Today is not only my birthday, but my third running of the Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon. If you are reading this, today, before approximately 11 AM EST, I am probably still on the course.
My daughter is running the full marathon and my wife did the 5K yesterday.
Last year my running group raised over $350K, of which something like 80% was spent locally. It's not too late to donate if you like. My fund raising page is here.
This past year was not without a few funny bounces.
In January, after my most lucrative year ever, by far; I was laid off. The company was changing direction and the group that I worked for was being severely downsized and eventually shut down.
These things happen. I wasn't angry about it. Between vacation time that they owed me and a small severance, I was ok for a couple of months; plenty of time to turn up something else.
The only real monkey wrench was that I got experience the Health Care exchanges, in order to get myself some health insurance until I started a new job. That part wasn't so much fun.
Anyway, the funny bounces: I had been contacting everyone I could think of who might know of a new position for me. One guy whom I had worked for before and since moved to another company, wrote back and said that he had an opening. Why not work for him?
A couple of months later, I became the Technical Manager at the Equipment and Tool Institute, a trade organization that represents the interests of companies who make tools for the after market automotive industry.
It's a good job. It's a lot less stressful that my previous several positions. I still travel, but a bit less and with a lot more forethought.
I'm pretty happy here.
In a couple of weeks, the Mrs and I will be celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary.
At our wedding, we left the choice of a song for our wedding dance to the band. This is what they came up with:
I wonder what they were trying to say?