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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

run a mile in my STYLE

April16

the new Reebok ATV19+ shoes are sick! http://lnkd.in/8JfBTH

I don’t care if they re actually appropriate for running, anywhere.

I’ve already ordered two pair! the blue and the red (ish).

they have got to be awesome with Lacrosse shorts.

reebok atv19+Reebok reveals an ambitious new shoe with the help of UFC star Rampage Jackson.

he’s funny.

this shoe evidently derives its name and inspiration from an All Terrain Vehicle. …duh.

the ATV 19+ features 19 irregular lugs, rugged overlays, a padded tongue, and supportive collar. these elements are designed to enable unhindered training in mud, snow, grass and sand. I absolutely plan to test them out realtime. oddly, I’m curious to see how their unique characteristics play-out on the Lacrosse field. probably badly. while the runner certainly takes its name and its function very seriously, Reebok will certainly have its work cut out for itself in order to sway athletes who are increasingly indecisive about whether less is more or more is more in terms of their runners.atv19+

but, I DONT CARE. they are wicked-cool, especially if you like crazy shit; and, I do.

I’m already in hot-water with Nike for sporting Montrails and Warrior kicks. for perspective consider:

Brian Cork Injures Achilles Tendon, Extreme Sporting World Draws Collective Breath

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

taken aback by Bill Pope

March29

I first met William “Bill” Pope when our daughters – my Haley Anne, and his Madison, were in the same Brownies troop.

During a Brownies Father and Daughters night event (I think it was at Alpharetta Methodist) we found ourselves askance at the stiffness of the Daddies and their daughters surrounding us. So, with reckless abandon, and certainly more than a few ‘hoops and hollers’, we proceeded to hurl ourselves down hallways, vying to see whom could out distance the other, sliding on our backsides.

Our daughters were delighted, and Bill and I each had a friend for life.

I often found myself, happily, taken aback by Bill. He was a gentleman – rather along the lines of Walker Percy (The Moviegoer, and The Last Gentleman), I think. And, I always tried to refer to him as my: “Red-headed Errol Flynn-type friend Bill”. He was dapper, soft-spoken and witty. Charming to be sure.

Bill often annoyed me, and he knew it, by “popping in” to visit with me at my offices. I would always find myself exasperated (my staff-driven calendar is both legendary and notorious for it’s lack of flexibility). But, then we would start our visit, and time would go by, and I always found myself a better man for the time well spent.

The last two times I saw Bill he came by with his eleven year old son Bryce so he could update me on their adventures together. I recall Bill standing their with his hand on Bryce’s shoulder, naught but the very picture of pride; his joy evident, and relishing every minute he could share with a friend and his son. A few weeks later Bill drove over a vintage Land Rover he thought I might like.

And, I think it will be moments when I see older cars that I’ll realize Bill’s immortalization, for me. He liked older cars that bordered on vintage. I always felt he valued the qualities of those cars as a reflection of himself. They shared qualities that included, but could never be limited to: reliability, integrity and style.

So… That’s how I’ll remember Bill, best… A man of virtu, flair and style; quick with a firm handshake; and, committed to Jane, their family, hearth, home and community.

The last communication I had from Bill was only this past Saturday night. He had sent me a text message, eager to catch up over a project we were involved with. Bill was one of the few men that could draw me out on a weekend. So, I was looking forward to calling him on the way to a soccer match with Haley Anne. I knew that afterwards I would tell Haley Anne a story; possibly about Bill and me, or at least some other friend, because that’s what Bill made me do best, in this case – be inspired by a great friend.

…but, we lost Bill and Bryce later that night. When Joanne told me numbness selfishly crawled up my legs and desperately tries to continue it’s reconciliation with my heart.

Going forward, we need to make sure we remember to reflect Bill well so that his legacy is our beacon.

This is me raising my hand.

Peace to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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March14

UPDATED – 07-16-2009

Obviously, this post’s inspiration is now moot because we changed themes. But, the following though is, forever, immortalized:

……..

So…

I am enjoying the process of having a Blog that people somehow care about.

BB Webb wants to know why I have chosen this particular template (Andreas09 by Andreas Viklund) for my this Blog.

Why not something more colorful and dramatic?

A tad more azure on your blogsite?  A frame around the photo?  Are you moving toward some more color sir?  I encourage all variety of color on your site and in your life!  Gloom be gone… You are colorful man!  Let go the rainbows! BB

[…]

My response, so far:

Its a device for the moment.

Perhaps its the English/ Irish heritage and influence.

But, I want the focus to be on the content – and, NOT necessarily the Blog (template).

I rather like the font and the manner in which the words “look”. Having said that, the template offers a variety of color options. However, having toyed with them, I felt they actually diminished the impact I want to convey.

Interestingly, the current template has influenced my writing style and inspired several of the most recent posts.  The last template made it easy, somehow, to be more playful – lots of Youtube stuff.  Less controversy (however, controversy stimulates me).  To wit… My favorite, for the moment, is “intrigue at the Summit”.  But, something that fascinates me is that the trials and tribulations, as set fourth in the prior two postings, had generated a record number of hits, and as well as an astounding amount of email. And, my own views yesterday around Brian Visaggio’s post about Bernie Madoff demonstrated a similar result.

In the coming months, yet another template might touch my fancy, and redirect my focus.

[…]

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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