We are almost through Hurricane Blog Design

So many fights…this (@#$)*#@ blog design stuff!

We are finally almost done with the new look for my blog. I sort of like it, but not the 3 stack grid. That part need to be 2 lines and not going down in order then on the other side down again. I don’t like it. I like what they call the magazine layout. The colors are also in process. I’m trying to make it look perfect. Lindsay is trying not to kill me and even threatened at one point to fly out here and shove all 752 posts straight up my ass Lol She’s a little stressed over it too.

At least the brightness is gone.

Please donate to the American Red Cross ahead of the Hurricane Florence relief. I did this morning. They are about to get ripped to shreds and I pray to God they all GET THE F OUT OF THERE! Anyone that stays, God help you.

Sad new about Burt Reynolds. I have read he wasn’t the nicest guy and caused a lot of problems with people in his life, however he was a great actor. I really enjoyed watching his movies. Smokey and the Bandit will forever be a cool movie, so many great one liners. That whole era of films is over but I will remember them.

And Peace sent out to Mac Miller. My dude, why? I don’t understand things like that. My life is so awesome. I know he’s better now but I wish someone could have helped him.

I just uploaded a ton of new family photos to our Family Facebook page. Go check those out if you have access. We are still locked and private on that one. It’s the best way to go 🙂

Have a great day, Batfans!

Updates are coming

Hey everyone! I have had a very busy summer. I will finally get time tonight to post all of the blog posts I wrote on my Greece vacation. I wrote everyday to remember the funny things that happened on the trip. I’m also packing up and getting ready to leave tomorrow morning. Lindsay and I are going to Rio for the Olympics! We will be there for 4 days. Then we are coming back. We will get to see the opening ceremony in the stadium, then we are going to watch her cousin compete in the Equastrian practice things. We won’t be able to watch her compete. Her cousin is NOT Australian despite internet rumors. I find it hilarious anytime either one of us says anything, there’s an immediate fact check on it. Go for it trolls. You still have nothing better to do with your lives? Move on, geez Lol

My boys are doing great. They are getting big and moving around a lot more. As my nanny says they are just eating and growing hair. That’s all they do. They had a great time with their cousins. I heard they had a few fun adventures of their own and I will be able to share those as well.

I haven’t had time to write on here that much. Too much going on. Work keeps me busy and I really do spend all my free time with my kids. When I’m home, it’s all them. Until they go to bed. Then I get to have some free time to start cleaning up after them. It never ends. Wait until they start getting around on their own everyone tells me. We had our first roll over. Exciting news in our home. And a few other good news items to share.

I will post more tonight! Hope everyone is as excited as I am for the Olympics. GO U.S.A.!

Starbucks? No, Drink your juice

sticker,375x360.u4  Great news already and my weekend has just begun. My adoption lawyer emailed me and said I am now a foster parent to the boys. It’s such a long process but it’s worth it. I didn’t talk about starting the guardianship until it was weeks afterwards. I didn’t know how to tell anyone about it. I mean, it’s my cousin’s daughter’s twins. How do you explain that?

