•July 3, 2009 • 1 Comment

Could this night drag on any longer? I sure hope not…

The most amazing person. Ever.

•June 12, 2009 • 4 Comments

Hard to believe that your life can do a complete 180 degree turn in the matter of a few months.

Mine did. As skeptical as I can be, this recent change in my life has renewed my faith in everything.

Literally.

I was destined to be alone. That is what I thought anyway, then…it happened.

It was a regular boring night at Best Buy, when in walked a girl that immediately caught my eye. She had a glow about her. A force that drew me to her. It would have probably been way easier to let her browse the DVD section alone, in search of a movie, and she may or may not have found it, and may or may not have bought it.

But I had a budget to make that night, I was a few dollars away, but something about her magnetism pulled me towards her.

I was nervous. I was sweating…and for what? She was just another customer right?

We talked. We made conversation. She made me smile. I made her smile. She made me laugh. I made her laugh. It wasn’t that fact laugh I do when customers say something that they think is funny or cute, but in reality is dumb as shit. She was genuine. Through and through, 100% genuine.

I sold the girl with the email address “lovinthe352”  2 DVD’s.

But it was SOOOO much more than that.

Something clicked, and I could not describe it. I figured, I would never see her again though, because, in my life…that is how things go. You see that potential last puzzle piece, and you think it may fit, and then you realize it was the piece to someone else’s puzzle.

A week or two later, I found my puzzle piece again. She came into Best Buy, and wandered around We talked some more. She took home my business card…which was more or less me taking a leap. I asked her to email me. Another week passed, no email, and I figured “Meh, that makes sense…such is my life.

Then, one day it happened. I got that email I was waiting for. I was giddy. I read it, thought hard about waiting a day to respond…because you know as well as I do, you can’t seem too anxious in situations like that. After all, there are social standards to live by right? The whole 48 cool down period before you call someone when you get there number.

Fuck that, I never got any phone numbers really, so I figured why not email her now?

I did.

The rest is the beginning to what I KNOW will be a very long history. Of togetherness.

Funny how when the last puzzle piece falls into place, and you experience REAL love for the first time…how everything changes for you.

I needed someone to challenge me. To push me to achieve greatness. To listen to me. To pick me up when I fall. To give me faith. To be there to console me and to help me realize when I am wrong.

Kim Hubbard is all of that and then some.

I have never met someone as dynamic as her. The fact that I can lay in bed, and talk to her for hours upon end, about nothing and everything all at the same time is mind blowing.

The fact that after less than four months…she can complete my sentences. Not once, but all the time.

The fact that she trusts me. The fact that I trust her. She has opened my eyes to things I have never seen, felt, or experience ever.

I hear my friends talk about being in love, and how great it is, and how happy they are. I was always jealous. I always thought it was exaggerated. Like it was just some big trick fuck they came up with to help explain why they act the way they do when they are around the person they love.

I found out that is not the case. I am willing to make whatever sacrifices I have to to make things right for Kim and I. I have learned so much about myself, just by merely knowing her.

I always had a checklist. That I kept to myself. Kind of a Christmas wishlist like you put together when your 7 and spend hours pouring over the Sears catalog when it comes out.

On this checklist, it had things I would look for in the girl I want to marry.

I never met ANYONE that nailed everything I was looking for except for Kim.

Babe, if you read this, I do even know how I can begin to thank you for all you have done so far. I feel safe with you. I feel complete. I feel like I can conquer the world. I KNOW that someday, we will have amazing children, who will be just as amazing as us. I KNOW that our business we keep talking about will take off. I KNOW, that after years of searching, you are the one I am supposed to be with. I KNOW, that I LOVE YOU.

The depth of your passion knows no bounds. Your heart is bigger than the Grand Canyon. Your laugh is infectious. Your sense of humor is amazing. Your jokes are even better. Your intelligence is stunning. You are talented. Beautiful. Your smile lights up the room and makes my heart melt. Your eyes are captivating and deep. You are driven. Family oriented. Successful. Artistic. A bit nerdy. All these things are what I have been waiting for. Somehow,you captured them all and put them into one person. I thought it was impossible…found out its not.

You make me proud. I am proud to walk up to anyone and say “This is my girlfriend Kim”…but you are so much more than just my girlfriend. That seems like such an empty shell in comparison to how I feel about you. Girlfriend is not enough. You are my best friend. My soul mate.

You have taught me things I didn’t know could be learned. You have opened my eyes to the world. You are my reason for wanting to wake up each day and smile. You aren’t afraid to tell me what I do that bugs you, what you life. What I did wrong, what I can do better.

Sometimes, I lay in bed at night, and stair at you as you sleep and wonder what in the hell I have done to be so lucky. Where is the catch? Well, you have said it before…there is no catch…and now I believe it. I am ready. For anything that crosses my path. I can’t imagine going on the rest of this journey we call life without you.

I love you Kimberly Jo Hubbard. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives together hold…

Catching you all up to speed.

•April 24, 2009 • 1 Comment

So, it has been a long long time since I have done anything with this blog, but I have had a lot going on.

That said, let me try my best to catch you all up to speed.

First of all, if you have not run into me already, I will tell you now…I am NOT moving to Lexington. I know that the talk a few months back was that I would be leaving to take a job with a company called Trusted Health Products. I did go for an interview in February, and I did get the job offer a month later, but their are a few things that came up that made me reconsider staying in Florida.

One of those things was the recent reorganization of the managerial structure within Best Buy stores. The talk for a while was that my position–Store Services Manager–would be eliminated…which, it was. HOWEVER, and new position called Customer Solutions Manager was created, and I will be making the lateral move to that spot starting April 27th. It is more up my alley, and I will be better suited in that roll, so the stress of work that made me want to pick up and move to Kentucky is no longer there. The other reason for NOT moving will be in the blog that is posted directly following this one…so be sure to check that out also.

