Thinking: You “judge” men one at a time. Not in groups. But by what they do in this life. Not by what their parents did, where they came from, what color they are, or how rich, or how poor they are. And if we judge men through the lens of history, no matter how stained that lens might be, then in a not so small way we perpetuate that history.. giving it life today, and for countless tomorrow’s.
Twenty five years ago I was working part time for the City of Middletown, Ohio. I had the good fortune to work in their IT department with some great people. I was majoring in Systems Analysis at Miami University and driving to Oxford, Ohio for classes. I was living in a small one bedroom apartment and paying $230 a month in rent. A gallon of gas was $1.12. It is most certainly a time long gone.
Then one day I noticed a help wanted add in the newspaper. A local company was looking for a full time computer technician. The next day I put on a pair of dress pants, a shirt and a tie, grabbed a few copies of my resume, and walked out the door. While watching the addresses change as I drove down First Avenue, I crossed an old set of railroad tracks and finally came to a stop, the road had ended.
Of course in 1989, with no cell phone or GPS, every such trip was an adventure. But I had found the office of Rentacomputer.com. Parking in a gravel lot, and walking toward a half abandoned paper mill, I could not have imagined how my life was about to change. A few minutes later I found myself in what could best be described as a wood paneled throwback to the 1950′s. Stepping into a small office across from a giant vault door, I met John Beagle and Bill Schiering. John was the CEO and Bill the Sales Manager. They explained to me that they were in the business of renting PC’s and other IT equipment to businesses in south west Ohio.
After answering a few questions about DOS, what I was currently doing for a living, and my driving record, I had a new job. January 16, 1989 was my first day at my first full time job. More than that.. it was the first day of a career. I was twenty five years old.
Today, that all seems like a dream. One of the only things that remains the same is the amazing opportunity I have every day to work with John Beagle, who is perhaps the most innovative and generous individual I have ever known. And every day we try our best to make things better for our customers, our employees, and our vendors.
Though I can’t possibly begin to share all that we’ve been through in these twenty five years, I can tell you it’s been fun, challenging, and a lifetime’s worth of good fortune to work for such an amazing company.
So, there you have it, a little bit more from my real life. A post about my 25th anniversary. And yes, there was a party and the cake was awesome! Cake with champagne.. that must be an acquired taste.
Thanks for reading, and again, a special thanks to John Beagle, Rentacomputer.com, and everyone over the years that I’ve had the pleasure to work with!
For a few pics of the party, and my drive to work that morning (I can’t resist a good sunrise) click here.
Alexander Hamilton – The Federalist, No. 29, regarding the people’s militias ability to be a match for a standing army: ” . . . but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude, that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people, while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights . . . .”
Humanism or atheism is a wonderful philosophy of life as long as you are big, strong, and between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five. But watch out if you are in a lifeboat and there are others who are younger, bigger, or smarter. ~ William Murray
By Andy Wendt:
If I Wanted America To Fail
I’d label successful women as “shiny packages” & mindless traitors, unless they agreed with my policies.
I’d demonize successful minorities in the other party & make “success” itself a dirty word.
I’d slowly shift the social norms so that what’s now perverse will someday be the American way.
I’d label as “haters” & “bigots” anyone who clings to traditional Christian values.
I’d label patriots as “extremists” & call the words of our founding fathers “outdated” & “dangerous”.
I’d claim our Constitution & our nation’s founding principles, were from the beginning, “flawed”.
I’d open our borders & flood the ranks of America’s unemployed with 11 million illegal aliens.
I’d invent fake “wars” & accuse the other side of being against the very things they cherish.
I’d convince people that redistributing the wealth was a good thing.
I’d pray on the kindness of the American people until they believed charity was the role of Government.
I’d remove God from public life until Americans forget from whom their rights are derived.
I’d borrow money from our enemies until they became our financial masters.
I’d use that borrowed money to buy votes & claim I was “putting America back to work”.
I’d burden our children with so much debt that they’d never have a chance at financial independence.
I’d cut our military & bow to Muslim kings while claiming I was making America safe.
If I wanted America to fail I’d travel from cost to coast calling out “Forward”… and not change a thing.
Reminded: Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Society does not consist of individuals, but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.” ~ Karl Marx, 1858
“If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” ~ Barack Obama, 2012
Manners are the happy way of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love –now repeated and hardened into usage. They form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned. If they are superficial, so are the dewdrops which give such depth to the morning meadows. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
WARREN: That was a freebie. That was a gimme. That was a gimme, OK? Now, let’s deal with abortion; 40 million abortions since Roe v. Wade. As a pastor, I have to deal with this all of the time, all of the pain and all of the conflicts. I know this is a very complex issue. Forty million abortions, at what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?
OBAMA: Well, you know, I think that whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade.
Saddleback Presidential Candidates Forum – August 16, 2008