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It’s that time of the year again … when hope springs eternal in the human breast.

Opening Day!!

This is like a holiday for me … I grew up glued to the radio, daydreaming the sights, sounds and smells as Lon Simmons, Bill King, Hank Greenwald and other greats painted the game so vividly. Of course now we can see every game on TV or on the computer (or iPhone) but to me, baseball is beautiful when broadcast by someone who loves the game, and can capture the feel of it.

There are a few things that I love about baseball … but it’s strange that one of the things I first think of is the smell of the dirt. It’s a distinct smell … freshly raked and sprayed down … there’s nothing quite like it.

Part of the excitement about opening day is that every team is starting with a level playing field. Everyone is in first place. Any player has the opportunity to step up and establish himself as a hero. Every city gets behind its club (well, except in Oakland) and vibrates with the optimism that this might be the year …

The Giants won it all last year. It was thrilling to see how it all happened, though admittedly unexpected … these castoffs and characters didn’t scream out “1927 Yankees” but they played as a team, and came together with great performances from young pitchers and team players. And they won. So, who will it be this year? Could it be the year for the A’s, with their great young arms? Or will the Red Sox blow everyone away with their new superstars? Philly will be tough to beat with their rotation, and of course the World Champion Giants look stronger this year than last.

So here we go … just a few more minutes until the first pitch of opening day …

Play Ball!

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While driving the kids to school this morning (Spring Break is over – back to your regularly scheduled programs) I saw the first bluebonnets of the season!

As all Texans know, bluebonnets are the state flower, and only bloom in Texas.

What this means, basically, is that spring is officially here. I suppose I could have looked at the calendar to see that – today is March 21, after all … but there is something special about seeing the long stretches of these beautiful blue flowers along the sides of the long country roads.

In a couple of weeks when Emi is not on service (4-week periods of intensive work in the NICU – she has one more week on this stretch) we’ll take a drive down highway 37 toward Corpus Christi and spend a day with the kids among the wildflowers. There is a rest stop about an hour from here with a wide open meadow and a zillion flowers. That’s kinda like a dream for a narcissistic dad like me. And besides, what good is having the most beautiful children in the world (and a good camera) if you don’t take full advantage of the opportunities that mother nature provides?

OK, enough of this … I have a lot of work to get done. Working on expanding our mortgage traffic this week, along with getting home security leads moving stronger. We have a couple of sources for traffic, but need to get the buyers set up to receive them. We are doing limited Loan Mods and Debt Settlement leads as well, but mortgage is our main focus at this point.

Also, a huge thumbs-up to Mike Greene for getting the mobile MyDeltaLeads set up and sized for mobile viewing! AWESOME WORK, MIKE!

It’s been a while since I’ve made a new music playlist … at least, once that doesn’t include kids music.

OK, that’s not necessarily true – I made a pretty nice road-trip mix for when we drove to Albuquerque … but it was more of a classic rock / road trip compilation. Tonight’s is a little more current and a little more varied. Starting out with John Boutte with Treme Song … love it. Great series on HBO, and I love this title track.

Anyway, it’ll be nice to have some good music to work to this evening. Emi is on call, the kids are down, and I am hoping to knock out a couple of hours of work and organization … should be good!

 

When GreenPoint Mortgage closed, I wasn’t sure which direction to turn. I had worked for the company for a long time, and had worked from a home office for 7 years. Emi was completing her intern year of  her pediatric residency and was pregnant with William.  Eric Anthony was four and Anya wasn’t quite yet two.

We had become used to the rhythms of my having the relatively flexible schedule that working from home allowed. It became clear fairly quickly that I was going to need to start freelancing … and so EC Creative Solutions was born.

It was a big help that I had numerous contacts from GreenPoint, and all of them (well, many of them) had moved on to other opportunities. 2008 was a pretty terrible year for the economy, and I was pretty worried.

However, jobs led to other jobs, and I hooked up with the Mortgage Lender Implode-O-Meter (yeah, it was booming for them!) and they funneled a lot of work my way, introducing me to a whole new client base.

Over the past three years, I’ve continued to try expanding … I joined up with some different guys who were trying to build their businesses and accepted equity shares for my work … some of them paid off, and some of them still might. Others fizzled. But all throughout, I have been making my own decisions and having a lot of fun picking my projects and trying new things.

The most interesting thing I have been doing is definitely lead generation and learning the ins and outs of affiliate marketing. I opened Delta Leads with a couple of partners and have been getting internet leads for different “verticals” and selling them to companies in need of clients. Also, I’ve been developing web sites to promote products as an affiliate marketer. This has been a huge educational experience for me. I’ve been to a couple Affiliate Summits and have been awed by the potential earnings from this industry.

So … who knows where this will all lead, but I do know that I am really enjoying the ride. I’ve been lucky enough to make some good friends who I work well with, and we’re really making some headway to achieving our goals.

And all throughout, I get to work from home, and have a flexible enough schedule to be able to be the dad I want to be. It really makes it more like a fun challenge than a job.

OK, that’s it for tonight … just hadn’t written for a little while, so here we go.

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