About Darylene

Recipient Writer/Blogger, Speaker, Presenter and Entrepreneur!!! Owner of Solid Energy, Inc. a Painting Contracting business that makes this all possible. He allows me ot opportunity to also provide Fine Color Finishes for both Home and Office to our clients. We bring color to your world. Darylene on Google+ www.solidenergyinc.com


This was an interesting question Karen Q posed and I thought I would ponder a bit and think about all the jobs I have had since my youth and what I learned from them.

Paid Jobs I have had from youth to today.

newspaper delivery-substitute
General Office-Collection Agency
Receptionist-Real Estate Office
typing pool-Insurance/legal Dept
General Office Claims Dept-Insurance
Bus girl- Cleaning tables/Washing dishes at a downtown Cafe
Secretary-Construction Company
retail clerk-Dept Store
retail clerk-Grocery Store
cashier-Community College
Furniture & Deck Restoration
House Painter
Hostess/Cashier-Hotel Restaurant
Waitress-Hotel restaurant
KP duty on Air Force Base
Dispatcher-Airplanes/Equipment for Fire Support Government
Teletype Operator-Fire Support Government
Statistics-Fire Support Government
Fire Fighter Trainer-Fire Support Government
Labor/welder-Fishing Boat Repair Service
Police/Fire Dispatcher-City Police/Fire Dept
Dispatch Training Coordinator-State Government Agency
Trainer/Instructor-State Government Agency
Substitute Teacher Dispatch Training-Vocational Technical school
Remodel & Painting Contractor-Self Employed
Training Consultant/Coordinator-Self Employed
Trainer/Speaker Consultant-Self Employed

It is amazing when I look back at the many paid jobs I have had that has brought me to way I am today, but it also isn’t the entire picture.  I have had as many, if not more non paying jobs.  These jobs were just as rewarding if not more so and have helped me become the person I am today.   These jobs have enriched my life and brought more joy to my existence.  Many of these paid jobs needed specialized education, certificates, licenses and degrees.  Together with my non-paying jobs I have come to this believe is what makes us all complete and if nothing else quite interesting and diverse in character.

What I could write a blog for each job I had and what I learned from each and every job I had throughout my life.   One thing I know for sure is I enjoyed each and every one of them.



I have been pondering on this exact subject.  Finding your voice and at the same time remember you have humor.  The world is filled with humor, just look around and grab it.

In fact it is said that laughter can help relieve pain, bring greater happiness, and even increase your immunity. We should all spend more time laughing, telling jokes and just plain having fun.  It is the child in us that keeps us young.

Maybe a remedy for a headache would be to take two laughs and a tickle with a glass of water.  The world is full of jokes and one liners waiting for the straight man to feed the line.

When the airline attendant announces, “Thank you for your patience”, after a 2 hour flight delay, “We will be loading in a few moments.”  You have to chuckle with the thought, “I needed more patience anyway, so thanks for helping me to achieve my goal!”

Next time you are caught in line, why not throw out a one-liner like, “This is just like internet dial-up, you just know it is going to connect sooner or later. Better yet a one-liner I have used before for levity when someone joins you in line and you can feel their impatience.  “Aren’t you glad we are in the fast line?”

Humor is something we all have and for many is quite natural when writing, but it is nice to remember that without humor in the world, the kittens couldn’t get tangled up in yarn, the puppies couldn’t get their heads stuck in bags and babies wouldn’t be tickled when you play pick a boo for the hundred time.  Laugh til it hurts and then laugh some more.

If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know the man, don’t bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, or seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you’ll get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he’s a good man…All I claim to know is that laughter is the most reliable gauge of human nature. – Feodor Dostoyevsky


Others have requested this article be posted so I thought I would post it with the group also.


Professional Women in Building, “Building Women” Summer 2011 Issue

“The Networking Connection”
By Darylene Dennon

Whether you are engaging face-to-face or networking online, you need a plan that connects all your networking practices. Don’t waste your precious time; create an efficient strategy that works for you.

