Woke up at 2:30 am with the sounds of pouring rain and the flash of a text message from Daniel ” incident in Milwaukee . Someone got sucker punched”. Another day at the office. The Milwaukee location has been an example of a city’s changing entertainment areas. When we opened that bar water street was the busy area for nightlife . We were only opened a few months when there was a shooting on our block and things have gotten progressively worse. A few bars in the area still do well but we have struggled . It’s a constant game of trying to lure people back to water street. Several businesses have closed which makes our job even harder. Lee will fly there soon to readjust our marketing . Uphill battle .
Good note we have been selling our anniversary tickets on line.
I have absolutely no plans for NYE. Jackson and I are flying out tomorriw for Park City. Maybr I will stop by the SD bar for a while .

I am so moved. Daniel sent me a present for the Holidays.
” To the Beacon of Bartending,
Just wanted to say thanks for being the best boss ever and for also being the beacon of bartending. May our 2015 be better then our 2014! Daniel”
I love that. In my day I was the damn beacon of bartending!!!
Tonight I am taking out Tiffany for her birthday with Mac and Dinesti! Ruth Chris here we come.

Ah the holidays . Jackson and I are in Raleigh, NC visiting my family . So far nothing too crazy . The deterioration in my mom’s health is unbelievable . She is wheel chair bound permently . We have this delusion that aging creates a kindness and more gentile demeanor . No it just exentuates the already existent personality . So crazy gets crazier . My mom’s family in Colombia wants her to go to Colombia. We talked about this for hours yesterday . Who is going to take care of her? How will she get to Colombia ? Exhausting . And in my mom’s mind this is a visit but my sister and I believe that it’s a one way ticket according to her health. I hope to god I don’t leave Jackson in the position that my parents have left us. Dying miserably in her home country ? Or dying miserably here? Not sure what the answer is? In a moment of dementia she wanted us to scramble for the phone so she could buy Lumenescence on the infomercial . At 80 she was desperate for the airbrush makeup kit on the commercial . Shopaholic while lucid and during dementia . I shouldn’t make fun I will probably be exactly the same .

How is Santa going to come when the Saturday numbers are so bad? Urgh!!
Went shopping with Jackson yesterday. ” Mom, dad and I have a cheap gene you don’t need to get Dad a present.” Dude you are getting your father a present regardless of the cheap gene. Every year we go through this. ” Mom I don’t want anything.” He knows I am going to get him something regardless. There is a part of me that would love to fill his stocking with socks and a statue of Mother Theresa. ” Here kid Merry Xmas.” ( doubt he even knows who Mother Theresa is) Urgh. OK Dinesti and I will hit the gym today. Running and swimming. I am going to make her a triathlete and a fitness model!! Double whammy

One of my son’s former classmates and my friend’s son had a 7 hour surgery today . I have felt sick all day just thinking how scared his mom must feel. My understanding was that his sternum wasn’t growing so the surgery was a kind of open heart surgery to alleviate the pressure of his sternum on his heart . He just got out of surgery . He lost a lot of blood so he’s getting a transfusion but he is good. As a mom it’s so scary to have your child be ill. I sent one of those chocolate fruit baskets to the hospital . In most of life’s situations food is always a nice touch .
Went to the SD bar last night . Girls are so gorgeous and they work so hard. Really love this staff

Only 10:30 and my morning Obama Care email just came to me. Hard to be a liberal when f Obama Care is killing small businesses . Urgh.
Today I ran outside then did these steep hill runs on the treadmll. The woman on the treadmill next to me was a severely anorexic woman. She was truly a walking skeleton . My heart broke for her . As I was struggling to keep my speed up while On a level 9 incline , she turned and spoke to me. She was walking , I am assuming for hours like the anorexics I have known . She knew a lot about running. Really kind to me. She was encouraging me everytime I had to do a timed surge . She was so hard to look at. Body starving . In my heart I could only think that this woman will die soon if she doesn’t change her life. What happened in her life to create this frail body and mind? If that wasn’t the only treadmill left I would of picked a different area to workout because it scared me to look at her. Now that I know there is a kind soul there I sm going to make it a goal to say hello to her everytime I see her. Kindness costs nothing .
After I finished on the treadmill and said goodbye I walked in on Dynesti’s swim lesson . Night and Day ” Daniel , Dynesti thinks because she’s gorgeous she doesn’t have to work out. Looks fade my friend . “

