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Life In Fast Forward?
Welcome to the online home of me, some guy given the name John Cleveland Payne. In the grand scheme of life, I am just another guy with another blog. But to myself, and hopefully to all of you who actually read this, I am something a little more special. From a young age, I fell in love of the idea of ‘the message’ and medium in which you try to transmit.

Basically, everyone has a message to give to the world. Some are basic, some complex, some have the power to up lift and some are just out there to bring as many people down as possible. But everyone has a message, and most people have problems identifying their message. And the ones who get that far can seem to figure out how to get the world to listen.

Well, I have a message, and this is where I will get a chance to share it. Hopefully, you’ll get plenty of things to keep you motivated or inspired, provide knowledge and comfort, and just have a little fun. Apologies for the state of flux and state of seemingly confusing messages that you’ll get here for a while, as I am doing a lot of personal soul searching, and scrubbing of old ideas to take the best of the past to build a new beginning.

In 2007, I changed the name of blog from “The Mis-Adventures Of The Jazzy Cool One” to “Life In Fast Forward.” I began to tear down old blogs and newsletters and try to find places for them here. My goal is to take the focus off of me the person, and show the world the life I live and share with every human on the planet. I aspire to life at a very high standard, and instead of dealing with people who rather slow us down, I want to find ways to help people pick up there own pace. As you get to see an insight to the further adventures I hope to lead, hopefully you’ll enjoy the ride, and want to come along.

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Friday, January 13, 2006

Take A look at this smile. This is my step son Alex, and a smile is something that is rare on his face when its just me and him hanging out. Despite many attempts to do things to 'connect' with him, and his mother's/my wife insistence that it is not true, Alex really doesn't like me being around very much, mostly because of the changes that have occurred in the two years since we got married.

This is a picture from last night, when the Harlem Globetrotters came into Little Rock for a show. To me, it was basically the same show I've seen on TV since I was much younger than. And the Globetrotter's organization is 80 years old. I could tell you when every classic skit was going to happen moments before they did, which was still fun, in a "I can't believe I used to be fooled by the bucket of confetti" way.

To Alex, it was the first time seeing the Globetrotters at all, the first time he choose to do something with just me as opposed to with his mother without a bribe (the other option was 'The Lion, The Which, & The Wardrobe'), and the first time he actually asked to get a haircut (most of the players had their heads shaved).

It was a great night all around, and great that he had fun doing something he isn't exactly comfortable with: doing things alone with me, and by himself (he got autographs from the players after the game, even asking one of his favorites to sign his forearm). I am really proud of Alex and very lucky to have such a great kid, even if he is often difficult to deal with, as my kid, and very lucky to have his mother as my wife.
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