What are the three things you need most?


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I have often wondered (aloud and when alone) what the things I need most are. I know that one of the things I need is my family. They bring great peace to my life. They are the reason I travel and do the various jobs I have done over the years. They are a joy.

For me there is a love of dogs that really makes me want to be around dogs. I simply love dogs. They bring me great peace and restfulness. Yes I would prefer being around my dogs (who are part of a my “family”) but the dogs living with friends also bring a joy to me.

The last is friends. I love having a chance to be around my friends who follow this journey through life.

Like a great red wine that ages with time, these are the things I need.

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Old Friends


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Why is it there are some people you can talk to frequently (or sometimes hardly ever) but when you are together with that person the relationship just clicks? I got to hang out with two of my oldest and dearest friends last night. One that I work with all the time, but only see once or twice a year. The other that I haven’t actually gotten to hang out with in over five years (he moved to Africa to take a job).

Old friends, who I don’t see as much as I would like that are really more like family. Getting to hang out with them at an event and…we were like the old days within 30 seconds.

Why is it that with some people it doesn’t matter where you are, they are just awesomely dear friends?

It just made last night the best night for me personally.

So,

To my friends – may the road rise up to meet you, and may the CUBS win the series before we are too old to remember!

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Old Friends


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Why is it there are some people you can talk to frequently (or sometimes hardly ever) but when you are together with that person the relationship just clicks? I got to hang out with two of my oldest and dearest friends last night. One that I work with all the time, but only see once or twice a year. The other that I haven’t actually gotten to hang out with in over five years (he moved to Africa to take a job).

Old friends, who I don’t see as much as I would like that are really more like family. Getting to hang out with them at an event and…we were like the old days within 30 seconds.

Why is it that with some people it doesn’t matter where you are, they are just awesomely dear friends?

It just made last night the best night for me personally.

So,

To my friends – may the road rise up to meet you, and may the CUBS win the series before we are too old to remember!

.doc

It’s a long way home


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It’s a long way

from where you are

to where you want to be

even when you get there

you still aren’t there.

Seeking quiet I look for the noise

but it hides from me

in the closet blaring

and then under the bed

I can’t find it

but I hear it,

my silent reverie broken

shattered on the floor

and I hold my ears and

wonder

why this noise

is one

my BOSE don’t block

I seek where I want to be…

 

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Holy cow 5 days of sun in Seattle


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A friend said not to advertise this – but I have to. There has been 5 days in a row of sun sightings in Seattle. It is almost like summer here, although it was a little cooler yesterday.

Anyway – I love Seattle – its is one of the most beautiful cities in the US.

Its good to catch up with people I don’t get to see very often. You know someone is a good friend when you can just pick up the relationship where you left it the last time you saw them.

Now if I could just get to bed earlier.

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Weather in Seattle


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When I worked in Seattle (long commute) week after week one fall it rained virtually every day. It didn’t I know, but it was gray and wet most of the time. I could have spent more time outdoors but of course because it was so nasty I didn’t really want to. Now I am in Seattle, it is sunny and lovely – and I can’t spend any time outside. I go into the building around 7 in the morning and leave buildings around 10 o’clock at night. Yes I am learning and gaining all sorts of insight – but occasionally could we have a meeting outdoors?

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Shameless review–XM Radio Skydock


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So I am a huge fan of windows mobile and would never buy an iPhone. they seem more hype and fad than technology at this point. However, I do have an iPod touch. I have the touch for two things (referencing my kindle books on a quick on, small pocket device, and audible books.)

I maintain this, I’ve said it a number of times before. I believe the Zune device to be much better than the iPod for music and the iPod much better right now for audible books.

But there is one thing the iPod touch has that I cannot get for a Zune or for a windows mobile device. That is the Skydock. The Skydock is a small device that acts as an antenna to allow you to have an XM radio anywhere you have a DC plug. In my case I travel frequently and it fits perfectly into any rental car I have.

