Carpool Karaoke

Adeles-Carpool-Karaoke-2This is fun!

Most of us sing in the car while driving around with the radio on.

But James Corden, host of The Late Late Show, takes singing in the car to a new level when he joins up with stars.

His latest, with Adele, is priceless.


And if you want to watch some of his other Carpool Karaoke moments, catch them on BuzzFeed.

What They Learned in First Grade

Last weekend the Minnesota Vikings lost a close game to the Seattle Seahawks.

Jan 10, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) misses the potential game-winning field goal against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-245810 ORIG FILE ID: 20160110_jla_sk1_115.jpg

The Seahawks were scoreless into the fourth quarter where they came from behind to take a 10-9 lead against the Vikings who were the home team.

On their final drive, the Vikings drove down the field and with 22 seconds remaining Blair Walsh, their field goal kicker, attempted a 27-yard field goal.


In the frigid Minnesota cold, he hooked the kick left and missed.

Everyone was stunned. The Vikings and their fans. And the Seahawks and their fans as well.

Blair Walsh took full responsibility for his missed kick saying, “It’s my fault.”

Lots of Viking fans launched tirades against him and the team.



But a group of first grade teachers at Northpoint Elmentary School in Blaine, Minnesota, used the experience as a teaching moment.

The students were asked to write a letter showing empathy and encouragement.

It fit right into their learning targets, specifically the lesson of empathy.


The teachers sent the letters to Walsh. He delayed his plans to start his off season in warmer weather to take a trip to visit the students…

Here’s the story and video from ESPN.COM:

Ben Goessling
ESPN Staff Writer

BLAINE, Minn. — Kicker Blair Walsh’s original plan was to leave the frozen north on Wednesday, to begin his offseason in a warmer climate after the Vikings’ NFC wild-card loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

The outpouring of support he received from a class of first-graders made him change his schedule.

Walsh visited Northpoint Elementary in Blaine on Thursday to thank a group of students who wrote letters of encouragement to the kicker after his missed 27-yard field goal at the end of the Vikings’ 10-9 loss Sunday. The first-graders had been learning about empathy, and students wrote to Walsh in hopes of cheering him up.

The kicker said he received “too many [letters] to count — probably from every one of those kids.”

A group of first-graders had Blair Walsh’s back after the Vikings kicker’s costly miss in the wild-card round. On Thursday, Walsh gave back by visiting them during the school day.

On Thursday morning, Walsh spoke to the entire first grade at Northpoint before visiting each classroom to sign autographs and take pictures with children and teachers.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Walsh said. “My dad actually brought it to my attention, and it’s too cool. The fact that these teachers have the initiative to show those students what had happened, and they wrote those kind things, it’s unbelievable. It really is. These kids really made a difference in my life, and I’m glad to come here and brighten their day a little bit.”

Walsh, who led the NFL with 34 field goals this year and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2012, answered a round of questions from students and teachers in a group assembly, getting quizzed on such topics as his path to the NFL (Walsh was a soccer player in high school before he started kicking for the football team) and whether he has a guinea pig (“I don’t, but my family has a poodle, though,” he said).

“I wanted to show these kids that I cared and that I appreciated what they did, and I didn’t want to wait until the spring, when I came back [for offseason workouts],” Walsh said. “I wanted to do it now, while it’s still fresh in their minds. It was important to me to show them right away that, ‘Hey, I’m appreciative of everything you guys are doing for me and the kind gesture you showed toward me.'”

Gaining a Competitive Edge

I’m struggling with becoming more competitive in pickleball.

This isn’t a new problem. It’s an old one.

But it’s one I need to change.

There are times when I’m playing that I won’t take a ‘kill shot’ just because I want to keep playing longer rather than winning the point.

I’m FINALLY starting to see that my non-competitiveness is hurting my game–in the short run and, more importantly, in the long run.

So I started Googling ‘how to become more competitive in sports’ and most articles addressed being too competitive and, therefore, being a jerk.

