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Works at Maintaining Sanity, G+ Addiction, Professional Life, and Personal Life. Stays up way too late.
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Engagement Announcement

On April 20th, 2015, I became engaged to my best friend of over twenty years, +Rhonda Britton.

What follows, if you are interested to read on, is our story.

From quite literally the first moment I met her back in college I knew there was something special about her. Being as our lives were with other people back then, I assumed her light just shone brighter because she would say and do things differently than anyone I had ever met before. Perhaps just thinking that should have really clued me in, but I was a lot younger and a lot more naive. Over time, naievity gave way to knowing I had a deep crush on this beautiful woman who enjoyed my company and laughed at all my ridiculously stupid jokes. But throughout our friendship, we were never single at the same time. Eventually I met who would turn out to be my ex-wife and Rho moved from the Midwest to the East coast and met who would become her ex-husband. We kept up with each other as close friends for many years but due to personal reasons on each side we lost contact for a decade. It was difficult to do and I always counted this as a big regret in life; she was already the one who got away and now she was gone forever. 

But there are some things that time and distance can not erase. Throughout the years, I always felt a connection to Rho. Fond memories during happy times. Longing memories and regrets during times of trouble; where you think about how life would be different, if only. Eventually this Facebook site you may have heard of was all the rage and I reached out to say hello. Consciously, I longed for a chance to return to our once close friendship. The reply I got back was that she had, literally that week, separated from her husband. Though once more the universe did not sync up our single lives, we did fall easily and immediately back into that close friendship I desperately missed; and she still laughed at my still ridiculously stupid jokes. This time we vowed not to lose contact with each other.

One day, after more years passing, a strange thing, at least in our history, happened. Rho and I were single at the same time. The seed that had been planted decades prior wasted little time to take root and started growing. With the universe giving us this opportunity, I knew  without a doubt I wanted to try, distance be damned - and she was already there on the same page. I will admit there was some fear to conquer; when you are used to things not working out, and with half a country between you, it can be easy to want to run before some unknown thing happens to ruin things. One of the many sayings my dad used to tell me growing up was, "Faint heart never won fair lady." With this saying and some advice from good friends in mind, I embraced my courage and fully leaped. Things fell into place and every second leading up to this moment has been amazing and grows every day in a way I never thought possible except in movie romances or fairy tales.

After that leap, we got a chance to see each other again in person after double digit years on a trip she scheduled back home to see family. We met at a local mall, her with her two teenagers, and me with mine. She was seated at a table outside a Starbucks and from the instant I walked in the mall door, I could feel her presence - well before I laid eyes on her. That feeling and the sights and sounds in that instant are like a snapshot inside me still. We did not get to stay with each other for long but it was exactly what we needed to see that everything we felt existed face to face; times a million. Later that week we got a chance to meet alone at a quiet state park and afterwards I knew I owed apologies to every sappy love song and romantic movie I had ever dissed. Over the next year we both took a lot of time off and made many flights and drives across half the country to see each other.

Plans having already been set in place to conquer the distance between us within another year from this writing, I wanted to give her a symbol of our commitment. I know neither of us need physical things or legalities; the return look in her eyes when she is with me has always been enough. But I still desired to create something uniquely for her. The old fashioned romantic in me centered on a ring and I went through a lot of sleepless nights and anxiety trying to figure out how best to come up with the perfect one. After being frozen from moving forward for a while because I could not come up with the best answer, it dawned on me. What is the perfect ring? The one she lets me place on her finger. Even if I handed her a circle of string or a rubber band, the love in my heart and soul for her and my desire to spend the rest of my days with her are what truly gives the symbol of any ring it's power. That being said, I did still want to come up with something she would like to wear the rest of our days for it's beauty as well as for a symbol of our love. Though I decided not to be paralyzed that I may not get the ring exactly right, I was darned if I was not going to try! I figured we could always turn it into a necklace or something if she started breaking out the maps to Mordor!

