Geocache at a Little Free Library

Someone on Twitter brought up Geocaching the other day, and I decided that I should give it a try.  Here’s the video footage.

Another event that happened recently was a “Dirty Ninja Mud Run” and all three of my children partook in the event. Here’s the footage of my kids totally tearing it up!

That’s all for now.  Hope you’re having a good summer, just like my family is!

So You Think You Can Dance the Whip and Nae Nae – Watch Me!

There’s an old saying, “Dance like a lot of people are watching, so you can embarrass yourself.”  Pretty wise stuff.  I know.

I live by that credo, so here’s a dance instructional video.

You can thank me later when you know what to do at the next wedding you attend.   You’ll be like, “I know how to do The Whip and the Nae Nae!  Let’s dance!”

Take care,

David Tiefenthaler

Shark Week Video Entry – Spiny Dogfish Fishing

I was on vacation the past week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  At the same time as we were down there, there were several shark attacks just to the north of us in North Carolina.  I can see why.  At the beach we were at, in Garden City, South Carolina, which is just south of Myrtle Beach, we saw several sharks at the pier.  The sharks are there all the time because of the fisherman.  I’m not talking little baby sharks either.  These were eight foot long bull sharks that troll the waters.  The weird thing is, the swimmers and surfers didn’t even flinch about it.  There were several of them swimming and surfing only 20 meters from where we were seeing sharks!  Crazy people, I tell you.

Anyways, I didn’t go swimming anywhere near the pier.  I did go in the ocean a few times, but only up to my knees.  Apparently, that’s all you have to be in though to get attacked.  I read some of the reports, and it seems none of the people who were bit were in deep water.

I did get up close and personal with one kind of shark called the “spiny dogfish”.  We caught some when we went on a fishing charter.  Watch the video!

It was rough seas, but we all managed to keep our lunch down.  Sorry that there’s no footage of me catching a shark, but I really did.  You gotta believe me!

Promoting O.K. is Great on my Tips4Running YouTube Channel

If you’re a casual follower of this blog, you may not know that I lead a double life.  No, I’m not Batman.  Then again, Batman and I have never been in the same room at the same time.

I’m getting off topic.  What I mean to say is that I have a YouTube channel called Tips4Running where I make videos about tips for running.  My persona on there is “Coach Tief” because I was a collegiate runner, and a track and cross country coach after I graduated from college.  I’ve got a lot of subscribers on YouTube, so I’m using that site to push my book, O.K. is Great, out into the world.  Here’s the quick video promo I made.

Happy Trails,

Coach Tief!

Llamas, Cats, and Dogs – The Sunday Share (60/365)

I think I finally found a good theme for Sundays.  I’m calling this weekly post, The Sunday Share.  First up, the story of the week, or I should say stories for this Sunday.  There was a dress that was black and blue and white and gold, plus some llamas got loose.

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Unless you were in Boulder, Colorado living under a boulder, I don’t know how you could have missed these stories.  Here’s a great summary of those events.

Staying with the same topic, how about the coolest thing that happened in the llama chase.  A cowboy, riding in the back of a moving pick-up truck, lassoed a runaway llama.  Now, that’s a man right there.

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The New Yorker recapped the whole story in gif form.  It’s hilarious.

While we’re still talking about llamas, how about the book recommendation of the week.

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We have this book in our extensive children’s book collection.  It’s quite fun to read.  Here’s a link to it if you want to buy Llama Llama Red Pajama from Amazon.

On my little blog, the post that got the most traffic this week was a little deep.  I asked a question of myself, “Am I Hurting The World or Helping It?”  Feel free to read and ask yourself the same question.

Last, but not least, I think The Sunday Share should end in with a fun video.  Here’s some cats not letting dogs pass.  YOU SHALL NOT PASS, DOG!

I hope you liked The Sunday Share.  You can share The Sunday Share as well.  Sharing is caring!    

Charles Barkley Loves Teachers (43/365)

Teaching is tough.  Any time someone says something positive about the craft, it makes me feel a lot better about what I’m doing.  Charles Barkley cheered me up today.

I love watching clips of Jimmy Fallon on YouTube.  I don’t stay up late enough to watch the show when it is aired, but I just watched an interview he did with Charles Barkley, and right away in the interview, Charles Barkley talked about the important jobs in life.  Here’s the transcript, and then the video

JIMMY:  Yeah, you were saying backstage.  You said that there are only five real jobs the world.

CHARLES: Yeah.  Teacher, fireman, police man, doctor, somebody who’s in the armed services.  Everybody else can just shut the hell up and enjoy life, you know.

I appreciate the thought, although, I hope I can still enjoy life and still be a teacher.

Here’s the video.  Barkley goes on about some other things, and it’s quite humorous, but what he said really made me feel good today.

Thank you, Sir Charles!  You made my day.  Share this with any teachers, farmers, police officers, doctors, and armed service members to make their day too!

