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And so…I was laid off by Best Buy

March 4th, 2014 5 comments

“Someday everything will all make perfect sense.  So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, and reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” – John Mayer


I woke up yesterday morning with very little worry.  There just simply wasn’t much that I was needing to be fearful of.  I have a wonderful life.  I’m married to a wonderful wife who inspires me every day, and delights me to come home to, share my stories, laugh with, and enjoy all that life has given us together.  I have four beautiful daughters that are my pure hearts delight.  They make me smile in ways that they couldn’t possibly comprehend.  I’m proud of them, and the joy that they have fills me with unequivocal joy in return.  I have a home, a couple of vehicles, food in the refrigerator, and I even have one of the Earth’s happiest dogs that wags his tail and barks excitedly whenever I come home, all so that he can be touched and rubbed when I come home from the job that I have.  Yes, I have a very good and blessed life.

So as I headed to work yesterday morning, I wasn’t expecting the news that was delivered.  I thought my position at Best Buy in Pasadena was secure.  After all, I was a major driving force in returning my area to profitable, and exceeding the budgets that I was given.   But it was in this that I was found to be incorrect as I was laid off on Monday afternoon, in a surprise that I wouldn’t have ever expected give how I’ve performed.  I want to analyze this in a few paragraphs.

First, why the layoff? Read more…

What to do for Thanksgiving…a tough question

October 29th, 2013 No comments

So here’s the question, what would you do on Thanksgiving Day if you weren’t meeting up with the family for the traditional dinner?  I mean, if you were only trying to have a fun day with your wife and kids, but it didn’t involve staying at home, or going to another person’s home, what events would you partake in?  What would you do on Thanksgiving Day?  Because our family would really like to know.

Let me begin with the fact that Thanksgiving used to be a holiday that I looked forward to.  I mean, what guy wouldn’t?  It’s a holiday that basically revolves around watching copious amounts of football, and devouring a seemingly non-stop supply of turkey and the fixin’s.  But the last few years, it just hasn’t been the same for Traci and I.  Read more…

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August 8th, 2013 No comments

So it’s been nearly two months without a post here, and it has become time to amend that.  It’s not as if I haven’t written anything either.  I’ve just not been able to finish any of it.  After we came back from vacation in Utah, I wrote this long 4 page MS Word document post, that just kept right on going, describing in detail everything that happened in Park City.  I got distracted and just couldn’t seem to edit it down to post, so I didn’t.   A couple of other times, life just got in the way as I left the pieces unedited.  I thought about posting them, but again, I didn’t.  Now, with my kids going back to school next week, and summer basically over, I thought it’d be a decent enough time to throw a blog up that really isn’t all that well thought out.  Really it’s just me sitting here at 6:30am, having just dropped off Kelli to Cheer practice for hell week, and thinking that the site just flat needs some content, so here I go. Read more…

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Checking in on my 2013 goals.

June 11th, 2013 No comments

So we’re basically at or around the halfway point of 2013, and I wanted to do a follow up to my New Year goals and see where I’m at.  Hopefully, this will help keep me on track a little more, and perhaps even revise some of my goals from earlier in the year….provided that they need tweaking.

Goal #1 – Blog more.

Status – Check.  However, I did say that I wanted to blog at least once a week, and I’ve definitely fallen off that pace in the last two months or so.  I was pretty good about it straight through April, and then it just kind of got away from me a bit.  So I’ve got some work cut out for me if I want to continue this one.


Goal #2 – I want to move up from within Best Buy. Read more…

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The Twitter Reset

May 28th, 2013 No comments

“It’s okay to think about what you want to do until it was time to start doing what you were meant to do.” – Jim Morris Sr. – From “The Rookie”


Several years ago, my friend Andrew finally convinced me to get a twitter account.  I didn’t need one.  Twitter was a fledgling little operation in comparison to today’s behemoth of a social media enterprise.  I wasn’t really interested in finding out about what people were doing every second of the day, and I wasn’t interested in posting the exact same as a response.  But in the end, I was awed by the concept that it was a “micro-blog”, that allowed you to express “what are you doing” 140 characters at a time.  Read more…

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Mother’s Day and the new Job.

