Lane 7, trackI got tagged with this thanks to Dean Shareski…I’ll play along in the spirit of my first day back to work.

1. In my first 9 years of teaching I only held the same position at the same school for two consecutive years.

2. Our two cats (now 11 yrs old) have Collen Powel’s signature on a visa entry form for Saudi Arabia

3. I’m a BSAC certified scuba diver with 80 dives under my belt.

4. The fastest I’ve ever driven is about 200km/h or 124mph in a Land Rover. It was flat, sandy, in Saudi and I got passed by a Mercedes.

5. When I met my wife I was wearing a cowboy hat, cowboy boots, and a shiny big buckle…and it wasn’t a costume.

6. I have collected 20+ Starbucks City mugs from countries around the world.

7. My perfect place in the world would be the city of Seattle, in the climate of Bali, on the coast of South Africa.

Looks like I’ve been tagged with the secret of success meme from both Sheryl and Doug. First, not sure what counts at being successful. If it’s changing your wife’s sleeping habits…then I guess I qualify.

So here’s the charge:

List the top 5 to 10 things that you do almost every day that help you
to be successful. They can be anything at all, but they have to be
things that you do at least 4 or 5 times every week. Anything less than
that may be a hobby that helps you out, but we are after the real day
in and day out habits that help you to be successful.

1. Married MAWW

Most Amazing Woman in the World. Take care of her and she’ll take care of you.

2. Make appointments and stick to them

If I make an appointment with you…I’ll be there.

3. Send at least one Hallmark e-card every day.

The link on my toolbar just say “Send one a day”. Sometimes to friends, sometimes to random people I pass in the hall who look like they could used one. Sometimes it’s the little things.

4. Understand that every tech problem is a crisis to someone.

It could be paper stuck in a printer, a power cord that is unplugged, or a computer that is just having a bad day. Whatever the case understanding that there is no problem too small. No matter what the problem is treat it as if it was your problem and fix it as quickly as possible.

5. Answer every e-mail by the end of the day

I don’t always make it, but each day it’s a goal. I feel it’s important to at least send a response that I received the e-mail. I am glued to my e-mail during the school day. I don’t have an office per se, so my e-mail is my office. If you want to get a hold of me, need something from me. E-mail me. It is my office, and therefore, I’m always in.

6. Read at least 5 blog posts a day.

Usually a lunch time activity. Lunch with my computer and Pandora running in the background.

7. Laugh every day

Enough said

8. Start each day with a list of goals, and finish each day when you’ve accomplished your goals.

Time is irrelevant. If I don’t finish my goals I don’t sleep anyway. Know yourself, know your day. What happens when I don’t reach my goal…read here. I push myself harder than I probably should, but I end most days with a sense of accomplishment…and that makes getting up the next morning that much easier.

9. Put your pants on one leg at a time

Just like everyone else in the world.

10. Live It Like You Love It

My wife and I found this shirt while in South Africa 3 years ago. It was hanging in a shop that was closed. We were walking on the beach in Jeffrey’s Bay and when we saw it we had to have it. We postponed leaving the next morning until 9am so we could buy the shirt. It’s my wife’s shirt, and whenever life gets tough, money tight, or we’re not sure what to do. We remind each other of this. You only get one life so Live It Like You Love It!

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Clarence Fisher

Chris Craft
Clay Bruell
Andy Torris
Brain Crosby
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Looks like I’ve been tagged by Julie Lindsay to give you 5, maybe unknown, facts about me. So here it goes.

1. I am originally from Greenacres, Washington. Yep, there really is a place named Greenacres just like the old TV show. Overseas I usually tell people I’m from Seattle as it’s a large city that most people know thanks to Boeing and Microsoft. But actually Greenacres is clear across the state and less than 5 miles from the Idaho boarder outside of Spokane, Washington. I tell people I’m from Spokane who know where that is, but my address to this day in the States is Greenacres.

2. I grew up on a farm. Raised cows, pigs, and sheep through Middle School (a 4H member) before giving up the animals and going completely to row crop farming. (Vegetable farming: corn, cucumbers, peppers, zucchinis, tomatoes, etc) very labor intensive farm work, which is why my mom and dad had 3 boys. Just how big was our farm? About 70 acres when I was in high school and it was a typical day to pick 1,000 dozen of corn, 3600 cucumbers, and 1000 pounds of zucchinis. We sold fresh produce daily to the local stores namely Tidyman’s, Yokes, and later on to Safeway. At one point we were shipping corn from Seattle to Montana. In September we would pick close to 1 million pounds of pumpkins for Halloween. The farm was a full time hobby as my mother is an administrator and my father a now retired high school science teacher.

Today with all three of use grown up (Youngest a music teacher in Puyallup, WA, The Middle one slowly taking over the farm, and me, the oldest in Shanghai) the farm has gone away from row crops to large crop harvest. The farm is now closing in on 1000 acres (all rented) growing wheat, barley, green beans, and alfalfa. The farm now owns two combines, a semi-truck, and the equipment continues to pile in the yard. Utecht Farms sports their own logo, jackets, and hats. Sorry not for sale…employees only. 🙂

3. I have visited more countries than I have States in America. My wife and I sat down while in Vietnam and came up with 22 countries we have now visited in the past 5 years of living overseas. My personal favorites: South Africa, Italy, and France.

4. We have two American citizen cats that have a visa document for Saudi Arabia with Collin Powell’s signature on it.

5. My favorite words are “Brutal, Mega, Cheers, and No Worries” a very international collections of sayings. I actually speak 6 different languages, that’s what I tell me students any why, most of who speak at least two. I can speak, American, Canadian, Australian, British, New Zealand, and South African English. 😉

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