Who and What is the Happy Warrior

The Happy Warrior is the title of a poem... and yes, I love this poem. I do not wish to be mischaracterized, for the most part poetry is not my bag. I am not an afficionado of literature nor am I a metro-sexual (I despise that term) but a dear friend introduced me to this masterpiece of prose several years ago... it has provided no end of inspiration. The Happy Warrior by William Wordsworth outlines the qualities of a magnificent soul. I aspire to possess even one or two characteristics that "every man in arms should wish to be."

This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.

(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ben's Cause

I am one of eleven children. Unfortunately there are not many people who can know the blessing of having so many siblings. While we had out childhood squabbles ("will you stop touching me", "he is breathing my air", etc.), we have grown to be very good friends. I love engaging in various activities with them as adults. Since men are simply taller kids we still love to play sports. Here is a picture of myself and a few of my brothers during our flag football season last fall.
One of my brothers, Ben (second from left), is preparing for a charity bike ride where he has a goal of raising over $8,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I don't know what drives each of us to engage in the activities we do, but Ben has decided to ride 100 miles and engage in this good cause. I think it safe to say that Ben's choice of activities is more nobel than my efforts to establish Thomas Day or my shenanigans on April Fools Day. So, to this end, I am supporting his efforts to raise money. I know economic times are tough, but please consider even $1, $5 or $10 to help Ben help others in their fight against these diseases. Click here to donate and learn more about this event. Great job Ben, I'm proud of you.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Environmental Police Dept.... funny now but true later

Yes, I have a sense of humor but I also realize that fictional accounts many times predict future reality. Unfortunately this tongue-in-cheek commercial is not too far off from the direction we are heading:

Environmentalist regulations + big government = legal mandates (police enforcedment). Am I too cynical? Consider the crazy idea of so called "carbon offsets", the environmentalists form of indulgences. Al Gore is laughing all the way to the bank.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wacky Wednesday 2010, Vol. 1

I know, I know. I have not lived up to expectations where "Wacky Wednesday" is concerned. Somehow it is possible that the speed of life has increased in the last six months... I don't know if I can take much more of this. In the name of levity and the need for escaping the demands of life, here are a few fun pictures. The theme this week (and possibly for the entire month) is winter (snow, cold, etc.). Enjoy: