Choice Mindsets

Choice Mindsets

Lexy Yohey:
“I don’t think that is how a keyboard works.”

Is Loveland survey coordinator Jesse Waggoner cleaning out his keyboard? Banging his head against it? Hoping he can use mind power to make words appear on the screen? We’re not really sure, but what we do know, as Lexy pointed out, he’s probably not going to get far with his keyboard in this position.


Perhaps Jesse’s expressing feelings of inefficiency—he only has three monitors, and we know his Sidney counterpart Ryan Francis thinks he needs four. Then again, maybe he’s celebrating a win during a made-up Choice One sporting challenge (perhaps involving typing?) by hoisting the keyboard up like a trophy. Possibly, he’s working on his telekinesis, trying to make the keyboard levitate (in hopes he can someday read minds to finally understand field surveyor Frizz…).


Whether he’s imitating a hardcore rock star like Jimi Hendrix, “playing” the keyboard with his teeth or using the keyboard to shield his eyes from our bright lights, we figure Jesse has a purpose. We just hope it doesn’t involve bad luck—that’s the one Ryan Francis characteristic we don’t need Jesse to adopt!

Nick Sanders:
“I don’t have a snappy quote for a Mindset, but I do have great GMAE socks.”

Our friends at Garmann Miller Architects & Engineers (GMAE) are at it again, just being generally awesome. When site engineer Nick Sanders was injured in a car crash earlier this year, they sent him a “speedy recovery” basket of goodies, which included some socks in at least one familiar color. (Nick has been recovering well, thankfully, and can now probably add some to the impressive tally of hardware sported by Choice Oners.)


Thanks, GMAE, for helping to keep Nick smiling during a challenging time—it’s partners like you that make our work fulfilling and fun beyond just survey and design. Did we mention GMAE and Choice One were both awarded national best firms to work for awards by ZweigWhite? Maybe it’s because both firms value a positive, fun, hardworking company culture. Or maybe it’s our shared love of the perfect shade of green—it’ too close to call.

Brian Schmidt: “Heard it was National Doughnut Day today. We should implement some kind of ‘Choice One Day.’”

What good news—National Doughnut Day—on a Friday! Coincidently, Isaiah Winhoven, Choice One’s newest engineer, treated us all to his obligatory first paycheck doughnuts in honor of the day.
Schmidty, we should definitely implement a “National Choice One Day.” Perhaps it could combine all of the favorable aspects of Duplicate Name Day, Pocket Appreciation Day, Give (or Avoid) a Hug Day, and Roundabout Day, all wrapped together with (hopefully) Free Lunch Day and Wear Green Day. When would we celebrate National Choice One Day? We could celebrate on October 24 (Sidney office’s founding), August 30 (Loveland office’s founding), or January 27 (when we all remind Jeff Puthoff he’s old).
In reality, for us, every day is Choice One Day, which results in an daily enjoyment of engineering, landscape architecture, surveying, and debating the merits of such things as pizza, cheese, and all things sports. So happy National Doughnut Day… and enjoy the first official National Choice One Day of many!

Brian “Goub” Goubeaux: “No, I didn’t have one. Only Barney was allowed to get one.”

Recognize the instrument in the photo above? Neither did our newest AutoCAD technician and 2022 high school graduate Aiden Helman. It’s a design relic from the 1990s, long before Aiden was born: an AutoCAD SummaSketch III Digitizing Graphical Drawing Board (you can learn the history/see one in action in this video).

Now that the technical details of this Mindset are out of the way, we can get to the point: that only Brian “Barney” Barhorst had and used this device. Other Choice One designers of the 1990s, including Goub, were not “allowed” to get one. It’s kind of like how Matt Hoying is never “allowed” to get a perfect score for his opinions, or how Dane isn’t “allowed” to answer the phone anymore.

Despite never seeing a Summasketch, Aiden was able to quickly guess what the contraption was, and appreciated learning the history of his craft. Don’t worry Aiden, despite Goub’s disappointment towards never getting a Summasketch, Choice One has improved over the years, and we’ll be sure to provide you with the best tools for design efficiency. Before long, you’ll be designing circles around those old geezers Barney and Goub, no SummaSketch required!

Johnathan Whitesell:
“If you’re looking for Dane and can’t find him, he’s here.”


No, the server isn’t down, nor is the electric out (it’s clearly plenty bright in the photo thanks to all of our new lighting). It’s just Dane, trying to make a complicated putt from one end of the office to the other during another Choice One sports-related challenge.

We promise we don’t play games all day. Our engineering gets done first, but our random games do serve a purpose. If not for Choice One games, how would we know who the coolest person at Choice One is? Or who the best pop-a-shot player is? Or which person loves roundabouts the most? Indeed, these are the activities that get us moving, laughing, and maybe, just maybe provide the material needed to give each other a hard time.

It was sports lover Kyle Siegrist who won the putt-putt challenge that sent Dane under a desk. Dane, you certainly win a few points for putting style, at least. Next time, just raise that desk up to get a better angle on your shot. Perhaps Kyle will share his winning ways by showing you how to raise a desk to standing height.

Jeff Kunk: “Doughnuts up front for the Sidney folks.”
Kyle Siegrist: “Who would have thought the world would end on such a high note?”

Are you sitting down? If not, you might want to. Right now, before you read this next sentence. Jeff Kunk bought doughnuts. We know, we’re starting to look for signs of the apocalypse too (it did just snow a couple of inches this late April week in west-central Ohio, so…).

The occasion? Jeff won a Master’s Golf Tournament pool we had running at our offices. (You’ve heard us lament about the woes of winning things around here.) Jeff could have snuck away with his winnings, but instead, after 27 years of avoidance, he ponied up and treated both Loveland and Sidney to some freshly made pastry treats.

You’re probably wondering if these Mindsets will cease now that our overly-redundant story thread has been resolved. Fear not—we have something new to tease Jeff about for the next 27 years: he only bought two dozen doughnuts for 40 people in the Sidney office, so a good 15 didn’t get a doughnut. Keep trying, Jeff—we’ll cut you some slack someday.