Bella, our daughter/cat, and Jackson, our son/dog, went to the veterinarian today. A super, special thanks to our patience vet for his incredible compassion for our children. Also, great thanks to my wife for caring for our beautiful furr-babies.

Brandee has, thankfully, provided the update below.

Update on the babies.

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Bella was up first.

Weight: 6lb 14oz a loss of 1lb 11oz from 5 months ago. Heart rate higher than doctor would like, but will be monitored as he also detected an ‘acquired’ heart murmur. Meaning, it’s not congenital at birth. Joints and muscle structure in great shape. No signs of AR or degeneration. Bella’s cognitive and behavioral changes were noted. Her kidneys have shrunken and that is, of course, a concern. Blood was drawn for a full metabolic panel, thyroid, liver and kidney function as well as diabetes and a few others per my request to knock it all out at once so hopefully, Bella does not have to have blood drawn again so soon. At 14, she has never been ill before so this is all new to her. Most tests will be back tomorrow sometime. Results will also determine were we go to control her aggressive behavior towards Jack. It’s causing him to form anxiety and depression.

Jack would not go down via standard sedation, I knew what was coming and did not want Kevin to see it, so I sent him packing with Bella. Daddy packed her up and took her home. Ketamine is an evil drug, folks. If you find yourself in the situation where it must be used in your presence, make sure you have a talk with your vet before it’s administered so you know what to expect. Otherwise, drop your baby off in good hands, and pick them up after recovery is complete.

Jack was next.

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Weight 95.6lbs. A gain of approximately 16 pounds since last visit, 5 months prior. Feeding has been dropped from 1 1/2 cups, 2x daily to 1 cup, 2x daily. A total of 4 needle aspirations to check for recurrence of cancer in lumps I’ve found over the past couple of weeks. All checked fine with no trace of cancer cells (thank you, Jesus). His paws are inflamed between the pads from grass allergens. He is going back on a short course of Prednisone to nip it in the bud. (At least he and I can console one another while we eat ice and dream of donuts;) Skin and elbow calluses are both looking fabulous (thank you coconut oil). Nails were trimmed. Dental inspection was fabulous, as always. He has his Mother’s good dental genes 😉 He has the beginnings of an ear infection, and deep canal swelling in both ears, most likely due to his allergies. Meds were administered and will be continued at home. By this time, I called Daddy back after he’d fed Bella, made sure she sipped some water and walked off her pissy mood. She hadn’t. This child…

Everyone is home, showered and relaxed. Jack is still struggling a bit with confusion and getting his brain to reconnect with the rest of his body. A special thanks goes out to his Dad for carrying him to and from the car. Teamwork!”

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Se7en: Movie Review (1995)

se7enSe7en is a creepy police story. First of all this movie has some of my personal favorite actors of Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey. Not that this really mattered when I first saw this movie because I was more intrigued with the plot itself.

The plot of the movie was interesting; in a distributing sort of fashion. This movie is about the ‘Seven Deadly Sins” which are ‘hubristic pride, greed, lust, malicious envy, gluttony, inordinate anger, and sloth’.

Morgan Freeman plays the role of an experienced murder investigator who is wise and deliberate in his actions. On the contrary, Brad Pitt plays the role of a young, unexperienced detective who is quick-tempered and impressionable. I have to say that these guys hit homeruns in each of their roles.

So, for the movie itself, there is a series of murders. Seven of them. As every murder happens Se7en creates a compelling story. For each of the seven sins the movie shares a good story to describe each of pride, greed, lust and such. I have to admit that some of it is rather disgusting but it was powerful none-the-less.

For this classic movie, Se7en, I score this movie as 9 out of 10 Steeler Stars. This is an abnormally high rating so please let me explain. First, there was great acting which was absolutely believable. Second, the progressive plot of the movie was interesting to me. Third, a strange and unexpected plot-twist was fabulous.


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Thoughts on Pat Summitt

Let me first present the person herself and then I will explain the connection.

From Pat Summitt’s Wikipedia page:

pat summittPatricia Sue Summitt (June 14, 1952 – June 28, 2016) was an American college basketball head coach whose 1,098 career wins are the most in NCAA basketball history.[1] She served as the head coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team from 1974 to 2012, winning eight NCAA championships (a NCAA women’s record when she retired).”

I personally never met Pat, nor did I really care for women’s college basketball; yet she earned my admiration as a great person.

What was clearly evident about Pat Summit were several things including the following:

  1. Passion
  2. Dedication
  3. Loyalty
  4. Determination
  5. Perseverance

Passion: It was, without a doubt, Pat’s passion for winning that was inspiring to her students/players, those who watched from afar like myself and even earned the admiration of competitors. Never once could anyone question Pat’s passion for excellence.

