I’m a Geek…this is not the news

So anyone that knows me understands that deep down inside I am a geek.  I like computers and technology.  Yesterday one of the greatest minds for technology stepped down from his post as the CEO of Apple.  Ironically I am sure my MacPro start-up drive decided to fail in protest.

The very first computer I used was an Apple IIe back in my mom’s computer classroom in Chandler.  I loved that thing!  Constantly playing Oregon Trail, coding in basic (yes, I was an elementary school geek), and always on the search for Carmen Santiago.  I have been using Apple products since.

Steve Jobs sold his VW Microbus to start a company with a Steve Wozniak in 1974 and went on to change the way we do our jobs, communicate and for many of us live our lives on a daily basis.  You people out there thinking that you are not influenced by Apple and Jobs might want to wait just a minute.  If you are reading this blog post after using a mouse to click on the link…well you can think Jobs.  If you carry one of those little USB jump drives around…yep.  Thank Apple.  They were the first company to widely use USB and were the first to ditch the floppy drive and yes…were the first to use a mouse.  It’s not all about iPhones and iPads. (he was a co-founder of Pixar too…so if you like Toy Story and Cars, Thank Steve)

So if you are using a computer…which you are…this is a blog post! You have something to thank Steve Jobs for.  Of course the is not going too far away, he will be stepping into the Chairman of the Board roll.

Good luck Apple.  I am still looking forward to the future and I can’t wait to see what you come up with now that Steve has moved on.  I hope you continue to impress even us geeks with your innovative products.  And Thanks to Steve Jobs. You have made being a geek socially acceptable (for the most part) for the last 30+ years.

Thanks everyone for your help in remembering Lukas!

Kami and I want to thank you all for helping us remember our son and for participating in our little fundraiser!

We received a total of 45 pictures and that makes our donation $225!  Since we didn’t quite reach our goal of 100 pictures we have decided to make the $225 donation to each of our charities.  So $225 to Faces of Loss and $225 to March of Dimes.  It is great to be able to give to such great organizations in memory of Lukas.  Thank you all again for helping us!

A special thank you to those that made donations on your own.  We are so grateful for your support.

Here is our collage of pictures that we received.  To make things workout we were not able to include all the pictures and we apologize for this…do know that your pictures were included in the grand total.

We hope that this becomes a tradition and we plan on doing it once again next year.  Start thinking of the creative ways to include green balloons in your pics for next year!  Maybe we can double the number of pictures for next year!


Wisdom…when do you get it?

Okay…so I am going to take a break from the posts about my roller coaster life and pay tribute to those in my life that have passed on some wisdom that I am trying to share with those around me that apparently don’t have it.

My dad told me a long time ago that “you will talk your self into more trouble than you will talk your self out of.”  Now if you have known me for a decent amount of time you will know that it took me a LONG time to truly understand this statement.  Today I am fully aware of it and the truth behind it.  So…when do we pass the threshold of listening to wisdom…and truly hearing it?

I remember so many bits of wisdom that has been passed down to me from my family, coaches, professors and mentors that guide the decisions that I make on a daily basis.  I have learned over the years that they are absolutely true.  Now I like to pass these bits of wisdom on to those around me that are not understanding of the situation, but as I once was…they don’t always seem to believe it.  So…how can I illustrate their importance to a level that will not only be understood, but obeyed?

That is my challenge for the day…should be a fun one.