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January 14th, 2016

2015 Year in Review – It’s all about love

Scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best) – my feelings are at this time, 2015 was a 9.17.

I look at the past, through rose colored glasses and forget or remember challenges as “fun” after the fact.

Just the other night, I was out to dinner with some travel industry folk. Another person said, “What a great time to be alive and human” – I could not agree more and have said this myself the past few years.

Before Christmas, I had a dinner with a group of super accomplished business folks and we all shared our highlights from the past year. Everyone’s highlights, including mine were of a personal/love/family nature.

I was stoked since all our accomplishments, pail in comparison to the feeling of being connected to our fellow humans. Maybe the word “love” could be a way to describe this feeling.

Yes, there is tragedy, suffering, and injustice in the world. There always has been.

I’m continuing to put my attention in the joy and love direction. I suspect what we give attention, grows.

Where is your attention in 2016?

January 26th, 2015

No Drama

While speaking with some friends last night about 2015 goals, one of them stated:

“No Drama”.

I’m a proponent of the No Drama philosophy. I made the unfortunate decision of hanging around some people who “Love Drama”.

I remember lives that were filled with huge ups and downs over nothing. I think they thought they had their own reality TV show, but of course, they didn’t.

The smallest perceived slight turned into Drama that lasted hours/days.

How tiring and wasteful.

Drama did not build good vibes between the folks involved. Perhaps it is an ANTI – 7 habits of highly successful people habit.

August 23rd, 2012

Speeding Ticket in Milwaukie, Oregon

I got a speeding ticket in May of this year from an automated machine sitting on the side of the road. The ticket did not reach my mailbox until early August. My follow up court date was yesterday.

This was the first time I was in court for a moving violation since I was 16 years old. (39 now) I listened to perhaps 30 cases go before mine came up. The whole system appears to be a waste of peoples time, creates no value in our community, and charges fines to many folks who just can’t afford it.

Are the roads safer because of these automated speeding tickets?

Is Milwaukie Safer/Better because code violation officers are walking around fining homeowners whose shrubs go over the property line?

Government has it’s place, I understand. But this appeared to be a money laundering operation. The judge went through each case in about 1 or 2 minutes. Always “lowered” the fine to $120, $160 or $250. By my calculations they are generating in the neighborhood of $10,000/hour. A few bored/miserable government workers get a job, while many hard working or folks who don’t have much are inconvienenced and charged these “fines” while be talked down to by the judge in his disrespectful condescending tone.

It’s just a sad thing to see.

June 1st, 2011

Lebron 2010 vs 2011 Playoffs

Lebron this year, is not the same player that he was last year in the playoffs for Cleveland.

Last year, he gave up.

This year he is trying.

No matter what he says about this, don’t listen. As always, don’t listen to what people say, Look at their actions.

I feel bad for the fans of Cleveland. It’s even more obvious this year, that he “gave up” last year.

Lebron = wimp

December 11th, 2009

Nespresso Coffee: Short Movie

Brandy and I fell in love with the Nespresso Coffee machine on our recent trip to Australia. Our friends had an older machine and after dinner every night they made a perfect expresso in a matter of seconds. We researched the Nespresso machines out there and got a cube. We’ve had it since July 2009 and still love it.

It costs about .55 per capsule – so it more expensive than regular drip coffee at your house, but way cheaper than going to the shop. Here is a new video that they send customers a few days ago about 3 new flavors of coffee. Kind of a fun Video.

December 3rd, 2008

Twitter use in Corporate Brands

August 1st, 2007

We invented Professional Blogging ;)

We created a new category of work back in 2003 called blogging. Folks didn’t think that would work out.

from Jason Calacanis.

I enjoy reading this guys blog and he has a lot of good ideas and shares great stuff. It is unreal how much he thinks of himself at times. To say that “we created a new category of work in 2003 called blogging” is just plain inaccurate.

We were working/blogging well before 2003 as were lotsa of others. It is not unusual to see such a lack of humility from a yank entrepreneur of course. Maybe I should start blabbing and making stuff up. Folks just might believe it.

April 28th, 2007

Some Stupid Travelers near Mt. Everest

Maybe you read about these student protesting in front of the Chinese near Mount Everest. It appears that they were protesting on the Chinese side of Mt. Everest.

Not a smart move

Here are some of their quotes:

“The entire thing was fairly traumatic … not sleeping for over 30 hours, being denied food and water for over 14, basically being psychologically terrorized,” Service said Saturday in Katmandu.


During the interrogation, Service said a Chinese guard threatened her, saying: “If you don’t tell the truth, you will sleep in this room and harm will come to you.”

“I asked her if she threatened me; she nodded yes,” Service said. “I became very afraid for my own safety and the safety of my friends.”

Hello. China is not a democracy you idiots. What did you expect to happen when you did this? Yes, you got all this media attention and are on Yahoo’s homepage for a few hours. So well done on that front.

Most savvy travellers know that you don’t go into a communist country that is not your own and protest stuff. Wake up young folks. 30 hours of no sleep. I weep for you. Harm was almost done to you since it was “fairly” traumatic, but not quite. You put yourself in that situation. Don’t come crying about it now.

Stories like this crack me up a little bit. It seems like a scripted thing happened and they got the outcome that they wanted.

March 15th, 2007

Guy Kawasaki got me thinking today

Been doing a tonne of planning and reflecting the past few days with colleagues and myself. My daily reading included the following passage by Guy Kawasaki.

Here’s some food for thought: perhaps this explains the inexorable march toward mediocrity of many (temporarily) great companies. Let’s say a startup is hot. It ships something great, and it achieves success. Thus, it’s able to attract the best, brightest, and most talented. These people have been told they’re the best since childhood. Indeed, being hired by the hot company is “proof” that they are the A and A+ players; in fact, the company is so hot that it can out-recruit Google and Microsoft.

Unfortunately, they develop a fixed mindset that they’re the most talented, and they think that continued success is a right. Problems arise because pure talent only works as long as the going is easy. Furthermore, they don’t take risks because failure would harm their image of being the best, brightest, and most talented. When they do fail, they deny it or attribute it to anything but their shortcomings.

The last bit that I bolded resonated with me as the truth. I have seen it many times in others around me and myself at times. Sometimes I get a bit scared of taking risks…but I love the feeling of taking risks and fall victim to listening too much to the people around me about risks/no risks. Finding the right balance of risk is the key for me.

Traveling by yourself, starting a company, or going down a road that has no guarantees can seem like a risky thing. For me, it is when I feel most alive. Most people I know are afraid to do something like these things on their own.

Things to remember for me from this
Don’t be afraid to take risks and when you screw-up, admit it and learn from it/move one/don’t dwell.

June 27th, 2005

Bertrand Russell : Why I Am Not A Christian

Bertrand Russell : Why I Am Not A Christian

Religion is based, I think, primarily and mainly upon fear. It is partly the terror of the unknown and partly, as I have said, the wish to feel that you have a kind of elder brother who will stand by you in all your troubles and disputes. Fear is the basis of the whole thing — fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand.

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