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Unemploymentation

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So I’ve made it through two full days of being unemployed.  Day one was spent running errands and setting up my new cell phone.  The iPhone 3G is far superior (so far) to the Blackberry Storm 1 that I had been using over the last year or so.  It’s much faster which is a huge plus.  Volume of calls is not nearly as loud on the iPhone.  That’s the one big advantage the Storm has, it’s call and speaker phone volume are very impressive.  Also, the Verizon network is better in the Bloomington area, or so it seems so far.  AT&T seems to be a bit “iffy” to me so far.  I’ll probably mention my impression of the phone from time to time.  Currently I plan to buy the new iPhone when it becomes available (probably in June), but we shall see.  Spending that kind of money without any income will be a tough decision to make.

Day two was spent taking some training classes with my friend Scot who is in town this week.  So far I feel busier than I think I should.  I just don’t seem to know where the time goes.  I don’t miss the daily grind of Smithville yet :)

I planted some “presents” around the office for my office-mates and I’ve been getting emails from them as they find them.  Every one I get, I giggle.

I have been spending a good amount of time thinking about money lately.  It is now a daily obstacle or concern in a way it hasn’t ever really been for me.  This is going to be fairly challenging for me to deal with, and for my poor wife as well.  Even a simple purchase of a bag of chips is something to cause pause and serious consideration.  It is likely to take some time to adjust.

I know that some of you have heard about what our plans might be.  At this point, I have to ask that you keep it to yourselves.  We aren’t completely certain when our new project is going to be announced to the public, and we don’t want to tip our hand to any of our potential competition in our target area.

That is all for today!  More to come…

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Tada!

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The owl is officially out of the box, as it were.  The big news is that I’m quitting my solid and good paying job, my last day is April 23rd.  I’ve been with my current company, Smithville Telephone Company, ever since I graduated college in 1998.  In a future post I’ll go into more about my decision to quit, but for now I’ll just say that I’ve always had the desire to start and run my own business and I’m going to try to do that now.  It has nothing to do with the job at STC, it’s all about me and what I want to try to get out of life.

Part of this foolishness involves moving to Oregon.  In addition to quitting my job, at the beginning of May I’m moving to Oregon where I’m going to be working on some business projects with my friend Scot.  I’m very lucky that I have a wife who is willing to support me in this endeavor (I LOVE calling Leslie my wife, by the way) and I also have friends (Scot and Amy) who are willing to help me take this step.

I hope to use this space as a way for me to chronicle some of the ups and downs of life as I find them over the next several months.  Things are going to be difficult, but I’m really looking forward to the test.

Oregon prepare thy self, you are about to get a face full of Kris Walker!!!  :)

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Dropped the Bomb…

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So yesterday I told my grandfather about my plans, which I haven’t made completely public yet, and shan’t be doing at this time. I wanted to make sure I told him in person but I’ve been putting it off for quite some time. I’m close with my grandfather, and I think that I’ve gotten my ideas about family and loyalty from him. He gave up virtually everything he liked to do to stay by my grandmother’s side when her health began to deteriorate. He still visits her grave every day.

It was really hard for me to tell my grandfather of my plans. It means that I won’t be able to see him that often, although I don’t necessarily see him as often as I could (or should). I think it’s just comforting to know that he, and the rest of my family, is nearby. I guess I feel like he might be hurt by what I’m planning to do. It is definitely an aspect of this grand plan that I don’t like and I feel some amount of guilt about. I have a small family and we all live within 2 hours of each other.

I think he took it pretty well and I know that he wants the best for me and for that I’m thankful.

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Tick Tock, Tick Tock

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Two weeks until I officially do yet one more thing that I said I wouldn’t do. Isn’t getting older incredible? Everything that you KNEW when you were younger becomes undone because of age, perspective, and experience. It’s fun to be stupid! I can’t wait to find out what I think I know now that I’m going to be wrong about in 10 years.

90% of the decisions have been made. We are sooo close to being able to just relax and enjoy the day. So very close. Les is being a trooper, let’s hope she can maintain a positive attitude after I’m unemployed.

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Well I’ve survived yet another Gravity Head. While I had a great time with the guys, one presence was definitely missed. My friend “House” has been my GH buddy a couple of times and due to things I’ll not go into here, he was unable to attend. We drank (and drank, and drank) in his honor.

I have driven my motorhome (34 feet long, class A) to GH a couple of years, but this is the first year to get a lot of attention. I fear that with too much attention, the practice will be banned. There is a lot of space available for parking, but not for a lot of motorhomes. It probably won’t matter too much next year, but we’ll get into that in a later post. Or we won’t :)

Best beer of the weekend was the Samichlaus Helles. Worst beer of the weekend was actually JW Lee’s 08 aged in a Sherry Cask. Sarah was the best server of the weekend, Layla was also pretty awesome. Larry did a great job but I’m pretty sure that he was on something besides beer. Way too damn cheery for the 2nd night of Gravity Head.

People ask what Gravity Head is and we had a discussion about the difficulty with explaining it to people that aren’t beer geeks and have never been. When you say it’s a beer festival, people immediately think of long lines and tents where you get a bracelet and stand in lines to get a tiny taste of beer. This is about as far from GH as my head is from my ass. When I come up with a good way to enlighten you all as to what GH is, I’ll share it. Until then you have to be content with the knowledge that you should go. It’s going to be running until April, so there is time.

Go here to find out more…

http://www.newalbanian.com/index.html

K

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Wuv and merwhedge…

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So apparently I have created a situation where my fiancee’ is about to have a nervous breakdown.  She claims that she wanted to just run off to the courthouse and get “hitched” and that I, who for so long said I would NEVER get married demanded we have a real wedding.  But can we trust her?  I mean I think it’s clear that her credibility is pretty shaky.  She did agree to marry ME after all, and who does that?  My apologies to all of you who have agreed to marry me in the past ;)

In my mind planning a wedding is what it’s like to have a toddler, I have never had a toddler but I hear they are tasty. (Author’s Note:  For those of you who don’t know me well, I have a somewhat broad sense of humor.  I like to find the funny wherever it may be, this results in me trying to make fun of things that people would not necessarily think would be funny, in this case eating toddlers.  I often try to find the most ridiculous thing, or the most surprising thing and spring it on people.  I truly don’t intend to offend, but I also don’t care that much if I do offend.  Lighten up.) An incessant barrage of questions to which I don’t really have the correct answer but I make something up anyway because it’s the sort of thing I am supposed to know.  Aren’t you all glad that I’m not, and am highly unlikely to ever be, a parent?

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Okay kiddies, I am now officially entering the world of the blogosphere.  Why now might you ask?  I’ll tell you why.  I am about to undergo some significant life changes and adventures.  The first thing is that I’m getting married.  There is one more big change that’s coming up soon, but that isn’t quite ready for the national spotlight just yet.  I will be making the announcement in the near future, so watch this space!  CNN if you want the scoop, have Wolf Blitzer give me a call.

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