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Been a while…

Wow, has it really been over 3 months since my last post?  Not that any of you were losing sleep, wondering what the next “great” thing to come out of my spacey mind would be, but I’m sorry that it has been so long.

So much has happened over the past 3 months:

  • For starters, we are only 8 weeks away (give or take) from an anxiously awaited addition to the Brooks household, Jacob.  I can’t believe it is going to happen so very soon.  We are excited to finally meet the little ninja that constantly attacks his mother from the inside.
  • Brendan has started the sixth grade!  I can’t believe how fast they grow up.  I mean, it really only seems like not that long ago, he was so excited to start school.  It truly is amazing how fast the time flies.
  • Another school year has begun…not only Brendan has started another school year, I have also.  This really doesn’t mean much since I don’t get the summers off, but this year has been a bear thus far.  Truly seems like summer never even happened.  This is the start of my 5th year at the school, and I have never felt so overwhelmed.  Not sure what that is a sign of, but we’ll see how the rest of the year goes.  Hopefully things will get back to normal.
  • I had one of my photographs entered into my first Gallery along with some of my PikTripper friends.  It is at Buon Giorno Coffee in Grapevine if you’d like to go and see it.  The Gallery will be up through the month of September.
  • Football season has started! After a record-breaking summer, finally, there is a sense of fall in the air and along with that comes another season of college football.  There is just something about the cooler fall air, and meat on a grill in preparation for another great game.  Really looking forward to the hopes of a great season for ASU this year…Go Devils!

I guess that’s about it, but it seems like a lot has happened since we last spoke.  I will do my best to get back into the swing of filling the screen with my random thoughts.  I’m sure that will be easier said than done once Jacob arrives, but then again, he may be just the fuel needed to spark a few more random thoughts.

Hope you had a good summer, and are ready for whatever is next.


The “Big Game” in the Big “D” – Weather Permitting

Someone left their sprinkler on...oops! (and no, it wasn't me) - photo by Kara Jacob

As the entire universe knows, Dallas-Fort Worth (Arlington to be exact), is about to host “the Big Game” (a.k.a. Super Bowl, but we aren’t allowed to say that unless we pay millions of dollars).  And, as you all know, unless you’ve been living under a rock or frozen in ice – (haha get it?) that DFW has been hit by one of the worst winter storms in over 20 years.  This predicament has caused many to question the NFL’s decision to hold the Sup…I mean, Big Game, in DFW.  The fact is, “worst winter storm in over 20 years,” isn’t being truly considered here.  The normal temperature this time of year in DFW is  mid-50’s which isn’t nearly as bad as Indianapolis (2012 host) and New York (2013 host).

ESPN columnist, Gene Wojciechowsk went on a rant, much like many others, recently about how bad the SB doesn’t belong here. He goes on to talk about how warm it is in places like Miami, San Diego, Phoenix and New Orleans.  For the record, Phoenix is also seeing some of its coldest temperatures in years.  They have caused for numerous delays in the Phoenix Open this week due to frozen conditions.  Now, I know, cold temperatures are one thing, those don’t cause accidents the way a mammoth ice storm does, but my point is that you can’t predict the weather.  I mean, hell, it was 75 last Saturday.  Had they not added another week in between the playoffs and the “Game,” this whole issue never would have even come up.  In fact, they would be talking about the next time DFW would host, not if it will ever host again.

People have been going on about the lack of salt trucks in the DFW area.  DFW doesn’t have salt trucks the way other cities in the midwest do.  Would you, as a tax payer, want your city to put money into the equipment (trucks and salt- which is not cheap) for an ice storm that may or may not come once a year?  I would think not.

I moved here to the DFW area almost 4 years ago.  I have seen 2 of these ice storms since I’ve been here, and would definitely say this one was the worst.  I have never, even in all my time living in Michigan, seen a storm debilitate a city the way this one has, and with the temperatures as low as they were, I’m really not sure salt trucks would have helped much.  One thing I learned in Michigan is that the salt only works above a certain temperature.

I guess the point of my rant is in rebuttal of all those that are saying Dallas isn’t worthy of a Super Bowl – I mean “Big Game.”  I could care less about Jerry Jones and the millions of dollars he will make off this event, but I do care about the money it will bring to our communities.  If one day the NFL decides to put the game on a rotating schedule with “warmer” cities, then so be it, and honestly, I wouldn’t blame them.  They need to get owners off this kick though of trying to use drawing the game to their city by means of building a new stadium.  How the hell else do you think Detroit got one and that the next two are in Indy and then New York?