skyrunner75

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from Alexandria, VA

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    • Watch out...I work for the government

      8 years ago

      skyrunner75

      and have been now for awhile as the Public Affairs and Marketing Officer for the Army Management Staff College.
      Good luck out there!

    • Haven't been around

      10 years ago

      skyrunner75

      Got sucked in by Facebook and Twitter. They are like crack I tell you. If any of you want you can follow me on Twitter at: skyemarthaler

      Facebook is: Skye Marthaler

      Work is going well, I am working as the Strategic Communications / Public Relations person for the Army IMCOM (Installations Management Command) Center for Future Installation Strategies. We look at long range trends and figure out how they are going to impact Army installations, operations, and sustainability and then incorporate them into the IMCOM Strategic Plan. Pretty cool stuff. Hope all is well.

    • Not dead yet...

      10 years ago

      skyrunner75

      Leave for a bit and they decide to remodel though.

      Hope the holidays didn't bury you.

      There may be big news on the job front, I should know in a week or two.

      Skye

    • Going to the Cape

      10 years ago

      skyrunner75

      for the weekend and will be back on Tuesday October 14. I'll update at that point on what has occurred the last few months. Don't anticipate anything exciting though, my life is rather dull.

    • Marthaler Genealogy

      11 years ago

      skyrunner75

      I like puzzles, riddles, brain teasers and things of that nature. Now, that is not to say that I am very quick and good at them. I can almost always solve them, but it takes time for me. The answers don't come intuitively to me. (Which is an interesting quirk in its own right because in personal decisions, I tend to jump off the cliff and then figure out how to land safely on the way down, because I almost always know what to do) I have to think it through, but when I do hit the solution or place the last piece I get a great sense of satisfaction.

      I am also drawn to research. I love research, even as a kid I loved to look up things in my parent's encyclopedias. Wikipedia is pure internet crack to me. When I start an assessment on a community I spend a lot of time gleaning every little factoid and quirk of an area to gain a greater understanding of it and its people than I probably should, whether it is digging through the archives of the local paper, reading local blogs, studying plats, gaining historical perspective, whatever. It all pays off when I am interviewing the local stakeholders and I can talk about their issues with them. They open up to me because I have an understanding of their area and what is important to them.

      So I told you that to tell you this. I have been exploring the Marthaler family tree for the last few months and I must say that it is the best puzzle I have ever attempted to solve. It combines several of my favorite things, history, research, and most important ME. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction to put together my family's personal history. It quickly ballooned though because I soon started working on my siblings' spouses' families too.

      So who are the Marthalers and where did we come from? Well the Wisconsin Marthalers emigrated from Leimersheim, Germany in 1841. Leimersheim is not the true ancestral home though, that was just a two century stopping point. Before that the Marthalers resided in Oberhasli, Switzerland, a small town right outside of Zurich. There are still Marthalers there today, in fact in 2003 the mayor of Oberhasli was Felix Marthaler. The Marthaler name is present to about the mid 1500s. Before that will require some work and trip to the old country. I'm planning a rail trip from Stuttgart to Zurich, with some stops on the way. Anybody interested?

      None of this would have been possible if I hadn't stumbled across the research of one Mildred Andorfer who had been working on this for over thirty years though. She has helped point me in the right direction. My uncle David's work on the Markow name, (my mother's side) has been invaluable also. I got a big leg up from stuff that they have already done. Fortunately though, as I have discovered is that much like anything, you can always dig a bit deeper, and there is plenty of areas to contribute. It has been a fascinating process so far, a couple of highlights for those that have stuck with this journal entry.

      My great-great grandfather Mathias Marthaler married Emily Howe, whose can be traced back to the Mayflower. This isn't as special as it sounds though, over 14 million Americans have Mayflower ancestry from Richard Warren alone.

      One of my ancestors was killed at the Battle of Long Island in 1776 while fighting for the Continental Army.

      My great grandfather Carl Nikel fought in the Austro-Prussian War in 1866 for the Prussians.