May 20th, 2013 No comments

Well I can honestly now say that I’ve failed in my January goal of posting at least once per week here on PablosPlace.  I held my own for about 5 months, but the hectic pace of the last month or so has left me with precious little time, (and also a fair lack of motivation) to sit down and bang out a couple of words here on the site.  It’s also not as if my life has been flipped upside down either, but rather there have been so many activities with the kids, and the job consuming so much of my time lately, that I just haven’t had the ability until this morning to sit down and reflect, which is when I do most of my writing.  Read more…

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Birthdays, Barbeque, and Cheerleading.

May 7th, 2013 No comments

This is one of those “force it” moments where I don’t really want to blog at all, but I’m willing myself to do so.  There’s only a few things that I have to talk about, so I’ll make this one pretty quick.

The new job begins on Tuesday.  Technically it starts Sunday, but because I have Sunday and Monday off, it really begins at noon on Tuesday.  I’ve got some mixed feelings about it actually, but overall I’m happy and excited.  Everyone keeps asking if I’m excited about the new gig, and honestly, I don’t know that excited is the right word.  I’m more feeling a sense of relief that it’s finally happened, and I’m eager to get the new thing underway.  But I’m lacking in excitement over the commute, which I hope will be easy.  Anyway, there is a bunch of e-learnings that I need to take for the new gig, so I’ll get started on those in a bit. Read more…

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The ninth time IS the charm

April 26th, 2013 No comments

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be road blocks.  I’ve had them; everybody has had them.  But obstacles don’t have to stop you.  If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up.  Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”  Michael Jordan

There is a story about how Michael Jordan failed to make the cut of his High School varsity basketball team as a sophomore.  At 5’11”, the adolescent Jordan simply wasn’t good enough to play ball with the best in his school in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Motivated by the fact that he wasn’t “good enough,” Jordan went on to lead the Junior Varsity team while tallying several 40-point games, grew by 4 inches in between his sophomore and junior years, and would return to make the team, and be selected as a McDonald’s All American after averaging a triple-double in his senior season.  Oh, and then he went on to be a six-time NBA Champion, winning the NBA Finals MVP award in all six times that he was there, along with all the other accolades doled upon what would be the greatest basketball player that anyone has ever seen play the game.  Read more…

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Geeking out, and loving every minute of it

April 24th, 2013 No comments

Do you ever make obligatory phone calls to people that you haven’t spoken with in a while, only discover that you really don’t have much to talk about?  The call goes something like:

“So, what’s new with you?”

“Nothing really.  How about you?  Anything new?”

“Nope…pretty much the same here too.”

That’s kind of been my life the last few weeks, and a major reason that I’ve been unmotivated to blog about it.  Perhaps that’s the difference between the skilled writer and the ones that are just blogging hacks (*raises hand for the role of the latter*) is that skilled writers, and to some degree conversationalists, find areas of interest to talk about when there aren’t any new topics.  And while I suppose that I could have written about how I’m totally geeking out on my PlayStation 3 with NBA2k12, and how that game has me simulating a ton of basketball in a mock 62-team tournament, I don’t know that it’s really a topic that I want to write about (regardless of the amount of enjoyment that I’m getting out of it).  Read more…

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Spring Break, 2013

April 3rd, 2013 4 comments

I’m willing myself back to blogging as it can sometimes be a daunting task.  For those that have ever ventured into the arena of writing, you know that motivation is largely the biggest reason that one places pen to paper (or in my case, fingers to keys).  The other major factor has to be time.  And while I seem to have a few minutes of the latter here and there, I’ve been severely lacking in the former for quite some time which has lead to very few posts on PablosPlace as a result.  But I remind myself of my yearly goals, one of which was to get a post onto here each week, and I press through my lack of motivation, and here I am.

When last I wrote, I talked about two topics, and left out a ton of details.  One detail of the past week that I want to revisit was a couple of times where I felt fantastic about being a husband and a father.  Traci and I took advantage of a couple nights stay at the Palazzo Hotel in Vegas, a gift she had received by being a member of the studio audience of the CBS Television Show “The Talk.”  She wrapped up the certificate this past Christmas for me to unveil, and we were finally able to make use of it while the kids had the week off for spring break, and they could all be taken care of.  So Traci and I spent a couple of great nights in Las Vegas, and we had a blast.  Read more…

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