Friday, April 12, 2024

Springtime on the ranch

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Fun with Maps

 Someone at work was looking for a map and I decided to try and map out where I'm speaking. Here's a rough view, which is likely to be out of date as soon as I post this.

Fortunately, I can store the map, so you can see the up to date view here:

That's assuming I remember to change this as I get accepted or find new places. My most current schedule is here: speaking schedule.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Tonight's dinner and dessert

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Salt Lake City Showdown 2024

 Our one and only travel trip for the 2024 Panther 13 Black team was last weekend in Salt Lake City. It was a long weekend, and one that wasn't successful in the outcome, but was a good time for the team and they grew up a bit. This was the first travel trip for many of them, and they did well in some days. We didn't see the energy crash we did at our other three day tournaments, partially because we'd prepared them.

First, Salt Lake is beautiful. We enjoyed the views of mountains all around. Our hotel was about 25mi from the convention center, and a parent drove us around a couple times, so we were able to look around and see the sights. Image on instragram.

From a record, we were 7-10 in games, and 2-5 in matches. The first day we played the eventual winner of the 13 American division. Our team was sure these were 14 or 15 year old girls on steroids. They wiped the floor with us. The other two teams were beatable, and we took them to three sets, but lost. Surprisingly, we didn't serve well, which has been a strength for us.

I blame some nerves.

The second day we won easily, then lost a close one where we thought we might win. After winning the first, the other team leaned on their dynamic middle and she performed. We didn't have a good answer, neither in blocking or digging. That was disappointing. Still, somehow they lost to the team we beat and we took 1st place in the pool.

The third day we lost to a much better team. I felt bad for them, as they were in the lower half with us because the first day they lost a 3 way tie in their pool to the eventual 3rd and 5th place teams. We lost 17-25 and 14-25 and it didn't feel that close.

Much needed beer at the airport.

It was a good weekend overall. Some nice team bonding, some funny pics when the team took my phone. Long days, but not too stressful for me and a nice travel trip.

Slightly sad it's our only one, but it's been a long season, so ready for things to end.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Day 3 at the Salt Lake City Showdowb

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Lost my phone again while reffing

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

Day 2

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Reffing at 10pm isn't fun

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Morning team building with Starbucks and friendship bracelets

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Saturday, April 6, 2024

Easy for the Salt Lake City Showdown

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Forgot how beautiful Salt Lake City can be

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Feeder maintenance day

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

Every day every day

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Saturday morning chores

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Monday, March 25, 2024

A Big Win

 Yesterday was the first USAV RMR win for our volleyball team. We've been hoping that the team would win a pin at one of the 6 local tournaments we compete in and they finally did.

You can see the final point here, which was very exciting:

The team was going back and forth with their opponent, going ahead 13-12, then down 13-14, then getting up 15-14 before that point. The girl who was supposed to serve didn't want to and walked over to sub out. This young lady went over there and served a tough ball that the other team didn't handle.

We finally exceeded our start ranking. We were ranked 21 to start, but opened with a tournament against 14s where we struggled. We dropped into the 40s, but are back to 17. Very proud of these kids and all their hard work.

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Nice to start the day with a win in Power 5

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Friday, March 22, 2024

Chore buddy

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Flyway With Us

 My company put me on tour last year to talk Database DevOps. To promote things, we rented a van and customized it. It was a lot of fun, and there were some good pix that came out of the promotion.

This year we decided to rent a plane and create DevOps Airways, with the tagline, come Flyway with Us.

What's funny is this is a bright blue plane. They customized it after we did some shots. Here's another version.

We flew to Austin for a day for this shoot. I did some work in the office, actually had to do a webinar and some work before we drove out before lunch to a small airport in Northwest Austin. 

The person organizing this bought us jackets and sunglasses. We took turns wearing them and exchanging the clothes.

As you might have guessed, I had a few different shirts to wear and changed them a few times in the 4-5 hours we were taking pictures.

We got to sit in and around the plane, and it got rolled out of the hanger for us. The owner offered to fly us around, but it was too foggy that day, so he cancelled.

Still a fun day, and a memorable experience.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

She's wondering why I haven't thrown the ball

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New Horse Training

 Tia got a new horse for the Retired Racehorse Project Makeover. She'll be competing in October in Lexington in a few events. 

You can see some video here if the new horse and another in training. The brown one is the racehorse. The other one is just here for training, and they're enjoying running around the arena for a few minutes before training begins.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Leaving Austin

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Love the view of Pikes Peak coming home

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Monday, January 29, 2024

Someone caught me speaking today

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Sorry du jour in Texas

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Sunday, January 28, 2024

Off again

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Third trip to Austin this month starts out busy. Early morning watching two of my favorite players competing, now chores before getting on a plane.

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Friday, January 26, 2024

A nice view this morning

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

The wild west.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

The plane we used for a phptoshoot. Looking forward to seeing this thing in red after post production

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I'm on a runway

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Morning mug

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Monday, January 22, 2024

Back to Austin.

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Shirt du joir

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Shirt du jour

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Leaving Denver with a distant view of the ranch

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First trip of 2024

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Sunday, January 14, 2024

Serves me right for leaving my phone on the scorers table

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Friday, January 12, 2024

A wild year for me

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Monday, January 8, 2024

Looking forward to 2024

 Last year was a tough one for me. Only with travel. It was a fun year in many ways, and I really enjoyed things, but it wore me out.

At the end of the year, United sent me a note saying I'd had 32 trips with them, but I know I had at least 2 SouthWest trips as well for volleyball.  That was a lot, and I'm being careful about 2024. Already I let business colleagues know I am skipping a conference in March. I don't know that anyone cares, but I've had a few people ask if I was going, and I am often there, so I thought I'd just set expectations.

(plus show I am managing my health a bit).

As I look forward to 2024, I was thinking to really slow down. My intention was to not do much in Q1, and I'm not doing "much", but I ended up with more trips than expected. I had been accepted to a conference in Jan and was going to pull out, but my company is sponsoring and neither of my colleagues was accepted, so I stayed in. Plus, it's a good (short) trip where my wife can come and we can enjoy a couple days in Austin.

However, I also ended up with another work trip to Austin in Jan for our sales kickoff. I was going to skip,but they aren't recording/streaming and this is a big part of my 2024 job.

So, my schedule for 2024 so far, which is surprising, is:

  • Jan - Austin (tentative quick trip)
  • Jan - Austin
  • Jan - Austin/Round Rock
  • Feb - Greeley (overnight volleyball)
  • Feb - San Jose
  • Mar - Denver (overnight volleyball)
  • Mar - Atlanta
  • April - Salt Lake City (volleyball)
  • April - London
  • April/May - Sydney
  • May - New York
  • June - London

As it is, I think this is likely plenty for me for now. It's more than expected, and while it's not a ton of trips, it's 12 in 6 months, a few of them long.

I don't know what H2 will bring, but I'm being very hesitant about committing to too many more trips than this.

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Photo shoot before our first competition

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Saturday, January 6, 2024

Another Saturday afternoon

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