Monday, December 28, 2009

Bike stand

Bike stand
Originally uploaded by coltrane46517

Ok I admit it. I haven't been on my bike in awhile. It has been cold and miserable here in Indiana now for the past few weeks. You can tell from the stats on the right side of this page that I have 0 miles in December (ouch!!!) Well that is about to change. For Christmas I received a bike stand trainer. Now I'm not sure how I am going to log my miles yet, but I can report that I have now used it two nights in a row. So to keep myself accountable I will report on here my times until I get a solution to post it in my actual riding log. I'm sure this will excite the millions of readers that follow this blog!
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Birthday Greeting Card Assortment, box of 10 cards and envelopes
Today is my dad's birthday.  He is a great man.  He is one of the most generous people I know.  Sure, sure sometimes he can be a bit grumpy.  But when you get to know his heart, you will find a man that cares about people and their well being.  He leads with courage and strength.  He is a wonderful grandfather. But most of all he is my Dad and I love him.  Dad happy birthday.  I can't wait to share the next year with you.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009


I'm looking forward to this upcoming year. To start the year off it will be my final semester working towards my business degree. It has been a lot of hard work, but I can't wait to feel the sense of accomplishment. Accomplishment provides fuel for our next challenge in life. I am also anticipating a great family trip this year. Planning is underway and I am very excited about it. I'm also anticipating getting back on the bike when it warms up again. It will be great to pick up where I left off on riding my bike into work and working to be more healthy, physically and mentally. And of course this will be our first year in our new house!!! I can't wait to build memories with my family in such a wonderful place. It truly is a blessing. I have several personal goals for this year, which I will share later, but for now I just want to enjoy this moment. The moment of being here, enjoying what is here, and anticipating what is to come.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Routine Monday

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New Y...Image via Wikipedia

Last Thursday morning I had my surgery to remove four wisdom teeth. Overall it went well. Most of the weekend was spent lounging around with icebags surrounding my face. Thanks to everyone for their prayers and support. As of right now my cheeks are still swollen, but the pain has rescinded quite a bit. I look forward to getting back to eating normally, non-liquid foods!!!

This is going to be a busy week. First off it is Christmas week. We still have not closed on the house and we have a fence being installed for the dogs. Jami and I still have some Christmas shopping to finish up. All in all life is good and I always feel blessed this time of year. It is a time to remember that there are things much greater then my problems to worry about. I have an awesome wife, a great son, and fabulous new house. Thank you God for all your many blessings.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Extracted 3rd Molar that was horizontally impa...Image via Wikipedia

Ok so most people get their wisdom teeth removed when they are young, like 18 and under. Well tomorrow morning I will have surgery to remove mine. All four. The doctor said if he had to pick one x-ray out of 100 that would be the most challenging it would be my x-ray. UMMMM GGGGRRREAT!!! Just what I want to hear. But at least I know I will have given the good doctor a challenge! So anyways, seriously, I am just asking for your prayers tomorrow and through recovery. Thanks.

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Friday, December 11, 2009


It has been awhile since I posted on this blog. It seems like I have less to write about now that Facebook and Twitter updates reach more people than what this blog will ever reach. However as of today I am going to recommit myself to writing more. The first reason is, is that I think it is important to exercise your mind and practice your writing skills. The second reason that I want to keep writing in this blog is to remind me of where I have been and the things I have done. I want to be able to look back through the archives years from now and be reminded of the events that have happened in my life. The final reason is that I feel incredibly blessed. This weekend I will celebrate my 6th wedding anniversary with my wife. She has been such a blessing to me. She pushes me to be better, she picks me up when I am down, and she is an awesome mother to our child. Within the next week we should close on our new house. What a blessing this is. After one year of waiting for this, it is finally happening. We are so thankful to family and friends who have helped us with this transition. So there you are, I will continue to keep this blog going. Sharing my life, interesting topics, and other stories.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

The riding continues!!!

