Posted by: Chad | March 27, 2017

Your First 15 Lives

  At age 3 the deja vu kicks in and you start to realize that you have been here before, by age 4, you remember it all, from age 3 to 60 or 70 something … whenever you passed of natural causes. A lifetime of knowledge and clear memory … and you are 4. Typically, your kind will go crazy at this point, you end your second, and 4 years later, you are in your 3rd life with a bit more understanding of the situation.

In later lives you realize you can manipulate the situation and live comfortably. You can change what you want, and leave the rest the same. You find others who are in your same situation, and you help each other. After a half dozen lives you realize there are good and bad people of your kind, messing with history and creating the future. You can choose to fight the fight … or use your knowledge for good … or lay low and continue to improve the same thing, life after life.

At this point, you are pretty sure that if you go, you will be back. You can be careless or carefree. You can try it again and again, in hopes of getting it right. 

Would you take the same journey, life after life?

With the same people?

In the same place?

I can’t say that I would take Harry’s road. I don’t need to manipulate the future, nor stop others from doing so. I could not watch a former life go by, while I choose another. I would be comfortable with peace in knowing and avoiding.

… and I would definitely bet on the Packers in ’96 and 2010.

Definitely worth the read.

Posted by: Chad | February 15, 2017

Another Lotus Flower?

vegasDear Las Vegas,

I love you. I hate you. I’m sure the feeling is mutual.

Those who indulge, indulge at the highest levels, and love it. You can feel the desperation in the air, those who are desperate, show desperation like none other and I hate to see that.

5am East Coast work time. Sleep is a luxury. All senses are working OT.

Your air is bad, really bad. Your water is worse. $.99 Arizona Ice Tea is my hero. You shouldn’t have built on a desert.

On the strip, I saw a police office covering a body with a tarp, after the area had been taped off for hours. I hope things were not as they seemed.

Thank you Giordano’s, for joining the party, and my maiden voyage at IN-N-OUT Burger, well done.

FTR, I broke even with a late win, but was willing to pay for the love of the game.

If there is a doctor on the plane, please push your call button … I blame Vegas

Until next time … take care …

Dinner on The Strip #Vegas #lifeinthechadlane #KennyRogers

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Posted by: Chad | January 2, 2017

Throwing a Pumpkin of the Roof

This happened in 2016. EPIC. Do not miss the special guest appearance.

The long awaited sequel to Throwing A Watermelon Off The Roof is finally completed. Camerawoman & Gaffer – G$, Director & Producer – #TheChad, Special Guest Appearance – Mannequin Head

Posted by: Chad | May 2, 2016

What’s in a Title?

Funny thing titles, a good book title can pull you in, you can commit based on the title. My last two months of books were an interesting lot, a few, chosen for the title.  I read “Open Doors: small print, small print, small print” (and a big picture of Jim Morrison on the front)… I paid $1.99 on Kindle for it, the worst 2 bucks I ever spent and the worst book I ever read. I read “Metallica, This Monster Lives” (insert excitement for a book about Metallica). The small print …The inside story of the hit film, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, but, it was good. In “Thirst”, Russian war veterans were searching for a comrade, and … drinking Vodka. Here is the full compliment for March & April …

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Favorite (non-business book): Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? … loved this one, a great story about how completing a project, and a project that everyone seems to think highly of, was a hellish (or maybe awesome) journey.

A great “business” book: Though I often find it very difficult to get through “most” business/work type books, Steal Like An Artist, was excellent and taught me three lessons that I will always remember. 1. There is no original material, everything has been done, find what you like, and make it better. 2. Before you ask a question, Google it, you will either get the answer or ask a better question. 3. Consider daily: what is the best thing that happened to you today? (write it down).

Currently Reading: Lost On Planet China, J. Maarten Troost

Wish List: something by Robert A. Heinlein

About half the lot (The Stranger, both Hitchhiker’s Guides, Shipwrecked and Open Doors) was read on Spring Break, warm mornings, hot coffee, a porch facing the ocean and the sunrise and a good book. You can’t beat it.

I also caught this beauty on Spring Break …

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Posted by: Chad | March 8, 2016

I Believe Introductions Are In Order

For some reason near the end of 2015, the topic of reading came up at work with a number of people (2 to be exact). Though I read, when it comes to consistency, I lack the patience … patience … let’s go with that.

Jan 1, I put a little more effort into it and fortunately had vacation to begin the year, read about that HERE. Below is my visual list for Jan & Feb, 2016.

A friend at work introduced me to Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and Slaughterhouse-Five and I followed with my wife’s copy of Cat’s Cradle. I’ll read more from him.

My wife introduced me to J. Maarten Troost … if you never have, you must. I started with The Sex Lives of Cannibals.

