December 2000

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December 31, 2000:  Well, I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas!  I know that I did.  I enjoyed it with Justin here in Dublin, CA.  It was a great day (and I got lots of cool presents :)  Hehehe, I love being a little kid at heart :)

And so, another year is about to end, as well as the true end of a millennium.  The year 2000 will be one that I remember fondly and solemnly.  It was the first year that I spent totally away from my friends and family who are all on the East coast, it was the year Justin and I became boyfriends and lived together for many months during the summer and again the end of the year, it was the year my fathers health took a turn for the worse and when everyone (including himself) thought it was all over... it wasn't (he's still with us :), it was the year where my mother lost both her brother and her father (God rest their nasty souls...), it was another year where I came to realize that though we may be separated by vast distances, my true friends are still the best of the best and always will be :), it was the year where my company's stock soared and then crashed, teaching everyone once again to not count your chickens until they are hatched!  All in all, it was a very good year...

I'd like to dedicate this final journal entry to a man who his lifetime doing exactly what he wanted.  He created a wondrous comic strip which touched the lives of millions of people daily, in 75 countries around the world.  For years, he brought millions of people closer to themselves by letting them view their lives through his comic characters.  Of course, I'm speaking of Charles Schulz, and the comic strip was Peanuts. 

Charles Schulz died the night before his last strip was to be published, ending a 50 year legacy.

  ``Dear Friends,'' Schulz wrote in the final strip, which showed Charlie Brown kicking and missing a football, Lucy sitting at her psychiatrist's stand, and Snoopy typing Schulz's letter. ``I have been fortunate to draw Charlie Brown and his friends for almost 50 years. It has been the fulfillment of my childhood ambition.''

In those final words, each of us can find one of the most important bits of wisdom Schulz could possible leave us.... live your life to its fullest, right to the very end

I can't think of a better thought to leave you with as we prepare to ring in the New Year!


In fond and loving memory of Charles Monroe Schulz
November 26, 1922 - February 12, 2000 

and to each of you, I wish you all the best for a New Year filled with laughter, joy, smiles, music, good food & drink, happiness, good health, time spent with good friends & family, and peace.

All the best,

Penz


December 24, 2000:It's Christmas Eve and yeah, I'm psyched!  Hehehe, name me a kid who isn't!?!  Today and tomorrow, I'll be spending the day with Justin here in Dublin, CA. 

This morning we headed down to Pleasanton (about 3 miles from here) for breakfast at Dean's.  It's a cool little diner on Main Street that servers about 150 different types of omelets!  Each one has 4 eggs and is huge!  Most yummy! This afternoon, we're going to do a little grocery shopping for tomorrow.  I'm thinking of making either a turkey or a ham for XMas dinner, depending on what catches my eye at the market.  Tonight we plan on heading over to the midnight mass at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Chuch (last year I went there with my good friend Vince and it was wonderful!  If you want, you can actually here a recording of last years mass by clicking here or by visiting their web site.).

I'd like to take a moment to say that I'm truly grateful to have such a wonderful group of family and friends to share my life with.  Though I may be quite far away from most of you this holiday season, please know that I keep you close to me in my heart and that I love you all dearly.  Special thoughts going out to my Dad, Mom, Wally, Timmy and Suzanne, Gini, Auntie Bernice and Auntie Susan, Justin, E & Crissy, Paul, Porky, Tab, Spidey, Becky & Lisa, Rob & Susan, Dustin 'n Alex, The "Z" Clan, Macky, Hummer, Tucker & Andy, Dacchi & the McGullam Clan, Graham & Michael, Zippy, and all of you who made me smile this year :-)

So, here's wishing you all the best for a very Merry Christmas and an awesome, joy and adventure filled New Year!

All the best,

Penz
 
December 15, 2000:  Holy shit!  Only 10 more days until Christmas.  Unreal.....

