Thursday, April 1, 2010

... want to watch the NBC clip again?

For my friends and family who were unable to find the video on the NBC Today Show website, this is for your viewing pleasure.

The hallway extends a special thanks to Miguel, Max and the NBC Today Show crew for taking such great care of our story and telling it in a big way.

No matter whatever happens from here, wife and I know that the last two years have given us the privilege to live with and love on some folks who mean the world to us. Our God is the great "I am" of second chances and we're happy to have had this experience and are fully open to what He has in store in the days to follow.

So, where do you find joy in your hallway?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 there ever too much of a good thing?

Here is the video clip from the Charleston SC ABC News 4 station that originally aired on March 30, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

Eric Egan, ABC News Reporter and camera man, Dave, were totally awesome and did a great job telling our story. Is there ever too much of a good thing? Let this dad in the hallway know your thoughts. Just comment below or email to We'll talk soon. BTW... you can reach Eric at

Monday, March 29, 2010

... can you say delayed?

The much anticipated hallway debut has been delayed on the NBC Today Show. President Obama is giving an exclusive interview.

Here are the details from the email we received...

Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 2:42 PM
subject: Family in the hallway ...

Hi Troy & Vickie,
I just learned that the segment has moved to Wednesday. We have an exclusive interview with President Obama that will air tomorrow. I'll be in touch with the new Wednesday air time.

Well, so you have it. As they say in TV land ... stay tuned!

... do your kids say the darnedest things?

Baby has been so excited about her big NBC Today Show debut this Tuesday. She picked out her favorite outfit to wear to school and has asked 100 questions or more about it. This afternoon she looked down at her nails and asked Nana if she could have nail polish that matched her outfit. Yes, the red carpet knows no limits whether in Hollywood, or just outside the hallway.

Nana took her out while I finished my homework for my MBA Advanced Managerial Accounting class through Charleston Southern University. (No, I don't know what got into me to think that I needed an MBA at my age. But, I'm totally committed and thankfully just 5 classes from graduating.)

Anyway, back to Baby. She was so proud of her adventure as a big girl this afternoon. In fact, Baby was so proud of her pink nail color and flower appliques that she ran into the house, jumped up into my arms and said, "Look Papa. My nails are pink and I got a pedi-care, too!" It's true ... kids in the hallway continue to say the darnedest things.

Here's another example. Just last week during our evening meal, which was more like a breakfast, I was sharing with her about the film crew coming and that we'd be on TV. She sat there eating; taking it all in. After a few moments of silence, Baby dunks part of her waffle in the syrup. She looks at me and squints those big brown eyes like she is about to ask the question of the century, "Papa," she says. "Yes, Baby," I respond giving her a similar look. More silence as she chews and ponders. Then she dunks another piece of waffle and before popping it into her mouth she asks, "Are they gonna pay us for this?" Thankfully I was not eating or drinking at that moment.

Do the kids of your hallway say the darnedest things? Nana and Papa will definitely be adding "Pedicare" to the list with other favorites like ... "voluntold, durl, rostakater, chicken funny bird, and helicopdoctor."

Please share the darnedest things you've heard in or out of your hallway by commenting below.

Friday, March 26, 2010

... can you say, "NBC Today & Hallway?"

What a whirlwind it was in the hallway yesterday. The NBC Today Show crew arrived around 9:30 a.m. to start shooting a segment on multi-generational families. Can you believe they chose this hallway as one to use?

Of course it comes as no surprise to me (er... grin). It all started on Monday sometime between my various work committee meetings, a board meeting, and then a men's meeting at Seacoast church. Around 3:30 p.m. I started getting emails, phone calls, voice messages, and texts that someone wanted to get in touch with me. Finally sometime between the board meeting and the church meeting I finally connected with the young man trying to reach me.

Turns out it was Max Paul, a producer for the NBC Today Show. He had heard about "life in the hallway" and Miguel Almaguer, a correspondent reporter wants to tell our story on Tuesday, March 30th sometime during the 8 to 9 am segment of the Today Show.

This was fantastic news. I couldn't believe it at first, then the reality started to sink in. Yes, he should tell our story because it is a good one. Life in the hallway is about four generations of folks who have come together to commune in one home out of some common needs ... financial, medical, and biblical.

With an understanding built on love and our faith in God, we have joined forces to live under one roof and try to make it work. For us, we believe there is something real here. This situation has been going on for two years now. It is not a "flash in the pants" so to say. It is a faith-based decision that at times makes us wonder, "Why in the world are we doing this?" Then wife and I sit down, take a breath, and reflect on the wonderful times we have shared.

I must admit that although I get a lot of credit for life in the hallway because of my speaking and writing opportunities, the real person who makes this all work is wife. Without her as the nucleus, I'm not sure what kind of a mismanaged, haphazard hallway we'd be in. She holds it all together and deserves more credit than these few words can possibly express.

In the subsequent weeks ahead I'll be taking a departure from the P90X updates as this program is now complete, and focus my blog on how and why life in the hallway works. I'll share some of the insight I shared with Miguel and Max during the filming. When you read these installments I pray that no matter what you face you will take comfort that... there is always hope. Faith is the belief in that which cannot be seen nor touched.

In the meantime, enjoy the photo of the NBC Today Show Crew: Joe, me, wife, Miguel, Max, and Dwayne. As always, if you have a question about how we make this multi-generational living work in the hallway, then post your inquiry in the comment section below or email to

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Week 12 ... am I getting in shape?

Yay! Week 12 is complete and the question of the moment... am I getting in shape?

Much like the process of getting the yard in shape for the summer, so is the process of working my body through the P90X program. I work in the yard and do a little at a time. Each time I come back to the yard, there is a little more re-work, but with determination and some effort, the weeds are gone, the mulch is placed, grass is cut and trimmed.

Week 12
These seven sessions were a repeat of week 10. I sound like a broken record, but I just love this program. It has done so much for me. I know that my body has better tone and it is healthier overall. Not that it was terrible to begin with, but the work outs pushed me to try even harder. The stretching has been so good for stress relief ... and I've had a little of that lately.

Chest, arms and shoulders ... awesome! I can't believe how many push ups I'm able to do. I can see definition and my shoulders are getting stronger with each work out dedicated to these muscle groups.

I am totally in love with KenpoX and have begun to hold 3-5 pound weights when doing the hand jabs, crosses, and uppercuts. Have tried to do the series in the horse stand as low as possible. I'd like to lean over further during the "kicks," but am confident that it will get better in time.

As I'm writing this, already 4 days into my recovery week (13). Can you help me weed out some options? I'd love to "borrow" your suggestions, so comment below and let the hallway know what to do next.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Week 11 ... am I "Chick" enough?

Finishing Week 11 (that's 77 days) of P90X and wondering, "Am I "chick" enough?" Before you start to think I've lost it. This photo is of wife on the far left and Lauren from Mom's in the Morning 98.9 Chick FM in the middle. Of course, I'm on the right.

This St. Paddy's day I'll be with Lauren and Janet on the morning show at 8:15 a.m. discussing how to be "green" in the hallway and "green" at the credit union. Check out my corporate blog posting on Thursday at I've decided that since I can't be a "Mr. Mom" because I work, then I'll settle for being known on the show as "Mr. Chick."

Enough of the commercial announcement ... back to the work out.

Week Eleven (11) ... 77 days!
As I enter the final stretch it is important for me to push myself even more. I've gone