Thursday, February 24, 2011

Victory or Death: Commandancy of the Alamo—Bejar, Feb. 24th 1836

Commandancy of the Alamo—Bejar, Feb. 24th 1836—
To the People of Texas & all Americans in the world—

Fellow citizens & compatriots—I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna—I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken—I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch—The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country—Victory or Death.

William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. comdt

P.S. The Lord is on our side—When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn—We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels & got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Bio of Jason Atchley, Legal, Strategy and Technology Consultant

Legal, strategy and technology consulting to law firms, law departments and corporations with a focus on eDiscovery, litigation support, and business development.

Jason Atchley holds a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jason is the Director of Legal Technology Consulting. Jason has extensive experience as a trial lawyer, general counsel and legal technology consultant. He has tried, managed and consulted on numerous large multi-district pharmaceutical cases, complex commercial litigation matters and IP lawsuits.

Jason focuses his efforts on market facing activities in Texas and the surrounding States with an emphasis on e-discovery and legal technology consulting services. Jason provides legal, strategy and technology consulting to law firms, law departments and corporations with a focus on eDiscovery, litigation support, and business development.

Jason prides himself on bringing solutions to clients and their counsel, both at law firms and corporate legal departments. Jason uses his experience as a trial lawyer, chief legal officer and legal technology consultant to advise clients in identifying, selecting and implementing the correct e-discovery and legal technology solutions.

Jason and his wife reside in Austin, Texas with their children.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Crossfit and the importance of Discipline

In the May of 2009, I stood 5'9 and weighed 209 lbs.  I was bloated and well there is no nice way to say it: I was fat.  I took control of my health, my eating, my body.  I told myself that if I could control my eating, my exercise, my general overall fitness, then I could control anything.  I set out to do just that.  I adopted an eating plan that I came up with after doing some research.  I eliminated 5 things from my diet: 1. bread, 2. sodas, 3. sugar, 4. fried foods and 5. red meat.  The weight loss was almost instant.  Not only was I controlling what I ate but I began to exercise 5-7 days per week.  I would do 100+ pushups, 200+ situps and briskly walk 2 miles every day.  I was down to 172 lbs in November of 2009, just 6 months later.  I then began doing Crossfit exercises and began adding muscle to my physique as well as improving my overall general fitness.  I began doing Crossfit workouts in January of 2010 and have done them approximately 3x per week since.  I am at an all time fitness level and feel better than ever before.  But almost better than the physical payoff has been the mental payoff.  I now know after losing 40lbs of fat and adding more muscle to my frame than ever before in the span of approximately 10 months that I am capable of doing anything I set mind to do.  That I am able to accomplish whatever I want.  That if I can reverse a decade of eating poorly and exercising infrequently in a matter of months, then I can accomplish anything in my personal or professional life.  The discipline I imposed on my eating and exercise routines has carried over to every other part of my life.  It has been huge for me.  It has paid dividends in every facet of my life.

I am now dedicated to this lifestyle of discipline, healthy eating and fitness.  I am wearing size 30 jeans for the first time in over a decade!  I have a full 6 pack and have 12% body fat.  I am determined to lower that to 10% and to add even more muscle.  I am committed to me.  And through that discipline and dedication, I know I can accomplish anything I commit myself to.  I owe my life, my health, my happiness to my new eating and exercise plans.  It was a lot of work but I deserved it.

Set your goals, commit yourself to them and be disciplined in the way you go about each task.

Until the next time,

Jason Atchley, Strategy Consultant

Monday, February 7, 2011

It was a Super Birthday

I had a wonderful birthday!  I woke up to breakfast in bed prepared by my beautiful wife and 5 wonderful children.  I then got up and did my Crossfit workout, went on a 2 mile walk and then took my Bullmastiff to the dogpark!  He had a great time playing with a black Great Dane and a Labradoodle!  I then played basketball with my two oldest sons.  We played 21 and had a great time!  They are really good!

We went back home, relaxed and then I took my oldest son to his Lacrosse assessment.  He owned it!

We returned home, cooked beef fajitas, chicken wings, queso and chips and got ready for the birthday party and the Super Bowl!

My wife and kids made a great cake for me (red velvet with cream cheese icing) and sweetly sang happy birthday to me.  It was great just watching their faces as they sang to me.  I loved spending the whole day with them!  We also had chocolate ice cream!

We then watched the Super Bowl and cheered for the Packers to beat the dreaded Steelers!  We had fun watching the Black Eyed Peas perform at half time and laughing at all the silly commercials!  The Darth Vader one reminded me of my youngest son!

All in all it was one of my favorite birthdays ever!  My family did a great job of making me feel special.  I love them dearly.  I am truly the luckiest man alive.

Until the next time,

Jason Atchley, Consultant

Friday, February 4, 2011

Snow Day!!!

It is a beautiful day in Austin, Texas!  It snowed about 1" last night.  The kids' schools were closed.  We were out of bed by 7am and out on the slopes by 8 sharp!  We took our dog, Rex, with us and went sledding down the hills on the golf course!  The kids used boogey boards and skateboards with the wheels removed!  We played outside for about 2 hours.  It was a great, great time!  We came in, ate hot tortilla soup and watched videos from our vacation to Yosemite and San Francisco!  We have had a great time spending the day together!


Until the next time,

Jason Atchley, Consultant

Tuesday, February 1, 2011