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Liebster Award

Yay! I have been nominated by my friend Dana Wielgus, or as I like to call her, Dana Northstar, to receive a Liebster Award!

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This award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers by other bloggers. It’s a way to publicize & promote your blog, gain more activity on your site, and overall acknowledge your fellow bloggers’ awesomeness, despite the lower numbers of readers. Thank you so much, Belle, for the honor!

Here are the rules for the nominee (Me):

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you in a post.
  • Share 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger (Dana) created
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers whom deserve recognition (you cannot nominate the blogger who nominated you)
  • Post 11 new questions for them to answer
  • Notify all nominated bloggers

11 Facts about Kyle

  1. I am an Eagle Scout. A dying breed. Not many more good ones out there that understand how great of an honor this is
  2. Celebrated being married 20 years this past week by being at Girl Scout Camp with my entire family
  3. I have been an IT nerd since sophomore in high school when I joined Computer Homeroom.
  4. Marquette University High School is a great high school. Unless you attend class there, you will never fully understand the bond that an all male high school can have.
  5. Met my lovely bride in fact #2 freshman year at Carroll College. Her first impression of me was not great. Ask her about it sometime 🙂
  6. Swimming has been a passion of mine for a long time. Coached 16 years at Divine Savior Holy Angles before moving to Waukesha North in 2007. I will be eternally grateful to Peggy Braun for taking a chance on me to coach.
  7. Hate the fact that there is not enough time in the day or week or month to staff fully connected with my friends from High School and College. No matter how much time is carved out, there is still not enough
  8. Traveling to Australia during January of 1991 will always be one of the greatest trips of my life
  9. It has taken this long to get to my passion for sports and fantasy sports? Something is wrong. ESPN is a mandatory channel selection and the NFL RedZone is the greatest thing ever invented. Fantasy football is something that I take serious but it does help with fact #7
  10. Same with Golf. Enjoy playing golf or as my brother calls it “Hit and Chase”. No course is a garbage course when playing gold, well except for Portage Country Club. That is a Dog Track
  11. My real brother Brian, lives 5 houses from me, and “my bro” lives 0.5 miles away from me. My real brother is often accused of being older, although I am 4.5 years older. “My Bro” is Jim. At Girl Scout camp, a number of the younger campers often thin we are brothers.
Brian and I

Brian and I

Jim and I

Jim and I

11 Answers for Dana:

1. Why did you start blogging, and why? Really wanted to capture my thoughts while practicing to write more. Most of you know that I have a million things in my head at one time and I thought this would help get them out in an organized way. Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

2. If you could go anywhere in the world, right now, where would you go, and why?
As long as I can take Michelle with me, we are going back to Australia. Just something about the people and the culture that is so much fun

3. If you had the chance to travel back in time or into the future, which would you pick, and what would you want to see/find out?
Future. So I could see how my kids turn out. Not that I am going anywhere soon, just want to make sure they are productive members of society that are happy and loved.

4. Apple or PC?
PC. MAC this, Mac that…still cannot live without a PC

5. How did we meet?
I was the Head Swim Coach and you were the eldest Diver on the team. And we probably met at GS Camp as well.

6. What is your guilty pleasure?
Planning to get everyone out of the house, cook up a steak on the grill with mushrooms, turn on ESPN, while drinking a cold beer

7. At my funeral, I want this song played:
Good Riddance by Green Day off the Nimrod album

8. What do you think of when you hear, “Wisconsin?”
Camp Randall Stadium on a cold crisp fall afternoon with 90,000 fans screaming for Bucky

9. What is your favorite season and why?
Summer. Pool, Beach, BBQ, Beer, Golf

10. I never, ever, want to do this again:
Be too busy for a friend in need.

11. What do you like most about yourself?
That I am a giver and not a taker

I Nominate:

