Friday, February 12, 2010

Pure Joy Making Video Dedications For the Family

It's been a fun six weeks working on some dedication videos for my family. The very first one was for my youngest daughter Bella.

Next was my little man Ryan.

Then came my first princess video for Kaylie. Let the tears begin.

I choose this song for my oldest boy Jon, because it came out right around the time he was born and really made me think about being a dad to my little boy.

Finally, the video that took the most work was for my baby girl Jessi. Amazing to see how much she's grown.

And not to be out done, I surprised my wife with a special Valentine's Day present for her.

In all, a lot of hard work was put into everyone of these videos. It's nice to give the family something that shows how much they mean to me. I imagine I'll be doing something like this again in the next 10-15 years...especially when it's time to walk one of my little girls down the aisle.

**All music in the videos are the sole property of whoever owns them. My purpose for putting the videos together was for family and not for profit. Please view these videos with these songs as honoring the musican's craft and I'd prefer you wouldn't sue me. Buy these songs from iTunes, eBay, Amazon, Best Buy or wherever.**

Thursday, February 11, 2010

20 Years Ago Heavyweight Boxing Died

It continues to amaze me how time flies. I know we all talk about it, but it truly is one of this world's most inconceivable things. I heard on the radio today that it was the 20th anniversary of the night Mike Tyson was knocked out in Tokyo. 20 years ago?! Holy crap!!!

In our house, we were raised on Mike Tyson. My father and grandfather were big boxing fans and back when fights were on regular television, they would make sure to drag us along to watch this Tyson kid. My God he was a bad ass.

Seemed like every time we watch he was knocking fools out within the first 90 seconds. Incredible. His upbringing was rough and an old time trainer took him under his wing and made him into a champion. Mike Tyson was one of those athletes like Jordan or Griffey, Jr you stopped everything you were doing just to see what unbelievable thing he'd do next. He was that great.

Until that night 20 years ago. All the fame and fortune went to his head. Don King took over as his manager. Everyone was looking forward to the Evander Holyfield match-up scheduled for later that year. Buster Douglas was a no one and this was just another fight. Problem is...someone forgot to tell Buster Douglas that.

I remember to this day the shock I felt about hearing the champ had been defeated. I believe it was on cable at the time, so we just got the news and they broke the story the champ not only lost but was knocked out. I was crushed. An invincible athlete proved that night that he too was only human.

That night in Tokyo, boxing as I knew it died and was never the same again.