My status from legal private guardian has been upgraded and I couldn’t be happier. She said this is going to make the adoption process go faster now that the State has cleared me through everything. Great news! She is still saying the solid date as we know it is May of next year. That’s fine if I end up waiting that long. Or if she can get things pushed through it may be some time this year. She said don’t get any hopes up because the County court system I’m dealing with is very, very busy with family court cases. I’ve heard a lot from people who adopted that said it takes a minimum of 6 months. That would put me into June at the earliest? I’m praying for a Christmas miracle. As long as I continue to prove I am taking good care of them, they are healthy and getting to the doctors appointments as scheduled she doesn’t see it being an issue. I have continued with the family counseling sessions (I had already paid for them) and I’m able to talk about how this is going and how it’s changing my life. With God’s Will I never know what will happen in my life so I just need to stay consistent and wait until the judge will let me adopt them. That’s going to be a huge day for me. I’ve already told my family we will have a huge party for that.
Speaking of party. April 3rd we are doing the boys christening at Church. Lindsay will be a god parent and so will Drew. It has been a back and forth battle not only with my Church leadership but also with her. I finally convinced her to not show up wearing a shotgun strapped across her back and her 80’s Madonna concert t-shirt Lol Can you imagine! Oh geez. She said it will be fine as long as they don’t mention God at all. Still not sure how this is going to work but the point is, my children will be raised Catholic. They will believe in God until they can convince me they no longer believe in God. Then I will let them believe in whatever they want. As long as they understand there is a Higher Being in their lives, I don’t care if it’s God, the Easter Bunny, or Jake from State Farm.
I hired an event planner for the christening party afterwards. I knew I shouldn’t have, but I did. And now she’s driving me nuts. I told her no more phone calls. Just email me. I will respond when I can. I don’t have time to give her my opinion on different shades of white, if mac and cheese with truffle sauce is good, or how many dang balloons (Aren’t they a choking hazard?) do we think we should order. I don’t care. Do what you do, let me show up and say Wow, Looks great!
Spending time with Cam has been awesome. He’s much older than I am but he’s always been there for me. He helped me through some tough times. He has been a great friend. I sort of dropped contact with him for a while but now that we are coming up here we have reconnected. His bar is the best one in the area. He has done some new things with it and he’s very excited for better weather. His food is always amazing and he’s constantly pushing himself to learn new food items. I love that. It’s something I try to do also. He also tells me how it is. He’s direct and sincere. Love that guy.
I’ve already fed the boys, made breakfast for the girls. I bought one of those Keurig coffee things for this house and brought it up. It has all kinds of different Starbucks K-cups and they are still wanting me to go get them Starbucks from….Starbucks. I said no go get it yourselves. I’m getting ready to shower for the day and play with my babies. They are making facial expressions and goofy wiggles. It’s really fun. I love it.
My book is on Amazon.com now. That is exciting. And it’s going on iTunes this morning. I had to fill out all kinds of Tax Documents and put in my bank account to receive the royalty payments. You would think I would make a straight profit from Amazon on the book sales. No. This is what they offer. I get 35% commission on all book sales. They need the other percentage for allowing me the privilege of putting it on their website.

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I’m selling the book for the same price I’ve always said I would, $6. Amazon lets me keep $2.10 of each sale. Now that doesn’t seem like much but my actual publisher, they let me have 50 cents off of each book sale. I had promised all pre-order money would go to charity. I sold over 1500 books x $6 out of my own pocket. That’s how I was able to donate 2 checks of $15,000 plus each. Because I paid for it myself.

This has never been about money, if it had, I would have sold it to the tabloids, or priced it for a lot more. This is about telling the truth. The trolls don’t tell the truth. They look up shit from years ago, or they completely make things up and try to present it as truths and facts. It used to work, but it’s no longer working because people see that group of women as bullies and online stalkers. They have ruined their own reputations by continuing to harass me every day, for hours. Who has that much free time? Don’t they have husbands or kids? Lol My gosh. More people than ever before have been supporting me and I appreciate it. I let Lindsay handle the trolls. She has a unique skill set in making them look stupid and showing how much they lie. And they all lie. It’s sad.

I will post later when the book is on iTunes. It’s going on 10 other book selling websites after that. I have no idea which ones because I don’t do any of that stuff. I just sit here and smile. When the list is done I will of course post it. I hope ya’ll are having a great morning.

Time to go get ready for my day.

Pompadour Me

Sitting on the couch watching Idol. I’m telling you guys you need to be watching. Such a talented group.

Busy day but very productive. After work I got a haircut. I haven’t seen my regular girl in a while. She showed me a magazine that had a style she thought would look good on me. I am the guy that does different facial hair and new hair styles monthly. I have been growing my hair out on the top and was going to get it shortened up but I was really digging on her idea. We agreed to try it and if I didn’t like it she would cut the top. I have a pompadour. And it’s bad ass. I’ve had 3 compliments on it already which makes me grin like a goofball. I’m cracking up my iPhone turned goofball into golf ball Lol 

Im really doing good today. It’s been a great day I’m happy. 

Updates

I have owned a house in Las Vegas for the past 8 years. I called it my condo because I only used it for boys trips for a weekend or vacations with my family or friends. It’s been a party place the entire time. And I’ve loaned it out to my friends so they can have a fun weekend in Vegas anytime they wanted. I upgraded it through the years and did a lot of landscaping out back. I finally sold the house. I am in a different phase of my life and owning a party house set up for movies/sports nights, pool parties, and all kinds of guy stuff just doesn’t fit my current life. I bought a rental house 2 blocks away from that house and moved into it. That’s where I’m living at for the moment. I’m going to be moving again soon. While I’m here I’m upgrading and changing out the flooring. It’s out of date big time. I already had a company remove all of the rocks in the backyards and lay down sod. I’m having to water it a lot so it gets some growth. I was told several times it’s going to die on me. But after a while it will grow. And be a nice grassed backyard. That’s what I’m hoping for at least. The inside of the house is pretty big. It’s going to be a nice family home for a family that is looking to upgrade. I’m getting a lot of the things fixed in the next 3 weeks. I think it’s going to come out really well.

