Well the day has come, I am sitting at home, waiting for the tow truck to come and haul away the green station wagon.  As I sit, looking outside on frosty world, sipping some hot tea, random thoughts are flowing through my head.  So what better way to capture them than on here….

Many people complain that Washington is gray, dreary and depressing all winter long, but I firmly believe there are no prettier days than the cold and clear ones in the winter.  Mountains have a fresh snow covering, the earth sparkles with frost, and the sun is brighter than ever.

It’s not important that kids believe as their parents do.  What IS important is that they are raised to think, make their own decisions and stand up for what they do believe.  As I ponder this, I am happy to report, neither the Manchild or Mathmajor has any difficulty with this at all!  They are their own men and I am proud of them!

There is no better place to live than the northwest.  From the ocean, through the mountains and on to the mighty Palouse, there is beauty here you can’t find anywhere else.




A person doesn’t come to the end of his life when he dies, it ends when he stops looking for new adventures. Adventures can be cycling or hiking, knitting or painting, writing or drawing.  Adventure is simple.  Pushing yourself to try something you haven’t before, experience something new, and finding the enjoyment in life, that is a true adventure.

Along with this, you only go around once. That means you better damn well enjoy the hell out of the ride, cuz when its done its done.  Luckily no one has ever accused me of not having fun in life, nor will they ever.  I yoyo at work, whistle in the halls, and pick on those that deserve it.

Hugs are good things!  Michelle and I hug ALL the time! In addition, at work, Coni, Sandy and Renee get one every day!  People look at us funny, but life is SO much better with extra hugs!

There is NOTHING so important at work that it trumps an extra 5 minutes of snug time under warm covers on a cold morning!

Cat’s DO run the house, and they frequently tell you “DEAL WITH IT!” in their little kitten heads!

Bird feeders and baths bring nature to you and can make it fun just to sits and look out the window




It is perfectly acceptable to pick on people you like, as long as you can take it in return. It is even more fun to annoy those that you know DON’T like you!

There’d be a lot fewer grouches out there if more people spent time on a bike!

Good season or bad, win or lose, being a WSU COUG is something great that only a relative few in the world get to experience. Cougar magic is real and its the reason we shout Go COUGS! to those we see anywhere in the world.

That being said, “Go COUGS” is the appropriate comment for births, marriage, deaths, sickness, recovery, good news or bad.  A COUG understands it comes from the heart.

No matter how hard the ride was, how much it hurt after, or what it took out of me, I have never regretted taking the ride.  I may decide NEVER to do it again (STP, RAMROD, High Pass Challenge) but I am damn glad I did it!


Take the time to look at the night sky, and remember, at one time, some of the atoms in your body used to be in a star, and when we die, eventually, some will return to the stars. The night sky can inspire you and let you be one with the universe.



Work is not the purpose of you life. The purpose of work is to fund the things you love to do outside of work!

No matter what is going on in your life, a good long bike ride, hard hike or intense workout can give you at least a bit of relief from the stress and sadness, and in turn keep you healthy.

I still love this quote! I AM the Storm!!


Those who don’t read for pleasure are missing out. A good book, can transport you far an away and let you live many many lives!

Duct tape, a swiss army knife and WD40 can fix damn near anything.

The Walking Dead is NOT just a zombie movie.  When the apocalypse comes, those of us who have watched every episode will be ready,  (My team meets at Costco!)

Those people with “Warning: In case of the Rapture, this car will be empty” Are pretty damn sure of themselves…

When someday I finally bite it, and the ashes get spread to the 4 winds, I want a gathering to occur, lead by the men of Strohs


This will be the chance to raise a beer or two, and tell the best Tony stories that can be remembered.  Manchikd and MAthmajor should be there too. I will want nobody sad, because, with the stories people will hear, they will know I enjoyed life fully.

Well I am sure there is more rattling around in that melon of mine, but I think that’s enough for today.

Like the wind folks!


14 thoughts on “Randomness

  1. Tons of great wisdom! As I read this post, I imagined you sharing the words from a podium, at a university graduation speech. 🙂

      1. I just came across the quote by Edward Abbey. It seemed particularly fitting to your post today: “One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am — a reluctant enthusiast… a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here.
        So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space.
        Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators.
        I promise you this; You will outlive the b*******.”

  2. “A person doesn’t come to the end of his life when he dies, it ends when he stops looking for new adventures. Adventures can be cycling or hiking, knitting or painting, writing or drawing. Adventure is simple. Pushing yourself to try something you haven’t before, experience something new, and finding the enjoyment in life, that is a true adventure.”

    I LOVE this!

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