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Man, do pets hate storms

It’s late on this Thursday, and we’re staring at a wall of hell coming at us on the radar. It’s always more sinister looking than it is (well, I guess in my case). Tell that to those who’ve had their properties destroyed by straight-line winds and tornadoes. I’ve been through my fair share of dicey storms. This one coming at us should be hitting any minute, but...

I’ve been hit by the Strep train

I’ve always enjoyed the feeling of a thousands knives stabbing the back of my throat. Strep and I were always friends (especially in the younger years). But to get it at age 40 is some B.S. What started as the infamous ‘tickle’ in the back of the throat turned sinister. What I thought was allergies (silly boy), morphed into the thousand throat lashings, full body ache and...

So winning a Super Bowl can be done

First off, congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on the big win. I was pulling for them. And the only reason is that after 50 years of waiting, I feel the fans deserve that as well. It tells me, it can happen. Am I bitter? Yes. I am a Minnesota Vikings fan and as I age, I tend to take losing a lot better. As a teenager, I just couldn’t understand why the Vikes couldn’t win the big...

Time to get the baby nursery together

Baby Brooklyn arrives on March 26.  Well, that’s the plan anyway. Which means there is less than two months before she’s bundled up and on her way home. So it’s time to get the nursery together. My wife has a concept in mind (thank goodness). And no, the black swatches does not mean we’re brining a child into a depressed dark room with no light. You’ll have to wait...

January 29th: Never a great day

I’ve never been a fan of today’s date. It was this day, 24 years ago that my cousin was killed. It wasn’t a tragic accident or medical issue. It was murder. And it’s still hard to talk about. But it’s good to talk about and remember him because he was a special guy. He helped a lot of people. And he was loved by even more. I was only 16 when my cousin died. I...

Dark day: the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and other families

Today was like any other Sunday. I was cleaning up my storage units and pulling out parts to our old crib, rocking chair, bassinet, mobile, and anything else I could check off from the list my wife prepared for me. Our daughter Brooklyn will be born in at the end of March. Time is running out, so we need to get the nursery in order. I was sitting on the couch, ready to take another trip and get...

I’m getting back in the eBay game

I haven’t sold anything on eBay since 2014. eBay came into the scene with a ton of promise, and to this day, it has created a marketplace for anyone to essentially set up shop and make a good living in just flipping stuff. Granted, the market has become saturated with a lot of things that used to be profitable (like baseball cards – more on that later), but it’s still a great...

It’s impossible to give a toddler medication

Don’t let this image fool you. That sure is hell not my kid. I’m convinced. It’s impossible to give a toddler medication. Let me re-phrase that. It’s impossible to convince a toddler to take medication willingly. My wife and I are at our wits end to convince our 3-year-old that medicine will heal you. The taste, the texture, the thought of ingesting something that...

What am I going to do with all these baseball cards?

It’s a question many 40-year-old men (and a few women) are likely pondering. If you were a baseball card collector in the late 80s and early 90s, chances are you have a pretty heavy set of cards. And even bigger chances that the majority of them aren’t worth diddly squat. We’re talking complete sets, sets you tore through looking for the valuable cards, wax packs, you name it...

The Gasparilla Children’s Parade

Today we embarked on an annual tradition: The Gasparilla Children’s Parade. This is the precursor to the main event next weekend – the Gasparilla Parade. Essentially, thousands of people cram onto Bayshore Boulevard for one of the biggest parades in the country. But today was much more tame. It was the kids’ chance to get out there and grab some beads and cheer on some pirates...

Josh Benson

Josh Benson writes about the web, social media, entrepreneurship, television news and life in general. He covers the days news as a news anchor for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. He's also a web designer/developer. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Tara and two daughters Bella and Brooklyn.

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