PS:23 – Flying.

I’ve always enjoyed a good kite, and after playing with a Syma X11 drone, I even more so wanted to get a DJI Phantom 3 Professional.

Well after reading some reviews, and asking myself “What do I honestly need a 4k video for?” I decided on the standard. I needed some real relaxation as of late, and after some hellish weeks and a generous customer I grabbed one:

Still getting used to the controls, but super relaxing for me! Like the combo of Kite Flying and Photography! Loving it! One last clip, hope to get out and fly more this week/weekend.

I am licensed by the FAA, Have a number for the drone and a card for me, super cool for sure! More videos to come for sure, I want to make little edits with music if possible, but for now just wanted to share some footage!

I end this post though with one of the stills I took:


PS:22 – Back on Track


After any outage it seems like a few things happen:

  • Customers Update Information on File.
  • Unpaid Invoices get paid.
  • Customer Problems found increase
  • Can you do _______ for me? Requests increase

It has been a crazy day. Not what I originally planned for this day, but as it stands got a good chunk done of things that are needing to be done, and I even took out the trash!

Hopefully, over the next week things will level out even more! Looking forward to hopefully next week things calming down and maybe a weekend that includes rest.


PS:21 – What can I do?

I know I’m all over the map lately. It’s my life currently. I’m at that spot where I’m waiting to see what this job offer brings. Why? Maybe it’s time to mix things up a bit more than just being the “company owner”.

July 2014 I did get a new title added to my business card: Dad. Big upgrade, huge list of responsibilities, and a cute little girl who does like laughing at my jokes.  But since then I’ve picked up bigger jobs, more work, more responsibility. Talk about stress.

I’ve looked at starting a website, I’ve tried expanding my product lines, I am upping my game, but sadly a lot of it falls flat. I started a ministry website before she was born, really looking to write and share my faith more online. The last post was April 2015. Not too active for over a year.

I want to be a good dad. My dad wasn’t the steady job guy for quite a long time. As a kid he was sick a lot, he did things like rebuilt cars, handyman work. He did get a 9-to-5 job, till he got hurt on the job, but my dad did his best to take care of us all – and that’s what I’m trying to do too.

I’ve been told “Chuck why don’t you do something else?” maybe this job is it. Sure same field, but dedicated pay, insurance, I could simplify my taxes! The lack of my own business I could turn things down, no LLC taxes, no long-form tax returns, simple.

The thing is I do love doing what I do. This past week has been insanely stressful, but at the end of the day, I’ve gotten some amazing responses from my client base. More of a club it feels like than a business sometimes, but imagine how much the stress goes down when you read:

Huzzah! Thank you for your heroic efforts.

Thanks, as always, for all that you do for us!

Everything looks perfect on our site. Praise the Lord!

Thanks Chuck for all you are doing!

Sure I had some customers not as happy, but in the end not a single customer left, and the lights continue to be up and online 95 hrs, 11 mins at the current check of remote monitoring.

It’s not all about the praise. I mean it doesn’t hurt 🙂 but at the end of the day I love working for these people. Sure it may not be $300 a month clients or billing them each for support @ $65/hour – but it’s a blessing to get a check from someone saying “Thanks for your help”. It’s nice to know your work is appreciated.

But I’m thinking more and more like a dad. So much coming up in life, so much I want to have Lilly do. Some tough choices to make do I stay or do I go.

Some things to definitely pray about.

PS:20 – Relaxing

Not something I have had a lot of these past few weeks. Work has been just plain insane. I just woke up from a big nap (all I know is it was light when I laid down), and now it’s 9 p.m.

Tonight my goal is to continue picking up my office space, already cleaned my desk, but that’s already helped me relax some as I can once again move my keyboard back and have room for my notebook.

I read an article once about creativity and getting outside to do things, and I’ve done that some. Not to the degree I’d want to mind you, but I really would love just to get out and take a huge walk. (note to self, new pair of walking shoes needed) An outdoor adventure would be great. Meteor shower is out till April, with the pending job, and a pile of work, the long trip may not be ideal till spring break.

I have a lot on my plate at the moment. A lot going on in life, and a lot that I’d love to write about, but probably shouldn’t until it’s a tad more evolved – but hopefully, Sunday/Monday relaxing will occur, I have wanted to take a camera or two and film the sunrise tomorrow morning or Monday morning.

For now, going to finish a few things, then see if my eyes will close again and let sleep come.

PS:18 – The Bad Guy.

I’ve always known my kids would see me as the bad guy. I know they’d also see me as the fun guy, but I see Lilly even right now as I write this looking at me upset because every time she sits up I say “Lay Down” not yelling, not mean, but firm. She does it.

My dad if I focus on only correcting and directing I’d say he was the bad guy too. My mom may agree dad did the bad guy duties, but at the end of the day even my dad as the mean/bad guy – I knew he loved me. He’d even reassure me “I love you” as he corrected.

I look at my dad now even in his communication with me he always tells me as I go “I love ya son!” and that’s what I hope to replicate with Lilly. She may be a girl; she may become the Mommy’s Little Girl and get all girly. But at the end of the day, I want her to know – Dad loves her. Even if he’s correcting, or not pushing fun. He loves her.


PS:17 – Taking Help

I’m horrible at it. No. Really. Bad.

Even my brother last night posted to the company I may soon work for, that if I needed anything to do it for me, however, he noted:

He’s stubborn and probably won’t ask for help (love you Chuck)… But just in case he does, he has my blessing.

He’s right. I’m insanely stubborn when it comes to helping usually. Not always but on more than one occasion I do try to do things on my own, and then of course when I do ask for help, folks rarely give it.

I’ve been in a mood for the last few days, call it lack of sleep, call it overwhelmed. I’m stressed, and I’d much rather be at the beach/mountains, clean air, big long walks, and maybe a drone to fly 😉

I need a break sooner than later, for now, keep getting things stable and customers back to full happy.

PS:16 – Outage.

This has been a wild ride. It has been a while since I’ve had a massive outage. Let’s just say with next to nothing sleep. I’ve had a few meltdowns. Life has not been what I would call “Easy” lately. It never really is – but this has been even harder lately.

Right now I am still sitting on some down servers, trying to get a realistic time frame of wait or deploy – already have the hardware. The software is installing, hoping though before I’m done, it’ll be all backup and online!

More tomorrow I hope. Just fried and this is as much as a sleep deprived brain can do!

PS:15 – Birthday Month

So this year I reach a new number. Hello, 36. A lot going on as we head that way. Sadly as things have been crazy busy, my primary goal is sleep. I’m dead tired.

Not sure I have a big “Oh it’s 36 yay!” sort of moment, anyone do anything fun for their 36’th or is 40 the next big step?

Not a huge writing day, actually working on next to nothing in the sleep/rest department, so keeping it brief. Have 18 month check up for Lilly today, so between work and that – that’s all I’ve got for the day!

More tomorrow!