Poker Anyone!?

So, my son (10 years old) came to me today asking me to teach him how to play poker.  I love the game, but I started questioning his motives and telling him it’s a real tough game to learn and there are many types of poker.

Well, digging to the root reason of why he wanted to learn was that he “wanted to win all of my money.”  I like his ambition and it definitely put a smile on my face.

Instead, we played the game “Left, Right, Center” and used quarters instead of the little chips.  After 4 games of using three quarters each game, he lost all four.  Visibly upset and wanting to play more to win his money back, mom and dad was able to teach a valuable lesson tonight about gambling.  In the end we gave him his money back (he’s only 10) and I think he learned a good lesson on gambling.

I wonder if he’s still going to want to learn how to play poker!?

Crappy Tile Layers

Ahhh.  As they say, “you get what you pay for.”  Just got done tearing out 4 brand spankin’ new tiles from our bathtub surround.  We just had the tile redone to get rid of the 1980’s pink tile.  It looked somewhat decent when they completed the job.  It wasn’t perfect, but the pink tile was done.

The other day I went to put the bathtub faucet knob back on and noticed that it wouldn’t turn on all the way.  Why, you ask?  The dips put two thick of cement board under the tile and the wall was too thick for the faucet to operate correctly.  So now, I get to pay a plumber to reposition the valve.

You’re probably asking right about now why I didn’t just go through the drywall behind the tub?  Well, it’s a brick exterior wall on the other side!  Good times and the joy of hiring probably not the best folks to do a job.  Don’t let it happen to you!

Monday Funday!

Yesterday, I mentioned that I was doing a 30-day Nutritional Cleanse by Isagenix.  Although a bit pricey, it has really transformed our lives.

This cleanse involves “shake days” and “cleanse days.”  Shake days consist of having two absolutely good tasting shakes as meals and then having a “clean” meal that consists of about 600 calories.  Throughout the rest of the day, you can have healthy, clean snacks such as veggies, some fruits, nuts, etc.  These snacks should only be about 10-15 bites.  Shake days are fine, but some days, especially when exercising and doing Insanity, I just want to hit the floor.

Cleanse days involve: Continue reading “Monday Funday!”

Insane!! Dig Deeper!

WHAT’S UP Y’ALL!  If anyone has done the workout Insanity, you know what I’m talking about and you might just want to punch Shawn T in the face!

Feeling good today.  I took a week off of exercising after completed the first round (9 weeks) of Insanity.  I just did the Fit Test to start round 2!  Am I crazy?  Probably, but I have done well over the last couple of months.  I’m down about 16 pounds and feel great!  I’ve coupled the workout program to a 30 day cleanse (ends Thursday) using the Isagenix program.  Love it and love the way I feel.

Take a look at my progress . . . .

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Dogs and carpet . . . Why!?

So, as I mentioned on my “About Me” page, we have two dogs.  They have (mostly) been the love of our lives for over 13 years.  They’re getting old (13 and 11).  With age comes some interesting things.  Different smells, different sounds, different temperaments, and, for one of them, becoming crazy scared of thunderstorms.

DogsAbout 4 years ago, our changed a bit and for some reason, wouldn’t wait until we got home to go potty.  We installed a doggie door (because she can’t handle being crated) and everything was fine.  That was until about last year.  Now, when we have thunderstorms, she will not go outside.  Usually, she will go hide in the closet.  When she has to go potty when we aren’t home. . . forget it.  She find a great place to relieve herself.  Although we have laminate and tile throughout the house her favorite place is right smack dab in the middle of your living room rug.

Last week, she relieved herself about 5 times in the exact same place.  We thought the rug was going to be garbage.  We scrubbed and scrubbed and no matter how much product we used or which type, it still smelled horrible.

Thankfully, my good buddy, Joe, pointed me to a great company to get our rug cleaned (shout out to:  To tell you the truth, carpet cleaners aren’t my favorite type of business people.  You know . . . the ones that have that great coupon and they show up and say, “well that’s extra because your carpet is beige or dirty” and then they up sale you and you end up spending twice as much as you thought you would?  LOL.  I can say, though, these guys won’t.  Give them a shout if you’d like.  You, most likely, won’t be disappointed.

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Does my kid have a bad baseball coach?

My son is in his first year of baseball.  He just turned 10.  He has played flag football for the last several years and, I must say, is pretty good.  Being a huge fan of football (and I enjoy coaching), I wanted him to play this season.  Unfortunately, he wanted a break and decided to give baseball a try.  Growing up, I played baseball every year from T-ball until I was about 16.  Loved it and had great coaches that I still think about some of the lessons that they taught me on sportsmanship, hustle, and love of the game.  I try to instill those virtues to my kids and the kids that I coach in football.

Sitting on the sideline is not easy as a coach.

Against our advise to our boy that there were going to be great players on the team that have been playing for years and that he probably would be behind in skills.  He’d probably spend some time on the bench and in “dreamer’s corner.”  He decided to play.

I should have known at the first practice . . . 

First impressions are everything.  By the third practice, the coach was still calling the new kids “you, you, and you.”  It drove me crazy that he wasn’t even making an effort to learn their names.  I finally told my boy that the next time he calls you “you,” tell him what your name is!

With three games left of the season, I’m done.

Of course we’re going to finish the season, but man, I’d love to just call it quits because it’s been a waste of time.  Other parents aren’t too impressed, either.  This league has a rule that you can only score 5 runs in an inning and the game is over after 1 and a half hours.  We were down by 10 runs in the last inning.  Knowing that there was no chance to win, as a coach, I would have given the kids that sit on the bench half of the game and are relegated to the outfield a chance to play in the infield.  What does our coach do, you ask?  Keeps the 5 kids that play every inning in the infield and keeps the boys that sit on the bench often, on the bench.  It truly amazes many families that are observing.

How do you know that you have a bad coach: Continue reading “Does my kid have a bad baseball coach?”

Southwest Airlines

Wow.  I was thinking about this the other day.  Southwest Airlines has gone through some many changes lately (i.e., buying Air Tran, flying into ATL, etc.).  An article was written today that says Southwest Airlines’ ranking for on time arrivals has decreased.  Could it be because of all of the recent changes over the last few years?

When I studied for my Masters degree several years ago, I did a lot of research on the airline because I thought they had a great model.  One of the amazing things about the company was that they only went into small airports and didn’t do the traditional ‘hub and spoke’ route system.  I’m sure that flying into ATL is not helping their on time arrival numbers.

I’ll share with you an essay I wrote about them in 2010ish.  Let me know your thoughts.

My have they changed . . .  Continue reading “Southwest Airlines”

I’m back.

Sorry for the delay, folks.  I set up this page and had some issues with my hosting site getting verified.  It was one of those days yesterday.  I received an email and it told me to call them.  I did. Waited on hold for 30 minutes and had to give up because I had another commitment.  I later tried to do the online chat, only to find out that I couldn’t verify the account via chat. That was only a waste of 20 minutes of my time!   I finally got verified over phone after waiting 56 minutes on hold.  Good grief, I say!

Lesson learned … Don’t use PayPal to set up website hosting.  

If I had used my credit card, the verification wouldn’t have been required.  I guess you learn as you go.

Well, that’s the struggle of a new blogger!  I’ll be back!


Hello world!

Hi there.  Welcome to my website called the Gale Guia Blog!  This is my first blog post!  I cannot wait to share my adventures and add in some humor, here and there.  I’m a world traveler and very outgoing, so I’m sure that I’ll have a ton of stuff to share!  Thanks for joining me on this adventure and check back often for new posts!