Well, life continues to be challenging as my company, Quintus Corp. laid off 24% of its workforce this week.  Thankfully, I still have a job:

Quintus Restructures and RefocusesPriorities; Company Announces Management Changes and Streamlines Staff

Dublin, Calif.—Dec. 13, 2000—Quintus Corporation (Nasdaq:QNTSE) today announced a refocusing of efforts on its key priorities, including increasing support for the company's distribution partners and customers and continuing to offer Quintus' eCRM communications technology and products to the market. This renewed concentration on Quintus' core business has resulted in a restructuring effort designed to ensure that the company's revenues, expenses and resources are in line with its financial and operational goals. As part of this restructuring effort, the Board of Directors and acting chief executive officer Paul Bartlett announced executive management changes designed to provide further operational support, as well as a staff reduction expected to result in annual cost savings of $8.3 million. 

Lawrence Byrd, Quintus' vice president of strategy and a cofounder of the company, has been elevated to the position of chief strategy officer. He will work with Bartlett and the Board of Directors to ensure the restructuring provides a solid platform for renewed growth and success. 

"Lawrence has been instrumental in Quintus' strategic efforts since 1984 and is a respected member of our management team," stated Bartlett. "I can think of no one better to drive our strategic initiatives forward." Roger Nunn has been promoted to senior vice president of worldwide sales and distribution, as part of Quintus' dedication to increasing worldwide support for its partners and customers. With the assistance of John Cecala, vice president of North American sales, Nunn will combine Quintus' worldwide sales teams into a cohesive unit focused on the company's traditional mid- to high-tier customers through both strategic partners and direct distribution. The company's commitment to the technical expertise its customers rely on also will be enhanced as Muralidhar Sitaram, senior vice president of engineering, gains new responsibilities as head of information technology. 

The company also announced that it has undertaken cost-reduction actions, including an immediate reduction in headcount of approximately 24 percent. Following today's reductions, the company now has approximately 400 employees worldwide. 

"These steps reflect the changed dynamics in our company and marketplace," said Bartlett. "We have a responsibility to our partners, customers, shareholders and employees, and recognize the need to manage expenses wisely and aggressively. We believe the changes announced today position Quintus well for continued growth and financial success." "Paul and I would like to express the appreciation of the Board and management team to our departing staff members and thank them for their contributions to the company," Byrd added. "The changes we are announcing will not affect R&D or our core technologies and support capabilities. The technical skills and services prized by our customers will be preserved." 

As the company focuses staff on support for its partners and customers, Quintus will scale back its sales initiative directed toward emerging markets and hosting/ASP activities, which will instead be pursued through partners. Most of the reductions will affect the direct sales force, as well as some marketing and G&A. Severance and outplacement assistance will be provided to those employees affected by the restructuring. All company locations are involved in the restructuring efforts. 

The company also noted that its headquarters move from Fremont, California, to Dublin, California, was completed December 11, 2000, as scheduled. 

"We are dedicated to moving forward," added Bartlett. "We are aggressively continuing our search for a chief financial officer, and working to assure appropriate information is communicated in a timely fashion. I am confident Quintus will overcome the challenges it currently faces and emerge with a brighter future." 

About Quintus Quintus Corporation (Nasdaq:QNTSE) provides a comprehensive electronic customer relationship management (eCRM) solution that enables companies to increase revenue potential by improving customer satisfaction and loyalty. A technology innovator, Quintus offers products that manage all customer interactions, such as customer orders, inquiries and service requests, and allow delivery of consistent customer service across multiple communications channels, including the Internet, e-mail and telephone. Quintus is based in Dublin, California with additional offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, call 800/337-8941, email sales@quintus.com or access the World Wide Web at www.quintus.com"

So, as you can imagine, it's been a hell of a week.

This weekend, Justin is coming up from school on Saturday night and on Sunday we're going to make brunch for Rob and Susan who are venturing over from Atherton for some holiday cheer!  Tomorrow morning, I may go into San Francisco for the morning and chill.

That's about all for now.  I'm hella tired.

>:-)

~Penz

December 8, 2000:  Well, now I'm back on the West coast!  Ok, I've had about enough of travelling for a bit!  Well, at least I'm back, and thanks to a lot of help from Justin, am all moved into my new apartment! 

This has been and still is a crazy week.  I got back on Monday night and was pleasantly surpised when I got back to my new apartment.  Justin not only unpacked almost everything, but he also decortated my place, down to a Christmas Tree in the living room!  It looks fantastic and I'll have some picts of it up here in the not too distant future. 

