Liebster Award

Yay! I have been nominated by my friend Dana Wielgus, or as I like to call her, Dana Northstar, to receive a Liebster Award!

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This award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers by other bloggers. It’s a way to publicize & promote your blog, gain more activity on your site, and overall acknowledge your fellow bloggers’ awesomeness, despite the lower numbers of readers. Thank you so much, Belle, for the honor!

Here are the rules for the nominee (Me):

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you in a post.
  • Share 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger (Dana) created
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers whom deserve recognition (you cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you)
  • Post 11 new questions for them to answer
  • Notify all nominated bloggers

11 Facts about Kyle

  1. I am an Eagle Scout. A dying breed. Not many more good ones out there that understand how great of an honor this is
  2. Celebrated being married 20 years this past week by being at Girl Scout Camp with my entire family
  3. I have been an IT nerd since sophomore in high school when I joined Computer Homeroom.
  4. Marquette University High School is a great high school. Unless you attend class there, you will never fully understand the bond that an all male high school can have.
  5. Met my lovely bride in fact #2 freshman year at Carroll College. Her first impression of me was not great. Ask her about it sometime 🙂
  6. Swimming has been a passion of mine for a long time. Coached 16 years at Divine Savior Holy Angles before moving to Waukesha North in 2007. I will be eternally grateful to Peggy Braun for taking a chance on me to coach.
  7. Hate the fact that there is not enough time in the day or week or month to staff fully connected with my friends from High School and College. No matter how much time is carved out, there is still not enough
  8. Traveling to Australia during January of 1991 will always be one of the greatest trips of my life
  9. It has taken this long to get to my passion for sports and fantasy sports? Something is wrong. ESPN is a mandatory channel selection and the NFL RedZone is the greatest thing ever invented. Fantasy football is something that I take serious but it does help with fact #7
  10. Same with Golf. Enjoy playing golf or as my brother calls it “Hit and Chase”. No course is a garbage course when playing gold, well except for Portage Country Club. That is a Dog Track
  11. My real brother Brian, lives 5 houses from me, and “my bro” lives 0.5 miles away from me. My real brother is often accused of being older, although I am 4.5 years older. “My Bro” is Jim. At Girl Scout camp, a number of the younger campers often thin we are brothers.
Brian and I
Brian and I
Jim and I
Jim and I

11 Answers for Dana:

1. Why did you start blogging, and why? Really wanted to capture my thoughts while practicing to write more. Most of you know that I have a million things in my head at one time and I thought this would help get them out in an organized way. Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

2. If you could go anywhere in the world, right now, where would you go, and why?
As long as I can take Michelle with me, we are going back to Australia. Just something about the people and the culture that is so much fun

3. If you had the chance to travel back in time or into the future, which would you pick, and what would you want to see/find out?
Future. So I could see how my kids turn out. Not that I am going anywhere soon, just want to make sure they are productive members of society that are happy and loved.

4. Apple or PC?
PC. MAC this, Mac that…still cannot live without a PC

5. How did we meet?
I was the Head Swim Coach and you were the eldest Diver on the team. And we probably met at GS Camp as well.

6. What is your guilty pleasure?
Planning to get everyone out of the house, cook up a steak on the grill with mushrooms, turn on ESPN, while drinking a cold beer

7. At my funeral, I want this song played:
Good Riddance by Green Day off the Nimrod album

8. What do you think of when you hear, “Wisconsin?”
Camp Randall Stadium on a cold crisp fall afternoon with 90,000 fans screaming for Bucky

9. What is your favorite season and why?
Summer. Pool, Beach, BBQ, Beer, Golf

10. I never, ever, want to do this again:
Be too busy for a friend in need.

11. What do you like most about yourself?
That I am a giver and not a taker

I Nominate:

  1. Jason Muelver at http://jasonmuelver.tumblr.com
  2. Lisa Dorsey at a Blessed Life
  3. Shiloh Buchman at Hand It Over
  4. Erika Berger at the American Calgarian
  5. Dave Erickson at Nerds Eye View
  6. David Wallach at Pace of Chicago
  7. Another Dave I respect in Dave Steffen at http://dsteffen45.wordpress.com
  8. The Principal of the Purple Palace by Jody Landish
  9. Dale Van Keuren at The Tech Corner
  10. SDW Technology Now
  11. Brenda Ster at the Charmed Suite

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Greatest Sporting Event you have ever attended and why
  2. Holiday Parades? – In or Out and why
  3. What is your greatest fear
  4. Favorite State to visit
  5. Who is the greatest inspiration in your life
  6. If there is a person that you could spend one day with, past or present, who would it be?
  7. Favorite Concert of all time that you attended and why
  8. Summerfest or State Fair? Please defend your position
  9. If you were forced to give up one of the 5 senses, which one would it be
  10. What candy could you never give up
  11. Ice Cream or Custard? There is a difference, pick one.