Overall, they were all good reads (and re-reads)

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Favorite: The Sex Lives of Cannibals, J. Maarten Troost … but, as I said, I enjoyed them all

Currently Reading: Getting Stoned with Savages, J. Maarten Troost

Wish List: Dark Days: A Memoir: D. Randall Blythe

“Everyone” Keeps Telling Me To Read: Catch-22, Joseph Heller (and I know there is a college professor who required me to read this years ago)

That Which Eludes Me: The strength to pick up a business book and read about my trade.  Though I consume business media daily, the book is tough

 

Posted by: Chad | January 6, 2016

It’s All About Goals

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I was on vacation for the new year, and since we all set goals in a new year, I thought it be best to set and achieve some goals right off the top of the year.  My goals for the beginning of 2016 (actually the first 3 days) were as follows:

  • relax on a deck/beach chair for 50% of my waking hours
  • nap on said deck/beach chair as needed
  • have a whisky or 2 on the same beach chair
  • break in my new snorkeling gear
  • eat what I want, when I want, with a specific focus on bran muffins for breakfast and steaks and salad for dinners
  • enjoy a couple shows, comedy and/or stage production
  • read 3 books (pictured above) … George Orwell – Down And Out In Paris And London … Albert Camus – Exile And The Kingdom … Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

All goals were accomplished, I am off to a good start in 2016.

Posted by: Chad | April 15, 2015

The Bus Ride

The Bus Ride

You may need to file this under … “you had to be there”

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Posted by: Chad | October 18, 2014

Anniversary Weekend on the Coast

Anniversary weekend is usually a trip to the mountains, but as we looked forward to the weekend, our choices were a rainy 60 degree weekend in the mountains or a sunny 90 degree weekend on the ocean. We went ocean. Leaving Saturday morning, we hit Tybee Island, Savannah, Charleston and Sullivan’s Island before returning home Sunday night. Here is the weekend through the eyes of my new toy, the Sketch Master app

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Posted by: Chad | September 3, 2014

Dear SwarmSquare

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Dear SwarmSquare,
I don’t know how to say it, and I’m not really good at this, but we have to break up. I know, we have been together over 4 years, and it seemed like a perfect match, but it is just not working for me. You have changed, it’s like you are two different people, the one I met, and now, I don’t really feel like I know you. I remember when I couldn’t get enough of you, now, it’s different, I don’t want to see you in your fancy new outfit …. I want the old you back. You think you know what I want, but you don’t. It used to be easier, I told you where I was, sometimes we hung out, sometimes we didn’t. Now, you are like a stalker, you seem to know where I am, all the time, and try to tell me what to do. I just don’t get the new you, and I don’t want to try to figure you out. So, for now, we are done, if the old you ever comes back, stop in, well throw one back for old times sake.

Sincerely,

Chad, the recovering location-based tool addict

Posted by: Chad | July 6, 2014

16 Days In Europe

At the end of June, I was fortunate enough to take a nice long vacation to Europe.  You may have seen a few pictures on my Instagram Feed, but here a few highlights of the trip.

Day 1 – A day in Barcelona after an overnight flight.  Highlight – The grounds of Museu Nacional Artde Catalunya (MNAC Art Museum)  … and the blue cheese pizza at Bar Piranya

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Day 2 – Travel day

Day 3 – Arrived in the port of Marseilles, France and drove about an hour to tour the small villages of Provence.  We toured the villages of Gordes, Roussillon, Bonnieux, Lacoste and Menerbes.

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Day 4 – Arrived in the port of Villa Franche.  Visited Nice, France and Monaco.

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Day 5 – Arrived in the Port of La Spezia.  Took the train through the villages of the Cinque Terre, stopping in Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia and my favorite, Manarola.

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Day 6 – Rome and Vatican City.  We visited over 30 historical sites, including St Peters, the Pantheon, the Colosseum and the Sistene Chapel.

Day 7 – From Naples, Italy, we visited Positano, Sorrento and the ruins of Pompeii.

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Day 8 and 9 were travel days.  By the end of Day 9 we were in our apartment in Girona, Catalonia, Spain.  We spent some time that evening exploring the Rambla and the Jewish Quarter of Girona.

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Day 10, 11 & 15 – We traveled by bus to the Mediterranean.  Day 10 & 15 to L’escala and Day 11 to Pala Frugell and on to Calella.

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Day 12 – The kids took a day off, so Jennifer and I walked the old city walls of Girona and toured Els Banys Arabs De Girona (the Arab Baths).

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Day 13 – We took a bus to Figueres, Spain and toured the Dali Museum.

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Day 14 – We took a bus to Olot, Spain and walked to the top of Volca Del Montsacopa (an old volcano crater)

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As I mentioned before, Day 15 was a Mediterranean beach day, and although Day 16 was a travel day, I had to count it so I could tell future nightmares of our travel through the Barcelona Airport.

(all photos were taken by Chad)

 

 

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