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Home is currently Hartland, Wisconsin, 30 minutes west of Milwaukee and I am working for Power Test, Inc. Feel free to contact me if you are in the area and would like to visit. Chicago is only a couple hours away and Milwaukee is just down the road. There is lots to see and do here and I always enjoy having guests.
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I type this on a cold December 1st 2013. The weather was very cold over the Thanksgiving Holiday, and I fear we are in for a cold snowy winter. What a busy year 2013 was for me, but it was a great year with a lot of new things. The Mustang is once again in deep hibernation awaiting the spring thaw. Most summer items are packed away and I am ready for the winter ahead.
At Power Test, we were once again very busy. I had fewer trips this year as we have transitioned most of the startups to the service department, but I did squeeze in a few. We released some new products and have continued to make some of the best Engine Dynos, Transmission Dynos and Hydraulic Test Centers in the Industry. Our continued product development, drive to make our products better and having the best customer service in the industry has definitely helped keep us on top. We are growing and looking to add more people and 2014 will be another big year. We have a great team of people and our continued success is a reflection of that.
One highlight this year was meeting Andrea. She is an awesome person who loves to give me a hard time. She does help me keep my sanity by forcing me to relax and helping keep a little balance in my life. I have had a great time getting to know her and have not scared her off by being a "Project Crazy Boyfriend." She is a Big Sister and has really embraced it with her little. She is a beautiful person with a personality to match. We had a lot of fun this year which included Lebowskifest Milwaukee, the Packers Eagles game, several bonfires and a lot of nice together time.
This year I officially started my term as Chairman of the Milwaukee SAE Section. This is by far one of the best professional engineering organizations I have ever been involved in. Locally we focus on supporting the 6 engineering colleges in our area as well as providing plant tours and speakers for all of our professional memebers. It has been a pleasure to become involved with a great group of people and be able to see some of the exciting things going on in the Milwaukee and Fox Valley area. Since this has kept me busy, I have taken a more relaxed approach in Toastmasters and have just been involved as a regular member. We have a great club at Waukesha Toastmasters and I am proud to be a member.
I have continued to be active with Big Brothers Big Sister and am still mentoring David from Waukesha. He turned 15 this year and it's hard to call him my little brother as he is nearly as tall as me, and seems to beat me in arm wrestling now. He is a great kid and we always have fun when we get together. I think the highlight from the summer was taking him to the Nationwide Race at Road America. We rode the go carts just before things started, and I know it was a highlight for him. We also worked on taking a broken bicycle completely apart and rebuilt it from the bottom up. Guess who is pretty good with a sandblasting cabinet!
The home projects never seem to end. I finished up most of the inside of the shop. It is now 24 x 50, with room in the rear for a lift. It is fully insulated, wired, painted and finished off nicely. I picked up a large window unit air conditioner to keep it cool in the summer and the heater I have keeps it warm in the winter. I also found a used Bridgeport as well as a parts washer to add to the shop equipment. I am finally at the point where I can work in the shop rather than on it. Inside house projects included, a new water heater, adding a water softener and central air. I learned my attic well as I found a relatively new Unico high velocity air conditoning system. Everything but the compressor unit mounts in the attic so I spent the month of May installing and running the flexible ductwork all up above myself. It was quite nice to set the temp at 70 in the house this summer and have it stay there. Outside I added two huge shrub gardens at the end of the driveway and cleaned up the front of the house with mulch and landscape timbers. For fun I put in a fire pit in the backyard and enjoy a nice fire in the evening on the weekend.
My trusty old 95 pickup reached its 235,000 mile mark and its looking like and driving like it. I picked up a 2003 Silverado SS as my new daily driver. It has low miles on it, is very clean and runs well. I did spend about 2 months going over it front to back fixing anthing that was a bit off and doing a heavy amount of prevantative maintenance. Check out pics of it on my Automobiles page.
Musically I have been listening to a lot of Volbeat, Seether and Monster Magnet, Yes, I am still a metalhead at heart. I really liked Volbeat and went to see them in concert in Madison this Spring. They did not dissappoint and are a breath of fresh air into the rock/metal scence. Alas, my favorite band Queensryche, had a split and now there are two Queensryche's with each claiming ownership of the name. I'm really not sure if I like either of them.
That's about all I have for now. Thanks for visiting!