While I might be a jerk, it’s not from being too competitive. 🙂

I changed my query to ‘how to become more competitive’ hoping that removing the ‘sports’ component would help me find an answer.

Finally I found a reply to that question that really resonated with me.

It’s from Michelle Gaugy (art gallery owner, author, art consultant, lifetime of self-employment) on

There seem to be two types of naturally ambitious people: some who just seem to pop out of the box naturally competitive (probably this is also fostered by their families) and then there are those who have a kind of emptiness inside that spurs them on – some void that they strive to continually fill by achievement.  If you are not already one of these two types, then your chances are slim indeed.

There is only one other way I know of, or have ever seen (and I’m no youngster and have had a wide life) that has transformed someone previously moderate into someone filled with ambition. And that is the discovery of an all-consuming interest, or a passion, which sets them on fire. IF (and that’s a very big “if”) you can discover something – and it can be anything – an interest – a product – a place – a ???? that overwhelms you with curiosity, love, gratitude, devotion, commitment and every other positive adjective you can think of – so much so that you cannot bear to be without it, and your every thought is consumed by your schemes for it, well……then you have the basis for becoming ambitious and competitive, as you attempt to figure out what to do about your obsession.

But that is the only way I have ever seen.

I definitely wasn’t born competitive. Maybe that has something to do with being a twin…

And my sisters and I weren’t raised to be competitive.


So the only other way “is the discovery of an all-consuming interest, or a passion” which sets me on fire.

Pickleball fits that bill perfectly.

It has overwhelmed me! And I can’t imagine living without it!

Realizing and embracing that will help me become more ambitious and competitive.

And as I become more competitive, I will use the following ways to establish a competitive advantage against my opponents.

Best $3 Ever Spent…

I, like bazillions of others across the USA, bought a Powerball ticket for tonight’s drawing.


And I, like bazillions of others across the USA, won’t win.

But what better way to spend three dollars except on a dream of they myriad of ways to spend $1.5+ BILLION?

How fun to think of all the good one could do for oneself, one’s family and friends, and one’s community and world.


First thing I would do? Change my name and move to someplace new so no one knew me or my face.

Second thing I would do? Split it equally with Rich because we have VERY different ideas of what organization to donate money to.

Third thing I would do? Get my passport and go to New Zealand. It’s the only foreign place I want to go to before I die.

What would you do?


As Rich gains more and more use of his right leg, he’ll graduate from using his walker to using a cane.

A-502-1356-0000CN-BI-01We got into a discussion yesterday on the correct way to use a cane.

Stop reading right now, stand up,and  pretend your right knee has been hurt. Grab an imaginary cane and take a few steps.

Seems simple, doesn’t it?

But here’s the weird thing…

Most people don’t know how to correctly use a cane.

Most automatically grab the cane with the hand on the same side as the injured knee, but actually the best way to use a cane is with the hand on the opposite side as the injured knee.

The only reason I know this is because I watched House and there was discussion of how Dr. House walked incorrectly with a cane.

He held his cane on the same side as his injured leg. Notice has much and how he limps.

When the cane is held on the opposite side of the injured leg, the mechanics of motion and balance are much more in tune.

It’s rare that I win a discussion, but I did win this one…

Of course, that was AFTER I found proof on the Internet.  🙂

Baby Steps

Rich went to see his orthopedic surgeon today.

x-rayIt’s been three months since his surgery to fix a tibial plateau fracture.

We were hoping that he’d get the news that he could start ‘walking’ today.

First came the x-ray…

Then came the doctor and his entourage. (Only have a picture of the doctor, not one that includes the two people who go with him everywhere he goes. )


The doctor said hello and asked how Rich was doing.

Rich answered, “Fine.”

Doc then asked, “Remind me… How long has it been?”

I jumped in and answered, “102 Days!”

Doc and entourage laughed…

Rich got the go ahead to start walking.

He’ll be using his walker and gradually put more and more weight on his right leg.

Doc said no physical therapy was needed unless Rich wants it.

Rich is going to try on his own doing walking exercises and muscle building exercises.

It all starts with baby steps…bob-baby-steps