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Choice Mindsets

Matt: “The City asked us about doing a water model for them.”
Jake: “I do modeling. Just not water modeling–that’s up to Brian Schmidt.”

 

Well, Jake, this photo proves you very wrong: we wouldn’t say you “do modeling” either. The stare is all wrong, your lips are too tight together, and what is with the shine on the top of your head?Regardless, your version of water modeling is not the kind of water modeling Brian might do for our clients.
Don’t’ feel bad Jake, we all did some “modeling” for the About Us section of Choice One’s new website, and can’t say we did much better. You can check out all of the green-clad models on our new Meet Our People page (be sure to hover over each photo to learn a little something about each of us). We engineers often don’t like being photographed, so please be very impressed that we all stood in front of the camera, held still (for at least 30 seconds!), and willingly smiled (some more willingly than others). It’s not that we don’t like to smile, it’s just that glaring lens and flashing light in our faces makes us… anxious. Indeed, our group photo on the homepage is indicative of our crew’s usual approach to having our photos taken.
Jake, we appreciate your modeling efforts–thanks for sharing your “talent” with the world. Maybe try Deja Blue brand water next time to bring out your blue eyes? Jake’s “modeling” aside, if you have a minute, check out the new and improved www.choiceoneengineering.com and find out just what other kinds of modeling Choice One can provide.

Various:
“I don’t know the guy who’s playing Cousin Eddie, but he’s dead on.”

 

Put engineer Nick Selhorst in a bathrobe, and we have a Christmas sensation!

After sending out our 2017 Christmas card (you can check out the full version here), we’ve received many delightful comments regarding Nick’s (frighteningly) accurate portrayal of Cousin Eddie from the 1989 holiday movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

For those who are familiar with the movie, you might notice that Choice One has a lot in common with Cousin Eddie. We deal with sewers on a daily basis. Several of us own some version of an RV. Many of us are a little clumsy. And we all do our best to have a positive attitude even when we’re stuck with the Jelly of the Month Club.

Indeed, I think we’re ok having something in common with Eddie (especially Nick!). In the end we don’t mind being the goofy cousin who enriches your holiday season with our willingness to be a little… unique. So in the spirit of Clark W. Griswold, “Merry Christmas to all and to aaalllll a good night!”

Michael Seeger:
“Soooo…. which photo has the faces swapped and which is the original?”

 

Ever dreamed of being an engineer at Choice One? (Wait, that’s not on your bucket list?) Well, our friend Josh Turton, with Redi-Rock, clearly feels that even just looking like a Choice One engineer is a worthy venture. We’re not sure how long ago he started growing his beard, but as you can see, Josh (in purple), has nearly achieved twindom with Choice One’s Mike Goettemoeller. Josh has honed his looks so closely to Mike G.’s that when we digitally swapped their faces during the Loveland Charity Cup event, Michael Seeger couldn’t tell which was the face-swapped photo. (We’re kind of wondering if Josh and Mike G. can even tell…)

Josh, we appreciate your dedication to looking like a Choice Oner. Here are a few extra tips to help you out:

  • Get super nerdy. Calculator holster and pocket protector not optional (if someone hasn’t already gotten rid of pockets, of course).
  • Get crazy clumsy—spill coffeefall down, etc.
  • Get ridiculously excited about culverts, sewer systems, dirt moving, and all things traffic engineering. (See also “Get super nerdy.”)
  • Wear green (duh).

If you want to see more of Mike G. and Josh hanging around, looking similar, then check out all of the fist-pumping, high-fiving action in the Loveland Charity Cup video(Josh gives high-fives all around at about 52 seconds). And if gents out there want to start growing a beard to make these nearly identical twins a set of triplets, you had better start now: the Sidney Charity Cup event will be held March 28, 2018!

P.S. In case you were wondering, the photo on the right is the photo with Mike’s and Josh’s faces swapped.

Mike Goettemoeller:
“Thanksgiving is a compilation of my favorite hobbies: playing cards, eating food, drinking beer, taking naps, and watching football.”

 

Gobble gobble! Choice One’s offices are closed today, but it’s not due just to a Thanksgiving-induced food coma. We heard there was a Black Friday deal on traffic counters, so we’re all in line trying to keep some of our noisiest (i.e. traffic) engineers here happy.

Still, we didn’t want to miss this opportunity to thank you for a few things:

  • Thanks for telling us you like the color green, even if you don’t mean it.
  • Thanks for humoring the aforementioned traffic engineers (including Mike G.) when they drone on and on about signal warrants, opening design years, roundabouts, etc., etc.
  • Thanks for reading these Mindsets. We appreciate that you’re willing to participate in our bi-weekly attempts to embarrass ourselves.
All joking aside, it’s a great time of year to say thanks. From the bottom of our [green] hearts, thanks for allowing us to be a part of your municipality, business, and community. It seems obvious to say that Choice One wouldn’t existing without our fantastic clients and friends, but it’s true, and for that we are grateful. Thank you for providing us with opportunities every day to experience engineering and surveying full of enjoyment, friendship, and laughter. (And if you ask, we’ll watch football and drink beer with you, too!)

Nick Selhorst: “The only bad thing that happened last night was Bertke’s team won.”

Charity Cup Glory

 

In his 11 years at Choice One, professional surveyor Allen Bertke has been on the winning side of three Charity Cups (2008, 2011, and 2017), not to mention several second place titles as well. Ringer, much? Our 2017 Loveland champion team, SiteWORX, pretended they didn’t know that Allen was such a talented bucketball player. But if we see Allen eating Chipotle for the next month (his favorite), we know winners (l-r) Dustin Cooper, Matt Smith, and Joe Smith slipped someone an envelope full of burrito coupons to make sure Allen was on their team.

But enough about Allen. Words aren’t quite enough to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who supported Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank by donating to and participating in the First Annual Loveland Charity Cup event on November 8th. But since words are all we have, THANK YOU to all of you for your amazing generosity (and a really fun night to boot!). Because of your donations, we were able to collect $3,904 for Sweet Cheeks (which equals 30,030 diapers for children in need)!

You’re on the clock, Sidney area! The 2018 Sidney Charity Cup will be held on March 28, 2018. We can definitely be bribed to put Allen on your team. We like pizza, doughnuts, sandwiches, cookies, or, you know, just food in general. Just don’t ask that bitter Nick Selhorst guy to be on your team–in six years, his teams haven’t even fared well enough to even make it out of the round robin portion of the tournament…

P.S. Be sure to watch our Enjoyment PageFacebook, and Twitter to relive more fun from the 2017 Loveland Charity Cup!

Troy Niese:
“I’m in the market for a nickname… every time someone talks about the City of Troy, I answer.”
Design engineer Troy Niese joined the Choice One crew in June 2017. Since that time, we’ve been confusing him (probably hourly, prompting him to pop over his cube wall in response) when we talk about projects we’re working on in and for the City of Troy, Ohio.
The problem with Troy’s request is that assigned nicknames rarely stick. Instead, nicknames seem to happen spontaneously. Moreover, if you work at Choice One, your nickname likely comes from some act of unusualness, clumsiness, or embarrassing yourself, so they’re not exactly a compliment. (Indeed, how Kaye hasn’t become “Beggar,” or Jeff Kunk “Scrooge McDoughnut,” is a mystery…)
Give it time, Troy. We’ll eventually have a motive to give you a new title when you fall downspill, or generally act like Ryan Francis. Until then, be honored to be known by the same name as the city whose quick-witted staff once gave Jeff Puthoff very appropriate nickname.