It’s Been A Minute……..

IMG_1363It’s been a minute since I’ve really had a chance to actually write. My life has changed drastically since my last post. I’ve gone through a divorce. It wasn’t an ugly one, it just left me in a place of asking Why? The only thing she told me was, “I don’t love you anymore. It’s taken me 5 years to come to this conclusion and I want a divorce.” That really threw me for a loop. Yeah, we had our problems, but I never stepped out of my marriage; meaning I’ve never lusted/thought about, had sex (in any form), or attempted to get emotionally involved with another woman. That’s what I always told myself and I lived up to it. When I got married, I wanted to it to be it. I don’t believe in divorce. I believe that if she would have opened up to me, I’m sure we could have made it work. I assume that she was tired of making it work.

One big reason I wanted my marriage to work was my parents divorced when they reached 8 years. My father used to hit my mother and talk/have sex with another woman. That’s why I wanted my marriage to work. Things started to change towards the end of 2013. I did everything I could during the first part of 2014 to make it work. Suggested taking marriage classes and/or talking to a Minister. She didn’t want anyone on the outside knowing what was going on between us. After doing everything I could, I gave her the divorce she wanted. Before I signed those papers I made it very clear that it was her that wanted this divorce. Now we are working together to raise our 2 beautiful girls. I can say that since we now divorced she seems to be a little happier. I mentioned to her that it was good to actually see her smile and her happy. I have moved past the fact that it will never work with her again. One reason is because I have it set in my mind that I wouldn’t consider a relationship again. I really don’t want to go through those same problems all over again. I am happy and don’t want to get into another relationship at this time. I don’t want go through that getting to know another person, at least not right now. Grantham University Logo

I started my quest to further my education. I am attending Grantham University to get an Associates in Computer Science. Right now I am 44% complete. This is a big step in my life. To some, an Associate’s degree isn’t that spectacular, but taking small steps is better than not taking the step at all. My classes so far have been okay. I just completed my 1 semester. Classes for my second semester start on March 11th. I will be taking English Composition I and College Algebra. I’ve already completed American Government I, Intro to Computer Applications, and a class required by the University called Student Success. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t intimidated by my next set of classes. I’m looking forward with just starting those classes.

2014 SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
The SEC Championship Game Final Score. Player of the Game: Blake Sims. Amari Cooper broke some SEC & Alabama records during this game.

In November of 2014 I won 2 tickets to attend the SEC Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an awesome experience. When they first told me that I had won, I thought someone was playing with me or it was some type scam to get my credit card information. I finally realized it was real when they sent me a Dr. Pepper link to confirm that I really won. Other than that, I’m a student and a busy father. I decided not to coach this year, because I wanted to support my girls and give them all my attention. We will see how this goes this year. If I want to coach next year, it will be based on how this year works out. I need to get back in a groove to start writing again. I don’t want to force it, because I don’t want the blog to seem “fake.”

My Alabama Crimson Tide didn’t win the big dance this year, but it’s all good. Blake Sims did an awesome job leading that offense. It also helps to have one of the best receivers in College Football. Coach Nick Saban and Coach Lane Kiffin are 2 different coaches and have a different philosophy, but he jelled right in with the Alabama Coaching Staff. I’m looking forward to next season because I know that a lot of things are going to be changed and the team will have the right focus. Until the next post………#ROLLDAMNTIDE!

2014 SEC Championship Game in The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
Entrance to The College Football Hall of Fame
2014 SEC Championship Game at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
Alabama Crimson Tide Runningbacks and Wide Receivers warming up.
2014 SEC Championship Game at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
Alabama Crimson Tide “Millionaire” Marching Band during Pre-game.
2014 SEC Championship Game at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia
The Alabama Crimson Tide Offense during the 2014 SEC Championship Game.

        

 

 

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Everybody has an opinion when it comes to politics, but never have an answer for their issue that they are complaining about. I have done my share of complaining also, so I don’t excuse myself from being a big part of that problem. I’ve done a little research on what it takes to run for different offices at the City, County, State and Federal Level. There are qualifications to each seat no matter how large or small you think it is. If you don’t fit every single qualification for that seat, then you need to cross it off your list. I’ve looked at a couple of seats that I am eligible to run for right now. I found a list of questions that need to be answered before “jumping in head first.” I found this list at the following website: http://www.completecampaigns.com/article.asp?articleid=13. To save you some time, I will list and answer these questions here before we move on.

1) Choose the office you want to run for. While the idea of being President may be tempting, its always best to start on a local or state level. [Answer: I would like to run for an office that I can make a big impact, but I can’t due to education, specific criteria among other issues. After looking a list of offices that I am eligible to run for, the Office or Seat I can run for right now without any problems is: MEMBER, COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION. Not exciting as running for mayor or something like that, but you have to start somewhere.]

2) Check the qualifications for the office. At a minimum, this usually means that you must be a registered voter in the geographical area in which you are running; there may also be age, residency or experience qualifications. [Answer: Qualifications for: MEMBER, COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

  • 1. Must be a citizen of this state: CHECK
  • 2. Must have been a resident of the county from which elected for 12 months immediately preceding election: CHECK
  • 3. Must be a qualified voter. O.C.G.A. § 45-2-1: CHECK
  • 4. Must reside within the school district in which he or she seeks election and in the election district which he or she represents: Ga. Const. Art. 8, § 5, ¶ 2, O.C.G.A. § 20-2-51, Cross-Reference: Art. 8, § 5, ¶ 2, and O.C.G.A. § 20-2-51 establish county school districts under the management and control of a county board of education. Annotation: Residency requirements for the election of local school board members cannot be e tablished by local board bylaws. Op. Atty. Gen. U97-25: CHECK
  • 5. Must not be: a) employed by or serving on the governing board of any private educational body or institution; b) employed by the local board of education and be on the same board; c) employed by either the State Department of Education or the State Board of Education. O.C.G.A. § 20-2-51 (c): CHECK

3) File the required papers to get yourself on the ballot. Procedures for doing this vary by city, county, and state. A filing fee may also be required. [Answer: This has not been answered yet, but I am making calls to the Board of Education to find out what I need to do to get my name of the Ballot.]

There is a plethora of other questions that need to be answered before diving right into this. You have to campaign, get a petition with a minimum number of signatures among other questions.

I know a lot of you are probably think that I am joking about this, but I am not. In order to make a change in any part of the government, you have to be actively involved in it, whether it be on the local or Federal level. I don’t want to continue to complain and not take action. I will keep all of you updated as I get closer to completing this goal. No, it’s not a spectacular office, but I will someday put myself in the position to make a difference in this country. If it’s only at the local level, I’ve completed and accomplished my goal.

#ROLLDAMNTIDE!

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