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Game Changer
On Monday, I announced on the air that my wife, Lindsay and I are expecting our first baby next month.  It’s finally time for me to make the transition from mildly responsible adult to totally responsible adult.  The idea of being in charge of another human being sounded terrifying to me several years ago, but now it actually sounds exciting.

A few of my friends had children when they were in their early 20s.  I’ve often said to them I couldn’t imagine having a kid when I was that young.  Most of them tell me they really didn’t think about it much.  Perhaps that was my problem in the past, I was thinking about too much.

It doesn’t really matter now because in about a month it’s game on.  I’ve received a lot of advice from a lot of different people.  The one theme I keep hearing over and over is how this will change my life forever.

Honestly, I can’t wait.
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Getting an EDucation
You've got to really want it and not be afraid to try and get it.

That's something I learned from a 21-year-old yesterday afternoon in a Live from Studio M session.  Musician Ed Sheeran came to perform before a very excited group of listeners.  I was also anxious to meet him because his story is very intriguing to me.

Sheeran grew up in Framlingham, Suffolk and moved to the big city of London at the ripe old age of 16 to pursue music.

I asked him if his parents were upset with his decision.  He said his mother was not thrilled, but his father encouraged him.  Sheeran says the worst that could have happened was a couple of years of failure and then he would have opted for more schooling. 

It doesn’t appear he needs more schooling.   Sheeran sang lead vocals for the Pink Floyd song “Wish You Were Here” at the closing ceremony of the Olympics in London.  He’s also played for the Queen.  He’s met Paul McCartney, who is a fan of Sheeran’s music, and has won several awards.

He’s not huge yet in America…yet.

Obviously he is talented, but he was also not afraid to just go for it.
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Three Simplle Words
The next you think you've experienced a major ordeal because you got caught in bad traffic or you were stuck sitting in a plane waiting to take-off for 45 minutes, say this to yourself:

Ryan Hunter Harris.

Who?

Ryan Hunter Harris.  He's a 19-year-old fisherman who was stuck in a 4 by 4 plastic fish crate for 24 hours at sea!  He was fishing another man when bad weather knocked them out of their boat.  The second fisherman found a survival suit in the water and was able to float.  Meanwhile, Harris was floating away in the crate.  The other man was found first by rescue crews and he directed them to Harris. 

Harris told authorities he kept singing songs like "Row Row Row Your Boat" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" to stay focused.  He also kept saying to himself, "I'm Ryan Hunter Harris and I'm not going to die here."

So the next time you get really angry because you have to wait in a long line to buy groceries, try to have a little more patience and remember Ryan Hunter Harris.
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The Price Was Wrong
Next time you feel slighted at your job because someone forgot to put a balloon at your desk on your birthday remember this: At least you’re not Bob Barker.

You know Bob Barker, right?  He was the host of The Price is Right for 35 years.  The show has been on for 40 years and the producers had a celebration.

They didn’t invite Bob to be part of it.

It’s amazing considering he’s been the host for the vast majority of the show.

Apparently, Barker wasn’t really upset.  In fact, he said he was still going to watch the special show, but he forgot which day it was airing.

Bob brought lots of joy to people as host of The Price is Right, but I think his performance in Happy Gilmore was truly priceless.




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Putting Up a Good Front...Literally
There’s a lawyer in Maryland who has come up with an amazing invention.  It’s called the Sensory Shield.  It was created Lisa Daly who has autism and Sensory Processing Disorder.  Daly prefers a little extra space while riding public transportation so she created a mini-shield.  She can put it between herself and another rider on a bus or subway car.
I want one, but not just for public transportation.  How amazing would it be to have one of these things all the time?

In the office:  A co-worker is babbling on about how great he was on the golf course last weekend?  Just put up the Sensory Shield.  During a meeting, the boss is looking for a volunteer to work on Saturday?  The Sensory Shield helps you avoid eye contact.

Social situations: You’re out with a group of friends at the conversation turns political.  One of your “friends” tells you he believes everything Paul Ryan said in his speech at the Republican National Convention.  Activate Sensory Shield!  It can also make lunch or dinner more appetizing.  We all have those friends who chew with an open mouth.  It’s not a problem anymore with the Sensory Shield!

Soon we can all have Sensory Shields and not have to deal with our co-workers and friends face to face.  Oh wait a minute.   It already exists.  It’s called Facebook.
 
 
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