Being that we are just about to start a holiday weekend, I thought it might be appropriate to lighten things up a bit and blog on something not focused on the serious issues of health care law. For one weekend, I am not going to think about what the OIG is doing or thinking.

I just want to touch a little bit on who I am, not as a health care and compliance attorney, but as a person in my “real” life.

At the end of the day, when I finally do walk through the door into my house, I almost invariably go upstairs to my bedroom and get out of my suit. I am the type that wants to get into my jeans and Led Zeppelin t-shirt just as quickly as possible.

I have a truly amazing life. I am married to an amazing woman who has a full-time professional position yet somehow manages to keep our home and family headed in the right direction and all of us eating healthy. If it was not for her, I would probably be living among a stack of old pizza boxes. I have a nine year old son who is a constant source of joyful experiences. He gives me an excuse to go to a lot of college and professional sports games. He keeps me moving because he is an only child and is very active. He waits for me to get home from work so that he can beat me in a game of one-on-one or other sport. He starts to taunt me by text with how I am “going down” in basketball when I get home.

Any free time I might be lucky enough to have is normally spent in my music room. I am a collector of vintage guitars and amplifiers. I now own close to 50 vintage guitars and 10 vintage amplifiers. I try to at least put my hands on a guitar every day, even if for only five minutes. Most days are ended by putting a guitar back on its stand, turning off the lights in my music room, and going off to bed.

Of course I also play guitar. I grew up during the 1960’s and 1970’s so I got my start copying bands like Steely Dan, the Allman Brothers Band, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, and other typical cast of characters from that era. I play a lot of blues but have recently been venturing into more jazz and standards. I am currently strongly influenced by players like Tommy Emmanuel. Probably a reflection of my age that I am becoming less tolerant of loud, piercing music.

Anyways, this is a completely different blogging approach for me. Come Monday I am sure I will be back to caring very deeply about the OIG. Starting at the end of the day today, I plan to focus my attention on my family and on learning Tommy Emmanuel’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on my guitar.

Have a great holiday and we will see you on the other side of the weekend.