He lives in a very large home and not in a freaking cave. Am I the only sane one in this lunatic parade? Life is tough. We all face various trials and tribulations on a daily basis. There are many things happening in this messed up world that we should be upset about. NOT FREAKING BATMAN!!!
Seriously….if Ben Affleck as Batman still doesn’t seem to be a mondo jovial type tundra to you….you need to go to the bat phone and call a shrink. Put the comic book down, move out of your parent’s house, stop riding your skateboard and be an adult. There is a world out there. You CAN make a difference. If this still hasn’t registered with you then at least I gave it a try. Now go back to clearing another level on Candy Crush.
I have been told that I am “headstrong.” The same person also told me that potential employers don’t like that in an employee and I should “tone it down.” What am I twelve and standing up on a moving school bus during a freaking field trip? I am headstrong and I like headstrong people.
I respect people in authority but I’m not gonna nod my head in agreement about something I don’t agree with or think there may be a better option. I believe a truly great boss surrounds him or herself with headstrong people. You wanna be king of the jungle not just a herdsman of some dumb sheep.
I have actually been required to attend team building seminars where we threw around bean bags and balloons and were told “there are no bad ideas in brainstorming.” Uh….yes there ARE bad ideas in brainstorming Mr. Einstein. Doesn’t anyone remember “New Coke” or “Crystal Pepsi?” If it’s a bad idea you are going to get bad results. It seems that people SAY they want honesty right up until it’s something that they don’t agree with. How about this for honesty: If you need to force your employees to play with balloons and bean bags to increase office morale….you are running a daycare and not a business.
I have always learned the most from people I disagreed with. It forces you to think in a different direction. I’m not saying that everyone I have disagreed with has taught me something because I’ll be honest again: There are a LOT of stupid people in this world. I don’t think that’s an opinion because I live in Florida and that pretty much is a statement of fact.
I will never say “what you wanna hear” but I will say “how I feel.” If more people did this on a daily basis then we would be a much more productive society. Again…this is just my opinion. Maybe I’m just being headstrong.
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I haven’t worked since January of 2011 and I truly am thankful. I have learned so much. I am a workaholic by nature so it forced me to reinvent myself. I have become a social media freak. This truly is the way people will market and make money in the future. Embrace it or be left behind.
I have created my own show prep site. I have taken my late father’s passion of being an ex cop and being disgusted by police brutality and corruption and made it a web site. I have polished my talk radio skills by establishing an internet radio show. I have been able to spend a lot of time with my mother and she truly is an amazing human being. I’m about to launch a new business in the next two weeks. Things happen for a reason.
I truly was miserable in my last year of working. I had compromised who I was and what I truly believe. I want to make a difference. I care about people. I think these are turbulent times and I firmly believe that we can all learn something new each day by interacting with others.
I’m opinionated. I know that. I also am very open to different views because we need to stop and listen to each other as it’s clear that no one has this “figured all out.” Things in the past that I would dismiss I now stop and analyze.
I want this world to be a nicer place. I want to hear “please” and “thank you.” I want people to smile. I think holding the door open for someone is natural. I want to make a difference.
I’ve made mistakes and I think we all do on a daily basis. A mistake really is an opportunity to learn and grow. I needed to stop, listen, look around, and truly take inventory of what happens around me. I vehemently believe that radio is a great opportunity to bond with the listener. We are all in this together. We all have our struggles. We all can learn from each other. Being caller “number nine” or hearing the latest Katy Perry song has nothing to do with this.
I used to never flinch on dropping $150 on a dinner. Now I know when chicken breasts are on sale at my local grocery store. I am ready for the next stage in life and my career. I hate to say it…but I think I have finally grown up.