Food Tasting…Yumminess for our guests


So this post is a little delayed…meant to write it when it happened, but alas life got kind of crazy as we tried to purchase a house. With that mess now behind us I can get caught up on some blog posts and back into my creative writing.

On Saturday, June 23rd we headed to our wedding location for the food tasting.

There we were joined by Jon (my best man), his wife Misty, Jason (Jenny’s Man Of Honor), his boyfriend Eddie and of course Josh and Kaylin.

With a beautiful view surrounding us, we tasted a variety of salads and chicken dishes and everything was pretty darn awesome.

The kids got to sample the chicken fingers and french fries that we’ll have for all the kids.

Now these are no run of the mill salads or chicken dishes. These things were fresh and had A LOT of flavor.

What were they?

What did we choose?


I can’t remember.

I can say that with the helpful insight and comments from our taste testing group we’re going to have a great wedding meal!

We also had a chance to choose our linens for the tables, and again with the help of our group we settled on a really nice silver color that will go well with the Maroon/Burgundy.

Since Jon, Misty, and Eddie hadn’t seen where we’d be having our reception, we took them upstairs and found a reception being prepped that was using the same linens.

As we took a look around and came up with some more ideas to make the reception even better, the kids took to the dance floor to practice the moves they’ll make come November 11th.

It was a great visit and so nice to get the help of those close to us. Another check for the list and again our deep thanks to Jon, Misty, Jason and Eddie for taking the time to help us out!


Happy 15th Birthday Son!


Today is my little boy’s 15th birthday!

While I’ve wished him Happy Birthday on the phone and on Facebook and we celebrated this last weekend, I had to blog about it too.

C’mon…what kind of tech Dad would I be if I didn’t blog about it?

While growing up I certainly had my dreams about being a Navy pilot or Astronaut, I also had a dream that not many young boys have. I wanted to be a Dad. Even moreso I wanted to have a son.

That dream was realized 15 years ago when Josh came into the world and was placed into my arms. I can still vividly remember every part of that day, from the way the weather was to the sounds and feelings I went through. It was and will always be one of the greatest moments of my life.

Over those 15 years we’ve had good times and we’ve had bad times. He and I have both grown in so many wonderfully different ways and we continue to grow every day. While like most teenagers he can be frustrating, the majority of the time he makes me incredibly happy and proud. He’s smart, he’s funny, he’s loving, he’s caring and he has an incredible spirit that I like to think is a result of the best parts of me.

I am proud and honored to be Joshua Tellez’ dad and happy to again celebrate a dream come true.

Happy Birthday (Son/Bugaboo/Buddy/Kid)! I love you and thank you for being my son. Love, Dad.

Communication…It’s Not Overrated

3 weeks ago my Dad went into the hospital for a simple out-patient procedure to put a stent in one of his arteries.

As the doctors went in they found out that things were a little more intense than they had thought. It turns out there were 2 other arteries that were blocked. One at 89% and one at 98%.

This simple outpatient procedure turned into a triple bypass.

While overall I think the doctors and nurses were incredibly talented and wonderful the one thing that was incredibly frustrating for me and my family was the communication or lack thereof.

There either wasn’t enough, or it wasn’t correct, or the message radically changed multiple times over the course of a day.

I know many people say that you have to push for information in a hospital, but in that scenario we were all kind of in a mini state of shock, not knowing what to expect or what to do.

So what if…

  • We didn’t have to push for information from those that we deal with?
  • Communication flowed freely so people were kept in the loop on a reasonable basis?
  • We made a little more effort to just keep others up-to-date?

I think we’d have a lot less stressed folks during already tense situations. They’d feel more in control of their world, and their life. It’s amazing how even if someone has absolutely no control over a situation, knowing what’s going on can make them feel in control. Not knowing what is really going on can scare the crap out of people. The fear of the unknown or the uncertain can even be downright horrible and painful.

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My mind now wanders to my REALTORĀ® friends and what they need to communicate.

When people are buying or selling a home it’s perhaps THE LARGEST financial transaction that someone will go through.
Even though it’s a financial transaction it’s fraught with emotions that can go from high to low in the course of minutes.

Home buyers and sellers want to know what’s going on. They need to be kept informed on everything that is happening to maintain some sense of sanity. They want their agent to get back to them in a timely manner.

Their satisfaction with the agent in a transaction can often be largely based on the amount of communication they did or did not get.

Place yourself in the shoes of the buyers and sellers who really don’t understand how the transaction really works. Take off your REALTORĀ® cap and be the buyer….na na na na na na….be the seller…na na na na na na.

Communication doesn’t have to start with the listing agreement either. Start your communication by having a blog and teaching your readers about the transaction, and what they need to know. Teach them about the communities you sell homes in so they know why they should buy a home there. Teach them some common things to look out for in a home inspection.

Keep the communication channels open and prepare them for their lifestyle transplant by e-mail, phone and even social networking.

If it’s between the hours of 8am-7pm respond within an hour or less to e-mails and phone calls. Even if you don’t have any new information, give them a call to let them know you’re working on it and give them a time that you’ll get back to them. If there is no new news, contact them to say there’s no update and set a new time to get back to them.

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Be realistic about the time you give them. Don’t underestimate how long it may take.

In my many years in I.T. I would often tell people things would be back up or completed later than I really thought it would. When I finished earlier it made them feel really good about me, my tech skills and my services. In those scenarios where I had unexpected issues, it gave me some extra wiggle room and still allowed me to deliver on time.

Communication in the end isn’t that hard to do and you never know, the simple update you give someone could do a world of good.

It certainly would have made a very scary situation, a lot less scary, not just for us but for my Dad. Having all the right info on a timely basis could have helped my Dad get out sooner, because instead of worrying he could focus on healing.

My Dad’s heart is doing wonderful while his lungs are taking some time to come back after a lifetime of smoking. Overall though he’s good, and he finally got to go home on Friday afternoon. He can now rest and relax as he watches the Golf Channel. Before we know it he’ll be back at full strength and back out on the fairway.

A Brand New Blog

I know that my site hasn’t been up for very long so some may wonder, why a new blog format?

  1. While I love iWeb for creating web pages I have found the blogging tool to be a bit limited, especially when it comes to updating a page. I’d have to republish the site and then upload it to my FTP server.
  2. I kept running into problems with getting the RSS feed to work in iWeb. I want my blog readers to be able to easily subscribe to my blog.
  3. I was turned on to WordPress for blogging (thanks Dani!) and found it was a great site that was easy to use and offered some great blog page formats that I can change at any time. It’s also got a number of cool web widgets…so hopefully i can do more geeky blog stuff moving forward.
  4. There was a program I had heard about awhile ago called MacJournal made by Mariner Software. I had checked it out and it was pretty cool. A week ago I got an e-mail offering it for 40% off making it a very low $24.95, so I jumped on it. It makes it much easier to do blog posts and instantly post them. I?m hoping it might also help me in my posts to the official C.A.R. blog I write on.

So now here I am in my brand new blog home and I?m quite happy with it. I hope you like it as much as I do. Feel free to leave your thoughts on the new blog.