It is really weird to watch the Spurs play without Pop on the sideline. Even thought it wouldn’t mean much next to losing his wife, I sure hope that the Spurs are able to pull off a win tonight for him.

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Biggest Fan Lives in Japan →

Ben Cohen for the Wall Street Journal:

Nanae Yamano, a 43-year-old stay-at-home mother in the Tokyo suburbs, was bored doing laundry one morning a few years ago when she turned on her television and found herself oddly transfixed by the NBA.

It was by pure serendipity that she tuned into this 2012 playoff game between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder. She was not an NBA fan. In fact she knew pretty much nothing about the NBA. Which is why her attention gravitated toward the one player who was unlike anyone else on the court in such an obvious way that even she could see it. Yamano was captivated by Russell Westbrook.

“I saw Westbrook play for the first time and thought: What a weird guy,” she said through a translator recently before adding in English: “Isn’t he weird? So weird!”

He was so weird that she hasn’t been able to stop thinking about him since. Westbrook and the Thunder have become Nanae Yamano’s obsession.

This is such a cool story. I don’t know how I didn’t know about her Twitter account before, but you can bet that I’m following her now.

Even better, the NBA flew her out to OKC to watch tomorrow night’s Game 2 against Utah.

Ollie picked up a rock from our garden and threw it across the yard (not knowing he was doing anything wrong). I walked over and told him that he isn’t allowed to throw rocks.

I then picked up the rock…

…and tossed it back into our garden.


I’m going to hit my Move goal just by pacing around the living room during this game and fist pumping with every score and stop.

We got a doggy door put in yesterday.

Good news: Indy loves it and uses it just like he is supposed to.
Bad news: So does my son.


Frontier Journal

My friend Issac just launched a new online magazine called Frontier Journal.

In his words:

When I set out to create an online magazine the convincing factor was this; to ponder, think, and write about beauty. And, to invite others to do the same. Frontier Journal is a collection of creative works that invokes thoughtfulness and invites us to reflect on beauty. Shared by the stories of everyday people. May you be refreshed and inspired here.

The first issue was a mix of everyday adventure, life with family, and faith and Jesus. It reminds me of Chris Bowler’s Weekly Review in all the best ways1.

My favorite article in the first issue was one that Issac wrote himself – My Need for Adventure. The entire thing is free, so I’d encourage you to check it out. It would make for some great weekend reading.

If you like what you read, he has a Patreon set up to support the project.

  1. I wrote more about The Weekly Review here

The backseat of a Bronco was not built to hold two car seats (or one, if we are being honest).

In other news, Carissa is back to work today and Caleb is at his first days of day care.

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