20 Years!?

My calendar reminded me today that my first post on DrewVogel.COM was 20 years ago today… While I’d been writing online for some time before that, this article from April 6, 1996 was the first on this domain name.

Wow.

While I don’t blog here much anymore, or at all for that matter, I still keep this site up and open because of its history. And it is still significant to me personally. There are many accomplishments documented herein, milestones along my path. I’m glad this site holds them all.

So many changes, challenges, and opportunities occurred in these last 20 years. The adventure is never as I expected, and always bolder and more exciting than I ever imagined.

Super Mario: We love you!

Today, full of energy, Mario is still running, running
Go save Princess Peach! Go!
Today, full of energy, Mario runs
Today, full of energy, jumping!
Today, full of energy, searching for coins
Today, keep going, Mario!
Get a mushroom – it’s Super Mario!
Get a flower – it’s Fire Mario!
Goomba! Troopa! Buzzy Beetle! Beat them all!
Mario is always full of energy and strong!
Today, full of energy, Mario is still running, running
Go and beat the Koopa tribe, go!
Today, full of energy, Mario runs
Today, full of energy, jumping!
Today, full of energy, searching for coins
Today, keep going, Mario!
Get a star – become invincible!
Quickly, go save Princess Peach!
Lakitu! Blooper! Cheep Cheep! Beat them all!
Mario is always full of energy and strong!
Today, full of energy, Mario is still running, running
He’s made it to the castle and gets fireworks!
Lightly sidestepping the Hammer Bros.
Show the last of your power, Mario!
It’s been a long journey but it’s nearly at an end
You’ve done it, you’ve done it! You’ve defeated Bowser!
Princess Peach says “Thank you”
Mario’s got a great big heart!
Mario’s adventure is over for now, but
Mario’s dream lives forever…

New Home!

Yesterday, we moved from our house of 14 years to our new home… Actually, we’ve been moving for some time, but last night (November 1, 2015) was our first night spent in the new digs. We’re 95% moved, with only a few odds-and-ends to pick up from the old house (I forgot all my shoes!). “Weary” is an insufficient word (I clocked nearly 30,000 steps on my FitBit yesterday!), but at least we’re all home and together.

Too much moving (oh my aching back) and everything is in boxes… Still, we’re HERE now, and that’s a great thing. In addition to loads and loads (and loads!) of boxes, I was also able to get the PVR (mostly) & consoles set up, and able to get http://www.drewvogel.com serving properly. Wendy successfully set up her own computer and commented, “Do you remember when it was DIFFICULT to set up computers?”.

After work today, my tasks will be to get the audio working to the Media Room. I ran out of steam last night before completing that task since I wanted to do it RIGHT — which will involve cutting a small hole, running cables above the ceiling, and mounting the rear speakers in the media room. Thought a good night’s sleep (which I didn’t actually get — my brain was moving a mile-a-minute!) and refreshed energy would be good allies.

Extremely Proud of Wendy!

The big announcement… Several of you know that Wendy has been writing novels. The news that we can finally announce is that she’s just signed with a very successful agent — Carly Watters with P.S. Literary. This is big news, folks!

I am so very proud of Wendy! You can view her site at http://www.wendyvogelbooks.com.

In Wendy’s own words… http://t.co/FcPGR89BH3/s/rvkN