A change coming my way! Headed to Next Era Energy

I received the offer letter and have accepted.  I’ll be in charge of safety for a division of Next Era Energy.  I have been following them for a while.  In my ethics course for my MBA program, I googled ethical companies and Next Era (and their parent company Florida Power & Light) received top marks.  It will be a nice change of pace from where I was at.  I can’t wait to get started.  I’ll update more later!!!!!!

Beautiful 427 Yenko Camaro Engine at Mecum Auction Houston 2017

427 Yenko Camaro

 

This beautiful engine was attached to a 1969 Camaro at the Mecum Auction in Houston 2017.  If I only had $100,000!!!!

I’ll probably never buy a true Yenko, but I’m ok with a fake.  The auction was fun, saw several original Mustang Shelby Cobra’s that went for $100k +.  One of them went for $250k.  Could you imagine paying that much for a car that you will rarely drive?

JB Smoove and Us at Rich Eisen Show

Brant, Alison and JB Smoove at Rich Eisen Show

Quick wits and great style sums up JB Smoove (@ohsnapjbsmoove) and interestingly enough, me…  Just agree and move on.

For those of you that don’t know, JB is on Curb Your Enthusiasm, with the ever funny Larry David.

We got the pleasure to listen to JB for a few hours during the Rich Eisen show while they were filming in Houston this past week for Super Bowl 51.

Go to the Rich Eisen show to see clips, he interviewed Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, and the always friendly Bill Belichick.  It was the most I have ever heard Belichick say.

By the way, JB is much taller than I thought.  I would guess right at 6ft 4in.  Check him out on Curb Your Enthusiasm and watch his interviews from press night at Super Bowl 51.  Great stuff!

“Interviewing” Rich Eisen, Super Bowl 51, Rich Eisen Show

Rich Eisen Show Super Bowl 51

RI 

Great Day!  My wife and I went to the Rich Eisen Show in downtown Houston the other day (#REsb51).  He was extremely nice and after the show he came out and talked to everyone.  His crew was great, the guests were great.  I even got to ask him a legit question.

Growing up in the late 80’s and 90’s, if you ever watched ESPN, you got to “know” Rich, Dan Patrick, Stuart Scott, Chris Berman and many others.  In college I watched ESPN nearly every waking hour.  Once Dan and Rich left I followed them.  I watch the Dan Patrick show and Rich Eisen show without fail.  When I was working in Africa, I couldn’t watch (because our band-width was horrible), but I could listen.

So this past week, I got to see Dan Patrick, listen to Berman interact with our crowd and actually got to talk with Rich.  It was a dream come true for me.

So, what was my question to Rich?

“Which interview made him the most nervous?”  I was a bit shocked with his answer, but he went on to explain.  It was one of his music hero’s.  If you watch his show you might could guess it, Bruce Springsteen!

I asked him if he ever got nervous with sports stars and he said, nope!

I’ll post some more pics with his crew (the Chris command center), which was beyond great.  Loved it!

Anyway, it was great time and it made my day!!!!!

Butler Family VACA in Honduras via Carnival Breeze

Honduras

Here we are at our stop in Honduras during Christmas.  This was our favorite spot.  We even took some Christmas gifts for our guide’s children.  He took us all over the island and to his house (per our request).  I could live on the island tomorrow!

We went to a little restaurant where we were the only people there.  My wife asked how they prepared everything, and they let her go into the kitchen to help cook.  The owners little boy was glad to have some kids to play with.  We ended up staying there for several hours.

The mangroves where GREAT, so much fun!

We were the LAST ones back to the ship!

Costa Maya Mexico stop while on Carnival Breeze Cruise

Costa Maya beach

While sitting on the beach in Costa Maya Mexico I HAD to introduce my oldest to the virgin strawberry daiquiri.  She loved it.  This was from our Carnival cruise Christmas vacation.  Our ship was the Carnival Breeze, not a bad ship.  The best Carnival ship I have been on.  This is just one of our stops…the last one (insert sad face).  But 8 days is a long time on a cruise.  8 days, with 4 days in a row of stops is tough!

Vacation!
Excellent place to get away – Nacional Beach Club
Carnival Breeze

Good Bye Africa!!! Another Oil and Gas Casualty

My time in Equatorial Guinea is done.  I’ve missed too much family time.  Working 7 weeks on and 3 weeks off is too much for me and my family.  I tried to work out a little different schedule, but nothing was agreed on.  I’ll miss the young adults we were helping, I’ll miss the outstanding instructors and I’ll miss the great country of E.G.

If I can get back there on a different schedule, I’d do it in a heart beat.  I learned a lot, having so many different cultures in one spot made for some interesting days!

That being said, I’ll be looking for employment in January!!!!!!

Not a bad Sunset

E.G. Sunset July 2016
E.G. Sunset July 2016

Not a bad view from the gazebo at the ITNHGE, Wood Group / Hexagon compound in Equatorial Guinea, Africa.