Quote for the Day

This is a perfect quote that relates to just about everything and anything. After a bad day – I always come back to this.

“Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.” -Joe Paterno

I Voted: PSU Alumni Trustee Election 2012

I have been waiting to vote in this election (Alumni Trustee Election) since November of last year. While it is no secret who I want to win – I have high hopes for these three new members. Let’s hope the new elected trustees ruffle a few feathers and can get Penn State turned in the right direction.

On another Penn State note – this weekend is the Blue & White game. It will be a great and a sad day. Let’s hope our new coach has a great first experience in Beaver Stadium.

We Are…A Family

My kids with Joe.

Some people do not understand it, others think I/we are crazy, but losing Joe was hard. He was more than a coach, a public figure, and an educator…he was part of the family.

After watching the Joe Paterno memorial yesterday one thing was made very clear – we the Penn State community are one big family. Sure – we have our problems, but what family – especially such a large family – does not? Seeing everyone together, supporting one and other, and sharing memories about Joe was pretty amazing and finally made me feel a bit more at peace.

A big thanks to the Big Ten Network for airing it!

We Are…Penn State

Another sleepless night for me left plenty of time to think about the current situation and Penn State, what we can learn from it, and where we go from here. I, like many other Penn Staters, have great pride in our alma mater. The foundation is deep and something that you just cannot explain unless you experience it for yourself. Our alumni association is the largest dues-paying organization of its kind in the world. We are not defined by the actions of a few – but by the actions of all.

We get together almost every Saturday in the fall in our Penn State gear, ready to cheer on our team. We come to Beaver Stadium over 100,000 strong banded together by one thing – pride in our University. We can put our differences aside and cheer together. We need to do the same now and stand together – supporting each other. We are Penn State strong. We need to learn from the situation and move forward. Most important of all need to protect others while not forgetting to also protect ourselves.

We are…Penn State and regardless of what shakes down in the next few hours/days/weeks – we need to remember – together we are an amazing group of individuals who share an experience like no other. We can and need to join together to make sure our great University continues on with pride and tradition…it is what Joe would want.

214 Simmons (Penn State) Offspring

J & A offspring

On our travels east – we stopped over at my freshman and sophomore college roommate’s house. We snapped a photo of all our kids before we left. It is just hard to believe we are all (me and my roommate) grown up and are raising potential Penn Staters!

My New Bike

My New Bike

I have been looking into buying a bike for about a year now. I had a Trek when I was at Penn State and decided I wanted to get another. Because of my busy schedule I have just not had the time to get out and actually get one, but last Friday after stopping by a neighborhood garage sale (early) with a friend – I saw a purple Trek with an aluminum frame, front suspension, and a price I could not beat. When I first saw it I was ready to easily pay $100 but the price tag said $40. I instantly grabbed it up and took it to the local bike store to get a tune up. The service guy laughed at what I paid and a few days later I picked it up.

I had not ridden a bicycle in years – probably over ten years. When I was younger – I road my bike everywhere. Of course – I jumped on and took off thinking I could do a quick mile or two – no problem. Well not being familiar with the gears/gear shifting I went from what seemed like 21 to 1, then back. I could barely petal, then all the sudden my legs were moving 90mph. After the first half mile – I turned back because it was ridiculous. I also realized I needed a new seat – desperately.

The next day I got out there and it felt much better. I found a comfortable gear and had a nice ride. Although everyone says the phrase “it is as easy as riding a bike” it made me laugh a little to think about the difficulty I had after not riding one in a long time. I look forward to taking rides with my kids this summer!

Sonic the Hedgehog 4

Sonic 4Recently I have been playing a lot of Sonic the Hedgehog 3. It was one of my favorite games of all time and pretty much defined the summer of 1996 when I lived with a friend of mine who played that and NHL 96 with me day in and day out. I love(d) Sega and I was super excited to see they released a new true-to-Sonic- Sonic game (Sonic the Hedgehog 4 – Episode 1). I look forward to a new Sonic game with updated graphics and updated challenges. Any other Sonic fans out there that are going to get this game?

Call for All PSU Friends to Gather…

I received a long awaited phone call yesterday – from one of my favorite people of all time: Amy G (now Amy M after getting married). We had not spoken for some time – but it was great to catch up. Amy was Amy’s (my Amy) roommate freshman and sophmore year. Not only did we catch up and talk about our great times at Penn State – we decided that it would be great if we could get together again back at Penn State during the Penn State Blue and White game (annual spring scrimmage) on April 25th. I am hopeful that we can start an annual tradition with this.

So far – it will be me and Amy, Amy G, Casey, and I promised at least one Wessner – so hopefully I can pull that off. Parents/friends are welcome. We plan to get some sort of tailgating action together so hopefully we can enjoy some time together while talking about how we cannot believe it has already been ten years. Ken – you will be there, right? 😉

Fall is in the Air

This is by far my favorite time of the year. Penn State football, cooler weather, fall golf, and no more bees…what else can you ask for? It brings me great joy to see Joe Paterno on the sidelines every Saturday – he is truly an inspiration. I hate being hot so the cooler weather (50s-60s) is a treat for me. Fall golf is the best. The courses are in great condition, not as many people are golfing, the prices per round are cheaper, and I always play better with my 2 iron after September 1st. Not dealing with nasty bees is a dream come true because if you know me – you know I am not a bee fan at all. Good times!