Tag Archives: Friends

No New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

no resultions

 

 

With 2015 coming to a close and 2016 kicking off the only thing I keep hearing about are “New Year’s Resolutions”. I find it strange that everyone gets excited over the New Year and this seems to be an excuse to make “Resolutions”. I could sit here and make a list of “Resolutions” for this year, but as many others know by the end of February they’ll be a thing of the past and you’ll be back to your old routines.

So my plans for 2016 include many things I’d like to change in my life and they will come in stages.

Fitness: Fitness this past year has definitely taken a back seat and I hit my heaviest weight pushing the scales at 240. I’ve already started with small changes and dropped back to 238 but this will be tough as I’m at the mercy of my current injury (which I’ll address shortly) so running is out for a little while.

Blogging: My work and personal life were crazy which took away from my ability to blog and thus my site sat for a bit. Don’t get me wrong I still had traffic, but not at all what I would have liked it to be.

Paintball: 2016 is gearing up to what could be a great year for paintball with all the games that have been announced so far. 2016 will hopefully be a great year for the industry and plan to do my part to help them grow that much more.

Education: This year will be the first of many years I plan on devoting to furthering my education for my own personal reasons. This last year life hasn’t allowed me to do so but this year I’ll make more of an effort.

Charity: This one is always on the forefront for the wife and I as we always collect bikes to be donated to charity around Christmas time. Every year we always say we’re going to start earlier and hopefully this will change this year.

Friends: In 2016 I want to try and be able to try and find that balance between work and friends. This past year I feel as if I was a bad friend due to more work and less time with friends.

While everyone can easily make “New Year’s Resolutions”, that always seems to be short lived. I urge you to consider making life changes. Keeping those changes simple and making them gradually versus jumping in completely will help insure you stick to them successfully.

Little White Lie Follow-up

For those who read my last blog post “Little White Lie” I had promised a follow up so here it is. Early Saturday morning I arrived at Generals Cup 2013 at Gator Paintball in Hudson to find a sleeping campground still as it was early in the morning and if I had to guess, everyone was up late Friday night. So I pull into the parking spot that my “partner in crime” saved for me the night before and waited for the Crewe to wake up. The first to wake up was my accomplice and the one who I had intended the prank to be for. As I watched him climb out of his tent and stretch I couldn’t help but wonder what his first reaction would be. Suddenly I see a stare come in my direction and he squints, rubs his eyes and walks closer. Then straight out of left field he flips me the bird, laughs and comes over. He claims he knew something was up but there were less than a handful of people who knew (including the field owner and event promoter). The weekend was full of shenanigans and major bruising, but in the end our side lost and we had a blast doing so. Saturday’s team meal was at Hooters in Spring Hill just as I had wanted. The wife and I generally frequent the Clearwater Hooters and refer to it as “Our Hooters” as it’s our favorite out of them all. The weekend was long, but worth it in the end as the Wrecking Crewe took home two awards, one of which was from our opposing team which I consider to be the highest honor of the weekend. The team also had three individuals highlighted for individual achievements. All in all I’d say the weekend was a total success. The team had its first event, took home a few awards, but we also let the paintball world know we may be the new kids on the block, and we are a force to be reckoned with and now appear on everyone’s radar.

Crewe 2

 

Map

Mike

Crewe

awards

What was your best prank ever? Did it turn out as you planned?

The next chapter

This past Friday 2/1/2013 we helped celebrate the closing of a chapter for a close friend, but also got to wish him luck on his next chapter. A friend of many has decided to move to Oregon. While some people would say ok what’s the big deal he’s moving? He’ll be leaving Monday for Oregon but the way he chose to go is what makes it unique. See he’ll be walking/hiking to Oregon from Tampa, FL which is the new chapter in his life. For those who know him this would come as no surprise as he’s often spoke of moving to Oregon. In this world you’ll meet two types of people “Those who dream” or “Those who do”. For anyone who knows Dave they’ll tell you without hesitation he’s one of the ones who takes those dreams and goes for it. While he’ll be missed by many we are all excited for him on the beginning of his next chapter in the book of life. Good luck with your trip and be safe, I can’t wait to read about your cross-country adventures.

dave 2

For those who would like to read of his cross-country adventures you can follow his blog or checkout his Facebook page.

dave

What dreams have you acted upon in the past? How did they change your life?