Today (Friday) my company is moving to the new office building (which isn't quite finished yet!), so it's going to be one hell of weekend.  I'm part of the move in team, which ensures everything gets to where it is supposed to, so I'll be at the new building for pretty much the entire weekend.  The nice thing, is that it's only 1 mile from my new place!  SWEET!! 

Dad is still doing well.  I spoke with him yesterday morning and he was telling me that they were supposed to be getting some snow out East.  Hehehe, unreal.... Well, he's on his 5th week without dialysis and his doctors said he wouldn't make it past 2.  Guess he continues to prove them wrong! 

Here's some tidbits on others who have dropped me a line recently: 

I had the pleasure of hering from Jon "Scooby" Burns last week.  He's doing very well!  He's bought himelf a new house out in the woods by a lake in Merrimack (sounds nice!) and is living there with his "kids" ( Ruby, Daisy, Willis ) and his girlfriend Sarah!  Most cool :) 

Dave "Dacchi" McGullam has moved from AZ back to NY and is doing well.  Heheh, though I bet he misses the warm weather. 

Steve "Milkman" Mayou has moved into a new place out in Hawaii.  Geeze, talk about a rough place to be stationed in the Navy! 

Pete Lefebvre is doing well.  He and his wife Kathy are living in their new house in Deleware.  He's still delusional that IBY rules, but what can I say?  Hehehehe :) 

I got an email from Tim "Shtubby" Perry. Here's a piece of it:  "I am currently working out of Syracuse NY for Allegheny Airlines on a Dash 8-100. Last month I interviewed at jetBlue and am waiting to hear the word.  If I get the class it will happen Jan 8, 2001 in an Airbus 320, captain in  one year! 

I haven't spoke with anyone in a while. I keep in touch with Kit Pansai and  KevenWeldon fairly regularly. Kit is still working and beating off. Weldon is living in Boston and is a Phys Ed. teacher in the Needham school system. He's got a main squeeze and gropes her as much as he can."   Hehehe, good to see you haven't changed much Tim :) 

And in a nutshell, that's about it.  Hope all is well in your neck of the woods, 

Penz 

December 1, 2000:  Ho, ho, huh?  It's December already?  What's up with that!?!?!?  Heheheh,  I really can't believe the year is almost over.... and what a year it's been! 

Well, I'm currently out on the East coast again with my family.  Dad is doing pretty well and he certainly has all of us (and himself) a bit stumped.  I guess the Penziner's come from good breeding stock and we're tough to kill off, so he's hanging in there. His spirits are good and he looks damn good as well.  His appetite is still going strong, as is his sense of humor, so all things considered, things are as good as they can be. 
My brother Tim is currently sick at home w/a nasty case of the flu.  Yech!  Everyone seems to be getting it.  Me, I'm fighting it off w/some vitamin C and good thoughts :)  Hehehe, better YOU than me thoughts, that  is :)  Here's a picture of his new puppy, Tyler.  HE IS SO CUTE!  Hehehe, I'm totally jealous of this adorable pup.  He's 3 months old and a total 'cuddle puppy'.

Last week, I went back to CA where I packed up and moved from Fremont to Dublin, CA.   The reason for this is because Quintus is moving there in one week, and I hate commuting.  So, once they move, my new commute will be 1.1 miles!  Hehehe, I'll be walking to work each day, and loving it. 

My new apartment kicks ass.  It is brand spankin' new and very nice (it should be for the amount of rent I'm paying!!).  Hahah, I moved in on Sunday and then flew out East on Tuesday.  Sun/Monday nights I slept in Atherton.  I've yet to sleep in my new home yet, but my boyfriend Justin has been living there and decorating all well.  Hehehehe, oh boy, I can't wait to get back and see what my place looks like.  :) All things considered, I'm happy he's doing it, because he's got excellent taste, so I'm sure the apt. will look 'fabulous'! :-) 

I plan on being back in CA early next week and probably won't be back out East until after the first of the year. 

I hope all is going well in your neck of the woods.  Drop me a line, if you get a chance and say hi! 

~Penz


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