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The Paul Gillespie Experience, Updated

As I’m writing this the entire house is filled with high school students.

Since that wasn’t adventurous enough for me I decided I needed to update The Paul Gillespie Experience.  New format some new options, moving some stuff around.  Same great content, just a different way to see it.

I plan on keeping it somewhat fresh more often than I usually do.  This particular theme, courtesy of Elegant Themes, is very tweakable.  In fact, all of the themes at Elegant Themes have a bunch of options you can tweak to change how it looks/behaves/etc.  While I’d love to take credit for the spectacular look…sometimes it pays to invest instead of build yourself.


(post image courtesy of Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Moved!

I finally did it.  I moved the beach volleyball updates to Gettin’ Sandy (which you can find at http://paulgillespie.me/beachvolleyball). It’s actually my beach volleyball-specific blog.  Yes I’m a nerd because I have multiple blogs (The Paul Gillespie Experience, Gettin’ Sandy, one step from freedom, etc.).

I’ve syndicated the feed so it will still appear here, but I’m going to try and do some more general beach volleyball-related posts (outside of the awesomeness that takes place at Volleyball Beach each week) to change it up a bit.  And, since other visitors to The Paul Gillespie Experience might care less about beach volleyball (I know – it’s hard to believe that everybody doesn’t just drool over it, isn’t it?) I figured it made sense to carve it out.

Continue reading Moved!

Today!

So I’m sitting here watching the Vikings-Packers game on Sunday Night Football and carving pumpkins with the kids.  I’m also uploading pictures from my collection to my photography site (PaulGillespiePhoto.com) and lamenting the fact that I found out too late that Vince Young wasn’t playing today because he is my fantasy football starting quarterback.

Today was a great day.  Got some stuff done around the house (should be on the market next week!), went to the zoo with the kiddos (had an absolute BLAST) and got some stuff done for the business.  Oh, yeah – and got the framework for my costume built.  Continue reading Today!

Camp YOU!

BTW – I have another site called Camp YOU.  It’s relatively new (last month), but I put it together to help folks stop spending money on programs they don’t have any business spending money on.  When I look back I realize I’ve spent close to $20 grand on various “programs” (not including college, incidentally) that were supposed to help me live a better life, make money doing what I enjoy, etc.  You know the hype – those things.  I don’t blame those programs because I really do think they work…for some people.  Unfortunately I wasn’t one of them, but the awesome sales letter or emotional call to action hooked me anyway.

So I brought up Camp YOU to (hopefully) help folks who aren’t in a position to take advantage of those not whip out the ol’ credit card and spend money when they have no business spending money because they won’t benefit like they think they will.  And likewise, hopefully it will encourage folks who can take advantage Continue reading Camp YOU!

Mess, Part Two

(image courtesy of TheChive.com)

Keep excusing the mess, if you would please.  There’s a lot of stuff I need to tweak on here to clean up; my #1 priority was actually getting back online.  Thanks to GoDaddy I was able to make the full transition (at least 90% of it) within a day.  Could have been less than that but I had to work on the old house, so I was off-line for a while.

Also, if you’re not following me on Twitter or Facebook, make sure to click the icons at the upper right and do that.  Because I’m fun.  Or I like to think that I’m fun, anyway.  Don’t burst my bubble. 🙂

By the way, I’ve found an awesome new site which is where I’m grabbing these pictures from.  TheChive.com is hilarious.  There’s definitely some language  and innuendo (read: don’t let the kids check it out), but it’s freaking hilarious and perfect when you need a laugh.

Travels – Part 2 of Hopefully Many

It continues.

OK, so I left off at the first rest stop I hit in Iowa.  I drove for a while longer (“a while” = measured in  hours – long trip) with a few stops in between for the necessities (bathroom, food, drink, fuel).  All told I think I drove six hours Friday morning/afternoon from the time I woke up around 7:30 until the time I pulled into Rosenblatt Stadium (home of the Omaha Royals).

