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Every time I think that chapter has closed…

19 Oct

There’s a chapter of my life that I thought was closed and just when I seem to forget about it – something comes back to remind me of it.

First, let me say part of the reason I was successful in life is because my family gave me nothing. I’ve had to work for everything. So it’s not like anyone died and left me a pile of money.

I come from a very, very, old U.S. family – The Flemings. This family is hundreds of years old in this country. Many of my relatives (now deceased) had a hand in either being a founder or worker in one of this country’s largest coal companies. Both sides of my parents families worked for this company. It was only a few years ago, that 1/3 of the time you flipped a light switch in this country it was being powered by the coal from that company. They made some serious sacrifices and paid high personal prices for moving this country forward and giving us the power to become an industrialized nation. Mine safety was a major issue because they didn’t fully understand how and why explosions occurred. Workers died in hideous ways. Workers were often left disabled and with health problem like terminal cancer. Consolidated Coal became Console Energy. One of the founders of Consolidated was Aretas Brooks Fleming. The price that many of those people paid to move this country forward was huge.

In my own career, I started with a division of GE Plastics. I spent a lot of years growing up in what’s known as the Chemical Valley in the U.S. – Dupont, Shell, Chevron, GE were all located there. It’s a dangerous place to live because chemical companies have leaks and often what is leaked is very toxic. Years later, GE eventually moved it’s corporate headquarters to be away from the plants because of the risks. The company was then sold for one of the largest sales in GE’s history. Back then we didn’t really understand to the extent that we do now, just how dangerous it was. I paid a big personal price for living in that region. As a matter of fact I was there when Dupont had it’s accidental release of the chemical C8. It was released into the air and the ground water. I don’t think people understand how dangerous it was for people living in the town just so the U.S. could have non-stick cookware, plastic containers and fuel for their cars.

It’s kind of like my new friend who lived through Chernobyl and had to flee. It ended up killing her mother.

I eventually moved away from that area and haven’t returned. Something came up today which reminded me of that chapter in my life.

It’s kind of like how people don’t fully appreciate the military and how much sacrifice that it’s members make to fight a war. There’s a price to be paid. And in all the examples above, there are people who paid the price.

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All work and no play…

17 Oct

…makes Jane a dull girl.

And this week I’m Jane.

I hope to get better balance back to my life in a few days.

I’ve been busy with work and very little time for anything this week.

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Cowabunga…I’m finally in

15 Oct

I am finally into the root access of the Apache server in which we didn’t have root access.

Now I just have to figure out why the previous developer configured some things the way that they did.

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I had a fabulous time…

15 Oct

I have a new BFF.

She’s from Russia. Her name is Natsha. And when she asked me if I liked American woman as friends, I told her what I really thought, “No. All my friends are guys and American women are mean and can be real witches.”

And with that statement we became instant friends. She is a child from Chernobyl but she’s my age. Blonde. Speaks five languages. I really like intelligent people. “Sit down Natsha I’m looking forward to being friends…” She owns a rental property on St. Marten that was just hit by the hurricane. So she has fled to the U.S. She introduced me to her house mate, Fernado from Mexico and in the mist of conversation we meet Raolu, from Venezula, now a U.S. citizen and as luck would have it we have had a common employer- Raolu designs commercial kitchens for Hard Rock all over the world. “Nice to meet you Raolu, I’m Laura Kerbyson – I was the Kickass Web Mistress of Hard Rock. We have much to talk about.”

And this is why I love the Breakers. Because I always meet really, really interesting people.

Natasha and I are going out Friday night at another hotel. We are both single and in search of suitable male dating partners. We have so much in common that we decided to becomes friends.

She wanted to know why I am so nice, “Because I am from Ohio and I come from a really, really good family. I was raised right.”

And the most interesting thing she said all night is, “You belong with an English man.”

Raulo was nice enough to notice what my dress was, “Is that a Lilly?”

“Yes it is. Nice of you to notice.”

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So this is how the outfit turned out…

14 Oct

I’m going to the Breakers for my usual a Chanel Number 6.

This is how the hair turned out. Somebody said, “That’s such a cute dress why don’t you wear it to work?” Well because it shows some cleavage and that makes it a cocktail dress for evening. See what I mean? It is a cute dress but you can’t really even wear a bra with it because of the shoulder style.

So what bag did I choose? I have this little blue Kate Spade that is perfect for a night out. I don’t like to carry a big purse. Everything you need for an evening fits in this.

