Day of Caring

Today I was part of the United Way of King County Washington’s Day of Caring. Fortunately, my employer, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, like many other local organizations, paid me my salary while I volunteered at a retirement community in the area called Hilltop House.

Hilltop_GroupThe eleven us from FHCRC worked at this wonderful home to 120 seniors. We didn’t do anything too special: we dusted, cleaned carpets, blinds, windows, and bathrooms. Changed light bulbs, turned over mattresses, swept out front and spruced up their gardens and shared areas.

Part of the effort was also to engage with the residents who showed us their appreciation with kind words and big smiles. I was lucky enough to help clean two lovely women’s apartments, both lacking the mobility to bend over, reach high places, or lift heavy objects.

Caroline_Me_KatieIt was nice to be part of an effort that helps to keep senior housing more affordable and within reach of those who need it. Thanks go out to the other members of my team, United Way, Hilltop House, and Fred Hutchinson Research Center.

Seattle GiveCamp 2012 is Calling All Geeks

I am part of an amazing event that we are holding in October 2012 in the Seattle area: Seattle GiveCamp. I have written about our upcoming event elsewhere. Please take a look at the post and, if you are a techie living or working near Seattle, please consider volunteering. I guarantee it will be worth the effort. While I am currently knee deep in planning this year’s event, I will not be onsite at this year’s Seattle GiveCamp weekend, because I am marrying my soulmate in Tuscany the week before and we will be on our honeymoon at the time.

Why This Blog?

I am creating a new blog. A blog I call The Whole Geek.

You probably want to know why?

Because I feel I have something useful to say in the respect of wholeness for techies.

Here are the three basic categories of posts I anticipate covering in this blog:

  1. Fitness & diet
  2. Sustainability & the environment.
  3. Charity.

That’s it for now. Oh and I will try and avoid political discussions as much as possible.

Thanks for taking a look at my blog. I hope you find something here of use to you or at least something to laugh at.

Paul