Brad’s Birthday Surprise – 1/8/2020

To help celebrate Brad’s birthday at the office, we decided to decorate his desk. Eric and I went over to Michael’s Arts and Crafts to pick up some wrapping paper and string. Brad typically rolls into the office after 8:30 am. Therefore we would do it day of in the morning.

Of course as we’re decorating, who should walk in the office early and ruin his surprise, Brad!

We were all disappointed we didn’t get to finish, but Brad sure appreciated the effort we put in.

Hogan Haake

Halloween at the Office – 10/24/2019

The scariest thing at the office this Halloween was Eric’s desk. He had been out for a week and we wanted to celebrate him coming back with a prank. I had collected lots of sweetener packs from the River des Peres trash bash and brought them into the office. I got Brad and Maggie’s help to lay then on Eric’s desk. Here is the result.

We also had a candy counting thing and I took a photo and put it on the work chat for the remote people.

Good times!

Hogan Haake

Office Prank

I showed you that we painted the office. What I didn’t show you was the design that happened once the painting was done. Actually, I won’t show you all of that either, I want to focus on one specific thing. The designer added a large clock to one of the walls. Its hard to see the scale of it from this photo, but its about 3 feet across.

For some reason, I decided that I didn’t like the clock. From about 7/15 through 8/15, every time I walked by the clock and didn’t see anybody around, I spun the minute hand to make the time incorrect. Sometimes if was only off by fifteen minutes. But as the month continued on, the clock became hours off.

Eventually I couldn’t keep it in and told my boss and one other guy about what I was doing. They laughed and then proceeded to tell me that management thought the clock was broken. They corrected the time multiple times and replaced the batteries at least once. They could not figure out why it didn’t work!

After about 2 months it got out that I was messing up the clock and the joke was up. Most of us got a good laugh out of it and the time is now correct!

Hogan Haake

Office Painting – 7/12/2019

The Deck Commerce office has looked nearly the same since I started. It was time for a refresh. We had a decorator coming in. To save money and build teams, it was decided we would provide the painting part of the labor. Here are some shots of the work.

Some in-progress and after shots.

It looked like a Dexter shopping trip with all of the plastic sheeting they purchased to protect the floors.

Chad painting an orange accent wall.

If it looks like a mess, that is because it is.

Ann is removing tape after the painting is done.

Brad and Eric causing trouble.

Chris Deck (the owner of the company) is pulling tape.

Kristen is having fun.


There wasn’t much productivity that day, but the office sure looks better now.

Hogan Haake

Dev Up Conference 10/9/2018

My employer was kind enough to sponsor part of the DevUp conference this year. Additionally, they sent the whole development staff for professional development.

It didn’t take long for us to get seats and get comfortable for the opening Keynote about the future of technology.

Maggie on my right.

Jeff on my left.

They went all out on the opening this year. With a talk about the future, it just made sense to have a DeLorean there!

Of course, it wasn’t all learning, we did stop to have some fun!

Chad showing that cutout what real muscles look like!

A couple of beers!

This was a HUGE Foosball table, we had at least 12 people playing and still had to move to different positions to cover them all!

Chocolate covered bacon, does it get any better?

I did pretty good at this blackjack table. It may have had something to do with the way the dealer dealt his face down card… You would have looked too if it meant winning 🙂

Overall it was a pretty good conference. I had lots more photos including one of a sleeping co-worker. But some people are over sensitive so some things will just have to be remembered!

Ohh, one last note, if you’re reading my blog and you run a conference center (yeah, like anybody is reading this crap), please put your screens up higher. If you’re sitting in the back, important pieces of a visual just become the back of people’s heads!

Hogan Haake