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I believe… This is not the end

June 1, 2012

I don’t know if you’re aware of this but, apparently, the world is ending.  I don’t mean the whole “The Mayans predicted the end of days!” garbage because, as I’ve mentioned in the past, if the Mayans were that good at predicting the future than we’d still have Mayans around today. What I’m talking about is the seemingly endless supply of ridiculous (and violent) stories that have come across the wire this week.  Literally every morning you could open up your internet browser, head to a news website and find out that someone had either eaten someone else or that they’ve decided to send body part parcels to government officials.  In case you don’t know what I’m talking about just go to  If you scroll down the page they literally have an entire section dedicated just to stories about ‘cannibals’.

We’ve reached the point now where there might not be a news story that could surprise me.  Guy in Miami ate a homeless man’s face? Of course he did. Supposed Canadian gay porn star is mailing feet to government officials? Well, duh. A guy threw his own intestines at police. Sounds about right. The only people who are truly excited right now are horror movie screenplay writers because they finally have some new ‘based on a true story’ atrocities to write about.

The world right now can be a dark and terrible place.  Its times like these that you need something to believe in most. Luckily, The Most Optimistic Man in America is back and not a moment too soon.  With all the awful that has filled the world here’s another list of things to get you through:

As always, in list form; here are the things I believe in right now…

I believe in summer Fridays; in coming home for the weekend to a happy puppy and 48 hours of freedom.

I believe in the perfect grill marks. In fire scorched burgers, sausage and chicken.

I believe in stadium mustard. The perfect complement to any grilled concoction.  I believe that if you put ketchup on a hot dog instead of Stadium Mustard than you are a communist.

I believe in afternoon baseball games and RTA rides with my parents. I believe in toughing it out through 100 degree heat with no breeze while we pull for the tribe to pull out a little magic.

That said, I do NOT believe in $42 for four beers. You want fans to show up? Stop charging a tank of gas for a round of drinks.

Now that the moving week has come and gone I believe in new houses. I believe that a fresh coat of paint and some simple decorations can make a house feel like a home.

I believe in long runs; in turning on a good playlist and letting your mind wander. I believe in each step being easier than the last and that the only way to run farther is to RUN FARTHER.

I believe in self-motivation; in finding new ways to challenge one’s self without needing to pay someone to yell at you.

Sometimes though, you do need something more than just an inner drive. In those times I believe in motivational quotes. Especially those by Pre…

“You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement” –Steve Prefontaine

I still believe in 5Ks for great causes; I believe in the Race for the Cure and the Family and Friends of Etta Sockel.

I believe in upstairs neighbors who you’ve been friends with for a decade; in sharing a drink at the end of the night or having the dogs run up and down the stairs barking their heads off in excitement.

In the coming months I’ll believe in my newest tattoo.

I believe in checking our wedding registry daily as we get closer to our wedding shower. I believe in getting WAY too excited about a grilling skillet.

I believe in going to buy wedding bands, planning a honeymoon and counting down the days until I get to marry my best friend.

I believe in European football and losing my mind over my team’s promotion back to the EPL. I believe in 7 am Saturday morning kickoffs complete with a Boddingtons’s and singing Forever Blowing Bubbles…

I believe in overreacting to NFL OTA’s, NBA draft rumors and a weekend 3-game Tribe series.

I believe in celebrating a niece’s first birthday with a smash cake and a party. I believe in my newest Goddaughter and the life she’s yet to lead. I believe in family, even in the times when they frustrate and irritate.

I believe in all these things and so much more. I believe in finding the good in a situation whenever possible; if someone can’t see the good than I believe in taking it upon myself to show them that good. I believe that, sometimes, it’s my job to give you a reason to smile.

Now that I’ve done my part, I believe I’ll have a drink. Happy Friday, everyone

Na Zdravie!

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