Monthly Archives: August 2011

Voices from the Past

A collection of stories submitted during the "Don't Swing Danny Boy" Contest where participants share their sports stories and how voices from the past either hindered them or helped them.

Lightning Crashes & Power Outages

Last week a lightning storm passed through. At first I was a little bummed. When I went outside to check out the lightning, it was all up in the clouds. Loud, but not flashy. No lightning bolts. Suddenly everything went pitch black. The power was out. The lightning grew more intense and turned into beautiful lightning bolts. I grabbed my camera, and this is what I came up with.

Don’t Swing, Danny Boy…

It all started when my friends Mike and Meryn invited me to go hit some baseballs with them at the local batting cages. I immediately wanted to say no. I couldn't hit baseballs. I'd just make a fool of myself. I immediately went back in thought a couple decades to my little league coach patting me on the shoulder, sending me to the plate with one nugget of advice. "Just don't worry about swinging," he would tell me every time. "Take the walk." I can still see my teammates faces pressed against the chain link dugout, all hoping that I didn't blow the inning for them.

Buddha don’t take no crap…

I had doggie nail clippers in one hand and a doggie brush in the other. Buddha looked at me like I was flaunting torture devices. What happened next was all a bit of a blur. Suddenly Buddha jerked free, whined, and ran. Dad hollered and jumped. Noah watched in great horror and amusement at the whole thing.

This is Beautiful You

Finally, my favorite post of the week! Every Sunday I take some of the photos that you have uploaded to the Facebook wall, and I post them here. I love This is Beautiful You because it gives me (and everybody else) an incredible glimpse of who we all are. It puts a face on the awesome people coming here. It gives us a beautiful idea of the uniqueness and diversity of the followers here at SDL. More than anything, it shows all of us just how beautiful we each can be. Anyway, thank you for sharing a small part of yourselves. It's my honor to put the spotlight on you today. This is beautiful you. SDL’s Quote of the Day "You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need."  ~Vernon Howard  Which photos made you the happiest today? If you'd like to send in photos to be considered for Sunday's "This is beautiful you" and other future...

Smile In Your Photos, Damn It.

I don't understand people who never smile in their photos. Like... ever. As far as I can gather, there are two kinds of people who don't smile. Those who hate smiling. And those who hate their smiles. And I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of them keeping my photos from being as awesome as they should be...

Almost there!

Hey everybody, thanks for being so patient as I transition this blog to the new platform/look & feel! We're almost there. I know that right now... It's slower than frozen sludge. It keeps cutting out. It keeps coming up with "can't find database" error messages. It in general makes you want to slap me across the face and put me in daddy-time-out. I'm fine with that. Good news is, I'm moving it completely over to a new server at a new hosting company which will... Make it fast. Yay! Make it quit cutting out. Yay! Make those dummy-dum-dum database error messages stop. Yay! In general make you want to kiss me on the mouth and hoist me up on your shoulders. Yay! I'm fine with that. So anyway... no more posts until that's done (probably only 1-2 days). Cool? I know, so sad. Go enjoy your last week of summer. Real life starts again next week for most of us. Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

The First Piece of the Puzzle

As I sat starting to build a jigsaw puzzle with my four-year old son, he laid down the first piece, looked at me, and profoundly stated, "This puzzle is looking good, huh Dad." That got me to thinking about what the first piece of a puzzle means in real life...

Backwards Undies

Part of Noah's increased independence is putting on his own clothes, no matter how inconvenient it is for Dad to wait for him. Underwear, pants, shirts, socks, shoes, jacket. He doesn't want help with any of it. The toughest thing for him is to always get things frontwards or right-side-out. He has a tough time pulling his sleeves back through if they've been yanked out of his shirt or jacket the wrong way. He has a hard time figuring out which shoes go on which feet (though he's finally starting to master that one). His pants sometimes come up backwards, leaving him frustrated as he tries to figure out why there is no zipper or snap in the front. And, the thing he seems to struggle with the most, and coincidentally which he gets most discouraged about, is pulling up his undies the right way. If time zones are my Kryptonite, underwear are Noah's. And, when he's feeling extra frustrated at having...