The in-person approach

For example, let’s say I meet someone at a business networking event. (I always plan to meet at least three new contacts at an event.) I do a great job selling myself and my company. I also gather information about the other person and collect her business card.

With me so far? Now, back at the office, I enter the business card into my contacts database, and I invite my new contact to my social media networks. I also send her a “nice to meet you” email and ask her to attend another business event I plan to attend. Then I forward the invite, email a reminder later and call to confirm she plans to attend.

I think you have the idea. Create a basic plan before you go to an event and connect online via social media or your website/blog afterward. No matter where you make the contact, always follow up and continue the connection.

 Make your in-person appearance count

Women are great a working the room because they generally are more community-oriented and enjoy linking their thoughts, ideas and hearts with others. But women have been trained not to “toot their own horn” and are sometimes better at promoting others than themselves. Like it or not, you have to want to stand out above the rest and be remembered if you want to move up the corporate ladder or grow your business.

Men tend to be more driven by what is in it for them personally. It isn’t that men think less about community and family; they simply interact differently with the world. So understand the differences and make sure to promote yourself — in your own way.

The online approach
As another example, let’s say I find someone within my social media network online and want to make contact with him. I do some research to find out if he has a website and check out his contact page. I look for any indication that he encourages folks to get in touch. He has a LinkedIn icon on his website, so I decide to introduce myself on his profile page on LinkedIn by sending him a message.
I make sure my message is short, and I briefly explain why I want to connect. I keep it down to 50 words or less, and then I add, “If this is not of interest, feel no need to get back to me.” That’s all that’s needed, and I don’t expect an instant response, if any.
If he does respond with a positive comment, then we chat and I ask him if I can add him to my network. I focus on the relationship and keep the doors open for future communication.
I have made some great contacts this way and have later met them face to face by inviting them to events that I am attending.

Make social media work for you

If you aren’t networking online, you are missing out in more ways than you can imagine. Not only are your current customers interacting online, so are your competitors and potential clients and business connections. Social media is a great way to keep in touch, on target and aware of others who are in the same market.

One of the best things about online networking is being able to research what other people are doing. Keeping up with trends and being able to ask questions of experts from all around the world are great benefits of interacting in cyberspace.

To sum it up, my advice is to feel comfortable talking about yourself and your business and keep up with the connections you have made both in person and online. Happy networking!

Darylene Dennon is an owner of Solid Energy Inc., a residential painting company based in Woodinville, WA . She also is a National Association of Home Builders,  Profesional Women in Building,  Area 15 Trustee.


Today I have not made a decision as to what I feel like blogging.   I am inspired by many of the blog posts written by several in the group, but today is one of those day that I spent staying focused, finishing my Message from the Chair for my National Magazine’s Winter Issue which was to be about the Painting and Decorating 2012 Expo.  It was to be filled with great information on why you should attend and what great rewards you walk away from by attending this year’s 2012 Expo.

It turned out okay, but I isn’t my favorite thing to write about since I am not usually asked to write on a specific topic to promote a Painting and Decorating 2012 Expo.  I did what was asked of me and now I am undecided in writing my blog today.

Indecision is without a doubt difficult to grasp.  It handicaps participation and it wreaks with lack of direction and most of all it is filled with who really cares and without a doubt lacks any form of organized thought.   As I ramble on I am thinking that within my indecision, I have decided to end this post with a warm goodnight and have a wonderful evening.


This is for Steve K:

I am your constant companion.  I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.  I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.  I am completely at your command.

Half of the things you do you might as well turn over to me and I will do them                         -quickly and correctly

I am easily managed – you must be firm with me.  Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons,  I will do it automatically.

I am the servant of the great people, and alas, of all failures as well.  Those who are great, I have made great.  Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine though I work with the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a person.

You may run me for profit or run me for ruin – it makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with be, and I will place the world at your feet.

Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I?  I am Habit.

