Enjoy Your Family and Friends

As many of us gather together for the holidays we may get to see (or have to see) family members and old friends we do not normally visit. I particularly enjoy this time of year (not only for the food) but I get to see my 2 cousins, 1 who lives in Texas and the other in North Carolina. This is the only time we can ALL get together and this year is a little more special as one of my cousins gets to meet our new son for the first time.

My family celebrates the same way a lot of families do, by preparing a lot of food, complete with all the trimmings. As most families have their own tradition, mine isn’t much different. After we say grace, we start at one end of the table and work our way around so everyone has a chance to give thanks for their blessings. I personally am thankful for more than words could ever express. I have a beautiful wife, who supports me through all life’s craziness. I’m blessed beyond measure to have 2 wonderful, healthy boys who I cherish more than anything and a family I can confide in and turn to whenever needed.

The other thing I have been particularly blessed with is my job. I have an awesome job! I am truly thankful that I work for a company who values it’s customers and it’s employees just the same. I have only been here a short time, but it has truly been the best year and a half of my career.

Our offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday of this week and next week so our employees can celebrate Christmas and the new year with their families. Everyone has a tradition, and whatever yours is, I hope you celebrate to the fullest and enjoy each other’s company. We never know what tomorrow brings so be thankful for the days you have and live life to it’s fullest. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer




Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I’m blessed beyond measure to be able to spend this day, for the twentieth consecutive time, at the home of Grandpa Harry…my wife’s grandfather. I’ll be having dinner with him, his six children and their spouses, most of their children (my wife included), and THEIR children (among them, my sons). It takes four rooms to seat everyone, but nobody leaves hungry.

Speaking of being blessed, it’s not the only – or even the first – Thanksgiving dinner for me this year. Last Sunday, the boys and I had dinner with my best friend Andrew and his son – the ones we’ve spent the last eight Father’s Day weekends camping with – at his mother’s home, which we’ve also been doing for years now. After dinner, the five of us always take a hike down the railroad tracks that run through Pleasant Plain, Ohio. Sometimes we head east, sometimes west…this time, we went west. As Andrew and I watched the boys run ahead of us, we decided to turn and head back when we reached a certain pond. As we walked on, we both marveled that the boys, who surely hadn’t heard us, took a sudden turn towards that very pond. It could have been coincidence, but we chose to believe that the five of us are all just like-minded. Which is true, regardless of the reason they might have actually headed for the pond.

Also on the subject of being blessed…and turkey dinners…my wife brought home a modest-sized bird from the grocery store the other day, to cook up on Friday. Plans are to spend the day at home, decking the halls and putting up the Christmas tree, and playing board games.

EXAIR, like a lot of American businesses, will be closed until Monday. Whatever your plans are for the holiday weekend, I wish, for you and yours, the richest of blessings. If you’re spending this time treasuring each others’ company, then that’s a wish well wished.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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