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What I am going to wear?

14 Oct

I am seriously thinking of going with a retro vintage Palm Beach vibe tonight. It’s a Lily Pulitzer.

I have this dress that goes with this ring I got last summer. Blue is not my birthstone I just like it.

And these earrings…

This is a horrible picture but this is the length I got my hair cut last weekend. I don’T know how it will look tonight,

Fall is really our summer in Palm Beach county. We wear summer clothes almost all through the year.

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Contemplating going to the Breakers tomorrow night…

14 Oct

I am contemplating going to the Breakers tomorrow night for my usual – a Chanel Number 6.

Not sure if I’m going yet.

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This is where it gets interesting…

13 Oct

Obviously, I’ve used my skill sets in different industries, but if I had to make a comparison of industries I would say that the sports apparel design company is not all that different from aviation.

When I was working with aviation, I had been flying on a Twin Commanche. But my assignment was to make training materials for a Guflstream 450, 550 and 650. Basically they pair you with a SME (Subject Matter Expert – in other words a pilot). When you teach someone how to fly, you explain the aircraft one button at a time. This button does this, this button does that, and so on. Each part of an aircraft has a particular labeling system. It’s kind of the same in the fashion world. Each piece has a style number, color number and size number and they are all coded together into one label. Because so many pieces are made for so many companies looking at the inventory is like looking at the inventory for a plane’s part system.

Even programming and documenting the ACARS system follows some similar logic to things I’ve looked at this week.

And because it’s manufacturing and design, each step of the process requires a great deal of precision and the same steps need to be repeated, Just like a landing and takeoff.

I see a lot of similarities between the two. But to know this, I just you had to have experience with both aviation and fashion. I can imagine that the auto manufacturers are very similar to these processes.

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Learning something new…

13 Oct

I’ve been plowing my way through learning Business Works, EDI, and SPS Commerce as I perform the functions and I’ll be adding Qucikbooks to that as well. I am using a lot of Excel spreadsheets for calculations which I have used Excel for years.

Tonight I am figuring out how to assign and calculate NRF color and size codes. It’s interesting because just like web codes, each digit means something. I have to assign the codes for a line of products. In hexidecimal numbers that we use on the web each digit represents something as well.

This process reminds me of when I had to apply and assign UPC codes for my designer merchandise when I was doing those items.

It’s interesting.

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I knew I had good taste…

12 Oct

Remember the new mid-century modern chairs that I bought this summer?

They are in the dining room of the private suites in the Atlantis in Dubai.

Damn. I knew I had good taste.

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Things I do to keep “focused”

11 Oct

Call it focus. Call it handle the hard stuff. Call it problem solving in your head. Call it whatever you want. Call it a reset button.

Years ago when I started one of my first companies on Hilton Head Island, I started going to the Heavenly Spa at the Westin on Hilton Head. I’ve since adapted some of their rituals into my own at home.

I have a large soaking tub. I come home and run a bath with lavender epsom salts. Put the electric kettle on for hot herbal tea. Open up my Macbook Pro from my flight bag and play this Irish music I like, Celtic Dream. Turn out the lights in the bathroom. Light a candle and soak while I drink the tea. I sort through everything in my mind that I need to.

When I get out of the tub, I keep the music playing and I do a half hour of yoga.

And that’s what I did when I walked in the door this evening.

I swam in the pool last night so tonight I was shifting gears.

My mother and I laugh every time we think about what a great trip I had to the spa that on the way home that I pulled a u-turn on 278 to go back and buy a Porsche that turned out had belonged to a movie star. I drove it for a couple of years until I burned up the engine in it. But I had such a good time doing it…

I think it was another trip to the spa when I decided I was going to build touch screen kiosks and build the interfaces to go on them. I said, “Why not build the whole thing yourself?”

And another trip, I decided to take on some contract work to building training applications for pilots for the Gulfstream series of airplanes.

It’s kind of interesting the stuff I take on after a trip to a “spa.”

Some of it, I can’t tell you about.

And sometimes “spa night” is just about relaxing…

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Ok, I have to be honest about the kiosk story above and “Why not build the whole thing yourself?” Here’s the reason you should be afraid of – I am not strong enough to wall mount a wall mounted kiosk and when you hire a “professional installer” and they drop the kiosk, you just lost $6000. That’s the real reason why maybe you don’t want to do it all yourself…

I wish that was a joke but it’s not. Getting qualified people to install those things was not easy…

“You had one job…I had like 100 jobs!”

