I'm Pat Shediack from Dayton, Ohio, who fights personal poverty every day as a Program Manager at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. I'm a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and use this site to promote good PM practices in my peers. I also post a lot of other fun stuff on here related to toy trains, trains, blues music and road trips I've taken with the Blues Babe!
On November 12, 2005, I married Sylvia, aka "the Blues Babe".
I have two kids (Patrick Jr. who's 35 and Christine Marie who's 33). I'm even a grandfather--seven times over when you count my grandkids and Sylvia's!
I served in the US Air Force for 20 years, 2 months and 15 days, retiring in June 1996 as a chief master sergeant after helping to "spank the Russian bear and send him home".
While putting my GI Bill benefits to good use, I graduated from the Community College of the Air Force with an Associates Degree in Applied Aerospace Studies specializing in Information Management; from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Education Studies (Workforce Education and Development) and from the University of Management and Technology with a Master of Science in Management-Project Management. (God bless FDR; God bless the GI Bill; God bless the Air Force!)
Since leaving the active duty Air Force, I've worked at consulting firms, a health care company, an application service provider and a "dot-com". (Yes, I've been there, done that and have the "dot-com" shirt in my closet to prove it!) Nowadays, I work for the Federal government as a program manager.
Oh, where did the nickname "Bluejeans" come from? In February 1974, my high school class held a "ring dance" according to school tradition to hand out the class rings. When I stopped by my best friend's house on the way to the dance, his mom said to me, "Gee, Bluejeans, I almost didn't know you all dressed up in a jacket and slacks". The name stuck like glue! (Don't laugh, but my license plate reads "BLUJNS", too!)
Say hi -- there's a Contact Us button on the left side of this page!
Who's Blues Babe?
I'm Sylvia Shediack, the other half of this partnership! Taking care of Pat is a full-time job for anyone, so in my spare time I'm the "Charge of Quarters" for the real Bluejeans Place in Dayton! (Pat says all the veterans will know what a Charge of Quarters is; I'll just take his word for it!)
My son Keith is a Navy officer who's married to a young lady named Christina down in Chesapeake, VA. My daughter, Christina, lives near us in the Dayton area. My grandkids, belonging to Keith and Christina, are Hayden and Peyton.
I like making crafts and taking photographs.
I graduated from Edison State Community College with an Associate of Arts in Technical Communications. I also hold a certificate in technical writing.
In the past, I was a certified ISO 9000 internal auditor at an auto parts plant and ran my own embroidery shop business.
You can probably figure out which wise guy came up with the "Blues Babe" nickname!
I'm Mick the Dalmatian, the "Chief of Security" at Bluejeans Place. See how well I guard the fire hydrant? Just imagine how well I guard the house and this web site!
I'm a 2007 graduate of Pawsitive Pet Solutions Canine Good Citizen training.
I don't have a cool nickname yet like Mom and Dad have with Blues Babe and Bluejeans. Maybe Dad will think one up soon for me. Mom likes "McMoose", but I don't because it isn't a cool sounding name!
In my spare time, I like chasing the ball for Mom and Dad, performing tricks for treats (I do a mean "High Five") and listening to Dad's blues music in his blues bar and train room, especially Howlin' Wolf, when it's thundering and raining outside. I also like watching the toy trains running on Dad's train layout, playing in the snow and barking at the birds on the bird feeders!
I'm going to embarrass Bluejeans and Blues Babe -- Mom and Dad--now. They rescued me from a bad situation in 2006 where I was abandoned and running loose in some county, caught by a dog warden, got very sick and ended up recuperating in a kennel hosted by Second Chances Dalmatian Rescue.
If you read the Dalmatian Rescue page, you'll see what bad shape I was in before I hired on at Bluejeans Place.
I hope you like it here at Bluejeans Place; I love it!
I'm Shiloh and I just got to Bluejeans Place in February of 2013. If you stop by the other Dalmatian Rescue page, you can read about how Mom, Dad and Mick rescued me from a terrible situation where I was tied to a box outdoors in Monroe County down in southeastern Ohio. I think Dad would say, "those were bad blues".
I don't have a important job here yet like Mick because I still need to become, as Dad puts it, "civilized and domesticated". Right now, I'm in "basic training" with Mom--and it's tough learning all these commands like Sit, Down, Go to your room and get your feet dry, but I learned how to "Shake" just the other day! I'm still having trouble with "walking in formation" with Mom and Mick, but I'll get the hang of it pretty soon. I guess the formation thing is Mom doesn't want me tripping her with my leash when we go for a walk with Mick.
No, your eyes aren't tricking you--I don't have a lot of big spots like Mick or even a lot of little spots, but I am a full-blooded Dalmatian! Mom says, "Mick hung around the inkwell; Shiloh barely got near it!" I have some large spots on my ears and about 28 smaller ones on the rest of me. (Mom counted them the day after I got to Bluejeans Place.) Dad says I must have been the runt of the litter. Watch, "Runt" will probably end up being my nickname, but maybe Dad will come up with a better one since Mom got to name me.
I shocked Mom on the third or fourth day I was here when I climbed up on a chair and raided Mick's toy basket. Mom didn't see me do that, but she found me later with a tennis ball in my mouth and looking guilty!
I think that's it about us. Welcome to Bluejeans Place! And, oh, yeah, good blues to ya!