I don’t want to be your counselor. I want to be your date.

Please note, I wrote this post some time ago before I started dating Fabulous Wendy. Hopefully that disclaimer will save me from getting my butt fabulously kicked. Anyway... Maybe it's my curse in life. Maybe I bring it on myself. Maybe I just want to whine about something today. I try to date as often as possible. Finding dates is not the tricky part. What's tricky is not getting burnt out doing it. In all honesty, I never dreamed that I'd be in a position where dating was tough because of "who I was." I never thought I'd have to worry about the reasons why somebody was dating me, and how genuine any relationship actually was. But, that's another post for another day. It seems like the majority of dates I go on end up by the end of date one (or no later than date two) in deep discussion over personal issues, ways of thinking, and life situations. Because most...

Two Voices

There once was a woman with eyes vibrant and blue She had seen things... Felt things... And had beliefs that rang true. But where was her voice? One man was content to steal that voice. By demanding And screaming That she had no other choice. He shot down every vocalized thought that she had He began ranting And raving and Calling her mad. When she tried to speak, he was always around To make sure that She never found her voice in the crowd. He filled her with thoughts that would slowly employ her. He would fill her with words That were meant To destroy her. What she was saying was wrong. What she was saying was dumb. What she was saying would make others feel down in the dumps. "That woman over there, she will think this. That man on the corner will find you amiss. The ones that you love will stop loving you at all. The ones that you care most for will wish for your fall." And on he went, with one goal in mind. To crush her. To flatten her. And make her voice so defined. Because...

Any Excuse to be a Cowboy

Where I live, cowboys aren't in great abundance, which makes me sad. The world needs more cowboys. As for me, I look for any excuse to be a cowboy, and if I look hard enough I can usually find one. Camping. Fishing. Rodeos. Country music concerts. Trips to the local cowboy boot store... Any excuse will do, really. In all honesty, the boots and the hats are fun, but being a cowboy (a real cowboy), even if only for a moment here and there is about much more than the garb. It's about a simpler life. A life that I often wish I could escape to on a more permanent basis. Imagine... A life where I didn't sit staring at a computer screen all day every day. A life where I didn't walk around, constantly paranoid of my iPad getting dropped or damaged. A life where I have to remember my friends' phone numbers, and I have to dial the digits in one at a time. A...

Worth a Thousand Words…

Sometimes, a picture just says it all. Kind of like this one... Methinks it might be time for this small-shop owner to change their business name. I was a little disappointed when they didn't offer all the services I thought they would. Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

Death by Doughnut

Oh man. I was almost killed by a doughnut on my last hike. Or stupidity. I haven't decided which. Okay, I know deep down it was the stupidity. The doughnut was just waiting there patiently to TAKE. ME. DOWN. But let's rewind to the beginning. Doughnut Falls. (wait, did you think I meant a real doughnut? Not while this flabby-gutted blogger still jiggles in the wind). This... ...is Doughnut Falls. This summer Fabulous Wendy and I are finding new hikes nearly every weekend to places one or both of us have never been (which is easy for me since I've always enjoyed sitting in an air-conditioned house eating corn dogs over ever joining people when they went hiking). Thanks to the incredible Wasatch Mountains that surround us, along with the aftermath of a few keystrokes into Google, we found "one of Salt Lake City's most popular hikes"... Doughnut Falls. It was an easier hike. Only about a mile each way from the trail head...

This is Beautiful You

Finally, my favorite post of the week! Every Sunday I take some of the photos that you have uploaded to the Facebook wall, and I post them here. I love This is Beautiful You because it gives me (and everybody else) an incredible glimpse of who we all are. It puts a face on the awesome people coming here. It gives us a beautiful idea of the uniqueness and diversity of the followers here at SDL. More than anything, it shows all of us just how beautiful we each can be. Anyway, thank you for sharing a small part of yourselves. It's my honor to put the spotlight on you today. This is beautiful you. Which photos made you the happiest today? If you'd like to send in photos to be considered for Sunday's "This is beautiful you" and other future blog posts, please post them on the Facebook wall (we need lots more!). Sorry, emailed photos will not be considered. Only upload photos...

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