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A Cowboy Living Behind Enemy Lines

I’ve lived all over the place.

I’ve traveled to Europe, South & Central America, and the Caribbean.

But for some strange reason, I keep coming back to the East Coast.
The Washington, D.C. Metro area, specifically.

In 2009, I sold my house of 12 years in University Park, MD (near College Park-Go Terps!)
took my sons & moved in with my girlfriend in Reston, VA.

I love it here!  We get the 4 seasons (HATE the winter, though),
the schools are the best in the country, and the people are nice.
Oh, and there’s lots of cool stuff to do here.

There’s Just ONE Slight Problem…

It’s REDSKINS territory!

Why should that matter?
UUuhhhhhhh… because I’m a die-hard DALLAS COWBOYS FAN!!
The DEADskins are our sworn enemy.
That’s why.

Before we moved here, my girl lived in Ashburn, VA.
And if you know anything about the stinkin’ Skins,
you’d know that that’s where their training facility is!

Around December 2008, I think it was, we were driving by the facility,
known as Redskins Park, and saw that the gate was open.

My girlfriend & I each had our sons with us, so we thought it would be cool
to at least drive in & check it out.
Even though it was the ‘Skins compound, it was still a Professional Football Facility.
…Although the ‘Skins were coached by Jim Zorn at the time & wound up finishing
the season 4-12, so one might argue about the “professional” part.   hahaha.

As we drove in to the compound, we were surprised to notice the lack of cars
in the parking lot.  This encouraged us, so I parked & got everyone to get out so that we could take a look around.

Except for a couple of assistant coaches terribly kicking punts to each other, the practice fields were empty.

It was freezing cold outside, so we started running around a little bit to keep us warm…
And to get a feel of the artificial turf we were standing on.

I hadn’t been on a football field in a few years, and as I began moving around to stay warm, I started to feel a little bit of the rush I used to get back in my playing days.

And then I noticed the Redskins Emblem in the middle of the field.

In an instant, a thought & a feeling hit me at the same time.
I knew what I had to do.

Everyone else was far away from me, doing their own thing.
I casually walked over to this despised emblem – the symbol of my enemy.
I squatted to one knee… Not to pray, but to make what I was about to do not so obvious.

I peed right there in the middle of the field – right on the ‘helmet’
colored in to the turf that represented my team’s archenemy.

I know it was wrong.  And I don’t think I’d do it again.
But for 30 glorious (and relaxing) seconds, I felt happy there in the freezing cold.

I had successfully gone behind enemy lines & marked my territory!

Shortly after that, an old guy who was the security guard for the compound politely came over and reminded us that this was private property, and we’d have to go now.
I noticed that the assistant coaches on the other field were staring at us.

I told him that it was no problem, and thanks for letting us look around a little while.
And then we get back in to the car, turned on the heater full blast & left.

So now, as a new season begins, and my Cowboys are starting it off by sucking
at a lousy 0-2, including an opening-day loss to the afore-mentioned ‘Skins,
I can at least take some small satisfaction that one day, a couple years ago,
I pissed on the Redskins Practice Field in Ashburn, VA.  Right on the emblem.

And somehow, that makes me feel a little bit better about things.

Go Cowboys!!

One of the Saddest Things I’ve Ever Seen…

What’s up, guys & gals?

I just saw something that I am virtually compelled to share with you…

But I’ve gotta warn you that it’s not the most pleasant thing you’ll ever see.
In fact, it’s kinda sad.
Actually, it’s really sad! That’s why I titled this post the way I did.

There. You’ve been warned.

Ok, so I just saw this video here:

http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/1081/Chicken-a-la-Carte

This 6-minute video has won a bunch of awards,
because it shows something that most of us Americans are virtually unaware of:
Hunger.

I don’t have to say much about this, except: Just watch it. Please.

After watching this video, I think you’ll agree that we have SO much & we sometimes take it all for granted.

If you have a roof over your head, food to eat, clothes on your back, and people who love you,
YOU ARE RICH! Think about it.

And on the other side of the coin, I guess there’s something positive that comes out of this
that can make you feel good about any minor problems you think are so big right now.

Again, watch this video & post your comments below!

http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/1081/Chicken-a-la-Carte

Peace & Love,

Tony

Back to School Time Already?!

It’s that time again.

The days are getting shorter.
The calendar shows that it’s the end of August/the beginning of September.
The kids are getting restless.
We parents are beyond that point already. And have been for a while now.

It’s “Back to School Time!”
Yaaay.

If you’re a parent of a school-age child, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Unless it’s your kid’s first year of school.

The kids are sad that the summer is over. What, already??
Parents are thankful that our kids will be back in school, learning,
and on a ‘regular’ schedule again!
Soon the days will be cooler, and the bugs will be going bye-bye (thank God).

But before all that happens, there’s the annual ritual of “Back to School Shopping,”
and ALL the fun that goes with it.

If you’re a mother, you might actually enjoy this part,
because you possess the ‘shopping gene.’

But if you’re a single father (like me), you would probably get root canal
than go back-to-school shopping.
I mean, you have to get new pants (the kids just keep GROWING!),
now shirts, shoes, understuff & socks, etc.

Uugh.

And then there’s the SCHOOL SUPPLIES!!

At least we get a LIST from the school for that part. Sheesh.
But why the heck do we have to get 10 packs of paper towels?
And what’s with all this Hand Sanitizer?
When I was a kid, we’d just go WASH our hands! Hand sanitizer.
I tell you, these kids have it easy nowadays. lol.
Never thought I’d say that.
I sound just like my dad now. Great.

We live in Virginia, and school here starts AFTER Labor Day.
I think it’s one of the few places in the country left that does.
So for us, it will start on Tuesday, Sep. 7th. 2010.

And that gives me just a little extra time to get it all done.
Perfect for us procrastinators!

My older son will be entering 6th Grade this year, and his brother is going in to 5th Grade.
One more year to go before all hell breaks loose with the experience called
“Junior High School.”
I’ve been preparing him for all the peer pressure, cigarettes, drugs, girls, and temptation
that will be thrown at him when the time comes.

I think I’m handling it ok, but if you have any ideas or suggestions that have worked
for you or someone you know, I’d love to hear about them by having you leave
a comment for us here.

At least I still have like a year before he starts to begin the transition of becoming a man,
so we’d better make the best of it & enjoy what’s left of this innocent time.
Next thing you know, they’ll be asking for the car keys & a pack of condoms.
(shiver shiver)

Well, I guess that’s all I have to say about that.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go make that #$5#[email protected] shopping list now.
NONE of their pants fit any more!

Still Learning,

Tony

My Favorite Funny YouTube Channel

What’s up?

Ok, today I have a really, really funny guy that I don’t know
but would still like to introduce you to.

His name is Ray William Johnson, and he has this hilarious YouTube Channel,
where he basically comments on funny sh– & videos that people post online.

Believe it or not, but my KIDS actually put me on to this guy,
and we’ve spent several bonding moments watching these videos,
laughing our asses off!

So… If you have ANY kind of sense of humor,
and would really like a good laugh, RUN over to watch a few of these NOW!

But I’ve got to warn you that there is some profanity (but he bleeps it out).
Of course, I love that stuff, and my kids are mature enough to handle it, so there!

You can see his stuff here:

http://www.youtube.com/user/RayWilliamJohnson

As always, let me know what you think about these videos…

Or (as you’ll soon learn) “leave your interesting or creative
responses in the comment section
below

So that’s it! Go check out some of this funny stuff right now!

Peace,

Tony