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Year 2017 in review

Ah, the year 2017! An interesting year! (just apparently not interesting enough to write about)

Year 2017 | 2017 to 2018

First and foremost, yes, I know that I haven’t been really using this in the year 2017. I think the same issue came up that I mentioned in the previous (non-guest) post. I really didn’t have that much overall to report. But as I like to do, here is my year in review.

So let’s go down the list.

Firstly, Ashley moved here from Utah after getting a job as a revenue manager at a hotel in Denver. She moved to an apartment on the north side of Greenwood Village (though technically it’s Denver). Needless to say, I am quite happy because of this. It was difficult maintaining a relationship with someone in a different city. Now we are twenty minutes from one another (if there is no traffic) and we meet up at least once a week (though often times more) plus we both get Sundays together due to my work schedule.

Speaking of work, while I am still with Trustwave in the year 2017, some things have changed. I don’t fault my previous boss, but he and I really didn’t gel well. I know he was trying hard, and with my constant need to change my schedule, I am sure I wasn’t the easiest to manage. However, he has since changed positions and has even changed countries so I hope he is happy with his new role.

Needless to say, my stress levels went down at work and my performance metrics have gone up. I get along great with my current boss and, while I may change jobs in the future, I am content where I am now. I am even getting along with people who hated me from day one. Not really sure what happened there, but I can’t complain about this new development.

Health-wise, I still have my cough that the doctor says is nothing to worry about. I am changing insurance in 2018 and will have a whole new crop of doctors so I will get a second opinion from the new doctors. Ever since changing bosses, my blood pressure has gone down. Additionally, thanks to a new diet, I’ve lost more weight. I plan on losing more weight in 2018. So far, I’ve lost around 30 pounds.

I did get a new vehicle. My old Honda CRV needed a lot of work to keep it driveable. However, I decided that it was time to get a new vehicle. To that end, I purchased a year 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

Year 2017 | 2017 Toyota RAV4

I do like the gas mileage and the features. Firstly, it gets about 35 MPG which is 15 higher than my old car. It is also a hybrid so it functions off electric motors and, in traffic, can do 40 MPG or higher. I have had some minor issues with it. For example, the nav system locks up sometimes, but a reboot fixes it. I did have one critical issue where it refused to start and I had to have it towed to the dealership. Here is hoping that doesn’t happen again.

Overall though, I’ve mostly been doing what I usually do. I’ve done a few new experiences with Ashley and said goodbye to old friends. For example, in year 2017, Julia, a former girlfriend whom I’d become quite close with ever since we broke up, moved away to Michigan. She wouldn’t know this as I tend not to let things like this show, but I nearly cried at her going away party. I tried to keep things light and happy though.

I did go and visit with Ashley’s family in Utah in September. We spent the weekend at a resort and I got to spend more time with them. The last time, I was there for Christmas and got to meet them briefly over an evening. For Christmas this year, we are doing it again, so that will be interesting. As a result of that, I will be doing Christmas with my family a week early, but it works out for both myself and my sister so that we can go see our other families.

In 2018, the plan exists to move in with Ashley. Once my lease is up we will move in. Not sure where yet, but in February-ish, we will start looking and see if we can find a place we like. My lease isn’t up until June so we have a little while.

Anyways, that is the basic happenings of year 2017. It wasn’t a majorly eventful year, but I will honestly try to do even more in 2018 as far as blogging. Just had too many irons in the fire this year.

Here is to 2018!

Year 2017 | champagne

Ignite Denver 20 preparations

Ignite Denver 20 | Ignite Denver Logo

So tonight are my Ignite Denver 20 preparations. I am getting ready to give my talk. It starts at 7PM and lasts until the late evening. My talk tonight will be on things you can do before calling a computer tech.

 

If you are interested in tickets, they can be purchased here:

Ignite Denver 20 preparations | TicketBuy Tickets

 

Otherwise, I hope to see some of you there. There are a lot of great talks tonight. Here is the list: (subject to change)

Kerstin Caldwell – You Really Are Fucking Brilliant
Jacob Anderson – The 10 things every computer repair person wish you tried/knew
Ravi Raman – Why You Should Quit Your Job To Travel The World
Elizabeth Boese – You Love What You Find Time For
Joanne Burke Peterson – Destination: Procrastination
Meridith Grundei – Don’t just sit there…go out and fucking PLAY!
Gabriel DiCristofaro – Lizard Brains and Black Marbles
Shelsea Ochoa – Toolkit for a New Paradigm
Helene Kwong – Ni Hao, Hot Dog Vendor!

I know that some of the above are no longer being given due to the presenters backing out, but I’d say most are still a go.