Dedication: I have read many stories of Pat’s dedication to her student/players past, current and upcoming. In her nearly 40 years of basketball coaching she had certainly known many student players. By all accounts it seems that Pat was a genuine friend to these women long after they were no longer players. It seems that Pat had this dedicated spirit from her heart.

Loyalty: Pat was clearly a fierce competitor but it was also clear that she was fiercely loyal to her students. At a time where young people are impressionable and building their character, Pat seemed to be such a positive, loyal and influential role-model.

Determination: Like no others, Pat had determination. It was more than determination to win basketball games too. You could just sense her determined spirit for life, family and decency from her body-language on the TV screen.

Perseverance: Pat, unfortunately, passed away in June 2016 due to complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. This is where the culmination of her Passion, Dedication, Loyalty and Determination came together. She fought this horrible disease with great dignity and excellent perseverance. Pat resigned her position as head coach of Tennessee after being diagnosed but she contributed to role-model building, mentorship and advocate as long as she could.

 

Overall, I think that Pat Summitt is someone that is a wonderful person. Others should aspire to learn from her lessons. She has been such a positive influence on millions of people. Her life and legacy is absolutely amazing. God Bless you Pat and Go Vols!

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Life Updates 7/2/2016

Bella’s Shave

As an annual ritual, and for Bella’s comfort, comes her yearly summer-shave. It’s quite a remarkable transition. Bella, with all her furr, weighs just over 7 total pounds. So she’s extremely tiny to begin-with. After shaved I can’t imagine that she weighs in excess of 6 pounds!

She is so little but she is in wonderful health. She eats, drinks, terrorizes (her Mommy, Daddy and Brother) and most importantly, poops really well for her 13 years.

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Jack’s Walks

Jackson certainly loves his walks. Anytime he hears the word “walk” his ears get perky, his tail gets waggy and he heads to the front door in great anticipation of his upcoming adventure. As much fun that Jack has during his walks the fact of the matter is that it’s more fun for me to watch him be so happy. I personally get more satisfaction from our walks then he does I bet.

Jack I have been taking more frequent walks and general late at night or early morning. Jack is a very social guy but he tends to get over-exuberant with other dogs so it’s best that other dogs aren’t around for his walks. When I walk him at these off-hours it allows me to let him run freely in our local park which he loves.

Just this morning Jack and I walked all around the park and the baseball fields. It was awesome!

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Pool Open

It’s that time of year, once again, for Brandee and I to open our pool. With temperatures predicated to approach 100+ degrees in the next few weeks, a nice refreshing dip in the pool is required.

Fortunately, I think many years of experience really paid-off for us this year. Typically opening the pool was a real mess for many reasons including a poor pool cover or lack of filtering. It was traditionally a mess and took weeks before the pool was ready for action.

This year was exceptional because we did things right and it only took a few days to prepare the pool for action. Firstly, the cover we used this year was outstanding and kept all the nasty/wintery junk away! Also, after opening we have a strong filter and bottom-sweeping tools.

So we are ready for action and we welcome anyone who would like to come take a dip!

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Kevin Neal life update, 6/26/2016

It feels like forever since I’ve provided an update via my blog. When I started this blog I committed to share my true intentions, my sincere spirit and be completely transparent in my communication. I promised to do all of these things and then-some so let me please provide this ‘real’ update for your review:

 

Orlando Strong

orlandoI cannot start, in good conscience, to update my personal story without an acknowledgement of those people that were killed or injured in Orlando. These innocent people are the victims of a battle that we must win. These people certainly did not deserve their fate and we must respect them with determination.

 

 

P3iD Cloud business

p3idBusinesses continue to look for answers in order to create competitive advantages. These are the types of solutions that P3iD Cloud offers. We have established a company with a foundation of Trust and we have fantastic cloud-based solutions that fit nicely into many different markets.

 

 

November Elections

voteIt’s an amazing time in American politics. We basically have a two-party system which is Republican and Democrat. In summary, each party hates the other ‘just because’ and they rarely discuss the actually topics. It doesn’t matter about the issue, they just hate. And the American people are disgusted!

 

 

Dad’s Legacy

voteMy father passed away on 4/21/2016 at the age of 93-years. Floyd Harold Neal was as much of a perfect person that could be. He was a fabulous father, a great brother and a generally awesome person. God Bless Dad and can’t wait to be with you again. Love, Kevin.

 

 

In summary thank you for allowing me to update you on current events, politics, business and family. I look forward to your feedback.

-Kevin

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