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It will be a trivial post about shoes…

09 Oct

When I’ve got something on my mind that I can’t talk about on the blog, I usually talk about shoes.

What do you think of my pink shoes? They’re cute aren’t they?

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It’s just about as good as a massage…

08 Oct

I’ve found that a trip to the beach is about as relaxing as a massage.

It was spectacular. And I was wrong, I clocked it this time. The beach is five minutes away.

I had a nice swim and some “relax time.” The wind and the sound of the waves works like magic.

I think I was saying last night and I really mean it, I love this newly developed area in Boynton Beach (which is in Palm Beach County). I am literally five minutes to anything I would want – the beach, great shopping, entertainment, restaurants, salons, spas, great medical, my accountant…. I just love it. All I have to do is sit on my balcony to get great music every weekend. If I want a bowl of crab bisque or lobster – I can walk across the parking lot. The same with my favorite Italian restaraunt. Want a veggie burger? No problem. No need to drive for it, a bottle of wine or a latte. It’s all within eye shot. I have a nice pool, workout facilities and a putting green and bocce ball court.

But I think they are building something a couple of buildings behind me that might top all of that. I walk on the new walking path they have built to go with the buildings. The place isn’t open yet but I see that they’ve added Cabanas to the pool. Nice touch.

Boynton Beach down at the beach is not an area where you would want to live. Off of Federal Hwy all they have built is some really small condos. I looked at them when I first got down here and decided that I couldn’t live in something that small. Their maintenance fees were also sky high. Surprisingly, down by the beach is not the good part of town unless you are directly on the beach.

But Boynton Beach has one of the best beach access areas. It is just gorgeous. And you can usually get parking. A lot of beaches in Palm Beach don’t have enough parking. Hilton Head was the worst beach I’d ever seen for trying to get a parking spot. Thankfully, down here we have prettier water and better access.

As I am sitting at the beach today, I vowed to myself to do more yoga this week. I was looking at abook on Yoga poses. I need to broaden what I know.

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It was a busy, busy day…

07 Oct

Typical Saturday stuff -

I went to the salon and had four inches cut off my hair. It grows so fast.

I ran errands, laundry, paid bills, cleaned and worked out.

I walked by these great condos that are under construction. I am actually contemplating a move. Not sure yet but I’ve seen enough of the new project to make me intrigued. They have great breeze over there because it’s surrounded by water. That makes a huge difference in temperature. I really like the area in which I live because it has absolutely everything. It has great places to eat, shop and visit the salons. It’s been all about location, location, location…

Now that everything is done I am seriously contemplating at trip to the beach tomorrow. It’s been hot here but I really want to swim in the ocean. Salt water is so good for me. I feel fantastic after a swim in the ocean. The beach is only about 7 minutes away and we have such a beautiful one.

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The hurricane that might hit New Orleans…

06 Oct

I do feel bad for New Orleans.

But I suspect we are about to find out even more what a lie it was that they had “fixed the drainage system.” That seemingly little white lie ended up costing me a lot of money this summer when I took a residence in New Orleans to do due diligence and park planning for a new theme park.

I ended up deciding to cut my losses that this was never going to be a good idea because the city is unprepared to deal with a natural disaster. I put the project and the investors on hold. I took a substantial loss of my investment which then prohibited me from immediately pursing the original project in Florida – which also had some issues that were not perfect.

As much as I wanted another project, the perfect set of conditions did not exist yet. It is risky and expensive business to pull out of project but I didn’t risk the investors money in the due diligence, I risked mine first. That way those investors will pursue a project if I find the perfection conditions. When you’re about to spend $760 million dollars, you need to find every potential problem first.

Right now, I take assignments and work through other channels to recoup some of the money.

It’s unfortunate that the climate in New Orleans wasn’t more honest. But I suspect the residents of New Orleans will end up paying a bigger price than I did.

When Irma hit, I had to travel between Florida and South Carolina and it became very clear that Georgia doesn’t know how to handle a disaster. Florida, on the other hand, did an excellent job at doing what it needed to do. The difference in all these equations is the leadership and having leaders who take care of problems. That’s my personal take on it.

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There’s no joy…

05 Oct

There is no joy in systems that don’t talk to one another or business processes that have “broken data”. There is something broken in every system. At times, the whole thing feels like a rats nest.

