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I'm just a guy living in northeast Texas. I love talking about sports. So much so, they pay me to do it on the radio and ESPN+.

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It’s ok to be unavailable!

I know this is a hard concept to understand so I'll say it again, but slower: It's ok to be unavailable! Think about this. Have you ever left your house, backed out of the driveway and started down the street only to realized you left your cell phone at the house. What do we do? Find the next driveway, pill in and turn around. Why? Because society has taught us we have to be available 24/7. Think about this. Twenty years ago (before the invention of the iPhone), same thing happens. You have a cellular device. It's a bit big...

Facing my addiction to my phone

Hi. I’m Greg and I have a problem. I got an iPhone about 13 years ago. I didn’t mean for it to become an addiction. I meant for it to be a tool. A device I could use to get ahold of people. To talk with them and send messages. Over time, though, I found myself getting sucked in to the clutches of this little device. I guess it was about a year and a half ago I started realizing I had a problem. Constantly checking my phone. Constantly engaging with people on it rather than people in the room...

Why Journal?

I’ve documented this before. I have never had to deal with mental health issues that other people deal with. Reality is I didn’t understand the magnitude of the problem until several years ago. More and more people I know were battling with depression and other mental health issues. That’s when I started to take notice. Knowing that I had never dealt with that before doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen in the future. So, over the course of the last two years, I’ve started being more and more aware of this issue. The fact that it affects people in different ways....

Easter Traditions (or the lack there of)

There are certain holidays that have certain traditions. Christmas and Thanksgiving are the two that come to mind rather quickly. Growing up as the son of a preacher, you would think Easter would also be one of those but it’s not. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I go to church every Easter (but I go to church just about every Sunday). I don’ have kids so there’s no coloring of eggs and Easter egg hunts. There’s no specific dinner that has to be eaten every year. This year it’s ham, Brussels sprouts and new potatoes. I can’t tell you...

Falling out of love with journaling

I’ve written about journaling a lot on my blog. It’s something that I’ve really been interested in as of late. To reset, in 2023 I wanted to start doing more and more things to combat mental health for myself. I have never struggled with depression or any of the other things commonly associated with mental health issues. That being said, I also know I’m not immune to these things. The more people I meet that are battling with these issues, the more I realize the reality that it can hit any one. So in 2023 I started doing some things...

Addicted

So yesterday I did the strongman competition as part of a Celtic Festival in North Texas. I thought I was prepared. Little did I know how wrong I was. To put it bluntly, I had my tail handed to me. I finished last in my weight class. Part of that was I misunderstood one of the events and did not train properly. So I did not get any points for it. The other five events, I did pretty good in. Ok. I did decent. That’s ok though. I was mad yesterday. But I decided to not let it bother me...

One day more….

Tomorrow is a big day for Greggo. I will be competing in my first ever Strongman competition. This is something I have never done before (obviously if I called it a first ever) but I’ve always been intrigued. I have competed in half marathons, triathlons and bike rides but never a weight lifting type event. This all started about 12 years ago. After I finished a half marathon in which I wound up with a partial tear of my Achilles. The orthopedic doctor told me, “You’ve got to stop running. You’re killing your knees. You’re built more like a linebacker...

Immortalized

So last night the Dallas Stars unveiled a statue of Mike Modano. This guy was pretty influential in bringing hockey and the love for the game to Texas. He hadn’t been in the league very long when they moved the North Stars to Texas. And the fans here embraced him and the way he played the game. My wife and I went to the game and watched the Stars beat the Kings. But that’s not what the night was about. It was about celebrating the legacy of one of the all time greats. It was about celebrating the greatest American...

Busy, busy, busy....

There are several times throughout the year that are extremely busy for me. The fall is one of those. Broadcasting college volleyball and football as well as high school football has me running around most weeks. Another one is around the end of February and the beginning of March. High school basketball playoffs start and I broadcast them on the radio. That's Tuesdays and Fridays for two to three weeks. Again, factor in college basketball broadcasts and I'm all over the place. That's going to end this week, though. High school (for me) wrapped up last night and I only...

Focus

Sometimes it’s hard for me to stay focused on a task for a long time. I was never clinically diagnosed with ADHD but my mom (a nurse practitioner) thinks that I have some form of it. Not sure if that’s true or not. I do know that I have a hard time staying focused on tasks at certain times. My brain tends to be all over the map. I’m not sure how to fix this either. I’ve read things about writing stuff down and keeping lists and task managers, etc. The problem is I lose focus with those as well....

Why?

Something I’ve been thinking about lately is this, “What’s the why?” Perhaps I should explain a little bit. We all have goals and plans. Stuff we want to do. Maybe it’s a financial goal like becoming a millionaire or getting out of debt. Perhaps it’s a fitness goal like running a marathon. Other goals are about losing weight or a specific job. Goals are great for people. They give us something to strive for. People have always had goals and marks they want to achieve. If not, we wouldn’t keep record books. We wouldn’t be able to tell you the...

Musical regrets….

I’m sitting here humming the song “Goodbye Yellowbrick Road” by Elton John and it got me thinking. Several years ago, him and Billy Joel rolled through this area and did a concert. I thought about going but didn’t take time to go. Then, on his farewell tour, Elton John once again came rolling through. And again, I did not go. I went back and watched his final concert at Dodger Stadium on Disney+. I really wish I would have gone and watched him in concert. He’s one of those musical acts that I’m fascinated with. Not sure if it’s his...