Archive for December, 2011

The final curtain…

December 28, 2011 1 comment

Just this morning I heard of yet another of my bosses colleages had passed away. It brought visions of those close to me but yet “passed on”. And what of myself? How will it be when it’s my turn? We grow up so naive and oblivious to life’s continual reality picture show as one might call it.

I suspect when that final curtain calls for me, I’ll know it’s time… I’ll just take a bow and bid all farewell and good do…


Working with people from other cultures and global business.

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

One of the things a global business would like to do when they go global is to capitalize on things like economies of scale and transfers of different technologies and information; this would include knowledge that could be gained by working with companies and businesses in foreign countries that you may be invested in.

As it turns out, I’ve been in a situation similar to this. I’m working in a foreign country and am supposed to be from a developed country (U.S.) and have what I think is something to offer in the local country– I think no one told the locals that! I could get into CVs and stats but I think I’ll spare you specifics. They’re [country] “on track” for world developed nation status (WDNS) in about 2020-2025 and could use the help, trouble is many locals seem not to care and the others think they’re already there.

Since my primary objective is to stay married and live happily ever after with my foreign wife– I’m not obliged nor am I overly enthusiastic about convincing them otherwise. Fact be told, I’m digging the great experiment!

All we need is a little more music…

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Have you ever thought about when you hear some really really good music how it makes you feel? It seems like nothing else matters, you close your eyes and image a time…

Find yourself some of that music tonight and feel the love! Treat yourself, cause no one else can do it better than you! My nephew did just that on facebook and sent me some love so I’m sending it to you. Never mind if you’ve never listened to this kind of music before– just have a listen, close your eyes and enjoy. This one’s on me, or shall I say “This must be heaven-brainstorm” by the old school soul group, Bloodstone.

Reality check on sustainability…

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s a reality check on sustainability, there is just too much undiscovered oil and gas out there for it all to just suddenly stop and then solar panels and ocean energy generated by magical electrolysis saves the day. Ok, the gas may be a clean source of fuel but doesn’t that usually come with the oil?

Sorry to be so cynical, I mean I really  want the next generation to have a fighting chance– but you see it seems, it’s all about the Benjamin s (100 dollar bills)!

A proper airport greeting consists of…

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment

This is for all those individuals out there who actually might not know how to conduct a “proper airport greeting”. It sounds ridiculous to have to describe it, but I think it’s necessary.

For the person picking up or greeting the person flying, be at the airport waiting to greet the other person before they get there… this doesn’t mean just before they exit the airport and greeting them at the curb but before the plane lands. An yes, go and park the car and wait in the airport!

For the person flying or arriving, receive the greeting and avoid rushing for your baggage or some other excuse. For family or married couples, this most likely means a hug and/or kiss. Ask how the flight was and express how much you miss each other and are glad to finally see them.

Collect their baggage and have a quick sit down and/or coffee  if time permits and it’s appropriate. Depart the airport.

Hope this helps, but I know there are still those out there who believe they’re perpetually in hurry for the next event and won’t be able to properly greet one another at the airport!

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Nobody can make it out here alone!

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

When I was young, I guess you could say that I was a hard head. The more accurate saying that comes to mind is, “young and dumb and full of come”. I am also reminded that the average age of the Vietnam soldier was 19 years old; you see when you’re young, you think you can do everything.

As I got a little older, I found it was easier for me to take advice. I realized then that you can’t do it alone out here in this world! You could try, but you’ll quickly find it’s a lonely and angy place. Pearl Bailey once said, ” You will never find yourself until you face the truth”

Find yourself someplace to just sit down for a moment and hear yourself think. Ask yourself a few hard and honest questions, like “… do you love yourself and can you give yourself a break?” You got to be able to do that! That’s a start, cause you can’t do it alone out here! Focus on giving some love instead of taking all the time!

Remembering President Obama’s Inauguration

December 6, 2011 1 comment

I was looking back over one of my diary entries and ran across an intersting one from 20/01/09– President Obama’s Inauguration. In it he talked of irresponsibility and greed, doers and makers… and those who endured the whip,  plowed the hard earth, and fought wars. He went on to speak of the willingness to find something greater than themselves… values like honesty, hard work, loyalty and courage. And, most importantly, a new era of responsibility, new duties and defining our character! So what happened? Politics, that’s what happened!

When I step back and look at this one, I am soberly reminded of how fragile life truly is! For a moment there– one fleeting moment only, there seemed to be  hope for a new tomorrow; A hope for the future we’d only dreamed about previously– the real American Dream cause this ain’t it! … and there it went, just as quickly as it came– hope!  Bolting across the sky like Hailey’s Comet, never to be seen again in our lifetime! What to make of it?

We still have an opportunity to send a message; AMERICAN DREAM NOT FOR SALE! We have an obligation not only for ourselves, but to our children and their children. Don’t let the dream perish. “Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called sons of God, …[and] they shall inherit the earth…”(Matthews 5:9 and Ps 37:11). Get out the vote, be energized and in every corner, let there be light!