I am a very lucky man – I’ve got an amazing wife and am the father to three wonderful kids. Lylli was born on Halloween in 2008, Gracie was born November 2010 and although she only lived for 17 months, she will remain as much a part of this family as the rest of us, and Mickey Gray, our first son, was born in June of 2012. I’m not going to say that life has gone exactly as I would have wanted, but it is a good life and I am determined to make the best of it.

This blog is an attempt to document my quest to become a dad that my family can be proud of.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Hook

If you look closely in the middle of this picture, between the two closet doors, you’ll see “The Hook”.  I put this hook up in my bedroom a couple months ago so I see it in the morning when I wake and just before I go to sleep every night.  My wife cracks up laughing when she looks at it because I was nervous to not put it too low where someone could hit it –  OK, so I admit, the odds are pretty low that someone’s eye would ever get too close to it to have to worry about that.  That said, you’ll be happy to know, I put it high enough to assure that this could not happen anyway.  I’ve laid out strict rules for the hook – It’s never to be used for a bath towel or robe or anything else besides a medal that I get for finishing a marathon (although I may hang a ½ marathon medal on it if I do one, but only as a placeholder because at this point that in itself will take a lot of work for me to accomplish).  I haven’t told her yet, but I’m thinking about putting vinyl letters in the space between the closets that say “Do Life.” Wonder what she’ll think about that idea?  Regardless, I will hang a marathon finisher medal on this hook before I turn 40 in September of 2012!!!  


  1. You think it would surprise me to see Do Life letters on your hook? As long as I don't hit my eye on it, you can do whatever you want :)

  2. That's awesome.
    You are on your way keep up the good work.

  3. OMG, I would have thought of the eye thing too. I can't wait to see the medal there. You'll make it happen :)

  4. I do vinyl... and I am willing to make it for you... as a donation to your cause (just email me your address and size/color you want and I'll drop it in the mail!). Keep up the good work. Being held accountable by other people is a huge motivator.

  5. oh... and... dailymile.com is a HUGE motivator for logging the miles, keeping track of your totals (mileage, times, etc), and getting a lift from others along your journey.