Transitions and I are not on speaking terms. I don’t care for them a bit. Isn’t the picture below horrible?
Die, butterfly, die! Why must you carry that beautiful caterpillar off to its doom?
Transitions, however, happen whether we like them or not. Life moves on, as we say. To update you, here are some I am involved in:
The bad news is I’m still apparently dying of cancer. The good news is this continues to remain no more than a medical rumor foisted upon me to convince me to buy outlandishly expensive drugs ($997,239.00 YTD – I’m starting a pool for the date I cross the one million dollar mark).
Speaking of drugs, one of my three drugs has failed, but another $8,000/month drug has quickly taken its place. Here they are unloading it from the truck in front of my house:
The cost is staggering, but so far my insurance company must think I’m worth it. Will it work? Word on the street is I have a one-in-five chance. We won’t know for another month, so nothing to do but chill for now.
The side effects so far have been minimal, so, ignoring the fatigue (which I can’t), I am actually feeling pretty well – all things considered, as they say.
Plus, the radiation treatments took away the numbness in my side and reduced my pain by probably 75% per cent. No more keeping you up at night with my moaning and groaning.
It’s puzzling to me, though, that both of my medical oncologists keep saying words like “chemo” and “surgery for a new port.”
I think they do this just to watch me twitch nervously.
Six years ago I started my own IT business called MacPro Services. It has provided my family with income and me with the distinct privilege of getting to know and love so many of you as I have served you.
Two years ago, my son-in-law, Drew Register, came to work for me due to my health being so, shall we say, uncertain. Amazingly, he has tripled our clientele since then and grown the company from it’s residential roots to us now serving many small and medium-sized Tallahassee businesses as well.
If you don’t know about us, we work on Macs, PCs, networks, iPads and iPhones and love every minute of it. We also build awesome websites. You can find us on the web at www.floridamac.com.
Now this big change:
Yes, a relocation is in progress, plus a rebranding. We are soon to open a store at Midtown in Tallahassee and have changed our name to “FloridaMac.” (The above is a temporary sign until the permanent one is finished).
For me, I couldn’t be more proud of Drew and his team. Sadly, however, this seems like a good stepping off point for me. Drew’s got this thing and I don’t want to be the old man drooling in the corner who couldn’t bring himself to leave.
Plus, if my health fails, I want to know that this wonderful business will continue to thrive even in my absence.
What does this mean for you?
If you are a client (or would like to be), when you call or text into our business number (850.228.5276) I will no longer be answering that line. Only my memory will be there lingering in the air. Please observe a moment of silence, if you would.
Instead, your call will go directly to our new store where our new store manager, Rob Trawick (whom you will love), will take excellent care of you. I have so loved my business interactions with you that this change is going to be very hard for me. It is the right thing to do, though. We will adjust. Ok?
Changes with Ed:
So what will you be doing now, Ed, besides watching Gilligan’s Island reruns and munching M&Ms? I’ve got some ideas I’m excited to tell you about.
First, I want to stay connected with you (no tech support requests, though, please!). If I could help press courage into your heart for whatever you are facing in life, it would be my joy and honor. Or, if you’re just a friend and want to catch up, I’d love that, also.
Word on the street is I’m really safe, ask good questions, and listen well. I would love to discuss whatever is on your heart. Life can be hard. Let’s do it together.
I’ve got a new phone number (see below) so call or text me if you’d like to chat a bit. If you’re local, I might even be able to meet you for coffee.
“Think of me as a fellow-patient in the same hospital who,
having been admitted a little earlier, could give some advice.”
– C.S. Lewis
Second, based upon how I am feeling, I might also be able to come and speak to your group. I’m apt to say anything, though, so consider yourself forewarned.
Third, this blog also needs more of my time and attention. I am trying to keep up with responding to all your emails and comments, but am falling further and further behind. Plus, I have a torrent of things I want to write to you about – just so much life I want to press into you!
Finally, there’s this:
Mysterious, huh? Let’s just say if you see me on my Mac at a coffee shop, don’t even think about approaching me without permission and appropriate clearances.
I have security people.
You can now reach me by email at email@example.com.
If you would like to call or text me, my new personal number is 850.694.9211.
If you need tech support from FloridaMac, please continue to use the 850.228.5276 number.
If you want to send jars of concord grape jam (love you, Anita), our address remains:
Ed & Betsy Hague
3792 Loma Farm Road
Tallahassee, FL 32309
Oh, one more thing: some of you have been asking for the ability to print out my blog posts without the formatting being done by a drunk monkey. This is now possible from the icon found at the top right of every post.
I am your humble servant,