Choice Mindsets

Choice Mindsets

Holly Fannon:
“Please don’t make Caray cuss. She wants to get to heaven someday.”

She may look cheery in the photo at right, but imagine a blunt object in Choice One controller Caray’s hand and that image feels a little different. Caray is absolutely amazing, but to do her job best she needs all of us to do–at the very least–one important thing: enter our hours into our time tracking software. And when we forget, well, Caray’s officemate Holly may hear some “select” phrases that are not in Caray’s typical angelic vocabulary.


We don’t mean to intentionally frustrate Caray (at least not about this particular matter), but sometimes entering our time takes careful deliberation. For instance, how do we specifically record scaring people, talking smack about the Cleveland Browns, or finding an open bathroom? Is picking on Jeff Puthoff a different category from picking on Jeff Kunk? And does hand-signing Christmas cards go under “holiday events” or “competitive contests”? (Get excited… they will be in the mail soon!).


Rest assured, Holly. There are a few tasks around here we do so well that Caray will never need to cuss about them: wearing green, helping her when she needs her car jump-started, and most importantly, appreciating Caray’s double-awesomeness. Because not only do we want Caray to get to heaven someday, we would like our paychecks processed, too!

Josh Turton, Redi-Rock:
“Best decoration in my house…”

Mr. Turton won the Longest Beard Competition at Wednesday night’s lumberjack-themed Choice One Charity Cup in Loveland, which earned him quite a trophy (that unintentionally kind of looks like him). And when he got home, that special trophy went straight to a place of honor in his house, as it should. So ignore the beautiful wedding day photo on his mantle and just zero in on that striking Longest Beard trophy, and you’ll quickly see that Josh is right.
We know that Josh has been growing his beard for many years thanks to the photographic evidence of Charity Cups past. With his powerful beard vibes, it seems that Josh has been able to read our collective minds years in advance to know that in 2019 we would hold a lumberjack-themed event complete with a longest beard contest. And Josh decided to step up and deliver quite impressively.

Seeing Josh’s commitment to a cause, then, helps us understand how our friends crushed our $10,000 goal and collected $10,870 for Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank Wednesday night. Then we had an EXTREMELY generous anonymous donor contribute a match which brought the total support to $21,740. Seriously. We are blown away by all of this incredible generosity.

It’s kind of hard to find the right words to describe Josh’s amazing beard (not to mention his taste in home décor), but it’s exponentially harder to find the words to describe our gratefulness for those who are supporting this deserving organization. So even though our words will fall short, we are still going to say them with a bolded, underlined, all caps font–from the very bottom of all of our Choice One hearts: THANK YOU!

P.S. The winner of the Charity Cup bucketball tournament was the team from the Village of Blanchester (l-r John Carman, Ram Reddy, Reilly Hopkins, and COEC’s Mike Goettemoeller). Congrats!


Kaye Borchers:
“I feel like we should be able to get some kind of two-for-one discount here…”


Welcome to this week’s episode of General Hospital… er, Choice Mindsets. With three bum shoulders and one broken heel in the house*,  it’s clear we’ve really taken this Choice One “work as a unified team” mentality to another level. Unfortunately, their respective surgeons don’t have the same “one team” mindset: none of them accepted our “Buy Two Surgeries Get One Free” punch card.


Two-for-ones are a real thing at Choice One for reasons other than surgery. For every one computer, most of us have two (or even four) monitors. We pay for one snack in the Canteen and take two (merely to thwart Barney’s vacation fund). And for every one Jeff, Brian, Michael, or Ryan around here, we have at least two more.


Regardless of the fact that none of our coworkers got their surgery for free, we are glad they are all physically repaired. Although we’ll miss Andy zooming up and down the hall on his scooter, we’re hoping that we’ll see at least two less slings for one less knee scooter in the office in a few weeks. And that’s the two-for-one that everyone can honor!


*Pictured left to right are Caray Schmiesing (shoulder surgery), Andy Shuman (heel surgery), Kaye’s husband Neil Borchers (shoulder surgery), and Matt Hoying (shoulder surgery).

