Moving to Houston

After 21 years together in Baton Rouge, Connie and I are making a move to Houston. In order to continue working for the same company, I’m moving to a different role in the Houston office. I’m not even sure where to start in terms of emotions. It’s sad, exciting and extremely stressful all at the same time. I hope I make it through it in one piece.

The last couple weeks have been exceedingly tough on Connie and I. We were busy trying to get the house ready for the market and then showing it. It was only on the market a day when we got a contract on it. That done, suddenly the focus shifted to buying a house and so we drove the next morning to Houston. After two exhaustive days looking we found a house and submitted a contract. We’ve found a couple alternates if that one doesn’t work out, but we really hope that it does. It’s a older, but large and beautiful home close to work.

The kids have been troopers. The girls have been amazing. I know it is going to be emotionally tough on all of them (boys included), but we will just need to work through this together. I hope that we can spend a good bit of time visiting friends in Baton Rouge throughout the rest of the year in order to make the transition easier.

I am physically and emotionally drained right now. I still have work to do and Connie has school to teach. This is such a hard time for us and yet the excitement is there. So much still needs to be done. I’m thankful for an awesome boss at work that has helped tremendously. He’s been very understanding and has provided a lot of support and information about real estate. We put our faith in God that he would provide a clear path and even though I find it hard to shake the stressful feeling, I know that he holds us together.

To be continued.

Legacy of Love

Legacy of LoveIf you consider the possible ways in which a couple or family can be remembered (ex. powerful, ruthless, wealthy, et.) then it’s a privilege to be a part of one whose legacy is one of love and devotion. That’s what comes to mind when I think of the McReynolds family. Connie’s grandfather became blind and her grandmother (on her father’s side) took care of him (along with taking care of the kids). Her uncle David continues to lovingly care for his wife Mattie that stuffers with Alzheimer’s. Her cousins and siblings have provided a great example of loving marriages for so many of the newer generation (who are now at the age where they are starting families).

This weekend we attended the wedding of Daniel and Allison Goad. It was a beautiful wedding and we had a grand time. Allison is the daughter of Connie’s cousin Kenny and his wife Janet. Allison has had the wonderful example of her parents over the years to demonstrate what love is and it’s effect on others. I wish for Daniel and Allison a long and happy life together.

Today Connie and I celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary and we continue to live out our own journey through life together. By sharing God’s love with each other and our children, we string to live out that legacy of love. I couldn’t ask for a better mate and I’m thankful that we compliment each other’s strengths well.

To my bride, thank you for your unconditional love and support through the years. I still cherish our times together and I’m thankful for each day I have with you.

No New Updates for Old IE

I’m a big advocate for updating to the latest version of Windows. There’s a lot of reasons to do it (and a few compatibility issues that might be reasons not to do it), but the main motivation is the underlying security of the OS is improved. There is an entire industry out there that makes its money off of bugs in major pieces of software. When a bug is found, it is sold to either the “bad” guys or the “good” guys in order to find a way onto users machines without their knowledge. Most of this is outside your control, but what you can do is stay up to date with your security and product updates.

Microsoft announced a while back, but it is going into effect today. There will be no more public patches for Internet Explorer versions before 11. So if you have IE 10 or earlier, you need to upgrade it to IE 11 or switch to Chrome or Firefox. Even if you switch to one of those, you still need to update IE as a good portion of the Windows 7 and later uses it in the background.

So the bottom line is that if you are on Windows 7 and don’t want to upgrade, then make sure you are using IE version 11. If you are on Windows 8.1 or 10, then you are using either IE11 or Edge. Just keep your system updated. If you are on anything before Windows 7, stop using that system if it is connected to the internet. It’s time to move on as your system will be compromised. Windows 10 has been a mixed bag for many, but I will say that it works great when installed fresh. The upgrades have been problematic for several although the four machines that I’ve upgraded at home work great. The choice is always yours.

Slippery When Wet

R2 TiresAs I slid along the rough roadway, I thought about how terrible it felt on my arm and what it might look like when I would finally come to a stop.

A minute earlier, the rain began to fall and a few drops turned into a quick downpour. It wasn’t suppose to rain for another couple hours, but obviously no one told the rain cloud. I hunkered down on my bike hoping to keep the rain off of my non-waterproof phone. Being close to the house, I navigated off of my normal route to cut the distance. I was pushing hard and gaining some speed (GPS showed 23.4 mph) when I entered a curve. It happened so fast that I don’t even remember much about the actual fall, but the sliding seemed to go on forever. In reality, it was slightly less than forever (about 25 feet).

I came to a stop in a pile of bike and rider against the curb. Thankfully nothing seemed broken, but the rain was washing the blood down my arm and it was dripping of my elbow. My side was burning, but with cars coming in both directions I tried to get back on my bike to get out of the way. I really didn’t take much time to assess my bike or even to look it over. I just clipped back in and hoped for the best. The cars didn’t give me much space, so I was happy to have them pass without hitting me (though I already had a dressed rehearsal for it).

Back at home, I left my dripping bike outside (which I never do) and called out for Connie who helped me get situated. I had scratches from my shoulder down to my ankle, but my forearm and upper thigh were raw. The worst of it is the 3-4 inch diameter patch on my hip and Connie has been keeping fresh bandages on it (along with antibiotics). It’s surprising how that can limit your mobility.

All month I’ve been targeting an overall goal of hitting 10,000 miles cycling. I wanted to hit that mark before the end of the year, but I was 16 miles short after Saturday when the accident occurred. Today I managed to put in an additional 18 miles to reach my goal. The riding shorts up against a fresh bandage didn’t create any friction on the wound, so I really didn’t feel it. It was nice to be able to get that done.

A few lessons from the accident:

  • Roads (especially rough, rocky asphalt) is slick when wet. Don’t ride or at least have the proper equipment.
  • Low rolling resistance road slicks are not the proper equipment for wet surfaces.
  • A little water never hurt anyone. Can’t say that for hard pavement.

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