You have to start somewhere

It’s hard to believe that someone with the technology background that I have is just starting a blog in 2010.

The truth is that it’s not something that I really cared about all that much until recently.  I don’t have a big ego and I’m not full of myself enough to think that people will actually care what I write.   At least I’ll have one reader – thanks mom!  However, as I get older, I find myself wanting to express my views more and more.

For instance, I went to see Bill Maher the other night with my wife at The Orleans in Las Vegas and some of the stats he rattled offer just depressed me.  Like, the United States is ranked 18th in the world in education, ranks 37th in health care, and over half the country doesn’t believe in evolution.  We do rank number one in something though – obesity.  That’s right – the United States is the fattest country in the world!

I don’t consider myself a Republican or Democrat; I just consider our political system broken.  Spending continues to rise and everyone in Washington just blames the other party.  Its never their fault.  I know with my personal finances I tend to save first, then spend.  Of course I never spend more than I actually have.  I just wish the US Government would live by that same philosophy.   I really don’t understand how and why a balanced budget amendment hasn’t been added to the Constitution yet, but that’s another story all together.

Anyway, I don’t intend for this to become a political blog.  That was the main reason I left Washington, DC to begin with (I spent the first 28 years of my life in the DC suburbs).

I also plan on talking about other things that are going on in my life.  Stuff like travel, business, family, and technology.

In the travel arena, I just wrapped up an epic two week trip to New York City, Atlantic City, Washington DC, and Costa Rica.  I spent the entire two weeks away from my wife and our son (a 6 year-old German Shepherd).  I’ve spent a week or 10 days away before, but never a full two weeks.  I hope to never have to do that again.

I went to New York City to see a couple matches of the US Open and have a business meeting.  I also caught a Broadway show while there called Promises, Promises.  The entire time in NYC was great.  Expensive, but great.  The highlight for me was the US Open.  I splurged for court side seats this year and it really makes the action that much more enjoyable.  You can really hear the ball popping off the racket, hear the squeaks of the players shoes, and almost hear them breathing.  It’s amazing.  The best match by far was Sam Querrey’s 3rd round match vs Stanislas Wawrinka.  The match went five sets with a score line of 6-7(9), 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-4, 4-6.  For those of you who know me, you know that I’m pretty obsessed with tennis and I hope to make the US Open a yearly vacation.

From there I headed to Atlantic City to see my grandmother.  She’s my last remaining grandparent and is clocking in at something like 85 years-old these days.  She has a lot of health problems including diabetes, so I try to get out there as much as I can.  When I was living in the Washington, DC area it was an easy 3-4 hour drive, but now it’s much more of a project.  I used to get up to Atlantic City to see her several times a year, but now it’s more like two at best.

After Atlantic City I headed to Washington DC for a bachelor party and to see my parents.  The bachelor party was amazing fun.  We didn’t do anything out of the ordinary – beer, sports, strip clubs, etc.  It was the company that really made the trip fun.  My best friend from high school, Michael Lewis, is getting married in Las Vegas October 9th and it was his party I was in town for.  The fun part was hanging out with old friends from high school, some of whom I hadn’t seen in 12 years!  I also got to walk around Washington, DC a bit and go hang out in Old Town Alexandria.  After the bachelor party weekend I hopped on the METRO and hooked up with my parents.  It’s always great seeing them, which unfortunately happens a lot less now that I live thousands of miles away.

The final leg of my trip was to Costa Rica to visit our corporate headquarters.  I spent a week there having various meetings and getting as much work done as possible.  I lived in Costa Rica for 3 years, so heading back there is like homecoming in a way for me.  Every time I go back I realize why I left, but I really do miss the people down there.    We have some great employees and I really wish I could spend more time with them.  We also just moved into a new office down there which I love.  It’s more of a USA style office and it’s in a quite office park.  A major upgrade over our old space that was right on a major road (with lots of noise).

I guess that’s it for now.  I’m glad all the pressure to get my first post out is off me now.

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