Between 40 & 50

The ramblings of a middle-aged man


May 2016

The Baylor Scandal

I’m avidly following the recent Baylor University Football saga – rape, actively hiding player sexual misconduct, firing the coach, AD quitting, Ken Starr’s status up in the air….  All of it is very interesting, especially to someone like me with a daughter who is starting to look at colleges.

Baylor University has been a family tradition. Four very close relatives graduated from Baylor. My daughter was seriously considering Baylor as a potential college. I’m so glad she doesn’t have to decide until we find out more about this entire scandal.

Would I be worried about her attending Baylor? Definitely . But I’ll be just as worried with any school she chooses. In fact, you might be able to argue that for the next several years Baylor will be one of the safest schools she could possibly attend since everyone will be hyper-vigilant about any hint of sexual misconduct by a male student.

What really worries me is what could be happening at other schools. There is no way you can convince me that somehow, by some quirk of fate, Baylor got ALL of the deviants and rapists. Methinks that other colleges are just doing a better job of hiding their football team’s problems.  Continue reading “The Baylor Scandal”


Captain America

Saw Captain America: Civil War tonight. The simple review is, “Awesome!”

More in-depth reviews have been done all over the internet. Find someone’s you like and stick with it.

For me, it was a great popcorn movie – i.e. I just kept downing fistfuls of popcorn, not worried about what message the director was trying to convey or whether or not Baron Zemo symbolized something more than being a pissed off guy who lost his family because of the Avengers.

Took the whole family. Kids loved it. The Wife fell asleep during the fighting.  Continue reading “Captain America”

Friday Fox – Leslie Mann

Each Friday I feature a baker’s dozen images of a 40-something lady who “gets my motor running.”

Leslie Mann

This week’s Over Forty Fox is the gorgeous Leslie Mann. I first remember noticing Leslie in the Jim Carrey flick, The Cable Guy. She more then held her own with the over-the-top funny guy Jim. Okay, being honest here, the first time I really, really remember Leslie was from the Adam Sandler movie Big Daddy.  There is a scene that takes place in a grocery store where Leslie’s character Corinne is talking to Adam’s character Sonny. Leslie is wearing this amazingly tight crop top that looks sexy as hell on her. That scene right there made me fall in love with her. The fact that she’s incredibly funny doesn’t hurt either! They certainly didn’t have gorgeous women like Leslie at my high school!

Leslie Mann Nude

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Waze and Google Maps Are Useless to Me

I have been alternating between using Waze and Google Maps for directions when heading out to a new location. What I’ve discovered is that both can get me close to the correct final destination, but neither one does a particularly good job it.

For example, this past weekend I was driving the boy and I to a camp ground south of Fort Worth. I plugged in the directions in both apps. Of course both of them provided different sets of directions. Even comparing their alternate routes provided 6 sets (3 each) of new & different directions. The downside was that none of the sets of directions actually got me to the location. Sure, they got me close to my final destination, but neither one accounted for road construction in the area, parking lots, or the fact that the destination had a driveway that was only accessible on the south side of the property & that I couldn’t just hop across a field from the road that goes along the north side of the property.

Look, I get that each destination is unique and presents its own set of challenges, but why does it seem like EVERY destination has issues. Continue reading “Waze and Google Maps Are Useless to Me”

Anniversary Time

The wife and I have our 20th anniversary this weekend & I have no clue what to do about that. We started dating during our freshman year of college and got married right after graduating. Like all marriages, it’s been a roller coaster at times, but I definitely wouldn’t change a thing.

I love my wife more each day & had no clue that was possible when we first got married. She is my best friend.

Are there things I’d like to change about her? Sure! But I’m not complaining and know full well that a) she’s not going to change, and b) I’m sure there are a ton of things she’d like to change about me! It’s definitely a two way street.


So, what do we do for our 20th anniversary?  Continue reading “Anniversary Time”

I have to give both Claritin and Allegra massive credit for their outstanding customer service. After my allergy post the other day, both Claritin and Allegra reached out to me and are working with me on allergy-proofing my life.

They have earned “Customer for Life” status and I will be strongly recommending both to my fellow allergy suffering friends.

I wish more companies had as much concern for their customers as these two do.

So, don’t delay, go relieve your allergy symptoms with Claritin or Allegra!

Tonight at bedtime, The Boy shared with me that when he was playing flag football a few years ago, several of the other players on the team bullied him.

I’m not sure what to do about this revelation. I was the assistant coach of the team, so I was at every game & practice. I never saw a single thing that would have led me to believe he was being bullied.

The worst part is that I know each one of those kids on the team, and their parents very well. Before tonight I would have said that they were all “good kids” but now I don’t know what to say.

What do I do now? Where’s the parents guide for dealing with a bullying situation that was occurring several years ago among supposed friends & teammates?


Being allergic to anything sucks. I’m rapidly discovering that I’m allergic to being outside in May in Texas. If I go outside, it only takes a few minutes for my eyes to start watering and burning, my throat to get sore, and my nose begins to run like a faucet.

It didn’t used to be like this. I never had a problem with allergies growing up. I could spend all day outside playing with the neighbor kids without any issues. Now, if I just think about going outside my eyes hurt.

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Friday Fox – Kelly MacDonald

Each Friday I feature a baker’s dozen images of a 40-something lady who “gets my motor running.”

Kelly MacDonald

This week’s Over Forty Fox is, to be honest, one of the most challenging ladies I’ve featured so far. It’s darn tough finding 13 sexy photos of Kelly MacDonald. There are tons of images of her in period costumes, but not much in the way of my usual bikini/see-thru/sexy imagery. Regardless, I still think Kelly is an incredible actress, and incredibly sexy too. The accent doesn’t hurt either (see Kate Winslet!).  Trainspotting was the world’s introduction to this amazing lady. I am keeping my fingers crossed that if they do a sequel, Kelly’s character Diane will play a role. Lately I’ve been fascinated with Kelly’s work in Boardwalk Empire. It’s a great show and Kelly displays her serious acting chops and holds her own with the great actors in the cast. I can’t wait to see what she does next! They certainly didn’t have gorgeous women like Kelly at my high school!

Kelly MacDonald Nude

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