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Goodbye to a Friend – Donna The Manatee

The first time I saw the manatee. No, I didn’t take the speakers.

The first picture of me and the manatee

The first picture of me and the manatee

I remember the day you entered our lives. You were standing there on the curb. It was as if you were waiting there for me to pick you up. I ran by the first time and took a picture of you. I ran by the second time and took a picture with you. The third time, I stopped, put you in my car and took you took you home.

The kids loved the manatee.

My kids were so happy to have you with us, in our family. For some reason, you could never seem to get along with my wife.  However, you tried to make it work. It wasn’t your fault. You grew on her. Every time her friends would stop by our home, they would take a picture with you. You were more Internet famous than me. I was jealous and I loved you at the same time. I still love you.


I was surprised to come home one day around Halloween and see the family had dressed you up in a costume. Even more surprised to see they dressed you up in a second costume the following weekend. You looked like a majestic being. all decked out in your gold.

Pie Wars 2012
The manatee at Pie Wars at City Market.

You joined me as we raised money for Pie Wars. You made me so proud that day.

Friends taking pictures with the manatee.


At Christmas, I came home, once again, and you were decorated in the best Christmas outfit. I really believed you would be staying with us because you were now, officially, a part of our family. Since we were family, I decided to bring you to a friend’s birthday party. On the way to the party, my wife called. I told her we were going to a party and she banished you from our home. She was 150 miles away. I felt as if I had been kicked in the gut.  We drove the rest of the way in silence. You were in the back seat with no idea what was about to happen next. I was hoping she was joking. The joke was on me. You were no longer allowed in our home.

At 10:30p that night, we had a changing of the manatee. As the clock stuck half past, your time with me was over and you are going to begin a new life. You are now part of CS_Indy’s family. Here’s his story. I hope you are happy. I am looking forward to seeing you again. I love you, BarbaraDonna, with all my heart. You were the best manatee or walrus a man could ask for.

Our Christmas card picture. The kids and the manatee.

Take care and God Speed,







A Personal Blog Is Like An Old Car

Recently, I realized the personal blog is a lot like an old car, a hooptie. You love if for a period of time, then, you get bored. Then you forget about it. I mean you know the blog is there. Maybe, you come back for a bit, then leave. You know there is a space on the internet collecting dust. Once again, I am making a new commitment to my old car.

I am going to show my old car some love once a week. Several friends of mine have started a group which agreed to publish one blog post a week on a certain day of the week. My day is Friday. We also agreed to help each other promote the blogs of the others. I am very excited about this.  I think this can be a fun thing to do.

For those readers who have been around for a while, thank you for staying with me.

For the new people, who am I? You may be wondering how I identify myself.

I am a husband, a father, a front line manager, a runner, and a goal killer.

Thank you for reading, see you next Friday.

Take Care,


29SEPT12 Self Portrait – A hot air balloon is slightly larger than my head.


At the Saxony Market in Noblesville. Very cool market. They have live music and free hot air balloon rides. As I type this, the performer is singing Proud Mary. This is the last farmers market of the season. Definitely going to hit this one when they start up next June.

Why School on Wheels? @IndySOW

Why School on Wheels?


Imagine that you are homeless. When this idea come into our mind, most people think of themselves being homeless.  We don’t think about our familes being homeless with us.  I think when most people think homeless, they think of themselves living on the street wandering around the downtown area.


I recently read a book by a homeless man.  The book was presented from the perspective of preparing someone for homelessness. I read this book to learn more about this issue.  The author wrote that when you are homeless, you are not seen as a member of society.  You are viewed as less than dirt, a non-being.  Can you imagine everyone who walks past you looking at you like that? I can’t.  People become homeless for a variety of reasons.  We don’t walk in their shoes, so we do not know the full story of why someone becomes homeless.  It could be from a loss of job, from increasing medical bill, whatever.  But, it happens to many Americans.


Imagine now, that you are homeless, and your family is with you.  Your spouse, your kids, and maybe a pet.  I struggle to imagine this. It could happen to almost any one of us.  To a parent, being without a home must be one of the worst feeling in the world. If you are living out of your car or a hotel, and working two jobs to make ends meat just to eak out a living.


School on Wheels works with homeless families to provide tutoring to homeless kids to try and keep them in school.  Education is one area that needs to be reinforeced, otherwise, the kids are at greater risk to become a statistic in  homlessness. School on Wheels works with students by tutoring them, helping them acquire uniforms and school supplies. If you are a parent, you know that uniforms and school supplies are not inexpensssive.  Well, guess what, imaging trying to provide this stuff for hundreds of students.


If you are able, please help support INDY School on Wheels.  There is a list of supplies on their website that they need for the kids.  Consider a financial donation. Think about joining us this Monday night for Pie Wars 2012 to benefit School on Wheels.


For more information about Indiana School On Wheels

More about homelessness from Indy SOW

Our Chief Pie Maker Joe on WISH tv’s Indy Style

Follow Indy Pie Wars on Twitter

Register for 2012 Pie Wars


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