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  • Heard in the Dare House

  • Naomi"Mom, isn't the Charleston that dance on that show Fresh Prince...or....?"
  • Pete"We should all act out a Shakespeare play. Maybe Macbeth?"
    Anna "Oh! I want to play MacMeth!"

  • Josh"Owe! I bit my tongue!"
    Mom "That's not part of dinner, dude."
    Josh"I know. That's why I didn't bite it off, Michael Tyson"

  • Dad "Josh, do you know who Mike Tyson bit?"
    Josh"Uuuhh...yeah...like... Leonard Skimmer?"

  • Anna [When we were all talking about love languages, Dad explains how you can change over your life]"Oh yeah, totally. 'Cause I used to be into drawing."
  • Anna [after falling off her bike]"I'm OK! I don't need the arcade kit!"
  • Dad [Getting ready to give a gift to the girls for their piano recital]"Alright girls, we're going to do something that's long overdue."
    Anna "Ha. Probably taxes..."

  • Josh [After reading Peter's sign that said, "DJ takes requests, and tips] "Hey. I have a tip for you. If people don't like the song you're playing, you should change it."
  • Anna "Sometimes I look around and think, I am Anna...and these are other people..."
  • Josh "Listen. You give me the Simon's Quest code and I'll shop in the women's section!"
  • Josh "You smell like an air freshener, Mom."
    Dad "oh Josh those are kind of cheap so that sounds like you’re kind of insulting Mom when you say that."
    Josh "MMMMmmmm…you smell like a $100 air freshener."

  • Anna "Mom. Where’s the first Bible ever. Like ever."
    Mom "Ummm, I’m not sure. But maybe you could ask Dad about that"
    Anna "Well. I was gonna, but I didn’t want to get a whole sermon…so I asked you"

  • Dad "Hmm. These chips taste stale."
    Mom "They're not stale. They're just from Aldi."

  • Naomi "Look Mom! My foot is bigger than Anna's whole face!"
  • Peter [Interrupting Mom quizzing Naomi on Science by asking, "What's inside the membrane of a cell?"] "...Insane?"
  • Anna [Seeing Almonso Wilder grab Laura Ingles' engagement ring from the kitchen on Little House] "Hmph. He just grabbed a chill pill."
  • Josh "Dad, my grammar book must be in labor. It keeps talking about contractions"
  • Josh [After Dad picked a crumb off Josh's shirt]"Dad, you're like a parasite, cleaning me."
  • Anna[Watching Dorothy's friends break her out of the wicked witch's castle]: "Well. That's why you always keep your axe with ya."
  • Josh: "I wonder if there are any tornadoes at the campground we're going to."
    Anna: "Yes. There are. I know. I checked on E-Bay."

  • Mom: "Mmmm, Josh. You smell really good. Are you wearing cologne?"
    Josh: "Wait. My.....Clone Trooper, you mean?"

  • Mom: "I delivered all four of these kids. The least they can do is let me have the rest of the dill pickle potato chips!"
  • Josh: "You're a weak-aholic!"
    Dad: "A weakaholic?!"
    Josh: "Yeah. You're addicted to being weak!"

  • Dad: [After listening to the long piano intro to Chicago's Does anybody really know what time it is?] "I don't like that dissident music. It's all crazy and off time."
    Anna: "I like it! 'Cuz that's how I play!"

  • Paul: "So according to this book kids, who shot JFK?"
    Josh: "Lee Elvis Hardwell?"

  • Paul: "How Many Kings by Downhere is a perfect running song. The beat is just my pace."
    Jen: "Oh yeah? My song is Canon in D."

  • Anna[while washing herself in the shower]: "Hmmmmm. Arms are helpful."
  • Anna [Seeing Mom running water in the kitchen sink]: "Hey! You want to pay bills?!"
    Mom: "Huh?"
    Anna: "You're wasting!"

  • Josh: "Mom, can I play Mario?"
    Mom: "No Josh. Today is craft day. We're doing stuff for someone."
    Josh: "Yeah. I was gonna beat the game for Dad."

  • Anna: [Laying in bed, in a depressed voice]"Naomi, what do I do with life?"
    Naomi: "Uhh...how about you go to sleep?"

