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Blackhawks Playoff Beard Art

keith playoff beard artSaturday, 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.”

Hawks Playoff Beard artI asked John for something Blackhawks so we could share with Hawks nation.  He posted today an amazing Hawks logo.  He also took a photo of me from vacation and made something from that.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy 10 Years KeithSouza.com

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.

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Master of Bargins

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Because that’s what it is.

This was the funniest thing on the internet yesterday.

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Use Your Facebook Status to Change your Life

Facebook is an interesting animal.  I was an early adopter to FB (started 6/14/2007) and as an almost 5-year grizzled veteran of the social media behemoth, I have seen some interesting happenings over that time.  However, the most interesting item has to be what your FB status says about you.

In researching this post, I went back and read all my posts over the past few months (I usually update once a day or so).  Now, if I didn’t know anything about me, I would gather that I am the class clown, post funny stuff and try to make myself seem witty.  That my friends is dead on.  Now, I didn’t say I was funny or witty, but I try.

So, I took some other FB friends of mine and read their posts over the past couple of months (the new Timeline feature makes that real easy).  It’s interesting what you see.

I have friends that attempt to be wittier than me (they try).  I have friends that have a genuinely positive outlook on life.  Everyday is glorious.  Sunshine, rainbows, unicorns and puppies.  Ya gotta love it.   I have friends that seem to have lives worse than “Born Loser”.  Nothing goes their way.  Every bounce of the ball is off their foot.  The glass is way past half-empty.  Then I have friends that live if only for their kids.  No post goes without a mention of their children.  I’m not saying that’s bad, just follow me on this.

But, I would like for you to look past the above general stereotypes and read YOUR posts.  Do you see a theme?  FB is a simple way to get what’s going on with you out of your head and out there for the world to see (like this post.)  I believe that what is going on in your life manifests itself to a FB post.  So, how is that going to change you life?

Read your posts.  If every 3rd one is about how terrible your job is, or how you are dreading work,  maybe you need a new job.  Are they easy to come by, no.  But you have to decide that you are going to start looking.  If every other post is “why do bad things happen to me?”  Then you are giving a self-fulfilling prophesy.  What is making these bad things happen?  Your financial situation?  Your job?  Your partner?  Use that to look inside yourself and find a positive way to change it.

Now, you happy people don’t get off the hook either.  If you were one of the before mentioned unicorn people, nice work.  However, make sure that if that is your attitude, you are sharing it with others that don’t have it.  Is one of your friends one of the people from the last paragraph?  Call them.  Take them to lunch.  Share that good juice that you got with them.  They need it.  If you do, it will fuel you even more.

Now, I hope that I don’t lose friends on FB because you think I’m pointing fingers, I’m not.  I love all 703 of you like you are my own internet children.  More importantly, I hope this reaches at least one of you 703 and helps you in the new year.  Have a great day.