A few years back my dad and his business partner bought up a large lot of land and went on to build 9 houses on it. It took a while to get though planning and approval because our city has a ‘No Growth’ policy in place that only allows a few new houses to be built every year. You see, we live in a pretty small city on the outskirts of Las Vegas and they don’t want it do be over come with people trying to get away from the big city. Our small town is nice and quiet and they want to keep it that way. Because of this it is hard for those who do want to build to get approved.
But shortly after the approval did happen, they broke ground and the houses started to go up. I helped my dad do many of the smaller, more menial tasks, as well as being around to see him do a lot of the more important things so I learned a lot of things about construction and real estate. I helped him do things like doing the low voltage wiring and helping him decide on some of the design issues that he was unsure about. He wanted these homes to have the ability to have custom home entertainment packages and high speed data run throughout the house. As such I designed and ran the wiring set up for all the houses to include surround sound and HDTV wiring built in to all the houses so the buyers could have the option to have them terminated and connected or even have an entire home entertainment package installed for an additional fee. Also when the houses were done being built I created a website and flyers for the advertisement and sale of them.
Here are a few pictures that I took during construction and after they were built for the website and flyers.
It has been exactly 10 years since I graduated from ITT Technical Institute. I received my BS degree in Information Security – basically anti-hacker training (or hacker training depending on whether you are white-hat or black-hat). Here are some photos from my graduation ceremony and celebration dinner later that night.
Since it is now 10 years after my college graduation, here are some photos from my ceremony and celebration dinner
Going through a few old photos I came across these from a while back when my brother, my father, and I all went to play golf. I believe it was on a holiday, perhaps Thanksgiving. It is a very happy memory as it is one of the few times that we all got to hang out as a family on a holiday and do something fun that we still have pictures from. And as my dad has since passed these are very treasured photos and I would like to post them here for posterity.
Joe Connell, with his sons Justin and Jared Connell, playing golf