Amazing Six Months!

I’ve hit an amazing Six month “Sprint” in my life. Working at Credit Karma has proven to be the absolute best work experience I’ve had in my 36 year career. I have built the companies first Enterprise Data Dictionary, which included the data model, Python meta data generators from all sources, and after learning React.js with Redux and Material.ui, I’ve developed the first web app in a suite of very high profile (internal) web apps. All while learning several Google Cloud technologies (I used to use AWS for this sort of thing). Throw in the odd Google SEO app that I wrote that bailed part of the marketing team out.

In parallel, I’ve learned more than I ever could have imagined in the Maker space, and built the URAT Raspberry Pi Zero W based universal remote antenna tuner. Coding Python at work during the day and C at night. And I’m only a second rate C hack, but I must say, I kicked some major ass and ended up featured in several Maker web sites.

I designed and built the Mod Bob lowband antenna and the two element 20M yagi and then gave my “inaugural” presentations on both at EBARC meetings.

I sold my car and committed to cycling everywhere as my form of transportation.

I rebuilt a major portion of my ham shack and built a small Maker space with my first signal generator and oscilloscope. I helped a couple makers with their projects and they proclaimed “I need to get into ham radio” after seeing the shack.

I travelled to my first Dayton Hamvention where VK0EK received the very highly coveted and esteemed DXPedition of the Year award.

VK0EK won the DX Coffee “Best Communication” award, which was fashioned after the TX5K Clipperton DXpedition where I forged a form of near real time “micro-blogging” that I took to it’s logical conclusion with VK0EK.

I learned that TX5K is the world record holder for QSO’s per hour or minute for any DXpedition, and that is kudos to my German brothers in the Bavarian Contest Club.

My younger son was accepted into UC Santa Cruz after completing his first two years at DVC, a wonderful Community College.

I got my neighbors to join CERT and a few are mildly interested in Ham Radio.

Just before I started at Credit Karma I completely redesigned and rebuilt my landscaping. It turned out great.

The only thing I didn’t do that I wanted to do was lose some serious weight.

Is there an app for that?

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