  1. Jason Muelver at http://jasonmuelver.tumblr.com
  2. Lisa Dorsey at a Blessed Life
  3. Shiloh Buchman at Hand It Over
  4. Erika Berger at the American Calgarian
  5. Dave Erickson at Nerds Eye View
  6. David Wallach at Pace of Chicago
  7. Another Dave I respect in Dave Steffen at http://dsteffen45.wordpress.com
  8. The Principal of the Purple Palace by Jody Landish
  9. Dale Van Keuren at The Tech Corner
  10. SDW Technology Now
  11. Brenda Ster at the Charmed Suite

My Questions for the Nominees:

  1. Greatest Sporting Event you have ever attended and why
  2. Holiday Parades? – In or Out and why
  3. What is your greatest fear
  4. Favorite State to visit
  5. Who is the greatest inspiration in your life
  6. If there is a person that you could spend one day with, past or present, who would it be?
  7. Favorite Concert of all time that you attended and why
  8. Summerfest or State Fair? Please defend your position
  9. If you were forced to give up one of the 5 senses, which one would it be
  10. What candy could you never give up
  11. Ice Cream or Custard? There is a difference, pick one.

Thanks Readers! ((Editor’s Note: There is no real award handed out for this – Just a great way in my opinion to develop more ideas for posts and to get more readers))


2012 Year in Review

SuperBowlStill recovering from the Packers being bounced from the Playoffs, the family goes to the Super Bowl Experience in Indy the week before the Super Bowl.  Then we head out for a tubing/swim long weekend to Sunburst and then to Blue Harbor in Sheboygan in February.

March started with a massive snowstorm on the 2nd, and then the new scoreboard at the North Aquatic Center was install on March 6th.

Group PhotoKyle goes with his brother and buddies to Gulf Shores for 6 rounds of golf in 4 days over St. Patrick’s Day/Opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament.   GASER Championship is won!

April was very exciting.  Mollet’s and Bedalov’s go to Vegas for Spring Break.  And on our return, Michelle starts working full time at Waukesha North.

Kyle went to Kansas City for work in mid may and had an awesome meal at Jack Stack Barbecue.   Anna gets her braces put on, andFractured Wrist Luke breaks his radius in his left hand.

Anna BracesWith Michelle working full time, planning for Girl Scout camp occupied a great deal of time in May and June, and culminated with a great week of togetherness at Camp Winding River at the end of June.  It also concluded with Luke getting Cryptosporidium and Vibrio

Kyle wins his second golf “major” in mid July at the 19th Annual Tiedt Invitational Tournament.

Swim and School start in August and September and then October rolls in and things start blurring together.

Soccer, birthdays, ushering, choir, watching the Olympics, Badger football games, and meeting LeRoy Butler.  Kyle and LeRoy

Kyle growing a mustache, replacement referees, Luke and Kyle goto a Packer game, fantasy football, working home games at Waukesha North and then Christmas is upon us.


2012 GASER CUP Wrap Up

The 2012 GASER Cup ended in dramatic fashion.  But what do you expect when you get 6 rounds of golf in 4 days in among 8 guys?   If you skip over the humor, laughing, getting stung byNoSeeUm‘s, March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day, handicap controversy, “Sheephead”, more laughing, cable TV going out, and a terrible reproduction of the A Flag…you have yourself a golf tournament.

Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club and Craft Farms were excellent hosts for the second straight year.  Course conditions were extremely well.  The weather was fantastic.

Leaving at 6:05 am on Thursday and getting back at 11:35 pm on Sunday was once again a fantastic time spent with Brian (Commissioner of Travel), PJ (Commissioner of Gaming), Jerod (Commissioner of Cooking), Q (Commissioner of Sleeping Early), John (New Guy), Jeff (Commissioner of Fashion), and Matt (Commissioner of Laptops).

The golf games set up by PJ were great and unique.  The teams were determined after a random draw for foursomes and the first round of Acey Deucey.  The lot was drawn and one team was Team 99 Cent App made up of Jeff, Brian, John, and PJ.  Team GNat was Q, Matt, Jerod, and myself.

Friday’s golf games were Sheepshead and 2 Man Best Ball Match Play.  Sheepshead was a new game that the COG created while match play was a standard game.  Friday night dinner was at the Hangout were Matt, PJ, and Jeff shared a meal called the Incredible.

