Why I Think Business is Personal **Remembering Arden**

I met Arden (aka Spook) in the late 1990's after I was lucky enough to get a job at a little internet startup company called ExisNet.    I was troubled by some of life's lessons and I was looking for myself.   Spook was one of the supervisors at ExisNet, he was a Marine (retired) …

“Quincy Magoo” You’ve Done It Again…

Do you remember Mr. Magoo? Magoo says " I should have known your type..." as he yells at himself in the mirror.  He is angry for all of the things that were done to him and he was the cause. "Don't waste your time and money.." Magoo wanted to get dance lessons as he misread a …

Co-op City ~ What did you experience?

Last week I wrote about how Co-op City influenced and shaped who I am today.  The sheer amount of people who were interested in this discussion was mind boggling.   I was essentially inspired to add-on to the blog in order to bring to light some other realities of living in Co-op out of fairness …

Meet in the middle

  When I was a child my mother put this picture on the refrigerator, it is simple and telling.   I put this picture up at work as a constant reminder of the benefits and challenges of working with others. Regardless of who is at fault or the challenges we face it is my hope that …

Dispatches from the Front: 5 December 2012

Christmas Day is 20 days from now.  I wish for you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas.  It is a very special time of the year when even salty old dogs like me enjoy the magic the season brings.  What is your favorite Christmas holiday song?  My wife's favorite is "Silent Night". Although …

Remember

In support of our Warfighter Creed

Perception  "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein Google "Contractors Creed" and this is what you get from http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?57037-Contractors-Creed THE CONTRACTORS CREED I am a contractor. I look out for myself, the operators to my left and right, and no one else. I will always take advantage of the fact …

Dispatches from the Front: 19 August 2012

Today ends Ramadan.  Previously, I experienced this month long Islamic holiday during the two years deployed in Saudi Arabia.  Back then, it was more of an annoyance than an igniter to increase our threat readiness level.   Not only do we have the Taliban to worry about, recently, there is an increase of Green (Afghan soldiers …

For Those Who Serve (Forgotten Troops)

In my office I have a plaque that Kenny Williams gave me when I decided to leave Joint Forces and move on to work with DISA. I see this almost every day, sometimes I am facing it for hours.    What does it mean? What does it mean to you? What does it mean? As …

Dispatches from the Front: 29 July 2012

... From Ken Friends, In some of the return e-mails, several have asked I not include or discuss the "un-pleasantries of war" in my "Dispatches".  To those kind souls, my advice is to simply delete all future e-mails from me. Unfortunately, I am not in a pleasant place to accommodate such a request.  The truth …