      I can trace decent from Caleb Carr, a colonial governor of Rhode Island on my mother's side.

      I have ancestors who emigrated from Hungary, Germany, England, Ireland, Switzerland.

      I have Quaker ancestry on my mother's side.

      All in all it has been very enlightening and fun. Nothing is ever quite set in stone though, and I am always looking at disproving the more cool sounding stuff, because frankly a lot of people like to assume that they are special but more often not they are as plebian as the rest of us. I may write more of this topic at some point.

      More to follow...

    • San Antonio, Marines and Water

      11 years ago

      skyrunner75

      Spent last week in San Antonio at the Army Sustainable Ranges Workshop. Most of my time was occupied on briefing the new guidance I am writing for installations and their garrisons on how to conduct effective community outreach in support of training mission and range sustainment. It is a hard topic to get installation staff to grab onto. Frankly because it scares the shit out of them that they have to deal with the general public. But the plus side or "value-added" side is that developing those outside the fence relationships ensures/ insures the installations' ability to properly train troops. If your installation can't properly train because your ranges are encroached then they aren't fulfilling the mission. And that is what it all comes down to in the end, putting a well trained, well equipped warfighter on the battlefied. I can preach on this topic at great length.

      San Antonio was an interesting place, I enjoyed my visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. Saw the Alamo, walked the riverwalk, ate some BBQ, drank some Shiner.

      My parent's are in town at present, I may put some pictures up. I have had a lot of fun showing them around the District and Northern Virginia these last few days. We have visited the monuments, a few of the battlefields, and some of the museums. It is fun to play tourist every so often, especially when you can offer up some insight that makes things better. Today is their last full day here before they fly out so I will be taking another half day of work off to spend time with them.

      Next week is Cody's graduation from Ranger School, I'm very excited about going down to Fort Benning and seeing that. I'll take some pictures, but most likely they will be posted on the family tree.

      More ot follow...

      Like right now actually, finished writing this and realized I never touched on the Marine Corps or the water parts of the title. I'm a bit exhausted, so I blame it on that.

      The community assessment for Camp Lejeune has kicked off now, I have been contacting local stakeholders and talking about the historic drinking water issue at Camp Lejeune. As always it is interesting stuff. Looks like I will be down in the Jacksonville, NC area around the third week of August conducting focus groups.

    • I finally got around to level 40.

      11 years ago

      skyrunner75

      So I thought I would leave a journal. Here is where everything stands:

      I just finished my Quantitative Methods class. I believe I got an A.

      I am still looking for new jobs, I currently have resumes in with the National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, GAO (still), and the Maryland National Capital Parks Commission.

      Pinon Canyon report is finally finished and will be released to the general public sometime in July. That was a huge pain in the ass. Not the project itself, just the stupid office politicking that went on.

      The next few weeks are going to be rather busy:

      I have a conference in San Antonio the week of July 7-11.
      The Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking water project kicks off that same week (I'm the project manager for it)
      My parents come to DC from July 12-16,
      I will be going to Cody's Ranger graduation on July 25 with my dad.
      That following week we will finally be getting out to San Francisco to market the Air Force
      Middle of August I should be conducting focus groups down in Jacksonville/ Camp Lejeune
      The last week of August is vacation. Huzzah! I can't wait

      The funny thing is that I wanted to take the summer off from school to sort of relax, but it doesn't appear that way.

      So that is where everything stands. I still owe a journal on my ancestry, but you can check it out here if you are so inclined.

    • A brilliant idea...

      11 years ago

      skyrunner75

      came to me while I was at JSEM (Joint Services Environmental Management Training Conference & Exposition) in Denver; at least it was brilliant from a marketing point of view. It involves the Air Force and getting them to pay me a lot of money to do outreach for them. I'll share more at some other point in the future. What all this means in a nutshell is that I will be going to San Francisco around the beginning of June and Booz will be paying for it. Huzzah!

