Tacoma Truck Lottery

10 years ago, Back in March of 2008 I hit the Tacoma lottery!
It started with bringing my 1999 Toyota Tacoma with 184,000 miles on it to the shop. The news was not good. I needed the following:
– new rear springs
– new fan belt
– new battery
– new brakes
It was going to cost way above $2000. The guy came out to talk to me and kind of sounded like a vet telling you your dog was about to die. I decided I needed to go get a new car instead of dump money into a car past its prime.

I went to Acton Toyota and as I pulled in the guy said I had hit the “Tacoma lottery”. He explained that Toyota of America was buying back Tacoma’s that were made between 1995-2000 for 1.5 times excellent condition blue book value what ever the condition of the truck. First I thought the guy was crazy but it is true! I signed my truck over to Toyota for $12,510… I would of been lucky to get $500 dollars from a high schooler on a good day for that truck. As you can see from these photo’s, I did not keep the car in great condition.

New Orleans trip 2018

this year i had my in-laws join my wife and I in the city of my birth, New Orleans Louisiana. We stayed downtown and really took in the city including the food. Oysters are a big par to the cities culinary cuisine and as the photo above shows, they were amazing.

The oysters and the pork chop (photo above) was from this amazing place called Galliano’s – We found the place late and were so lucky how amazing it was.

The next morning we went to the famous Brennan’s restaurant for brunch. The photo above is the eggs cardinal and it was amazing!

We took this photo in the front lobby where the famous rooster is located.

We also went down Frenchman street to the Blue Nile to see Kermit Ruffins perform. I have seen him many times and that night he did not disappoint.

The last great place we went was Emeril’s flagship restaurant.

Risk vs. Uncertainty

Was listening to a podacast and they were talking about how people do not understand the difference between Risk and Uncertainty. The lack of knowing this causes people to make grave financial mistakes. Also not understanding can really effect your view of the world.

a great example I heard of the difference is the concept of a bucket with balls in it. Risk is something you know the odds for, lets say 50% of the balls in the bucket are red, what would you bet the first ball is red. Uncertainty is something you do not know any odds / in our example there are 100 balls in the bucket, it is unknown what % is red and if there are any Red balls in the bucket! Taking a wager on if a red ball will be pulled is a serious uncertainty.

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel


I grew up less then a 1/2 hour from the hermits camp and I am quite familiar with the woods. The book is a good read about the hermit and details his story very well. It is well written and kept my interest.
The book also details how he was able to get the story by writing to Knight in prison and going to visit him in jail. Also Finkel went to the campsite and surrounding woods and gives a good description of what it was like while he was there for over 25 years.
Below are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

Knight did not have a pet in the woods but the closest to it was a mushroom..


The Hermit grew up very close to where it did around the same time. This description of riding around seemed very farmiliar to kids in semi-rural Maine.


Lastly this info about isolation and how it effects on people really shocked me.

AUG Conference – 10th year presenting

will be giving my 10th presentation at this years AUG (Air Operators Users Group)conference in New Orleans on Jan 17-19. I have been part of this conference since 2000. A great conference focused on users with great knowledge exchange!
Below is a info-graphic I created using Canva that lists all of them over the years including the topics.

Books of 2017

I read 14 books this year for a total of 5005 pages(meeting my 5K goal for the 4th year in a row!). Below is the list:


I really enjoyed all of them but my favorite this year I think I would choose “Thank You for Being Late” by Thomas L. Friedman. It kept my interest very well as he explained the complex world and where we are headed. Of course “The Everything Store” was a close second.
On the next tier of my books that really helped me understand what happened in the election of 2016 was Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. he wrote this great book about growing up in southern Ohio / Northern Kentucky area and how his family and friends outlook on education. Here is my favorite quote from his book:

Western Canada Trip – 2017

Just got back from a week in Western Canada where I traveled all over. It was a serious travel schedule where I was flying every night to another city. It ended in Fort McMurray at the Oil Sands. I gave presentations at a pulp and paper mill, oil refinery, and oil extraction. Very interesting and learned so much about emissions in the great white north.