Just think for some,  If weren’t for bad habits they wouldn’t have any habits at all”


I have to make a comment in regards to the current protestors in Olympia at the Capitol Building supporting the tax increase because they don’t want to give up their health care insurance and money for school programs.

#1 Gregoire and her cabinet continue to lie to the public in regards to the revenue tax increase.  It seems that there are plenty of gripes from our state leaders that the tax revenues are down and we have to make cuts to education, yet it has been said they have more money than they expected?   I do believe that sales tax revenues are down since I am a business owner and gee, I am not taking on as much business as I use, hence, I am not collecting as much sales tax, duh!  I have to say my other bills (ie electric, gas, phone, etc) continue to rise, so do the taxes we pay on those bills, right?

I have heard this same argument for as long as I have been a registered voter, a long time and I have never heard that we had all this extra money to put into the schools.  I have always heard if we don’t raise taxes, education will suffer and the public buys into this crap. Raising taxes isn’t the answer, if it were, it would have been solved years ago. 

The truth is that our government at all levels spends more than they collect and they are the worst when it comes to managing the public’s tax money they collect.   They spend millions on introducing hundreds of new bills that serves nobody that I know.  I don’t think a bill ever gets removed.

I wish I could go to my customers and say gee, I have to charge you more and provide you less because I was such a poor manager of your money that I can only paint three sides of your house for the same price since I spent the rest of your money on my salary so I could spend more of your money on things I want.

What happened to every tax increase over the past couple of decades that were suppose to go to Education?   Thank goodness for citizens who recognize the importance of educating our youth. Because of them, voters approved 39.7 percent of property taxes through school levies and bonds. Other voter approved increases include levy lid lifts for fire districts and other junior taxing districts, and funding for emergency medical services.  This was up 1.1 percent from 38.6 percent of property taxes due in 2010.

Let’s take a look at where the revenues from property taxes goes :
• K-12 schools receive 54.9 percent of property taxes – $5.0 billion – through the state school levy and voter-approved local levies and bonds.

• Counties receive 16.2 percent or $1.5 billion of the total.
• Cities get 13.2 percent or $1.2 billion.

What has this special session cost us tax payers?  The results are suppose to be for budget cuts that should have been cut years ago when Gregoire promised in her 2004 campaign.  “Gregoire highlighted parts of her sweeping promises, saying she is the only candidate with comprehensive plans for health care, business growth and education. “I have a goal, I have a vision, and I have a track record of getting things done,” she said. Seattle PI

On education, she wasn’t able to offer any specific plan for ensuring funding to reduce school class sizes, although she supported spending increases already approved by voters. “Gregoire said she would vote against a measure on November’s ballot to boost the state sales tax to fund educational improvements and Gregoire’s comment in her 2004 campaign was that the sales tax puts its heaviest burden on the poor.  Seattle PI.

I might just get my sign and head down to Olympia myself since Gregorie’s promise in 2008 was again not to increase taxes, promised to reduce the state budget and increase jobs.   She lied to the public again to get re-elected.  The only saving grace in all of this is that Gregoire says she isn’t planning to run for a third term, (I hope it’s true) yet this could be just another lie.


It was usually towards the end of summer, I was in my early teens and boredom would set in for all of us in the neighborhood.  I do remember doing some really stupid things for entertainment.  Some of these stupid things I still remember today.  

My younger brother, by two years and I went outside in the back yard to goof off.  We were both in our bare feet and I unexpectantly stepped into what appeared to be a brownish substance.  I stopped to look and my brother asked, “What is that?”  I answered with a grin, “I don’t know, check it out!”  My brother wasn’t the sharpest tool in the shed.

My brother then proceeded to move forward placing his nose very close to my toe.  The next really stupid thing he did was to get close enough to smell the brownish substance.  I had him right then and there.  As soon as his nose was almost up against my toe, he was just about to take a whiff when I moved my toe upward towards his nose and they met just perfectly.   The look on his face was priceless and I laughed until my sides hurt.

