Monday, October 25, 2010

2010 Q-4 Update

October 25, 2010
Q-4 Update

Soooo… All of you are asking, “WHAT HAPPENED?” Well, I’m going to tell you now, it’s not about what happened, it’s about what’s happening! God is Good! I left the convention center on October 1, 2010 and ventured off into starting my own company; A Destination and Event Management company. I was with the convention center for nearly 5 years, I put my heart and soul into that place as ya’ll well know. Well, the amount of energy, experience and determination I’ve put into the convention center, and brought it to the level it is at today, what can I do for my own company. So, when it came time to leave, I didn’t look back, I didn’t look elsewhere, I decided, “Lets do this!” October 4th, 2010 Cherokee Street, LLC was created. In 21 days, 57 fans, and rising by the day. Can you imagine that? Man, it took me 4 years to get 50 friends on myspace! I’m in awe. I’m giving it all to God. I’ve received my Federal Tax ID #, my state ID #, my certification from the public relations commission, bank accounts, quickbooks, and the money IS moving! Keep an eye out for good things coming out of this company, and what we’re going to do to this city. I have decided to take my experience, education, my abilities, and my passion for the city of Albuquerque, and let it work for me, instead of working for someone else.

Lets see, what else is going on. What’s happening at the convention center, well, look it up, I’m they’re gonna keep on doing what they’re doing. As for my house, it’s great!; Still standing. Iris got a promotion! 6 months on the job, and she’s already running the place. Savannah, well she’s “Deputy Jefe Jener├íl” over at there at her bank. (like my Spanish, huh?? I’m pickin’ it up =o) Scooter, same, he’s doing awesome. He’s actually started a little side beef jerky business, man, it is so good, people buy it up left and right! I even started selling it for him, and I can barely keep stock Not just the plain stuff, his red/green chile mix is a huge hit! Jason, he’s been with Costco for almost 15 years. He’s doing great. Kids are all awesome. I’ll be headed out to LA the Day after thanksgiving. I think that’s it for right about now. I’ll keep you posted as I go. Keep an eye on the Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/cherokeestreet for all the future updates! Hope you can be apart of it!

Take care!

Michael~

Monday, January 18, 2010

2010 Q1 - Update

Current mood: blessed
Category: Blogging
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2010 Q – 1 Update

New Year, New Month, New Decade!!! Wow, what a chance to make a change, and start off with something new, something wonderful, something exciting, and something Great! As far as the family goes, first of all we are all doing really well. The Holiday’s weren’t as rough as we thought, although we were together locked arm in arm, face clinched, and pressed in expecting the worst. Don’t get me wrong, it was rough; however somehow, we pulled thru better than we expected. We laughed, we cried, we prayed, and we made fun of each other - like we have done all our lives.

Wedding plans are coming along great… At least, I think they are. The closer we get, we see something new, however, the big stuff is nailed down. Who ever heard of buying gifts for the Best Man, and the Grooms men and what not??? Geez, I think I got jipped for the first 3 weddings my 2 brothers had... Iris is schooling me though, and I’m coming to grips with it. I tell you what boy, Savannah, when you get married, I wanna Gift!!! Ah, any way, well, now that’s out of my system, moving on. Lets see… Oh, Wedding Plans, right. SO, I have, (in my own crazy analytical mind goes) a logistical plan for the wedding, can you believe it? So far, it’s like 3 pages long, and growing. Hey, it helps me store stuff, so I can make sure we’re on track. May 15th, we’re still on, and we’ll see ya’ll there.

As for Work, life at the Albuquerque Convention Center seems to have kicked into high gear for some reason. Well, I know the reason, my work load doubled last year when the powers that be gave me full reign over all that security entails for the convention center, and with the economy goes, cut how much help I need to do it. But we’re getting by. Some drastic changes have happened, for the good I believe, but changes none the less. We just finished our first concert last night with Kathy Griffin bringing in a packed house. I think I saw like 6 empty seats in the whole auditorium. It was awesome, and more to come. Gabriel Iglesias will be here next month, and they just keep on comin’. The Convention Center signed a 3 year deal for the USA Track and Field competitions that are normally held on the east coast and aired on ESPN. Well, we will now have them here, and they will still be broadcasted on ESPN (“The Ocho” right…???). Keep an eye out for all the events coming our way at Albuquerquecc.com for all the most complete and up to date information.

Mia’s growing like a little weed over here. I think she gained a whole foot since they arrived back in July of last year. She and I have found a mutual love for Guitar Hero. She’s picking up on it pretty quickly. Oh, and do you know in the band setting, there’s a spot where you can sing? I did not know that. She likes to sing… Boy does she like to sing. I think she sings in her head when she’s not talking. Don’t be surprised if we see her on a stage on some stadium one of these days. Iris is introducing me to things like (I’m going to probably not spell this right, but here it goes) “Abondigas” and something else, I cant remember the name of it. She makes it to remind her of home, I think she’s secretly trying to convert me to “Mexican”, one dish at a time, every month. She’s taking the chile pretty good though. I’m impressed, she’s up to green chile at Monroes, and she had some of Gramma’s light green chile the other day. Pretty soon she will be smothering it on her turkey and mash potatoes at thanksgiving dinner, and putting my brother Jason to shame saying “Comeon… it’s not hot…!!!.”

As for the rest of the Family goes, Gramma and Gramps are doing just awesome, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Gramma so healthy. I think it’s because she doesn’t want to go back into the hospital again. Not necessarily because it’s uncomfortable for her, but to keep me from turning the hospital upside down when she’s there. I think a bit of mom came out in me the last time she was there, and by the time Gramma was discharged, everyone from the toilet plunger guy to the Hospital Administrator knew who I was. Today, she’s off her O2 (grampa calls it her butane tank) and actually lost quite a bit of weight. Grampa is slowing down, not from the casino naturally, but at home, you can tell, he’s slowing down a little bit at a time. Gramma has us all over as often as she can for him. I think it does him some good to see the kids, we can tell because it motivates him to eat. I keep asking Gramma to bring him by my office so he can see what his inspiration in me at taken me. I know he’d love it.

I think I’ve covered all the major points I can think to cover… Oh… The Kitchen… So, I have tackled some of Gramma’s recipes. Now, I know I can never replace Gramma and what she can do in the kitchen, but I think I have mastered the most important thing; her country fried, fat infused, heart attack inducing, lactose based, Oklahoma cream gravy. If there was ever anything I needed to make sure I walk away from her kitchen with, it’s that. Everything else, I we can work at to accomplish. Well, folks, that’s it for now. Remember, May 15th, Albuquerque Convention Center, Me, My Wife, My Family, a whole slew of friends and Vanilla Pop! See you then. Until next time!

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M~