Paintball Sunday

Well the weekend is officially here and it’s time to do what I love to do and that would be play paintball. The place will be Gator paintball in Hudson, our home field and the group should be about 10 or so. The team has hit about 20 players but some won’t be able to make it. As always fun will be had by all…… even those who aren’t part of the team love it and always have a blast. I’m super excited because I’ll get to use my new paintball gun for the first time. It’s a limited edition Dye Black/Gold NT 11 that I was able to get thru a friend. I’ve been searching for one for about a year or so and became aware of its presence around World Cup 2012. I’ve been saving ever since and luckily my friend still had it when I finally got the money so I feel like it was meant to be. For those who don’t know much about paintball guns I guess an easy way to compare it for women to understand would be comparing it to a limited edition Coach purse.

IMG_9639

IMG_5923

IMG_2946

IMG_9138

What do you love to do with your Sundays? Who do you generally share this time with?

The ultimate gift

It all started out as a friendly prank war between friends which got her the ultimate gift. She’s the only female player on our paintball team and yet she still hangs with the boys. She’s a tomboy, but still has her “girly” side as well. One day playing she broke her hopper and couldn’t play so we let her borrow one of ours. The one guy and I decided to have a little fun with her while we built her a new one. See the one guy that started helping me was the one she was in the middle of a prank war with so it was perfect timing. The two of us got together and decided we’d build her a super hopper, one that would last her a while, but still suit her girly side. We chose the Dye rotor as the platform for her gift because it had proven to be a product that was battle tested over time for us. We began by stripping it down to the shell and prepping it for paint. We needed to come up with a color suitable for her so we chose pink. I know it sounds weird but at the end of the day the color is actually pretty awesome. Then I enlisted the help of the wife and mother in law as we were going to make it personalized for her. After several brain storming sessions we came up with putting her name on it as well as all sizes of brass knuckles. After all she was the girly girl but still able to roll with the punches any guy would throw at her. Once that was done we purchased a new black color kit for it as the one it had on before was red. Moving on we reassembled the unit but didn’t do so until the day we were going to give it to her.

sign

Then next part was where it got interesting. A week prior to playing we decided to tell her we had something for her and I believe the exact phrase we used was “It’s going to be epic and tears will be shed”. She automatically assumed we were going to prank her and went in to defensive mode. Over the week she’d make comments like “I’m not feeling good” or “Can you give me a hint”? As it got closer to the weekend she’d ask for hints and the only one we’d give her was “It’s going to be epic and tears will be shed”. Becoming more and more fearful she then moved on to bribery to try and find out what her fate held for her. She made offers over the last few days ranging from her letting me ride her scooter to the offer of washing and waxing my truck for 3 months. I’m not going to lie but the three months of washing and waxing my truck was pretty tempting but I didn’t cave.

Hopper 3

Hopper 4

Finally the day came to give it to her and we hadn’t a clue on how to present it to her. As she rolled up to the paintball field you could see the excitement and fear in her eyes. The excitement was because she love playing paintball and the fear was due to the fact that she had no clue about what was going to happen to her that day. Getting out of her car we all say hello and smile at her. She then gets a bit more nervous as we’re all talking amongst ourselves. Then it was finally time to present the gift to her and we chose to do it in a silly way. Two of the guys went and held her as I ran at her with something wrapped in a shirt. She immediately closed her eyes and braced in for something that she thought was going to be truly awful. Once I got within a foot of her I raised it up to her and said “Merry Christmas”. You could hear a sigh of relief from her as the guys let her go and she looked at my hands puzzled. We then unwrapped it and she was amazed at what she saw. It was her own hopper and personalized so there was no mistaking who it belonged to. She was pleasantly surprised and I thought there would be tears but there wasn’t. So the rest of the day she played using her custom hopper and everyone loved it.

So the end result for her was she misinterpreted our motives and our cryptic messages. She automatically assumed she was going to be pranked and not that we were merely giving her the ultimate Christmas gift.

Hopper 2

Have you ever had anything similar happen to you? If so how did you respond?