That’s all I can tell you about it.

I am hoping things will get better when we replace the accounting software.

I’m looking forward to the weekend when I can check out of this assignment for two days.

Then I can talk about something fun like clothes and style.

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First big perk of the job…

04 Oct

It was like Christmas.

They had a bunch of golf apparel that they didn’t want anymore in inventory and they told me I could take whatever I wanted from what they had gathered together.

I just received about $3000 in golf and workout apparel. It looked like I brought home an entire pro shop. Just about every brand you can think of…

Those are part of the benefits of working for a sports apparel design firm.

Some of these pieces are really cool because they were the prototypes before the line was made. The only thing that tells you that from the line is the tag that’s attached.

I do like to golf and being a woman – I love clothes. This made my day, my week and maybe my month.

I am a happy, happy girl.

You know when we were building Hard Rock Park, I lived a year at Legends Golf Resort (in Myrtle Beach. That is an incredibly beautiful course. I loved living there. It’s too bad the rest of Myrtle Beach doesn’t look like Legends. It’s designed after the courses in Scotland.

I lived on Girvan Drive. This was home for a year…

17 years ago, when I was married my ex, he and I golfed in the guys and gals at our local country club every weekend.

My parents gave me my first set of clubs when I was a really small child. Before I even started school. My dad received a country club membership as part of his employment package – so we golfed every summer. My mother lives on a golf course.

We originally started traveling to Hilton Head because it was a golf community.

I remember when I met Linda Hartough. She’s the official artist of the PGA and she became one of my clients on Hilton Head. I did her Photoshop work and some web work for her for a time period. The Merion holds a special spot in my heart because I did the Photoshop work before it was framed I think. I think the world of Linda Hartough.

And of course, a lot of people know one of my companies, Carolina Web Development and the record that I set for Internet reach on the RBC Heritage with the touch screen kiosks that I designed and the interface.

You can read more about that here:
https://www.tintup.com/blog/tint-tees-off-at-rbc-heritage-and-reaches-1-6-billion-impressions/

Everyone always wants to know, “What’s she wearing?”

Maybe this weekend I’ll snap a few pics of my favorite of the clothes they gave me. Then you’ll know what I’ll be wearing….

Right now, I think this one is destined to be my favorite. It will also look fabulous with my white Jack Rodger leather sands off the course.

It needs a good run through the dryer.

I am thinking these shoes would look good with it off the course. You know, Palm Beach White.

I grabbed some clothes for my mother as well. She has lost so much weight since my stepfather of 38 years died last spring. She was always bigger than me until this year and now I am lending and giving her clothes.

I tried to pick out things that she could wear to the gym. She works out at least 3 times a week. She’s a former triathlon athlete.

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How long did it take me to break into the server?

03 Oct

18 hours.

And I wasn’t an expert on that OS but fortunately, I feel like it is one of the weaker ones out there and I learn fast.

Yes, it was all legal I was paid to do it.

They didn’t call me the Kick Ass Web Mistress for nothing child.

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Email overload…

03 Oct

My personal email accounts get over 800 messages a day. Admittedly, I can’t keep with the volume.

I have all the work emails that I have to keep up with.

I don’t have time to log in to accept the Linked In invitations either.

All I can say is sorry, sorry, sorry – don’t take it personally if I can’t respond.

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Let me clarify…

01 Oct

I’ve learned in life to have deep respect for myself in a few areas.

One is my computer science skills – they can be immensely powerful and deep and when I’m under pressure (and not under pressure), I always seem to solve and do whatever needs to be done even when it seems impossible. At times, I even get a little surprised and intimidated by all the knowledge in my head. My design and business skills are just second nature but they don’t necessarily “scare” or surprise like my CS skills.

The second thing I’ve learned to respect is how much of an impact the words I write on this blog have on people around the world. Many of them write to me. I am always surprised by their attachment to me. I can only imagine how much courage it takes to write to someone you don’t know and I am always honored by the letters.

I am still floored that one very nice gentleman who lives on a continent far away even said he wanted to marry me. I appreciate the sentiment, but I live very far away and have a nice life in the United States. I don’t envision leaving Palm Beach county. It’s a humbling experience to hear that someone falls in love with you because of your every day blog.

One wrote in the other day about a post a made several days back about liking kids. Let me clarify – I have no intentions of having any more children. It’s not even possible. I thoroughly enjoy the freedom I have. I’m not tied down by children or pets. I can do what I want in life. I am enjoying this stage of my life.

