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Project Delta: Saddleback Leather

Dark Coffee BriefcaseI have been looking longingly at Saddleback Leather since my friend Scott Mcdaniel suggested them on his site, Babygotmac.com. I am a bit of a bag junkie owning several different laptop bags and carriers and most are not your off the shelf of Best Buy or Target kind of bags. One backpack I have is a Mil-Spec Ranger 3-day ruck bag with inserts for 3L hydration pack, 4 AR magazine pouches, 1 NVG pouch, and GOBS of other pockets and strapping. Now though this bag is perfect for prepping for any upcoming Zombie apocalypse it is a bit of overkill in the board room (I still rock it from time to time though). I then got a sleeker Kenneth Cole Reaction leather briefcase in black that seemed more fit for the corporate settings I work in. Sadly though it didn’t have the volume I need for all my gadgetry. All the while the Saddleback offering was in the back of my mind. Well when I put a bug in Scott’s ear he was gracious enough to let me try out his, in the hopes I might buy his. I think he did it also because he knew I would be smitten. The full grain leather, heirloom quality construction, and just a rugged yet sophisticated look has me completely won over. It definitely wins up to the company’s tag line: “They’ll fight over it when your dead” because right now I can’t picture me having any other bag at all.

Project Delta: iResign – Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs QuitsToday some news came out of Apple that surprised and shocked the consumer electronics world. Steven P. Jobs was leaving Apple (sort of). Before I knew it the news was everywhere and I couldn’t escape it. My Flipboard was suddenly filled with varying images of Mr. Jobs in his classic black top with jeans as the tech world reeled with predictions of death and destruction. Some tweets obviously went a little crazy with predictions of the end of the world, after all the East coast suffered an earthquake, a hurricane is barreling in, and then Steve Jobs released his latest product: iResign (sorry couldn’t help it on that last one). Of course the other concern that people should have rather than just what will this mean for Apple shares tomorrow morning is the actual health of Mr. Jobs. He did after all say himself that he would step down when he couldn’t carry out his day to day duties. That therefore means that something dramatic must have changed. He has definitely changed the expectation of consumers with his innovation and marketing. I mean just look at something as simple as the iPod. He didn’t invent harddrive based MP3 players, he just made it better. He didn’t invent the trackpad, he just made it magical. All in all his influence can definitely been seen by the sheer fact his Wikipedia page has already gone thru no less than 45 revisions since the news broke. Last time Steve left Apple it floundered and was nearly dead. Steve brought it back. Now I think that Apple will continue its rise as we hear rumors of the iPhone 5. I honestly am not a HUGE Apple fan boy but I do appreciate their quality. Right now though, I just hope that Steve will recover well. I am sure in his back pocket he might have “One more thing…” All the best Steve

Project Delta: East Coast Earthquake

Today I got to experience a pretty significant earthquake first hand. I was doing a presentation at Cabin Johns Middle School in Montgomery County, MD on the second floor computer lab. This is a brand new building so I just assumed at first the rumble was just heavy machinery working nearby in the parking lot. The rumble was quite steady but then suddenly grew in intensity. The light fixtures hanging from the ceiling really began to sway. The computers on the desks shifted around on the desks at the greatest point of the shock and then it was over. The teachers in the room with me all just looked at one another and then we started to leave the building in case of an aftershock. Once outside the fear waned as we all just made jokes about the instance and what we were doing. Twitter, Facebook, and text messages was all that anyone could do. The emergency service broadcast was heard playing very loudly from a nearby construction van. The epicenter was in Mineral, Virginia and the affects of the earthquake were felt as far north as New York and Connecticut and as far south as the Carolina’s. There was no major damage to the school building aside from some books falling askew, though DC did sustain varying degrees of damage. I can only imagine that if that was a 5.9 how tremendous and jarring something like the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti would have been. Thankfully there were no major injuries and no fatalities reported due to the earthquake, though the news talking heads didn’t help. Immediately drumming up fear about the Surry Nuclear Power plant in Virginia and safety precautions taken there. Of course due to all that fervor for good ratings with the news stations 495 was turned into a veritable parking lot.

Project Delta: Delayed Posts

I am realizing a minor issue I am having with my Project Delta. This is a thirty day challenge to write everyday. I have been writing every day but I often write the posts but then delay publishing. My reasoning is that I want to find the relevant links to the articles or a cool image to go in the featured slider, but its causing somewhat of a backlog. Additionally I am not sure if it is helpful the the whole purpose of Project Delta. Maybe I should just shoot from the hip. Maybe I shouldn’t try so hard because this is just after all a mind exercise more than anything else. Like Matt Cutts said in his TedTalk the thirty days are going to happen one way or another so you might as well get the best out of them. So instead of trying to get a perfect product maybe it should just be the product. Like this post for example is very stream of thought and not really going to be edited beyond spelling and  word choice. Hmm…

