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About Me

The Dangers of Growing a Full Beard – A Social Experiment

For the past decade or so, my facial hair has fluctuated back and forth between neat and trim, and fully grown and bushy. As any man who’s taken the time to grow a full beard knows, the strangest part isn’t having a beard itself, but everything that goes along with it. I never really stopped […]

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People I've Met

When I Met Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic is an interesting character… and he’s somebody I was obsessed with as a teen. I *ahem* shared some albums that some friends may have gotten off of Napster back in the early 2000s, and many of the songs I rocked out to weren’t actual pop songs from the day, but a parody […]

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Lessons

Drop the Bat; Run to First (Lessons From a T-Ball Coach)

A few years ago, I wanted to introduce my oldest son to sports. He was probably four at the time, and after playing catch with him in the backyard during the early spring, I discovered he had a knack for both hitting and throwing a baseball. He was still pretty young, so I figured finding […]

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On Silly Job Titles

I’ve always been amazed at the creative titles some people use to describe what they do. Job titles are a frustrating thing; some employers make a huge deal about hierarchy, titles, and your job scope, while others really don’t care at all and like to say things like “We’re a small company; we all pitch […]

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Stories

15 States in 15 Days – The Stauffer Family Summer Road Trip

Now that summer is almost over, it’s nice to reflect on how it went. The Stauffer Family started this summer with a bang! Rachel finished her A.A. in Dance from Pikes Peak Community College (woot!), we sold our house and moved to a new city, and we decided to take a road trip across the USA before […]

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News & Updates

We’re Moving: Boulder or Bust!

Big news in the Stauffer family: we’re moving! Later this month, I will be  uprooting my family of seven and heading north to Boulder, Colorado. I haven’t made a life change this big since I moved to Colorado from California as a teenager, so I’m not even sure how to let people know the news. […]

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Lessons

Lessons From the Darkroom

I like photography a lot, and always have. I’ve always appreciated a well-done photograph and have devoted a few years of my life to learning how to compose, create, and finish a photograph just the way I want it. When I was a student at Pikes Peak Community College, almost all my time was spent […]

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Continuing Education

The Colorado Springs Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy

A few years ago, I signed up to attend the Citizen’s Academy that’s put on by the Colorado Springs Police Department. It’s an 11 week class that gives you, as a citizen, the opportunity to learn about how the Police Department is run, who runs it, and more. Some people had recently asked me about […]

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SCUBA Diving

SCUBA Diving in Key Largo, Florida

Late last year, I spent some time in Florida and drove all up and down the state, as far north as Orlando and as far south as Miami then Key Largo. I was on a whirlwind trip, and didn’t expect to have a lot of time, so I had originally planned on going diving in […]

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Hang Gliding at 3,000 Feet in Lake County, Florida

I recently took a trip to visit family in Florida to do some SCUBA diving, snorkeling, swimming, and other fun beach-type activities. What I didn’t know, though, was that just six miles down the road from where my parents live, is a fun hang gliding place. I had the chance to go, so my little […]