With Thanksgiving now past and the turkey, stuffing, gravy, corn, mac & cheese, broccoli, cheese & rice casserole, sweet potato, pumpkin pie, peanut butter pie, and on and on and on… induced coma subsiding, it seemed appropriate to pick up this blog again by listing a few things for which I am thankful. The last few days have been spent with family and a lot less of the internet, computer, Blackberry and even cell phone. The virtual “radio silence” is always a welcome time for me. It gives me a chance to clear my head and re-focus my life objectives towards the things that really matter. With that said, some of the things I am most thankful for are:

1) Wife – An awesome woman who stands beside me no matter what. I clearly “married up” and appreciate her more than I could ever express!
2) Children – I thought life was great until heaven greeted us with 2 bundles of joy. Now 3 and 1, my girls are the love of my life and always remind me that this world is full of endless possibilities!
3) Family – Having the support of 2 families is an invaluable asset to my wife and I. They are always there for love, support, encouragement, advice and when needed, a swift kick to the rear!
4) Health – A most valuable possession.
5) Faith – My ultimate source of strength and guidance. My life would not be what it is today absent the hand of God protecting, preparing and guiding.
6) Friends – Life would be an unbearable journey if unable to share it with people who truly care and love you. I cherish the relationships established and future connections to be made.
7) Country – I’ve always been proud to be an American. The greatest country on Earth. The best place to be – land of the Free and home of the Brave.
8) Provision – Not the things we like, but the things we need – food, shelter and love. If all we had were these three, we could still make it just fine.

The list could continue for pages and pages until it got down to the things that I merely like and want, but I will stop with my thankfulness for the things I truly need. Hope your Thanksgiving was a good as mine.

Striving for the Best! -mwr

Note: My attempt to post this on Friday failed, but I was literally in a place with no WiFi. My Sprint air card would not even work… on Thanksgiving morning, I had to make a run to the closest Starbucks (20 mi.) to use their WiFi and pull a contract for review (yes, in-house lawyers even work on holidays). At least the “WiFi run” allowed me to sip a Venti Carmel Macchiato while plugging away on the laptop. At 10am, we were only the 4th car through the drive-thru.

Alright, I have been blogging furiously for the past month and the stats show a few of you actually read the posts. Al even added me back to his blogroll. Jon (my own brother) couldn’t care less. Moving forward, I want to know what you are interested in reading or discussing. WordPress added a poll tool, so if you are having election withdrawls or just want to be heard (I want to hear you) chime and make your voice known……

Striving for the Best!-mwr

This is not a political post. Well, not totally. The mega wealthy (of which I am not even close to a part) has exactly 2 months to figure out what they are going to do if they expect a big payday in the next few years. posted an interesting article about MLB baseball players who expect to sign contracts in the off season. They better get to work or that 4.6% increase will cost their clients a lot of money.


On a related note, Wayne Huizenga, owner of the Miami Dolphins, indicated last week that he wanted to speed up the sale of the franchise so that he does not have to pay higher capital gains taxes.


Good thing the NASCAR boys get their season ending bonus check in NYC in late November. JJ or Carl might not have been quite as happy winning the championship if more of the Sprint Cup Champions multi-million dollar bonus pay day was wiped away in taxes.


One the other hand, I am SO GLAD President-elect Obama pushed for a playoff system in College Football. I want to see that happen so bad. Come on Mr. President, make that happen and this “southern-redneck” will be very happy!  


Striving for the Best!-mwr

Last few days have been full of good times! Too often, I don’t take the opportunity to appreciate all the little blessings in our lives.  Here’s a quick recap….


Had a great night Wednesday when the City Commission passed a major project for new sign requirements at Daytona International Speedway. I have been working on that for over a year and a half, so, in the words of the A-Team’s Hannibal……”I love it when a plan comes together.”


Got up early Thur to drive up to visit friends in Raleigh. We arrived safe and sound, save the two puking episodes from Mackenzie along the way! Thursday night, I took off across town to see the NC Sate vs. Florida State game. I was dressed to support my Noles and bought a ticket right in the middle of the Wolfpack fans. I am glad my Noles pulled it out, because it would have been a tough deal losing in the middle of the Wolfpack – especially since I was by myself!


Got back real late and my awesome wife let me sleep in! My oldest daughter comes in and wakes me up around 9:30 (can’t remember the last time I slept that long) with a huge hug and kiss, followed by a “Daddy, I love you.” What a way to get up! I tagged around a shopping area most of the day, but it was cool not to have anything to do – for once.


Saturday, we head to the coolest Pumpkin Patch ever in Bunn, NC. (If you are in the area, you should go!) We spent the entire day on the farm and Mackenzie and I cut out own pumpkin!  Yesterday was a travel day back home, but it ended with Hell House practice at Crave with Pastor Al (great blog…check it out) and then a dinner and a Bible study with some friend. Got home just in time to see the Rays close out game 7.  We are so blessed and so thankful for the treasures God has allowed us to enjoy!


I’m working on a neat series for this blog (at least I think so), so check back soon!

So, today I was cranking away at the office and my mind started to wonder away from drafting a HUGE contract, worth over $50 million (I can only focus on those kind of numbers for a little bit before my eyes start to cross). I jumped on the web for a few minutes of sanity and I ran across a very cool blog from Drew Powell. I followed a few threads to Pastor’s blog, then to Jon’s blog and I thought “Hey I have a blog too”…..I just never do anything with it! So, I looked my blog up and realized my last post was over a year ago. How pathetic!!!


Before I started this blog, I did all the research on the internet, followed the “Top 10 Tips for Writing a Blog,” got a buddy to design a cool header with my picture, wrote outlines for future blogs, drafted a bunch of blogs for those days when I had a mental block and was ready to go. It worked well for a while…..then life caught up with me and this blog went to the wayside.


Well, I think I am going to give it another go. I need an outlet. I hope that I can help and inspire just one person with my thoughts and experiences. The direction of the blog may change a bit, as I blog about topics I am passionate about. I will continue with some legal analysis, motorsports news and all the “fun stuff” I do everyday, but I want to interject some real life issues we all face – family, faith, fun, making a difference and just some tidbits from everyday life. (My wife told me that the legal stuff was boring and she liked my personal stories better.) I am gonna mix it up a bit and see what happens.


Leave me a comment if you took the time to read this one, so I know that someone is out there….


I would be honored for you to join me again and look forward to talking with you soon.

It is about that time again. is running a countdown clock. ESPN (the network) has “25 hours of IT.” Everyone is chatting about it in the lunchroom. Heck, I even got an Excel spreadsheet (complete with little helmets) emailed to me. College football season is upon us and beings tonight….T-minus 5 hours, 44 minutes and counting…

I received a non-descript package in the mail yesterday that, once opened, made my day. Enclosed in this package were my college football SEASON TICKETS! Football season begins in about 2 weeks….I need some relief from the daily grind and nothing would make me happier than a Saturday and Sunday full of football.