My daughter is grown and has her own life and lives far from me.

In the years that I’ve been single, without children and without pets, I’ve been able to do all kinds of things and have experiences that people will never do in life. I have appreciated that time and it made me a much, much stronger person because of it.

I’m just clarifying a few points because of some letters…

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A busy weekend…

01 Oct

Sorry there weren’t posts for the weekend. My mom came for a couple of days and then left this morning.

We were super busy as this was a short trip. I’ll post more later…

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I took today to do all the things I like to do on a Sunday. Clean, organize cabinets, closets, drawers, etc., shop, cook, take a really relaxing bath, do some spa rituals, rub the tension out of my shoulders, settle into my favorite chair to enjoy the gorgeous view from my living room, make a cup of herbal black cherry tea and just find my Zen as I enjoy the view.

It’s that feeling of being happy and content with my life and knowing that I’ve taken care of everything and myself.

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Guess what? I got in…

28 Sep

I got into the server and the files I needed. (If you don’t know the backstory, read the post below.)

I updated the site with the new product line complete with all the photos I shot and edited in the shoot. I created all the new e-commerce items. There were hundreds of them to create because of the options. I have a little cleanup to do tomorrow.

I’m just happy that I am now into the server and the site is now updated.

That reduces the stress level a bit.

I now understand his logic and how it was put together. It was a long day but a productive one.

I had to get into a server without proper credentials because the Sys Admin died suddenly. It’s a server OS that I rarely work with and a web platform I had never used. But I figured it out. I figured out 90% of it but then had to pose a few questions to unravel the other 10%.

30 years of problem solving skills really come in handy…

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This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do…

26 Sep

Here’s the story – I was hired to do a certain set of tasks – graphics, fashion photo shoots, create digital products for social and ecommerce….plus I was going to do some fashion customizations.

Within 24 hours that role was expanded to operations and logistics (this was someone else’s full time time job) by itself.

So then I had basically 2 jobs.

Then the guy who had being doing the web site who was about my age died of a heart attack.

This has now become this company’s worst nightmare. There’s not a server company because this guy basically was the server company. So that means, there was no log and no notes that you would normally have if the server was hosted at an outside company. We don’t have passwords, root server access, etc. My job is to now play forensic computer scientist and figure out how I can get into all these systems. I would have been better qualified if I were a professional computer science criminal – a hard core black hat.

There’s a whole new product line that has come out and needs to be on the web. The web platform is one that I haven’t used that often. When I finally get into parts of it, I’ve got to figure out how he configured every plugin and add on to the original core. He’s got some of the third party add ons doing some serious heavy lifting. There’s a massive amount of products in the backend of the ecommerce site.

This is so hard when you have nothing, nothing, nothing to go about what he was thinking and why certain things are the way they are. This is a very difficult job to do. Meanwhile, things are piling up from the other two positions that are not getting my attention at the moment.

This whole scenario has taken over my life at the moment.

Some people need an explanation because they think I am ignoring them – trust me this is not personal.

I feel very, very bad for this company. On top of all that, one of their top, longest and best employees took another position.

The whole situation is stressful for everyone at this point. I’m just trying to focus and figure out how to solve the problems but this is not easy.

This what computer science emergencies look like. There does not appear to have been a disaster plan.

The situation is very challenging.

To complicate matters, I am an expert with Apache servers. This one is not Apache. Everyone who’s really good at this job knows that you always choose a Linux or Unix box. So the best option, does not exist in this case.

I have to get inside a guy’s head and one that I never knew outside of one minute phone call.

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It’s been a long weekend…

24 Sep

30 hours at the computer.

I did a fashion photography shoot this past week and then had to do 30 hours of editing the photos and getting them into the proper format for an e-commerce site.

Hundreds and hundreds of photos from the original shoot. Choose the best, edit each one and sometimes splice photos together. The clothes didn’t all fit the model so I have to do some digital editing of making several photos into one photo.

All this is murder on my neck. I had a deadline of when I needed to have it done and I knew I was taking off two days this week so I opted to work all weekend on it.

When you do studio shoots, it’s a lot of kneeling and your neck in a bad position when you shoot. I used the mobile studio for this one.

I think the photos look fabulous. Hopefully, they will think so too.

Now I have a few hours of the weekend left to take care of regular life stuff. I have been so busy lately.

