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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

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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.

2014 Year in Review

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I know it has been a bit since my last post. Often times, it can just be hard to find anything really relevant to write about. 2014 was a roller coaster of a year.

 

At the beginning of the year, I took a trip to Arizona with my then Girlfriend. I had never been there and it was exciting to go somewhere new. We saw the sights and generally did the tourist thing. We were there for an energy conference (think hippy energy not oil). It was interesting. Admittedly, it’s not my thing but I still enjoyed myself. What was funny is the fact that the day we left, it snowed in Denver. Then it was clear the entire time we were gone. Then it snowed again the day we got back.

 

I got a job working for Center Partners (now called Qualfon). While it wasn’t the best job I ever had, it certainly was nice. I actually liked coming to work every day. The atmosphere was relaxing once I got my stride on and it was nice to have a boss that was so relaxed about IT.

 

It wasn’t all happy times though. Around June/July my father was rushed to the ICU with a brain bleed. He did end up pulling through, but it was quite the ride. He is very lucky that he did. Between my mother and sister, hardly anyone left his side. I filled in when I could.

 

In July, I moved to Lakewood with my then Girlfriend.

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I also started a new job up in Black Hawk working for one of the Casinos. I do admit that it isn’t my most favorite job ever (that would be Laser Storm), but it pays the bills and gave me some experience I didn’t have.

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It was nice to finally be working in Denver. I spent just about every weekend down here as it was, so it made sense to find a job down here and just move. It brought me closer to my friends and basically allowed me to branch out.

Sadly, things didn’t work out so well with Girlfriend and we ended up breaking up. I lived with her for a time until I could find somewhere to live. Eventually I did, and it is where I am today. It’s a rather small place for the price, but it’s somewhere to call home. I now live in Arvada.

Just prior to moving to my new apartment, I met Julia. She was smart and funny and while it took me some time to fall in love, I did. I met her at a singles night and while, at first, I wasn’t sure what her intentions were, she made them clear and we started dating. My family seems to like her which is a big plus.

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It is now 2015 and I am happy at this stage of my life. Admittedly, I am keeping my eyes open for other opportunities, but overall I am extremely happy. I am almost finished with my degree and hopefully that will open more doors for me.

 

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.

 

Moving to Denver

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So I spent some of this weekend touring possible apartments in Denver. While I do work in Fort Collins, all of my friends are in Denver (with a few exceptions). Me actually moving to Denver doesn’t mean that anything changes except for my daily commute (which will be twice as long ( 30 mins -> 1 hour)). Truthfully, it will be nice not to have to drive home on the weekends.

 

Regardless of all that, we went and looked at apartments. My major concern is the cost. It is true that we can afford some of these places with ease, but it still seems like quite a bit to drop per month. Perhaps I am just spoiled by when I lived in Cheyenne. Up there, my two bedroom cost me 670 a month. Admittedly, that was difficult on EchoStar’s salary but it was doable. The place that we are looking at will be around 1,330 a month which for Denver is fair. Still, it will put a massive expense in the budget, not to mention utilities and such.

 

Again, all this is completely doable so I’m not that worried about it, it is just a change. However, it will be nice to get a space and go to Denver. A number of my friends have expressed a desire to spend time with me but are unable to do so because I am an hour away. This should remedy that.

 

Here is hoping this all goes well. We think we’ve found one but we are going to look at another floor plan in the same complex on Sunday.