I had one of those experiences this week that was just so good that I wanted to share it with everyone.

For those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook, you already know that I am participating in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event here in Saint Louis on October 10th. The goal of the event is to raise funds for Autism Speaks so they can continue to help fund research, educate parents, and raise awareness of Autism among many other things that they do. If you would like more information, please visit my personal page on the Walk Now for Autism Speaks website.

I work for a fairly large company so earlier this year, I started making calls to see if the company would get involved in some way to help me support the cause. My request went all the way to the head of HR for the entire company! With his support, my HR contact really got the ball rolling at the local level here in Saint Louis.

Now, let me give you a little background. I work from my home with a group in our company that is located in San Diego so I had no previous contact with the offices here in Saint Louis. I had never met or talked with anyone from the local offices. That is what makes the rest of the story even more wonderful.

Getting back to the story . . .

With the help of my HR contact, I was able to get in touch with the manager of the local office, and he jumped at the opportunity to help me in any way he could. He put the office manager in charge, and she ran with it. She put together flyers, got local restaurants to donate food, and planned everything. So earlier this week, I attended a luncheon at the office with people who I had never met. In addition to the donated food, people made their favorite dishes to share with everyone. It was quite the feast!

When it was all said and done, these generous, kind strangers had not only donated their time and food, they had managed to raise over $200 in donations for Autism Speaks! This really says a lot about the people that work for my company and the people of Saint Louis. I will be forever grateful for what they did to help me and my family support a cause that is very important to us. My hope is that this kind of thing becomes a regular occurrence for my company in Saint Louis. It’s a lot of fun to help the community, and it’s nice to know I’m not a lone ranger for my company in the area.

To All My iPhone Carrying Friends and Family

Good morning all. I have been wanting to test out the newest version of AIM for iPhone to see if the push notifications really work as they suggest, and I am quite happy to report that they absolutely do.

What does this mean to you? Well, if you often send SMS messages to people with an iPhone or BlackBerry (and many other phones), this means that you can send messages via AIM in real time using your data plan instead of using your alloted SMS messages.

Additionally, AIM for iPhone allows you to send SMS messages for free to any of your iPhone contacts with mobile numbers via your AIM account. So not only can you communicate on the AIM network using your data plan, you can also communicate using SMS via AIM using your data plan. This seems to me like a great way to avoid spending money on an extra SMS plan.

What makes this extra special nice is that you can also communicate in real time with your AIM buddies using their computers as well. Can this get any better?

There are two versions of the AIM app on the iTunes Store: a free version supported by ads and a $2.99 version with no ads and landscape keyboard capabilities. For some, $2.99 is a small price to pay for a landscape keyboard.

Happy messaging!

Twitter Updates for 2009-02-02

  • Had crappy pizza in Vegas out of boredom. Now In-N-Out is not in the cards. Very sad. #
  • I still cannot believe the only place to watch the game in the Vegas airport is in the jam packed Tequileria. Lame! #
  • On the plane. Taking off soon. First leg to Vegas then on to San Diego. Miss the direct flights to SD. #
  • I must be on the only full flight out of STL today. Rest of airport is empty for the most part. #
  • Sitting at lovely Lambert St. Louis Airport waiting for my flight. This place is dead. Must be Super Bowl Effect. #
  • Still coming to grips with the fact that I scheduled my flights today so I will be in the air for the entire Super Bowl. #
  • Out with Adler stocking up for the week. Store is pretty busy this morning. #

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