He got even with me that very same summer while I was swimming in our small 10 ft in diameter and about 4 ft high pool, filled with water.   Our 6 year old neighbor Stevie, was kicked out of the pool that morning because we suspected he had peed in our pool.

I was snorkeling looking for pennies we threw in to the pool.  While I was snorkeling, a gleam in the water caught my eye and off I went to gather my treasure.  All of a sudden a large brown squishy looking object was staring directly at me and Stevie came to my mind.  I screamed, sucked in mass water, jumped out of the pool and looked back in horror, still gasping for a breath of air, only to see my brother holding his sides laughing.  He had taken one of my Dad’s cigar butts and threw it in the pool.

It ended the stupid pranks we would do to each other for that summer.


I too love the spirit of the Holidays and for my family the 4th of July, Easter and Christmas were the holidays we celebrated with complete excitement and vigor.  Each one of these Holidays comes with family, friends, decorations, lots of activity and our own family traditions and best of all fun!!!. Birthday’s were right up there also.

The biggest ingredient in these Holidays have is the Spirit of the Occasion!   Our family was a typical middle class family with the exception that  my Dad owned a struggling Business that he spent much of his time making it work so we could the bare necessities.  Nothing fancy, but on these particular holidays we created a spirit that rests inside me today and which I passed on to the next generation.

It comes from deep inside, the fantasy of believing and letting your imagination open up to the experience   I have already pulled out all our Christmas Decorations and I have already put some up.   My mood is quite happy and I am looking forward to all the warmth that I have to give to those not so spirited.  I love all the Holiday movies and every year look forward to seeing all versions of the Christmas Carol and the Christmas Story.  I love the songs of Christmas and the sparkle of Christmas. 

I believe in Santa Clause the same way I believe in the Easter Bunny and the Celebration of our Independence for Freedom of Choice.   It is within me to believe in my heart that many of us come together on  Holidays for a common purpose.  That is to enjoy the spirit of those things we remember the most, time with family, friends and to celebrate our own personal traditions, of which, links to other folk’s Holidays.  Hence the Spirit of the Holiday is the gift and it is what I celebrate. 



November 24th, 2011 @ 8:00 pm log entry:

It is very interesting these humans.  They gather with many others of their kind on this particular day to cook, eat and converse with each other in some sort of what seems to be called holiday gibberish.

It is noted that for some reason they all seem to like the mess they create and the small ones who run around making noises and what appears to be giggling.   It doesn’t appear to be very productive nor have any sort of point.  What makes them act this way on this particular day?

What I have also observed is that many of them are blood relations and some of them seem to be quite close as if they were related in some other strange way.  There appears to be a lot of moaning and a few look like they are in actual pain; holding their stomachs and making groaning noises as if suffering.

At the end of this unusual gathering many travel long distances, leaving their blood relations or other seemingly close individuals, to clean up the grand mess.   What an odd gathering, indeed.  My conclusion to this get together is that, it seemed to satisfy all involved and in an odd way brought them closer together even though many did not stay.  Will need to study these humans further. 

Log entry 112411 8:28 PM  Send                                          8:30 PM End of Transmission



What is wonderful about the Holidays is the memories wrapped around them.   I look back and I see several versions of myself that I reflect back on.  What I mean by this is as I look into the mirror and I see a person who, like others, has taken several winding paths to get to where I am right now.  I have gone from complete innocence all the way to where I sit writing this blog today.

It is a journey filled with curiosity, independence, liberation, challenge and diversity.  I love my life and the people in it and I appreciate every moment I have shared with people I have known or just met for a brief moment.   I can’t say everything has been perfect or wonderful, but when I reflect, I realize it was meant to happen just the way it did so when I looked into the mirror this morning; I was happy with who I am, where I am going and especially I appreciate where I have been.    Thanks to you all who are and have been a part of this journey with me and have a Wonderful Thanksgiving Day!!