Project Delta: Untitled ::UPDATED:: Thank’s Ms. Horton

The FrizzI am not sure what to write. I just know I need to. I have to put thoughts down. I am always curious what writer’s block feels like, but I am not a writer (until now) and so never knew. I suddenly remember my eighth grade teacher Ms. Horton’s comments, “if you ever get stuck writing, just start writing about nothing and not being able to write and you will write!” She was a little crazy in the Ms. Frizzle sensibility. The teachers I had in my life were really formative to my character. I mean I am a teacher now. Wow. Ms. Horton was right! So I guess I want to write about my teachers. Teachers in general are so critical to your individual development. I mean the reality is that teachers are in children’s lives a lot more than their parents in some senses. Five days a week for several hours in the school day and then hours at home through assignments they are part of the development of young lives. Even if a student is homeschooled, then the education that he or she receives is crucial to their world view and personal ambition. I know that I am blessed that my parents partnered with the teachers to have a trifecta of influence between the teacher, mom, and dad. I know that I really appreciate it and as evidence to it, I gotta give a shout out to Ms. Horton for her advice umpteen number of years ago because from a blank page to a full article in no time flat.

Project Delta: Two guys walk into a bar…

Tonight I got to share some great jokes with some even better coworkers over some even more amazing food. It is always nice to laugh and share jokes back and forth. The aspect of tonight’s back and forth that was so intriguing was that most of the jokes told tonight were known by all. Hearing them again though and with some new embellishments made them all the more memorable. Add into the mix a highly educated waiter who had his own quips in between his service and it was an even better night. Lascivious and preposition were the words of the evening that helped start off every round of laughter. We were so raucous that some of the other patrons wanted to know what we were on about. The primary joy was celebrating Jenny’s birthday even though it definitely was not. Even that had its own joke because every single one of us had a different name according to the highly educated waiter, all because he couldn’t hear us well. I am very tired and going to wrap up but I knew I had to get some notes down about tonight just so in can remember in times yet to come. I think that this level of “journaling” is almost what Project Delta us really teaching me. At least that is what I’m getting…

Project Delta: Missed a day

I missed a day in my thirty day challenge to write at least one hundred forty words and interestingly I felt it.

I wish I would have written.

I was really excited about sharing some thoughts but now I missed that and truthfully can’t remember what I was going to say. I actually felt like I did a disservice to myself. I realize now how many times I have missed out on a thought or a concept that didn’t get materialized because of my lack of doing something. I think that the opportunity to take action or least of all write it down is something I should really change and something that others should do as well. We are such remarkable beings with such creativity and logic. It is one of the characteristics that truly separate us from the other animals around us. We should take advantage of that and act on them. If your start to rhyme words together write a poem. Take that doodle or sketch to the next level and make painting. String some notes together and make a song. How much creation must pass when we don’t take action and do something with it.

I considered going back and writing the post for yesterday, but now I think I will leave it blank so I won’t forget it and remember those lost thoughts.

Project Delta: Dirt Under Your Nails

Today I had to finish clearing some trees off my property and really got to get my hands in the soil. I used to be in the garden all the time with my dad. Often times that gardening was not by choice, but instead a filial duty to my dad. As I grew I tended to avoid the gardens and yard work because of the “forced labor” I experienced when I was little. Getting back to it today though was very refreshing. I had started to do some indoor plants and minor herb/vegetable planting this year, nothing significant though. I realized that I had some amazing soil in the back of my yard and come spring time I think I might have a concerted effort at building out a good raised garden box to do some more industrious vegetables. I love that Project Delta One is already spawning ideas for Project Delta Seven.

Project Delta: Good Friends, Good Drive

Good friends are worth a drive. We have technology like Skype, Google Hangouts, and Facebook, which all deliver really engaging opportunities to connect over distances. I realized tonight though how valuable a good drive solidifies that friendship even more. Anna and I found out that some travelling friends of ours were just two hours away. Now to most people a two-hour drive might seem like a long way to go just for a dinner, but there was no denying the fact that we had to go see them. It was truly an awesome evening. On the drive up I was able to recall the last time we all hung out together. Remembering the funny stories we shared and then thinking of the stuff we needed to update them on. Dinner was of course a time to share even more stories.  After dinner on the drive home we just laughed about the new jokes we made and our plans for next time. Especially as much as I use technology there really is a lot of value in just spending face to face time with good friends.

Project Delta: No Diving


In 2004 I had a life changing experience when I dove into a swimming pool and shattered my spine. Specifically my C7 bone, which is the same bone that actor Christopher Reeve broke when he fell from a horse. I was told that I could become a paraplegic and would be paralyzed from my neck down. At only twenty years old I saw the entirety of my life’s path changing. I was dating Anna then and we had talked about marriage but suddenly I didn’t know how she might be with me needing constant care and being locked to a wheelchair. I thought of how I might have to readjust my thoughts of being a father. I was however saved by the grace of God and the great advances in modern medicine. The neurosurgeons were able to replace my C7 with a titanium infrastructure that was then fused to my C6 and T1 vertebrae. Now I am blessed to have recovered so well that most don’t even know that I had such a massive operation.