So for those of you out there in Marion and Citrus County who think I left, I haven’t, so look me up and say hey sometime. I have a new cell number too…352.586.5724…send me a text message and let me know whats going on.

Ok, enough about the Kentucky thing…and on to MORE new stuff.

I have two new websites that I am working on, www.tampabayraysfan.com & www.thomasgemkow.com.

The first one, TBRF, has been what most of my creative focus has been centered on lately and I hope to turn it into the number one fan blog about the Tampa Bay Rays within the next year. I just need time (more of that in the coming paragraphs). Look for daily updates starting May 1st. You can follow the page on Twitter also.

The second site listed above will eventually replace the blog you are reading today, but that is a few months down the road. The goal is to make www.thomasgemkow.com one centralized place where I can keep all my thoughts, all my prior writing and all my current projects I am working on, in hope of landing some side work as a copywriter on the web. I really want to get into the internet marketing and web design industry, but I am doing it my way, which is home grown and learning as I go. Should be pretty neat, just keep checking them both out for details…they would have grown much faster, but their has been a huge lack of time.

When you do stop in, be sure to email me or leave comments, I love to hear feedback!

I keep mentioning that time has been tonight, but time is something that will be in abundance starting May 1st. I am moving to Lady Lake, which will put me about five minutes from work at Best Buy. Instead of driving 30 miles to work everyday, I will be driving less than which will give me about an hour and a half of extra time each day to work on side projects.

I will be living in a 2 bedroom 2 bath townhouse in a community called Caleb’s Place. It is a great place, and I will be showing you pictures pretty soon, they should be updated on www.thomasgemkow.com no later than May 5th or 6th.

This will be the second time in my adult life that I have lived in Lady Lake, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that this time will be a much more memorable experience than the first. The largest reason for that will be found in the next post.

I will be starting an actual tangible business sometime this summer. I am not going to talk much about it now, but it is something that will be beneficial to many, and I think it has limitless potential…and it totally UNRELATED to the two websites I wrote about in the prior paragrpahs.

That is all you get for now. If you think you can guess what it is, then take a stab, if you guess right…I promise I will tell you.

I guess I covered everything that is new from a career standpoint. Hope that my absence makes a bit more sense now. I hate to leave this page neglected because I know a lot of people checked it out pretty frequently, and I hope you continue to do so, and that you add the other pages I am working on to your bookmarks so you can watch my empire I look to start grow from the ground up.

Should be an exciting ride…so hang on and be sure to stop and say hello every now and again.

•March 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Working at BBY when it is raining out TOTALLY kills all creativity. :-/

The power of attitude.

•December 14, 2008 • 2 Comments

“Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst…a spark that creates extraordinary results.”

Remember, there are sober kids in India.

•December 13, 2008 • 2 Comments

Yesterday, was one of the longest most drawn out days I can remember in a while.

It started bright and early, as the sun started to break through the cold…at 7:00am, as I left the house and went to work for a day that was not SUPPOSED to start until 2:00pm.

I met my home theater installers at the store, and went on my very first “ride a long” to see what exactly they do when we sell our in home installation service.

I spent about four hours with them in the customers home, helping mount large screen televisions to this customers drywall.

 I crawled half way into an attic to attempt to run speaker wire, which resulted in me being covered in itchy insulation, which I am pretty sure feels like what its like to have some sort of STD. 

Good thing my installers convinced me…in a nice way… that attics in Florida are NOT designed for people who are more than skinny but less than obese. Had I been stuck, there is NO TELLING how I would explain that to my GM without keeping a straight face.

All in all…4 hours, and $1300 upsell dollars later, I decided that my trip was an eye opening experience…that I wouldn’t trade for the world…infact, I would encourage everyone who works for my company to go on one of these adventures their selves.

So I arrive at the store around 12:30pm, still and hour or so early for my shift. I get changed…still itching all over from my insulation STD, and ran my sales floor until 11pm.

I got home around 12:30am or 1am and found my two roomates…Marie and Lisa in the living room playing Monopoly. Thank goodness it wasn’t the one with the debit card machine, and it still had paper money…BUT it was pink…which is a rant for another day.

I told them how utterly long and horrible my day was…and of course they didn’t seem to care too much as I believe the thimble had just landed on Park Place which had two hotels stacked at the moment…which of course is a crucially intense moment.

I stumbled out of bed and into the shower at around 7am to go to work, and found our bathroom mirror decorated by dry erase markers with funny sayings, pictures of contraband, a sick ass Buccaneers flag all contrived to make me smile. 🙂

It also made me realize…that I need to get off my ass…and get going. Not to work…but to something better.

I guess to any of you, who didn’t stumble into this situation half asleep, itching and pissed off still from the day before, this whole story doesn’t make much sense. But to me, it made all the sense in the world, and that, combined with all of the thinking I have been doing, decisions I have been silently making, and plans I have been quietly cooking up…it all came into focus.

Changes are coming. The plan is being inacted. Expect big things…it will be unfolding on this very page right before your eyes. Soon.

Thank you…for being kick ass roommates…and inspiration to get off my ass.

And yes, there are sober kids in India…but that just leaves more beer for us.

What makes denim so special?

•December 8, 2008 • 2 Comments

Ok, so this has perplexed me for a while.

Why is it ok to wear denim blue jeans with pretty much any color shirt under the sun, yet if I wore blue track pants with a green shirt or a red shirt it would be considered a mismatched fashion no no?

The color of the pants is the same…so whats the big difference?

Anyone got the answer to that?