Saturday’s golf games were Crazy 8’s in the morning and Team Scramble in the afternoon.  Dinner that night was prepared by Jerod and was pulled beef tacos, while Matt made some home made salsa.

Sunday was the conclusion.  The teams were tied in total points heading into the final matches of Match Play. We started the morning with French toast and breakfast potatoes along with Bacon and Sausage, once again prepared by Jerod.  He is a master in the Kitchen.

The first foursome had John and Jerod with a push in a tie match, while Brian beat Q.  In the second group, PJ lost to Matt, meaning that we were all tied up and just my match with Jeff would determine the title.   After sinking a tough up hill left to right put on 16, I was up two with two to play but needed to give Jeff one stroke on each of the last two holes.

Hole 17 on the Cypress course is a long par 5 with water coming into play on your approach shot.  My third shot was back of the green on the fringe, while Jeff was in the sand.  Jeff made an awesome sand save to make 6 but with his one handicap stroke it was a 5.  I needed  to make a 8 footer to end the match, and could not close the door.

On 18, Jeff drove into the tree but received a “BBrian” bounce that came out of the forest and hit the cart path twice and ended up being further than my drive in the fairway.  I was out about 194 according to the GPS on the cart with water looming on the right of the green.  I had been playing my 4 iron very well the entire round, including an approach shot on the 6th hole from the same distance to set up a birdie.  Hit is flush and was pin hit on the fringe.  Jeff put his in the water and the match was basically over.

A win for Team GNat!

A trip like this just reminds my on how lucky I am to have great friends that understand who I am and that we can have different opinions and still work things out.  It also reminds me how lucky I am to have a super family that makes it possible for me to do something like this.


With Great Risk Comes Great Rewards

Three things happened over the weekend and it really had to make you think about how close winning and losing can be, both in sport and in business.  And how being blinded by winning/glory, allow you to make some really bad choices.

  • In the morning, rookie JR Hildebrand crashed on lap 199 on turn 4 and finished 2nd
  • In the evening Dale Jr. ran out of gas on the last turn of the last lap and could not win
  • And yesterday, the Head Coach for the Ohio State University Football team stepped down because of misdoings.

What can we learn from these three things?

Is the risk worth the Reward – Ask yourself is the risk I am going to take worth the reward at the end….the glory of being the 9th rookie to win the 100th running of the Indy 500? Pass slower traffic, something he had done laps earlier, and miss one car, and JR is the champ. Makes the wrong move and the National Guard car (pretty ironic for Memorial Day) goes into the wall. Still finished 2nd. With great risk, comes great reward. That fine line between greatness and an after thought.

Hard work is Measured by Success – It does not happen all of the time, but hard work and dedication result in a victory. If either of the eventual race champions would have given up laps earlier, they would have not been on the winners circle.

Once a Cheater, always a Cheater – You cheat the system long enough and you will get caught. Playing the system within the rules but being unethical OR just flat performing illegal activities will result in you being caught. You can fool some people some of the time, but in the long run you will slip up and be caught. Run your life with integrity and stuff like this does not happen.

I will leave you with this video.    This is from Tin Cup, and it shows both sides.  The great risk and the great reward….although on the 5th attempt.


Golf as it Relates to Social Media

Got the clubs out and hit the ball on Friday and today. Now I know there are tons of comparisons between life and golf. Things like the hazards being compared to things that jump into your path to slow you down.

But I think there is a also a comparison between social media and golf. My example today will be between playing in a scramble and how it compares to social media.

A scramble is when each player in a team tees off on each hole, and the players decide which shot was best. Every player then plays their second shot from within a club length of where the best shot has come to rest, and the procedure is repeated until the hole is finished.

But during that time some people contribute more, some play a supporting cast, and some are just along for the ride and the beer.

As that relates to social media……

There are people that are strong contributors in social media. People that make a positive contribution. These are the people that are clutch in your scramble with the monster drive from the tee box. They are real leaders in social media.

