Thursday, May 21, 2009


So, I decided I'm going to try Twitter to see how I like it. I've incorporated it into my page, so up in the top right corner, you'll see my Twitter Updates.

You can also go to

But that's a trip, right?!

Also, Congrats to the Simmons family for the phenomenal newspaper cuttings letter. Truth be told, I thought it might be them, but when it came from E. Rochester, I thought others.

Alright, that's all I got, enjoy!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Response to my Previous Invitation

Got a great response to my previous invitation for a letter.

A quote from the character Cardinal Richelieu in the 1839 play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. One of my favorite quotes, the full context of the quote is:

True, This! —
Beneath the rule of men entirely great,

The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold

The arch-enchanters wand! — itself a nothing! —

But taking sorcery from the master-hand

To paralyse the C├Žsars, and to strike

The loud earth breathless! — Take away the sword —

States can be saved without it!

My favorite part is that it is thru words that great things can happen, not by violence. 9 years before this play was written, Joseph Smith Jr. commented to EB Grandin : "the word had a greater tendency to lead the people to do that which was just; yea, it had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword.” Obviously, Bulwer-Lytton was paraphrasing the Prophet, but I digress...

Well done to the mischievous reader who sent in this letter. They have left it up to me to guess who they are. From my review of the delivery, here is what I know...

1) The Democrat and Chronicle was used in the making of this letter. The particular one they used was from Sunday, April 19, 2009

2) They live on the East Side, most likely East Rochester.

3) They are right handed.

4) They used a black ink, Bic pen. Probably a click style since the writing was smoother than the classic crystal style.

5) No animals were harmed in the making of this letter.

So, that's what I know about this letter I received. After careful review and thought on the matter, I have decided I think I know who the magic sender was...

But, would it be better for me to reveal him/her here? No...

I'll leave it up to imagination... till next week!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Revolutionary Post

I am doing something now, I have not done... ever... I'm blogging from my Macbook!

Usually, I blog from my Blackberry... thus the name for the blog.... and yes, we all know where I find the time to do it...

But today, I'm on my laptop, so I thought I'd drop a line!

Today, I want to talk about something different: pens.

Have you noticed we are living in the disappearance of the main choice of communication for the last trillion years, or something like that? Written thought is going the way of media. This was opened up to me recently in two ways.

First, in my last semester of school, my professor refused my first homework and told me to redo it because it was done in pen. She insisted it be typed. It was an investments course, and most of the homework was math. I've never done math in Word! But, surprise! I was the only one who didn't! Of course, I had to succumb...

Second, did you know that virtually nobody writes in cursive script anymore? I think I'm the last one! For the record, I never have, nor never will write in print, block letters or semi-cursive (common among women - my wife does it). In my training a couple of weeks ago at work, I was to be the scribe on the white board for some ideas we were all throwing out. After a few lines, the instructor commented: "Nice penmanship. I've been doing this for 9 years, you're the first to do it in cursive..." Really?!

So, here's my proposition. Sometime this week, just for the heck of it... get a nice sheet of paper (whatever moves you), sit down and write that email you were going to send. Put it in an envelope and mail it. Use cursive, print, block, semi-cursive or even hieroglyphics.

And just since I never seem to check my comments as much as I should (thanks to all who read and comment, I do see them eventually!), feel free to send me handwritten letters in lieu of comments! (316 Norwood Ave, Rochester, NY 14606) I'd be happy to respond in like manner!

Enjoy my vacation week!

Friday, April 17, 2009

I'm still alive

Hey all!

Up, I'm still alive! Sorry I haven't written in a while!

Not much news... Finishing my BS in Accounting this week and getting ready for MBA this fall.

Had some Paychex internal trainings, and vacation next week, yea!

That's the news, hope all is well with everyone!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

raising an addict

I guess its not ever parents dream to raise an addict. But, at almost three, I think I've passed one of my addictions already on to my son, and am very proud!

Hello, my name is Brian, so is my son, and we are addicted to the Blackberry.

Last night, after we watched the final episode of Innovation Movers on the Disney Channel (aka TIVO), it was time for Brian Jr to go to sleep. As I was laying in bed next to him, we thought it would be fun to watch one more quick Movers song, so I whipped out my handy dandy - wait, wrong show... I got out my BB and we loaded up YouTube for one more hit. It lasted 90 seconds. Afterwards, I turned off the BB and got screams a plenty! Kicking, screaming, pulling, pushing! With the BB turned off, it could do no more fun!

And you should have seen little Brian's reaction! Anyway, needless to say, this went on for about five minutes until I simply let him hold the BB. That was enough, and he feel asleep, with visions of BB, dancing in his head...!

So, I know they make toy ones out there... Guess its time to find junior his very own Blackberry...

In other news, I have been accepted to the Bittner School of Business (St John Fischer) for my MBA program. I start in the fall, and it should take two years to complete.

Hope all is well with you guys!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

quick Update

Quick update for everyone from the BB!

This week, in review, I think the only big news is that I purchased my first ever football! There's not much to comment on it... Wilson, brown, laces...a lot of people are just amazed that I lived this long and never owned a football... So, now I do!

Brian jr likes it a lot! We've been playing catch, in the house of course, and its been real fun!

That's pretty much it! Shout out to Mike Simmons!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

weekly update

Thought I'd take a few minutes today and put together the weekly update for any readers...

GREAT NEWS!!! I have learned that people are actually reading my blog! A a little while, I wasn't sure if anyone was... But it really didn't matter, it still gave me something to do.

This week we purchased a new laptop! To prepare for my graduate degree, I purchased a new Macbook. It has a beautiful LCD Backlit display and all the fancy Apple bells and whistles.

It was also announced yesterday at Paychex that all merit raises and 401k matches would be suspended for a one year time period as a result of the sluggish economy. Overall, I think the news was taken well as it meant that we were keeping our jobs. Also, the Senior VPs, who made the decision, did actually walk around all day and were available to all Rochester employees to discuss what happened and did not hide in their offices. That was nice and I think instilled that this was still a great team enviroment.

Well, got to go!