Seven years on the Gulf Coast, seven years of pure sandy white beaches, seven years of hot-hot summers, seven years of friends that become family, and so much can happen in that seven years. Scott moves back to Ohio, I become heavily involved with a wonderful small group of Catholics wanting to start their own church, and also join a board of directors! My love of movies, independent films, and especially the ones of the LGBT genre, I started attending films shown by TIGLFF, the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. I soon applied to be a board member and after interviews and the annual voting of new members, for four great years, I was a member of the Board of Directors, TIGLFF (to CLIP then back to TIGLFF). My life in Florida took me through a lot of great times! Working for HSN in the Call Center - more specifically, the Learning and Development division of the Performance Support Services department. Training new-hires into the call center, training current call center employees moving up to new divisions or learning new systems, and having a wonderful time with wonderful people. About three years at HSN and I was begged, pulled, and talked-into joining the "Associates" at West Marine in their Largo, Florida Call Center, or the "LSC" (Largo Service Center). A former director of mine at HSN was now the LSC director and wanted my expertise on several projects he had in sight for the center. After some haggling, I left my Florida dream-job at HSN and went to work for West Marine. I really didn't know a thing about this company until I did a ton of homework (before making any decisions, of course) and talking to my dad. Turns out, this is a very large company, at the time one of the top three international boating supply companies with retail stores, online/direct sales division, and a world-wide presence. As of 2010, we are the only one left in this capacity. It was a very good move for me as it leads to my next and current chapter of my life.
The next Chapter - Monterey Bay... [read more]