      I have never been there so I am pretty excited. Even better will be traveling down to Monterey to visit one of my friends currently residing there. I like it when I can convince my senior associates and principals to send me places. I am still getting some resistance from them allowing me to travel to Hawaii on the company dime though.

      In other news my little sister is graduating from high school in a week, so I am going back to Wisconsin to attend. Should be interesting, maybe there is still a teacher or two of mine floating around the halls of Medford Senior High. Going back to Medford always gives me some motivation to continue traveling and pursuing my goals, frankly because I have an irrational fear of being trapped in that particular small town. That subject demands an explanation and a journal entry all of its own.

      Finished Project scheduling and got an "A", and just wrapped up the mid-term for Quantitative Methods. I have decided that I will be taking the summer off though, because frankly I am exhausted.

      On the geneology front I am still tracking back on things, if anybody has any insight on the Tidd family let me know. I am taking a break from mine though and working on Leslie's right now. BTW, my little brother Cody a.k.a M24 is going to Ranger School at the end of the month. I'm pretty proud of the lad.

      More to follow...

    • The hunt continues...

      11 years ago

      skyrunner75

      So I have applications in with the GAO and the US Mint. The Government Accounting Office position is a Senior Social Science Analyst, and that would be an okay position but the one I think would be a whole lot more entertaining is the Stakeholder Outreach Manager position at the US Mint. Here's to hoping I get through the initial selections stages and can land an interview.

      I should find out tomorrow if the firm I interviewed with last week will offer me a job. Even if though do I will continue to look at government positions. I'm frankly a bit tired of finding ways to alway remain billable. It is almost always feast or famine, fortunately at this moment and for the next couple of months it is feast mode. Which makes it the perfect time to look for a new job.

      In other news, my Project scheduling and cost control class is finishing up, and Quantitative Methods is going well. I was going to take the summer off, but after sitting down and looking at the schedule I could get this MBA finished by May 2009 if I keep hammering through it.

      Next time I think I will talk about geneology, particularly mine. More to follow...

    • Leaving Booz Allen?

      11 years ago

      skyrunner75

      Yes, I may actually be leaving Booz. I interviewed today with a smaller firm and I think it went very well. If I get a reasonable offer I think it is time to pull chocks and get out of dodge. Booz Allen has been good to me, they allowed me to develop a marketable skill set in community outreach and strategic communication, but it is time to take that and get paid a bit more which won't happen here.

      I'll keep everyone that may be interested posted.

      More to follow...

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  • Comments (187)

    • MarthaMarin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      Also thanks for carrying my crap around.

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    • thejewman

      11 years ago

      well its good to know you are keeping busy, idle hands do the devils works.... :) enjoy that vacation my friend, you deserve it

    • thejewman

      11 years ago

      hey my man i hope htings are going good for you

    • SloeBombFizz

      11 years ago

      I've used my 2 invites.
      But one of the other people on my friends list volunteered to invite anyone I picked.
      He's got your info, but doesn't appear to be online right now.
      Could be a short wait, but you should get the invite eventually.

    • SloeBombFizz

      11 years ago

      Need a name too.
      OK, if the third party who sends you the invite sends it to: Skye S. ?
      Cuz I forgot the proper name I might use, I only know you as Skye.

    • SloeBombFizz

      11 years ago

      Things are OK. Hectic for no good reason other than things come up... but good.
      Took a trip to Chicago, had the brother's wedding a week before that.
      Job rolls on and on... mindlessly going on.
      RAGBRAI is in full force. They had some hills those first couple days but ought to be enjoying slightly better rides today.
      No one killed or seriously injured in it that I know of.

    • evlmel

      11 years ago

      Not much, just life. Work is absolutely crazy these days so I'm pretty out of the loop on here lately...

    • Jeskid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      11 years ago

      lol appreciated. I prefer plain old Jeskid :)

      I hope you are well my friend

    • kobez

      11 years ago

      The only real problem I have with Ace 6 is the length of the missions. I have a pretty short attention span, so if I die I tend to play something else. Somehow Ace 5 could keep my attention though.

