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Time to Hang Up The Coaching Cleats

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After 14 years I decided this season would be my last as a volunteer soccer coach. Fourteen years. That is a long time. I could make this post a very, very long one but I won’t. It will only be a long-ish one 😋. Although there were some bumps in the road, the 14 years for the most part were great years. I’d be lying if I wrote that I remember every single detail of these 14 years. I don’t.

When I set out on this adventure, it was innocent enough and really for my son. You want to do right by everyone but eventually you realize you cannot. It is impossible. I don’t have any regrets but certainly I wish I could have done some things differently. You want to be everyone’s friend but you cannot and will not. I definitely learned a lot over the years. From the great moments, to the good moments and also the not so good moments. I definitely made friends over the years but I also made a lot of what I will refer to as FBFFS … fake best friends forever. These are the folks that needed something from me and so either befriended me or family members for motives that were anything but sincere. There are a lot of bad people in this world.. But you know what? To each his own. I am far from perfect but I would rather be me then some of the folks I got to know over these years. From the down right evil, to insecure people who need to be the center of attention, to parents who think it’s ok to trash talk kids because as long as the kid doesn’t hear it, no harm no foul. To bullies and to those parents that supported this bullying. To parents who themselves bullied but poo poo’d when the tables were turned. My biggest disappointment came four years ago when a family we had such a fantastic friendship with over many many years turned out to be less than the people we thought they were. It truly shattered our family. I can go on and on but that would take away the good that came out of all these years as coach. For one, I continue to watch as these kids are growing up to be fine young adults. It’s amazing to see. Many I have known since they were 4-5 years old. As much as you want to be that coach that affected, in a good way, all the players that crossed your path, it doesn’t work out that way but I know that I did so with many. I have had the opportunity to reminisce in recent years with former players and it’s always a great feeling. Four years ago our family had the pleasure of hosting a 14 year old young man for three months during the summer. What a pleasure indeed. So disciplined. So caring. So focused. A truly genuine lad beyond his years who also showed true friendship to my son; unlike some others. We learned a lot from each other; our cultures. It’s something I will forever cherish and remember. I continue to follow his success in football (he’s gotten a scholarship in the US) and I expect to see him one day in the NFL quarterbacking a team all the way to the Super Bowl. No doubt in my mind 😀👍. It was his birthday over the weekend and I wished him well and he sent love our way. Very heartfelt. This is the kind of stuff you live for. The bad, you toss aside. As with anything, quality over quantity. There are alot more moments but if I don’t stop myself this will indeed become a very very long post!

I would be incredibly remiss if I didn’t write about what a great human being my son is. A fine young adult as well. He had to endure a lot over these years. An exceptional player at a very young age, he went through difficult times starting at age 13 when everyone around him was growing but he wasn’t. It became a struggle for him on the pitch and he suffered for it. Both on and off for several years. Many a time he had to endure being collateral damage on account of my being a coach. Very difficult for a kid to go through but he showed strength in overcoming this and we are proud of who he is becoming. In his first year at college last year he made the Dean’s list twice. That’s who he is. We know he will achieve greatness. That’s what matters. A few years ago an ‘adult’ went on this rant on Facebook about heroes and zeroes. He was trying to send a message. It was ridiculous especially coming from him and the hypocrite and bully he is. Well.. Let me tell you, I strive to be a hero to my kids. That’s all that is important to me but in the end for all he had to go through my son is my hero.

I stopped coaching my son three years ago. The plan was to retire then but I was talked into staying on. I wish I hadn’t. The past few years have been an eye opener. my expectations and what actually happened, night and day. At the beginning of this season I made it clear it would be my last. Over these many years I put my heart and soul into this. I worked very hard at it. As a family we sacrificed alot. It’s time now to make our family the center of attention. Yup, it’s actually a very very late wake up call but in the end better late than never.

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#IMAK case for my @BBMobile #KEYᵒⁿᵉ

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After getting my #KEYᵒⁿᵉ back in May one of the first things I knew I had to get was a case. I didn’t like what was out there at the time so eventually I opted for a transparent one like this:

Obviously on top of protecting my phone this case also allowed me to show off this beautiful looking phone. It also didn’t add too much weight to the phone. Even though the buttons are covered, it was still easy enough to press on them.

Even though I was happy with the case I am always perusing amazon for accessories and stumbled across this IMAK case. I honestly don’t know what the material is made of. It looked intriguing and it also included a ring so I opted to purchase it. Here’s the thing, I only realized after seeing the estimated delivery date where it was coming from.

Right.. So the estimated delivery date was between Sept 12 and 28!!! I ordered it August 16th. Lol.. Anyway good thing I wasn’t in a rush to get. To my pleasant surprise I received the case this past Tuesday.

This case is ridiculously light weight. I mean it honestly adds zero weight to the phone. I love the texture. Again, no clue what it’s made of. I love the cut outs. It took me five cracks to get the ring where it suits me best and so far so good. The only drawback to this case is of course the fact the phone is somewhat hidden. It would have been great if the BlackBerry logo was on the back. Oh well, can’t win’em all.

Ps: if you try to go to the website imak.hk the browser blocks it for reasons of possible malware. Oopsy.

My ‘Joe Dirt’ Review of #thedefenders: Meh.

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I am a comic book fan.. Grew up reading comics. However, I will not refer to myself as a geek. I didn’t follow every single hero and I don’t know every single storyline of every single hero. My all time favorite is Hulk. Back in the day I actually read/bought Hulk comics but I also followed The Defenders because Hulk was part of the group. Yes, I opted for the Defenders rather than the Avengers.

