#1 of 2012: The Sky Is The Limit

I hope all of you get to play my game someday!

Wow!  2012 was a great year with a lot of fun memories.  We’ve gone through the top 6 of 2012 so far and this, my friends, is my top moment of 2012…

I created my own board game!

It is amazing what a little inspiration, a big gulp of Code Red Mountain Dew from a movie theater, and the following 7 hours will do for you.  For me, that was the moment my board game was created.  While I had the idea for a game for a few months, it took that combination for me to actually get the ball rolling.

While many of you have played my game, so many more have not and I would LOVE for all of you to play this game at some point.

I’m still not uber comfortable with divulging all of the details of my game, let’s just say that it involves building towers on a game board and making sure that you own a sizable chunk of that real estate.

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#2 of 2012: I Now Work With Al Roker & Jim Cantore

I now officially work for the Professional Services division of The Weather Company!

Is that headline search bait enough?  People seem to love Jim Cantore and we all know that when he comes to your town, you’d better buckle down because things are gonna get nasty weather-wise.  In the past 5 months, I’ve been buckling down for a wild ride of my own as the company that I work for was acquired by The Weather Channel Companies, now The Weather Company (soon to be just Weather, following the line of Apple… I kid, we’re not doing that… I don’t think).

As with any acquisition, there are bound do be times of good news and times of bad news.  While I can’t elaborate on everything, I do feel bad for all the people who were let go from the company as a result of the acquisition.  While the layoffs are definitely not good news, I hope that going forward, there will be more sunny days than cloudy days (see what I did there?).

If there’s one good/cool thing that came out of the merger / acquisition, it is the fact that I now have a weather.com e-mail address!

There are still details to iron our and we’ll see what 2013 holds, but I’m hopeful that my future with The Weather Company will be filled with success.  I really enjoy what I do and I love working with the people in Madison… and now Jim Cantore and Al Roker.

I am still, however, waiting for my hug from Al Roker!  I thought we were all supposed to get hugs?

Hey, if working for TWC doesn’t pan out, maybe I’ll have a future in a different industry.  We have been building up to the #1 moment of 2012 and tomorrow, we’ll cross that skywalk to demolish those walls and reveal the secret that’s at the top of the list. (Sorry, that’s a lot of clues in one sentence.)

Until then, have a safe and happy new year’s eve!

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#3 of 2012: My Trip To Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico is a beautiful place!

I have been a lot of places since I’ve started my job with Weather Central (Dothan, AL > Cedar Rapids, IA > Green Bay, WI > Moline, IL > Philadelphia, PA > Cincinnati, OH > Harrisburg, PA > Altoona, PA > Orlando, FL > Beckley, WV > Atlanta, GA > Tulsa, OK > Quincy, IL > Palm Springs, CA > Denver, CO > Cleveland, OH > Wichita, KS > Bristol, VA > New York, NY > Charlottesville, VA — I think I got them all from memory), but my best trip has got to be my adventure to San Juan, Puerto Rico!

I was only there for seven days, but I definitely made the most of my time while in San Juan.

I arrived late on a Thursday night after my first-class flight to the island and took Friday to get the lay of the land.  I did have some time to find a geocache, continuing my streak of finding one in each city I visit for work.  I also set up my plans for Saturday and Sunday.

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#4 of 2012: A Sense of Adventure

Team Name: Two Guys, A Girl, and a Bad Ump

There is absolutely no point in being boring.  I’ve learned that it is important to try to do as many things as possible and 2012 was a pretty good year for upping the adventure quotient.  In particular, there are three things that I did this year that I really enjoyed and would absolutely do again.

The first is the Great Urban Race.  In case you’re not familiar, the GUR is a race that takes place in the middle of a city.  This year, I did the event in Madison with Tim Polcyn, Shaun Nivens, and Katy Franzen.  The object of the race is to complete all of the clues in this city-wide scavenger hunt.  Some of the items included solving a puzzle, having one member jump into a giant inflated bag from a couple stories up, and stringing your own beads.  Our team did great and we finished with a respectable time (I can’t remember our time now, unfortunately — strike that… As I looked for the picture, I found our time.  It was 3:33:07).  It was a blast and I wouldn’t mind doing it again.

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#6 of 2012: The Bucs Do It Again

Still hoping for... "A new Pirates generation everybody shout Let's Go Bucs!"

It is terrible. I really just thought about copying and pasting last year’s #6 (http://wp.me/pD4nV-1J) into this spot this year because it is the same dang thing.  #6 of 2012 is the Pittsburgh Pirates and their incredible 3/4 of a season.  Okay, okay. This season was better than last year and there was hope that we could actually break out of the funk that we’ve been in for the last 20 years and actually have a winning season.  There was so much hope that it came down to the last couple of games to know, for sure, that is would be a losing season after all.

To be honest, this is just a bad year for Pittsburgh sports in general.  First and foremost, there is no NHL season.  That means no Penguins.  On top of that, the Steelers are out of the playoffs — this isn’t a major deal for me, but it doesn’t help.  I guess the good news is that as of right now, the Pirates finishing 79 and 83 means that they have a better record than the almighty Steelers this year.  Odd twist of fate, isn’t it?

I’m still hopeful that 2013 will finally be the year that things turn around.  Hopefully, we’ll get Pittsburgh back on top in all three major sports.  Until then, there’s always soccer… and now I have the Badgers to root for!

Tomorrow’s entry in the Top 7 of 2012 is likely to blow you away.  Be sure to check back tomorrow.  Also keep an eye out for my Top Trips of 2012 in the coming days.

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#7 of 2012: Tim Turns 30

After 30 years, I'm still kickin'!

Welcome to the first in my series of seven posts playing out my Top 7 of 2012.  I’ve been doing this now for several years and I’ve gotta say that 2012 was a great and exciting year.

Over the course of the last seven days of 2012, I’ll be taking you through the top moments of the last year.  Included in this list are some of the best places I’ve been while working for Weather Central, some awesome moments, and even a couple of events that have changed my life.

Let’s start with the big one… well, number seven on the list… The Big 3-0!

On July 28, 1982, I was welcomed into this world and 30 years later, I’m still here.  I was able to make it back home for my big birthday and had the chance to spend it with many of my closest friends and family.  It was a great day, even though we had some rain, with lots of food.

I was able to spend the next few days in town as well celebrating the first week of my 30s at home.  Afterwards, I took off for my next trip… Denver!

This is just the primer to the Top 7 of 2012.  Tomorrow, we’ll get a sense of Déjà vu with something that also appeared on the Top 7 of 2011 and was a major disappointment.


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