The Sandlot meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid (42/365)

During the summer, I spent my writing time turning my first book (which isn’t published yet) into a movie script (which hasn’t been filmed yet, nor is it even close to that level).  One thing that was fun about it though was speaking with a film maker named Dan Dobi.  Just as a point of reference, I met him through our love of YouTube.  He made a great documentary about YouTube called Please Subscribe, and I applied but failed to get a role in it.  Don’t worry.  It didn’t ruin my relationship with him.  I’m not a serious, full time YouTuber, so I knew I wasn’t going to be cast in the film (That movie is on NetFlix by the way).  Here’s my audition tape, if you’re wondering.

I’m off task again.  Anyways, one thing we were looking for when we were putting together the pitch for my screenplay to producers was a comparison.  Apparently, the people with the money want to know what the movie will be like by comparing it to other movies.  That’s how we came up with “The Sandlot meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid”.

It’s simple, and, for my book at least, it’s fairly accurate.

My book, “O.K. is Great” involves a 12 year old kid who’s main goal is to break the mile record for gym class.  His full name is Otis Kowalewskee, but his initials are O.K. and everyone calls him that.  Otis thinks he’s cursed to be O.K. forever, but his dad convinces him to actually try hard at something instead of just accepting mediocrity.  It’s like the Sandlot because there are a lot of sporty scenes in the story like playing football, wrestling, and of course, running.  There’s also the whole angle like Diary of a Wimpy Kid about this kid being small and not fitting in at his middle school.

Here’s a picture from the book.  The bigger kid is Stu, and O.K. is the kid in the headlock.  It’s an illustrated book, and I drew the pictures.  The book is written in the first person perspective of O.K., so the comments by the picture are his thoughts.

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Now, only if some publisher would show interest in the book, or a producer would show some interest in the movie!

Lifetime Writing Goals – (40/365)

I’m reading a book by this blogger lady, Kristen Lamb, that helps fiction writers, and one of her suggestions is to write down all your goals.  You start with your goals six months from now, and work up to your Lifetime Goals.  Let’s write ’em down. This will be fun to look back on, provided I am successful.  Otherwise, this could be the beginning of my personal trail of tears.

Six Months – August 2015.

1. I’ll still be writing one journal post per day.  2. I will have my first book either published or sold to a publisher.  3. The first book I wrote, “O.K. is Great” has an editor looking at it right now, but if it doesn’t get an offer, I’m putting it out there on my own.  Also, “The Axe” should be edited and ready to be pitched to the publishers.  4. My blog will have at least double the amount of followers.  I have six right now.  COME ON BIG 12!  5. The Brewers will be in first place in the NL Central (that’s just wishful thinking), and I will take my kids to at least one game this year.

Look at that serious home run face!

Look at that serious home run face!

One Year – February 2016

1. I will say the word “February” with out always pronouncing the “r”.  I like to annoy people by saying FebRRRUUUary.  I should stop that.  It’s annoying.  2.  I will have my fourth book written.  I’m not sure which book it will be.  It could be O.K. number Three, The Cross Country Running Realistic Fiction I’ve been thinking about, or a sequel to The Axe, but I better have another book written a year from now.  3.  I will have sold at least 1,000 copies of O.K. is Great if I self published it.  4. I won’t blog every day anymore, but I will blog three times a week.  I want to at least have 24 subscribers to the blog by next year.  Exponential growth!

Three Years – February 2018

1. I will have three books for sale, “O.K. is Great”, the sequel “The Beast of Boykinville Road”, and “The Axe”.  I will have sold at least 10,000 copies for my books by then.  2.  During the summer, I will visit schools and bookstores to promote my books!  3. I will have at least six books written, and at least three for sale.  The Cross Country Book will have been written by now.  4.  I will maintain the blog with at least one post per week, but I also will be doing at least one video per month on my Tips4Running YouTube channel to strengthen my audience for my realistic fiction Cross Country book.  I will have at least 50,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel.  The Blog should have 384 subscribers if it continues to double every six months.  This post is now turning into a math problem.  Yeck!

Five Years – February 2020

1. I will finish the “O.K. series”  I plan on writing five books in this series, and by this time, I will be putting out the last in the series.  The five books in the series will be titled, “O.K. is Great”, “The Beast of Boykinville Road”, “Money is O.K.”, “O.K. 4.O”, and “The Basketball Book (working title)”.  The total number of books sold by now will be over 20,000.  2.  One of my books, either “The Axe” or the first “O.K.” book will be picked up by a traditional publisher.  3.  I also will be working on the sequel to the Cross Country running book, and it will be about track.  4. The blog will have more than 384 followers.  I got tired of doing math and I don’t know where my wife’s calculator is.

