Today marks my two year anniversary with Keith. I’m sitting here wondering how it could be possible that it’s been two years since we found each other. It’s hard to remember times without him, and impossible to think of a future without him. I think of things that I still want to do in my life (and there’s a lot) and Keith is there in all my imaginings. He’s a solid fixture in my life and I like knowing that. Two years like a long time to some, but when I think about being with him it all seems to blur together. And in the best way possible.

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Just about every job is customer service related in one way or another.  It really just depends on what you do and who you interact with, but almost every job requires some amount of human interaction, be it by phone, email, or in person.  However, this post isn’t about the people working on the CS side of things as much as it is about the people who in some form or fashion use that customer service.  While my particular observations will mainly be based on my work in the IT field (and will be presented as such), many are pretty universal.  So sit back, grab a pen and paper, and take notes ladies and gentlemen.  It’s time to learn how to be a decent human being.

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I’ve been thinking about my relationship with my dad a lot recently.  Not really sure why, but it’s been on my mind more than usual.  My parents were divorced when I was very young, so I lived with my mom and visited my dad whenever possible.  I didn’t get to see him as much as I would’ve liked as a kid, and I remember not being happy about that when I was younger, but I also remember all the good memories we had together.  He wasn’t always around, but only because the situation didn’t really work out like that.  But he’s always been a good dad, and was always there for me.  And to this day, he still is.

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And now for blog #3, the last for today.  For the past year I have gone without a drop of alcohol.  No hard liquor or mixed drinks or any alcohol of any kind.  I started drinking before I was 21, not too often, but still more often than someone under the legal age should’ve been.  For whatever reason, I have a rather high tolerance for alcohol and don’t really feel the effects until quite a bit more than those around me.  That’s led to a few…drunken nights.  I’ve never done anything out of control or anything I’ve had to regret the next day, but I’ve admittedly made myself sick on more than one occasion.  After another such event last June, I decided to take a step back from alcohol for a little while, and that little while turned into a year.

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Alright, blog #2 in the day of blogging.  A couple weeks ago I had to make a difficult decision regarding my career.  While I’ve come to terms with it, and think I made the best decision for myself and my future, I still don’t like that I feel like I was backed into it.  For those of you who don’t know, I was working for the Susan G. Komen foundation for the past 9 months, but only as a contractor.  I’d been trying to prove myself to my new manager who’d been hired a few months after I started, but he continued to delay hiring me with various insubstantial reasons, usually ending up with the fallback that his “gut feeling” was that I wasn’t ready.  A recruiter I worked with a year ago while I was unemployed contacted me after one such conversation almost a month ago, and told me he had a job lined up that I’d be great at.  I decided to pursue it, and in less than 8 days I had been on 2 interviews and received an offer.  It was decision time.

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