Thanks Readers! ((Editor’s Note: There is no real award handed out for this – Just a great way in my opinion to develop more ideas for posts and to get more readers))

2012 Year in Review

SuperBowlStill recovering from the Packers being bounced from the Playoffs, the family goes to the Super Bowl Experience in Indy the week before the Super Bowl.  Then we head out for a tubing/swim long weekend to Sunburst and then to Blue Harbor in Sheboygan in February.

March started with a massive snowstorm on the 2nd, and then the new scoreboard at the North Aquatic Center was install on March 6th.

Group PhotoKyle goes with his brother and buddies to Gulf Shores for 6 rounds of golf in 4 days over St. Patrick’s Day/Opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament.   GASER Championship is won!

April was very exciting.  Mollet’s and Bedalov’s go to Vegas for Spring Break.  And on our return, Michelle starts working full time at Waukesha North.

Kyle went to Kansas City for work in mid may and had an awesome meal at Jack Stack Barbecue.   Anna gets her braces put on, andFractured Wrist Luke breaks his radius in his left hand.

Anna BracesWith Michelle working full time, planning for Girl Scout camp occupied a great deal of time in May and June, and culminated with a great week of togetherness at Camp Winding River at the end of June.  It also concluded with Luke getting Cryptosporidium and Vibrio

Kyle wins his second golf “major” in mid July at the 19th Annual Tiedt Invitational Tournament.

Swim and School start in August and September and then October rolls in and things start blurring together.

Soccer, birthdays, ushering, choir, watching the Olympics, Badger football games, and meeting LeRoy Butler.  Kyle and LeRoy

Kyle growing a mustache, replacement referees, Luke and Kyle goto a Packer game, fantasy football, working home games at Waukesha North and then Christmas is upon us.

2012 GASER CUP Wrap Up

The 2012 GASER Cup ended in dramatic fashion.  But what do you expect when you get 6 rounds of golf in 4 days in among 8 guys?   If you skip over the humor, laughing, getting stung byNoSeeUm‘s, March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day, handicap controversy, “Sheephead”, more laughing, cable TV going out, and a terrible reproduction of the A Flag…you have yourself a golf tournament.

Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club and Craft Farms were excellent hosts for the second straight year.  Course conditions were extremely well.  The weather was fantastic.

Leaving at 6:05 am on Thursday and getting back at 11:35 pm on Sunday was once again a fantastic time spent with Brian (Commissioner of Travel), PJ (Commissioner of Gaming), Jerod (Commissioner of Cooking), Q (Commissioner of Sleeping Early), John (New Guy), Jeff (Commissioner of Fashion), and Matt (Commissioner of Laptops).

The golf games set up by PJ were great and unique.  The teams were determined after a random draw for foursomes and the first round of Acey Deucey.  The lot was drawn and one team was Team 99 Cent App made up of Jeff, Brian, John, and PJ.  Team GNat was Q, Matt, Jerod, and myself.

Friday’s golf games were Sheepshead and 2 Man Best Ball Match Play.  Sheepshead was a new game that the COG created while match play was a standard game.  Friday night dinner was at the Hangout were Matt, PJ, and Jeff shared a meal called the Incredible.

Saturday’s golf games were Crazy 8’s in the morning and Team Scramble in the afternoon.  Dinner that night was prepared by Jerod and was pulled beef tacos, while Matt made some home made salsa.

Sunday was the conclusion.  The teams were tied in total points heading into the final matches of Match Play. We started the morning with French toast and breakfast potatoes along with Bacon and Sausage, once again prepared by Jerod.  He is a master in the Kitchen.

The first foursome had John and Jerod with a push in a tie match, while Brian beat Q.  In the second group, PJ lost to Matt, meaning that we were all tied up and just my match with Jeff would determine the title.   After sinking a tough up hill left to right put on 16, I was up two with two to play but needed to give Jeff one stroke on each of the last two holes.

Hole 17 on the Cypress course is a long par 5 with water coming into play on your approach shot.  My third shot was back of the green on the fringe, while Jeff was in the sand.  Jeff made an awesome sand save to make 6 but with his one handicap stroke it was a 5.  I needed  to make a 8 footer to end the match, and could not close the door.

On 18, Jeff drove into the tree but received a “BBrian” bounce that came out of the forest and hit the cart path twice and ended up being further than my drive in the fairway.  I was out about 194 according to the GPS on the cart with water looming on the right of the green.  I had been playing my 4 iron very well the entire round, including an approach shot on the 6th hole from the same distance to set up a birdie.  Hit is flush and was pin hit on the fringe.  Jeff put his in the water and the match was basically over.

A win for Team GNat!

A trip like this just reminds my on how lucky I am to have great friends that understand who I am and that we can have different opinions and still work things out.  It also reminds me how lucky I am to have a super family that makes it possible for me to do something like this.