    • Knuckleneck

      11 years ago

      If I didn't actually HAVE to watch the movie for work, I'd beg to be your apprentice.

    • Knuckleneck

      11 years ago

      Even if you weren't set for life (I want a gov't job)...I think that this movie may just be worth losing a job over.

    • msenkarik

      11 years ago

      i have done Triathlons several places - New York, Florida, Louisiana, etc (basically most of the places i have stationed) i am by no means a serious competitor, like some of the folks out there, but it is a good way to challenge myself and have something to work toward. i am not sure where i will run when i get back, but more than likely in Pensacola - we have a few a year down there (with the military population, a huge bay, lots of coastline, and great weather) and i'll probably sign up for one of those.

    • drizzam

      11 years ago

      You will talk nice to its face and bad behind its back....

      ...because that's what consultants do! smiley0.gif

    • kobez

      11 years ago

      I'm telling you. Parents need to start beating their kids, and the courts need to start killing the really bad criminals (murderers, rapists, child molesters, anyone on death row or with at least one life sentence, and that guy that purposly broke several of his infant son's bones). And they need to do it now, not give the guy a few decades behind bars before they finally flip the switch.

    • Duste

      11 years ago

      Success!

    • GoldenZephyr

      11 years ago

      Go for it

    • bigvig Rampant

      11 years ago

      Alive!!!


      You're alive!

    • SloeBombFizz

      11 years ago

      That's a hell of a story (Camerone). But what exactly did they need to supply French troops with all that gold for during a siege? If it was the payroll, it's not like there would be a lot for the troops to be spending their money on while attacking the city.

    • SloeBombFizz

      11 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving your thoughtful/humorous/friendly comment/image on my profile/journal/image regarding my being selected as Featured User. You can rest assured I appreciate your comment/image, user/guest.

    • SloeBombFizz

      11 years ago

      You see, it's knowledge like that that makes me glad when you can spend sometime online.

    • RaoulDuke

      11 years ago

      "SOYLENT GREEN IS CHARLTON HESTON!!!"

    • SloeBombFizz

      11 years ago

      SKYE!!!!

      'hi'

    • GoldenZephyr

      11 years ago

      agreed. there are democrats in service right now. i should have been more specific in my description of the individuals on the left that I was talking about. the Socialists who want to be taken care of who hide under the blanket of a Democrat are closer to the group I was describing.

    • GoldenZephyr

      11 years ago

      The time cycle is almost over so it has to be a mutation. Most everyone around here has had it already. I got it at the beginning of February.

    • p3drit0

      11 years ago

      ditto your comment on GoldenZeph's page - more the Heinlein part, but the whole thing.

      i loved reading Starship Troopers. the movie had the shooting part, but none of the commentary. sad.

      my roommate at the Academy was a staunch democrat. we argued all the time. it made him no less patriotic nor any worse a helo pilot. in fact he's teaching at the Academy now.

    • Duste

      11 years ago

      Indeed, indeed.

    • Duste

      11 years ago

      Well let me put it this way; if you were born without an arm, would you expect that you'd have to pay for prosthetics? Should you have to? People born with gender confusion have no choice in the matter, and living the life given to them by birth would be as uncomfortable and awkward as life would be for someone without an arm... not in the literal way, but that both are confronted by major problems in their lives which are beyond their control.

      If the best way to avoid the potential dangers this situation poses to the psyche of a member of society is to offer them the chance to become the sex they believe themselves to be, then the positive outcome of an adjusted and functioning person outweighs the cost of psychiatric care they may otherwise require on various levels.

    • Duste

      11 years ago

      No?
      The surgery, like some forms of emergency plastic surgeries (such as in the event of trauma) or abortions that exist to maintain the mental health fo the patient are paid by the state... it's a part of the guarantee by the Charter that all members of Canadian society have the opportunity for health, mental or physical, and as such many TGrs remain in a state of mental unhealth until they undergo the process.

