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Celebrating One Year of Self-Employment

Why The Fuss? Technical Solutions

I originally wrote this piece for my business website, but decided it also was very appropriate for this site. Plus, I don’t get to post here as often as I’d like, so yada yada yada two birds, one stone …

Wow. That’s all I can say about the past year, and that’s a wonderful thing.

It was 12 short months ago — June 1, 2013 — that I officially launched Why The Fuss? Technical Solutions with nothing more than an idea, a loose plan of what I wanted to do and accomplish, and a small loan from our savings account.

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Firing up the Wayback Machine

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I always have been amazed by how much of my day-in, day-out life is lost over time in the clutter of my memory. Yet, a gentle reminder can trigger such a flood of recollection it’s almost as if the events and memories are suddenly fresh in my mind. And, more so, how said memories, viewed in this context, help me understand where I have been, how far I have come, and exactly how I came to be the person I am today.

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My newest adventure

Why The Fuss? Technical Solutions

I realize I haven’t written anything in this space for quite some time, and I apologize; however, there is good reason, which I will get to shortly.

From an early age I always have had something of an entrepreneurial spirit. I recall being 4 or 5 years old and trying to sell my (and, most likely, my brothers’ …) “surplus” toys while the next-door neighbor held a garage sale. A few years later, buying/selling baseball cards and yard work were my main hustles. It just seemed like I always had some great, new idea by which I thought I could

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Hello, WordPress for Android.


I can’t believe we haven’t met before. Now that we have things seem much more interesting. Stay tuned…

I absolutely adore Jennifer Lawrence


I love my talented and beautiful wife more than words can express. That said, I have to admit that in my mind, Jennifer Lawrence comes in second (a distant second, mind you …). I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is about her, but her “I’m a normal person, just like you” persona is a big part of it.

5/22/2014 update: The original video wasn’t working, so I thought about taking this post down altogether. Then I saw the clip posted above and deemed it to be even more perfect than the one originally placed on this

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Easter Sunday memories

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Easter Sunday 1987 was spent riding in the car, returning from a spring break trip to my grandparents’ home in southern Minnesota. We had been there a few days and I was only able to follow the Brewers’ season-opening win streak via the daily newspaper. It wasn’t ideal (especially compared to today and the ease of following things via the Internet) but I knew they were going for 12 straight (and free George Webb burgers for all!).

As soon as we got close to La Crosse I began feverishly searching the AM dial, looking for the broadcast. I remember the

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'The Shot': Five years later


In life, there are moments of sheer, exuberant ecstasy, when it seems as is the entire universe is bowing down solely to you. Conversely, there also are moments of devastating, gut-wrenching disappointment. Rarely does one get to (or, perhaps, have to) experience both of these extremes in a matter of minutes.

But five years ago today, I did. And I have refused to allow myself to re-live that moment (intentionally, at least) since. Today it is time to put all of that to bed and finally make peace with something I will be reminded of each March until the end

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Thank you, seniors! (2013 edition)


(Cross-posted from another site I write for.)

For the most part, I like to remain emotionally neutral in public. It hasn’t always been that way, but as I have grown older I have found that not letting the world see you get too emotionally high or low very often beats the alternative. Plus, I’m not a big fan of attracting attention to myself so blending into the crowd generally always seems like the preferred option.

But remember, I said for the most part. Plus, this isn’t exactly “in public,” so buckle up: I’m again going to talk about the University

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Upside-down nooses


It’s amazing how, sometimes, you come across a song that just seems to speak your heart, mind and soul. This one does that for me, in terms of how I have come to view life in the past 12 months or so.

Plus, this video was shot in beautiful Hilo, Hawaii and features two North Dakota boys makin’ it funky: Jon Wayne and Ben Suchy. Enjoy!


'The Bet'


I wrote this last summer for a site created to help a friend’s daughter understand the father she never will meet. It’s a password-protected site for family and friends only but I wanted to share it here, as well.

If you knew Paul back then, you know that he was very proud of his band but also unsure where their career would take them. No one had really ever come out of Des Moines and taken the musical world by storm, so Slipknot was definitely forging through some uncharted waters. I, on the other hand, was young and cocky and

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