A Disney Escape

February 5th, 2013 No comments

I made it one of my goals at the start of the year to place a post here at least once a week.  Thus far, I’ve actually kept up with that.  I’ve actually had even more things that I’ve written but that I haven’t posted here because they’ve taken turns that I haven’t cared for, or gone on tangents that just simple weren’t worth sharing.  They were negative, or they had to deal with subjects that simply weren’t constructive, and so I bagged the ideas.  Think of balling up the paper that was in the typewriter, tossing it in the garbage can, and starting over.  Sometimes, the best items written take a few tries to get there I suppose.  So as not to bog this place down with things that really need not be spoken about, I want to simply focus on staying within the joy of the moment, and preparing for moving forward while accomplishing that goal tomorrow.  To that degree, in looking backward, it’s been a really fun week. Read more…

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A quick overview of where I’m at.

January 27th, 2013 No comments

Fighting through an illness is never fun but is a part of life that at some point everyone has to endure.  I came down with a head cold that started out slowly this past week, and came on strong yesterday. It’s more annoying than debilitating, but it’s still never fun to have the sniffles and endure coughing, runny nose symptoms. Alas, I have too much to do today to sit around and be sick, so it may end up being a virus that sticks around for a few days longer.

I attempted to get in a blog yesterday morning, but it was extremely poor timing on my part.  Between the kids beating me to be awake, and hanging with Traci in the morning, there just wasn’t anytime to get onto the computer.  One by one each of my kids took their turns at the computer and I just never got to it.  It was an interesting dynamic as I wandered throughout my own house without anywhere to really go. Traci was watching some house flipping program in our bedroom, the kids were watching Disney Channel or some other kids related program on our other TV, and another one was on the computer either play Web Kinz, Club Penguin, or Heytanna or Facebook the entire time.  Bottom line, I was a king without a castle, and it was the norm for the most part. Read more…

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I may not have the job, but I have so much more.

January 20th, 2013 No comments

This is one of those blogs where I’m happy I came up with this instead of what I wrote the first time. It’s also a long blog that needs to be read in it’s entirety, so I apologize to the 15 minutes that I’m going to steal away from your day ahead of time. I had written this long 2000 word piece venting about how angry that I was that I didn’t get the supervisor spot I applied and interviewed for on Monday, and then I thought better about posting it immediately. While the emotion of it all was still fresh and burning, the perspective just wasn’t fair to the big picture of what they’re attempting to accomplish from within my store. At the end of the day, another Supervisor was slotted into the position to keep a job, and a downsized Supervisor at another location was moved in to keep another. Both good employees that needed a gig, and it made me feel a little better about the company that I work for when I got the explanation. They were simply taking care of their employees once again, which makes me believe that they’re hanging onto good people, and I can’t be upset about that. Read more…

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It’s interview day.

January 16th, 2013 No comments

The call came yesterday morning while Traci and I were down the hall watching television and mapping out our day. I knew it was coming eventually, and it just happened to fall on an idle Tuesday that was my off day. My store rang and let me know that they wanted to set up an interview for the Supervisor position that I’d applied for, and that they wanted to set it for today at 1:30pm. Turns out, I was all in on the idea.

I’ve had a total of 6 interviews so far for other Supervisor spots within Best Buy, and they’ve all carried with them the same results. “Sorry, but we went with someone else.” I hate those words, and even more so when I’m an applicant for a position. I hate it more when I measure my ability versus another’s and find that I’m more qualified for a position, and yet still get passed over. The other times, I was still a young pup in the world that is retail, but my managerial experience in my other positions and the successes that I had while in those positions would lend one to believe that I’m certainly a good fit for a company. Or so I would think. But when someone else has been applying for a position longer than I have, I suppose that somehow takes precedence. Read more…

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Two nuggets from a “blah day”

January 9th, 2013 No comments

Life is often full of bland days, and recapping the activities of yesterday certainly makes for one of them. It was a morning off of work, followed by working from 1pm-9:45pm, and then home to crash. But a few nuggets of interest came from the day.

1) Vacationing with the family over the spring break just isn’t going to happen this year.

Santa got the kids tickets to see the Broadway production of “Beauty and the Beast” for Christmas this year, and wouldn’t you know it, the date is right smack dab in the middle of Spring Break for the kids. Which means that either we don’t go to the play, or we plan our trip for another time.  After chatting with Traci yesterday morning about the contents of my blog, (which turned out to be a mistake on timing apparently, I’ll get to that one later) just about every trip idea turned into a “meh” idea on her end because of the time of year and potential costs. I waited until she woke up to go down the hall and chat with her about the idea. I’d been up for several hours at this point after having taken the kids to school, coming home to blog, and then playing around on the computer when she texted me to say “good morning.” So I went down the hall to talk to her about the blog and start to make some plans with her. Read more…

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Planning the next family vacation

January 8th, 2013 No comments

Back in December of 2008, Traci and I bought a timeshare. Several times before our purchase, we’d stayed at different “one night free” spots and had timeshare presentations, which turned into really cool weekend getaways for us on the cheap. We’d tell them politely “no thank you,” and we’d walk away with a free night stay at some location, and some free swag to go along with it. It cost us a couple of hours of time, so in the end, we found that it was worth it.

