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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

Dr. Nick Pappas is a Love Kat


just so we are clear, a “Love Kat”, is someone that gives freely of themselves, but not for free.

often, for myself, I believe a covenant, of sorts, is part of the effort. Dr. Nick Pappas from Radford University continues to inspire me and every fortunate student he blessed with “power muffins” (I have the recipe), and endless wisdom and tolerance.

Dr. Pappas is bigger than life, his legacy enduring and his example unequaled.

A testament of true loveA testament of true love –

“…enduring love needs a publicist these days.”

here are some other insights of mine around Dr. Pappas:

Nick Pappas [← read that. do it now!]


a Taste of history

my family, friends, familiars, associates, cronies, co-conspirators, fellow pirates, intellectualists, philosophers, evangelists, and (the list of adjectives can go on) all understand, and clearly, with endless examples, that Dr. Pappas has had an enormous influence in my life. he helped me forge my persona as a bit of a character, but more importantly instilled within me an unerring sense of integrity based on the realization of fortuna.

what this means for me is if you (that collective we) understand how fortunate you are to be blessed in one form or another, you are required to be a LOVE KAT and use your super powers for good.

it’s what Pappas did for us all.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


my Jeep can’t do this but it will be FUN to try



as it turns out Bernie Ecclestone is Necessary



bernie ecclestonerecently someone appears to have decided to try for a prank and impersonate Charles “Bernie” Ecclestone. you know… the Formula One guy. there is more to him, of course. but, that is my immediate reference.

the hoax was simple, and unnecessary. the key word being unnecessary.

the perpetrator created a fake Linkedin profile for Mr. Ecclestone. while that was goofy and unfortunate, it was also pathetic. more so because I don’t even care whom the Loki wanna be isn’t.

unless it was all meant to help me have some fun in my own right.

that made it a God thing, and necessary. fortunate… that word springs to mine. fortuna, would be Dr. Pappas’s choice. good things happen around great people, or those that would do good.

in any event, I don’t know that Mr. Ecclestone and I have much in common beyond liking things on our own terms, having two daughters, and focusing on the necessary, but if that puts me in rare company, and offers a baring-point for relevance, I’m all in.

brian cork is racer xby the way… I like fast and expensive cars as well. but, mostly because they are typically well engineered, and they can get you places in a unique way that is often more metaphorical than literal. and, that will probably be lost on the person that tried their silly game. and, as most of you are fully aware, I am Racer X. it’s true… I am NOT Rick Astley, I am Racer X!

all that said, the best part of the experience was me simply stumbling upon an article concerning Ecclestone written about three years ago. It chronicled Ecclestone just after a tumultuous period dealing with awkward quotes, him still loving his wife, and pondering the world around him. he’s a “steely-eyed missile man” that one, as my Dad might have described him.

I found it all fascinating.

I’m going to embed a link to the aforementioned article, Bernie Ecclestone: I gave $1 billion to my ex-wife… But I’ll be all right. I shop at Waitrose, into this post with the simple hopes that you find time to read it yourself. do it!

meanwhile, here are two of my favorite quotes from the piece. they put a lot of other things into perspective for me:

“I’d be happy to die on the job. For me, that’s the only way to go. If I died halfway through a grand prix, no problem. Although I’d prefer that it happened after the race was finished.”

and, before that, actually:

“I don’t know why people were surprised. It’s the way I live.”

I’ll likely never forget that last bit, ever. they are utterly fabulous words to live by.

life is all so necessary. even the silly parts.


Bernie Ecclestone: I gave $1 billion to my ex-wife… But I’ll be all right. I shop at Waitrose

give’m hell, Bernie.

by the way… today I am listening to, Just Give Me a Reason by Pink (featuring Nate Ruess from FUN.). I love being in love. I love life. just give me any reason. reasons are often necessary, but always useful.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork




God, Family, Miles Davis, the No. 2 pencil, brands, wide receiver’s that go across the middle, spring break, blank paper, Jordan & Jordan’s, X-gamers, Norman Luke, Angelo’s pizza, Afrika Bambatta, the funny-ass kid on the back of the bus snappin’ on kids, reality television, bad haircuts, Altoids and those who need them, fixed tickets, anything Italian, Pablo Picasso, 2-sport athletes, nerds, Tequila, Tudor Electric Football, Muhammad Ali’s phantom punch vs. Liston, audacity, beats by Dr. Dre, Bruce Lee, anything convertible, Jodeci, Motown, 300, hot sauce, the word “NO”, Napster, Flavor Ice, fat laces, cd-burners, pencil sharpeners, Jay-Z, white-out, undo, Amsterdam, anything black, Ben Franklin, oneupmanship, the new whatever, Bob Marley, dodgeball, buzzer beaters, SportsCenter, graffiti, Shabadoo & Turbo, pop quizzes, bear repellent, Shark Week, P.E., candles, anything portable, weekend getaways, Sade, Hail Mary’s, Jay-Z, Florida vs. Florida State, Portuguese Love, comebacks, gift of gab, lava lamps, The Jetsons, hope, buffalo wings, 50% off, denim, leather, Prince before he became the Artist, cool nicknames, Harley-Davidson’s, blame, Salma Hayek, musicians who fall off, Alexander Oneal, Lenny Kravitz, Southbeach, 64 Impala’s, first class tickets, happy hour, Rick Ruben, LaFace, comic books, Dusty Rhodes, James Bond, smoothies, explosives, the one that got away, The Game of Death, Enter the Dragon, Mardi Gras, The Time, SUV’s, proof, Christopher Walken, Star Wars, Langston Hughes, Mike, holes in one, opening night, slap boxing, big dogs, Quentin Tarantino, Samuel L. Jackson, glass jaws, industry rule number 4080, joint ventures, credibility, road rage, one liners, exit ramps, Hugh Hefner, Oprah, Kool-Aid, next day air, digital camera’s, G5’s, Charlie “Bird” Parker, the Blues, Thomas Dolby, Boogaloo Shrimp, game-winning drives, DNA, Pro Sports Look, Gladiator, Run DMC, Hank Aaron, Brett Farve on a late comeback, t-shirts, the People’s Champ, lunch money, casual fridays, tabloids, generation X, gel deodorant, credit reports, preseason, blindside hits, ginseng, wood grain, naysayers, vellum, college loans, traffic, Wil E. Coyote, white shoes, after parties, 14K herringbones, rechargeable batteries, pay backs, John Lennon, those who deserve it, Don Cheadle, dead presidents, Bill Clinton, anything grilled, the last minute, fame, BB Guns, substitute teachers, New Jack Swing, Johnny Depp, fear, loathing, Value Meals, Native Tongue, Teena Marie, Eminem, the hookup, Reservoir Dogs, tomorrow, one more rep, the truth, the Vulcan Grip, low interest rates, a bird in the hand, rainstorms, origami, Etch-ASketch, Lite-Bright, Darwin, KISS, zero to 60 seconds, food poisoning, idea thieves, taking off from the free throw line, Rolaids, Starbucks, gut-checks, video games, Rallo, lotto, Hammer-Time, banana peels, 4.3 40’s, Shout-outs!, oil paint, Janet, The American Dream, Madonna, moonwalking, DisneyWorld, art students, deadlines, Hype Williams, Steve Jobs, fresh sneakers, b-boys, Mark Romanek, Albert Watson, the Crowd Going Wild, endorsement deals, Tim Burton, Drake, Andy Warhol & children laughing.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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