I hired a kid a few months ago named Mark to help me start the Las Vegas firm. We have an office finally and are working on a lot of different investment deals. I had originally planned on flipping houses but it’s a softening market and I might get stuck sitting on them for longer than I want to. The price ranges I’m buying the houses for are great, but the upgrades and all the fixes leave a little profit. And that concerns me. So we are shifting things around and moving forward with our casino investments. I’m going to concentrate now on buying buildings. There are a lot of great opportunities here and I’m excited to see what kind of deals we get. I love buildings. I love standing there looking at it and dreaming in my head the things we can do with it. It’s like my own personal Monopoly game. Mark is doing a great job. He asks a lot of questions and gets things done on time. He is still not very confident but he’s getting more comfortable. He comes from the FLDS faith. He has 2 moms. Which is a little weird but they are both very nice. They both have long hair and wear long, homemade dresses. They are very pretty. He says they don’t wear dresses everyday but are always covered up. I guess that’s a religious thing. He is a nice kid and he’s smart. He is working hard to provide for himself, his family, and his Church. I guess his family still tithes to the FLDS Church because his dad and moms both have family still involved and he said if they stop tithing, they will always worry that their money isn’t going to help our their relation whether they agree with the beliefs or not. His dad and 2 moms left the faith before he was born. But they travel back to visit family and have to act completely different around them. I like Mark. He’s a good kid. I think he’s going to do a good job when I go back to Chicago. He is always finding things to check out or talk over. I like seeing how ambitious he is.

My construction business is booming. We have 12 divisions and they are all booked nonstop. Even in the winter time we have jobs lined up already. It is funding all of my investment firms and gas stations. Which is good since my gas stations are not doing so good anymore. I don’t make money on the gas, I make money on the things sold in the store. And listening to everyone we put in cafes to build up the coffee business. That’s the only thing saving my ass right now. Who knew coffee was so important? I don’t drink the stuff.

I’ve been able to travel and see my family a few times this summer. Being back in Nebraska is always a good time. So many memories of growing up there. It’s where I come from, but it was never my home. Texas is also one of those places I grew up but never really considered it home. I feel home in Las Vegas. I didn’t use to feel like it here.

Home to me will always be Chicago. It was my first big, bold, courageous move as an adult. I left Nebraska knowing I would never live there again. I loved my times in Miami and Miami Beach, year after year. But Chicago, man that’s a great place to live. I love it there. As soon as I get my businesses set up in Utah and Las Vegas I will be moving back to Chicago. And I plan to stay there for a long time.

I have met some interesting people in the past 5 and a half months of my life. All for the better. I have learned a lot and have found myself being more open and honest about my dreams. Work is finally calming down so I will have more time to write and read my books. I love read. I’ve been able to cook a lot more too. I usually prep everything on Sundays but this week I’m going to try to just cook. It’s different. I need different in my life.

I am adjusting to everything. A lot has changed the past few days and I am getting myself together. I know that things are going to be okay. This week at work is going to be tough. But no long hours. I’m getting burned out. I have a cruise to the Caribbean coming up soon. I’m looking forward to that. A week on a boat. I love to travel. I’ve been doing a lot of that. And I’m going to Dubai in a few months. I will stop in Paris on my way. I love going overseas. The Dubai office is finally starting to show a profit. It will be great to go see what my brokers there have purchased and what they are doing with it. It’s a booming part of the country and I’m proud to say I got in on it early. All of my connections through construction helped me find the right people to partner with to start a firm there. The laws are backwards and everything is 10 times bigger and more expensive than 5 years ago, but it’s a beautiful place on Earth. The architecture there is amazing. You can stand out on a hotel balcony all night just looking at the skyline.

I’m on my lunch break. I need to finish my sandwich and get back to work. I have miss ya’ll. I hope ya’ll are having a great summer! I love the comments. I only publish a few of them. The rest I just smile at. Thank you for coming here. You are loved!

 

Updates

Latest-Updates  Life as I know it changed a few months ago. I had business opportunities in Las Vegas, Nevada a few times in my career but nothing had ever panned out. I went to Las Vegas to have surgery and ended up having to have a second surgery earlier this year. While I was there for recovery I made some new business contacts and began to start figuring out how to actually do commercial investment in this fast paced city. What I found out is, you really do have to know someone that knows someone.

