Oracle deal to acquire NetSuite is going through

It finally went through. Oracle is set to complete the $9.3 billion deal to buy NetSuite.  Here we go.

Some other articles about the acquisition:

 

 

The 2016 Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions

The 2016 Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions. Absolutely incredible. I was able to watch the Game 5 win from Wrigleyville and watch Games 6 & 7 with my Dad in Indianapolis. My Dad and I are both White Sox fans but it doesn’t matter.  It played out perfectly.  Couldn’t ask for anything more. Incredible.

You’re not supposed to be here

You’re not supposed to be here, but you are. This new Nike Basketball commercial featuring Lebron to kick off the 2016-2017 NBA season is really well done.  Dare I say, it even left me sentimental, and almost with a tear in my eye, as I reminisced over my own high school basketball career (career is a loose term) and a time I came out of nowhere to block a shot, pinning it against the glass in a summer league game.  The stakes weren’t quite as high, but this took me back there. Great commercial.

Make the most of every day. Life is a gift.  Be in the moment. Stay hungry. Stay humble. Keep working.  Believe.

My brother’s film won ‘Best Feature Film’ in DITR Film Festival

Funny Fat Guy

A film that my brother acts in, Funny Fat Guy, won the Best Feature Film Award at the 2016 Diamond in the Rough Film Festival at Bluelight Cinemas in Cupertino, California last month.

Really proud of my brother, Jordan Laesch, for grinding it out in Hollywood, not giving up and chipping away–especially through a lot of adversity. I was really excited to hear this news.

Check out my brother’s reel on Vimeo here.

Check out my brother’s IMDB page here.

Check out the Diamond in the Rough Film Festival here.

Check out the trailer for Funny Fat Guy here:

 

Dee Gordon, Aledmys Diaz honor Jose Fernandez in uplifting fashion

The Miami Marlin’s Dee Gordon hit his first home run of the season on Monday night, right after honoring late teammate Jose Fernandez.  It’s an all around great moment, and the response from the dugout is the definition of TEAM.  If anybody ever tries to tell you that the negatives of sports outweigh the positives, don’t listen.

Then, just a night later, Aledmys Diaz, childhood friend of Jose Fernandez, in his first game back after the memorial service, honors his friend and hits his first career grand slam to put the Cardinals up 5-2 in the bottom of the 4th.  The Cardinals went on to win 12 – 5.

Say what you will.  Even if you chalk it up to coincidence or happenstance, it makes these individual acts of hitting home runs under these circumstances no less incredible.  These are uplifting moments.

Mark 12:41-44

I’ve always been interested in the Bible’s take on money and worldly things. My interest in the Bible’s take on money and finances has become even more solidified through occasionally listening to Dave Ramsey’s radio program–which I believe is good for anyone to take in, for some perspective on managing personal finances.

So I decided to google, “great bible verses on money,” and I came across this list of 50 bible verses about money, debt, giving, and finances on BibleStudyTools.com.  Sure, these verses probably need to be taken in the proper context to gain their true meaning, but there is a lot of wisdom here.  It’s funny to me, when I come across people who act like we are in a “new age” and things are so different and “progressive,” when I find there is still so much relevancy in something “written so long ago.”  I think there are some good lessons and reminders to be found.

Here’s one of the 50 that you may recognize:

The Widow’s Offering
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 
42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 
44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

 

Mark 12:41-44

 

I’ll make it

Sometimes in life, you’ll be in a situation with your team, company, support system, friends, whatever the group, and you’ll just have this overwhelming sense of self belief, in knowing that you can accomplish what may not be believed, or thought to be the best approach, by anyone but yourself.  I always remember a time in elementary school when I raised my hand to answer a teacher’s true or false question, and I was the only one in the class who raised my hand, and I was right.  I also always remember this scene from Hoosiers (my favorite movie of all time), which is even more fresh in my memory after watching it on a recent flight back to Phoenix from Detroit.  Sometimes you just have to say it. “I’ll make it.”

Scottsdale Bible Church: The Irony of Losing

The current series at Scottsdale Bible Church is on “Adjustments.”  This Message is entitled, “The Irony of Losing.”  It almost seems that no matter what I’m going through, Scottsdale Bible always provides me with a great, applicable message that helps me refresh and put things in perspective. I’d recommend it.

Adjustments | The Irony of Losing from Scottsdale Bible Church on Vimeo.