Monday, March 31, 2008

Big Give

Do you watch The Big Give. I think it is the best, okay the second best show on t.v. The first is The Biggest Loser.

I don't cry often, okay, not that often. But last night I cried five times in an hour show. If you saw it last night, when they went to the poor neighborhood and gave $10,000 worth of groceries away that was amazing.

I hope I can give back, one item at a time.


Denver was wonderful. I spent the first night in the worst hotel in recent memory, and the next two nights in a wonderful hotel. They have the same name on the front of the hotel, but that is where the similarities end.

It got me to thinking about life. Sometimes what we see on the outside is not what we see on the inside.

Do we only talk to certain people because of how they look? Do you avoid people that don't look like you? Or talk like you?

I hope not.

I ate dinner in Denver in a very poor part of that city. From the outside of the building it looked like it couldn't be a real restaurant. Then we had the food. It was great.

So, today, step out of the box and talk to someone you usually wouldn't talk to!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Flying to Denver

I am flying to Denver tomorrow, and my arms are already tired.

4 Year Old Busboy

When I am at work, I have an hour for lunch, although I usually don't take on, or take only a 15 or 20 minute on. My favorite work restaurant is just on the other side of the freeway. It is a Mongolian barbecue restaurant. I usually stop there every couple of weeks.

They have the best busboy in the business. He is always happy, and he is the hardest worker I have ever seen in a restaurant. Did I mention he is 4.

He cleans all of the tables of the plates, drinks and messes after people leave, and he does it with a smile.

Today I gave him a dollar, and he showed me that ten or so other people did too. Next time I go back, I will bring him a gift, since he made my day. Now if I can only get him to teach my children to clean the table, my life will be a success.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Whitney Awards

I was a presenter at the Whitney Awards on Saturday. They did a live blog from the event, and when I got up and did my little joke, I was awarded by ONE OF MY AUTHORS, corny joke number 4. Everyone that knows me knows that I have never told a corny joke. Remember the one about the is all over town...

Now I Better Write

Lisa linked to my blog, so I better start writing something. Lisa used to be my editor when I ran a newspaper. She has moved back east, and I have moved south. She is a great friend, and so is her husband Bradley.
So, here is a post to the blog that now, three people know about. If I keep writing, I am sure four will someday find out about it.
A little story about Lisa. She came into the newspaper office looking for a job one day, and I thought she was in Jr. High. I didn't realize that she was a college graduate.
So, I guess when the man mistakes me for a 60 year old, it is ok that I made Lisa 11 years younger than she was when I met her.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

So, I Am Old

If you don't think I am old, go to my other blog and find out just how old someone thought I was.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Life Coach

I was just told that there is a Life Coach at work today and we should tell him of our problems and let him help us out...

I need a raise.

I need my children to turn 18 so I won't have to deal with their mom.

I want my hair to grow back.

I need to lose 50 pounds.

Ok, now I need to go see him with a bunch of co-workers.
I am sure we will all just sit there and not say anything and then return to our desks and write our blogs on all of the things we need to change in our lives....

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

She Has Her Fathers Eyes

This is my daughter Chelsea! She has my eyes!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

The Biggest Loser

I love the Biggest Loser. I have watched every episode this season. It was different tonight because Tawna was in Idaho working. We watched it at the same time, but a state away, and we talked about it after.
It is not the same when she is not here. I miss her smile, her laughter, her cooking and smell. Yep, her smell.
On the Biggest Loser, the contestents spend time trying to lose weight to change their lives. I think life is always changing. We all can change, but only when we want to change, not when someone else wants us to.
So, I am not telling anyone to change. You will do so when you are ready.

Birth Rate in America

I heard on the radio this morning on the way to work that a woman gives birth to a child every 2.3 seconds.
We need to find that woman and tie her up!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Kerry Blair

Every now and then I read a book that makes me laugh. Some are because they are so bad, others because they are so funny, and once in a great while, because it is so great. Tonight I read one of the great ones. The Book is called Counting Blessings, Wit and Wisdom for Women.
Fist of all, I am not a woman, but I know Kerry Blair from her blog, and from a list we are on togehter.
I laughed at this book at times because it was funny, I cried because it was sad, and I smiled because Kerry has a way to make everyone, not just women happier.
If you buy a book this week, buy this book. In fact, buy two, and give one to someone you love, woman or man.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

It's Doug, Not Dough

I was minding my own business. I dropped some work shirts off to the dry cleaners, and I noticed that when I picked up some other shirts, they had my name listed as Dough Johnston. The girl behind the counter couldn't have been over 16, and when I explained that I would like my name changed on the future reciets, she smiled, looked at my belly, laughed and said she would.
It is funny how one little letter can change the whole meaning of something.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Family Fun

I am taking my eight year old to the dinosaur exhibit tomorrow. When I told her that we were going, she looked at me and said, "Did they have dinosaurs when you were little?" I think we are staying home...

Like The Photo

I added my bald head to the photo. I have known for a very long time I was bald in the front. I had no idea I was bald in the back until my wife took this photo while sitting in the ER with my mom. My mom is recovering but my hair will not.

Monday, March 3, 2008

New Blog

Welcome to my new blog. After eight years in the newspaper business I am now in the Public Relations business. I will post my thoughts, ideas and happenings here from time to time.