Linear-pull brake on rear wheel of a mountain bikeImage via Wikipedia

In September I rode 107 miles. At the end of the month I did the Falling Leaves Bike Ride in Bristol, IN. I did the 25k version which was 15 miles. In October I have a couple of longer rides coming up hopefully the weather holds up so that these can be completed, looking forward to it!!!

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

100 in August

ride188Image by Brian_Brooks via Flickr

I have ridden my by bike 100.3 miles in August! Ok, ok I know that some people ride their bikes 100 miles in a single day, and, well, good for them. In my case you have to start from where you are at. When I was a kid I was always on my bike riding. Then I began driving, and when I went to college I started gaining weight. I have now been over weight and out of shape for several years. This is where I was at a month ago when God started prompting me to do something about it. So as you know from a previous post I began riding my bike to work. Somewhere in the middle of August I was looking at my miles and decided I would like to have at least 100 miles by the end of the month. Actually I thought I would be well past that mark, but a last minute business trip and weather put me right until the last day to achieve the century mark. Our pastor is always saying that you have to point your feet in the direction that you want to go. Well at this point I am pointing my bike in the direction I want to go. I may not be leading a peloton any time soon, but I will be getting closer to where I want to go. Achieving a healthy body, one pedal at a time, one mile at a time.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Elkhart to Chicago

Chicago is just a short trip from Elkhart. It is so nice to have a big city close by.

I love the big city. It is so different from where I grew up. There is something about being there that takes you away from reality. It is almost overwhelming. The tall buildings, the amount of people, cars, and subways! Chicago has many choices for music and food that we don't have around here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Beginning Bicycling 101

Cycling through London FieldsImage by Tom T via Flickr

Today I rode my bike into work. From my starting point to work is 7.25 miles. This also means I have to ride it back home. This may not seem like a big deal to a lot of you, but I am a large guy and not at all in shape. This is something I would like to do more often, hopefully twice a week or more. Last year I lost a lot of weight, but there is plenty more to lose. Getting healthy physically is an important priority for me, as I want to be able to do things with my family without "out of shape" issues causing problems. On the sidebar there is now a tracker for the miles I have ridden. Hopefully you all will hold me accountable and keep me on track. I know that right now I am not going to shatter any biking miles records, but every little bit helps. Also I am hoping that I can soon enter some organized rides. Jami is also biking with me. This is something I am enjoying very much. If you more experienced riders have some tips or suggestions, please feel free to leave me those in the comments.

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Thursday, July 09, 2009

New Music Blog Update

Live Music Quest is up and running. It has it first posts about a trip to Chicago that my wife and I took to see the Ian Torres Big Band. Also LMQ is now an affiliate for Ticketmaster and Woodwind & Brasswind. So if you are ordering tickets or if you are in the market for music equipment, please click on the links at Live Music Quest.

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

New Music Blog

I am starting a new music blog. It is called "Live Music Quest". The point of the blog will be to document live performances that I attend and to give tips on how and where to go and see live music. It will not be a music review. On Live Music Quest you can find a more detailed description of what this site will be about.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I can't travel without My Camera

My Camera
Without a camera you can't capture the moments of your trip. People need to be able to visualize where you were. Pictures make this process of explaining and hi-lighting your trip that much easier. Also taking pictures helps you to remember the things and places you have visited many years past the event.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

One day I'll roll in a Ferrari

What's my dream ride? What is your dream ride and why?

Ferrari F430

Ferrari. I just think they are awesome. Sleek, powerful, fast, precise. I've only had a chance to sit in one, but someday I would like to ride or even drive one.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Elkhart Municipal Band

Bar 1-2 of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue played ...Image via Wikipedia

Yesterday was my first performance with the Elkhart Municipal Band. I am only a sub, but I enjoyed it very much. The performance included the 1812 Overture and Rhapsody in Blue - performed by Nicolas Roth. There was a good crowd for the concert at Elkhart Central, I'm guessing around 500 people? The band played well and the response from the crowd was nice. Thanks Bryce for letting me sub for you it was a great experience!!! On a side note I noticed some of the performers had stars on their jackets, when I asked what they were for they told me each star was for five years in the band. Some people had 8 stars!!! WOW!!!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Oh, to be in Las Vegas

Prices are at an all time low in Las Vegas right now. It is really making me want to schedule a trip. But, so far I have not scheduled anything.

