Dinner with Mojoey

Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I am in Anaheim for a two day advanced training on the software my school district uses for managing students.  After a  few previous attempts to get together I finally enjoyed a dinner and a few beers with Joe (Mojoey).

In case you don't know who Joe is let me tell you about him as he is a quite fascinating person.
  • Joe once worked in the aerospace industry manufacturing parts for the B2 bomber without even knowing what he was making them for.
  • Joe co-developed Pointalist which was popular software for Mac OS in the early 1990's before he and his partner sold it to Adobe.
  • He is a professional photographer but photography is not his profession.
  • He is an avid disc golfer.
  • Joe is currently an IT manager in the aerospace industry.
  • Joe writes several blogs; My Blind EyeRattling the ChainsDeep Thoughts and The Atheist Blogroll.
Although, I don't know how he would find the time I think he does other fascinating stuff that he didn't get around to telling me. Of course I am not sure how since we talked, ate and drank for over 3 hours. It may have been because of my habit of running off at the mouth and disrupting the flow of conversation.

Despite so-so food at Haven Gastropub in Orange, Ca the company was exceptional and I look forward to meeting up with Joe again.

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War on Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 24, 2011
Annual Thanksgiving Post:

I am a Traditional Pilgrimist. I can trace my family's roots back to early colonial days. As a Thanksgiving Pilgrimist or TP'er I always celebrate Thanksgiving by having a traditional turkey, traditional stuffing, traditional cranberry sauce and traditional pumpkin pie. I watch the traditional Macy's parade and the traditional Lions and Packers football game.

However, the last few years I have seen a constant assault on Thanksgiving. First, we have people having pasta or sushi and not turkey. Now we have people calling Thanksgiving, Turkey Day, Gobble Day or Gobble Gobble Day. Then there is the advertising, "Gobble up Savings", "Don't be a Turkey and Pay Too Much".  And of course there is the Black Friday sales and if that were not enough we now have Pre-Thanksgiving or Pre-Turkey Day sales.

When will it end?!

As a TP'er I demand that we take Thanksgiving back. Show your support for a traditional Thanksgiving and become a TP'er by leaving a comment of support.

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God Did It

Saturday, October 1, 2011
Foreclosed House 3-21-08 IMG_7996Image by stevendepolo via Flickr
Last night I was at a going away party for a long time coworker. Near the end of the party I was sitting with a group of coworkers while one of them was explaining how they just bought a house.

First, she told us how she had been driving around this particular neighborhood for about two months looking for homes for sale and foreclosures. She finally found a foreclosure she loved and although it was in need of some repair she asked her Realtor to make an offer. Her Realtor said it wasn't for sale and couldn't make an offer. 

So, she went back to driving around the neighborhood. A few weeks later a For Sale sign was posted and she again contacted her Realtor. This time they made and offer which was rejected. When the made a second offer they were told it was sold.

So, again she went about looking until her Realtor called and said the sale fell through and they want you to make an offer but it has to be cash. She said she can't do cash so they made a regular offer. After about a month of back and forth they finally agreed on a price and that the bank would pay for necessary repairs. So, she bought the house and moved in a few weeks ago.

So, why am I telling you this and what does have to do with religion? Well, all through her story she kept saying how complicated and confusing the process was and that god must have been watching out for her. She said it was a miracle she got the house and that god must have made sure.

I will be the first to admit that buying a house can be a complicated and at times confusing process but I don't think even god could help her through the process of buying a house even if god existed. As complicated a process as it is it is still a process of men and laws.

The reason she got the house it turns out is that the company that had the foreclosure, Wachovia, had just been purchased by the company that was providing her loan, Wells Fargo. Additionally, the person handling the foreclosure and the person handling the loan ended up in the same office. 

But, what I really think made the difference was her persistence in looking in the same area.

So god did it? I don't think so.

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Happy Labor Day

Monday, September 5, 2011

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