I just finished watching the Defenders on Netflix. Somewhat disappointed. This series seems to have continued the trend started with the individual hero series. The four series; Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist… I rank them in the order they were released. Daredevil as the best of the bunch followed by Jessica, Cage and then lastly Iron Fist. With Iron Fist I am trying to be respectful. It actually shouldn’t even by ranked! I will say that Defenders should be sandwiched between Cage and Iron Fist.

Although I liked the dynamic of the four and how they interacted, the storyline was somewhat weak. It was great to see that they weren’t all buddy buddy from the get go and that there was conflict between them. That’s about the only good thing that came out of this. I mean I was so upset at myself that I didn’t see the Elektra angle coming. You know. The obvious. Having said that, that whole Elektra storyline; dear God. From zombie, to self proclaimed leader to let’s make out after a punishing battle. I want to say too freaking clichés but more stupid if anything. And can someone explain to me how stick severs his hand and then goes about everything like it was nothing. I am no doctor but shouldn’t he have bled to death? And lastly, for the love of Jesus… how many times was ‘the hand’ referenced in this series? Holy smokes almost as worse as the number of times Danny reminds everyone he is the immortal Iron Fist!! Had I played a drinking game for every time ‘the hand’ was referenced I would have been sloshed after the 2nd episode! Lol.

Anyway – Netflix shows the Defenders at 5 stars. Someone I think is sloshed. I can’t give it more than 3 stars. I am being generous.

How My @BBMobile #KEYone Battery Blew Me Away!!

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I have had my KEYone since May so I have already been accustomed to how great the battery life is on this phone. However, this past weekend it proved it’s worth once again. I have been volunteering at a local soccer club now for over 10 years. Every year we hold a Soccerfest where tons of teams from all over come for a weekend of friendly competition. I wear several hats at the club and one is ‘social media’ guy. I handle their twitter, Facebook and instagram accounts. This weekend was a busy one. I started my day around 8am and called it a day on the social media front around 4pm on Saturday and a little after 6pm on Sunday. On both days I checked what my battery life was like and wow. On Saturday it was at 68% and on Sunday it was at 51%. I should mention though that Sunday was the busier of the two days. Throughout the weekend I was constantly firing off mostly pictures on all 3 accounts. I took alot of photos and video footage. To boot on Sunday we did a Facebook live. Granted it was only a little over 6mins long as we inaugurated the reopening of a field but this I did from my KEYone! Stupid me I didn’t take screen grabs of the battery percentage and I know that if there is no photo it didn’t happen but trust me, it did happen!

Niagara Falls/Toronto 16 yrs later

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The last time we were in Niagara Falls my son was 2yrs old and my daughter was baking in the oven. My son is 18 yrs old now. So ya, it’s been a while. I have a cousin here from 🇮🇹 and we figured take him to experience what the falls are all about. At the same time we got to rediscover it ourselves too. We stayed in downtown Toronto and trekked out to Niagara Falls for the day. We were lucky enough to land a gorgeous day. My cousin was in total awe of the falls. It certainly is an amazing experience. Even if the boat ride is somewhat short. As you can also see from the first photo actress Maura Tierney was on boat ride with us. I didn’t have the guts to ask for a photo so I creeped on her instead! Lol. Later on that day she was right in front of me while we listened/watched an Elvis impersonator. Again, opportunity lost.

As for Toronto? Wow. It definitely gives New York city type vibes. In a smaller scale but still. Especially the downtown area. The first night there we had dinner at Fring’s. From my understanding Drake is part owner. However, the more we walked around Toronto the more it seems like Drake owns all of it 😀! Anyway, the food was fantastic but the portion size was on the ‘where’s the beef?’ side.

(You need to be old enough to get this reference)

we also got a chance to go to the CN Tower. It was late at night though. A pity we didn’t get to experience it during the day. I’m such a chicken shit though so maybe it was a good thing it was at night.

I’m hoping that it won’t be another 16 years before we go back 😋… the next time though I will look to either train it or bus it.

Oops. Mea Culpa. My @BBMobile #KEYone does multi-task.

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Alright, alright, alright. Looks like I had another brain fart. Turns out Nougat does off multi-tasking. It’s the split screen feature:

As you can see I have YouTube running at the top with Twitter at the bottom. Not all apps however can do the split screen thing. For example instagram doesn’t. So, yes, I can multi-task but I am still limited. Still better than nothing.  

What I’m missing big time on my @BBMobile #KEYone

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This morning, like i do every Saturday morning, i prepared my breakfast and sat down to watch my usual blogcast. While watching the blogcast on YouTube it hit me like a ton of bricks that i had a huge brain fart and missed out on writing about the biggest brain fart that exists on Android on my last post Over a month with my @BBMobile #KEYone. My thoughts on #Blackdroid. That is multitasking. Or lack of it. This post won’t be a long one but i will illustrate my point by using YouTube as an example. On BB10 i’d fire up YouTube and if a video was an hour long that’s exactly how long it would take me to watch (or listen to) it regardless of what else i was doing on the phone (ie: multitasking). So, while watching the video, if i chose to fire up Twitter or FaceBook or Instagram or read emails etc, i would minimize YouTube, it would continue to run in the background so i could listen to it while i did other things. On Android now i don’t have this luxury. So if i want a one hour video to last one hour I have to refrain from doing anything else. That’s pretty hard for me. That basically means that a one hour video usually lasts 1hr20mins or sometimes more because every time i minimize YouTube to do something else it stops in its tracks because Android doesn’t do multitasking. A seasoned OS can’t handle this simple job. Shame, shame, shame.shameonyou.gif

so when talking productivity one should look at BB10 as a leader, not Android.

I so much wanted to find the meme with Felipe doing the shame, shame, shame bit but couldn’t find it.. however, in this case i don’t agree with Felipe..not for Android, it isn’t. 😉

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