Friday, December 30, 2011

CyclONE Nation

Good luck Coach Rhoads and the rest of the Cyclones in the Pinstripe Bowl today!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The boys visit Santa

Holden and Maddux visited Santa. Holden didn't grill Santa as much as last year about the hows and whys of his Christmas magic so I'm sure old St Nick was happy about that.
All in all, a very successful visit!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Two sentences that don't go together

Today is December 14th.  It is 86 degrees in my office.  May be one of those "Oops, I forgot to shut the window to my office" kind of nights when I leave.
December 14th.  Seriously?

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Google this

Or figure it out and graph it on your own.  I don't really care which.  Personally, I'd google it.
(sqrt(cos(x))*cos(200 x)+sqrt(abs(x))-0.7)*(4-x*x)^0.01, sqrt(9-x^2), -sqrt(9-x^2) from -4.5 to 4.5

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Did you just look at my chest?

If Holden learns only one thing this year, I think I'd like it to be this speech.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Is this heaven?

For years I have pondered what heaven will be like. Streets paved with gold? Friends and relatives who have passed before me to welcome me at pearly gates? Perhaps a corn field where baseball players appear to play a game.
This week however after watching the Dan Patrick show I think I may have a new theory as to what awaits me. Chrissy Teigen dressed in a Santa outfit.
Video from the Dan Patrick Show. Well worth watching.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

O Holy Night

A fantastic version of my all time favorite Christmas song performed by David Phelps.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Adam Carolla explains Occupy Wall Street

I liked him on Loveline on MTV back in the day and wasn't opposed to watching him with Jimmy Kimmel on the Man Show when they were on Comedy Central but this is fantastic.  I think I may have a new man crush based on this.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

There's a chance Holden is excited about Christmas

Holden and I decorated for Christmas today while Leah and Maddux are out of town.  Between Jovie, our Elf on the Shelf, making his return to our house the day after Thanksgiving and now having the tree up I think it's a safe bet that the young man is excited that the holidays are upon us.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

TWLOHA - On Thanksgiving: A Note to Say You're Not Alone.

To Write Love On Her Arms is one of my favorite organizations.  The following is today's blog post from their site.  (Direct link to this blog at TWLOHA).

We hope that today is a good day, a day spent with family and friends and a day to pause with thanks. We know for some it’s not, or it’s simply not that simple.

To everyone heavy with the weight of things missing or fractured today,

It doesn’t mean you’re ungrateful or unthankful.

It only means you’re human.

And you’re not alone in that.

We lose things in this life. We all do.

Things are taken. Things break and leave and we are kept from what we love. We are kept from peace.

If today finds you more aware of what you’ve lost than what you have, this is for you, a note to say you’re not alone. A lot of people feel what you feel today.

Perhaps today finds you with the same faces as one year ago today. And when they ask how you are or if anything is new, perhaps you wish you had some different answers. Answers that sound like change or pride or progress.  Maybe you wanted this year to be about change but not a lot has changed. Or maybe changes came but they were not the ones you hoped for.

It’s okay. Where you are and what you feel and what you wish was different. It’s okay.

You’re still here and this day will pass and tomorrow has never happened before. The same is even true for the rest of today. Things can still be new. There is room for healing and surprise and even room for change.

This life is not a race. It’s not a contest or a competition. It’s a patient broken story breaking more and healing more with all our different days, rich with winning as well as losing. The beauty is that we get to go together.

The highlight of my 2011 has been to get to know someone walking through the hardest year that they have ever known. For them, it's been a year of loss and losing. To get to know this person in this time, it’s been nothing like a burden. It’s been a privilege and a blessing and a surprise. It’s caused me to believe in better things, reminded me of dreams I used to dream and how i hope to live.

We’re meant to win and lose together. We’re meant to know some people on this journey, to walk it together, to mourn and cry one day, to laugh and dance the next. We get to carry each other and we get to remind each other all that’s true, of everything not lost. We get to remind each other that we absolutely positively can't give up, can't settle. We get to say that these terrible wonderful journeys are priceless and we must keep going. Not because we have to but because our stories our bigger than ourselves and because we just might be surprised.

