Author: mattcushing@gmail.com

a place to chronicle the journey back to development

Goodbye old friend

You know that grumpy old man that yells at you to get off his lawn?  And that protective person that goes after people who are threatening you?  And finally, the one who comes in for a cuddle at the most inconvenient times and usually steps on important parts of you that you’d like to keep…
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November 20, 2017 0

Small steps

I’ve tried to get into an exercise routine forever.  I’ve had some success with things that involve a class or a team, but I’ve never been able to maintain something when it’s just me.  Tried running, tried bodyweight stuff in my house, nothing really stuck.  It wasn’t until I sat down recently and really thought…
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November 17, 2017 2

First class is in the books

Standing out in the hallway, feeling a little awkward being back on a college campus after so many years. “Am I prepared?” “Will they listen?” “Will they get it?” Deep breath…..”Let’s roll….” First 10 minutes or so was a little awkward, going over the syllabus, talking about me, talking about them, talking about the class…
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September 13, 2017 0

Giving back

One thing I’ve learned being part of the SQL Community is that they are an amazing group of people.  So many people have been incredibly supportive through my journey of the last few years, riding the highs and lows with me the whole way. Now it’s time for me to give back some of that…
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September 12, 2017 0

SQL Summit Post

I’m creating a post that I will update as I go along. 8/28/17 I’ve gotten approval from my company to go for the whole week.  If you’re lucky enough to work for a company that sees the benefits in investing in their employees, be thankful 🙂 Got the room through the site for the week,…
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August 28, 2017 0

What do you with you knew when you started in SQL?

I have a request.  I’ve been given the opportunity to teach a course at our local community college on Database Design and Development and they’ve given me room to come up with my own curriculum.  I want to create a balance of theory, practice, quizzes, and projects, but one of the things I feel like…
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August 4, 2017 6

Professor Cushing

My daughter is going to be a senior in highschool, but for a long time now, she keeps asking “Why aren’t you a teacher?”  Seems she and her friends liked the way I taught them how to roll sushi!  I’ve taught martial arts for years at a time, and I guess people liked the way…
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August 2, 2017 0

Turn the page, again :)

I’ve been at my present company for about 9 months, I’m happy here – getting the hang of things, supporting this, coming up with some cool solutions to make things easier for people.  The commute is about an hour each way, but it’s worth it.  I’m happy, I get out on time, have a really…
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March 30, 2017 2

Diving off Dominican Republic – 12/26/2016

Wanted to share the pics I got from my trip, it was unbelievable.  Had a great dive company do the excursion – Seapro divers and an excellent photo/videographer along for the trip – Virtual Reef DR.   Diving off Soana Island, Dominican Republic 12/26/2016 [envira-gallery id=”246″]


January 6, 2017 1

Be Thankful & Get Off Your Ass

With everything going on in the world from Hurricane Matthew(no relation), to deciding which shiny turd to vote into office, to Clowns roaming neighborhoods on the east coast freaking people out – you have to take a minute and realize that you have a lot to be thankful for and you have a lot to…
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October 6, 2016 0