Feb 08

The Best Life Lesson

I was working the other day and received a text message from my daughter Katie who is a freshman at WSU. Katie had just met an astronaut and she was very excited!


The astronaut is John Herrington, who has earned multiple degrees including a PhD, is a Navy Cadet, Navy aviator, and test pilot. He was a mission specialist on STS 113 and has space walked.

John is a Native American and was the first in his family to go to college. His first year he got a 1.75 GPA and was kicked out of college. He went back, after working a low paying job, determined to be successful.

Katie tells me in her text, “Just really shows you can do anything you put your mind to.”

Thanks to Mr. Herrington for sharing his amazing life story and having such an impact of my daughter!

Dec 23

Christmas & Gratitude

As Christmas approaches and 2014 draws closer to an end, it is good to pause and reflect upon how very fortunate we are. Thanks to all that contribute to our great way of life, especially those who work on the holidays. Thanks specifically to all of the firemen, policemen, doctors, nurses, utilities employees and others who work on the Holidays! God bless you!

Thanks to Senske for the great light show!

Thanks to Senske for the great light show!

Merry Christmas to all of our friends and family and best wishes to you for a Happy New Year!


Feb 08

Brandon’s Adventure

My stepson has just returned to the states from a two-month job assignment in Africa. He has had the opportunity to do some traveling in prior years. He spoke highly of the people in Africa he got to meet. Provided below are some of the pictures from his trip. The giraffe kiss may have been more than he bargained for. Welcome Home Brandon!

Brandon and the Rhino

I got you covered!



Dec 15

Canlis Restaurant – A Class Act

My wife and I were recently in Bellevue attending a Technology Conference and dined at Canlis (a gift from my Dad). We were joined by my wife’s sister and our dining experience was wonderful!

The restaurant is a beautiful building with an incredible view:


The excellent service, food and wine list are internationally recognized:







Thank you Canlis for a truly great evening!


Sep 29

Business as Usual?

J.C. Penney has been in the news lately along with some comments in the business news services from Goldman Sachs.You have to wonder if some of the news releases can be correct.

On 9/25/13 Penney’s stock got creamed. It seems this decline was largely attributable to Goldman Sachs raising liquidity concerns about J.C. Penney. What seems odd to me is J.C. Penney is apparently (or has apparently been) a customer of Goldman. Seems odd…..

The next day the CEO for J.C. Penney is cited in a news release indicating he does not expect  Penney’s to need to raise cash. That same day Penney’s announces an 84 million share offering. Seems odd…..

Who will be helping Penney’s with their with their stock offering? Goldman? Seems odd…..