For those of you who have not been there, Rosenblatt is a great stadium and the home to the college world series.  There’s a lot of metal and everything seems to be painted red, yellow or blue.  Very colorful, and “cozy” – you feel like you’re right on top of the action.  But hurry – this is the last year before it gets decommissioned and the O-Royals move to a new stadium.

When I pulled up (about 6:30 or so) I was able to get seats right on top of the dugout (for $10, even – to compare I dropped $88 for the Twins game down the third base line about shallow left 30 rows from the field).  I actually rested my feet right on top of the dugout – that’s how close I was.  It was the visitor’s dugout (Round Rock Express – an Astro’s farm club, I believe), but that’s OK – it gave me a great view no matter what.

Anyway, it was a fun game to watch.  The Express went up early – the first batter in the game took a pitch over the wall – but ultimately by the time we got to the 7th inning the Royals had tied it with a nice 3-run inning.  I got to see Alex Gordon and Kila Ka’aihue up-close and got a few good pictures (took another gig of pictures here and at the SPAM museum, for a trip total of 7GB).

My original plan was to catch the game and head back around 10, figuring the game would be over by then.  Not quite.  The Royals managed to win it in the bottom of the 14th inning (although, unless myself and the rest of the crowd completely missed something, it was really over in the 13th when Gordon drilled a pitch over the wall in center field that bounced back onto the field of play) when Ka’aihue walked then came home on Jai Wilson’s blast that,  like Gordon’s in the 13th,  seemed to clear the center field fence but bounced back into play.

To compare – the O-Royals game was much more “intimate” (in the “I’m close to the action” sense, not the “I’m naked” sense) but the Twins game was much more electric even if you discount the Yankees fans (which comprised maybe a quarter of the sold-out crowd).  I wouldn’t choose one over the other as “better” off-hand; would have to depend on a number of other factors.

After that there were some fireworks and a 3-hour drive home with just one pit stop (where I managed to run across some folks from the International House of Prayer, which is just down the street from my house – how about that?).  Made it safely home around 2:30 in the morning where I promptly crashed.  I can’t even remember if I took off my shoes.

That’s the chronological events of the short two-day trip that, I might add, marks the beginning of getting closer than just one step from freedom.  If you want to follow the progression of that journey, check me out at onestepfromfreedom.com (promises to be a fun ride).

The only bummer of the trip was that the friend I was headed up to hang with ended up on a flight to New York, instead, so I only got to spend a few hours and a couple of beers with them.  That’s OK – better than no time at all, and even if it was just me the entire trip I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

It was exactly what I needed to at least partially recharge the ol’ batteries.  My juice was running low – dangerously low – and while it’s not fully topped off even now it’s a whole lot higher than it’s been in a long time.  A lot of things became clearer during that trip, both from a personal and professional standpoint, but even sans that the time in the car listening to music and enjoying the scenery (and the freakin’ huge windmill-power things that dot the Iowa countryside) was very relaxing.

Next post I’m going to specifically call out someone I met for just a few minutes but who unknowingly changed me and ask a favor of you.

Right now I’m going to enjoy a cup of coffee, the 85 degree weather and watch the oncoming thunderstorm.

But wait…there’s MORE!

Travels – Part 1 Of Hopefully Many

Iowa’s got it right.

Right now I’m sitting here at a rest area welcome center in Northern Iowa, on my way back from Minnesota.  This is the same rest stop I stopped at on my way up to Minneapolis (I remember distinctly Diamond Jo’s casino, located right next door), but because I was in a hurry to get up north I didn’t do any blog post then.

I’m singing Iowa’s praises because as I’m sitting here writing this entry I’m connected to the Internet.  At a rest stop.  And this isn’t the only one – I passed a number of rest areas that similarly touting wireless connectivity if you pulled over and rested your weary engine and/or stretched your legs.

Continue reading Travels – Part 1 Of Hopefully Many