On behalf of our entire team, please know that we’re grateful beyond words for you and your support. We could not have dreamed this thing up, this story that you let us live, the chance to do these jobs that we believe in, this work of bringing hope and help to people all across the planet. We’re thankful and we say thank you.

Peace to you today.

And Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

An official Cubs fan

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Goodbye JoePa

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Still Fighting It

Two sons now.  Wow.
This song is so poignant for me.  This is the kind of thing Holden and Maddux are going to have to deal with as they grow up - Dad making them listen to music and discuss the lyrics.  They should know that, as it says, things will suck as they grow up.  Things will be hard. (I swear to God the first person to drop a "That's what she said" on me after that is going to get punched in the throat) and one day they will indeed fly away.  They also need to know that the hardest thing and scariest thing they'll ever have to deal with is always on the horizon.  Everyone feels that way.  As adults we're still fighting it.  They will too.  It sucks to know they're going to go through the same hardships and struggles that we all go through but I will be there for them through it all, no matter what.  All I can do is be honest and loving with them and, as the song says, hopefully in 20 years we can sit down and have a few beers and find out everything worked out okay.

Good morning, son.
I am a bird
Wearing a brown polyester shirt
You want a coke?
Maybe some fries?
The roast beef combo's only $9.95
It's okay, you don't have to pay
I've got all the change

Everybody knows
It hurts to grow up
And everybody does
It's so weird to be back here
Let me tell you what
The years go on and
We're still fighting it, we're still fighting it
And you're so much like me
I'm sorry

Good morning, son
In twenty years from now
Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
And I can tell you 'bout today
And how I picked you up and everything changed
It was pain
Sunny days and rain
I knew you'd feel the same things

Everybody knows
It sucks to grow up
And everybody does
It's so weird to be back here.
Let me tell you what
The years go on and
We're still fighting it, we're still fighting it
You'll try and try and one day you'll fly
Away from me

Good morning, son
I am a bird

It was pain
Sunny days and rain
I knew you'd feel the same things

Everybody knows
It hurts to grow up
And everybody does
It's so weird to be back here.
Let me tell you what
The years go on and
We're still fighting it, we're still fighting it
Oh, we're still fighting it, we're still fighting it

And you're so much like me
I'm sorry

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Maddux Clark Davis

Maddux Clark arrived at 8:46 am on 11-1-11 weighing in at 8 lbs 6 oz and 21 in long. Lots of pictures to come. For now though...Davis boys in monkey hats.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Empathy for the disabled - tugs at the heart a bit.

Pro Infirmis conducts an experiment: there are only a few people who don`t have empathy with disabled people. Nevertheless, the passenger seat in the public bus next to Fabian often stays empty. Handicapped people are a regular part of our society.

So, get closer.

The audio track "The Funeral" is by courtesy of "The Band Of Horses" from the album "Everything All the Time.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

All You Can Eat

Celebrating the release of the 3 disc retrospective. It's a walk by my office and hear Ben Folds constantly kind of week.

Monday, October 17, 2011

One less mouse in my office

Found this fat little SOB this morning when I came to work.  I'm considering just leaving this where it is.  Kind of a sweet Halloween decoration.
Thanks for crapping on my desk you little bastard.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hanging at the ballpark

Spending a cool fall morning at the ballpark in Ames.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Streaming video of the mouse-cam

The most exciting live video stream I attempt to catch the little bastard that crapped on my desk over the weekend.

Watch live streaming video from lowelldavis at

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Deep Dark Blackness

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Birthday party prep

Doesn't everybody take a referee whistle to an orchard when celebrating a 5 year old's birthday?

Friday, September 30, 2011

Two thumbs up to whoever this teacher is

Kudos to this teacher.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The boy is five.

He's now officially five.
Shortly before almost throwing down with the magic candles that kept relighting.

