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So, it has been a while, but I am back.  I would like to dedicate this blog to my buddy, Corey, who I miss more than he will ever know.  He is not dead, just lives far away and I rarely see him.

Anyhoo, I have been sitting on my 100th blog for a long time.  Maybe because it is the 100th and I have applied too much pressure to it being great, but as my friend Doug in California told me recently, the 100th episode is not always the best episode, it is just the 100th episode.  So, to Doug, for getting me re-energized to blog, and to Corey, for pissing me off enough to sit down and write this blog immediately.

I recently posted on Facebook that I am fortunate to have both conservative and liberal friends.  I also posted that they often say the exact same things about the same issues.  Both sides think their votes don’t matter.  Both sides think the other side uses unfair or unscrupulous actions to get their way in congress or senate.  Both sides think they represent the people.  Both sides think they are right.  In response to my Facebook commentary, my buddy Corey writes to me (in private) “As an intelligent man with a wide range of accomplishments both personal and professional, you are a leader.  I know you and I do not agree on everything, but society needs you to get off the sidelines.”

Those are strong words to speak to another person, aren’t they?  And I love him for it.  Don’t we all need people to push us?  Don’t we need those in our lives to encourage, nay, dare us to be better people?  We sit back and drop political/religious/opinion ideological bombs on Facebook, and then just walk away.  What is the point?  Maybe I have been on the sidelines too long.  Maybe it is time to take some action against the drive by ideologue shootings that are taking place everywhere I look.  Maybe it is time for me to lead a group of people to something better.  But how?

I am not really sure.  But unfortunately, I think my friend is right, I need to get off the sidelines.  I have so many thoughts in my head that I feel like it will explode sometimes.  I think that is why I enjoyed blogging so much.  I say enjoyed, in past tense, because I have been going through some things over the last year, but I need to move on, or continue in the direction I know I need to go.  My life has always been driven at being the best, being wise, being kind, and most importantly, improving myself.  It is time I get back to those main goals.  That is why Corey pisses me off so much, and why I love him so much.  He is the guy I can have hard conversations with and the guy that can tell me when I am full of sh*t.  He is not the only guy in my life like that, but one of very few.

So, what does this mean?  For now, it means I have finally written my 100th blog.  It may mean that I get my opinions out there more often, but hopefully in a way that affects change.  As I stated before, I have so many thoughts:  Parents need to parent.  Discussions need to continue among all walks of life.  Global climate change IS happening.  Taxes are NOT always bad.  Taxes are NOT always good.  If you were to write down the mandates of the Bible, it would NOT include pushing for government abortion laws.  God is good, but we are NOT.

Oh yeah, and one last thing, Corey can suck it!

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My friends and I used to have lots of discussion about random things while in high school. I was reminded of one such discussion by my friend Doug from California. If 7-Eleven is open 7 days a week and 24 hours a day, then why do they have locks on their doors? I’m just sayin’ …

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