Ten Years – February 2030

1.  I will be able to decide if I want to keep teaching or not because my books are making enough money to afford me that choice.  2.  I will have at least 10 books written by this point and eight of them will be published.  3.  I will still have a strong social media presence, but I will be flexible enough and work at least once a week on whatever medium I prefer (blog, YouTube, etc.).  4.  I will be a high school coach for either cross country, track, or baseball because my kids will be in one of those sports (That is assuming they like one of these sports).  5.  My books will have sold over 100,000 copies all together.  6.  I will eat caviar and drink things that require my pinky finger to be extended.

Twenty Years – February 2040

I’ll be 58 years old.  I’ll have the financial flexibility due to my book sales plus the money I’ve earned from teaching to decide if I want to retire or not.

Wish me luck!

The Best Diet Book Ever, FREE – Guaranteed Weight Loss – (39/365)

***I’m only kidding at the start, but my Diet Book really is free***

Because I’m a running guru, and an Internet sensation, I get approached to promote countless products. (I actually do have over 10,000 subscribers on YouTube. I’m kind of a big deal.) Most of the money is in the diet and nutrition side for product promotion because people will pay lots of money for you to tell them why they are fat.  Now, I’ve never once agreed to promote any of their products, fancy gadgets, and weight loss miracle food plans.  You know why?

Well I’m here to tell you why!  I hold the secret (a heavily guarded secret by the fat cats in the food industry).  Matter of fact, now that I posted this article onto the Interwebs, my very life is in grave danger.  Don’t worry.  You can share my secret.  I’m going into hiding after this and changing my name to Divad instead of David.  They’ll never find me.

Stand back.  Hold the phone.  Brace yourself.  Hide the women and children.  Umm, I’m running out of things to say to build the drama.  Here it is.  My Best Diet Book Ever for FREE!

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Did you read my book?  Great stuff, right!  Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  Eat less of everything else.  I kind of ran out of room with the word ‘everything’ on the front cover of my book, but I still think it has a chance to be a best seller.

Can a free book be a best seller?  I’ll be like U2 after they dumped their album into everyones’ iPhone and made people want to delete it.  So cool!

Okay.  That’s it.  You don’t even have to look the inside cover of my book.  There is no inside.  It’s just that picture I drew with a blue marker and a green crayon.

At the start of the article, I mentioned my running background.  Here’s an informative video I made about running to lose weight.  I mention the same stuff about diet in that video too.

Feel free to share my unbelievable weight loss secrets, but eat an apple or a carrot first.

Six Things to do Everyday of the Year (28/365)

I’m only 28 days into my Project 365 challenge where I’m attempting to write a journal entry for every day of 2015, and I’m already thinking of ideas for next year.  That’s probably not a good sign, but it is a good journal writing topic.  BONUS!

1. Go outside for an hour every day.  That one could be tough in the winter months.  I’m not built for the cold.  I shouldn’t say that anymore.  When I was younger, I was razor thin.  I’m much softer these days.

2. Celebrate a different holiday everyday.  I like looking at this website, checkiday.com, where they list all these random holidays.  For instance, today there are five holidays listed: Data Privacy Day, Fun at Work Day, National Blueberry Pancake Day, National Kazoo Day, and Thank A Plugin Developer Day.  If I were doing this, you know I’d be eating blueberry pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I’m liking that idea.

Do you really need an excuse to eat blueberry pancakes?

Do you really need an excuse to eat blueberry pancakes?

3. Vlog everyday.  I’m technically blogging everyday, but I prefer the word journalling.  A vlog is a video blog, where you’d see my ugly face on YouTube every day talking about something not very important.  I’m not so sure about this one, unless I came up with a theme for each day of the week.  Like on Monday’s I’d make a Minecraft video (so I don’t have to be on camera).  On Tuesdays I’d do something like film myself outdoors trying to find a deer.  This idea would require a boatload of work.  I don’t think it’s a possibility.

4. Run at least a mile everyday.  This one would be doable as long as I don’t push it too hard.  I don’t have the best knees, but if I don’t try to run a lot of mileage (like going for six or seven mile runs) I could do it.  This would get me outside of the house too because I refuse to run on a treadmill.  I feel like I’m in a hamster wheel whenever I get on one of those contraptions.

5. Try a new food everyday.  As I’m getting more into the blogging because of this journal, I’m finding out that blogging about food is a pretty big deal.  I could join those ranks, but I’d have to go to a place like Whole Foods, and there isn’t anything like that near my house.

6. Catch a creature on camera everyday.  This idea would be awesome because I think my kids would get into it as well.  My daughter, The Flower Child, catches bugs all the time in summer.  We could film these adventures.  The winter months would be tough.  I could focus on birds and maybe go ice fishing?  Nah.  Ice fishing is brutal.  Nothing’s worse than staring at a hole in the ice while I freeze.

What ideas do you have that would be fun to try?  Do you think you could do any of the ones I have listed above?