Dean on April 1st, 2015

March 2nd – 4am wake up call. Headed to Las Vegas for a day, then Phoenix.  This flight took forever (5 hours) and we landed in Vegas at 10am local time.  Come 9pm,  I’m wiped out. Visited with a prospective customer for work and enjoyed hanging out with Church IT guys at the Freemont Street Experience.  We were able to score a behind the scenes tour! Check it out if you’re ever in the neighborhood.

March 3rd – Church IT Roundtable – Some of my favorite events of the year.  The highlight, touring the Supernap known as The Switch.  Tier 4 Gold level facility.  There’s not many of those on the planet.  Let’s just say machine guns and some seriously high tech gear were involved in the tour.

March 4th – Spent the day with our Phoenix staff AND enjoyed the area.  Great people exist all across our company.  Thanks all for letting me crash your day.  Hopefully, you felt it was productive.

March 5th – Oh, the weather outside is frightful… well, not for us but it caused hundreds of plane cancellations leaving me in Charlotte, NC without a way home.  Family to the rescue.  I did get 2 surprises out of the deal.  I got to eat at Shiloh Fish House AND my Aunt Nancy just “happened” to be there also!

March 6th – Took the day off work.  Well… actually if you count all the travel this week, I’ve already put in over XX hours.  I feel for those that travel for a living.

March 7th – Mom’s birthday.  She would have been 71.  She made it to 69.75 years.  Truth is, in 1974 doctors told her that diabetes would probably kill her in the “next 15-20 years”.  She fought it for 39 years.  Care to wonder where my fight comes from?  Spent the entire day removing the clutter from the house.  12 hours later, we’re about 20% complete.  Lord help us… why do we buy all this stuff?

March 8th – I walked past a piece of rather large trash in the yard and got about 5 steps past it when I realized I was responsible for picking it up.  I could ask a neighbor or friend to do it, but the truth is it’s my responsibility.   So, I took care of it.   How many times do we want to pawn responsibility off on others?

March 10th –  Tripp’s Birthday.. Love my son so much.

March 11th – Today, was the most eventful day in a long time.  I found myself in the middle of a domestic situation.  The dude…off the chain… used more expletives in 3 minutes than I’ve heard in a long time.  He was in my face so close that I could tell what he had for breakfast.  So thankful that I have a great team of guys that were willing to confront this dude with me.  I feel for his girlfriend and wish she would get some help.

March 12th – I was able to visit with the girlfriend from yesterday.  I let her know that God did NOT intend for relationships to be that way.   I wanted her to know that the experience yesterday was not normal.   I hope she and he will get some help

March 13th –  Met her in high school.  Started dating in 1989. Married her in 1995. Almost (just 20 days from now) 20 years later, not sure I can even envision myself with anyone else that would put up with me like she does. Happy Birthday Terri!  May God grant us many more birthdays together.

March 14th – Took a bunch of kids to Frankie’s Fun Park in Columbia.   Long Day…Great kids…  Oh and today was PI day… 03/14/15 9:26:53  PI = 3.141592653  #Nerd

March 16th – What a week at work… Lots of troubles… now the Air conditioning isn’t working correctly… ugh.

March 19th – Pete, that’s what we called my grandmother, used to say:  “Son, God protects kids and fools and you don’t look like a kid anymore.”  Today, I was reminded that I wasn’t so young anymore… Thank you God.

March 20th – A friend said this the other day…. “A son is a son till he takes a wife, a daughter’s a daughter the rest of her life.”  I can attest that this is true but it breaks my heart to think about what this might mean for my family.

March 21st – Studying my Sunday School lesson, I’m reminded that Jesus brings Peace…. Peace that passes all understanding.  No matter what is going on in life, Eternity is secured if you believe in Christ.

March 22nd – There’s a commercial on the radio that says “FICO scores are used in over 90% of credit decisions.”  I wish I could help people get out of debt so that credit wasn’t such a big deal.

March 23nd –  Watch this video –   I have the opportunity to work with this fine organization:  House of Hope.  Tonight, we had the annual concert.  For those that missed it, you missed a blessing!

March 26th – I am excited to have teammates stop me to show me what’s going on in their life.  Love hearing the stories about their hobbies and their families.  Blessed!

March 28th – Got to hang out today with a group of Amateur Radio guys while they worked on an antenna.  I’m reminded that I have lots to learn… lots…


Note: I got a little slack this month.  I’ll try to keep it up better next month.

