13 Years and Counting – Long and Winding Road

13 Years - Pool Billiards Ball

July 24th. Other than family birthdays and my anniversary (OK, and maybe Thanksgiving 😉 ) July 24th is probably the day of the year that I look forward to the most. It is the anniversary of the day that I took back my life. 13 years ago today, I quit chewing tobacco. For nearly 18 years I chewed Kodiak, Skoal and Copenhagen on a daily basis… sometimes more than a can per day. I can … Continue reading

12 Years Ago Today… I Took Control

July 24th is a day that I’ve always got circled on my calendar. It’s the anniversary of the day that I took my life back. 12 years ago today, I quit chewing tobacco. For nearly 18 years I chewed Kodiak, Skoal and Copenhagen on a daily basis… sometimes more than a can per day. Quitting was at the same time one of the most rewarding and most difficult things that I’ve ever done. My wonderful … Continue reading

11 Years of Freedom From Tobacco

Aside from family birthdays and my anniversary, July 24th is the day on the calendar I look forward to the most. It’s the anniversary of the day my life changed. 11 years ago today, I quit chewing tobacco after 18 years. I can tell you that was both the most difficult and most rewarding thing I have ever done. I spent this past weekend (along with my dad, father-in-law and kids) building a play set … Continue reading

9 Years Ago – Chewie Quits Chewing

Nine Times

“9 times.” If you’re an 80’s movie fan like I am, you’ll immediately recognize this quote as coming from Ed Rooney who was Ferris Bueller’s principal. And while that’s one of my all time favorite movies (Check out the ongoing series I’m writing of my favorite movies by year… here’s the latest: 1983) it’s not the reason I’m writing this post today.  Today marks 9 years since I’ve quit chewing tobacco. 9 years ago this morning … Continue reading

8 Years Ago Today – Chewie Quits Chewing

8 Years Dip Free

8 years ago this morning my world was a very different place. I had a 53 day old son… the first of my three boys that I cherish above all else. Pope Benedict hadn’t resigned yet. Revenge Of The Sith was just over a year old and was finally washing away the thoughts of Jar Jar Binks. Michael Bay hadn’t touched the Transformers franchise yet. Twitter was less than a month old. Charlie Frye was the … Continue reading

Lessons In Copyright Law – There’s Money To Be Made

Say No To Sharing

I wear many hats.  I’m a dad, a husband, a brother and a son.  When I’m not on Twitter spewing whatever comes to mind, I’ve got a day job at a Fortune 500 company that I love.  I do freelance website development and SEO (search engine optimization) and when I’m not doing all of that or blogging here, I help run a tobacco cessation website called KillTheCan.org which is dedicated to helping people quit chewing … Continue reading

Taking a Closer Look At My Former Fast Food Obsession

Fuck McDonalds

I’ve got plenty of vices.  I love beer.  I’m big fan of whiskey and I make every excuse (legit or not) to not work out nearly as often as I should.  That said, I’ve had one vice that’s proven the most difficult to beat: Fast Food. Kicking my fast food habit has been more difficult (in some ways at least) than when I quit dipping.  Thanks to the folks at KillTheCan.org I’ve got that one … Continue reading

Asshole Telemarketers – Ignoring The Do Not Call Registry?

Asshole Telemarketers

Telemarketers are a part of life.  I personally spent some time as a telemarketer when I was in college at Indiana University calling on behalf of the Indiana Troopers Benevolent Association.   Even though I’ve got my cell number on the National Do Not Call Registry, I get between 10-30 telemarketing calls a month.  The overwhelming majority of these calls are from groups looking for accredited investors to invest in their venture.  These ventures range … Continue reading

Beer Shots – Ray Benson’s Roadhouse – Austin, Texas

Austin Texas Airport

I’ve been a pretty terrible blogger lately.  What can I say… life has gotten in the way in a variety of ways and my little home on the web here has fallen behind.  For those regular readers… I apologize.  I started a new segment here on the blog back in 2011 called Beer Shots.  This came out of the fact that there are quit a few “foodies” on the web that simply LOVE to take … Continue reading