Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

Shark Reef Acquarium Entrance - Mandalay Bay
Shark Reef Acquarium Fish- Mandalay Bay
During the Cisco Live! conference I took the chance to visit another aquarium, the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. It was not the best experience. It was one of the less clean aquariums I have visited. We have no idea how lucky we are to have the aquariums here in Tennessee, Ripley's in Gatlinburg, and the one in Chattanooga. Those are the cleanest I have ever visited.

Surgery Follow Up Day - December 22nd, 2016

Surgery Follow Up Day - December 22nd, 2016
Surgery Follow Up Day - Me and Sherri - December 22nd, 2016
This first photograph is me one month after being released from Vanderbilt. I had lost weight down to 235 pounds. My lowest weight since just after high school. I definitely felt lucky to be alive and thankful to god for letting me live another day. I continue to be blessed. Thanks to all who prayed for me, visited me, and took care of me. A special thank you to my loving wife for being there for me.

Recent Stay In Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Beach - View From Hotel Room
Pensacola Beach
I recently received the outstanding opportunity to stay in Pensacola at the Hilton on the beach. The view was great. It was wonderful to run on the beach early of the morning before heading out on our flight, or walking the beach after a long day of work. Prices were great due us being there before the spring season began. If you are looking for somewhere to vacation this place is great. The beach was amazingly clean.

Recent Trip to Europe

Demolished German Bunker Pointe Du Hoc Normandy 01/17/15
I recently had the chance to travel to Europe on a trip for my employer. I have some photographs I will be uploading to the photo gallery soon. Here is a photo from Pointe Du Hock Normandy of one of the old German bunkers now nearly demolished. We actually walked through several of these which was one of the many awe inspiring moments I had while there. Following the steps of the soldiers hitting Normandy beach then to the top of the hill was a touching moment for me.

Car Show in Blountville

Northeast Tennessee Mustang Club Car Show
Northeast Tennessee Mustang Club Car Show Tents
We recently attended a car show in Blountville on Main Street offered by the Northeast Tennessee Mustang Club based out of Blountville. This club supports the American Patriots and Pastime mission by collecting money from donations and club activities to 100% fund sending needed items to troops deployed all over the world. We joined the club a couple of weeks back and plan to participate as much as we can when time allows.

New Reality for Microsoft Releases

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This CNET articles definitely points out the writing on the wall. To compete in today's market the more Linux like release schedule is the way to go. Look at Google and Apple. Also direct to consumer improvements are the only way to stay in the game. Microsoft has been late adopting this strategy, but the tactics they are using now for releasing product is obviously guided by the recent adoption of this strategy. It is interesting to see how much competition is changing the tech marketplace.

Leaving the Car Show

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Here are a couple of photos with me, Sherri, and Haley at various Carter County/Elizabethton Car Club Cruise In events. We attend weekly if it is not raining or if we don't have to work. We enjoy hanging out with our hot rod enthusiast friends and participating in charitable events. I will be putting many photos up to the photo site today from many of the cruise ins we have attended this year.

http://joepearce.com/photos/

Last Elizabethton Car Show 2012

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We participated in the last E-Town car show this year handing out candy for the "Trunk or Treat" event. We love doing anything to help out kids. It was a great event, but due to the cold I believe the turn out wasn't as good as it could have been. Check out the photos of some of the Mustangs that we parked with.

Microsoft Tech Ed 2011

Georgia World Congress - 05/15/11
CNN Atlanta - 05/15/11
Phillips Arena Atlanta - 05/15/11
Coca-Cola Museum Atlant - 05/15/11
Microsoft TechEd 2011 After Party Atlanta - 05/19/11

I was lucky enough to attend the Microsoft TechEd 2011 conference in Atlanta last year. It was a great trip, even though I missed a great deal of the conference due to problems at work. I hope I get to attend this year without interference. What little bit I was able to attend was a great learning experience. I think this year will be even better considering the soon to be released new version of Windows, System Center, and other Microsoft products this year.

I was able to buy some Braves memorabilia and clothing, go to the Coke Museum, visit the Georgia Aquarium, and visit various and sundry areas of downtown Atlanta. We also stayed a couple of extra days to visit the Atlanta Perimeter Center. While at the conference we stayed at the Omni, which I do not recommend. The beds were like rocks, the rooms had a smell I cannot describe, and the rooms were very small. While at the perimeter we stayed at Hampton Inn, which was OK, but was not the best.

While there we ate at Ruth's Chris, Cheesecake Factory, Hooters in downtown Atlanta, Taco Macs which had the best cheesecake ever, some eateries in the Phillips Arena, and the restaurant at the Omni which was actually very good. Believe it or not Taco Macs was the best.

New Site

Well, here it is. The new site. I am working on it diligently. I hope to have something up to offer people soon. Hopefully we will have forums, blogs, etc. Consider this a work in progress. I am also adding a picture to this post to test out the photo uploading.

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