What I like:

  • Small
  • Portable
  • Easily operated and great software
  • Pick songs and tag them for later purchase in the iTunes store (if only this were available with the fantastic ZunePass – this would be the greatest feature ever)

What I would like to see improved:

  • Power of the FM transmitter is a little low – so you hear interference at times
  • speed of antenna acquisition

All in all this is a great device if you have an iPod/iPhone and love XM. I wouldn’t go out and buy this as your primary XM receiver.

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Walking trails and changing the world (farmers fields preserved with wind farms)


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So as someone who walks/bikes for exercise I really appreciate the effort made in Redmond/Bellevue Washington for their exceptional dedication to people and their needs. Miles of trails allow you to walk or bike (I have to find a place to rent a bike) or even run if I could still do that. It has to be a cost for the city yet they continue to improve the trails and make them better. With the new bridge over the 520, they have repaved the walking trail for nearly a 1/2 mile. Simply amazing impact on my walking – and my appreciation for a city I visit frequently.

Recently driving through northern Indiana I got to see the wind farms that are being constructed. I am not sure why but it made me feel like we were doing something. The radio was blaring at the time about the BP crisis in the gulf and seeing the huge wind farm made me feel like we were doing something.

It was such a beautiful day in Redmond yesterday. You forget how beautiful the place is when it is drizzling, misting or whatever it is that it does (its not rain, the pavement never actually gets wet!)

Time to get rolling for the day! Day 1 of the event coming 8 more to go.

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The ultimate usb plug


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I’ve sent this to a couple of companies and nobody expressed a lot of interest so here it is, an Opensource idea (all I ask is that you credit me with the idea –)

A plug in multisource powered USB hub. I call it “The Ultimate Dongle” you can call it whatever you want if you make one! Oh yeah, and can I have one for free?

  • connects to an powersource (AC/DC)
  • has a number of built in connections (cables that are permanent, perhaps offering a micro and a mini usb version)
  • Allows you to power devices via usb without a computer – and I would be looking for 6-8 devices to be powered. Has to be light and flexible. Should not require a connection to a computer to activate the USB charging.

I’ve sent this to a number of companies that said there wouldn’t be an interest. Frankly if you were able to build this and include 3-4 ac/dc power slots as well, designing something like below

ac/dc power usb usb ac/dc power usb usb ac/dc power ac/dc power

people would flock to it. First of all most chargers now are either standard size or non-standard and the non-standard ac/dc chargers are really hard to use with standard power strips. Throw in a line conditioner or a fuse and you have a product that every traveler would buy.

Heck build that into a computer bag as a standard edition to the bag and you might have a winner!

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All my bags are packed, I am ready to go


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When I was a child I listened to that Mary Traverse song over and over again. I loved the songs and styling’s of Peter, Paul and Mary but that song (Leaving on a Jet Plane) always got to me. Years later I found out it was written by John Denver, and frankly I love his music as well.

Traveling is such an interesting thing. Most people want to travel. But then there are those of us who travel all the time, and frankly for us travel is simply part of the job. I take pictures of where I have been, but it just isn’t the same as going there on a vacation. Its work after all – you are there to do your job.

Its funny how songs influence your life.

  • Leaving on a jet plane always reminds me of the sadness of traveling. An epic Peter, Paul and Mary song.
  • Heart of Gold by Neil Young always hits me about the search for love, and the acceptance of who you are.
  • Old Man, also by Neil Young is all about wanting someone to approve what you are doing, and never quite getting it

When I first started traveling a lot (14 years ago) we didn’t have MP3 players. I had a portable cd player that I could carry on the plane, but then you also had to carry a bunch of CD’s. In 2000 I won a Rios Creative music player with a 20 gig HD and I took that with me.

Now I carry about 80 gig of music in my zune (and another 12 gig of audio books in my ipod). Amazing to me. But the sadness is still there when I leave.

Interesting that I have copies of the songs that shape my life, and the music that soothes and relaxes me, and its still sad to lave home.

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