So long 2011!

Second post for the year, woot! Been a year full of good and bad, happy to see it end and move on to the next challenge. Working for Sympoz has been fantastic and is one of the best decisions I could have made personally and professionally. The people I get to work with are the best ever and I have learned so much more in 11 months than I did in the previous 8 years at my former job. Granted without the knowledge I gained in those 8 years I wouldn’t have been in a position to be where I am now.

This has been by far the busiest year of my life with work and other goals. I graduated from college finally, it took a really long time, but I always wanted to get it done and it’s D-O-N-E DONE! I do wish I had finished years ago, but better late than never right? Diploma is of course just sitting on my desk here at home, still in it’s protective cover. Maybe I should add to my todo list framing that puppy.

Speaking of college, on October 13, 2011 little Elvis passed away. He was 17. He came into my life as a tiny kitten that could curl up in the palm of my hand and sleep when I was going to school at CU Boulder. Elvis witnessed many changes in my life, lived at 5 different addresses with me and left behind a legacy of science test questions at Prairie Middle School thanks to Chad. It’s been a hard adjustment without him, when JJ passed away 4 years ago we still had a cat so the routine was still in place. Now we are cat free so those routines ended and it was tough to make those adjustments.

Kona-Bob is still crazy as ever, each year he mellows out a little more. He had trouble with Elvis passing away as well, but has come around and enjoys being the sole center of attention around the house.

Took a nice vacation in late Summer, spent a day in Vegas then a week in California with family. Rode the 100K ft ride again this year with Andrew, needed a shortcut this year as I just didn’t have it in me to do the full route. Had to skip RMIHR (aka the Scout show) because of the California trip, hope to make it next Summer. Put in ten days of skiing last season, which were some of the best ski days I have had in a long time. New skis help!

As I sit here fending off this end of year cold, I look forward to celebrating the new year and as always seeing what the future holds. Here’s to the new year! Considering the world is supposed to end next December, do something you’ve always said you’d do but never did. If you’ve done it all, try something new, or help someone else accomplish something great. Lastly, be good to yourself and the people around you.

What happened to 2010? Oh hai 2011!

I don’t seem to “blog” much these days, I think I had like 3 posts total for 2010 and 2011 comes with some changes.

Wrapping up 2010, well it was a very busy year. My entire Summer (for the most part) was dedicated to a project at work and I watched 2 months go by at the blink of an eye. It was a good experience and we built some cool stuff.  While stressful I am always willing to do that for a project I think has potential and knowing if it fails that some good will still come from it.

I did have the opportunity to squeeze in a few things during that busy time, went to RMIHR again and completed my first FULL 100,000ft motorcycle ride. It’s a change in vertical feet, worked out to be like 500 miles I think. Pretty grueling, looking forward to the 2011 ride. We also attended my sister’s wedding in Vail, was a beautiful ceremony and a great time! Packed in there as well was a trip to Vegas, only one trip in 2010 :(.

In October we headed out to my cousin’s wedding in Texas. My car rolled 200K miles, we got to hang out in Ft. Worth, see lots of family. The wedding was wonderful and plenty of fun. We also checked out another cousin’s restaurant/bar called Magnolia Motor Lounge. If you are in the DFW area you must visit and you must have chicken fried bacon.

Around Christmas we got the new Samsung Google Nexus S. Slick phone, leaps and bounds better than my old HTC G1. It’s been hard adjusting to having no LED notification lights. I instead annoy those around me with audible tones. I am trying to find like a Giraffe screaming or something to really make it stand out.

What’s next? The big change for 2011 is…..I decided to leave my position at ServiceMagic after almost 8.5 years. It has been a difficult decision, but in the end it is time for me to try something a little different. I will be moving over to a small start up in Denver called Sympoz. The opportunity is a good fit for my career goals.

Though I haven’t promoted it much only because I seem to jinx myself each time I have tried this in the past. I will be accomplishing a life long goal of getting my degree! Holy crap it’s been a long time, but I am getting it done and I look forward to staying out of a classroom for a little while. In about 4.5 months I should be all done!

I have no idea if anyone reads this anymore, but if you do, well that’s what’s been going on for about the last 7 months. :)

skinit for my G1

T-Mobile has a deal with Skinit where you can make a custom skin for your G1. I did it, it was about $23 shipped. http://www.tmobileskins.com/

Quality is not bad, on 3M material that is supposed to not leave any residue if removed. I was disappointed in the back cover portion as it was much smaller than I anticipated. The pieces for the front were fine.

Not sure it was worth the money, but still a neat way to personalize your phone.

Front:

G1 Skin It Font

Back:

G1 SkinIt Back

So Obama wants to charge bank fees?

My response to: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34808673/ns/business-stocks_and_economy

Bank fees to help payback the money “we” loaned them. What this is really saying is charge the banks a fee, which they will pass on to their customers eventually coming down to someone else paying the fee. This means “we” will be paying the fee, “we” will be paying back the money “we” loaned.

You know what else, this will impact every class, lower, middle and upper. It will not discriminate. Tell me, how does this seem logical?

My guess is this will come in the form of loan origination fees and other business type transactions. However we know who always gets stuck with the bill…the consumer.

Look at it like this, creative taxation. We loaned money we didn’t have. In fact we had to get a loan to loan money. So we will need to payback money to pay back money. Even I get mad that this is money tax payers loaned these businesses. It’s not like we had some trillion dollar cash reserve just sitting around that we could draw from in emergencies. Instead of raising taxes, we borrow money from other countries and tack on fees which eventually get passed on to tax payers in the forms of higher fees at banks or higher costs on product purchases.

I can’t wait!