The Unsinkable brian cork™

Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

where bad is good


how does he do it?

the arrival of this vehicle may well signal one of the most hotly anticipated events in Milton this year.

note the forlorn Chevy in the background at full stop under abject admiration.

Rowdy (the world famous Rhodesian Ridgeback) is pumped. he has shotgun,to be certain.

by the way… this rig might be cooler than my old “big black bad-ass” truck that saved my life three years ago (or, was it four?). remember this?

I’m lucky God took my truck (← read this!)

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


brian cork would be a Rhodesian Ridgeback


I’m difficult for people to explain or describe. despite my well-chronicled adventures, my friends and family have always had a challenge describing me to people that have never met me.

I was recently asked to provide a description to a Venture Capital organization that is recruiting me to run their strategy for the next five years. So, I sent them pretty much what you see below.

just for the heck of it, I’ll drop this other post I wrote a few years back about,

Sammy: The best argument I ever knew for Dogs in Heaven.

meanwhile, and to be clear, I’ve lifted the following description of the Rhodesian Ridgeback directly from an internet source.

gorgeous rhodesian ridgeback

the reason I’ve done this has less to arrogance or flippancy, and more to the point of a genuine desire to be transparent.

if you don’t like a good dog, you won’t care for me.

I am often compared to the Ridgeback breed. to be fair this is a better testament to myself, and less so for that august animal. and, of course the primary reason I picked Rowdy, the world famous Ridgeback,  is because I figured I could relate to him, in some manner. 

If God recycles us, in another manner, I was probably a Ridgeback, at some point, or should be. either way, this explains much of my world view, and physical characteristics.

to wit…

by physical description, the Ridgeback is a large, muscular hound. the broad head is flat between the ears. the muzzle is long and deep, with a defined stop. the nose is either black, brown or liver, depending on the coat of the dog. the eyes are round and are usually brown depending on the shade of the dog. the medium sized ears are set high, dropping down, wide at the base and tapering to a point. the chest is deep. the front legs should be very straight and strong. the tail is fairly long, thicker at the base, tapering to a point curving upward slightly. dewclaws are sometimes removed. the coat is short and dense with a clearly defined symmetrical ridge of hairs growing in the opposite direction down the middle of the back. coat colors include light wheaten to shades of red sometimes with a little white on the chest and toes.

I’m not as handsome as most Ridgebacks.

so… I’d be a blue-eyed Ridgeback that most reasonable breeders would stand skeptical over.

the Rhodesian Ridgeback is ferocious and fine hunter, but calm in the home. he is a gentle,rowdy and emma jo obedient, good dog. the breed is good-natured, but some do not do well with small children because they may play too roughly and knock them down (my daughters will never let me live-down an episode involving soccer in our backyard).

Ridgebacks are intelligent, skillful and straight-forward dogs that are loyal to the family. they are brave and vigilant. a key characteristic is they can be reserved toward strangers, yet socialize well.  Ridgebacks possess considerable stamina and without joanne and rowdyenough mental and physical exercise they can become high strung and unmanageable. this breed needs a firm, confident, consistent pack leader (or a wife) who can provide rules the dog must follow, and limits to what it can and cannot do.

it must be noted that meek and/or passive owners, or owners who treat the dog like a human, rather than a canine, will have a hard time controlling this breed and may also cause them to become combative with other dogs. When given what they need as the canine animal they will be excellent companion dogs, but are not recommended for most people, as most do not have the time nor energy to put into them. Ridgeback’s react best to an extremely consistent and firm – but calm approach to training. they are extremely intelligent and learn quickly, but are very sensitive and will be stubborn and willful if they are more stronger-minded than the humans. Ridgebacks have an uncanny sense of fairness in terms of right and wrong.

Ridgebacks can smell hypocrisy a mile away, like prey, and instinctively resist it. training should be gentle, but firm and should start young while the dog is still small enough to manage. 

Ridgebacks are also very good watch dogs, but not suggested for guard dogs. they are very protective of owners. this has to be addressed during their early training. this breed can be more destructive than a Lab if not given enough exercise and is not convinced the humans are his authority figure.

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a hardy breed, able to withstand dramatic changes of temperatures. do not overfeed this breed. provided this dog meets cats and other pets when it is young, any potential problem will be prevented. Ridgebacks make excellent running companions. 

I don’t care for cats.

Sammy. Heaven.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork




Rowdy is alive and well


I’ve not shared any vital updates around Rowdy, “the world famous Rhodesian Ridgeback”, of late.

so, as evidence that he is more than thriving, you will find him in this photo with “his girl”, Emma Jo.

these creatures of varying degrees relative to evolution, and it’s finest, no less, are just ample proof that God is great, and in my life.

today, I’m listening to, True Love by Soldiers of Jah Army.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


sometimes I do fall Down


I’m having an admittedly tough day.

some of it has to do with the recent cyber-bullying Haley Anne recently endured (that’s the right word, endured). I had to question my prowess as a Dad to even let that sort of thing happen in her life. I still remember her, at three years old, stomping in a rain puddle, and exclaiming, “Daddy! That’s My Daddy! Hi Daddy!”, waiting outside the garage for me to pull-in, and home from work. She’s banned from Facebook and Twitter, and we’ve taken steps to block the evil from reaching her via iPhone.

and, of course, I’m taking heat from my Lacrosse Club for being over-the-top. but, I’ve formed a covenant with my players; I always do. and, they trust me. my job is to make them better, and then, great Lacrosse players. The Board of Directors can’t keep up with me. but, where is my responsibility? my heart is on my sleeve, all the time, and it’s taking a beating.

Joanne is displeased with me. all I want to do is make my girls happy. it doesn’t always work, so not often enough. so, I act like a Rhodesian Ridgeback. that’s an overly sensitive lot that has an unusually keen sense of fairness.

I had a young entrepreneur practically in tears this morning because he could not articulate a valid Return on Investment (ROI) for his business idea. it was so hard to show him the truth. big dreams break hard and painfully so. I see more of my own daughters in everyone every day and pray someone like me will be there ego guide them, in turn.

but, it’s me that happens to be the common denominator. I acknowledge that. my struggles are hardly Biblical. but, certainly the stuff of a parable, or two, eh.

it’s always the Kobayashi Maru. but, I do find a measure of solace in understanding that character and faith (including in myself) are best when tested.

just give me time, everyone. I promise to pull it all together, for good effect.

today I’m listening to Fall At Your Feet, by Crowded House.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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