The Game I Love

Cold beer, chicken wings, and a big screen tv. That is the set up for a perfect day. Football is God’s gift to humans. When I tell people about how much I like football, they automatically assume that Sunday is my favorite day of the week. The truth is, as much as I love the NFL, my favorite day of the week is Saturday. Saturday is the most exciting day of the week, and no one can argue about it. Saturday is the day that all the nail biting, heart racing, and big play football games take place. College football!

Anyone who is a fan of the game of football can see why I would rather watch football on Saturdays instead of Sundays. Don’t get me wrong, I do love watching my Eagles play on Sundays, but the level of excitement and number of big plays seems to decrease on Sundays. The players in college just play with more passion than the professionals in the NFL. Maybe it’s because the college guys have more to gain if they have a record breaking season. Whatever the reason maybe, the college guys just flat out play harder.

My favorite college team to watch on Saturdays is the Florida Gators. Man, let me tell you how exciting it is to watch those guys play. They have the number one defense in the country and they still play like they are trying to prove to the rest of the country they are the best. They take pride in shutting teams out, getting turnovers, and holding teams to negative yardage on the offensive side of the ball.

The best part of it all is the freshmen they have on the team at wide receiver. Number 81 Antonio Callaway is something special to watch. Watching him on the field is like watching an artist paint a masterpiece. Whether he is lined up at wideout, the slot or punt return, the kid is a touchdown waiting to happen. Every time he touches the ball the Gators have a chance to score on a big play.

The Offensive line was deemed a problem for the Gators going into this season, but someone forgot to tell running back Kelvin Taylor. The son of former Florida Gators running back Fred Taylor tied his father’s single season touchdown record of 13. With one more game left in his collegiate career, Kelvin is going to try to break his dad’s record. Many NFL scouts are already calling Kelvin Taylor a dream pick for fantasy football.

The season isn’t even over yet, and I’m already excited about what next year is going to look. They added some great pieces through recruiting. They struggled a bit at the quarterback position but like all the other fans I have confidence that Jim McElwain will have the tuned up and rolling at the QB position next season. With the addition of the number 5 quarterback in the country for next season, a lot of Florida Gator’s fans are calling next season a championship season. Who can blame them, the way the defense played this year I believe next year could be the Year of the Gators with the right signal caller under center.

My Dream Home

A few months ago, we were seriously considering moving. Frustrated by a few of the shortcomings of our current residence, we started looking for a way to upgrade.

Our current house — the one we have lived in for four years — is a Four-bedroom, three-bath home with about 2300 square feet. It has a large living area and a play room and sits on a large lot. However, it doesn’t have some of the things I’ve always wanted — a garden tub, a beautiful backyard that you can relax in, and a roomy kitchen with upgraded cabinets and appliances.

Because of the way our house was built and laid out, remodeling wouldn’t make much sense. Our kitchen can’t really grow in size, and there’s no room for a garden tub in any of the bathrooms. Also, we can’t change the fact that our yard backs up to several other back yards. It was beginning to look like we should just move to get the house that we really want.

At the same time that we were considering this, interest rates dropped to record low levels. All of a sudden, houses that were somewhat out of our price range moved into a range that we could afford. After all, a house with a mortgage at 3.5% has a much lower payment than a house at 6%, dependent on your credit score. Suddenly, a whole world of new options presented itself.

One place in particular stood out and we zeroed in on it quickly. I considered this place my dream home. With a long beautiful driveway, this place had it all — 3000 square feet on five rolling acres, a creek in the back, and a nice kitchen with cabinets that had roll out drawers. The location was at a place called Mansions at Aqualina. Four beds + bonus, I like to use my bonus rooms as a bonus space, aka the man cave.

I could see us in this home. I could picture summer barbecues on the expansive deck in the back. A four-car garage could hold our cars and all of our stuff. I could even put my dad’s boat in there so that my mom could finally park in her garage after many years of parking out on the street. Yes, it was all coming together. We could afford this house — our dream home. We could sell our current home and move into this larger, beautiful space.

So here we are, in our perfect house. I take baths in my beautiful garden tub. I put my dishes and pans away in a roomy kitchen with upgraded cabinets and appliances. Everything makes sense in our lives. My kids are happy and safe here, and that’s the most important thing to me. I finally found my dream house!

Welcome to Radan

Hey Everyone!

Hey guys! Welcome to Radan, the ultimate lifestyle blog. My name is Timothy Radan, I’m 26 years old and a Substitute Teacher at Miami-Dade County Public Schools. I am originally from Philadelphia; I was born in West Philadelphia, the son of Sarahlee, a Philadelphia school board administrator, and Timothy Radan, Sr., an automotive engineer.

I grew up in West Philadelphia’s Overbrook neighborhood. I have three siblings, sister Sarah, who is four years older, and twins Sarah and Rebecca, who are four years younger. I attended Our Lady of Lourdes, a private Catholic elementary school in Philadelphia. Later on, I went to Parkway West High School where I won varsity football’s “Team Award”. I moved to Aventura five years ago. I love living in Florida; the weather is lovely down here. I can go to the beach any time of the year.

I love living in Florida, but I miss going to the Philadelphia for games on the weekends. As a kid growing up in Philadelphia, a perfectly great lunch was an Italian hoagie with Utz chips on the side, accompanied by a lime-green Huggie to drink and a butterscotch crumpet for dessert. Cheese or tuna hoagies were excellent alternatives on Fridays during Lent, and Greenman’s Deli made the most epic hoagies of all. Either way, hopefully you enjoy reading what I have to say, as there is definitely more to come! Stay tuned!