There are the people that hit the safe shot so the big risk takers can attempt to reach the green in two for the long par 5. The safe shot people in social media are the on the plus of dabbling. They are working hard to figure it out and more times than not that are doing good work in social media.

Those along for the ride…they think that Social Media is just about making money. Just keep pumping product and pumping sales. They are not good for your golf outing and not good for social media either.


2010 in Review – First Half

We come to the end of another year.  There were so many things that happened during the year, it was hard to think of all of them.

Favre goes Down

The year started at the same place it ended the year before, and the same place it will end this year, at Matt Miller’s house.  He has been a gracious host for a great New Year’s Eve party.  I spent a great deal of time at Waukesha North working basketball games and swim meets.  Black Beauty started the year with about 148k but needed a new battery…I think it was still on the original.  My grandparents also celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary.

We traveled to Madison a great deal again this year.  In February the Badgers played the Wolverines at Camp Randall in hockey.  Outside Hockey is something else.  I thought the Badgers did a great job and I hope it comes back some day.  We got to go into the Heritage Club because we were with a Badger

W Club

Kyle, RJ, Chris, Michelle

Varsity Award Winner in of all sports, baseball.  Chris was in one of the last couple of seasons Bucky had baseball.  Luke and I went to a Badger basketball game (inside), saw Bucky beat Michigan State again.  Luke had his birthday party in February because of all the other things going on we could not have it in January.

I tried this strange thing called Reading this year all.  I read the Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell and Trust Agents by Chris Brogan.  I actually received a signed copy of Trust Agents from my good friend Joe Sko.

Mollet's and Bedalov's

February ended with a trip with the family and the Mollet’s to Point Hilton in Squaw Peak, Arizona, and March started with a trip to Amelia Island Plantation Resort with my brother and his golf buddies.  I look forward to going on both trips again in 2011.  I know the golf trip is moving to a new location, but I am not sure where the Bedalov/Mollet goup is headed this year.

Brian, Q, Jeff, Kyle - MUHS Alumni

The snow melted early and construction started.  Michelle and I went with some MU alums (Ed, Cheryl, Steve, Michelle) to the first and second round tournament games at the Bradley Center.  Sat behind a guy with a really fat head.  Anna swam really well at the Waukesha Optimist Meet, and the month ended with Opening Day.  Went for the 2nd year in a row with Demo!

April started with my boss asking me to leave work early to play golf.  WHAT???  I had to say yes.  So, we left early and played a round at the Legends of Brandybrook.  We took in a few more baseball games with hopes that

Mark turns 40

the Brewers would do better now that Rickie Weeks would be better.  Michelle’s cousin Mark had his 40th birthday party at yet another Brewers game.  He had excellent weather for it.  Went with my friend Dan to see AC/DC at the Bradley Center.  It was one of the best Concerts Ever!  Luke and I went to an Admirals playoff game.  Nicole signed her National Letter of Intent to be a Maverick.  Traveled to Alabama for work to see a reprographics shop down there.  Learned to say Roll Tide while there.

 

New Grill!

Started playing golf at Western Lakes in May.  The weather was too nice not to.  Started grilling out more our new grill.  Luke won the Open-minded Award at school.  I traveled to Palm Springs for work (and got a round of golf in).  Bethesda had its first ever Walk to raise money for school improvements.  And it was a big success.  Kids got their first ball at Brewers game when we sat in TGIFriday’s for batting practice.  And we did a little canoe training indoors at Waukesha North.

Home Sweet Home

The first half of the year ended with the World Cup in full swing.  It also included a trip to Noah’s Ark.  Noah’s Ark won a hard fought battle with the kids losing.  We took my brother’s kids to Taco John’s for a treat on a Saturday for lunch.  Black Beauty goes over 155K.  The month ended with start of Girl Scout Camp.  Michelle was a co-director again this year, and I was running the Canoe station with 5 new program assistants.  Almost perfect conditions for the entire week.


IRgA 2010

I was asked to travel for work last week to go to our industry trade show in Palms Springs, California.

