Christmas Message to Everyone!
I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and don't forget what's special to you.
Dear Bloggers, Friends, and Family,
I'm taking a minute away from the technology end of my site to reflect on the human side. To reflect on the past year.
During this time of season, everyone reflects on the things we want most for Christmas. Well, time for me to be selfish and ask everyone for something.
...everyone to not work this Christmas weekend. Turn off your cell phones, pagers, laptops, and PDA's. Take it easy and cherish the time you have with your loved ones. Trust me, it's important.
The reason I say that is because this past year, I've had a couple of things happen to me that has changed my perspective on life. In September, my wife had two strokes in one night. Even though I went to the hospital every day to see her, the house felt empty. It's amazing when your significant other is removed from the picture so suddenly and you're asked to continue on without them. It's difficult. She is doing 100% better and is on the proper medication. As the old cliche goes, "You never know what you have 'til it's gone."
I picked my parents up at the airport on Wednesday and we're having a small family celebration before Christmas. This will be a special Christmas this year.
On top of that, I have my business to run with clients to manage. Business has been very good this year and I'm hoping to create another cornerstone in 2007.
I also have a side project I'm been working on with two other individuals. The project will be our first commercial software release. I've already made the decision that this project is too much for a single person to bear. So I've decided to burden the other two individuals as well. ;-)
To all of my friends and family in Erie, PA: I wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Even though I'm down here in Columbus, OH, I want you to know that I am with you in spirit. I am trying, really trying, to make it up to Erie, but leaving Columbus for a while may be difficult because of my situation I just described.
It has been a while since I've seen all of you, but you are not far from my thoughts. Matt, Sherry, Jayden, Dave, Barb, Seth, Nikki, Craig, Nancy, Chuck, Kari, Nat, Jack, Helen, Chris, Steven, Brink, Jenn, Ralph, Jim. W, Marc, Steve, "Sharky" (sorry, I haven't wrote back yet), Walka, Dan, Harold, Todd, Alan Sprague, Darell K., Fran Millis Sr. (and Jr.),...my list is endless. If I've missed you on my immediate list, this doesn't mean I wrote you off. It just means I don't have enough breath, but I'm still thinking of you. ;-)
To the blogging community: When I started this site on New Years of this year, I didn't realize the amount of knowledge, friendship, and community I would've achieved through it. I want to thank each and every one of you who visited my site and contributed to the site this year (excluding the spammers). Let's make next year even better. Prepare the Posts! :-)