Jan 01 2008

Good Bye 2007

Published by at 9:15 AM under General

And don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

It wasn’t all bad. My nephew Jason and his wife Myah had their first baby Taylor. Born 4-26-07.He was 7 pounds 3 ounces and 19 inches long.

Thormod Family

And then there is my Niece Crystal and her husband Brian. Their son Jaedon born 1-16-07.

Vital Family

Both are healthy, happy and doing great!

Cory, Candace and I are healthy. I have lost 35 pounds.

That would be the Good News.

My father lost his battle with Cystic Fibrosis in July. His health had been deteriorating for months culminating in a collapsed lung. While he did recover from that the aggressive pattern of the disease left him with less lung function day by day. He passed July 26th 2007.

Dad At Our Wedding

My fathers attributes were many. A man of character and wisdom. Not to mention a great sense of humor.

You are missed by so many Dad but I will always be your pal.

Shortly after my dad’s passing my Uncle Ernie lost his mother and two days later his own life from a heart attack. This was totally unexpected since he had been given a good bill of heath from his doctor just before it happened. As you can imagine my Aunt Arleen having lost her brother and husband in just a few weeks was almost unimaginable.

While all this was happening we found ourselves largely deprived of our primary income due to management changes at DMX Music. They are the company I had been doing most of my contract work for. After years of being their “go-to guy”, I found myself anything but in favor. Management was literally making things up to make me look bad and ignorant of my track record with DMX/AEI. Their clueless management approach and total lack of honest dialogue with me has been finacially trying for us and proved to be quite detrimental to the company’s performance. They are a major player in this business and the Western Region under this management has been run into the ground. It’s more than sad, it breaks my heart. Stupid is as stupid does.

Meanwhile due to the previous bankruptcy they filed sticking us for over $10,000.00 (that in itself a hard pill to swallow), we found ourselves on the receiving end of a $26,000.00 lawsuit asking for money back that we received. Oh yes it’s completely legal BK law. But more than we could handle. We might have been able to make a deal but it would have been for half still more than we could pay. So… One bankruptcy has lead to another and we close this year with one of our own.

I no longer drop everything for DMX. I work for other companies every chance I get. I should have been doing this as soon as they faltered but the truth be told it was my comfort zone and they are a really big fish. Not to mention that I have serviced their client base for 30 years, older than the company itself. It’s just like stocks, you gotta diversify.

I hope that 2008 brings the opportunity to heal the wounds that 2007 inflicted.

With life lost there is life anew and with all the evil in the world there is the comfort of family.

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One Response to “Good Bye 2007”

  1. Sonjaon 14 Feb 2008 at 3:41 PM

    It shows how strong your bond is as a family to have made it through these trying times intact. I am impressed by all the obstacles you have had to overcome this year, yet still have a smiling face whenever I see you.

    And you are looking really good with all the weight you have dropped!! Handsome!!

    I feel so lucky to have people like you in my life!

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