Dean on March 7th, 2015

Feb 1st – Super Bowl Sunday…. Enjoyed a PACKED house in children’s church worship.  If you want your kid to have a great experience at church, give Ebenezer a shot.  It’s a great experience. (Adults have a great experience there also!)  Interesting Super Bowl, huh?  Only a rookie would look for the pass.

Feb 2nd – Today, my teams at work shifted a lot!  New roles, new expectations, great team.  Bring on 2015.   Lazy evening at home.  Booked our 20th anniversary trip today.  7 days at Disney… No kids…  WOOT!

Feb 3rd – Woke up with a headache and a dog that wouldn’t cooperate on a poop schedule.  My issues are trivial compared to others in my life, fighting for their life! I want to take the test for the next level of Amateur Radio.  Started cramming for my General Test tonight. I have so much to learn by Saturday.

Feb 4th – I tell people all the time when someone’s name pops into your mind, call them (or text,email, visit, etc.) because God put them on your mind for some reason.  Today,  I got a text from my friend Scott Raynor to see if I could do lunch.  I was free.  We did lunch!

Feb 5th – I got my eyes checked out today.  They dilated them.  WOW… Prior to the appointment, I asked the nurse if I needed someone to drive me home.  She said, most people drive themselves home.   Truth:  those people should NOT be driving.  Call me a wimp but I won’t do that again.

Feb 6th – It was Father Daughter dance night tonight.  She’s growing up and I really wonder how many more years before I don’t get the pleasure of taking her out to eat, all dressed up beforehand.  I’ll post pictures.

Feb 7th – Took my Amateur Radio General test today in Charleston. Passed and I can now talk around the world.  Well.. I’ve got to get some equipment and put an antenna up… May be months before that happens!

Feb 8th -Woke up this morning and took my family on a horse-drawn carriage ride in Charleston.  Beautiful area, enjoyed the time with my family.  Ate at Justine’s Kitchen.  Fantastic place.

Feb 9th – Amateur Radio Note: Called the PALSNET tonight for the first time as a general status.  Felt the same.  :-)

Feb 10th – Had lunch with a really great and long term friend today.  Since he’s pretty private, I’ll spare the details.  It was great catching up! Picked up Breanna from TKA tonight.  The boys basketball team was winning 43-10 in the 3rd period.  The second string played the entire second half.  Proud of the TKA JV basketball team.  Felt terrible for the other kids.  Proud of the coach for not running up the score and playing the second string.  Apparently the first string only play a period and a half before being pulled.

Feb 11th – Traveled to Charlotte today to learn more about Lync as our unified communications front.  It’s being re-branded as Skype for Business.  I wish I had walked away with warm and fuzzies but I didn’t.  Sigh…  We’ll see how that progresses but I suspect a lot of work in the future is coming.

Feb 13th – While today isn’t the actual day, I celebrated 21 years with ACS Technologies.  Wow.  Honestly, there are days it feels like it’s been 35 years but most of the time, it’s feels like 2 years.  So many things have changed since I joined the team.  I’ve been with ACST almost more than half my life.

Feb 14th – It was 1989, around January that we started dating. With a few boneheaded years as she calls them, I celebrated over 25 Valentine days with my honey…. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Feb 17th – I sat down with a couple of financial resources today.  One is a dear friend and the other a planner brought in to listen and advise.  While I’m not going to be retiring anytime soon, I am on the right path.  Good decisions are being made.  Thank you God for giving me the ability to get up and make a financial future for my family.

Feb 18th – Had lunch with the team today. We celebrated birthdays.  It’s times like these that remind me how great the team is around me.

Feb 22nd – Today, our Sunday School lesson had two important lessons.

  • Eph 6:12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
    • No matter what is going on in your relationships, they are not the enemy. Satan is.
  • Eph 6:13 – Therefore put on the full armor of God,so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
    • Do all that you can….everything that you can.  When that is all you’ve got, Stand firm.

Feb 23rd – Sometimes I’m convinced that God blesses us in spite of ourselves.  Today, I was brutally reminded of that.

Feb 27th – Enjoyed an evening with old friends and new ones.  Thanks Ebenezer Youth for your Monthly Coffee house and karaoke.

Feb 28th – Sent my little girl off on a 7 day mission trip.  Wow…7 days.  I pray for boldness and action on their team but safety and peace while they’re gone are important also.  I’m proud of my Breanna!