I am getting breakfast ready for tomorrow because I am dieting again. I’m having boiled, organic brown eggs, an organic apple and a small glass of low fat organic milk. That’s going to be breakfast several days this week.

The joys of middle age and dieting- At least I have a figure now. I didn’t when I was younger. It’s kind of nice to buy a dress and actually fill it out.

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I am working all weekend on assignment….

23 Sep

I have to take 2 days off next week so I am working all weekend on assignment.

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This post will be very, very controversial on design

23 Sep

Although I do many differnt types of design, this post will be very particular for it’s opinion about architectural designers.

It’s a love/hate list.

Who do I hate – Christina El Moussa. Why – She’s fake. She doesn’t really have a good sense of design and she doesn’t really undrer stand that home design is centered around the “home” which includes the people in it. I am not a fan of her design work. I think it is takcy, forced and overpriced for what you get. She doesn’t understand how much a broken home will impact those precious children. I feel so bad for them.

Who do I like – Joannna Gaines. I love her use of white and mixed elements. Joanna also appears to come off as very authentic and seems to truly care about the client. She has an adorable family and you just end up rooting for this woman. Joanna is my kind of woman. I will always be a fan.

As for me personally, – I like to know the famiiles. I like color. I like a lot of white. I have a very soft spot for children atlhough I don’t have any at home any more. At the same time as I’ve been a designer, I’ve been a humanitarian and I look for those qualities.People are very, very important to any type of design.

I didn’t really want to make this post but friends urged me to say what I really think. Now you have it. It’s honest, but I have no desire to hurt anyone’s feelings in regards to it.

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I will comment about the little girl hit by a baseball…

22 Sep

I played 17 sports as a child. I had parents who were always enrolling me in sports or an academic gifted program.

I wasn’t much past 7 years old when I was the pitcher on the boys baseball team. I was hit by a line drive to the face. It is a horrifying experience.

Of the 17 sports and all the injuries I received (which were a lot), that was the only sport I told my parents, “I’m done. No more baseball. I won’t have any more of that sport. I’m not cut out to take this.” And so I quit. The boys on the teams were much older than I was – but I could through “straight.” So I played pitcher and third base – so I could send it home before they could get there.

I thought my “aim” was better suited for archery or being a fighter pilot. I had great differences with my parents over this issue.

I spent 3 years of high school earning all the criteria for the Air Force Academy (grades, sports, clubs, senator recommendation…) only to be objected to by my parents who wanted me to go to Columbia University (who did court me). In the end we compromised on Ohio University because I told them – “you know the bulk of U.S. CEOs went to state universities…” Going to private, elite schools can really hurt your job opportunities in life – people hire people they can relate to…

I do think my choice of the Air Force Academy would have been the best choice.

As a basketball player for 11 years, I had my share of injuries – broken collar bone, knee surgery, three broken fingers – but never anything that compares to that line drive to the face.

And I went on to do a lot of dangerous sports – like downhill snow skiing racing. You are traveling at very high rates of speed and an accident is like a car accident without protection.

I’ll tell you this – I would get back on a set a skis but I will never do baseball again.

When I was 15 I was scoping out better and faster skii’s and equipment. I did have the best that money could buy. I paid for all of my equipment and lift tickets from of the job I had.

Baseball, needs to put up the nets to protect the fans and pray that little girl will not have any lasting problems. I was fortunate. I hope and pray that she will be as well.

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You won’t see a lot of posts this week…

19 Sep

I’m busy with work and I can’t talk about the new assignments. But all the assignments are taking up my time…

You’ll hear more from me this weekend.

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Getting organized…

17 Sep

It’s been a weekend of getting equipment ready, things organized and items I need in the coming weeks.

I’ve got appointments that I’ve got to reschedule in order to make things work.

Yes, I saw the new hurricanes. We are in for a busy season as I think their initial predictions were for 17 named storms. That’s a lot more than usual.

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I am trying something new…

15 Sep

I am taking a new project. I was approached and I agreed to take on the challenge something that draws on a lot of my skill set and my diverse nature.

I was approached about being a “Ghost Designer” for golf and tennis apparel for professional golfers and tennis pros, amateur athletes and collegiate apparel for multiple brands . They asked me to work with apparel design, take over the management of their new e-commerce web sites, handle photo shoots, do design work, and learn the operations of the international company. This company makes apparel for many of the major brands that you have come to know.The operations side is quite large.

