My First Jr. High Dance

I’m now a World Cup soccer fan, all because of a girl named Sue.

In 1977, my friends and I had barricaded ourselves in a booth near the dance floor at the Holy Rosary Catholic School (pictured), site of our first Junior High dance. Sue approached our booth, grabbed my arm and yanked me onto the gym floor under the streamers and mirror ball.

I remember two things: 1) Andy Gibb singing, “I Just Want To Be Your Everything”, and 2) I enjoyed dancing!

I danced 21 times with 18 different girls that night.


  • I loathed running, until I tried it.
  • I hated avocados, until I tasted guacamole. (recipe below)
  • I mocked Country music, until I listened to it.
  • I was scared of girls, until I dated one.
  • I despised soccer, until I finally watched it.

Certainty can limit you. Try stuff. (140 words)

Bonus: Andy in action (add screaming girls here)

Double Bonus: My Wife’s Guacamole Recipe

Total Time: 10 min

Prep: 10 min

Yield: 3 cups

Level: Easy

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4 ripe Hass avocados

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (1 lime)

1/2 cup small-diced sweet onion (1 small onion)

1 large garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 medium tomato, seeded, and small-diced


Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop the flesh out of their shells into a large bowl (cube). Immediately add the lime juice, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper and toss well. Add the tomatoes. Mix well and taste for salt and pepper.

Eat as a dip with chips.

The Art of Trying

 Ahhh…remember how it felt the last time you had all your “ducks in a row”? Yeah, me neither.

I’m meeting with a guy next week that wants to run his small business idea past me. Two weeks ago while at Virginia Tech, I listened to lots of young entrepreneurs share their startup company ideas with me. (The Next Big Thing post)

My advice to all of them? Just try it.

Enough with the calculating, planning, mapping, budgeting, analysis and strategery. (SNL clip)

Try, already!

Edison did…a lot. Lincoln, too. So did Gates, Jobs and Zuckerberg. Your parents tried (and, voilà!…here you are), your grandparents and great grandparents were the connoisseurs of trying.

Write that book. Learn a craft. Steal a kiss. Break that habit. Ask for forgiveness. Propose. Take dancing lessons. Pray. Reach across the aisle.

You won’t be judged for trying. (If you are, send me their address.)

Stop staring at your “Bucket List”.

Try.  (139 words)

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. – John Lennon

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My epitaph just may read, “Well, he tried.”

For you old-timers…remember this one? (if you don’t see the video player, click HERE)