Back to School


“Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.”  ~Doug Larson

Here we are, the beginning of a new school year for many of you—whether you are a student or a parent, the dog days of summer have come to an abrupt end. Parents are bustling around, trying to be sure their kiddos have everything on the infamous ‘supply list’. Students are bittersweet, with mixed feelings of happiness from seeing the friends they haven’t seen in months vs. facing the new requirements of the educational ‘powers that be’. Of course, many of the teachers are familiar faces, some are new—but there is always that one teacher or educator who stands out year after year, their reputation well known by all who enter his or her hallways…even by newcomers.

When I was in school, that educator was a vice principle by the name of Mr. Slade. Mr. Slade was more than an educator, though—Mr. Slade was a force with which to be reckoned. He was not terribly tall or muscular in stature, he was average height and quite thin–but he was a giant in the minds of most of us. The last thing we ever wanted to hear was “Report to Mr. Slade’s office!” Although he was not a terror, and would flash a warm smile, wink, or wave to those who respected him, he was quite intimidating: he ran a tight ship. He was well-known for outrunning anyone who tried to skip out during lunch (which earned him the nickname Shotgun Slade), and once even had a notion to take a school bus down to the beach to round up those students who were truant. It wasn’t until later in life we realized he only wanted us to get the best possible education, to fare well, and make good things happen in our lives. He took particular interest in students who needed guidance, who may not have had as many opportunities as others, or may be down on their luck. Wouldn’t that be great, for all of us to have our own ‘Mr. Slade’ to boost or push us when we need that extra nudge?

Well, we don’t have a ‘Mr. Slade’ in our pockets—but we do have something to offer those of you who might be down on your luck. I think I have mentioned it before, but it is worth mentioning again, and many of you are still out of work…so make the most of your time, get educated, advance your skills while you have an opportunity to do so. Check out Autodesk’s Assistance program to see if you qualify for training here, at our facility in Houston. It only takes a few minutes to complete, and we can get you scheduled for training.  Hurry, though, the offer will only be available for a little while longer.

Take care, and hope to see you soon!


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