30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Just Keep Swimming

When life gets you down, do you know what you gotta do?  Just keep swimming.

I'm grateful to have such a great family who has been there for each other the last week and a half.  And I can't write this enough... but I thankful for the compassion and thoughtfulness our blogosphere has shown as well.

Last, but certainly not least... I want to thank my friends who have been there for me on a regular basis... especially two of my closest friendsJen and Yama.

2017 Archives Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-ML

I had the honor of writing my mother's obituary and Jen was one of the people who helped me edit and revise it.  She's a fellow SJSU alumni... just like Mark Langston.

2017 Goodwin Champions Canine Companions #CC44

As some of you may know, dogs also have the amazing ability to offer great emotional support during tough times.  She's made sure to bring Mika, her Bernese Mountain Dog over several times to help put a smile on my face.

My other best friend lives almost 700 miles away in Lake Oswego, Oregon.  Yet, a day hasn't passed where we haven't talked and texted.  She also surprised me by flying out last night to hang with me this weekend.

2004 Sweet Spot Signatures #SS-HO

Yama is a University of Arizona alumni... just like San Diego Padre legend... Trevor Hoffman.

Thank you Jenny, Mika, and Yama for motivating me to just keep swimming.

Happy Saturday and sayonara!


  1. Great words to live by. Hang in there....been thinking about you!!

  2. You have awesome friends. Love hearing about all the support you've been receiving.

  3. Cards aside, and they are nice as usual, you've been in my thoughts every day and I hope somehow you've felt that.

  4. It's awesome to have such great friends to help you through the tough times. :)

  5. So nice to know that friends will go above and beyond to let you know you are not alone.

  6. Its those proverbial life jackets that come around every once in a while to help you on those long swims that sometimes make all the difference ;)

  7. It’s all about friends and family, nice that you’ve got really great ones.

  8. sumomenkoman - love me some dory! thank you. i appreciate it. i'm hoping to get back out there and start reading everyone's blogs in the very near future. i was hoping to start reading some before i grab lunch, but it's taken me almost 2 hours to reply to comments left over the past two weeks. hopefully i'll have some free time this evening.

    marc - i truly do. the support hasn't only been coming from friends and family... it's also come from all of you in the blogosphere too.

    peter k steinberg - truly appreciate it peter. the past week and a half have been crazy, but reading everyone's comments have certainly helped.

    john miller - :) btw... haven't forgotten about your presidential set. thanks for being patient. i'll get it shipped out to you eventually. i promise

    bulldog - it truly is. i've been truly blown away at the level of support i've received.

    bbcardz - yeah. i'm not blood related to either of the people mentioned in this post, but they are 100% family to me.

    big tone - i couldn't have said it better big tone. looking forward to start getting back to your starting lineup posts

    steve at 1975baseballcards.com - yeah... i am truly blessed.

  9. You're an amazing person so it is no surprise that you surround yourself with amazing friends.
    Keep swimming buddy...

  10. what good friends! you have friends like this because YOU are a friend like that to others.

    1. thanks julie! i truly hope so. learned a long time ago the importance of reciprocation.