Las Vegas is my favorite city. The lights, the people, and the buildings. Mostly the buildings. Oh and then there is the food, the shows, and the gaming. I'm not a big gambler, I know the odds are against me. There is just something about this place that just renews me. Maybe I just feel I can get away from everything there. Not that everything is bad here, because things are actually very good here. You almost never have to worry about the weather. Time always goes by to fast when I am there.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Back to cooking basics

I love to cook. However I do not cook as much as I should. The other night I made Grilled Talapia with Tuscan seasoned risotto. It should be noted that I make my risotto not from a box or pre-fabricated bagged rice, pre-made meal type thing, but from abborio rice, chicken stock, and a lot of stirring the old fashion way. It just tastes better and is how it would be made if you ordered it from a restaurant. I unfortunately did not take a photo of this meal. On Sunday morning however I did decide to go back to the basics of making scrambled eggs. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to make scrambled eggs, but after watching a certain famous chef I decided to see if I could improve my technique. The result? Much better tasting and looking scrambled eggs!!! It is not that my old scrambled egg technique resulted in bad eggs, it is that this just took them to the next level. This chef actually tests all his potential new kitchen hires by having them make scrambled eggs....now that is seriousness about egg making!!!

Monday, March 30, 2009

NCAA Men's Basketball Tourney

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 27:  Kalin Lucas #1 of th...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Friday and Sunday I was able to attend the NCAA BBall tourney in Indianapolis. This is the first time I have ever been to a March madness event. We saw Louisville beat Arizona in the first game, pretty convincingly I might add. In the second game was Michigan State vs Kansas. This game went all the way to the end with MSU going ahead and winning with 6 minutes left in the game. On Sunday we saw the match-up of Louisville and MSU...This was a good game until shortly after halftime when Louisville fell apart and MSU began to dominate the game. It was really cool to be at Lucas Oil Stadium and see this event. I had a great time, and hopefully will be able to attend again sometime in the future.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

My bucket list starts with: Visit Alaska

Visit Alaska
I think it would be awesome to see

Write A Symphony
I would like to write something that has lasting value long after I have left.

Have a condo in a major city
I just love big cities and would love to have a home away from home.

Own a business
just the entrepreneur in me

visit austria
So many great composers came from here. I just think it would be neat to see where they lived.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Back from Vacation

We left last Wednesday for Florida (March 11). First we stayed in Fort Lauderdale at Mike's sister's condo. Very nice place right on the ocean. On Friday we drove from Fort Lauderdale to St. Pete. On the way we stopped at Myakka State Park and took the boat tour...there are over 1000 alligators in this lake, very cool. Then we stopped at the Seafood Shack in Cortez along the intercoastal waterway. My grandma use to take us to this restaurant when we were kids and we would watch the draw bridge. We stayed at Jami's cousins house for the weekend. On Sunday night we watched the sun set and then turned around and saw the space shuttle take off. Pretty amazing clear on the other side of the state and you could see it....Jacob was hilarious he kept saying "go space buddies!!!". On Monday we had a great day at Sea World and then back to Fort Lauderdale for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Balancing the HDRImage by Kounelli via Flickr

Sometimes there is a fine line between right and wrong, fair and unfair, connected and unconnected. Finding the correct balance in life might be the difference in a choice of words or actions. We have to work hard to earn money to purchase and buy things we want and need. Balance however requires distributing hard work with rest and recovery. I've seen multiple things happen in the last several months, be it in the work place, government, the economy, or social issues, where it seems as if people have shifted to a marginalized position at polar opposite ends of the spectrum. It seems to me that if we could analyze the distribution of these positions we could achieve a balance that would benefit all of us.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009


