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Living Spontaneously: Losing my travel companions

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Pit stop at the fastest place on earth.

After a rough week of being sick and then dealing with the devil more than usual during a shortened work week, the weekend loomed like a colorful piñata.

The potential was palpable, but I would have some convincing to do.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that we used to pack the kids up on a whim and drive to Mexico for spring break.

The first time we did it was after a particularly rough quarter at college. I wasn’t completely convinced I was doing the right thing, and the stress was eating away at me.

I discovered we had $1,000 leftover from student aid that could be used for living expenses , and at that point in time, I needed to do some living.

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The view from the passenger seat

driving

It’s time for some more honesty.

When I’m in a moving vehicle, I’m a control freak.

I like to be in control of my situation, and the only person in the world I completely trust at the wheel, when I’m in the car, is my wife.

The only other two drivers in this world that I trust at all are my father-in-law and my dad. Both of whom have immaculate driving records.

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The Boy in the Mirror: Raising Yourself

He came bounding out of the school wearing an old Easter outfit I recognized from a few years ago.

He’s not the paragon of fashion, and I’m okay with that as long as he is.

It was a dark mint shirt with a striped tie where one stripe matched a shade of the shirt. Khaki cargo trousers and a belt rounded out the ensemble.

“How was your presentation?” I asked, sort of feebly.

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