Leaving…..On a Jet Plane

Well I’m almost there… Having flown across the Atlantic ocean for the first time has been cool thus far but I don’t really have anything too exciting to report. I’m feeling a little bit ashamed because I’m noticing lately that the meals on the airplanes are something I look forward too and better than my own *laughing* 🙂

For those of you I haven’t leaked the the latest and greatest news to yet, I have expanded my work travels to into Eastern Europe now to take on some new challenges at least temporarily. Of course the wife and kids weren’t happy about me being so far from home…wait a sec… I don’t have either of those at the crib *scratching my head (and that means the one on my shoulders 😉 ) I must have been thinking of my brother who has stepped into shoes I once tried on. Congratulations to him on his recent engagement and I’m happy for him and my future sister-in-law.

The family experienced a little bit of irony late last week. When my sister was 16 she decided to see how well she could drive and ended up learning that her driving skills sucked after driving my dad’s new car into the house into my parent’s bedroom. Yes we still tell that story to this day and no one has forgotten 🙂 After my sister finally moved into her new home last week and was getting settled a car just happened to drive itself down the street unattended crashing into the house and parking itself in the living room! Fortunately in both cases no one was hurt so we are all happy about that – thank God truly for that…

Drumline Review

I recently read over a review of a movie I enjoyed, Drumline, since it was touted as generating a lot of hate mail from marching band lovers around the country. It was written by Larry Carroll and I must say that it was so brutal it was…funny…to me at least and I’m a marching band lover.

I spent all 4 years of high school dedicated to the marching band as a drummer and was even the drumline captain my last two years. From reading the review, it’s quite apparent that Mr. Carroll is certainly not a band person and has no appreciation for it whatsoever. With that in mind I can understand his review, but probably think he was more critical of the movie than it really deserved.

I find that most movies have highly questionable aspects to them if you truly take the time to forget about “suspension of belief” and begin analyzing the movie truly as real life events. I thought the movie Drumline was enjoyable for most including kids and didn’t need a Star Wars level plot to enjoy. Nick Cannon was a jerk in the movie – no doubt. But not un-typical in real-life he still got the girl being one 😉 Carroll’s review also criticizes the R. Kelly music being played by the band in the beginning. He obviously doesn’t recognize that despite R. Kelly’s situation and Michael Jackson’s, their music will always be enjoyed by plenty of people

While he praised the musical content of the movie and the presentation of it, as a former marching band member, drumline captain, and someone knowledgeable of Drum & Bugle Corps International(DCI), that was the content I found somewhat worthy of fair criticism. Depending on where you go to college and play in the marching band, the style and musicality of what is played will differ drastically. What is constant however, in my expert (lol) opinion is that DCI is the highest level of play and competition for marching band style music. No where else is it required that your skill level be amongst the highest in the country, your physical fitness be able withstand a grueling schedule and athletic performance, and you’d be considered lucky to even get to audition to be down…

But anyhow, check out the review here if you haven’t already and let me know what you think about it 🙂

Funny Quote

I was purusing a web article about why older men date younger women and a statement struck me such that I couldn’t help but smile.

I’m not anti-marriage, I’m just anti-agenda.

For some reason I just really felt Roger, 35 from New York, on that statement 🙂

What’s up with Sam

I realize that my personal website has taken on a lot of different forms over the last few years and I’ve been fortunate enough to have visitors ranging from people I’ve never met to friends, family, and coworkers. Some time ago I decided to change host providers to consolidate all of my websites to one provider which effectively broke this website for a while. Unfortunately, when that happened I seemed to lose desire for a while to restore the site and spill all the beans on what has been taking place in my life…

This website however probably deserves better treatment from me because it has been more than just a place for me to divulge info that I otherwise might not share readily even with those who talk to me on a daily basis. The website has been motivational, inspirational, and even a showcase for people other than just myself. Several people have mentioned to me how the website has benefitted them in some form or fashion over the last month or so.

The reasoning as to why things have taken place is probably best saved for another posting but needless to say, I intend to restore this site back to it’s glory and welcome back my visitors. I realize that not everyone will be back unfortunately for one reason or another but I’m sure they’ll be new visitors just as well as old ones…

Welcome back everyone….and welcome back me.