Through the grace of God I found a really good business mentor that began to show me the ropes and start to introduce me around. I began looking at buildings or business investments into casinos and finally found out how things go. You can join in the casino investment groups for a price, but your percentage of return is very minimal. Less than .5% yield. That’s not worth my time. My 2 investment companies have worked too hard to have such a bad back swing on investments. So I kept looking.

We decided to make a bid on a casino in Reno, Nevada. For 2 months I went back and forth trying to make the deal happen. And finally we got it! I called my girlfriend right away and she was so excited for me. It’s a casino/hotel/spa and we are going to gut each section one by one to make it into a luxury hotel. This will be my biggest project yet. I can’t wait to see how things turn out. I really hope things go smoothly but God has taught me many times that life happens after you make your plans. I pray to make it through with grace and a sense of humor at least.

The other casino project I managed to get myself into is on the Strip. It is almost completed with the exterior. I own only 5% of that project after 3 weeks of daily negotiations but once it is up and going, it will be very lucrative. 5% of daily intake will add up quickly and I will be able to justify to my Board of Directors the investment I had to explain over and over. In owning less than 5% in a casino I didn’t have to get a gaming license, but I got one anyway because I plan to turn my profits into additional percentages over the long term agreement. It’s all so confusing and it honestly gives me a headache trying to keep track of things. In total we have over 20 projects currently going strong and it keeps me on the phone, in meetings, and traveling around the country a lot.

I adopted a beautiful cat which I named Penelope. She is a sweetheart and very cuddly. Unless she’s ripping up paper, newspaper, curtains, or anything that she finds fun to tear up. I love her and she is a great addition into my life. There is also another addition but I will get into that later. That’s a story on its own which I will be posting about soon.

I am enjoying the weather here in Vegas. It has gotten really hot over the past few days and will be boiling hot all next week. I will be going to Paris, France for a week. I have meetings there until 3pm each day and then we will go sightseeing and enjoy the local cuisine, art, and anything else we want to experience. I have looked forward to this trip for months. I am excited to share all that I know and be able to speak French fluently again and work on keeping my dialect on point. I love Paris. I have lived there for a year when I was in my 20s and enjoyed everything about it. I have rented out an apartment overlooking downtown for privacy with a separate elevator and back entrance so we may come and go as we please without having to deal with anyone else that lives in the building. It has been fully stocked for my arrival and will have all of my favorite foods stocked the day before we arrive.  I usually get into town and crash. Taking a nap after an 8 hour flight in from New York is just what you need to begin the jetlag cure. And the time different doesn’t help either.

My broken foot finally healed. I ended up breaking it in 3 places across the bottom. Let me tell you that is a pain that is a reminder on every step. I had a cast, then a boot, then a brace. All of which are off. I find myself favoring it a little bit when I walk instead of trusting that it is healed. I want to start jogging again but I have been a little leary of that. We have been walking in the mornings and that is going well. I like to start my day with physical activity. Of all kinds 😉

I have found some really great books lately. I miss reading I have not had the time to dive into a good book. I have a pile in my library that I need to start reading someday. If I wasn’t flying us overseas that would be a great time to at least get one going. Maybe when I get back home I will find the time.

I plan to get home from Paris and start traveling again. I need to check in with work stuff and make sure things are going well. I had just purchased a house in Oklahoma and had barely begun living in it when Las Vegas came up. I’m most likely going to sell it and continue living here, against my Board of Directors wishes. They prefer I come back to Chicago and keep business going. I would rather stay here and get new business going. It’s been a struggle.

My life has finally begun to make sense and I pray to God everyday that peace remains. I am so thankful for my life and am very happy to have my girlfriend to share it with me. We get along so easily. We find ourselves cracking up laughing so many times. She really is a joy in my life and I’m so blessed to know her. She really has the biggest heart of any woman I know. So kind and loving. And so easy to get along with. I love that about her. I love everything about her.

I am going to find more time for fun and less time for work. My family has been encouraging me to slow down. My friends are wanting to see me more. And I really do need to find a balance. Work will never fulfill me completely. I know God gives me what I can handle, but there are days I feel overwhelmed with decisions, emails, and a to do list that never stops. We are hiring more people to help out and I am currently looking for an office space in Las Vegas.

It’s been a great time this year for me. I look forward to whatever happens the rest of this year. I thank God for everything that has changed. I know I work for it and earn all of these amazing things but I am humbled by all that I have. I am so excited for my future!

Thank you for all coming here. I appreciate your time. Have a great night!