Showing posts from July, 2005

Kayaking at Laurel Lake

Chris and Erika got new kayaks last week, so we couldn't wait to go paddling together. Fate turned a kind hand, as my parents were planning a week at the cabin (at Pine Grove Furnace). So all we had to do was drop in for a night and go out on Laurel Lake the next morning.

Friday, after work, 5:30 pm. Our heavy duty off-road vehicle is loaded and standing at the ready.

Just ninety minutes later, we're at the cabin!

My dad drills out the corn and puts it on stakes for the deer. They come within 20 feet of the cabin at night to feed.

Erika was relaxing with ... uh ... pineapple juice ... yeah. Notice the corn in the oven.

That corn was enjoyed about 15 minutes later. Dinner: corn on the cob (from Blessings farm in Wrightsville and fantastic), fresh tomatoes and focaccia (from the Lancaster Market, also fabulous).

Saturday, after breakfast, my SUV is at the lake. I'm psyched.

Chris and Erika arrive just moments later.

Before heading out, I survey the lake. Looks great, about a dozen o…

How To Cope

I'm a huge fan of management guru Tom Peters. I have (and have read) several of his books, and I agree completely with his philosophy regarding business, which is basically "be 'out there', be on the cutting edge, take risks and when you fail, make it a big failure".

That last point ... "fail in a big way" ... is important. Because, if your failures are all tiny, then ... well ... you're simply not taking enough risks. Ever heard of New Coke?

I'm taken to applying Tom's (yes, he and I are on a first-name basis ... seriously) principals to my personal life (in addition to my business). I sometimes have a "big failure" in my personal life (e.g. 'D'oh! ... I shouldn't have said that').

But just as important, I allow those around me -- especially those I love -- to fail in a big way.

And that's how I "cope".

You see ... the only people that can hurt you are those you love. I mean, if the deadbeat down the stree…


I love the UML. It makes life so much better for me.I just wanted to share that.All The Best,-- Don

Thirty Six Years Later ...

Today (July 20th) marks the 36th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing. Check out this Google site: and zoom ALL THE WAY IN! Nice. All The Best, -- Don

The Museum of Unworkable Devices

Perpetual Motion Machines. Fascinating stuff. Anyone remember the episode of The Simpson's where Lisa create such a device?

This ranks up there with Time Machines on my list of things I want to own.

(There can't be Time Machines, or we'd be bumping into people from the future all the time)

All The Best,

-- Don

Don't Look Now ...

... but the New York Yankees have climbed into first place. And all is right in the universe. (Not that I really care that much; my sport is returning in October. "Game on!") All The Best, -- Don

Sad Picture

It's *sniff* empty :-(

Don't Use sucks. Way too many pop-up ads and those annoying animated ads that appear to float out from the side. ARGH! Enough! I don't use it any more. I use the National Weather Service: All The Best, -- Don

Half-Year Update ...

2004 was the worst year of my life.

2005, so far, has been the best year of my adult life.

(I guess the year I was 14 years old was the best. Absolutely minimal responsibilities, plenty of spending money, and time to do anything I wanted).

Here's to 2005 keeping an upward trajectory.

All The Best,

-- Don