Opening his new best friend - the Nintendo DSi.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Holden Ryne

Happy birthday Holden.  I’m very proud to have you as my son and no matter what curves life may throw at you that will never change.  You amaze me every day with the way your mind works and the way you view the world.  I hope you never let go of the sensitivity and compassion that I see in you.  Never close your eyes to the possibilities that you have in front of you.  Know that I will always believe in you and will always be here for you.

Holden September 27, 2006

Holden September 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Sing-Off

I try not to be too judgmental.  I often fail, but I try.  That said I hate reality TV.  It's pandering crap.  I have been known to watch the show I insist on referring to as "America's Fattest Fatties Crying Over Losing Two Pounds" (tip of the cap to Perry Cox) because the first episode I ever watched had this obese whiny chick in a pink t-shirt face plant while waddling on a treadmill.  That was TV magic for me.  I watched the rest of that season just because I knew the constant replays of that whenever they did flashbacks for her would bring a smile to my face.
I've watched a couple seasons of American Idol because I will occasionally do something to try to bond with those around me.  Talking about whatever tone deaf douche in skinny jeans covered a song I've never heard before was something I could do with the wife.  I watched an entire season of The Real World on MTV about a decade ago.  I really don't know why. I'm pretty sure I came away dumber.

However - I do watch the Sing-Off on NBC.  Honestly I watched it first because of Ben Folds.  I have a well established manly platonic love for that guy.  I do also however dig a capella music.  Put the two together and I'm there.  Note: I do have to watch it on TiVo so that I never, ever, ever, ever, ever have to sit through listening to Nick Lachey talk.
In case Ben Folds wasn't enough though, I'm pretty sure this performance from last night's season 3 debut would have sealed the deal for me being a fan of the show forever.  Wow.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Parenting Advice

No shit

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Iowa State vs Iowa game is upon us

Regardless of the outcome my friends, I invite you to take a moment to reflect upon one of the greatest tragedies to almost take place in college sports:

Friday, September 2, 2011

School's back in session

School is back in session for everyone.  A couple of pictures of Holden from his first day back at preschool.  He goes four days a week in his final prep for the big jump to kindergarten next year.
Ready to go!
Running late but making time for a picture with Dad

Apparently Holden is tall

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sneak Preview

I often give updates to people at work by saying "In case I get hit by a bus, someone else should know this....". If I do get hit by a bus, this song is to be played at my funeral.  I've said this since 2003 but never written it down so here.  It's written down now.  Hand to God, if someone plays Bette Midler or something instead I'm going to haunt them for the rest of their days.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Lunch by choo choo

A clip of our lunch being delivered by train at Fritz's in Kansas City.  Holden was quite impressed.  It's possible I was too.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Day Chris Bennett Almost Died

You people have no idea how close we were to a headstone which would have read "Friend. Lightbulb changer. Photographer."
Chris Bennett of Photography 139 graciously agreed to take pictures at last Saturday's Little League Challengers game.  He was the only adult on the field that I neglected to warn about the major league bat flip from one of the ball players.  He did quickly figure things out though as you can see from the photo of the bat flying directly at him below (click on the image for a larger version where you can see the bat better).
Thanks for taking the pictures Chris.  As always, they're fantastic.  Thanks also for still being alive.

To see all of the photos from the game, click here.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Pretty much

Monday, June 6, 2011

Good job blue!

Holden has been enjoying all the time spent at the ballpark this summer.  He's there not only for his T-Ball games and his sisters' softball games but for my Cloverettes team's games, Challengers games (Saturdays at 3:30 if you're in the area and want to support a great group of kids!) and days I'm working at the park on board duty as well.  So basically, he's there all the time.  Somewhere in the last few weeks he has decided that he wants to be an umpire.  He's wanted to sleep with his ball/strike counter and was actually a little irritated that I made him play in the field instead of installing him as the ump in his last t-ball game.
Since he's too young to help out as a Challenger buddy, I let him gear up to be umpire for a little bit in last Saturday's game.  He did exactly what an umpire should do - stay out of the way.  :)  He got to call a few kids safe, dusted the plate off a few times and gave out a few fives to the Challengers kids who scored.  He's been pretty proud to tell people he's an umpire now.
Holden the umpire

I hope I'm not doing him a disservice by raising him not only as a Cubs fan but now as someone who wants to be an umpire and thus the target of scorn by thousands of people.  Sorry for the future therapy bills little guy.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Preschool year one is complete

Yesterday was Holden's last day of preschool for the year.  I was very happy with the preschool and his teacher and was glad to hear him say he's looking forward to going back in the fall.  I guess (for him at least) it's officially summer!
Holden and his teacher Mrs. Halsrud

Friday, May 13, 2011

AAO Cam!

