2nd Annual Cabin Classis

Diary Entry For June 22, 2008

On Wednesday night, the Shortarmguy Family went to the Scott County Fairgrounds for our Electric Company’s Annual Meeting and Customer Appreciation Night.  The Minnesota Valley Electric Coop always throws a nice party.  We get quite a charge out of it! 

The Coop gives away a bunch of prizes and has inflatables for the kids to jump around in.  Best of all, they give us all rides in their huge Cherry Pickers!  It was very neat for the boys and I to go so high in the air, but I couldn’t find any dang cherries any where!

Grandma Linda was quite excited to get her hands on the delicious chicken dinner they provided for all of us.  After we arrived we tried to stop and visit with some friends, but she didn’t like that idea too much.  She paced back and forth waiting for us like Rainman wanting to watch The People’s Court.  Eventually she became so frustrated waiting for us, she grabbed all of our meals and looked like she was going to hold them for ransom from us if we didn’t join her quick.  So we did and that made her happy.

On Friday, the boys had their 6 month check up with their cardiologist, Dr. Singh.  He told us that the boys are doing as good as they possibly can be which is just music to our ears!  We learned that he no longer thinks Luke will require a pacemaker.  We also learned that Avery’s heart has shrunk to a more normal size so the medicine he started last December seems to be doing it’s job!  We feel so blessed when we have appointments like this! 

I still find it very cool that Luke no longer freaks out on the technicians when they stick him with a needle and take his blood.  I can remember a day not too long ago when we’d take him in for Blood Work and Angry Luke would make a sudden appearance.  He’d start screaming, kicking, punching, and his head would spin slightly in a 360 degree angle.  The technicians would hold the needles in the formation of a cross until we could calm him down.  So to see him smiling while it’s being done now is much, much better.

On Friday night, Tim Ashland and I traveled down to Clear Lake, Iowa for Jason Alexander’s “Second Annual Cabin Classic.  The outing of Job 2008”.  It was a great guy’s weekend filled with golf, poker, and just a little bit of booze.

Jason and Chris brought their Party Bus to transport the group to and from the golf course.  Always thinking safety first, the boys wore their bright orange safety vests wherever they went.  These guys are pretty big and if they accidentally bumped into someone, it could be quite painful.  So they try to give as much warning to passersby’s as possible.

We couldn’t have asked for a nicer weekend to play golf.   The sun was shining and there was a nice breeze to keep us cool.  If only my golf game didn’t suck so bad, the day would have been perfect!

This is an old buddy of ours, John Sherman.  He and his family own Arrowhead Golf Course in Clear Lake, Iowa where we played.  A few weeks earlier, they’d had 16 inches of rain over a few days which left several feet of water covering the entire golf course!  You wouldn’t have known it on this day, however, because the course looked great!  I only soaked my shoes a couple of times which was nice.

Over the course of the game, Chris became quite fond of Jeff’s Turtle Golf Club Cover.  Although I don’t think Jeff was very excited to put it back on his driver after Chris was finished with it.

The Ball Girl

Talk about a bad call!

Shark Surfing

Gas Pains

Breast Implants For A Tattoo?

First picture from NASA of water on Mars, outstanding!!


This is so sad…

It’s Good to be the Prince!

Quote of the Week

“I think what separates a superstar from the average ballplayer is that he concentrates just a little bit longer.”

— Hank Aaron, Baseball Star

Joke of the Week

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Nice Emails of The Week

Dude…. you totally crack me up…. Love your outlook and spirit….. God Bless and keep up the good work…..!  Val



You are a funny guy!  Your family is exceptional.  I have enjoyed your blog.

I was doing a search for info on Holt Syndrome and found your page. 

That was a while back. I did not think much of it at the time ……….


Anyway, the reason I did the search that evening is I was looking at the file of a little girl who is up for adoption, she has Holt Syndrome.  

To get to the point….Is there a chance that you and your wife have thought about adoption?

I feel lead to give this information to you.  She is listed on the  California Kids Web site with info links to contact her social worker.


The  best to you in all things,



hey shortarmguy!
i love your website! i have sent you emails before and i am so proud that you are a minnesotan! my husband and i live in roseville and i would love to meet you sometime! i’m sure you get a lot of creepy ass weird e-mails, but i am sincere in meeting you! hit me us some time, you are such an inspiration i would genuinely appreciate it. I have religiously checked your website every week since day one and even through the awesome tattoo on miami ink(which i called all my friends and fame to tell them to watch too!) you are such a real life hero!

Shortarmguy’s Favorite Websites

June 22, 2008

The Daily Show — Full Episodes of The Daily Show are now online!

Cedar Rapids Flood Photos — My buddy, Jason Davis, lives in Cedar Rapids and sent me this site which has amazing photos of their recent flood.

This is a video I made in August of 2006.  The Shortarmguy Family went to a Monster Truck Rally at the Minnesota State Fair.  The reason I’m posting it again is that I recently noticed that it has become quite popular on Youtube and has been viewed close to 100,000 times!!!

Time’s a wastin (Joaquin & Reese)

Shortarmguy’s Emails To Make You Think

June 22, 2008



I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a  parking space right in  front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the  other car by just inches! The driver of the other  car whipped his head  around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly.

So I asked, “Why did you just do that? This guy  almost ruined your car and  sent us to the hospital!” This is when my taxi  driver taught me what I now  call, “The Law of the Garbage Truck.”

He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full  of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger and  full of disappointment.
As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you.

Don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well and move on.  Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other  people at work, at home, or
on the streets. The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life’s too short to wake  up in the morning with
regrets, so “Love the people who treat you right.  Pray for the ones who don’t.”

Have a Great Day………….
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)