Saturday, July 20, 2019

June - july updates grey wolf and camping with gus

Welcome to July 2019.

Been couple busy months.  Started out in June with getting ready for NYLT staffing - (National Youth Leader Training) down at Fred C. Anderson scout camp.  Had a great week - weather and camping. Overall was a successful week.

Deb, Gus and I went camping this past month.  Up to St. Croix State Park. That is a very good park and will be back this fall.  However, the time I picked to go seemed to be the week of the skeeter and biting flys. Now, I don't normally comment about how thick or bad the they are - lot of hair on the arms and tough skin i guess - but they were bad those days.  It was our first trip of the year and we took Gus along.  Things for the most part went well.  The two stall stand up tent I bought worked good. Had a extra zipper put in and works awesome.  Gus slept in his portable kennel we got him and for the most part it worked great.  He was quiet all night, even when I got up to go the the bathroom. Dam good dog for sure!  Deb's legs were really bitten up and Gus's stomach was as well. Both of them took some Benadryl and that seemed to help.  However, we headed home after one night.  Good thing too, the rains came that evening up there and would have been wet packing things up.

Been doing a lot of riding as well.  Mostly i head out up north but 211 miles for the month of June.  not too bad when you consider i was out for 11 days with scouts. 

This month up to 186 miles already and just the 20th. should surpass the 211 w/o issue.

Also started working with a company called emissary.  they work with folks that have left a company and match you with a client company in hopes one can help them get in the door so to speak. No personal references provided - but just contact info and how they do business.  So far, one engagement and maybe a another coming.  will see.

Whats next?  Heading to WI to support the RAW - ride across Wisconsin. going to take the trailer over Necedha as the rest stop is over by there.  I'll head over Wednesday, let them have the trailer all day Thursday and pick up Friday and then head out to the camp.   they are riding from la crosse to green bay - 225 miles in day.  the rest stop is only on Saturday so will head back that afternoon.

thats about about all for now -

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Where you been Jim ? What you doing?

So been a while - what have I been doing?

Hmmmm - good question and glad you asked.  So this retirement thing is ok - but have started to reach out to couple places.  One is a consulting company where I would provide insight into my previous employment - i.e. - BSC and help them understand how things are done. Not saying they are done the same way as in the past. I know there has been a lot of changes, but they reached to me.

Also have attend a few free seminars in town. Usually these are for Amazon and others (Vertias / EMC-Dell).  They are free and usually come with a free lunch or something. It's good to keep in touch with folks. One never knows when / if something comes along and it's always good to keep your contacts close.

Got a buzz cut at a Wild Game. They had a support fight cancer night.  For 20 bucks, you got a buzz cut and a new tuc. Can't beat that with a stick. So have been keeping the buzz cut going. Was bit chilly this winter, maybe let it grow out some this winter but love it right now in the summer months. Growing the grey back as I call it. Getting ready for GreyWolf and not a fan of shaving every day.  So, as I say, time to get my grey back on.  Will be interesting to see it with my new buzz do!

We got a dog! Well, we got a puppy in December and he is now a 8 month old puppy. His name is Gus - he's a rescue.  Supposedly the mother was a golden retriever, and the other parts are German Shepard, Malamute, Cattle dog and Yorkie.  The Yorkie part is the one that wants to jump on the your lap.  He is now 50 pounds and thinking he will settle into this size.  Deb is not sure about camping with a dog but then she never has been. Said she does not think folks should bring them. I disagree and Gus is coming. Not saying he will sleep in the teardrop but will figure something out.  Have been to two training sessions (2 x 8 weeks each) and he's doing pretty good. Still a 8 month old puppy (teenager) and I have already signed Gus and I up for the advanced.  Just need to continue to work with him.

We went to China (no we didn't take Gus) for 10 days.  Got to walk on the Great Wall - saw lots and lots - should write up a blog on just that.  Was good, fun and busy. Would we go again - yes.  Going to Iceland in December to see the Northern Lights. Should be fun, cold and dark.

Been cycling a lot - average about 200 miles a month right now.  Nice to get out and get 15 - 30 miles of riding in. Deb gets her yoga - I go cycling.  Otherwise, health, weight and exercise are good.

Still doing scouts this summer. Don't think I'll be SM or ASM next year.  Maybe help out as commissioner.  I did give up the equipment position with the GW committee.  It was time.  Ken will do fine job.  Also dropped the RT commissioner position - again - it was time for a changing of the guard.

Yep - got social security going, medicare and supplemental insurance taken care of. Even have  a small check from Raytheon each month (bonus $$ that wasn't expected).