Saturday, April 27th, the Blackhawks played their last regular season game. That was the beginning of my playoff beard. The playoff beard is a tool that fans use to cheer their team on in the playoffs. The basic premise is that you stop shaving when the playoffs start, and you don’t shave again until your team is eliminated, or you win the Stanley Cup. Because the Hawks won the Stanley Cup, that meant I went 60 days without shaving. I have never had facial hair in my adult life (early playoff exits in the last two seasons meant the beard never really took hold).
I carried the beard on vacation to Disney & the Bahamas, dripping sweat down my neck the summer through. The longer the hair got, the prouder I was as that meant the Hawks were still winning. I hatched the idea of doing something with the beard if we won the Cup. That’s where my friend John Jansky came in.
John Jansky is friend of mine from Danville High School. He does some amazing speed paintings, but also does work with household kitchen items like; salt, sugar, chocolate sauce, ketchup, etc. I didn’t contact John until after the Hawks had won. (I didn’t want to jinx us winning.) I then called and the conversation went like this;
Keith, “John, have you ever worked with hair.”
John, “No, but I want to.”
Keith, “Well, here’s my idea. You know if I have this playoff beard and now that the Hawks have won, I..
John, (interrupting)”…you want me to do something with your beard?, Yes, yes I will.”
John is an amazing, talented artist. I’m proud to call him my friend and thankful for the ability to let the 2013 playoff beard live on. Thanks, John & Go Hawks!
Don’t let someone who is living their nightmare tell you that you can’t live your dream!
Quick name a website that has been around longer than Twitter, Facebook or The Chive? I know it’s easy, but hey 10 years is nothing to sneeze at. What started as a site for my constituents to contact me turned into my personal blog. Anything amazing on here? Not really, but hey, half of life is just showing up and that’s what KeithSouza.com had done for 10 years, show up.
Here’s what the old version looked like back then.
I tend to live on the edge of technology. I’m a tech geek. From time to time I see a new app that does something cool. I might event find a new gadget that is actually useful. So, when that happens, I thought I would share with the group.
So, let’s start this new tech section out with something simple. I mean, c’mon we don’t want to pull a hammy here or anything. My first bit of tech is a little app that is currently free (but only for this weekend, so jump on it). I like to get apps when the company gives it away as part of special. Lots of companies give their app away on the apps anniversary or because a site is offering a one day special. I subscribe to several blogs that keep track of these kinds of deals, so I usually download them, even if I don’t think I will use it, but you never know.
Well, the story with this app is that I saw they were giving away 3 free apps (from AppyFriday). I looked at what this does, which is simply to let you type to your phone using your computers keyboard. After I downloaded it and hooked it up to my iPhone, I tried it and realized that this may be the most worthless app ever. So, I closed it out and then proceeded upon my day.
About 10 minutes later, I got a text from my beautiful wife. (Let me pause there to share how I have my office work set up. I have an iMac that is my primary work computer and on that same desk, I have a JBL OnBeat Dock that I keep my phone on at work. Its a good little speaker and I am usually listening to Slacker Radio or Pandora, all the while keeping my phone charging.) Well, I always jump to answer any text from my wife and when I do, I have to take the phone off the dock which stops the music. Then, after I send my text, I have to scroll back to Slacker or Pandora and fire it back up to resume my music. Then usually the conversation is not over and I have to repeat the process once again. (By the way, typing this story, I keep saying “First World problem”, but I digress.)
I said, “Wait a minute here” and fired back up the Type2Phone app I was so quick to dismiss. I touched the text area on my phone WITHOUT interrupting my music and typed my message using my iMac’s keyboard. The big difference between your phone and a full keyboard is speed. So, I whip off my message to Mrs. Souza and hit send. Genius.
I have had a computer work weekend and so I have had my phone by my side for most of the weekend and have replied to a dozen or so texts using my new free app. Pretty cool solution to a problem that I didn’t even know I had.