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Another Attempt At a Blog

Recently my life took a new direction and I think I will blog about my transition. Maybe something I say will help someone and maybe someone will have some good advice for me.
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Sometimes You Have to Laugh to Keep From Crying

My Dad's grandmother often gave her grandchildren advice about life that could be summed up in one sentence. My Dad passed those on to his children. One that I never truly appreciated until I was an adult and a father was "Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying."

Strategies for Dealing With the Loss of Your Job

There are many resources on the internet for surviving a lay off. You should use them. Not every piece of advice will apply to your situation but you will find information that can help. Here is my strategy.
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My Brother and I Found a Very Ugly Horse

A cousin contacted me yesterday regarding our great great great grandfather William Ellington Bond. I had put together a Genealogy book for my family in 2005 and decided to look through it for information regarding our grandfather. I had forgotten about the following story I had included in the book.

Some Thoughts About Finances and Losing Your Job

Finances will probably cause more stress for you during a lay off than any other challenge you face. I had been expecting a lay off for years so my finances are in decent shape. But on Jan 14 when I heard the Nortel CEO say that all severance payments would end immediately I was a little panicked. No. Very panicked. Sick at my stomach panicked.
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I Am a Google Number One Search Result

I know it does not matter in the grand scheme of things but this morning I was looking at some Google Analytics data and realized I had a number one Google search result. Pretty neat!

Ponderings Regarding My Recent Job Interview

As my friends and family know, I am still unemployed, but doing fine. I won't mention the company yet, but I had an interview today. And I was surprised.
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Camping Traditions

If you travel in a camper very much you create traditions and collect camper items that stay in the camper. The plaque above was purchased sometime in the 70's and was kept in the family fifth wheel camper when I was a kid. When I purchased my first camper my Dad gave me this plaque for my camper. It has traveled almost 100,000 miles with me over the last 12 years.
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One of the Best Days of my Working Career

After 27 years and 6 months I have been told as a late 80's memo put it "to continue my career elsewhere." I started work for Northern Telecom on May 18, 1981 in a 3 piece suit and briefcase. I had driven from eastern KY the week before hauling everything I owned in the trunk of my car. The DMS-100 was beginning to take off and Northern Telecom was hiring a lot of new people. Many o
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Zombies and Trebuchets

Last year during Christmas Bradley and I talked about building a trebuchet but never did. This year with all the concern about the end of the world on Dec 21 we felt a little more urgency. We did not get it built in time for the end of the world but Bradley has been saying for six months that the Zombie apocalypse is going to happen any day so we decided we had better get prepared.
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Boobies and Backpacks

Laurie has walked in the Race For the Cure for Breast Cancer a few times and asked if I would walk with her this year. I said sure, why not.
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My Son Wants to Go On A One Way Trip to Mars

My son, Bradley, wants to go to Mars. One way. Never to return.
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We Found a Camera and a Love Story in Death Valley

On June 26, 2011 my son Bradley found a Nikon Coolpix S220 point and shoot camera laying in a gravel road near Panamint Springs in Death Valley. It took us two years to find the owner. This is a very neat story.
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Special Mexican Treatment

This tale of woe was caused by Mark, a buddy at SciQuest. It begins on a happy note as I had been selected to go on the annual SciQuest Pinnacle Club trip. My wife and I were really looking forward to a great time.
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Good Times on the Road

My Dad once said he wasted a fortune traveling with his family when he was younger. He also said he never regretted a penny and it was money well spent. I agree.
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My Brother Cursed Me

Haunted House and Trail, Bad Luck With Mud and Camping
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So You Want to Try the RV Lifestyle

My cousin texted me and wanted some ideas on things to see during a trip from Kentucky to California this summer. They plan to purchase a used travel trailer. With a list of "must see" sights and "off the beaten path" photo ops to capture they want to take a road trip with their two sons to see if the RV vacationing lifestyle is for them.
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