looking back on the past two years, so much has changed
yet so much has stayed the same.
Fred & Addy have spent
another two years in New Jersey growing up with their
large extended family while Linda and I have been
working to start our own businesses.
Fred and Addy are very close friends despite the
expected sibling rivalries. They have each developed
into their own personalities and have both shown early
signs of artistic skills in addition to being solid A &
and Addy both go to the local public elementary school -
Union School - which is only one-block from our home and
spending their summers at the town-run day camp.
day camp they played with their friends from school and
went on numerous field trips, both educational and
recreational. They have both been able to establish many
friendships in the four years we have lived in
Rutherford and we are thankful for being able to raise
them in a "small-town America" environment.
is in 1st grade and is doing very well. She attended
kindergarten last year at St. Mary's and then
transferred to the same elementary school Fred goes to.
Addy is doing well in all her subjects and enjoys going
to gymnastics after school. She is a talented artist and
has created several yet-to-be-published children's
stories with full Crayola illustrations. Addy will
celebrate her 7th birthday on February 22nd.
is, as I have been saying for the past several years, me
in a skirt. She has developed into a very sweet and
considerate little girl (ok, she gets that from Linda).
And if being sweet and considerate doesn't get her what
she wants then Addy has the ability to express her wants
and desires in ways that would not be categorized as
"sweet" or "considerate" (that part she gets from me).
The bottom line for Linda and I is that we should not
have any worries with Addy being able to take care of
herself in the future :-)
is involved in wrestling, soccer and basketball. After
three years of playing soccer Fred decided that he
wanted to focus on wrestling and basketball. He has been
winning over half of his wrestling matches and since he
is starting his first year of basketball he is working
on the basics like his outside shot and learning how to
Fred has developed a passion for the Yu-Gi-Oh strategy
card game and was the top "Duelist" in his age group at
day camp and he has also become a master builder of "Bionicles,"
Lego's new line of futuristic toys (with several hundred
pieces per Bionicle) . Fred received all of the
Bionicles below on Christmas day and assembled them all
before going to bed. If any of your kids need help
building their Bionicles or sharpening their Yu-Gi-Oh
dueling abilities, Fred stands ready to help !!!
just completed her second year as a Southern Living at
Home consultant. Over the past two years Linda has
progressed from having no one in her network and holding
just one party per month to having 16 recruited
consultants in her network, holding six to eight parties
a month, and achieving the level of "Director" and
coming in 10th in her network of 800 consultants in
annual sales. Her hard work has earned her several
awards including an upcoming all expense paid trip to
Linda continues to sell luxury items on EBay on
consignment for her friends and she achieved the
distinction of "EBay Power Seller" with over 500 sales
to date plus she continues to maintain a 100% positive
feedback rating. In addition to her Southern Living at
Home and EBay businesses, Linda is very active at Union
School (she has been class Mom for both Fred and Addy)
and the Junior Womens club of Rutherford.
me, the last two years have been interesting, to say the
least. 2003 was devoted to starting up the Honest
Prepaid Calling Card company. While I was able to raise
over $1M from friends and family I was unsuccessful in
finding a bank that would give me a SBA loan for the
telecom equipment HPCC needed to handle international
calls. However, at the end of 2003 one of Honest
Prepaid's investors offered me a great opportunity
working with him and several other former Nextlink
executives at a privately held company in Houston, TX.
For eight months in 2004 I commuted every week to
Houston - down on Monday mornings and home on Thursday
night. We all worked very hard to turn around the
company but we were not successful and in the last three
months all of the Nextlink executives (the CEO, SVP of
Business Development, General Counsel and myself), and
several hundred employees left the company.
Despite two failed attempts over the past two years to
find my next great adventure, I have been working the
last three months on the business plan for an exciting
new opportunity where "the third time" may "be the
charm." Being a superstitious person, I don't want to
count my chickens before they hatch so I will let
everyone know if my ship comes in early this year. Stay
Linda and I were happy to hear from many of our friends
over the past two years and we wish everyone the best of
health and good luck in all that you do in 2005. And if
you find yourself in the NYC area, we look forward to
hearing from you and hopefully being able to get
together with you during your visit!