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Here you will find my ramblings of life, faith, kids, marriage and my zoo at home.

Tweet: Can’t figure out if “ring of fire” remake on the n…

Can’t figure out if “ring of fire” remake on the new #dragonforce album is awesome or a travesty. Overall album is solid though.

Tweet: Wow! Guardians of the galaxy was a fantastic movi…

Wow! Guardians of the galaxy was a fantastic movie. Best Marvel movie ever perhaps.

Tweet: Wow. Rough day. I think my cortisol levels are off…

Wow. Rough day. I think my cortisol levels are off the chart.

Tweet: Gettin my LUA on at with @BrianDickman from deepsp…

Gettin my LUA on at with @BrianDickman from deepspace.me with my son. Classic quotes from 9yo: what is a modem

Tweet: To the geeky programmers of Cisco 4500 Sup7E contr…

To the geeky programmers of Cisco 4500 Sup7E controllers – I noticed what you did there: Jawa Revision 7, Snowtrooper Revision 0×0… Nice!

Tweet: Not a huge fan of @PaloAltoNtwks today. Some 3020…

Not a huge fan of @PaloAltoNtwks today. Some 3020 units committed harakiri and nuked my customers’ network! #BadDataplaneBad!!

Tweet: This guy is brilliant – he was stuck at the Las Ve…

This guy is brilliant – he was stuck at the Las Vegas airport overnight. Celine dion cover – why not? vimeo.com/97634383

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Following #dnvrspeedtrapvan down cherrycrk and Speer. Driver speeding and no blinker lane changes. #ironynotlost http://t.co/JJnkevwbcQ

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Tweet: I’m installing an attendant console today that is…

I’m installing an attendant console today that is acronymed CUACAS. That just sounds like something Jabba the Hut would eat…

Tweet: Stole this video from reddit – it’s pretty impactf…

Stole this video from reddit – it’s pretty impactful goo.gl/tJs2Ua . A reminder for us following in #greatestgeneration ‘s path

Tweet: I just witnessed the most epic prank on someones c…

I just witnessed the most epic prank on someones coworkers I have EVER heard of. Great bunch of people at this customer!

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Yes! The new #sonos app is amazing on i-devices! It simultaneously searches rhapsody and spotify!

Tweet: My kid just used the word “pwned” as a verb. I’m d…

My kid just used the word “pwned” as a verb. I’m doing something right or society has changed. Either way I am content at this moment!

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This guy has got to be my favorite non human mammal ever! http://t.co/rwgNWoBaUO

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Tweet: ZOMG!!!! There are new episodes of the it crowd o…

ZOMG!!!! There are new episodes of the it crowd on hulu!

Tweet: The Loveland-inator will take over the tri-state…

The Loveland-inator will take over the tri-state area!! http://t.co/U6utwZqkJW

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I found doofenschmirtz’s latest “inator”. He moved to Loveland co

Tweet: A large metro customer tells me today : “I just st…

A large metro customer tells me today : “I just static route and use vlan 1 because I trust spanning tree”. :/ <head explodes here>.

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This heart bleed plugin for Chrome actually works! Go install it goo.gl/w2gbD7 http://t.co/9Btz50QnuD

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If I could change the order of my certs... I would.

I often find myself wishing I put more effort into making my blog something useful for anyone other than myself and a catalogue of tweets, but sometimes it is what it is!

That being said, I’ve been working on the permutations of my lab studies with my routers and switches. I’m studying for the CCNP route/switch. I know this is basically backwards since I already have two CCNP certs (CCNP Voice and CCNP Security). Being what it is, I would definitely lay out the following plans if I had to luxury of rewinding my studies:

1:
CCNA Route Switch. The CCNA is just flat out freaking hard. Quite possibly the hardest “associate” level certificate in the technology industry. If you’re thinking about jumping into the networking world – get this one NOW. It will never ever get easier but increasingly harder given the breadth of knowledge one need to attain it.

2:
CCNP R/S – Test 1 – Route. Having taken the video series from CBT Nuggets and reading through the Cisco Press guide on routing, I now realize how much I took for granted and didn’t understand as well as I should have going through NP Security and NP Voice. I thought I knew enough about EIGRP and OSPF to get by. I guess I did since I passed all the test, but now I feel like I get a few concepts in both tracks a LOT better.

3:
CCNP R/S – Test 3 – Tshoot. Learning how to debug effectively helps an engineer cut down on troubleshooting time. Man do I wish I had looked into this earlier!

4:
CCNP Security – The whole track the way it is currently written from CCNA Security through the 4 CCNP level tests.

5:
CCNP R/S – Test 2 – Switch. This would complete out the route/switch. I know it’s a bit odd to finish it up in this way, but this is a hypothetical view back of what I wish I could have done differently! Switch seems a little old hat to me – the only thing that threw me for a loop was VRRP and some of the really advanced HSRP stuff. However, knowing some of these items would have helped with CCNP Voice.

6:
CCNP Voice. Sometimes I marvel that I even got this crazy series of tests completed last year. I finished all 6 if you include the CCNA in the span of 6 months. I was also finishing up a degree and essentially ignoring life and my family during this time. My amazing wife was very patient during this process! The kids – not nearly as patient but still great sports. I would have done the NP voice at the end of everything simply because there is so much that seems to interweave with R/S and security that they seem more connected.

7:
VMware VCP. I would have gotten this last because it’s so ancillary to what I do, but ironically my company wanted it to be the first one I got due to the amount of vm interaction we had. We do a LOT of vmware stuff at my company though, so it makes sense.

8:
Whatever comes next. I’m trying to figure out if I want to get a CCIE or a Master’s degree. Quite honestly, the master’s degree seems a lot easier to attain, but I’m not sure if it would pay as well. However, the nice thing about it is that it never need’s a recert!