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April 20, 2008

Good for the soul

I've been working on karma lately... probably not becuase the Dalai Lama has been within a mile of my home.

I've been trying to be more patient with people, letting people go first, letting others take the last of something I wanted, giving to charity, and basically just try to be an all-around better person.

Sooo, when does the whole "what goes around, comes around" part of this happen?

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April 16, 2008

Boring

Well, obviously, my last blog didn't work. Maybe I'll try that idea again later. No worries.

I learned last night that I'm soooo boring. Granted, I was out at the bar on a Tuesday night. However, when a game of "Never have I ever" broke out, I realized that I hadn't done anything that anyone was saying.

I'm not sure how I feel about that. Is it boring that most of the time that I do the right thing or error on the side of caution? I mean, it's probably kept me out of a lot of trouble, and kept my life a little more stress free, but still, I feel like i should have either had some of those experiences that were brought up... or hell, even had a chance to have had some of those occurences.

Boring!

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April 14, 2008

New blog idea...

Ok, here's my idea to keep me going in blogging, and I have no idea if this will work at all.

Post a comment on this entry that asks me a question. I'll write something to answer them or talk about all of them. If there's a question I don't want to answer directly, I'll at least tell you why.

The questions can be funny or serious, I'll probably want to respond to either kind equally.

Ready? Bring it!

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Lunch Thoughts

Sometimes it's amazing how different working at the same place can be for two different people. Really, it seems to boil down, not to the daily job tasks, but who one works closely with.

I am happy with my job and the people I work with, however, I know a handful of people who don't mind what they do, but lament the fact that they have to come into work everyday because of who they have to work with.

Beyond that, it's amazing that those people who cause the others grief aren't removed from the situation (I'm being as P.C. as i can be) as quickly as possible.

Of course, I'm relating this all to my current and past work experience, but I know that this happens elsewhere. I've heard from friends about their current work situations.

I think that when/if I'm in a position to hire someone, the top quality I'm going to look for and ask references about is the person's ability to not piss others off.

Currently Listening To "Go Girl" by Pitbull (Good new song, look it up!)

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April 13, 2008

More than a year...

More than a year, and I still have nothing to say?
Haha, not so fast.

I've been thinking about this almost all day. After a year since my last blog, what do I come back with?

I thought about talking about traveling, football, girls, work, DJing, facebook, and even the weather.

Then I thought of something that combined a few of those topics: Dance Marathon.

I was never officially a part of this organization when I was in school, but I've felt like an associate member up until this year. This year, I felt like I was part of the UMDM family, and it was amazing. I've always respected and admired everyone who has organized this event and supported it's charity.

This year was different. I started the year with UMDM by speaking to their Central Planning Committee (CPT) on behalf of the Alumni Association. From there I started DJing their smaller events throughout the year (as I had the year before). Then I started to feel like an advisor to them. I gave them my thoughts on the Marathon itself, and they asked for my feedback.

Thoughout the year (note: when I say "year" I mean this ending school year) my close involvement paid off in other ways. It created opportunities to DJ their parties and events for other groups. It allowed for me to excel at work via speaking to other student groups that CPT members were/are involved in, and via partnering closely with UMDM for Alumni Association promo-opportunities. The Alumni Association heavily sponsored UMDM, more than in years past, and gave me the chance to have the AAUM viewed in a new light to the student body.

Case in point, I DJed 24 of the 30 hours of the Marathon, including the "rave" party part... that's a personal side. On the work side, we once again supplied shirts and glow sticks for the rave. It was great, but what really got me excited about the AAUM/UMDM partnership was this video I recently found on youtube.

It's like I asked this person to do this, but no. I just stumbled across the video, and was shocked to see my personal and work connections to UMDM come through.

The entire Marathon again did not disappoint. Emotional, impactful, fun, tiring, and just plain worth it all.

I had Lloyd Carr and Rich Rodriguez standing right next to me, the Michigan Marching Band blasting spirit at all of us, met 100s of new people, and was made to feel like I made an impact on kids' lives... the lives of both the little kids going through rehabilitation, but also of the college kids involved.

You get what you give to UMDM, and I can't wait to get back to it in the fall.

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