Ghosts of Victoria, and Vancouver

May 12, 2016:  I’m in Vancouver, B.C. this week for the United Way Worldwide conference.  It’s been GREAT being back in the Pacific Northwest — for all too short a stay.  I haven’t been here since 1997 and it reminds me of all the ways in which it’s different than Seattle or Portland and the […]

Welcome to Marysville!

I love my neighborhood. It’s official name in Bryn Mawr, which means “high hill” in Welsh.  We are almost the tallest point on Lewis Avenue; up the hill from Monte Cassino.  But I always think of Bryn Mawr as really starting a few streets to the South; I informally call my little area Marysville — […]

“We have a cash flow problem”

That title is a tidbit and snippet of family lore from my Father in Law, Kenneth Gibson. He was a commercial realtor for Grover Bauer in Tulsa in the 1970s-80s, and he told me a story once about selling a commercial property for a client. The client was being a bit slow on paying him his […]

Happy Year of the Monkey!

So we’ve already covered that I’m a pack-rat where data is concerned.  It’s easier to keep track of than boxes of paper, and backup tapes and the equipment to read them can fit in one box… Yesterday I exchanged Lunar New Year greetings with Hoo Kok Mun — one of my favorite student workers at TU […]

Adventures in ERP migration

August 6, 2015:  Today I had a great phone call with a former colleague in the Washington State Community College system. He joined our little band of 32 IT Directors about a year after I did, and was at a similar-sized college so naturally we hit it off.  It was great to reminisce and recall personalities, […]

Remembering “Challenger”

It was a day like many others in Oklahoma — sunny and warm for winter, kinda like today. I’d come home from work for lunch — I was a newbie/recent college graduate masquerading as a Mutual Fund Salesman.  Not making any money, so a tuna sandwich back at the college duplex rental was still the […]