Those of you who know me well are aware of my obsession for being "reach-able." This page serves as the definitive word on how to reach me. However, my easy availability
has been a two-edged sword. I used to get lots of unwanted telephone calls including numerous 'wrong number' and telemarketing calls; since I can't really stop these people (and robo-dialers, too) from calling me, at one time I recorded the
following message on my telephone answering machine:
Mitch's Answering Machine message:
"This is not ABC Chinese Carry-Out or Super Pride Market, though many of you seem to think so. If you don't recognize my voice, chances are that you are
one of the many people who dial my number by mistake every day. Soooo, hang up the phone, put on your glasses, sober up, learn to read, don't call back. If you're trying to sell me something, don't bother; I either don't want it, don't need
it, can't afford it or already own it-- sometimes all of the above. Any legitimate callers, please leave your name and number at the tone. Thank You!"
I do not allow organizations to use my name or to contact me to make solicitations other than as permitted in my Declaration . Please read my Notification and Offer To Senders of Uninvited Email
I worked for MCI from March of 1985 to September of 1998 and I used to feel that I owed a lot to the company. They hired me as an inexperienced un-professional and provided
me with the opportunity and tools to learn about communications in general and electronic mail in particular (while not putting much effort into making me conform to a "corporate" image). Thanks to MCI, I was able to visit 22 different
countries in a little over three years while teaching people about the benefits of electronic messaging. Early in 1996 MCI provided me with a new opportunity: I began to work for MCI Web Services, and in 1997 I became a DNS administrator.
As of September 14, 1998 MCI completed the merger with WorldCom. As a result, I was no longer an MCI WorldCom employee. As part of the merger agreement, all of MCI's Internet business was sold to Cable & Wireless
USA-- and this means that I (and about 1,200 co-workers) went on the Cable & Wireless payroll.
This was a good thing. Once MCI was bought by WorldCom, the company went straight down the tubes. Whatever respect and esteem I had for the company has long since disappeared-- along with most of the people I knew and cared about, the value of
the stock I owned, the company's commitment to quality, and anything that resembles a business plan.
In April 2002, the CEO of MCI WorldCom, Bernie Ebbers, was ousted from his position. In June 2002, the new CEO, John Sidgmore, fired the CFO (and friend of Bernie), Scott Sullivan, after alleged accounting irregularities were discovered. The
remains of MCI were bought by Verizon, and Bernie's spending his time in a federal prison.
...and for those of you who, like me, used to work for MCI, check out
After my job with Feeble & Witless (oops, I mean "Cable & Wireless") dried up at the end of 2002, my wife and I decided to relocate from Fairfax, VA and go into
business in beautiful Silver City, NM. If you would like to find out about our business venture, click on our company logo above.
My Heart's in the Right Place...
...and I've got the pictures to prove it. If you are interested in finding about my heart attack and what I learned from it, you can read a two-part
article I wrote on the subject. It's written using Adobe Acrobat; if you don't have the Adobe Reader, you can get it for free by clicking on the link below.
"As for me, except for an occasional heart attack, I feel as young as I ever did." - Robert Benchley
If you love a wide variety of ethnic music from all over the world, you may already be familiar with the Putumayo music label. They
have over 100 anthology CDs available (and over 20 individual artist CDs) covering a myriad of musical styles, themes, locations and ethnic groups.
If that sounds like something you might enjoy, here is your chance to experience it for yourself free of charge. By clicking on "LISTEN NOW!" below, a new browser window will open and you'll be able to listen to over 30 hours of Putumayo music
in a continuous loop. Each of the disks is represented by one to three of my favorite tracks, and new tunes are added each month when new disks are released.
Shown are the three most recent songs on the playlist for my station.
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