Live (between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m - after that they cut power to our booth) view from the AAO exhibit in Chicago.

Display in a new webpage that refreshes every 30 seconds.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Record breaking high temps today

We're supposed to have a record breaking high temperature for May 10th today.  What a simply fantastic time for the central air on my side of the building at work to continue not functioning correctly. Almost makes me glad I'm headed to the airport tomorrow morning to go to a trade show.
That's 86 freaking degrees in my office if you're scoring along at home.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The 2011 Davis family ball players

Two Robins, two Bats and a Cloverette walk in to a bar...
(I know the math on that doesn't work out but I'm both a Bat and a Cloverette) 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Heartbeat (not the crappy Don Johnson song)

We had another OB appointment yesterday and, I'm pleased to report, that everything is progressing well.  The little one has a heartbeat of around 160 bpm (just like "What I Like About You" by the Romantics).  In fact, it's the heartbeat you'll hear by clicking right here.  I don't know if people with an untrained ear can pick this up or not but that is, without a doubt, the heartbeat of a Cubs fan.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cloverettes update

The Cloverettes season marches on.  Our bats fell asleep in game 2 and we ran in to a team that reminded me a lot of last year's squad (veterans who can all just rake and play great defense) last night so we find ourselves with a record of 1-2 after 3 games but everyone is still having fun and we're noticing improvements in all the girls already.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The undefeated Cloverettes and Robins

The first game of the season is now behind us.  I wasn't able to attend Gillian and Ally's first minor league softball game but they were both very enthused about playing ball at a new level where they can actually steal and have the opposing team pitch to them.  As you would expect for the first game in a league where kids are on the mound for the first time it was clearly a pitchers duel* that ended in a 15-15 tie.

The Cloverettes did an absolutely fantastic job.  Night and day from the scrimmage we had last week in fact. We had a bit of an out of the ordinary game as the opposing team's assistant coach was unable to be there and the coach was only there for about a half hour due to a flat tire but a couple of parents stepped in and did an admirable job of getting the kid ready to play.  When all was said and done, we left the field victorious scoring 18 runs to the other team's 5.  All of the girls got at least one hit (who has a team batting average of .780 and OBP of .740? The mighty Cloverettes baby.  Sure isn't the Cubs) and nearly everyone crossed the plate once to score a run.  Best of all for me though was that it looked like all of them had fun playing and were genuinely happy to cheer on their teammates.  If we can keep that part up, and I totally expect that we will, it's going to be a really fun summer of softball.


*My wife didn't pick up on that term being used sarcastically.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The season begins tonight

Gillian and Ally have their first game as minor league softball players tonight at 6:00 while I take the field with the 2011 edition of the t-shirt Cloverettes at the same time.  It's unfortunate that I won't be able to see their first game with someone other than Dad coaching them but given the look of the schedule for this summer it's not a total surprise that it's happening.  Looks like we might actually have decent weather tonight (for the first time in what feels like weeks).  Time to play ball!

Monday, April 25, 2011


It was a very low key but pleasant Easter Sunday at the Davis house.  Gillian and I took care of most of the labor behind preparing a ham, green bean casserole, potato casserole (a holiday tradition in our family), cookie salad and banana pudding under the direction of Leah since she's still in the midst of the "too much movement causes vomiting" stage of the pregnancy.
We colored eggs (not dyed since Holden took tremendous offense to that term last year) with a young lady who lives across the street from us on Saturday night, and had an Easter egg hunt on Sunday afternoon in the yard.  Hard to believe next year at this time we'll have an infant celebrating their first Easter!

Eggs in trees?  Crazy talk.