The IRgA Trade Show and Convention concluded in Palm Springs Convention Center on Friday 21st. This is an opportunity for the industry to get together and see where we are headed and it also gives the chance for vendors to showcase their product lines; both hardware and software. There were a number of great speakers during the two days. Below are the notes.

But first there was a round of golf at Indian Canyon Golf Resort. Highly recommended.

Bob Middlebrooks gave the Thursday keynote address in talking about the Future of the AEC Industry and Reprographics. He talked about the influences of the market which included technology, project complexity, diverse technology interoperability, global, advanced visualization, digital fabrication, model based design (BIM), and integrated project delivery. He referenced the Paperless Joy by George Dimopoulos on more than one occasion. Quote from Bob “You can’t expect to meet the challenges of today with yesterday’s tools and expect to be in business tomorrow

Corbin Ball talked about Web 2.0 and Google Analytics, in two different sessions. The number one thing he stressed was that social media is not the place for the Hard Sell. “Social Media is like word of mouth on Steroid.” When I was done with the first session I approached Corbin on the side as he was talking to Curtis Thorton (who I met for the first time), and I was asking how we can get the older management to understand and buy into Social Media more. Curtis said we should be out ahead because our industry has a great deal of family run businesses, and the next generation may not be in the family run business now, but once they get into, they are going to want more social media tool.

In Corbin’s second session, I learned a great deal about Google Analytics. 25% is based off the site itself and the hidden Meta Tags, but 75% is based on off page items and links that point back to your site. In the Business 2 Business arena, you must be able to dominate the first page when a search is done, otherwise your success rate in selling is going to be low. Rupert Murdoch was quoted as saying “Big will not beat small any more – it will be the fast beating the slow”.

Ed Crowley talked about Managed Print Services. MPS is the active management and optimization of documents output devices and related business processes. If we can improve the business process for the customer we keep that customer for life. It all becomes about service delivery. Ed mentioned the book Exploiting Chaos as something good to read. Key take away here for me was we can be more profitable as a company if we emphasize professional services more than hardware.

Steve Jones gave a great talk on the Business of BIM. He talked about how other industries have already moved from CAD based to Model based (automotive and ship building being two), and that it is starting to come to the building industry. Lines, Arcs, and Text all need human interaction, while Intelligent objects and a database of physical and functional characteristics are machine readable. Owners love this because they can digitally connect. The key take away here for me was that Mechanical Contractors are the highest in adoption rate of BIM right now.

Jim Ryerson finished Thursday with some great energy in talking about leadership. He himself has written this book. He was full of energy and this was geared more towards the sales side, but I had some good take aways. We should all be setting SMART goals for ourselves and for our departments. S=Specific – is it clear what is expected. M=Measure – can we measure it without dispute. A=Attainable. R=Results Oriented – is it defined around a result? T=Time Sensitive – is there a defined due date? He suggested that each day you take a 2X2 post it note and write down 5 things that need to get done that day, then prioritize them 1-5, then estimate the time per task.

Friday started with Henry Givray talking about the Passion of Leadership. He provided some great clarity and framework for how to be a strong leader. Leadership is the uniquely consistence and defining force behind a great enduring organization. He wrote this article which is a great quick read. He gave a great deal of information, but he listed 10 Qualities that Define Great Leaders – integrity and honesty, trust, courage and self-confidence, honor, openness and candor, compassion and caring, work ethic, accountability, self-awareness, desire to serve. For me, the genuine desire to serve; putting service ahead of self interest was the piece that I latched onto most. He is directly referenced in the book Apples are Squares. To be a cohesive team we need to Share the same Purpose, and Share the same Values. The quote I wrote down was “During trying times a leaders optimism and courage lift spirits, give hope, and build strength in others”.

Stephen Sandherr ended the two days with a discussion on where the AGC is positioned and how it related to our industry. Unemployment in construction is at 24.6%. Very informative, but nothing really to convey back to the masses from my perspective. He was not overly optimistic that construction would pick up this year.

I also did see some software and hardware vendors. I did see some new products worth implementing here at work.


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