The Passage of TimeImage by ToniVC via Flickr

This weekend my son turned 3 years old. It seems like just yesterday he was born. This year I will be 32. Seems funny, when you are young it seemed to take forever to get to 16 to get your driving license. Now in the blink of an eye another 16 years have passed by. I guess in some ways that is good. It means everything is going good and I am living a good life. We need to always be enjoying the moment. Sometimes life passes us by and we don't pause to enjoy where we are at. Life is a movie not a photograph.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Google Reader and Shared Items

I read a lot of blogs. I previously used feedblitz to send me emails of the blogs I read. So after a few people mentioned that they use Google Reader to keep up with blogs they read I checked it out and now have made the switch. One of the nice things is the shared items feature. On the right hand side of this blog towards the bottom you will see "Jeff's Shared Items", this links straight to blog posts that I find interesting and mark in Google Reader. If you have any other tips for me in using Google Reader let me know in the comments of this post. Thanks!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New Feature

Every weekend I get a chance to hang out with my son Jacob while Jami works. Every Saturday I am going to start a "Saturdays with Jacob" feature on this blog. It will start by me asking him this question: "What do you want to write about today?". So here we go with the first "Saturdays With Jacob"!

Jacob what do you want to write about today? Mommy

What do you like about mommy?I love her and I love you

What are you going to do when mom comes home from work?Show her the Cars movie date!

Well that is it for this Saturday. Short to start off with, but we'll see how it goes in the next few weeks! (Jacob is fasinated by the Cars movie right now)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Grandpa Kamp

This a picture of my grandpa Kamp when he was in the Navy. This morning my Grandma Kamp gave me this paper and website where they memorialize WWII vets. Kinda cool. They misspelled his name, it should read Wayne not Wayme.


Click here for website link

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thankful for Family Again

Once again I am very thankful for family coming over to the new house and helping after we had a pipe burst. The basement was completely flooded. So again I say thanks.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Recordings Guide

My brother-in-law Chad gave me this book for Christmas. It is a great way to force yourself to listen to music you might not normally listen to. I find myself randomly picking a page and then start listening to that entry. Each entry has a short synopsis of why the recording is important and the historical background of each recording. It also has recordings that go well with that entry. At the back of the book they have listening lists....ex. Roadtrip soundtracks. You can visit the books website here: 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die

Friday, January 09, 2009

Gators Win!!!

There are two teams (well maybe three teams) that I cheer for in college football, Notre Dame, Florida, and Ball State. I cheer for ND because I grew up in their back yard. Living in Elkhart my whole life has put me a half hour away from ND my whole life. I even was an usher at the stadium for a couple of years. As a kid in Jr. High and High school I had wanted to go to Florida to school. The closest that I got to that is I toured the campus when I was a Freshmen in High School. So I have always cheered for the gators....long before they were national championship calibur, no fair weather fan here!!! Finally I cheer for Ball State, because I went to School there for 2 years, I didn't finish there, but they will always be a team I hope wins. So with that I am very happy with last nights championship!!! Go Gators!!!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Beethoven Kick

It has been a long time since I have posted. I am on this huge Beethoven kick right now. Last month marked the 200th anniversary of the premier of Beethoven's 5th symphony (and less famous 6th symphony). I can't help but wonder will any of our music, today's music, survive as long as Beethoven? Not likely. South Bend Symphony will play Beethoven's 3rd symphony on Jan. 24th. This symphony was originally written in tribute to Napoleon, however after Beethoven learned of his desire to control all of Europe Beethoven crossed his name out so violently that he tore a hole in the score. He renamed the symphony Eroica "Heroic". I'm looking forward to attending this concert. I had a great Christmas and New Years. Not sure quite what my goals are for this year yet, but I think it will be a year of regrowing in music knowledge and interest. I'm also back up to four saxophone students. Looking forward to helping them to grow as musicians.