My swim coach asked me why I haven’t been coming to the gym. Without getting into specifics I said ” I got dumped.” His response in a very emphatic way ” when you get dumped that’s when you go out and get ripped !” Ok ok
Yesterday Dinesty texted me and said she was bored and needed a physical challenge . Low and behold I made her a swim lesson today ! Awesome I feel another triathlon coming on. IMG_3894

Finally my Saints look good on Monday night Football. How bad are the Bears that we actually have two interceptions? Regardless fun to be winning!
Bars doing well. Bonuses going out even to me!!! Online Christmas shopping being done. Wine being drank. Where is the Chocolate Mouse and the Happy ending to make this a perfect night?
Big American Sign Language presentation tomorrow for Jackson. He looks like he knows what he’s doing. I have absolutely no idea if he is getting his signs correct or not.
I have been hearing some negatives about the San Antonio girls. Get your shit together team! Pushed NYC anniversary back. Its in February now. Thank god. Makes my life easier.

I just went to the super market and was hit on by a kid that I swear was not even 20 years old. As I got home and started reading this article about Sharon Stone I realized ” wow she’s right.”

Love the line ” It’s like throwing a pork chop in a filed of wild animals” Awesome!!

Yesterday was the Santa 5k run in Pacific Beach San Diego. I found out about it only in the morning. I went into Jackson’s room and said ” Hey it’s the Santa 5k. Do you want to do the run with me?” Jackson looking super excited ” Mom that sounds so fun. Wow I would.. then a long long pause NOT like to run it. hahaha” I give him an A for delivery. I met a few triathlon friends. One of my friends ran as a guide to this wonderful blind woman. She’s done 2 sprint triathlons and a full marathon. She uses a guide to make sure about directions and obstacles. Her and I spoke the whole run and I realized that I was a touch better then her and that would be a perfect fit if I was a guide. After I got home I signed Jackson and I up to volunteer for the Challenged Athletes program. Hopefully we get accepted. This woman’s boyfriend is an A tier athlete. He’s also blind. He qualified for the Boston marathon with a time of just a little over 3 hours. that’s unbelievable. She told me that they have to use men riding bikes to help guide him because there aren’t many volunteers able to keep pace with him. Crazy.
Wow this morning I woke up to the bars rocking on Saturday!!! Nothing better then reading the logs when the numbers are so good. I was disappointed that the NY Santa Crawl got confined to Midtown ( due to protesting) but at least the bar had a normal Saturday night.
Sometimes a lot of great is tempered with a tad of Horrific. The Memphis log was definitely Horrific. I may stop into the SD bar today .

Dusting off my business dress attire for today’s San diego women in business luncheon. Yeah yeah, keep the cursing to a minimum!!
Today I am trying to get our team enrolled in the Rock and Roll half marathon in New Orleans . We are racing for Charity and the Kenner Boxing club will be joining us on our team. I like the Feed the Children Charity. Let’s see what we go with.

I was invited to a professional women’s luncheon tomorrow in San Diego. I better gussy up.
I still haven’t received the before and after photos for the SD Coyote Ugly 30 day challenge. HMMM big decisions.
A very very slow day today in the work world. “Ashton have I been punked?” Feels very surreal when I don’t get the ” world is collapsing” calls or emails. Come on? Who is sleeping with who? ( Oh I did hear some juicy tidbits from Key West and San Antonio recently. ) Daniel called me two days ago whining that he feels I have gotten too nice and he needs me to toughen up. ” dude I have been depressed and in bed for two days. Do what you want I hate everyone right now. But please don’t make anyone quit because then I will hate you too”

T’is the season. Bonus day for corporate ! Thanks to all the hard working people for making Coyote Ugly have an incredible year.
So this week I was blamed for something I did not do by a dear friend . No matter what I have said he won’t believe that I wasn’t part of this situation . Needless to say that I have cried a million tears. I have eaten a ton of chocolate. And I have laid in bed staring at the ceiling trying to figure out a way for him to believe me. All to no avail .
On the positive side I ate all that fudge and didn’t gain a pound.
Some positive things going on in Milwaukee. And Marsha is rebooting some programs in Key West . Hopefully all positive changes for moving forward .
My across the Street neighbor is living the dream . 6’5′ gorgeous airline pilot . ” Lil you need to join coed dodgeball. I get to throw balls at people really hard and I get to pick up beautiful chicks . By the way they use stingless balls but it does hurt when you get nailed in the face.” Thanks but perhaps I will watch. That’s all I need right now is a black eye from dodgeball.