Never Give Up! again

This expression is time-worn and in every parents’ playbook for teaching their children.

The expression was famously part of North Carolina State coaching legend Jim Valvano’s final speech in which he epitomized class, grace, and inspiration. His exact words were the statement of his foundation’s motto:…”Don’t give up. “Don’t ever give up.”

I still get goosey when I remember the images of basketball broadcasting legend Dick Vitale tearfully hugging his dear and dying friend. One of my prized possessions is a handwritten note I received from Coach Jimmy V after I made a sizeable contribution to his “V” Foundation.

You couldn’t get it away from me with TWO automatic assault rifles.

Don’t even try.

I USED to be that intense about everything, but I have def mellowed with age. I think the hatred of the mere concept of losing was instilled in me at an early age. Not the desire for winning, necessarily, just not losing. You can justify coming in second place only if there are three or more racers.

N’est ce pas?

Even I am starting to like me.

Who knew?

I give up a lot these days.

My patience has not increased over time, and just try giving me an instruction manual with more than three easy steps.

Not happening.

Since I booked a two-hour show for June 24th, I will send Robin Meade, the little cutie who hosts HLN news in the morning, another letter informing her. I always invite her and if she wanted to sing, well, that would just be sick.

Just to see the look on my wife’s eyes.

You never know….

Uh, remind me, what is the title of today’s blog?

I gave up trying to argue with Karen long, long ago.

There is no winning, only surviving an argument with that woman.

But the sun would go away if she were to ever leave me.

Here is the letter I am sending to Robin and the HLN Helpdesk:

Dear Robin:

It’s me again.


I just booked another gig this time in the small town of Franklin, OH at a bar called Woolly’s Watering Hole, on Friday, June 24th from 8-10 pm.

Anyway, as always, you are invited and I will even throw in a free Maddogg T-shirt and a copy of my book EMOTIONS: Not your Mama’s ABC’s!

I recently have been retained by the Humane Society of Greater Dayton to represent the no-kill shelter by donating my tips from my performances to them. In addition, I play charity events like nursing homes and rehab centers, and I waive my entertainment fee, instead asking for a small 50.00 contribution to the HSGD.

I know you are an Ohio girl, so if you are ever down in southern Ohio, do drop in.

Stay well,

Mark “Maddogg” Diaz

I’ll let you know what she says.

Stay well.

Published by maddogg09

I am an unmotivated genius with an extreme love for anything that moves the emotional needles of our lives.

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