You know a true designer – we love to design anything and I am always willing to try on something new. I’ve always wanted to learn past t-shirts, jackets and designer technology accessories. If you followed the blog you know, I discontinued selling my designer merchandise when Hurricane Matthew wiped out my inventory in South Carolina last year. This was my catalog prior to the hurricane – http://floridawebdevelopment.net/LauraKerbyson-Catalog.pdf. And being a true entrepreneur you know that I have worn every role there is to do in a company so nothing bothers me about a task. You just have to jump in, learn it and master it.

So it looks like I’ll be adding “fashion designer” to my list of design experience.

If you’ve followed the blog for years then you know I’ve been a web designer/developer, print designer, interior and architectural designer, theme park designer, merchandise designer, game designer, yacht designer, Porsche redo designer…

There isn’t anything I won’t try to design. Design is my passion in life. And I love to learn the business side. You might also know that I love golf and I’ve had several clients in the golf industry – Linda Hartough – the official artist of the PGA tour and I did the social media aggregation kiosks for the Hilton Head Chamber for the RBC Heritage. We even set a record for Carolina Web Development in reach.

So this is something I wanted to do…

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Very, very grateful…

14 Sep

I arrived home in South Florida at 2 p.m. I made it back in 6 1/2 hours and that was after taking 35 minutes off the road in a way I hadn’t quite planned.

I needed to make sure that I could get fuel. Gas Buddy was showing all the stations without fuel and only a few with power. So I started playing a game called, “I Spy…”

I Spy a fuel truck. I finally did and I followed him. I figured if he was making a delivery it was to a station with power. I had to wait for 35 minutes while he filled the station’s tanks, but I didn’t have to wait in line.

A lot of travelers had stopped at the first Welcome Center rest area right inside of Florida. I think traffic was so backed up there because everyone was checking their phones and looking for fuel.

After I got home to Palm Beach county, I was thrilled to find my condo in perfect condition. I had power. I couldn’t believe that I still had my screen door. When I picked this unit, it faces North and that was part of the appeal. The building is only 2 years old and is really built to withstand that kind of punishment. The poor palm trees however look very, very sad. I’ll snap some photos this weekend.

I didn’t know how my home would come out of the storm, so I took a lot of things with me. I am sore and tired after getting everything put a way.

But I can tell you that I am very, very grateful and very happy to be home.

I’ve got more things to tell about the trip but they can wait for a weekend blog post.

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Seriously funny stuff…

13 Sep

This was in the Palm Beach Post. http://www.palmbeachpost.com/entertainment/hurricane-irma-brought-winds-rain-and-weight-gain-floridians-coast-coast/g9O7U4bEpLrXonsumXSxKK/

It reminds me of what I told my mother when I arrived at her house in South Carolina and saw the generator.

I said. “It’s perfect Mother. It has two outlets. One for the refrigerator and the other for my hot curlers.”

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So excited to be going home…

13 Sep

I’m excited to be going back home to Palm Beach county, Florida.

I am sure that the view from I95 will be a very different one than usual.

It usually takes me 7 to 7 1/2 hours to go from Hilton Head Island, SC to Palm Beach county. I drive a car like most people fly an airplane. We’ll see how long it takes tomorrow.

I have driven this drive more times than I can possibly count in my life. For 2 years, I made the drive almost every week.

By the way, if you follow the blog – do you remember me talking about the painting that I gave to my mother that I had in storage for years. For years now, I have only decorated with ocean colors and white – because those are my favorites and always have been.

But back from 2000-2006, this was still still hanging in my house. I bought it because we were redesigning that ballroom web site for M.I.T. I bought it at an auction with damage and I fixed the damage. This is the one I was talking about. This is what it looks like hanging in my mother’s house. This is a really large painting. It’s from the “Singing Butler” series. This is not a print – it’s a painting.

Here’s where I marked the difference between my painting and the one you see on the Internet. Pardon, my gaudy red arrow. My painting has a small, white sailboat on the horizon. I didn’t add the sailboat.

Next time I post hopefully, it will be from Florida.

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Going home tomorrow…

12 Sep

I just received word that I now have power so I’ll be heading home tomorrow. I can’t wait to get home. I feel like clicking my heels.

The next challenge will be finding gas along I95.

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Waiting for power and fuel to go home…

12 Sep

I am just waiting on them to restore power and say Florida has enough fuel so that I can get home…

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