Honoring Cherished Memories

When we become fans of a certain team or university, we sometimes find ourselves rooting more for the laundry than the player. It’s not always the case but occasionally when a player leaves our favorite team we often feel disappointed or let down because we feel they left for greener pastures. However, often times when it comes to former Bison, we need our time to vent and get over the initial emotions so we can truly be thankful for the time and memories we have made with that player or coach. Sometimes these players that leave our favorite team aren’t leaving us for a different team or a better situation, they sometimes just leave us.

Life is a funny thing, one day we may think we have it all figured out, the next we are consumed by life’s day to day hustle and bustle we lose site of what’s important. As we go through life we keep moving forward and trying to be better than we were the day before. We all have our own beliefs as to what lies beyond our time on earth, some believe that all we are is only what we accomplish during our lifetime and others believe there is a life that lies beyond this one. I believe that there is more waiting for us after our time here is done. The sports world and Bison Nation both hope that to be true. Two coaching legends, Dean Smith and Jerry Tarkanian, and a local Bison standout, Tyler Jangula, all left us this month, and that has left a large hole is many fans hearts both nationally and locally.

The two coaches had hall of fame careers. Dean Smith now has a coaching tree lined with many successful coaches that once studied under him. Both Coaches lived into their early 80’s and one could say they lived very full lives. Tyler, however, has left us far too soon at only 28 years old. We often ask ourselves why, why must a young man in his prime and so loved leave us so soon. We will never know the why, just the when of his passing. I like to think of it as though there was a football game in Heaven and they needed a fullback.

When we lose loved ones it gives us a time to reflect on that person’s life and what they meant to us, our family, or our community. If you are lucky enough you will have an affect on all of them. Part of the reason I got into doing a podcast where I talk to whoever will listen is that I realized that this is what I am good at, it’s my gift. I learned it after the passing of my own maternal Grandmother and knowing that I wanted, no I had to speak at her funeral. I sat at my computer and through the tears I opened up and it all came gushing out, my first eulogy. When my paternal Grandfather passed, it was the same, opening up and the words came flowing out into what would be my next eulogy.

Do I think that when we lose a loved one it will cause us to realize our true calling or ignite a passion that we hadn’t known existed? No, but in a way my podcast helps me to remember my Grandparents, and a talent that I inherited from them. When we do something that reminds us of our lost loved ones, those memories are what keep them alive inside us for as long as we hold on to those memories. At the end of every PodBash I end it the same way as Grandma ended her phone calls to us as a tribute to her. So to Tyler and others we have lost, we will talk to you soon one day. Yup, You Betcha, Mmm Hmm, Bye.

ROGAINE Grow Your Game #gotitfree

I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Dad Central for ROGAINE®. I received a product sample and promotional item to thank me for participating.

Bill Rancic is an American entrepreneur who was the first winner of Donald Trump’s hit show, The Apprentice.  He is a motivational speaker, real estate developer, restaurant owner and author of a New York Times best-selling book on business.  Bill and his wife, E! News Anchor Giuliana Rancic, are featured on their own realty show, Giuliana & Bill.  Bill also co-hosts the nationally syndicated TV show America Now with Leeza Gibbons.  Rancic teamed up with ROGAINE® in May 2012 to serve as the brand’s first ever “Growth Coach.”  As “Growth Coach”, Bill shares personal experience and advice on how to conquer real world situations in work, life and love, while never letting his hair loss hold them back.

Bill is an excellent choice to be one of the “Growth Coaches” for ROGAINE®, he is successful in business, life and love and he shares that success with numerous charitable organizations he is involved with outside of his work endeavors.  It’s odd to hear that Bill struggles with hair loos, mainly because when we think of highly successful people we rarely think about their appearance. Obviously Bill didn’t want it to affect his game, so he took the bull by the horns and started using ROGAINE®. 

The Grow Your Game initiative, brought to you by ROGAINE®, not only helps you to regrow your hair it is helping you grow in other areas of your life as well.  ROGAINE® has brought together experts in the areas of Health & Fitness, Relationships, Style, Life & Career, and Grooming & Hair to coach you in these other important areas of life by sharing their experience and knowledge.  To me there are so many parts to our lives that sometimes we need a little coaching to continue improving and evolving in each of these areas.  How many times as a parent have you let your style or fitness decline since you were too busy with work or your family?  These coaches can help you stay on track in all of these areas year around.

I am planning on growing my game at work and at the gym by getting that promotion at work and adding new challenges in fitness, such as tackling the local Hard Charge event or something similar. In my opinion, step one is always establishing goals and step two is planning on how to achieve them.  As a father, the best advice I can give fellow Dads is to enjoy the ride of being a parent!  Get involved with your kids activities and always be there for them.  Sometimes these little moments can go by and we don’t think much about them.  However, your kids are watching and learning from what we do and how we react.  Simple insignificant things to us can mean the world to them, you would be amazed on what kids pick up on.  This past month my girls each wanted their very own jersey of Daddy’s favorite team.  I was shocked and yet so excited!  A friend of mine pointed out that it showed my girls were watching me, so remember Dads your kids look up to you, be a Father and a Role Model!

ROGAINE® Men’s Unscented Foam is a great product that is easy to use, approved by the FDA to help regrow hair.  Nearly 9 out of 10 men tested regrew hair by following the instructions and using the product as directed twice a day for 16 weeks .  This product is designed to help men with Hereditary Hair Loss, which is thinning at the crown of the head, which affects nearly 40% of all men.  Men’s ROGAINE® Foam quickly penetrates the scalp with gentle massaging to revitalize hair follicles that have become dormant and stimulate hair growth.  There is no dripping, it’s less greasy and has less residue so there is no messy cleanup.  It doesn’t interfere with your normal styling routine and can even be used on color treated hair!  Men’s ROGAINE® Foam is sold nationwide at various retailers but can be purchased from www.rogaine.com for up 42% in savings!

So this year Grow you Game in all areas of your life and take advantage of the “Growth Coaches” at GrowYourGame.com, be confident and  be the man you want to be!

The Week That Was

These past two weeks at work have been different, and I don’t really want to get into why, those that know me know why it’s different; regardless, lunch time is different.  With both girls in school it frees up time for Sandy and I to go out to lunch together. This past week we had lunch together five times and we have even had lunch together a couple times last week as well.  We enjoyed the time together very much and have gotten a chance to try some of the restaurants downtown.

We have tried Erbert and Gerberts (sandwiches), Wasabi (sushi), The Beef Steak Club (steaks and more), Qdoba (Burrito place) and Spicy Pie (Pizza and Grinders).  All of them have had their unique foods and signature dishes.  Wasabi had spicy tuna and avocado roll called the Dakota Roll and jalapeño, cream cheese and spicy tuna appetizers called Heart Attack  ; while The Beef Steak Club had fresh cut fries cooked in duck fat!

The Dakota Roll
The Dakota Roll

 

Heart Attack Appetizer
Heart Attack Appetizer

 

Chicken BLT w/Gaucamole and Duck Fat Fries
Chicken BLT w/Gaucamole and Duck Fat Fries

 

However, after all the eating out the during the previous week, the last two times we simply just ate lunch together in the truck with food Sandy brought from home. Even though the food did not have exotic ingredients they were the best of the meals, simply because we got to spend lunch together. Thank you hunny for a great week of lunches.  I love you!

Lunch Date!
Lunch Date!

 

Lunch Date in the Truck
Lunch Date in the Truck