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Dave Martin, Ph.D. - Information Technology

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I never thought I would see this day.

It has been 5 years, 8 months, and 25 days of hard work, obstacles, frustration, and yes even enjoyment and satisfaction knowing I was able to perserve and 'get it done'.

On January 17, 2012, I successfully defended my dissertation, and 'earned' the title - Dave Martin, Ph.D. I have submitted my final dissertation last Tuesday, and now am just waiting the formality of the sign-off of the Dean of the University for them to confer my degree - I was hoping for the end of the month, but it looks like the degree audit will not be done until next month.

So in celebration of my accomplishment, yesterday I did - ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!! It was great not having to worry about working on the dissertation for a change (that has occupied my evenings and weekends for the past 4 months). It is kind of surreal though - not having to worry about degree work (for the first time in a looong time). I'm happy I finished, but more relived than anything else.

But now that I'm done, it's back to some serious Sparking!! I did 45 minutes on the indoor trainer this evening, and starting tomorrow, it's back to tracking EVERYTHING! I've put on some serious pounds over the last 4 months through a combination of not eating right and lack of exercise - but not that I'm done with the dissertation and entire Ph.D. program, it's time to get Sparked like a lazer!!!

Oh, BTW, as I figured the Doc jokes have already started to pour in - but I don't mind, it keeps me humble (my wife calls me Dr. Husband - but still makes me do the dishes and take out the trash, and yes, I have heard alll the Doc Marten jokes [but hey, I do have shoes named after me, I just got to tell them to 'fix the e'], and on, and on).


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KCNEWF 3/30/2013 9:10PM

    Congratulations Dave! I hope spring is arriving in your location to enable some serious riding!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 2/19/2013 8:34PM

    I can't believe I have missed this on - Congrats Doc! No matter what degree you have ... pedaling is still pedaling. lol

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AKATHLEEN54 2/19/2013 8:26AM

    Glad you have your health back and Good Luck as you "bike on"!! emoticon

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MCCOURTT 1/28/2013 9:53PM

    Dave - Congratulation! You are truly amazing!!

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PMRUNNER 1/28/2013 4:53AM

    Congrats! I am hoping to join you in a few months, Best of luck in your next endeavor!

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HEALTHIERKEN 1/27/2013 11:49PM

    Congratulations, DAVE!
You've earned that PhD and all the respect that goes with it.

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DRB13_1 1/27/2013 11:14PM

    emoticon Another emoticon accomplishment to add to your cap.

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GREENGENES 1/27/2013 9:48PM

    Congratulation! Way to go!

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MEGA_MILES 1/27/2013 8:19PM

    Congrats Dave. Well done!!!!

May you achieve all your other goals!!!!!


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NWFL59 1/27/2013 11:41AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I suppose now the post doctoral work begins!

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ANDYINBC 1/27/2013 11:16AM

    Congratulations, Doctor Martin. You have had such a long haul and you definitely deserve the opportunity to do nothing, or to go for a ride or do whatever you so desire. Enjoy the freedom.

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LINDAKAY228 1/27/2013 11:15AM

    Congratulations!! That is such an awesome accomplishment! I'm so happy for you!

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BTINTERNET 1/27/2013 10:45AM

    Congrats! That's a long haul - you should be proud!!

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BILL60 1/27/2013 10:11AM

    Dave, you has accomplished what few have completed. Congratulations. Now, what's the next life challenge???

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DR1939 1/27/2013 9:39AM

    emoticon I remember that feeling. It's like the burdens of the world are lifted from your shoulders. emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/27/2013 8:08AM

    Congratulations on your wonderful and difficult accomplishment!

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ANNIE924 1/27/2013 7:31AM

    Congratulations, you have accomplished something great.

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GROEDER 1/27/2013 6:40AM

    No jokes from me, Dave!!! Just a very sincere CONGRATULATIONS for reaching such a lofty goal!!!!! You should be proud of what you have accomplished.

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DIANE7786 1/27/2013 6:35AM

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