The name of this blog is a play on one of the lyrics of Once in a Lifetime by the Talking Heads.

You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife

You may ask yourself, “Well, how did I get here?”

You may tell yourself, “This is not my beautiful house.”

You may tell yourself, “This is not my beautiful wife.”

Once in a Lifetime, Talking Heads

When I was younger and heard this song, I thought it was one of the stupidest things I’d ever heard. How could anyone not know their house or their wife? Later on, I heard it as the song in the trailer for the Nicolas Cage movie, The Family Man, and I started to get it. The deeper meaning of this song began to marinate within me.

And now, now that I’m married, have a kid and a mortgage and my own business, I think of this song all the time. It is the story of my life (not in a bad way). I am constantly at turns bewildered, amazed, shocked and grateful that my life is my life. I blinked and here I was – completely different than what I had expected as late as even five or six years ago.

How? How did I get here?

Well, this blog isn’t about that. I know how I got here. I was sober and alive for it, after all. And really, I wouldn’t do anything at all to change it. I like my life just fine, thank you. And I don’t trust time travel not to change it so that I’m married to a completely different person with completely different kids. It may be great for the multi-verse Me’s but none for me, thanks.

No, this blog is about where I will go from here. Also, it will be about rhinos and hippos and armadillos. And tractors. Every good blog has something about tractors.

Oh, and did I mention that I will try to blog every day this year? I missed January 1, 2011 already, so, whoops. But I kinda think of it as getting a small dent in your new car so you don’t have to stress out about not scratching the paint so you can just relax and drive already.

Wish me luck.

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