  • Mom: "Weird, I've always heard that song differently. But hey, what am I?"
    Anna: "A human being!"

  • Anna: [After being told to eat her dinner]"Mom, I took two bites! You can see the ground!"
  • Josh: "Man, I want to go to a casino."
    Mom: "What?!"
    Josh: "Wait. Is casino the same as gazebo?"

  • Jen to the kids: "Guys, don't forget toppings for your salad. The more colors on your salad, the better it is for you."
    Josh: "Even if it has Superman ice cream on it?!"

  • Anna"Huh? Craig has a list?"
  • Anna"Naomi, can you look at your calendar with your eyes closed?"
    Naomi"No. No one can, silly."
    Anna"Chuck Norris can!!"

  • Mom"Thanks to Naomi, who passed her headache on to me."
    Naomi"Pastor Headache? Who's Pastor Headache?!"

  • Darefamily: “Night, Pete. Night, Naomi. Night, Mom. Night, Dad...”
    Anna: “Night, vision!”

  • Anna: “Dad, do you believe in Santa?”
    Dad: “Sure, St. Nicholas was at the council of Nicea. He punched Arius in the mouth for his heresy…”
    Anna: “Hmmmm…I don’t remember seeing that in the video…”

  • Pete: "Josh, you know what the Pope is, right?"
    Josh: "Yeah. The stuff in the orange juice."

  • Anna: "Yeah! Let's get this starty parted!"
  • Josh"Bummer Mom, you're not ticklish. But I can still hurt you, because your nervous system is working!"
  • Josh"Sorry Grandma, I don't really like antiques...unless they have up to date stuff."
  • Naomi:"I'm not sure what I'm more afraid of, a whale or a shark, 'cuz I know how to fight a shark, 'cuz they're really weak in the eyes..."
  • Thankful for 10 years

    About three weeks ago I passed a milestone that most of the people I know these days have not experienced.  As of February 14th,2010 I’ve been with Global Crossing for 10 years.  I’m very thankful for this.  I have always felt under qualified for this job, no matter what specific duties I’ve been doing and I know it’s only the Lord’s grace that allowed me to obtain this vocation and has kept me employed all these years.  Coming out of the military, I was very fortunate to be looking for work right at the height of the technology/telecom boom at the end of 99, beginning of 2000.  I often joke that the industry was hiring anyone with a pulse, thankfully mine was detectable that day.  People would hear that I was ex-military and assume that this is why I got the job I have now.  I can honestly say that there weren’t too many transferable skills from my Army Signal Corps training and this civilian telecommunications job.  The technology and equipment in the military(at least when I was there) was about 5 years behind the civilian industry.  All the more reason to be thankful for the interview and subsequent hiring.  I’ve held several roles here at GC and have learned a lot about the industry in the process.  Here are a few of my thoughts on the last ten years in the “cup and string” business –

    What was once huge is soon insignificant. I still remember installing my first DS3 (28 T1s(T1 is 24 single telephone lines)).  It took forever!  A complete disaster too.  And it was a huge deal for a customer to buy an entire DS3 for their building.  Now, we install DS3s in a week or two, sometimes in a few hours depending on what cabling or fiber is already pre-run to the customer.  I remember talking to a field technician once who told me that he remembered it taking forever to install a T1 for a customer “back in the day”  and me having a tough time believing him.  Well, he was right.  Services that we wouldn’t have dreamed of providing, we’re now installing at break neck speeds.  And the need for good ole’ American “bigger, better, faster” is still quite alive and well.  Good for us, I suppose.