When we accepted the offer to stay at The Jockey Club in Las Vegas, we thought we’d be doing the same thing. Only, they put us at this seedy hotel off the strip because of the wheelchair accessibility. And when I say Seedy, the Greek Isles (which isn’t even there anymore) was VERY seedy. We came back to the room one night sharing an elevator with three guys who walked ahead of us on our floor as we exited the elevator. They stopped about 5 doors away from us, drew their guns and proceeded to enter the room in a search mode. They were detectives and the room was empty, but it scared the crap out of Traci and I. Imagine what we’d have walked into if they people that they were after were actually in their room at the time. What timing. After that experience, how could we not buy? Right? Read more…

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It’s never to late for a Christmas Story

January 7th, 2013 No comments

Yesterday was an altogether good day. Since our family is so spread out, we often don’t get an opportunity to celebrate Christmas on any one given day. Coordinating all of our calendars among so many people and so many traditions means that we simply have to spread it out over a few different days to make certain that we celebrate our traditions with everyone. I don’t think the family really minds all that much, at least, I know that I don’t. It makes it feel like Christmas gets spread out over a season, making it last longer. It’s probably why enjoy the holiday season as much as I do, because it feels like it just keeps right on going. And I love to celebrate things filled with joy.

Yesterday capped our Christmas celebration with Traci’s side of the family bringing us down through the home stretch which led us to her mother Vicki’s house. Generally speaking, we usually convene with this crew sometime closer to Easter, which is a lot of fun having the kids do an egg hunt, followed by the opening of presents. Talk about merging all of your favorite Christian traditions, this one definitely takes the cake. But yesterday was a very fortuitous opportunity presented by the fact that Traci’s Uncle Jim is now retired, and was free much earlier in the year, enabling the date to happen.
So we convened at Vicki’s house with Traci’s brother Jimmy, and waited while the rest of the family filled the room. Vicki is one of four children, and they all began to arrive around the same time. I love those initial greetings where you can give hugs to your family, and see the looks of pure delight creep across everyone’s faces, just as they enter into a warm embrace filled with love. You get a moment to see the change that time has brought, and yet in the same moment, you have the opportunity to pick up right where you left off your last conversation, as if no time has passed at all. It’s a unique moment that brings me great happiness, and it is one that is typically experienced only among the company that you know and love so well. Read more…

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The 2013 BCS Championship Playoff that could’ve been.

January 6th, 2013 No comments

I know that I harp on this every year, but I’m really sick and tired of the BCS playing to a champion by only inviting two teams to the final dance. I’m not going to sit here and say that Notre Dame and Alabama aren’t the two most deserving teams to play for the title, but I will say that I’d still much rather have a playoff system to determine that championship. Because the reality is, I have had absolutely zero interest in watching any of the bowl games this year, and I doubt very much that you have either. The only exception to that is that you’re a super fan of that specific university, so you watched one game with real interest. The rest of them might as well be dubbed the “WhoCares.Com Bowl.”

I don’t hate the bowl system completely. I think that it’s nice for the teams that end with 6 games won during the regular season to have one last “hurrah!” It makes the universities heaps of dough, the players and the families of those players love it. The parades and the traditions are cool. But the games themselves mean nothing, and that makes them really altogether unwatchable. Read more…

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Inspiration from Mark Cuban

January 4th, 2013 No comments

I figure that I’ll take the time to write here when I get the opportunity, and this morning seems to fit the bill. Abby has an appointment at noon, and we may have poker tonight, but since it’s my “off day,” I guess that I have the time to blog. So why not?

This morning on twitter I noticed a message that was re-tweeted by Mark Cuban. For those that don’t know him, Cuban is the philanthropist, business savvy tech guy that owns the Dallas Mavericks NBA Franchise. For those that do know him, he’s that goofy looking billionaire that is always getting fined by the NBA for being a Dallas Mavericks super fan. Cuban loves life, and he wears that on his sleeve. And with his life, how could you NOT love it. And this morning when he re-tweeted a message that someone had loved his book, I thought to myself “When did Mark Cuban write a book?”

It was as release for Kindle only, which I despise, so I was hesitant to act upon. But I downloaded the Kindle app on my iPhone and I loaded the preview of the book. It’s basically a collaboration of his most popular blogs that talk primarily about business, and how to motivate oneself to be the owner of a corporation, so to speak. Read more…

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A few thoughts on 2013, a new beginning of sorts.

January 3rd, 2013 No comments

I started PablosPlace several years ago as something of a joke. I can remember teasing Traci about her 30th birthday party, and not wanting to give away the fact that I was planning a giant surprise party, so I’d thrown out a great many random ideas to throw her off of the actual plan. The plans were always egregiously absurd, with suggestions of items like going to the zoo, and playing poker there. Or it would include duct tape, a $20 bill, and well, you fill in the last part. It was just being silly.

But somewhere in the randomness, the whole PablosPlace idea spawned. In the beginning, I was just doing updates on the happenings of the home game, which consisted of a few of my friends that new nothing about how poker was really supposed to be played. We’d often play three or four sit and go games in a 4 hour period of time. But the game evolved as we grew as players, as did my writing abilities. I began to follow the poker syndicate with much more closeness than I ever had before, and I must admit, there was a keen fascination that bordered on love. Read more…

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