Thursday, August 30, 2012

Birthdays and New toys

Good evening folks.  I am coming to you live from my new toy.  My loving wife, provided me with a new MacBook Air.  I love this thing.  It is lightweight and much faster than my older mac. Why would she bestow onto me a new macbook air?  Because it was my birthday.  I am now another year older and closer to 40.

I think it is great.  My friends provided me with a great meals, fellowship and a great time.  One thing about getting older, we seem to eat a lot more.  I have been eating so much for the last week.  Well as life moves on, I will continue to post about our adventures through live.  There will be more vacation reviews and more road trip reports.  As a matter of fact, we will be traveling to meet up with some good friends in east Tennessee.  I am excited for the adventure and looking forward to the trip.

In addition I will be making an effort to visit more blogs and see what everyone is up to as this summer comes to an end.

Have a great day.

Friday, August 24, 2012

New Equipment

It has busy this past week or so.  Parents of Tronster were visiting in the DC area.  Its always fun and I enjoy the company.  Sunshine (My Wife) works way to hard when my family visits.  She works really hard cleaning the house and getting everything together for the family.  She never takes a break.  Sunshine did many things, but one of the best was setting up a party for my father and I for our birthday.  We were able to throw a birthday party for my Dad with his oldest friend in attendance.  It was a great success.  Thank you Sunshine.

In addition to the party for my Dad, my birthday was a few days away, and the party was fir me too.  It was awesome.  I got a new MACBOOK AIR.  As a matter of fact I am blogging from the couch right now with the new Air.

Completely awesome.

Thanks to Sunshine  

Monday, August 13, 2012

Talking about work

As I have stated in a few posts, my wife and I both work.  I enjoy my job, most of the time.  One of the things I like to do to handle stresses associated with work is to read words of encouragement or famous quotes that I can apply to myself to improve my attitude.  A few months back a picked up a book called  Wise Words and Quotes by Vern McLellan.  Oddly enough I picked it up at a grocery store.

So tonight, while listening to the Monday Night Football game, I picked up the book and looked for some wise words.  Everyone's life is faced with challenges.  I face challenges, my wife faces challenges, my parents, friends and even some fo you, all face challenges.

So one of the wise words:

     The right angle to approach a difficult problem, is the "try-angle".

Most of the quotes in the book are accredited, however, this one is not.  I am sitting here thinking about some of the challenges I face, and I think this is a good way to approach problems.

I am a supervisor, I have supervised between 3 and 12 people in my short time as a manager.  I have been approached from my team members with the term "We have a problem" and I correct them, "we have a challenge"  We can either raise to the challenge or we can call it quits.  Will we always be successful? Most likely not.  However, you will learn something.  When you are successful, you will feel a since of accomplishment.  I personally believe that the problems we face are better listed as challenges.  At what angel should we approach are problems?  From the "try-angle"

I hope this litte bit is helpful in some small way to each you.  Sharing this little rant about how I want to proceed forward facing my challenges, maybe you can find some words of encouragement as well.


Have a great night, and lets get ready for some football.


Thursday, August 09, 2012

Vacation Review: Needle Highway

South Dakota is a great place to Visit.  One of the scenic highways you should take is the Needle Highway.  At least that is what my google search turned up as the name.  Our tour guide and his wife and Sunshine and I set out for an adventure.









We drove through the highway, and came to a spot to stop.  "The Needle" extends up to the sky and is shaped like a sewing needle.  There is a small area to park, holds about 15 cars, 40 or so motorcycles.   When we were there, it was a cool day and there were about 10 motorcycles and a few cars.

Along with the cars and other adventurers, they were holding a mountain climbing class on the peak you see in the pictures.  No worries all you Tronster Fans, I was not enrolled in that particular class.  To the right, you might be able to see the climbers on the side of the rock.



Driving this route requires you to pass through a few one way lanes.  These roads run through the mountains. Some of the tunnels are very narrow.



As we are packing up to move on down the road, we look around and see what lays ahead and we see this one way route.  It takes a few minutes to back out of our parking space to allow another adventurer to park and observe the wonderful sites.




There is a BUS in the way.  So now that we got out of our parking spot, we have to back up to allow the tour bus through.  Then we have to tell all the other traffic to wait a minute for a BUS to come through.  A BUS.  Once the drive skillfully got through, he rolls down his window and asks, "Is this the way to Mount Rushmore?"

Priceless, and well played sir.







More Updates coming

I have been extremely busy this past week.  We are swamped at the office and personal business has taken me on the road the last two weekends in a row.

I have been checking a few of the bloggers who have left comments.  I greatly appreciate the feedback. There will be more vacation updates soon. So keep coming back. I have a few more to share from the Dakota's and then some from Orlando.

Our travel for personal business was not as much fun.  We have a property that needed a little love.  I think I lost 10 pounds in water.  Drove from NOVA to East Tenn for 8 hours, then worked on a house for the rest of the day.

I do not know about the rest of you, but if i do not have satellite radio, I just assume ride without the radio.  Since sunshine falls asleep within ten minutes of departure, I can be alone with my thoughts.  You would think with 8 hours on the road I could think up some good ideas for this blog.

So keep coming back and checking out the posts.