 

Regardless it should be a fun evening. I’ll post a YouTube link when they post it. I’ll let you know how it goes. Now, I’d better get back to practicing!

 

IT Security – New Employment

IT Security | Goldfish jumping between bowls

So I changed jobs again. I left the casino and instead found a job in Denver doing IT security. I will admit that it is challenging. It’s heavily Linux-based. It is something I just haven’t messed with much. It is in the Denver Tech center. I admit that I don’t like being the new guy all the time, but I suppose that is my fault. This job will be a good change though. It may be my final career. Here’s hoping. One advantage is that I have a friend down there, so I may have someone to go to lunch with so that will be nice.

 

Still, having been at it for a few weeks now. This isn’t a cakewalk. It’s tough. But I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

31 years of age

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Another year, another time for recap.

First and foremost, I found a very good job. It pays well and challenges my skill set somewhat. My co-workers are also very nice to work with. Admittedly it was a bit unnerving at first when people got laid off within a few weeks of me coming on, and then again when we were acquired by another company. However, I made it so far through the changes and it would be difficult for them to cut any deeper.

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By June/July, I’ll be moving to Denver. I’ll be moving in w/ my GF of a year and it seems like it’s the time. Plus I’m in Denver most of the time anyways. The misgivings I mentioned in this post have been alleviated. Now it just a matter of when I move. It will be sometime in June


 

School goes.

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I’ve lost some drive but I’ve found that taking a break for a few months restores it. I want to get it done and while I don’t expect to enjoy it, it shouldn’t be a chore like it is. I return in the fall and if the pattern holds, I’ll do two more groups of two classes and then want another break. In the end though, I only get charged when I take classes so I can do this at whatever pace I want.


 

As for health, I think I’m ok. Admittedly, my drive to be active just isn’t there. I want to play DDR more but I just don’t have the energy or lungs that I used to. I’m going to play at laser tag nationals in the fall so I need to at least get my sprinting up or I’ll be unable to compete. Hopefully, when I move to Denver, I’ll be able to run in the park near her apartment.


 

Honestly there isn’t a whole lot to report. But I’m here.

 

Ignite Fort Collins Presentation

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At last, I can show you the YouTube video of me speaking at Ignite Fort Collins

Link to the Powerpoint presentation

LANFEST!!!!!

https://lanfest.intel.com/events/colorado-2013

 

The event is coming soon. Have a few friends signed up to go as well. Should be a fun time

 

If you do wish to join us, we are sitting in Row I as in indigo

Another day, another futile attempt at world domination

Well, I could go into detail about what is happening, but I really don’t want to tell the world about my specific issues. The short version is that I’ve been depressed for a long time now. Work is fine, it’s work. However, where I am lacking is in relationships. On Saturday night I had a minor breakdown. Nothing I couldn’t recover from, but I know where the pain lies. I need to do something about it, but it’s like banging my head against the wall. If I stop trying it hurts more. If I try, at least the pain stays the same. I want to keep moving forward but the past keeps pulling me back.

On other fronts I trek on. The 501c3 is going well, we’ve got a date planed for the board of directors meeting. This should be interesting. I’ve never been part of a board before. In all honesty I’m debating if I even want to be a part of the final result (i.e.: a board member) or just want to help planning. It’s not like I’d be able to in 5 years anyways. However it would certainly be an experience.

Anyways, I hope all is well dear reader. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Man actual work is hard.

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I suppose I’ve been spoiled for the last few years. Actually having to do work makes me tired. So tired that I don’t really want to play games when I get home (which is different). I actually passed off guild leadership the other night. I still plan on playing occasionally, but not nearly as much.

Still, there is nothing wrong with IT work being challenging. Otter’s buildings are so spread out that doing a service call requires a lot of walking. Still, I hope this pans out to a more permanent job.

So long 2012

2012-2013-2It has been an interesting year for sure. Lots of changes in life. Lots of new friends crawling out of the woodwork, putting some good friends sadly to rest. Loss of a job yet new vistas opening up before me and some promising prospects in sight for 2013. Relationships ending, but new people entering my life. Acquaintances choosing to become a larger part of my life and become inner circle friends. All in all, a very good year if taken as a whole.

We shall see if this trend continues into 2013. I sure hope so!

 

Now for those of you who don’t know the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne

What’s new?

It seems that every weekend I’m running around like mad. I suppose that’s good. Last weekend was camping, this weekend, Ren fair and dinner theatre. Should make for a fun weekend. We’ll see how it pans out. It’s just been so hot lately. Maybe go see the Batman movie on Sunday when Amanda goes to her D&D group.