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Dinner and Memories

Last Tuesday Susan and I were able to have dinner with Susan Wood-Butorac, a person who directly changed the course of both of our lives.

In the winter of 1995 I was twenty-two years old. I had been working as a contractor at the FAA for eight months, and had only been married to Susan […]

Furlough, Can You Go

For the second time in five years, Susan and I have been furloughed.

What that means is, until a budget is passed by congress, all non-essential federal employees — that’s us — are prohibited from working and will not get paid until the furlough is over. We can’t even volunteer to work for free.


A New Opportunity!

Facebook has a feature called “On This Day” that shows you posts you made this date in previous years. Over the weekend, Facebook reminded me that I got a new job on this day back in 2009… and 2010, 2014, and 2015.

And now, 2016.

October 1st is the first day of the government’s […]

How A Furlough Would Affect Me

ABCNews.com recently ran a story that began with the following statement:

How would a government shutdown impact Americans far removed from the partisan wrangling in the nation’s capital? Most Americans are unlikely to feel a direct impact — seniors will likely continue to get their Medicare and Social Security checks, as will veterans. But a […]

I Apologize for the National Deficit.

Being a Federal Employee means being a part of something much bigger than many people, including myself, can really comprehend. The FAA employs about 50,000 people, with ~5,000 of them working here in Oklahoma. Susan supervises people in a dozen different states; her supervisor lives in a different state, too. My supervisor works in Oklahoma, […]

Happy, Happy, Job, Job.

Sorry about the lack of updates. For an entire week, I’ve been trying to come up with the right words to explain just how happy I am. I started a new job this week … and by “new job”, I mean “the job I did for almost ten years.” It’s the job I left last […]

2+2=3 (Adios!)

Blogging is a funny thing. Sometimes when I don’t post for a while it’s because nothing interesting is going on in my life. And sometimes when I don’t post for a while, it’s because things are so crazy that I haven’t had time to sit down and sort my thoughts out yet before I type […]

Two Weeks Notice

Today, I did something I haven’t done in over a decade: I turned in my two weeks notice at work.

I often tell people I’ve been working at the FAA since 1995, which is really a half-truth. It’s true I’ve been working at the FAA since 1995, but save for 18 months back in the […]