Chad Henry:
“I think I’m gonna make a card for Craig. It’s his week.”

Last week was National Roundabouts Week, and we could hardly hold Craig Eley back from skipping merrily through the office while tossing little yield sign-shaped confetti on everyone. If there’s someone, somewhere with more passion and love for roundabouts than Craig, we haven’t found him or her yet (although Dane is probably a pretty close second—note his signature on the card).


We would never want to curb Craig’s enthusiasm for roundabouts, but we do want to remind him that there are other important weeks and days we celebrate here at Choice One. The third week in February is always National Engineers Week (although we carefully avoid “Hug an Engineer Day” that week). Kyle and his thin, blonde mustache look forward to No-Shave November. And we can’t help but celebrate World Toilet Day (November 19), which allows us to acknowledge both the need for sustainable sewers and this amazing photo.


Craig, we know you proudly celebrate roundabouts year-round, and we appreciate that you only really let your enthusiasm out once in a while (for our sanity’s sake). Your enthusiasm and the fun that comes from it helps to make Choice One a year-round celebrator of another national day: National Fun at Work Day (April 1).

Nick Selhorst:
“Billy Highfill with Deerfield Township told Dane that he looks like Tom Brady. Dane was quite flattered, but I don’t see it.”
Thanks a lot Billy. You just inflated Dane’s head as quickly as New England Patriot’s QB Tom Brady deflated the AFC Championship game balls. But, since Billy is our friend (and on the reigning Loveland Charity Cup team, which is no small feat), we won’t completely dismiss his statement. Yet.
Let’s take a deeper look into this comparison, shall we?
  1. First, the award. The Choice One “Best Places to Work” award Dane is holding is clearly superior to any of Mr. Brady’s six Super Bowl trophies or four Super Bowl MVP honors. Dane: 1, Tom: 0.
  2. Second, the smile. While Tom looks kinda excited about his fourth MVP designation, we have never seen anyone with a prouder smile than Dane after he ordered and received a plaque commemorating Choice One’s achievement. Dane: 2, Tom: 0.
  3. Third, many call Tom The Greatest Of All Time (GOAT). Dane is also a GOAT, and a better one: Geekiest Of All Time. This has been established by his affinity for roundabouts. Dane: 3, Tom: 0.
  4. Fourth, the team. While Tom commands his ten talented, athletic teammates with elegant precision on the football field, Dane commands our team of awkward, musically-deficient, slightly-off-beat engineers in the Choice One “Design Your Road” video. Which of these jobs is harder? Dane: 4, Tom: 0.

Clearly, there’s no real comparison here. Billy, we hope we’ve helped you understand that while you may think that Dane looks like Tom Brady, that’s where the similarities end. If you have any other insights about accomplished celebrities who are similar to Choice Oners, be sure to let us know. We’ll take the compliment, as in the past we’ve only been compared to clowns!

Megan Bornhorst:
“Good thing Kaye has those fake tiny hands to use this tiny keyboard!”
We recently purchased a rather large TV for one of the expanded Sidney office conference rooms, and it came with a rather small keyboard. While we’re sure using this tiny keyboard is more efficient than “typing” with the TV remote, it still seems a little, well… little.


Good thing Kaye keeps a pair of tiny hands* “handy” in her desk. Why? Well, for starters, they make her long, goofy arms even longer for reaching behind desks. They help give her fellow Choice Oners a little pat on the back. And they provide a tiny bit of applause during a Ryan Francis pity party. Plus, without those tiny hands, the conference room TV/computer would be more frustrating to manipulate than Matt’s ridiculously nerdy spreadsheets.


In this day and age, technology seems to be getting both bigger (as in 100-inch TVs) and smaller (as in nano-chips [which are not nearly as tasty as Dorito-chips]). Choice One is no different-not only do we employ little hands for little challenges, we employ tall employees for taller challenges–such as frustrating Mitch.


*Complements of the 2018 Greene County Township Association Holiday Party.