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Wednesday, November 28, 2007
FFL Week 12: SSC 105, Profilactics 68
Another week, another loss. This one guarantees that I will have my first losing season in my 7 year Fantasy Football career. I lost another QB when Marc Bulger went out with a concussion in the 1st quarter after losing a fumble. That was good for -1 point. Now it is time to hit the waiver wire and see if there are any healthy QBs available.

This week I face our division leader, the 8-4 Killdozer.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
We had the best flat tire ever!
This morning, we headed out for a Thanksgiving trip to Memphis to visit Amy's family. About 45 miles into the trip, a truck forced us onto the side of the road where we ran over some debris. About 2 minutes later, the tire pressure monitoring system in our van alerted me that we were losing tire pressure in our rear left tire.

I pulled over, got out and saw that the tire was almost completely flat. In the time it took for me to return to the van and tell Amy that we really had a flat, the Kentucky SAFE Patrol truck pulled right in behind us. It was a huge truck with a big flashing arrow on the back and just about every tool you could ever need when you're stranded on the side of the road.

The guy hopped out, turned on the arrow (to direct traffic around us) and basically took care of everything from there. He removed our flat, lowered our spare from under the van, put on the spare and used his air compressor to put a little more air into our spare. To top if off, he gave us directions to a tire shop about 9 miles away in Elizabethtown, KY.

So we limped the 9 miles on our temporary spare and found Wayne's Tire Shop. Wayne's was pretty busy; however, they worked us right in. In less than 30 minutes, we had a new tire mounted and we were back on the road.

It was the best flat tire I've ever had. It took us just under an hour from the time we got the flat to the time we were back on the road. A big thanks to the Kentucky SAFE Patrol and Wayne's Tire Shop.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
The Forge Louisville kick-off event was great
I attended the inaugural Forge Louisville event last night at Artemisia. FL was put together by Matt Winn of local VC Chrysalis Ventures to get entrepreneurs, service providers and investors together. The featured speaker was serial entrepreneur Doug Cobb who founded the Cobb Group and currently runs Appriss.

Some of the other notable attendees from the group of 75 or so were David Jones, Sr., founder of Humana, Tom Cottingham, founder of TechRepublic.

I was able to hang out with a lot of the gang from the Louisville Tech Entpreneurs group including Todd Earwood (AKA Todd Erwood) and Rob May of Louisville Video Pages and Daily Idea, Michelle Jones of Consuming Louisville, Ben Thomas of Louisville Geek Dinner, Scott Drake from Summit Energy, Lenny Grover from Chrysalis Ventures, Aaron Marshall of DBS Interactive and activist/artist Ashley Cecil.

I ran into other people I knew including Ted Smith of MedTrackAlert, Dan Scofield, Mark Crane of Greater Louisville, Inc. and Heath Gross who I had previously only known as my son Mahlon's flag football coach (talk about worlds colliding). Turns out Heath has a really interesting research company called the Sedulo Group that helped sponsor the event.

I also made a lot of new connections as well. After the event, about 25-30 people stayed at Artemisia for a late dinner. At my table was Todd Earwood, Scott Drake, Aaron Zibart who is a senior attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, Eddie Babbage who is CEO of ResonantVibes and Keith Ringer who is CEO of Metro Mojo (and a big fan of our domain name

Topics at dinner ranged from Facebook apps (I was the lone hater as usual) to Open Social to Twitter to Second Life to the iPhone and iPod Touch to the ins and outs of venture financing. Aaron Zibart was a great resource for sharing some of his experience on that.

Others in attendance who I didn't get a chance to talk to included Tom McMahon who is a former colleague from my brief stint at Greater Louisvile, Inc., local designer Chris Pearson who is known for his popular WordPress theme Cutline and Vik Chadha of Greater Louisville, Inc.

It was an excellent overall and I look forward to the next one. Thanks again to Matt for pulling it all together.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Miles' surgery went well [updated]
Today, Miles had to have minor surgery to repair his eye muscles. He has had two surgeries already (both before he was 2); however, there were still some adjustments that his eye doctor felt needed to be made.

They gave me goofy juice, too
Right after they gave Miles the "goofy juice" to help him relax. I was not on any medication at the time...

He also had a small lymph node removed from his groin at the same time as his eye surgery. The node had been slightly enlarged over the past couple of months. All of his labs were fine (i.e. nothing that seemed to indicate anything serious); however, the doctor decided to take it out for testing since he was already going to have the eye surgery. Will be nice to be able to completely rule anything bad out. Following the surgery, the doctor said the lymph node looked fine and expected everything to test out just fine. We'll know more in a week, tho.

The worst part of the procedure was Miles' reaction to the sedation. It always makes him vomit when he wakes up. So far, he's thrown up 3 times including red slushee all over our bathroom wall. That was fun.

A big thanks to everyone who sent e-mails or posted messages on Twitter. We really appreciate all of the support.

[UPDATE: 11/15] Miles' lymph node biopsy came back fine. No cancers or lymphomas. We didn't think there would be anything there; however, it is a relief to get confirmation.
FFL Week 10: Delivery Boyz 70, Profilactics 54
Another week, another loss. I am now 3-7 with 4 weeks to play. My team is beyond repair. Looking forward to next season.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I voted for San Francisco
Last week, Pat Boone, on behalf of the Kentucky Republican Party, delivered a pre-recorded phone message to Kentucky voters against Democratic candidate Steve Beshear.

"His opponent is so ultra-liberal, he has just been enthusiastically endorsed by C-Fair, a prominent gay rights advocacy group. They're convinced Steve Beshear is their guy. Do you really want Kentucky to become another San Francisco?"

metalbooneActually, Pat, that would be great. I love San Francisco. They have great weather, tons of high-paying technology jobs, a diverse population, professional sports teams, national landmarks and lots of my friends live there.

If Pat Boone is telling me Steve Beshear can deliver all that, then I'm in.

Some construed Pat's comments as hateful and bigoted; however, that can't be the case. See, Pat didn't have a problem with dressing up in leather and singing a cover song from Judas Priest (whose singer is openly gay). In fact, he lead off his heavy metal cover album with that track.

So, thanks for the tip, Pat. I hope they build Chinatown near my house.
FFL Week 9: Trojan Horse 81, Profilactics 62
My team sucks! I'm now 3-6 (my worst FF record every thru 9 weeks). No other analysis necessary.

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Married father of 6; VP of Social Media at JPMorgan Chase; gluten-free; gadget enthusiast; hair metal aficionado; #Movember man View more on LinkedIn.