November 2014

Ace Tea Party

Thank You Veterans

The picture above is one of  my father shortly before his passing. I read where there was going to be a local patriotic gathering, so I put my flag into the car, asked him to go with me, and surprised him by slowly driving through the gathering while loudly playing “Proud to be an American.” He received lots of cheers and applause and after we completed our drive through the group, I asked him if he wanted to go again. He did, and the response from the crowd was even louder.

For reasons I can’t explain, this day of remembrance has been especially emotional thinking about all the wonderful veterans who have served our great country. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to my buddies who served with me during my time in the United States Air Force, to those who served so bravely with my father in the United States Navy during WWII, and those dedicated soldiers who served alongside my grandfather in the United States Army during WWI. And thank you to every veteran of service to this country and their families who supported them.  I respect and honor each and every one of you.

One of our favorite groups my wife Trisha and I contribute to and support is The Fisher House Foundation.  We would encourage everyone interested in supporting our military to consider this organization.

Fisher House Foundation

My father during his time of service. Thanks Dad.

Dad the day before he met mom


John Parker

A horse walks into a bar and the bartender says,

“Why the long face?”

On previous occasions I’ve reported on the various health benefits of humor as we age. I honestly don’t know how anyone could survive this life without a sense of humor, having daily laughter, and just being plain silly once-in-a-while.

Medical research recently reported by the Mayo Clinic confirms that laughter stimulates many of our organs, activates and relieves our stress response, and soothes our tension in the short-term. In the long-term they report humor improves our immune system, relieves pain, increases personal satisfaction, and improves our mood.

For most of us this is not exactly ground-breaking, but I have met people who seemingly had no sense of humor, joy, or laughter in their lives. Yes, life is difficult. But without humor I would think it impossible.

Growing up in a family that thrived on humor, I’ve been very fortunate and have tried not to take myself too seriously. Although I’ve encountered the same types of life situations and loss we all experience, I’ve tried to keep things in perspective and focus on the joy life brings us.

My wife is constantly amused and probably a bit embarrassed at some of my antics. One of my silly habits is to pause the television occasionally and take pictures of things that amuse me. I thought I would share a few of my recent  funny sports captures with you. If they make you smile or laugh, good for you. If not, well, good luck.

 I know this looks fake, but it’s just a fan’s reaction after a great play.


I don’t think she agreed with the call.


Some just don’t care at all.


Probably should have spent the ticket money at the dentist.


Some fans are actually celebrities.


Some just think they are.

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Some coaches stay focused no matter what.


Some are constantly unhinged.


If you look closely at Denver’s quarterback, you won’t bet against them.

Great Food

Do yourself a favor and go to my wife Trisha’s blog. She has some tasty new recipes posted that are fantastic.  Simply go to our website and click on Trisha’s Dishes.

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