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Never… repeat.. NEVER a dull moment with the Carpenter Clan

Well, “Monday morning you sure look fine… Friday I got traveling on my mind” <sung badly and offkey>

Fleetwood Mac

Ah, have to love Fleetwood Mac.. and Monday of this week? What a day…

Originally I had posted that my employer, Websense, had agreed to let me work remotely, and in a PT basis where I could continue to draw my health insurance, and make a decent wage while traveling the US with my wife… It was a sweet deal.. Note the word “was”.

Monday we had a news release. Seems an investment company bought Websense for 1 billion dollars. All stock is frozen, and will be paid out at $24.75 a share, which is a GREAT deal for everyone (including me). AND they will take the company from being traded publicly to being a private company. Again, GREAT for Websense, as the requirements to be publicly traded are onerous… and I mean that. I have said many times over, if I were a CEO at a company I would NEVER go public..

sox

So what does that mean? Well, it means that Websense no longer has to meet SOX (Sarbanes Oxley) requirements. This was a law put in place due to the Enron and WordCom meltdowns.. to keep CEO’s and CFO’s from claiming that they didn’t know their accounting was skewed and avoid legal action… nor do they have to report to the SEC, and a number of other painful regulations that you have to meet.. It truly is costly in both time and money. and again, I would NEVER go public.

So what is the big deal? For Websense? a great way to focus on product development and delivery. For me? Remember that SOX thing? Yeah, that. I am a SOX IT auditor.. so no SOX?

No IT Auditor…

They may need a financial audit team so that should they every decide to sell the company they will be able to show an audit trail, but as far as my job? Well, as soon (or sooner) as the deal is inked, I will more than likely find myself gainfully UNemployed.

And truthfully? I am ok with that. This may allow us to spend our time focused on each other and unwinding from the stress over the past few years. When you ask what stress? Don’t ask, I can’t list it all here, but it has been a bit much. I feel I am in desperate need of some relaxing time. Some time with my wife and family and a chance to seriously unwind. Maybe some time with my toes in the water and ass in the sand.

Kauai

 

I cannot begin to thank Websense enough for the gig they gave me, or the support that I have received from them… seriously. great company to work for. For Lynda and me?

Happy trails.

happy trails

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Websense Just Rocks

Well, my boss, Cathy Young, took my request up the chain of command here at Websense, Inc. and the CFO, Mike Newman agreed with my proposal of working remotely. I will be working 20 hours a week, allowed to keep my benefits, and work remotely. I will have to come back to San Diego to work on site with the external auditors, Ernst and Young  sometime in Oct/Nov until we have the SOx audit wrapped up. Usually runs about 3 weeks. I am still trying to digest this…

YAHOOOOOOO comes to mind. Then trying to figure out how to thank Cathy and Mike for this gift….

Lynda and I are leaving San Diego on the 28th of June. Our Road Trip FOR a Lifetime commences. In the meantime, life just got busier. We have so much we have to wrap up that it is just crazy.. Next weekend we head to Yuma for a solar panel install Starlite Solar has had some good reviews.. This will allow us to boondock without running the generator all day and night.

We also have to get our vehicles registered in Florida, as well as move our bank stuff to Navy Federal Credit Union. (Had that account since 1983). Knew it would come in handy… Move our car insurance from Allstate to USAA. Hate to lose Mark Silverstone’s support, he is an AWESOME insurance guy.. We CANNOT say enough about his support, his help and being just a nice guy… plus he likes good beer. and motorcycles. and has a hot wife.. anyhow… Thank Mark, for all you did for us.

The list goes on and on and the head is reeling, but the wife, being the logical woman that she is, we have a list, in priority, setup, shared, and ready to rumble…

The countdown has begun… our route? so far is listed here. look at the icons and it gives you an idea of where we are going this year.

From San Diego to Colorado, to Wyoming to the East Coast, back to Colorado/Tahoe for the ski season, then down to Key Largo for some diving… Then? Florida to Alaska via New Mexico and Oklahoma to pick up my nephew and sister for some bucket list backpack trips and some time in Alaska… again.

Map of our Trip

This is gonna be.. wait.. wait……
Already IS great.

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Fuckin A!

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