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Life Working From Home

So, I’m a sales guy for an IT distributor, and pre-COVID-19 my normal day included planning a day that involved leaving the house early, possibly stopping off at the office for an hour or two and then getting out to visit my customers (all resellers) for the day, helping close opportunities, strategize with them and of course some lunches, dinners and rounds of gold thrown in for good measure – you know…the normal thing a sales pro does to help customers.

Enter March 2020 and COVID-19 and we were all relegated to our homes, doing our job very efficiently I might add, not even missing a beat with our customers. Sure, business was impacted in various ways, but I thank God daily that our industry supplies key products and solutions in healthcare, transportation/ logistics, and manufacturing just to name a few and we were quite run off our feet trying to procure products during the spring.

Sure, no customer face-to-face visits, but everyone got on the video conference bandwagon pretty darn quickly to keep in touch with customers and suppliers. Again, our company adapted promptly, getting us the tools needed to be connected properly and securely from home. I found myself making more phone calls than emails as a way of staying personally connected.

I do have to say, I don’t miss the Toronto-area traffic for the day-to-day, but I’d take it to be able to regularly SEE my customers again, and would love to be able to do my week-long road trips again someday soon (eastern Ontario, northern Ontario, etc.). I thought it would be kind of fun to share home office space pictures…not sure I have much of a following yet on this site, but if you see this and are also working from home mostly, I’d love to see your workspace. I took last week off to repaint and do some organizing in mine since it seems I’m here for the foreseeable future…here is my space so far…

Newly painted/ organized home office

My view on most sunny days is great with the window just up to my left…today not so much (14 degrees and rainy). I figured if I’m sequestered in my basement to do my job, then it may as well be comfortable!

I still long for “normality” and the ability to get out on the road, but with phase 2 in full swing here in Ontario that seems like a bit of a dream at the moment…

Posted in About Kev

What’s this all about then?

I’m not sure how you got here, but I am glad you did!

I figured I should give a bit of background on me, what I do and why I have created this (yet another) “blog” site.

This post will likely be my longest so that I can give you all a bit of an intro to me…Kev…this guy.

First off…my name is Kevin…I’m a happily-married (for 28 years) Canadian Christ-following sales guy who really loves God, his family, reading, sales, gaming, cycling and much more, but let’s leave something to post about in the future, right? Given the name of the site, though, I guess I should point out how much I love my coffee…

I have worked in IT distribution for over 25 years now, and love my career choice. Helping customers overcome obstacles is one of those things that just gives you a good feeling of satisfaction, and I don’t think I’d be happy doing anything else.

For hobbies and favourite activities, I have quite a few (maybe a couple too many, according to my better half). I don’t think I can put them in any order of preference, as it really depends on the season, what I feel like doing.

I love the social aspects of massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPG) having played those casually since 1999 when EverQuest launched. I’ve tried World of Warcraft and others, but the lore and storylinese in the EQ/ EQ2 franchise have always pulled me back into the world of Norrath. Currently I play RuneScape 3 with our oldest son for some fantasy gaming time. I also still absolutely love good ol’ Dungeons & Dragons (you remember it…pencils, graph paper, dice and a good imagination). Although that’s definitely changed since it’s 1970’s era launch, it still remains a great time with friends (even during COVID-19 when we’ve been meeting weekly or so online!

The D&D kind of leads to another love…painting miniature figures for the game. I have several characters and beasties that I have painted myself. The ability to do this probably came from my love since childhood of building and painting/ detailing scale model cars, but I absolutely love getting into all the fiddly details of these miniatures. One of these miniatures (or a car build) would likely be a great topic for a series of posts in the future.

For activity I love to get out on my road bike (I have a 2013 Trek Domane 2.3 for those who care). In our area of Ontario, I’m close to a lot of country roads that are great for road cycling and will typically do rides anywhere from 25KM to 100KM – it all just depends how I’m feeling and how much time I can be gone for. I love the quiet of biking alone, but also have a regular group of friends that ride together, too. During these crazy times of working from home, I’ve been making sure to get out during the work-day and walk. I will typically do a mid-day walk of 3-5KM. All about keeping fit and healthy. It’s too easy with not having been able to get out and visit customers in person to stay sitting at my desk, which leads to weight gain and possibly other health problems!

So finally, on to why I created this site…I guess I really just wanted another challenge that I could work on whenever inspiration strikes. Content may be a bit “all over the place” as I find the direction…photos, thoughts, likes, dislikes, reviews, and more possibly…I’d love to get comments and suggestions as I go to help the site grow into something fun and informative. Oh, and I’m not really that grumpy if I don’t get my coffee. In fact, I’ve cut that intake down and feel much better. I simply thought it sounded like a fun name.

I’m glad you stumbled on in, and hope I can create some content that keeps you coming back and would love to get to know you. Be sure to leave comments introducing yourself and let me know what you think.