She Said Yes

She Said yes - Building a Better DaveToday I talk about me popping the question last week to “The Nurse” and she made me very happy by saying yes.  Today I talk about the absolute guys view to engagement ring shopping. There is a strange aerobic dance that women do when they put on a ring.

She loves choices. I mean she LOOOOOVVVES choices, and I love that she loves choices. I am a very lucky man. We will be tying the knot on June 20, 2008.

Yes I got on one knee. It was nothing too fancy (I had fancier ideas, but if I didn't give her this ring soon, I was going to be in deep trouble).

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Kids Are Like Electric Football

Elelctric FootballToday I introduce you to my new Great Nephew. He sure is little. It really drove home the point of how absolutely life changing kids are. I can honestly say that at age 43 I'm glad I don't have this kind of responsibility that is soooo 24/7.

I talk about how “The Countess” has made the “Show Choir.” This scared me as if she had not made it, I would've been there for the melt down, and I want the best for all of “The Nurses” kids (and I'm not sure I could take watching the meltdown from the front row).  Luckily I got to be part of the celebration.

One thing as I “Hang out” with children of all shapes and sizes, I can see where the roll of the parent really comes into play. Kids have their own personality. It sure seems like they are preprogrammed to go in a certain direction. It reminds me of “Electric Football.” A game my brother and I got for Christmas (pre-Atari). This game had some vibrating device on the bottom, and a flat (or supposed to be flat) surface that the players would stand on. You could adjust some stuff on the player, and point them in the direction you wanted to go. You had the perfect plan. Then you would turn on the electricity and half the team would fall over, another 20 percent would go in circles, and many of the player would end up in the corner driving straight into the wall because the surface wasn't flat. As a parent (coach) you picked them back up and pointed them back in the direction you wanted to go, turn on the electricity and hope things turn out for the better.

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Drive By Schooling

Drive By SchoolingToday I talk about one of my life’s most embarrassing moments. I made a huge mistake, and I thought about not talking about it on the show. However, the “teacher” in me took over and I thought “If someone can learn from my mistake, it’s worth it.”

All signs point to me not passing a class this semester. While I’ve always had good grades, this semester I’m not going to be able to come in at the last minute and save the day. While most politicians don’t understand the concept of accepting your responsibility, I’m here to say “no excuses” and say this was ALL MY FAULT.

I’m very upset that I somehow lost my mojo, I took on things I shouldn’t have, and I should’ve said NO when I said yes. I kept thinking I would get back to school and get caught up. I wonder if subliminally that when I go so far behind, if I just didn’t give up. I think I always could get caught up eventually, and I just flat out ran out of time.

I have done nothing but examine this semester over the last few days trying to figure out what went wrong and why. The biggest thing was I needed to print out the syllabus and put it into my calendar so I could keep track of assignments and know when quizzes were scheduled. Who’s fault is that? MINE. You might say, “But Dave you’re too busy.” I need to learn the word “NO” and USE IT. School and graduation is now priority number 1. That will never change.

So bad things do happen to Dave Jackson. I’m not a super hero who can save the day. Its one thing to get wounded in battle, and it’s another thing shoot yourself in the foot. I don’t like to suck. I hate being average, so to FAIL a class makes me want to die. It’s like Dave Jackson died. I – David Jackson – don’t fail. Well I used to be able to say that. This sucks.

If you don't learn the word NO, you will learn it when people say it to you as in “No you can't graduate,” and “No, the class is not offered again this year.”

So now it’s about learning from your mistakes (the only thing positive you can do at this point), and take action. I’ve got a few weeks till Summer session starts. I’m going to come out of the gate like a steamroller from HELL. I know years from now this won’t matter, but right now I’m pretty disappointed in myself. The good news is this has awakened the “real” Dave Jackson.

He has risen – Halleluiah


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It Ain’t Easy Being Green

BEing GreenToday I tell the story of trying to help my niece as she is in labor. The bad news is Hospitals make me physically sick due to some psychological reason beyond my control.

It is very strange as my new great nephew was born on the same day my Mother died 19 years ago (in the same hospital). It made for day full of many emotions.

I also speak about how I regret not asking my Mother to quit smoking more frequently. Quiting smoking is very hard to do. My ex-wife tried every method and the only that worked was the quick keysystem (when she used it it was called something different).

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Relationship 2.0

Relationship 2.0 - Dave JacksonSo my trust went left of center this weekend as I let some small circumstances get the best of me and get “in my head” making me act like someone I don't want
to be. I'm not very proud of myself.

In the end, my “suspicious” attitude showed “The Nurse” how much
I TRULY cared, and that made her happy (not a recommended
practice). In the end we put all the cards on the table, and came back
with “Relationship 2.0” Its stronger, faster, and built to last.

Guys if you find yourself suspicious, its best to get the information directly from the source,
instead of finding bits and pieces and trying t connect the dots.

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Drama StewToday we welcome a new listener – and then piss them off. Wonderful.

This podcast is kind of “my diary.” But not really the truth. You only get MY side of the story so you know there is another two thirds of the story. So my last podcast where
I got to be a “Dad” for a day. It was a joke. It was a strange moment, and
a great memory as the “Countess” won her talent show.

Well double agent 0017 somehow accidentally played that episode for THE BIOLOGICAL FATHER. NICE. I understand her loyalty, but if she had not shown him, he never would've known. Now we have a lovely bowl of DRAMA STEW. Am I mad? No. I pretty much expected it. Besides she loves cheese (an inside joke). It's not like we didn't know it was going to “accidentally” get back to him.

So why was it such a big deal to be Dad for a day? Because I don't have kids, and won't have any.
That door has closed. I spent 10-15 thousand dollars trying to bypass the natural obstacles my ex-wife had. So I understand how children are a gift. They are not things you can buy at Wal Mart. So any time I get a glimpse of what it's like to be “Dad” it's an honor. The other night I was a hero getting printer paper at 10 PM.

So while it's fun to play Dad, I will never be. There is no competition. I don't have the right genes, and I lose every time. All the Father's Day cards will go to you. All I can do is love the kids like they are my own, try to guide them to success, and to be the best people they can be. So they can avoid any mistakes I've made.

It could be worse. I know someone who had a good relationship with their ex until they remarried. Then
the new spouse didn't like the kids, and made them feel unwelcome in their new home. It put a large strain on the relationship between father and children. I still don't understand it, or my friend. The good news is your ex-wife is dating someone who adores your children, so while others worry at night (my Brother's ex-wife's boyfriends were a treat ) you do not. I am not trying, or can I ever, take your place.

On a less dramatic topic, the nurse and I had a great weekend of communication. I had been busting my butt, and it turns out that everything I was doing was appreciated, but not really wanted.
It sounds stupid, and it took a while to figure out, and it has left the nurse and me even stronger.

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Dad for a day

Dad For a DayToday I talk about how “The Countess” and I performed in a talent show.
It was amazing, and I am so proud of her. It was great to make a
memory with such a great kid.

Then I thought about it. As much as we know parents can influence
their kids. Does that mean as adults we influence our parents? I mean
who can drive you more nuts than your kids (or your parents). So as

much as parent should take advantage of every minute they can spend with their children, are
we doing the same thing when our parents are growing older?

The one thing I know is I got to make a great memory with a great kid I enjoy watching
as she grows into a lovely young lady.