Kevin “Skip” Osgood, Home In Heaven, 12-4-2008

December 10, 2008

To my dear friend Skip: I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to write this – and with your passing from this life, to the next, yesterday, I supposed it’s now really meant for me and those who knew and loved you, and those who WILL come to know you posthumously – and while I know I’ve expressed some of what is to follow to you, Linda and the girls, in person over the years, I was not able to more recently, when last face-to-face, what an impact your friendship has had on my life…so now I’ll tell the world instead.

Skipper, you have always been a good friend and a great dad & husband…you lived a life of love, joy, peace & happiness that had to end with a joyous exclamation mark as you closed your eyes for the last time here on earth and opened them to gaze upon our Savior; hearing for the first –surely not the last – time, “Well done, My good and faithful servant!” Stepping from your broken earthly vessel, into the arms of Jesus.

Oh what a party there must be in Heaven this week! (I’m sure with you there Skip, the party may well go on for all eternity, for a more joy-filled servant will not easily be found in His Kingdom, now that you are there!)

The Osgoods

The Osgoods



That you lived your life selflessly is an understatement.

When my mother went home to be with the Lord, December 4th, 1997 (yes, on the anniversary of the very same DAY you earned your perfect new body) you and Linda lead others in prayer over me, loved me, hugged me and helped me through the emotional ups and downs that followed. Without prompting you would offer a hug, a prayer, an encouraging word whenever we ran into each other. I really loved that about you bro!

While you were the throws of your own battle with cancer, instead of seeking the pity and sympathy of others, you rallied the body of Christ to raise awareness of the need and funds for another young couple where the wife, a new mom, was diagnosed with a painful and rare form of cancer. You stood in the food line, not getting, but serving others who had come to a barbeque on the lawn of our local church; barked out ‘Be sure to buy some of those cookies and cakes over there too! It all goes to the family…”

When you took me for a ride in your cool sports car (a Cobra, wasn’t it?) it wasn’t to show off your success and your toys…it was to share a laugh-filled ride with me, your friend!

When my wife and I tearfully opened the gifts & card from our wonderful friends, who gathered together to raise money to send us to Hawaii for our 20th wedding anniversary (And knowing that if it only cost a quarter to fly around the world, I couldn’t afford to cross the street! LOL) there was your and Linda’s fond wishes and congratulations written therein.

When you were trying to figure out how to use “this stupid computer…can’t get it to work or do anything!” you could have called anyone to handle the issues, but you trusted me and blessed me by allowing me to help you and your family get it working. (By the way, you never told anyone about me showing you WHERE to kick computers to make them work, did you? I don’t usually give trade secrets like that away, ya know! J)

I can only hope to honor your life by serving your family in whatever way the Lord and they allow; by serving others as selflessly as you did, to love others as completely as you did. You’ve left some might big shoes to fill and I doubt any dozen men could combine their ‘talents and treasures’ to equal your goodness and kindness.

While I know you have been completely healed, that your earthly suffering will be completely overshadowed by your eternal perfect life, I still can’t help but miss you. I’ve promised myself to only spread the Good News, as you did; to laugh wholly, as you did; to love completely, as you did; especially when sharing about how your life intersected and influenced mine…but today…

Today you will have to forgive me, as I weep deeply over the loss of a good man, a godly friend and the closing of a wonderful chapter in my life, and from whom the lessons I’ve learned I hope will not be soon forgotten.

Until we meet again, dear friend, may God tell all the angels and citizen’s of Heaven of His good works through your life; and may the heavens burn brighter in remembrance of the laughter and joy you spread here before joining them, forever and ever…Amen.


Give me Your Eyes Lord!

August 27, 2008

This is my first post with embeded video…here goes!

Read On: Life Changing Veggies in Phil Vischer’s Autobiography

July 8, 2008

I just finished reading a book that a good friend gave to me last week (you know, one of those “you’re going to love this book because I did…” offerings you get nine a week of?) that I once I picked it up in earnest, I couldn’t put it down!

The funny thing is that I really doubted that this persons taste in literature and mine would be able to find common ground – The Bible not included of course – as she is a couple decades older than I am and hates to read – again, the Bible not included.