I started by consulting a handful of close friends (there really is a Fellowship for this ring) who gave me encouragement, inspiration, and ideas. Of many ring examples they sent my way, I saved a few images where some element caught my eye and elicited comment. I pieced together a profile of Rho through pictures of her and us and things that she found beautiful or meaningful. I wrote down notes about my feelings for her and described her, knowing there was never a way to truly convey her in simple words. My brother, upon viewing all of this, stated I had created a stalker profile. My goal, since I could not craft a ring myself, was to work with a jewelry artisan and without having the ability to mind meld with them, paint a picture of Rho and of what I wanted to create. Over the course of half a year, plans came together culminating with exactly the ring I envisioned, thanks to +Green Lake Jewelry Works in Seattle Washington, and also a wonderful wooden ring box by artist +Mat Brown in the UK.

For the rest of the story as relates to the physical elements, feel free to look at the pictures and their descriptions included. But I want to end this with a thanks to my friends, family, and daughter who helped with their words of wisdom and encouragement. And the biggest thanks and all my love to Rho, my best friend, who after over twenty years, I can introduce as the woman who has agreed to spend the rest of her life with me. I plan to honor every second of that. <3
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Crafty Book Necklaces

These are pretty cool. Great question on the OP about copyright infringement and whether artist has found a fair use policy that works, is under the radar, or so book positive that the publishers don't want a negative hit to someone promoting their wares.

Thanks +Mitch Wagner​!
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The jewelry boxes are nice. I could pass on the necklaces, though.
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You know SOMETHING Jon Snow!

Well, Kit Harington, does!

Thanks +Stephanie L Davis​​!
 
Kit Harrington's recent appearance at Wimbledon has sparked fresh rumours about the fate of Game of Thrones character Jon Snow.
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You gotta commit!

Thanks +Daf Griffiths​!
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Haha
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Poem of English Pronunciation Madness

Amazing read-aloud (not low, but loud) if you are allowed and not wary where you are. Unless in a pasture dodging poo are you, from ewes (eww!), then I say, "Aye! What you are doing you had best keep an eye, eh?" ;-)

So fas as the poem itself, I did none too bad. It truly was a lot of fun. Thanks +Melanie Mills and +joelizaiahlequio Johnson!
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I got this! Awwww...yeah! 
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Star Wars and Jurassic World Mash-Up

This is right before he gets crushed between two very large logs. ;-)

Thanks +David Mills for this!
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If politicians had ingredient labels...

We tout our legal system as "beyond reasonable doubt" but this is ok? Sigh.

Thanks +Lars Fosdal​ and +April Russo​!
 
The Corporations vs the Workers.
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The graphic shows both pols received donations from Corporations, some of those corporations happened to be unions.
Unions expect quid pro quo as much as any other donor.  Either passive "This person will do things I like" or active "here's a few hundred grand if you'll get me that contract" or "here's a bunch of cash to make sure union membership is required to work in this field"
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Movie Plots Summed Up In Venn Diagrams

Pretty darn good! My favorite movie is featured too, and it's most likely not what you think! Also, will admit that there are a few I didn't get.

Thanks +Simon W​!
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#24.  I lost it.  I am so glad no one was around in the office to hear me.
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Very good report on Bernie and a comparison to FDR and America from the 1930's until today.

Short and on point. Excellent primer on what Bernie as president would encompass.

Thanks +Keith Cramer​ for pointing me to this.
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P.s., Based on your info, totally willing to say the report could have given Obama more credit and then gone on to say why Bernie might excel in the comparison arena; also that Obama holds a valid comparison, the percentage of accuracy I am undecided on. Still, I'm excited to see the Bernie buzz since I'm a long time fan. Also willing to admit I have a level of Obama burnout, justified or unjustified to another undecided percentage.
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Fan-Made Doctor Strange Credits Sequence

Well done, indeed! Love The Flaming Lips song he used. I know this is just fan-made but it finally got me excited to see this movie.

