While traveling last week, I popped into Dairy Queen for a post-meeting milkshake. As I approached the counter, the cashier looked up and asked “How can I help you?” Before I could answer however, he spoke again. “You know, I can give you the senior discount.” At first I was surprised, then amused, and finally … Continue reading At First Blush
Last week I quietly posted a Gratitude Survey on the home page of company’s intranet. Being Thanksgiving week, I thought it might be interesting to invite people to share what they were especially appreciative of (besides some extra time off from work). As they days went by, more and more coworkers encountered the survey and … Continue reading Not So Different After All
As a Boy Scout, you learn many useful things. From day one, you are taught a variety of skills from first aid, to cooking, to outdoor survival. With over 100 merit badges available, the amount of knowledge you can acquire is overwhelming. And a common thread through many of these pursuits is the use of … Continue reading Choosing the Right [K]not
New York based Uncanny Brands produces a unique blend of pop-culture toys, artwork, and small appliances. Their Star Wars line alone is impressive, featuring items such as the Death Star Popcorn Maker, Lightsaber Salt & Pepper Mills, and the Millennium Falcon Waffle Maker. Sports fans can select from NHL and NBA themed merchandise, while KISS … Continue reading How Should We Respond to Mistakes?
Rising above the flat grassland plains of Northeastern New Mexico, stands Capulin Volcano. This formation is relatively young at somewhere between 58,000 and 62,000 years old. It sports a well-defined crater about 400 feet deep and an irregular rim. It’s a rare example of a nearly perfectly shaped cinder cone, rising 1,000 feet above the … Continue reading Tales From the Volcano
Tuesday morning I found myself at a red light, positioned behind an ambulance. The window of the rear door was tinted; but sunlight streaming through a side window lit up the interior, rendering the tint ineffective. For the duration of the traffic signal’s cycle, I had a front-row seat to the drama unfolding inside. A … Continue reading Tinted Windows
On a busy street corner in Mumbai, India, Sayed Mehboob sits on a small wooden stool. He leans in close to his first customer of the day and inserts a metal pick into the man’s aural canal. Sayed is a professional kaan saaf wallah. He’s an ear-cleaner. A little over 2,000 miles away in Chengdu, … Continue reading Huh?