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Celebrating Six


Today is the six-year anniversary of the founding of HiWorks. A lot of cool things come in packages of six - like my abs for example. And so to celebrate this milestone in the history of the office I took my off my shirt and photographed my own six pack.

This is not that photo.

HiWorks at Five


Data from the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that about half of new businesses don't survive past their fifth year. HiWorks is now officially five years old so, well, I guess that means we're awesome.

Of course one interesting (and telling) thing about this particular anniversary is that I totally forgot about it. Legal documents say HiWorks was established on November 1st of 2012. November 1st, for the record falls right smack in between Halloween and one of my daughter's birthdays. This year it was particularly busy in that we were preparing for a birthday party and had a dance performance to attend. All that is to say the anniversary came and went and I didn't even realize it until a week later.

I suppose it's a good thing that the survival of my business enterprise is no longer a noteworthy event. HiWorks today is a lot different than I would have expected five years ago. It'll be interesting to see where we are five years from now.

We Together


Clara and I met in architecture school at UT Austin over twenty years ago. We started dating during the summer of 1998 when we both worked near downtown Austin. We'd meet for lunch and, well, one thing led to another.

After graduation we spent our mid-to-late twenties bouncing around the country pursuing jobs and graduate degrees before we both ended up is San Antonio and decided it was time to get married. And so on September 9, 2006, that's exactly what we did.

It's been a busy decade since then. We together left old jobs and we started new ones. We together made car payments and we made mortgage payments. We together had kids and we changed diapers - lots of diapers.

We together have sought to design a life for ourselves and our family. I suppose every family does that regardless of if they are architects or not. The life we together have created isn't perfect - nothing ever is - but it's been a really good run so far. I know my life has been vastly improved by the fact that I've been able to share it with such a good friend / lover / wife / fellow parenting / partner in crime.

It's been a fun ten years so far. I look forward to the next ten years together and all the adventures it might bring.