Training Your Baby


Born to be a doctor??

Recently, I visited a friend who is a very prominent doctor. He gave me a tour of his field of expertise and was very proud of speaking of his accomplishments and of his practice.

We reached the nursery and he led me to a vast open window.

See them all! We are shaping the world right here!

I peered into the first rows and saw them. Babies in scrubs. Some studying medical charts.

And those? I pointed to the middle section.

See the wrenches and other tools? Naturals! All of them! Those are baby mechanics.

I smiled.

Seeing the baby lawyers directing the baby executives was rather entertaining. All of these children! All ready to take on their natural roles in this society.


I was born with a plastic wrench in my mouth!


No person is the same. Some might have a disposition or physical condition that might not make them the best fit for a certain job. For example, having extremely poor vision might not make for the best airline pilot but beyond this, we are not born as a doctor, a maid, or a mechanic. We train ourselves to learn the skills and knowledge to become a doctor, a maid, or a mechanic.

I AM BAD AT _____________.

My whole younger life I was plagued by a fixed-growth mindset. I am not a math person. I am not good at basketball. I hate public speaking.

Then I reached College and in front of me was some hurdles. One being math. So I had a choice and that was to learn to do math or give up. The University was not going to change their policies for me.

So for the first time, I had to find a tutor. I had to fail and try harder. Finally, I passed. Passing taught me that indeed I could do it if I put in the effort. Just as I begun to take part in public speaking and other activities that I did not care for. Some things I still did not care for but I did see that it was not as bad as I thought before. You do not have to like everything.

When I was brought into my current company, I was part of a segment of the hotel industry that I had no real interest in and that is Housekeeping and more specifically; that would be Laundry. I did not mind checking the rooms…I have the skill set to do this; I really was not a fan of the making the beds and the linen involved.

After a while, I saddled up to the folding table and asked to be shown how to fold the towels and wash cloths. Soon I was jumping in when needed. The whole time I thought to myself that folding is way better than sorting at least. Sorting seemed lame. As time went by, I was sorting. As of late, I have been sorting more than folding because I realized it is a critical task. Now it is no big deal to me at all. The reason was because I stepped up to learn. I see it as a new skill that I can use in the future.

So think about your views on learning and what you do not like doing. Changing you mindset can give you a whole different perspective and improve your confidence when change comes knocking on your door.





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Noise to Note! #126

Noise to Note!

As I strolled through the crowd, I heard one guy say to another…

Man! I see so many familiar faces. But I do not remember the names. I know them from somewhere but I want to go up and ask them where do I know you from?

Yesterday was this. But I did go up to familiar faces and reconnected with many after countless years apart along with old friends who I have drifted off from. Many just chats on Facebook.

When Robert Rohmann left us this past week, it left many of us feeling lost at what happened. A huge party was to be thrown for his recovery and it was held as a fund raiser to help his family with his departing.

But as yesterday proved, Robert left us all with a gift. A gift of connecting and reconnecting the living.

So this is the video of the turnout. Great people. Maybe one surfing champion. Friends.

Years Around the Sun – Miles Away

Thanks Wes Henry for the video. I am amazed at how fast you created it.

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Noise to Note! #125

Noise to Note!

Growing up, I reached my teen years in a transitional time in the music industry. Many  rock groups that were considered the status quo were confused by MTV and an army of pale, thin guys with hair styles that were keeping the hair spray companies in business. The music was scaled down and filled with synthesizers. This lead to a lot of bands abandoning their signature sounds for more poppy styles.

Before the New Wave revolution swept through, American bands such as REO Speedwagon and Styx were hard rocking arena bands. Then with a few shifts in personnel, they found themselves as pop rock heroes which made some of their core audience shake their heads.

Journey was perhaps at their height of popularity in the mid-80s. But early Journey was truly a marvel. Perhaps, if history just remained the same, they would have been viewed as an American version of Queen, another band that changed their musical direction. At the time, Journey had two singers. Gregg Rollie and Steve Perry would bounce off each other to create wonderful story lines in their songs. Later, Greg would exit and John Caine would enter and the band would chug off into MTV heavy rotation.

Journey – Feeling that Way/Anytime


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Hotels Explained – Lost and Found Dois!


I wonder if they have beach toys we can use??

 A few days ago, a group of nice ladies showed up to my office. They brought a few basics with them and not much more. They wanted to enjoy our beach and needed the proper gear. Being savvy types, they avoided the beach rental guy who hawks his wares. So I took them on a shopping tour so they could hit the beach in style.

We have guests that frequently ask for things so we keep leftover items to be used if asked for.

