2013 Year in Review

The final day of 2013 has arrived and it is time again for me to reflect on how 2013 went.

Coalition Technologies:

  • Wins:
    • The company has nearly doubled in size this year over last year
    • We have the best team we have ever put together now
    • We had multiple big wins for our clients
  • Losses:
    • Employee turnover was way too high, Justin is production manager now to assist with improving this problem. I am personally improving my management style and trying to learn how to better inspire and motivate people.
    • Our margins have been much narrower than in the past due to our growth, poor scope management and poor account management.


I have improved at rock climbing (able to lead up to  half of 5.10cs without rest or falls) and have leaned down to 200 pounds. Ideally I would like to lean down to 195 and lower my bodyfat to 7-8%. I also would like to improve my diet to having 2 60 oz blender drinks each day consisting mostly of vegetables. In 2013, I averaged 1 blender drink four days a week.

Romantic Relationship:

Redacted due to request.

Family and friends

I do not spend nearly as much time as I should with my family and friends. I do not see this improving in 2014 as the business continues to suck up more and more of my time. I will have to try to find ways to creatively fit in more time with both.

Thank You Google!

My stock portfolio had a nice win yesterday thanks to Google’s increase in stock price of 12% yesterday after their earnings call. I am going to hold onto it as I think Google has some awesome product announcements coming up, including:

  • Self driving car technology being licensed to auto manufacturers
  • Wearable tech devices being taken to market (Google Glass, watch)

And of course they have several highly successful business units including:

  • Search
  • AdWords
  • Apps

Ingredients in a Fun Weekend

In order to make a fun weekend, obtain the following ingredients:

  • 3 White Russians
  • 1 Depressed Man in Bomber Jacket
  • Bachelorette party with 11 girls
  • Martha Stewart’s Bruschetta
  • 1 sex blogger
  • 12 fatty patties
  • 8 pork loins
  • 3 cases of good beer
  • 1 packed hot tub

Begin mixing and cooking at 4 pm Friday in a low temperature bar and gradually increase the heat throughout the weekend.‚  Toss in copious amounts of alcohol and beware of explosions.

New Years Eve 2008: ACT Theatre

Tomorrow, Joel and his hordes of minions descend upon the ACT Theatre in downtown Seattle to celebrate all of the joys of 2008 and cheer the coming of 2009.‚  Jarek, Nick, Plato, Bryan, Kenny and many other friends will join me in ringing in the New Year with unlimited drinks, food and beautiful ladies. Adventures will be had, stories will be made and Seattle will be rocked.

To Jeremy & Daniel: It didn’t work out for me to join you guys in Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve this year, but I will be there with you in spirit.‚  Buy yourself a shot of Johnny Walker and put my spirit inside of you.‚  That nice Vegas bartender will put his… spirit.. in you later.

To my brothers: Sing a rousing edition of “Happy Birthday Joel” to me at midnight.‚  You weren’t there when I was born, you don’t know I wasn’t born at that time.‚  Don’t question my supremacy.

To everyone else: Have an amazing New Year’s Eve and BE SAFE!


Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time to reflect on what you are grateful for, so I will do the standard post listing a few things that I am grateful this year:

  • Still being employed in the rapidly sinking American economy.
  • Having awesome friends and great brothers.
  • Being in very good health (crosses fingers).
  • Living in what is still one of the free-est countries in the world.
  • WordPress for making my blogging much easier.
  • Crazy women for making my life more interesting.
  • My sexy body for providing me endless mirror-staring fun.
  • Karoline Kurkova, sexiest woman alive according to E!

    Karolina Kurkova
    Karolina Kurkova
  • My weekly dinners with my close friends and Ian, the best chef in Seattle.
  • Flag football.
  • Disturbing indie movies for broadening my mind.
  • First Thursday art walk in Seattle for free wine and decent art.
  • “Trace”- very fun iPhone game that has entertained me on the toilet almost as much as the NYTimes.com website.
  • Sleep

Tenderloin, Swiss Potato Casserole and Herb Roasted Carrots & Onions

I cooked up a huge tenderloin for our monday night dinner last night.‚  On the side I served swiss potato casserole (which rocked) and herb roasted carrots and onions.‚  Everyone in attendance loved it (Ian, Di, Ben, Plato, NIck).‚  Very good times, but now I have a ton of cleaning to do.‚  At least I have some leftover swiss cheese potato casserole!

Bike Ride to Golden Gardens

I rode my bike today to Golden Gardens after work and back. I did the trip on a bit of a whim- I was supposed to hang out with a friend, but she was lame and cancelled. So I did something way better… cruised to Golden Gardens and back. I actually haven’t done any cardio in a very long time, so I was pretty sore by the end. The trip was a lot of fun and took about two hours and forty-five minutes round trip, including stopping for 15 minutes at Golden Gardens and 10 minutes at Gas Works Park in Seattle. The round trip distance from my apartment in Pioneer Square to Golden Gardens and back is 20 miles. Below are some photos I took during my bike ride to Golden Gardens.

The Montlake Cut
The Montlake Cut

Above is the first place I stopped to take a picture, the Montlake cut at the University of Washington. It was a beautiful day today, 77 degrees out when I reached Golden Gardens.

Joel sweating in the sun
Joel sweating in the sun

The picture above shows me sweating my butt off. I took this picture right after I took the first photo of the Montlake cut.

Golden Gardens Gorgeousity
Golden Gardens Gorgeousity

Golden Gardens was beautiful, tons of sail boats (you can see them if you squint).

People playing at Golden Gardens
People playing at Golden Gardens

Tons of people were out enjoying the sun today at Golden Gardens.

Play field at Golden Gardens
Play field at Golden Gardens

I recommend bringing a frisbee to this field and playing. Fun times.

House boat on Lake Washington
House boat on Lake Washington

I REALLY want to get a house boat on Lake Washington. How sick would that be?

Gas Works view of downtown Seattle
Gas Works view of downtown Seattle

I love Gasworks park. Such a beautiful view.

Downtown Seattle across Lake Washington
Downtown Seattle across Lake Washington

Everyone was out playing on their boats today.

The Gas Works at Gasworks
The Gas Works at Gasworks

Can you believe that the best real estate in Seattle was originally a garbage dump?!?

More Sweaty Joelness
More Sweaty Joelness

Great ride.

Float Plane above Gasworks
Float Plane above Gasworks

Grandpa’s favorite.

Atop the bridge over Lake Washington.  I5 Bridge in the distance.
Atop the bridge over Lake Washington. I5 Bridge in the distance.

Coming home.

Mission Accomplished
Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished- 20 miles to Golden Gardens and back to my place in Pioneer Square.

Beautiful day.

Vacation Update

  • Amber was graced by the presence of the Crew and Trent threw the most ridiculous lines heard in history like spears at poor melons.
  • 4 lbs of oysters per person were eaten on the 4th of July.
  • Beer was imbibed under the bridge, bicycles from a homeless man was ridden and the Sea Sound Lounge was conquered.
  • Trent pepper sprayed Frodo, Frodo underwent the worst pain of his life for an hour.
  • Plato lost his reason and found himself locked out of his apartment naked.
  • Joel was safe, sound & smart as always.
  • Campagne, one of the finest restaurants in Seattle, closed the doors when we came in and we drank fine drinks at the bar for several hours.