About Me

Semi-retired technology (originally) entreprenuer living in Seattle with my partner, Michael, and our three cats: Barnum, Bailey and Buster.  Currently mostly on hiatus from technology; exploring new things I couldn't when I worked full-time.  And...continuing my love of all goods baked. 

About this Website

Musings on things that interest me: the stock market, personal and enterprise technology, pop culture/entertainment as well as my family and other general observations in my daily life.  Also, this is the place to find out more about our charitable foundation and what non-profits we are currently supporting.

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Posts on general observations in life, with my family and I might also write some pop culture/entertainment quips.  This is the closest thing I'll likely ever have to a journal.


10th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial Concert (Seattle)

If you were thinking about doing anything to commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11, I highly recommend this event on Sunday September 11, 2011 (3:00pm) at Holy Rosary Church in West Seattle.  The setting will be a powerful memorial, including readings of select memoirs of victims and their families between movements of Mozart's Requiem.  Partial proceeds from the concert will go to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund.

Click here for more information.


AEON LIVING: Bringing medical expertise to the search for and monitoring of assisted living, nursing homes, adult family homes and other senior and long-term care housing

We launched AEON LIVING on July 6, 2011 after almost a year of development.  AEON LIVING is a senior housing solutions company providing the families of seniors with peace of mind knowing they have taken advantage of first-ever medical-based housing placement assistance and first-ever continued unbiased monitoring of a facility's care for the changes they need to make in their senior loved one's housing.  Built around a team of medical and geriatric professionals, our revolutionary senior housing medical care review process significantly improves the success of the decision to re-locate a senior into a nursing facility, assisted living, adult family care home or other long-term care housing option.

From our website:

"At AEON LIVING we understand the apprehension you feel after learning that you are now the one responsible for your senior parent or other loved one’s care and living situation. Finding them the right assisted living, adult family or other housing solution and ensuring they receive the best level of care can be daunting. Without the time to sort through the myriad of options and more importantly, the expertise to adequately evaluate and ensure the level of medical and other care your senior parent or loved one will receive, it is impossible to be certain of their long-term health, happiness and safety.

AEON LIVING has developed a suite of industry-first senior living solutions built around a medical team responsible for independently reviewing and evaluating assisted living facilities, nursing homes, residential care homes and other senior housing types for the best and continued match with the medical and other care needs of your loved one or elderly parent. You have a variety of options when it comes time to find assistance making that nursing home, assisted living or other senior living decision. By taking advantage of our in-house medical team in conjunction with our geriatric care expertise, we can provide you the industry’s most trusted and comprehensive solutions for finding and maintaining the best senior care housing placement for your loved one."

For more information about the company, click here.  To download a great (if I don't say so myself) whitepaper we created on what to watch out for when choosing a service to provide you with unbiased adult family care home, nursing care, assisted living and other senior housing advice, click here.


And your ALSO doing what?!?!?!?

Healthcare, I said. I started a company in healthcare.  At lease that's what my SIC code says.  It's in a subset of healthcare:  senior housing and care.

How'd you end up there?  It started with a reference check on behalf of a former collegue, a lunch date, an interesting growth market, almost 12 months of meetings, 2 junked business plans, some killer differentiation, 4 months of web development and voila!, you've got yourself a company.  An announcement to satisfy SEO to follow (in case you were wondering why it was repeatedly filled with particular keywords).


Our First Jimmy John's Location

Some of you may be aware that we have a franchise agreement in Kent, WA for Jimmy John's.  To be a little more precise, it's mostly my sister's venture; I'm just the money guy.

Well, after almost 2 very frustrating years, 3 failed negotiations and lots of emotional ups and downs, we were finally able to finalize the lease on our first location.  Turns out all that work was worth it.  We will have one of the first drive-thru locations in western Washington.  My sister is in the midwest for 8 weeks of training and I am responsible for all of the design and construction.  Just received the draft exterior mock-up of the location.  It is going to be awesome!

Hopefully she's open by December.  

Update:  And wouldn't you know it.  When it rains it pours.  After years of finding nothing among a dearth of location options, now all of a sudden two very good locations have come available at the same time.  One of the locations is another drive-thru option. Given our search challenges to date we are going to pursue these both as if there were never going to be any other options.  



He's Baaaaaak...For a while anyway.

Dear friends,

It has been far too long.  October 6, 2010 to be exact.  You needn't worry though.   All's good.  Great in fact.  No, the reasons for my absence are entirely orthogonal to my happiness.  First off, petty jealousy :)  The whole magic of Facebook and Twitter success has been this grand scheme of making us believe that people actually care about what we say.  My initial foray into blogging/Facebook/Twitter was actually the opposite of that.  It seemed nobody cared what I had to say...at least that's what I thought judging from number of comments/responses I got to my posts.  So yes, I'll admit, my absence was due in part to a small pity-party I was having.  Some might call it a temper tantrum :)  So now I'm to the point where I've just decided to post and not worry about comments/responses, who's reading and who's not.  I know that if you're reading, you care ("They like me.  They really like me!").

More importantly, I've been gone simply due to a lack of time for my style of composition.  While I think that I'm a fairly adept writer, you cannot imagine the torment that is my putting thoughts to paper (these 2 meager paragraphs btw, I've been working on for at least an hour now...who does that?).  It must be my the engineer in me.  Every word, thought and sentence structure can be easily agonized over.  There's very little free flow of ideas in my world.  Every thought that comes out of my head must first be analyzed to perfection before it can even begin to be verbalized. I've always struggled with brainstorming because I just can't let go and simply throw ideas out without having first computed (in my head) all of the possible end results of my statement.  In the past months, I've had absolutely no time for that level commitment to posting here.   But I've got my head a little above water now, so you should start hearing more from me again.  It also doesn't hurt that starting to post again can help some of my new endeavors.   We'll see how long it lasts, hence the "For a while anyway" in the title.  If I start getting buried again you may see me scale back once more, but I'll try not to go quite so silent if it comes to that.

Look out over the next few posts where I'll catch you up on the last (lost?) 8 months, so in the end you'll feel like I was never absent.