At some point in the last couple of months I made it a point to recall things that I've learned from my day because I think there's probably at least one lesson to learn each day. Seems like eventually you might run out of things to learn, but I haven't yet. Most evenings I go home and ask my girls what they learned that day, so I figure it's worthwhile for me to at least contemplate those things, even if it's just on my drive home after work.

I don't do this every day, but I should. It's helpful for me to figure out what went well, what didn't go well and what I'll change next time. Or just remembering things I said or did that made someone feel better (and sometimes worse). This weekend and even today I've already learned a few things, none of them groundbreaking or anything, but hey, at least I'm learning. Here are a few of them.

- It's good to get away with your significant other, even if you don't have much planned.

I'm pretty sure most people know this already, but my wife and I have such a hard time scheduling a weekend or even a night for ourselves. Some of that's because we have 3 kids, but some if it's just because we're reactive about schedules versus proactive. We wait until Thursday to figure out what's going to fill up our weekend, then work around any "extra" time we might have. That's not the way to do it and I've learned I need to have better control of what takes up my time.

- Texas isn't terrible.

My wife and I went to Texas this weekend. It wasn't terrible. I know a lot of people already know this, but I'm just now realizing it.

- Football season is tough for me.

I like football, but it takes up most of my Saturday if watch all the football I'd like to watch. And at the end of my Saturday, my life has not changed significantly, so I resent feeling the need to sit in front of the TV all day but also feel somewhat guilty calling myself a fan if I don't even see what's happened over the weekend. Poor me.

- Trosper Park Golf Course is a nicer course than I expected.

I went to shoot photos this morning of Trosper Park in OKC (Oklahoma City for you non-Okies). I drive by the course a lot as it's on the same road as my girls' school. But today I stopped, got to see almost all the course and shot a lot of photos. It's a much nicer course than I thought it would be. It's a public course, but from my experience with OKC Golf Courses, they're a step above any other public courses I've played or seen. I'm not an avid golfer by any means, but the next time I golf will most likely be at an OKC Golf Course.

- People surprise me.

It's always interesting when I hear or see someone with a talent that I'd never picture from their personality. During my visit to the Trosper Golf Course this morning, I found out that the director of the course there, Mark Galloway, is also quite the musician. He gave me a copy of a CD he just released (Southern Sweet) and I was blown away by his vocals and guitar. He seems like a fairly quiet guy from my past meetings with him, but performers tend to let out their alter ego when it comes to doing what they love.

 

That's all I learned the last couple of days, and the fact that I need to spend more time preparing my blogs. Maybe next time...

OKLAHOMA MARKETING FIRMS OLD HAT CREATIVE AND THIRD DEGREE ADVERTISING IN MERGER PROCESS

OKLAHOMA CITY—Sports marketing firm, Old Hat Creative and financial services marketing firm, Third Degree Advertising recently announced plans to merge the two central Oklahoma headquartered agencies. The merger is expected to be completed and in effect by January 1, 2016.

Old Hat CEO Zac Logsdon started the agency in 2004, which is headquartered at 102 W. Eufaula St. in Norman. The firm employs 16 marketing professionals and also works with clients throughout the United States. Old Hat is considered to be among the top collegiate sports marketing firms in the country. Additionally, the firm works with a growing list of minor league and professional sports teams with plans to make greater inroads into those arenas.

“Merging these two expert firms seems like a natural choice with both agencies at the top of their games in their respective industries,” said Zac Logsdon, CEO of Old Hat. “We look forward to bringing our shared and expanded pools of knowledge, skills, strategy and idea generation to our clients.”

Founded in 1995 by CEO Roy Page, Third Degree is headquartered at 501 N. Walker, Suite 100 in Oklahoma City with a second office in Durham, NC. The agency employs 15 team members and has gained national recognition for its expertise in credit union marketing with clients represented from coast to coast. Additionally, the firm serves clients in Oklahoma who specialize in healthcare, higher education, social cause initiatives, digital publishing, oil and gas industry suppliers, and more.

“The primary objective of this merger to share expertise and talents such as digital marketing, media planning and buying, web development, video production, and marketing strategy skills across the two firms,” said CEO Roy Page. “The plan is to keep both Third Degree and Old Hat brand names in use for serving clients as well as the two Oklahoma office locations and an east coast office in Durham, NC.”

Both Page and Logsdon will continue as principals of the merged firm. For more information about Third Degree please contact (405) 235-3020 ext. 121 or www.ThirdDegreeAdv.com. For details about Old Hat Creative please contact (405) 310-2133 or www.OldHatCreative.com.

Today is my birthday and as it turns out I'm finally getting "old". You might be saying "but Jared, you're only as old as you feel", and I would agree; I feel old... and I'm not even 40 yet.

 

Recently several things have occurred that remind me I'm not getting younger. For example, I bought a button down shirt the other day and I look just like my dad in it, the college girl next door calls me sir and my 9-year-old daughter does a dance apparently called The Whip and Nae Nae. 

 

Anyway, I'm not gonna sit here and dwell on the fact that I'm getting older... so here's a list of notable events that happened today, September 17th. 

 

1630- the city of Boston was founded

1787- the US Constitution was adopted

1835- Charles Darwin landed in the Galapagos

1862- the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in the Civil War

1920- the NFL was organized

1923- Country singer Hank Williams was born

And

1947- Jackie Robinson was named Rookie of the Year

 

All of which happened before I was born which makes me feel a little better. Maybe I'm not so old after all. 

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