Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day!

I can't believe it's been almost a year since my last post here, but I've been so incredibly busy it seems like only a couple of months.

Well it's done, I am no longer getting my paychecks from Nortel, but the company which bought our division, GENBAND. The best thing about this is that it is at least an American company which intends to keep much of its R&D here in the US.

Of course we'll see about that. The thing is, although I was fortunate enough to survive at least 38 layoffs in the last 10 years, it does not give me a huge sense of security to have made it through Nortel's bankruptcy!

So my business is continuing to grow, and I continue to have no worries! I will be working for GENBAND as long as they want to pay me a good salary for what I do, and in the meantime my business will be gaining momentum and before it's necessary will be doubling my income.

When I am finally forced into retirement from my 20 some year career in software engineering, I will be relieved, because I so much more enjoy the networking and business I am in now! It's far less stressful, lots more fun, and I look forward to the day that is all that I do!

Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Nortel Clock is Ticking....

Just waiting would be difficult if it had not been going on for most of the year (since Jan 14), but we still don't know our fate as the Carrier VoIP Applications Services division of Nortel. This article is the latest of many on the ongoing saga such is termed "As the Nortel Turns" -

But after years of making it through many rounds of layoffs, and starting my own business on the side to help weather future financial storms, it just doesn't get to me. What will be will be, I've lived on so mjuch less and had much worse things happen not to be grateful for every day and what I have.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Prison or Work?

I got an email from a friend of mine today and it made me think of one that would be good in promoting a home business! I've been pretty busy setting mine up and looking forward to the day that I get to to this full time once it replaces my income. With Nortel going under, no telling how quickly I may need that to happen!

Anyway, here are a few things which highlight the things better about being anywhere other than at the office (even prison!) So maybe working for one's own self in their own business is the answer!

Prison or Work?

In prison… you spend the majority of your time in an 8x10 cell.
At work… you spend most of your time in a 6x8 cubicle.

In prison… you get three meals a day.
At work… you get a break for 1 meal and you have to pay for it.

In prison… you get time off for good behavior.
At work… you get rewarded for good behavior with more work.

In prison… a guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.
At work… you must carry around a security card and unlock and open all the doors yourself.

In prison… you can watch TV and play games.
At work… you get fired for watching TV and playing games.

In prison… you get your own toilet.
At work… you have to share.

In prison… they allow your family and friends to visit.
At work… you cannot even speak to your family and friends.

In prison… all expenses are paid by taxpayers with no work required.
At work… you get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.

In prison… you spend most of your life looking through bars from inside wanting to get out.
At work… you spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars.

In prison… there are wardens who are often sadistic.
At work… they are called supervisors.

In prison… you have unlimited time to read e-mail jokes.
At work… you get fired if you get caught.

Now, maybe we'd be better off starting our own business
what do you think? :)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Azailias in my front yard, April 15 '09

I'm working on a post for my MLM Dream Saver's blog for people who may be suffering from information overload and distraction paralysis as I found myself to be in a matter of a few short weeks when I first began this internet marketing venture. There is hope, which is what I want to convey, so take it one day at a time.

But in the meantime, let's enjoy some springtime weather!

Friday, April 17, 2009


"Always remember that success is a journey as well as a desination and the road is always under construction." - Keith Cameron Smith

Backporch Hideout

Here's a pic of my back porch, my getaway at home!

Right now though, it's covered in that nasty yellow NC pine pollen, which will continue to cover everything for another couple of weeks (yep, a yard full o' trees here), so it's yellow hell right now! More than a challenge for the Dirt Devil....

Tales of Twitter

I've found a new vortex and it's name is Twitter! Suddenly I have 80 new friends, and I can't seem to get but a small number to stand out in my mind. I know there are hundreds of posts I will miss, and most likely when I tweet only a scant few will even see it, but maybe people do take a lot of time going through tweets to find the stuff that interests them (I usually find enough links to follow and stuff to read on the first page that takes me a good half hour at least!).

So this is something else I'm going to have to figure out, how to really get to know someone when there are so many people you can't keep them straight! And listing your fellow follows gives you no search bar at the top to find the one you might want to tweet and can't remember their tweet name! Oh well, I'm sure this will become more familiar and less perplexing to me soon!

.... step away from the twitter!