    • bikemancs

      11 years ago

      well, I've been waiting for you to sign on, I haven't seen you in months :-P

    • SloeBombFizz

      11 years ago

      I know you'e not around much these days and surely won't be here today... but so what?



      . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!


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    • Jengaship FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Travancore on DD

      12 years ago

      Where you been, Skye?

    • lefty

      12 years ago

      The city of Casablanca has had at least one nightclub called "Rick's" since 1946. The city of Ricks, New Mexico has had a nightclub called "Casablanca" since 1971.

    • thejewman

      12 years ago

      way to go on the marriage mate! ima have to make it out that way one day and visit!

    • SloeBombFizz

      12 years ago


      Yeah, they ignored the thespians... damned actors.... I thought it was 700 thesbos and 300 spartans for a thousand total.
      But they overdid the size of the Persian army, ignored the people enslaved by Sparta and pretended the Greek states were actual democracies, ignored the Athenian naval actions that actually won the war and a thousand other important things. But it's a comic book made into a movie. For a comic book, I still give it credit for being pretty damned good about keeping the details together.

    • evlmel

      12 years ago

      Did you get married yet????? smiley12.gifsmiley12.gifsmiley12.gif

    • SloeBombFizz

      12 years ago


      Mazal Tov! Congratulations! Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu deiner Hochzeit!

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      So, how'd it go?

    • bigvig Rampant

      12 years ago

      France already has limited civil liberties, but I am in complete agreement with you.

      I really can't understand the decision at all.

    • SloeBombFizz

      12 years ago


      A little Johnny is always welcome.

    • SloeBombFizz

      12 years ago


      I love Ted Haggard and all his ilk. He is so predictable. It reaffirms every malicious thought I have when they continue to fulfill every expectation I have of them. It's the true believers who aren't thieves or perverts that scare me. Luckily they're about as common as unicorns.

    • Megan327

      12 years ago

      It's ok on geeking out. Better to know something and not need it, than to not know something and need it.

    • Megan327

      12 years ago

      Ah, ok. Thanks for clearing that up. I'm not exactly proficient in weapons.

    • Factor

      12 years ago

      Hey, thanks for stopping in. I think you left prints in the cobwebs on my profile page. Last year in a nutshell: No more girlfriend. More work. More income. Less fun??? What's wrong with this picture? I am leaving for Vail on Thursday for an extended weekend of fun in the snow. Hope all is well with you.

    • gameboi

      12 years ago

      I loved it, so I bought the DVD.

    • SloeBombFizz

      12 years ago


      That's a good deal.
      Reminds me of our college days when She and I always held Christmas in the first week of January so we could get a free tree from the lot and purchase all our gifts from the sale bins.


      Of course the trees were pretty nasty affairs and awfully brittle. But as long as no one smoked near the tree...


    • SloeBombFizz

      12 years ago


      Aw baby, you know you mean more to me than some random FR'er. He didn't mean anything to me. I didn't even enjoy it. I just couldn't pass it up, he made it so easy. But as soon as it was over, I went right back home and I'm never gonna see him again. I promise. I won't ever leave you for some random FR off the street. What you and I have is so much more real. Don't be like that.... just forget about those other ones.

    • bigvig Rampant

      12 years ago

      dig around government and archives long enough eventually you will find something that may make your brain explode

      Kind of like working for any state government:
      Sometimes you'll see something that makes you want to say, "What the hell?", but you try not to, because, if you think about it too much, your head will explode.

    • Havoc1

      12 years ago

      Say hey if you're up for a beer this week! As for Zicam, what the hell? I'll give it a shot!

    • SloeBombFizz

      12 years ago

      Isn't purification of the virgin an oxymoron?


      I like the way your mind works.

    • GoldenZephyr

      12 years ago

      yeah, i think that's all he wants is to know mommy loves him cuz they were inseprable during infancy.

    • GoldenZephyr

      12 years ago

      Thanks. the sad part is I;m putting him into therapy cuz when she runs out on us every other day and doesn't give him the attention he wants it depresses him that his Mommy doesn't love him. Makes him feel alone.

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