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Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

Here in the United States we are preparing to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, and it’s a time of reflection. It’s a time to be thankful for what we have and what we’ve been given. This past year has been a tremendous year for me, both personally and professionally, with lots of things for which to be thankful:

  • Along with Forbes Guthrie and Maish Saidel-Keesing, in March we launched VMware vSphere Design (available here from Amazon). Even now—as far as I’m aware—it’s the only book on the market to comprehensively address vSphere-related design considerations.

  • In May, my oldest daughter gave birth to her first child, a girl.

  • I relocated from Raleigh-Durham, NC to Denver, CO. I’m very thankful for this relocation—my family and I are really enjoying the new area.

  • In October, Mastering VMware vSphere 5, still one of the only vSphere 5 books on the market (and the only comprehensive look at the new virtualization suite from VMware), became widely available.

  • In November, my 1998 Chevy Suburban (still with its original engine) rolled past 300,000 miles. Now that’s something for which to be thankful!

While I can thank a number of people who have helped me this year—people like Forbes and Maish, for allowing me to join them on the Design book; my editor, Agatha; my co-workers at EMC on the vSpecialist team; my wife, Crystal, for her never-ending support and tireless cheerleading; Forbes, Gabe, and Glenn for their help with the last version of Mastering—my greatest thanks is reserved for the Lord. All my successes and all my triumphs come from Him.

So, in this Thanksgiving season, while I extend my thanks to my family, my friends, and my co-workers, I’d also like to extend my thanks to the Lord. Thanks for blessing me, thanks for providing for me, and—most importantly—thanks for saving me.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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