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...ly astounding. Seriously - there's a good chance this is even better than what we'll see on the big screen.
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Wand by The Flaming Lips.
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I want one.
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I stayed in college as long as I could until life and student loans caught up with me. Went into the tech field for a large corporation. Moved from there to a small marketing firm. Moved on from there to self employment doing tech, web, and anything else of a legal nature to turn a buck. I currently remain self employed with my brother and another kindred soul, looking for the niche that not only keeps us interested, but pays for life and leisure, and allows us to never wear real pants.
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  • Maintaining Sanity, G+ Addiction, Professional Life, and Personal Life. Stays up way too late.
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  • TMK Enterprises, Inc.
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  • ThoughtDivers LLC
    Co-Owner, present
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Fort Wayne
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Prescott - Bloomington
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"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof." -- Richard Bach, Illusions
Introduction
Pop culture nut. Geek. Eclectic tastes. I follow people who post things that I find new and unique, tweak my funny-bone, make me think, or stimulate conversation. I try to post the same way.

Disclaimer post about me. Posted a while back but still stands.

Below is a list (almost certainly incomplete) of some favorite times here on the plus. Posts are fleeting things and so are so many conversations and happenings with wonderful people whom I would never know if it were not for G+. These links are all community centered and most certainly inspired by and created for my family/friends and cohorts here.

Ongoing - International Take a Picture Under Your Desk Day
The first International Event with the absurdly long hashtag! #InternationalTakeAPictureUnderYourDeskDay is celebrated on the second Friday of November.Celebrated 2012, 2013, and, because life took some turns, 2014 was missed. Watch out 2015 because we will be back! This started with a conversation and challenge to the wonderful Miss +Jo Lane, who was the first under the desk and the spearhead to the phenomenon. Search on the hash-tag for many many pics of G+ peeps.
2015-Mar - Musical Snowman Challenge
It was time for a 3rd big challenge with my brother. While still cold out and snow on the ground, we decided to turn someone into a living snowman. What better way than turning to our G+ friends to join in the fun. Spoiler: I finally won one! Warning: Keith in a swimsuit (buried in snow).
http://goo.gl/fIAH2E

2014-Dec - Halfdan Coming to America Daily Drawing Challenge
In honor of +Halfdan Reschat's first visit to America I drew a series of silly cartoons every day before his arrival.

2013-Sep - Low Budget Scene Reenactment
A video of television and movie scene reenactments. All scenes were taken from suggestions made by G+ peeps! We did the scene reenactments with whatever we had on-hand, no budget, and first takes.Collaboration and fun with, and inspired by, the G+ community.
http://goo.gl/1ktGGV

2013-Aug - Impromptu Rubber Banded Watermelon Hot Potato Roulette Challenge
Not really an "offical" Cramer Brothers challenge so I never really counted it as a win. However, after 490 rubber bands strapped around a watermelon and NOT having it explode in my lap, it did feel pretty good. ;-)
2012-Sep - 10 Minute Hero (or Villain) Call to Action
The idea was to take whatever you have laying about the house in 10 minutes and create a superhero costume, snap a pic, and post it. This was a great bunch of fun that quite a few G+ peeps participated in. More credit and info at the link.

2012-Apr - Star Wars Costume Contest
My second G+ based contest and my second loss. All contest-related links provided, but for a quicker read, check out the original contest post at the top, then skip down to the 04/14/12 punishment link at the bottom. For a really good look at the "should have won" C3PO costume, watch the video on the second to last link.
2012-Feb - Shared Circle Challenge
See me in all my "glory." On 2/25/12, I became the first to experience The Death of a Thousand Condiments after losing a Google+ contest with +Keith Cramer.

Miscellaneous
Shared Stuff on Google Docs can be found here: http://goo.gl/6uUZe

I like to play around with PhotoShop and punking fellow plussers. I use the hash-tag #GplusUserMashup for these. There is also an album I try to keep updated in my photos.

Bragging rights
Proud father of a beautiful daughter. Owner of a 1969 VW Autostick. College credit for History of Rock and Roll, classes one and two. Did not actually drive my car down a boat ramp into a lake after a combination of too much speed and a very dark night in a state park. "The Death of a Thousand Condiments" and "Princess Leia Slave Girl" punishments - see above introduction.
Education
  • College when awake.
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott Campus
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Indiana University Bloomington
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In a relationship
Other names
The Shadow, Ransackery, Hey You ;-)
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