What we do we have in our collection?


We have a pool so we carry a load of unclaimed goggles and masks.


Lots of sunglasses and chargers of all sorts…


Bodyboards, rafts, beach chairs, skimboards…

So next time you visit a hotel, take a gamble! Want to read a book? I am sure there are ones in storage. Games for the kids? You bet!

Thinking about what they could have abandoned could save you a few dollars on your next trip and we all would not mind that!

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Derailing the Writing Train



Hey! Its my bank account on Thursday!

Hey Wedgies! I love you all for following my blog and buying all of my SideWedge merchandise but sadly I have some awful news to tell you all. For the next month I will be gone. You see, we did plan a little quick getaway for my kids; Ethan, Jack, Jeremiah, and of course, Cornelius. Then Jeremiah came into the bedroom and forced us to change our plans of spending two days at Lake Pollywog.

I must explore the culture of Cambodia! I insist we leave this town post-haste!

So, on Tuesday we will be exploring this section of the world and we may venture over to Nepal to do some meditation with some of my friends who are monks.

See you soon and also buy my newest book, Wedgenomics for the Non-Book Smart! It’s a steal for only $35.00!

Okay…I am not going anywhere. And sadly, I am living a life more like the rest of us…a busy one with events with the family, overworking on the job front, and maybe an emergency or two to even things out. This brings us to the end of the day. The time of reflection to ponder on why we worked 2 extra hours and still have a lot more to do and also to ponder on why now we have to go back to work early the next day.

A Few Weeks Back

For several days, I would arrive home after working and trying to organize my kid’s birthday party and promptly fall asleep speaking to the other half on Skype. During the day, when I could not write at all, my mind was racing on several useful topics. When I got home, my mind was racing to shut down the power on my body! So no useful posts were ever produced.


Ponce on birthday party day!

Then came the day of the boy wonders birthday party. We went to Ponce Inlet and once again during a run of great surf; we were greeted with small, dribblers. I guess it was perfect for the kids though but dad was looking sad not being able to pull into a few drainers over by the jetty.

So during a very chaotic week, one nice moment occurred that I had not felt in a long time. My sons step-sister, who I normally view as a rather chatty, attention-loving young lady (a brat!) wanted to learn to surf. I put it off and put it off until finally I gave in and off we went to tame the mini-tsunamis. The first few push ins and she was hooked and she even stood up a few times.


Lilly charging the inlet!

For myself, it had been a while since I had given back to the sport that I loved and participated in coaching which is something I sorely miss at times.

The Inspector and the Storm.

This brings us up to the past few weeks and another trip of car repair sandwiched between school for the boy, and an upcoming inspection by corporate. So for days we were feverishly scrubbing dirt and grime off long forgotten corridors of the building with a miniscule staff that had long scheduled vacation days leaving us shorter than before.

Finally, the big boss said to just relieve Steve of all work duties to just have him concentrate on the inspections. So my days were filled with directing, inspecting, and lots of bending, lifting, hiding, and scrubbing.

So I live in Florida, which is a very special place on this earth. A long finger of land with two large bodies of water on each side which creates rather unique and potentially terrifying weather. So with a few days before the inspector was to arrive, the weather geeks on Weather Underground were already dancing around their computers and UK-MET maps about the potential for a tropical cyclone. Of course to make landfall during our inspection!


Welcome to Florida, Mr. Inspector!

So the inspection day came along with high winds and rain and we would clean something only to find it ruined. The process repeated and I choreographed a dance in which things would be shined and put back together to the glee of the inspector only to be dashed probably 45 minutes later.

Then came the results and a lot of e-mails congratulating us from corporate. We reached a 99% in cleanliness and a 100% for maintaining the brand standards.

So, I drove home and smiled as tropical storm force winds lashed my house.

Another week in paradise and finally a short break to finally post something on my site!

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Noise to Note! #124

Noise to Note!


There have been a trillion cover songs performed over the eons. Many fall way short of the intended goal. Then there are covers that just work. Sometimes better than the original.

Forever Young by Youth Group

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Noise to Note! #123

Noise to Note!

If you think of the story of Forrest Gump, Forrest was always the outlier. Some things he just stumbled into. At the time, you never realize that what you are doing is indeed ground breaking. Instead, you are just flying by the seat of your pants. Doing with only the idea that what you are doing is correct.

Only later, once the path has been forged do you realize how far ahead of the game you were. By this time, everyone else has climbed aboard. The uniforms have been created and are distributed. What was done for the sake of creating is now being created to be sold.

The Buzzcocks – What Do I Get?

Doing it before it was the norm.

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