But then she said the magic words…”It was too techie for me, so most of it went over my head, except at the end.”

So she handed me a paperback copy of “Me, Myself, & Bob: A True Story About Dreams, God, and Talking Vegetables,” Phil Vischer’s autobiography about how he created VeggieTales, BigIdea Productions and how he handled its ultimate downfall and bankruptcy…one look at the cover and I laughed and said “Ok, I’ll give this a shot, as soon as I can.”

I now have only two regrets: (1) That I waited over a week to crack it open; and, (2) that I’m finished reading it.

Publishers Weekly hit the mark saying “Hilarious even when describing his headlong plunge into bankruptcy.”

Not wanting to “give to much away,” let me just say this in the hopes that you too might latch onto a copy of this book and then spread it around to friends and family: Until I read this autobiography of the rise and fall of the VeggieTales creator, Phil Vischer, I had no idea that either VeggieTales or Big Idea Productions was ever in any kind of financial trouble, nor that the company was no longer owned by its founder and being run, by 2003, by a media outfit that had bought the company in a bankruptcy sale!

Reading this book I found the answer to several other deep thinking questions as well…like, who is the voice of Larry the Cucumber?

And of Bob the Tomato?

Just what kind of a nutcase could think up all those wonderfully quirky, absolutely uplifting and morally encouraging videos?

Anyway, it goes without saying…EVERYONE should read this…it’s about business and how to, how not to, approach and run a company.

It’s about a little boy who becomes enthralled with Walt Disney and animation after his first trip through Disneyland.

It’s about heart, courage, drive, ambition, unparalleled success, and yes, utter failure…but it doesn’t leave you at that point with a “oh well, life goes on…” ending.

In the end, God, whom Phil was sure he was doing all these ‘good works’ for; the same God who stood by and did nothing to save Phil’s dream, finally gets Phil’s attention. And you’ve just GOT TO read what happens then!

So, what’s any of this have to do with IT and technology?

Well, it could be all the ‘cool stuff’ that Phil discovers from 1980 to 2003, how technology changed his life, made his dream come true, outfitted his business.

Or it could be about how important it is to keep current on trends, be fiscally sound in your decisions.

About how to, and how not to, pick your business partners, leaders and co workers and employees; the benefits of solid training…’cuz it’s all in there.

But hey, I say, read because you’ll be fascinated by living the dream vicariously through Phil; laughing, shouting, cheering, even crying…and only Uber Geeks can interact with a BOOK that way.

So how about it? Are you Uber enough for this book? Get a copy and find out.

Until next time…

A quiet Friday afternoon at work

June 27, 2008

I love Fridays at work.

Most of the staff here at Southwest work weekends and even six days a week; but Friday is the universal “Day off” around here…just me, a couple of facilities people, the receptionist, the occassional staffer popping in to get something or catch up on something…

In other words, it’s a great day to get caught up on paperwork, email, continual education, move a project a couple of steps closer to completion, stuff like that.

Today I took care of a dozen “loose ends” in the Helpdesk workload (read: smoldering fires), got most of the way through my 200 unread email from this week (ok, so I’ve got 68 still in there…they’re all ‘newsletters/news feeds’ that I skim for gems anyway; right click + delete…done!) and set up several projects for next week.

All in all, a good day…not a GREAT day, like I usually have, ‘cuz my buddy, and boss, went in for knee surgery this monring and it’s just not the same without him to bounce ideas off of, share a cup of coffee, plan the next step of whatever with. (I know you’ll be fine bro…but I miss ya already!)

**Sigh!** — Time to go home already! Have a great weekend all!


Brain Dump for the day…First post on WordPress blog

June 11, 2008

Today was an interesting yet typical day at the Helpdesk at Southwest Community Church (SCC) with one exception…I had been off for the past four days (one vacation day on both sides of the weekend) and my Inbox was once again overflowing with urgent pleas to suck up every possible moment between Helpdesk calls. I shudder to think what it is going to be like when I take a whole week off in August!

But, does this mean I should take a laptop with me on the second family vacation in the past 10-15 years?

Not if I want to come back with my head still attached to my shoulders! LOL.

So, what do YOU do before, during and after vacation, to keep information/work from piling up while you are away?