    Companies don’t owe people jobs. I already mentioned what I consider to be a huge blessing – being hired.  In my 10 years, I’ve seen the other end of the spectrum plenty of times.  We’ve gone through multiple headcount reductions, especially when we were in chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The reactions to a layoff are as diverse as the people being let go.  Some graciously walk out, some are weeping, some are downright angry and not afraid to show it.  In watching this over the years, not only does it increase my deep thankfulness for sustained employment, but it forces me to think about how I view this job.  How would I react if I got that pink slip?  What would I say in that exit interview?  What would I do as I packed up my desk and did the infamous escorted walk to the car?  Would I be able to keep the red Swingline stapler?  It’s caused me to mentally hammer out a few things.  But the most important one in my mind is this – GC doesn’t owe me a job.  They hired me when they needed me and one day they may not need me anymore and they’ll let me go.  I have no actual right to be angry if they let me go.  They are a company trying to make money and if they think I’m costing them too much $, the right thing to do is to cut me.  Of course, I hope they’ll ask me to take a pay cut first.

    Companies don’t owe people retirement contributions. This is my first job with a 401k.  It’s pretty cool.  I feel all grown up and stuff.  Like, ya know what I’m saying?!  Seriously though, I’ve been contributing to this thing for years.  It’s gone up…and it’s gone way down.  The company matches…and the company stops matching.  The reactions I’ve witnessed to these ever-changing company practices are stunning.  It sickens me to see how quickly we take a privelege, a kind gesture from an employer, and assume that it’s an entitlement they owe us and can never cease supporting.  I’m very thankful for every dollar matched.  But my employer doesn’t owe me this benefit.  That’s why it’s called a benefit!

    They’re just phone and data lines. Man, I used to get so stressed out when an installation had gone off the tracks.  I used to get so worked up when a customer called yelling, screaming, swearing and threatening to call our CEO (which happened just this week, btw).  I do still react to the urgency of the business.  But, compared to the early years, I’ve learned to take each fire drill in stride.  After all, we’re just installing phone lines here.  I know, I know, most lines these days don’t even have traditional voice running over them, it’s all about the IP packets these days.  But still, it’s just telecom.  We’re not transplanting organs here.  We’re not performing first responder triage.  This aint stroke victim blood clot removal from the brain (although, I did once install a video-conferencing network to link hospitals together enabling real time brain surgery consultation to save early stage stroke victims).  Yes, I understand that when businesses can’t communicate it costs them money.  I understand that stock traders lose money when their latency is miliseconds, nay nanoseconds behind the competitors circuit.  I know it’s all wrapped up in the giant capitalistic monster and that’s all good.  And I do react with a sense of urgency when things run amuck.  But – I’m not going to chew my nails to stubs over a late technician.  I’m not going to talk on the phone all the way home, through dinner and while my kids are being tucked in to make sure I watch every little step of the turn up process (unless my boss tells me too, of course).  It’s just not worth all the worry.  All the world-stopping escalations eventually get resolved.  Same goes for the victories too.  You get something installed quickly or resolve an issue using great customer service and you’re likely to receive a “Kudos” email (which, much to my disappointment years ago, does not include a delicious granola packed chocolate bar).  Only two days later, one keying mistake or service oversight lands you squarely on the customer’s hit list.  I don’t get too stressed about the strain and I don’t get too animated about the “atta-boys”.

    GC is really a great company to work for. With all of the ups and downs over the years, all the layoffs, bureaucracy and organizational changes, one thing is sure constant.  People are always trying to get hired back into this place.  Why?  Because it really is a great company.  Perfect?  No.  But the pay is very fair, the work environment is safe, clean and well lit ( 🙂 ).  The management is mature and reasonable.  The benefits, in my opinion, are still very good.  I still remember people’s faces when I told them I got 20 days of paid vacation from the day I hired in.  The only other employer close to that at the time was the US Military with 30.  Works for me.  They have always been understanding and supportive of family needs, they’ve never asked me to do anything immoral.  Overall, I have really enjoyed working here and hope that I can continue to do so for many more years.  Unless of course that mailman position opens up at the PO.

    Anyway.  I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to jot down some words of thankfulness for my job.  Especially in this economy.  I often feel overwhelmed by the grace of God.  He has been very faithful.

    -paul

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    2 Responses

    1. Great Blog write up! It is nice to see you have a great job and that you are happy with it! Thanks for letting me read!!

      • Hey friend! Thanks for reading! Figured linking the blog to FB might get a few more readers! You’re the first one! How are you guys doing up yonder?! I went to a men’s conference today and saw an old guying wearing an old paratrooper hat. memories!

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