Holy neglected website, Batman! It sure has been a long time since I posted here. I bet you all thought I gave up on this little project. Nope! Life just happens every now and again. Despite my best intentions, I find that there are times when I’m just too busy or too worn out to sit down at my trusty computer and pound out my words of “wisdom.” I will do my best to be better in the future.
A lot has happened since we last visited on this site. For my friends in the United States, I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day and Independence Day.
In my personal life, there has been a lot going on. Let’s see. Well, I have a new girlfriend and that’s getting pretty serious. I have a new job with the same company I’ve been with for 19 years. I lost a friend and coworker to suicide. My championship belt collecting hobby has taken over my bedroom; I may need an intervention! I’m working on two books and a pro wrestling promotion. I’m sure that there’s more that I’ve forgotten. Let’s take a few minutes to talk about these events.
My New Girlfriend.
On February 1st, a new coworker came to work in my department (different team). Her name is Deborah and she is a wonderful and Godly lady and I’m so very blessed to know her. I was responsible for setting up her computer and we had lunch together that day. We’ve had lunch together almost every day since. As the months went by, we became closer and closer. I really believe that God has ordained our meeting and our relationship. We’re good for each other and, at this point in life, we need each other.
She is beautiful and smart and she has the most wonderful sense of humor. I’m very blessed indeed.
We do have one massive hurdle to overcome and that is religion. Deborah is Roman Catholic and I’m protestant. Her parents aren’t too keen on me not being Catholic and my son isn’t to thrilled with the prospect that I would ever become Catholic. So, there’s a rub, but it’s one that we’re confident we can overcome. At the very least, we’re determined to try. Since Deborah shares the same first and middle names as my oldest sister, family reunions could become confusing should we marry. LOL!
My New Job.
Earlier this month, I was promoted to supervisor of the tech support team I’ve been a member of for nearly 11 years. That’s a great compliment that department management has placed this much faith and trust in me. I’m honored and will do my very best not to let them down. Best of all, the higher salary, combined with the expense reductions, puts me back to almost where I was when Cindy was here. That’s an amazingly heavy load off my mind.
Still, I wish Cindy was here to see this. She would be so proud of me.
My Friend T.J.
On June 20, my friend and coworker, T.J. Kinn passed away. He was only 40 years old. T.J. and I had worked together for the last 8 years or so and we had become friends. He used to come over to our house to watch football and we had a good time celebrating last Thanksgiving and Christmas together.
Although a near-drowning as a child left him with life-long physical challenges, it couldn’t diminish his humor or passion for things he loved and believed in.
He never liked to tell people what “T.J.” stood for, so I would make stuff up. For most of the time I knew him, I jokingly called him Tiberius.
He was one of my most steadfast friends when Cindy passed away and I’m going to miss my little buddy.
The Belt Collection.
As you may (or may not) know, I used to be in the professional wrestling business and I have always loved championship belts. Fifteen years ago, I bought two replicas. In the past year, the “collection” has grown to include over 40 championship belts, many of which are real belts made by the same folks who make belts for the NWA, WWE, and other organizations.
Yes, you could say that this has turned into an obsession. I have bought belts made by Dave Millican, Top Rope Belts, Kevin Rhodes and, my all-time favorite belt creator Peter Ellis’ Leather Rebels in the UK. Peter is a real genius when it comes to making championship belts. He made both belts in the photo at left.
Some of my belts are toy company replicas that you can buy online. Others are hand crafted championship belts costing several thousand dollars. Still, some are ring worn including a few that I bought from former NWA World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion, “Ironman” Rob Conway.
I’m even going to launch a website dedicated to my belt
obsession, er hobby.
Western States Wrestling.
Later this Fall, I am reviving Western States Wrestling – a promotion that has existed in Arizona since the 1970s. Earlier this year, I created a corporate entity, Western States Wrestling, LLC and had Peter Ellis design a top-notch championship belt.
My goal is to do things a little better than they have been recently done. I want to return Arizona wrestling to the glory days it had decades ago when giants graced the squared circle. We want to produce top-quality shows with top talent.
Peter Ellis from Leather Rebels even designed the WSW logo.
I’ll keep you posted on this endeavor.
I’m still working on some book projects as well. Unfortunately, I’m WAY behind on these projects. I packed up a lot of papers on my desk and, to my chagrin, my book notes were among them. Now, I have to either find the notes or recreate them. Therein lies the struggle. I’ll keep you posted on these projects as well.
A week from this coming Monday is Cindy’s 55th birthday. That’s going to be a hard day, I know. Even harder will be the Monday that follows that one; that will mark one year since my beloved bride left this world for her eternal home. Lord, please grant me the strength to make it through the rough days ahead.
Thank you all for your friendship and support of this blog. I apologize for the long delay in updating it and promise to do better in the future.
God bless, y’all.