Gadgets, Gizmos and the Wiz-Bang Kids

Aug 14, 2014 | Random

Star Trek.

To boldly go where no man has gone before. What a cool concept, and what a great show that was. I spent so much of my childhood thinking about the adventures of the crew of the Starship Enterprise, about space, the final frontier, and about the technology it took to take them there. Who cares if the walls shook a little when the door to the bridge opened? I was oblivious to the overwhelming ineptitude with which William Shatner played Captain Kirk and with the fact that ...
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Halcyon

Aug 27, 2014 | Random

There’s no real point to this post.

No product promotion. No security strategies; no anti-hacker rant. No philosophical prose. Something happened today, and I just want to write about it.

It is as simple as that.

Over 100 years ago, our founder, James Polk Stone, began opening several banks across eastern New Mexico. He always wanted to open a bank in Eunice, and on September 17, 2012, his grandsons and great-grandchildren will make that dream a reality.

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I got hacked...at...maybe

Aug 27, 2014 | Random

Well, it happened…probably.

I was just getting back to my office after board meeting when I got one of the ever-occurring phone calls from a company wanting a few moments of my valuable time to schedule a date so they could take more of my valuable time to sell us something we don’t need because we already have it. Now, I’m always listening for ways to improve, and part of my job is to evaluate new technologies, so if the product seems somewhat interesting, I&rsq...
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I SMiShed a girl (and I liked it)

Aug 27, 2014 | Random

Banks and bankers have a reputation for being stodgy, stiff and bland. That’s probably a well-deserved and duly earned descriptor for most of them. Those of you who bank with us, however, know that global perception does not apply here. We’re regular folks with regular lives, just like you. Our kids play city league sports, participate in dance and Taekwondo; we see you in the grocery store and at high school football games. We are Community Bankers, your friends and neighbors. ...
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Much ado about Gia

Aug 27, 2014 | Random

William Shakespeare is pretty much my all-time favorite playwright. One of my few regrets during my college years is that I did not have the opportunity to more fully study the depth and breadth of his works.

Suffice it to say that ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is my favorite of his plays. If you’re not into reading 17th century English literature (I don’t blame you…it takes a lot of effort, but it’s worth it…), do yourself a fav...
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Nothing's Easy

Aug 27, 2014 | Random

Nothing’s easy.

Kenneth Berry, an executive VP at our Roswell branch, said that to me several years ago, and those words have stuck with me.

Nothing’s easy.

When we’re young, or just not thinking about it, we as human beings assume certain things are going to be quick and easy. We tend to oversimplify the tasks before us because, let’s face it, it can’t be that hard. Right?

The older I get, the less I take for grante...
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Of Mice and Men

Aug 27, 2014 | Random

Technology, especially its management and implementation, is a large part of what our bank’s IT department does every day, including holidays, evenings and weekends. Nothing’s easy, but with all my heart, I love my job, and my staff feels the same way. When you come to us with a problem or question, we are happy to help solve or answer it. Simply put, we love what we do. What we do isn&rsq...
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Pajama Banking

Aug 27, 2014 | Random

On Friday, May 31st, 2013, every employee at every branch (and we’ll even come up with something for our Online Branch!) will come to work in pajamas or similar sleep attire to promote our suite of Online Banking products: Online Banking, Online Bill Pay, eStatements, Mobile Banking, and Mobile Bill Pay for everyone and Cash Management, Positive Pay, and Merchant Deposit for our commercial customers.

I know. I know. You’ve heard this before: Pajama Banking...
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The Blue Truck's Last Run

Aug 27, 2014 | Random

When you’ve been married as long as I have, you learn that you are not nearly as good at things you once thought you were:

Gift giving.

Party planning.

Honoring special occasions.

Twenty years or so ago, I considered myself thoughtful…considerate… a true romantic. Flowers, chocolates and jewelry were my weapons of choice in my perpetual pursuit of my wife, both during our courtship and in the first years of my marriage. My loving and g...
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The Deth of Wunder

Aug 27, 2014 | Random

Author’s note: One of the most amusing parts of my life now is the struggles my children have with mastering the illogical nuances of the English language. Reading the notes they write Christy, me, and their classmates is an enjoyable escape because of the hordes of misspellings…and yet they are completely phonetically logical. In the interest of wonder, and as a grammatical photograph of their linguistic development, I title this writing as they would have. Ah, the beauty of c...
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The Good ol' Days

Aug 27, 2014 | Random

I’m not much for nostalgia.

This summer, however, I think I’ll make an exception. I have one of those double-digit year class reunions coming up, and I am flooded with fond memories of my teenage years: driving to Clovis with my best friend Todd in his Camero, Crumbacher’s “Thunder Road” blaring in the speakers while the countryside flashed by, playing summer-league basketball and hitting my first shot, putting our team in the lead against Nathan Er...
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Boring Stuff Matters

Sep 16, 2016 | Random

There’s something wrong with me…a lot, actually, depending on who you ask.  I’ve known it for most of my life…those of you who know me will attest that it’s true:  I like stuff that most people do not. I’m odd like that.  For example, I like tests.  I always have.  I enjoyed preparing for them, taking them, and getting the graded exams back.  When I was at THE Eastern New Mexico University, we hosted a group of academics f...
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