Tap, tap….is this thing on?

This seems to be the blog that time forgot, or Jay forgot. I am lightly dusting it off. I have a few projects coming up that I think I want to document and I prefer this format over Facebook or other places where I can’t really control the format.

Since I am like 2 years behind on updates, for those that aren’t connected with me elsewhere. Still working for Sympoz/Craftsy. It’s been a great three years so far. Keeps me very busy, hence the lack of time to be able to sit and write out thoughts. We now have about 200 employees, I think there were about 10 of us when I started.

We’ve had to deal with losses in the family the last few years, while mourning comes in all forms, I didn’t feel compelled to update my blog with it and my usual ringing in the new year posts didn’t feel right. You grow up thinking these people will always be with you, but the reality is that’s not true. So always take the time to spend a few extra moments, or make that phone call to someone you care about.

Most people know I am a car nut. Last year I picked up a 2013 Subaru BRZ. It’s a lot of fun. We drove it to Michigan last year for my cousin Katie’s wedding. I still need to sell my Audi…if you’re interested. 😀

Also, last year we adopted another dog, Bella. We have no idea what she is. Best guess currently is a flat coat retriever mix. She is a sweetheart, she is huge, and she is a little shy. She had a rough time before she met us. Kona is still as awesome as ever, much more mellow than ever too. Getting a little grey here and there, but so am I.

Hopefully I’ll be adding more content soon, mostly project based stuff. Whether it’s cars, house or whatnot. Of course, chances are 2 years from now I’ll be like, huh, I totally haven’t posted anything in two years.

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.

I’m still here!

After another go round, I’ve netted no new scars, but I’m sore and feel like a frail old man. Namely because I can’t do a whole lot physically. I can drive though, so watch out!

The day I got home the dog had a seizure form all the excitement and my guess dehydration. He didn’t really eat or drink anything while I was gone. About gave me a heart attack.

Then we got sacked with the storm for the weekend, pretty much the last thing we needed. Not to mention I had put the snow blower in the shed before I went in.

Basically last week was a train wreck. Luckily Renee is an angel and has taken great care of me and everything else. I am a very lucky man. Of course everyone at PetSMart thinks I am an asshat since I stood there while she lugged a 40lb bag of dog food and a 30lb box of cat litter. I should have finished it off by saying “Now go home and make me some dinner woman!”

Well that’s about it, hope to see some of you folks soon.

Thanksgiving in New Mexico 2008

We are back from our Thanksgiving trip to New Mexico to see Renee’s parents. We alternate holidays each year, last year we were there for Christmas. I have this nasty knack of being sick almost every time we go down there. This year was no exception. Of course I was fine last year go figure.

It seems I must have picked up some crud from the office. I know a few folks were coming down sick right before I left town and Tuesday I was starting to feel “under the weather.” It made for an easy drive down, Renee did all the driving and I slept on and off. The dog slept most of the way.

This was Kona after realizing we’d been in the car 3.5 hours and still hadn’t stopped anywhere fun:


Alamogordo, NM is a pretty small place compared to what I am used to. In terms of cities I’m sure it’s bigger than a few around here, but there is not really anything around there. There are mountains which are nice. On Thanksgiving during the day since it was raining we took a drive into the mountains. We stopped a few places, one was the historic Mexican Canyon Tressle and then again later up in Cloudcroft near a ranch to snap a couple pictures.


We had planned on going to White Sands both Thursday and Friday, but due to the rain all day on Thursday we couldn’t. However, we did make it out on Friday. It was pretty busy, but we found a nice area to walk out and let Kona run around like a total nut job.


Speaking of nuts, there are a few rather large Pistachio farms near Alamogordo, I think they may actually be in Tularosa but whatever. We stopped at one called McGinns because they have a GIANT Pistachio out front. It was really the only reason we went there.


After visiting the giant Pistachio we decided to stop by the Space Museum and take advantage of some photo ops:


All in all the trip was nice, it’s always good to spend the holidays with family if you can. We had some wonderful meals and we got to meet the new kitten Nikolai. He was a real sweet cat, when he wasn;y trying to get attention from us he was trying to make the dog think he was tough through the glass.

Leaves, leaves everywhere

Our big tree out back decided it was time to finally turn. Most of the neighbors are already changed and almost all done with cleanup. We have about another week or two thanks to this slow mover. Looks like we may get some snow this week finally so we decided to tackle some of the problem.

Of course Kona helped out as best he could.