Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2014/10/06

Workouts, errr, work

We all know that guy*. The weekend warrior type who plays softball or some other sport once a week and does so with the mindset that he’s still 20-years old and in the best shape of his life.

It’s this same guy who, for the three, four or even five days after a game complains that he’s sore, grunts every time he gets up from a chair, can barely walk but still believes that he’ll adjust, get back into the swing of things and will be fine in a week.

Trust me, I know. I am that guy.

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Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2014/10/03

Outside Opinions

Last weekend we went to Las Vegas. And by “we” I mean my wife and I, the in-laws and the twins.

Although my wife and I often go out of our way to expose the twins to new experiences, taking a pair of 6-year old boys to a place nicknamed “Sin City” is certainly cause for apprehension. And when one of those boys is autistic, some might consider that downright stupid.

Not us.

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Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2014/09/19

No thanks Apple

A few weeks ago, I busted my Samsung Galaxy S-III pretty good. Without an insurance policy and being only 10-months into my 2-year contract with Verizon, replacement options were limited to buying a) a brand new phone through Verizon (approx $499+), b) a refurbished phone through Verizon (approx $249+) or c) a used/refurbished phone through a 3rd party vendor (starting around $139).

I chose option C. Which was an iPhone. And after two weeks, I can honestly say that I don’t like it.

It should be noted that it was an iPhone4. It should also be disclosed that my familiarity with, and tolerance of, any Apple product is pretty low. I have an iPad and an iPod and am not overly thrilled with either. And no. I don’t like Mac’s.

Still. For $149 I figured that buying one of America’s most highly sought after brands of phone would be more than sufficient. Oh how mistaken I was…

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Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2014/09/03

Spartan Anniversary

About a year ago for my birthday my wife bought me a Groupon for some boot camp type classes. Spartan X I believe they were called and were run by a man ominously named Coach ‘Pain’ Dewayne. He’s perhaps 5’9″, 175-lbs with MAYBE 4% body fat.

I know. I know. At the time I was thinking the same thing you are right now: “Dude! His middle name is ‘Pain’! Why didn’t you just quit?”

After just one session – and barely being able to walk upright for a week and spending hours icing every part of my body – trust me, it crossed my mind, but let me tell you: it was worth it. I just didn’t realize it at the time.

I’ll stop short of saying that boot camp class was “life changing”, but in some way it was just that. Coach didn’t have us use a single dumbbell, pulley machine, treadmill or adjustable bench: all equipment you’d find in a decent gym; the same equipment I’ve been using for decades.

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Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2014/08/26

Arizona IEP

Let’s get the definitions out of the way now: IEP is short for Individualized Education Program. It defines the objectives of a child who has been found with a disability, as defined by federal regulations, and is intended to help children reach educational goals more easily than they otherwise would.

Basically it’s a game-plan; a road-map that says “Ok. Your child is currently at Point A. He needs to get to Point B. Here’s how we can get him there…”

Your child's education (advocate4specialed.com)

Your child’s education (advocate4specialed.com)

Over the past few years – including just this week – I’ve sat in on several meetings with school officials to discuss the educational needs and goals for my son. An IEP is a great thing, but for a father of a child with autism it can also be scarey.

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Posted by: Mr. Miller | 2014/08/12

Blogging A to Z: R is for I suck at this.

This is just another part of the whole Blogging A to Z series where I pick a letter and just write.

Months ago – and yes, it’s been that long – I put together a list of topics beginning with the letters A-to-Z in which I was going to write about everything from being an Asshole to what should be today’s topic de jour, Reality. So far I’m failing on several levels.

For one, it shouldn’t take this long. There are only 26 letters in the alphabet and I’m on what, blog number 18? Eighteen blogs in four-months? Pretty weak if you ask me.

Two, after coming up with five potential topics for the letter “R” – and settling on Reality – I’ve realized that my thoughts on all of them are either a) uninteresting to anyone and/or b) do not provide enough content in which to fill a 500-word blog.

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