My 14th year of writing this blog and I still enjoy looking back at prior years and often laugh as I think about some of my experiences. Looking through pictures I wonder what happened to some of the people I worked with, some I’m still in touch with on Linkedin and Facebook. The pictures below are of Germany – Klaus (On right) was our tour guide for most of our trips there :) The first picture below was taken at the Beer Garten Munchen English Gardens 2008 and the second 2009 at Tubingen.
From a travel perspective, vacationed in Punta Cana this spring, very nice location for relaxing on the beach or by the pool – accommodations, food and service are excellent as well. I highly recommend the Paradisus resort and will likely return.
Finally getting some use out of those Taylor Made clubs I bought years ago. My drive came back almost immediately, short game did not, still working on that but for now the season is over – more golfing next year for sure.
From a work perspective, have recently completed an Office 365 migration – crazy experience. My learning’s from prior projects have been published in blogs on this site under Office 365 Migrations. I’ve always tried to steer away from migration projects, they are usually under funded, organizations have little or no experience with them, are complex and require active multi-department commitment and though they ask for best practices they don’t follow them – its a grind and frustrating to watch firsthand. For the next few months I’m working with PowerApps and PowerBI and might write some blogs on the topic.
Taken time away from bands to work on my vocals and acoustic, I found a great pro coach that has helped me fast-track the development of my voice and acoustic skills. A few people told me I’d be a natural but like anything; it takes a significant investment to sound half decent. Two hours a night daily the past 8-10 months, a few more months and I start the open mics to hone my skills.
After some lengthy research, I’ve chosen songs from a variety of bands (Keith Urban, John Cougar, Neil Young, Goo Goo Dolls, Luke Bryan, Blue Rodeo, Stained to name a few) to build my repertoire and develop style. Shortly, I’ll start the open mic rounds, getting as much experience as possible and deciding what to do next band wise.
Had the bike out several times this summer, weather wasn’t so good but when it was I was out to enjoying it. Mountain biking again as well on the local side roads, morning rides at 5AM sure help wake you up and get your ready for work. Many times I could smell fireplaces and bacon cooking.
As the year concludes, I’m remaining local to work on vocals and help Jenna with her music plans. I wish Amanda could also join in but her medical issues continue to hinder her development and some days it’s depressing to think about – life isn’t always fair.