Saturday, July 30, 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 other paddlers out on the water. A few brave souls on the beach -- the water is in the low 60's.

When it's warm.





Finally, on the water.




We decided to immediately head around the island. The plants and wildlife are incredible ... a pristine area.




"Traffax reports a traffic jam on the four-oh-five ...".

Looks like we weren't the only ones to appreciate a good day on the water. This is in the area behind the island, away from everything. Simply gorgeous, crystal clear water ... to my friends in Chicago: Eat Your Heart Out!






All The Best,

-- Don

Friday, July 22, 2005

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 street who only mows his lawn four times a summer (after it grows to a foot high) thinks you're a total idiot ... well ... who cares?

But if you wife tells you that you act like you're 14 years old ... ouch ... that stings.

What do you do?

You realize that they took a risk by speaking their mind ... they took a "big risk" ... and in your mind, it was a big failure.

HURRAY! At least they're taking a risk in your relationship ... a risk to Open Up ... to Be Honest.

Or they're just dropping the ball and screwing up.

In any event, you allow them to Fail and you move on.

It's not so much that you forgive them (although that's always a good idea), you forget about it.

Same with your own past: Forget about it!

Seriously.

Got a messed-up past? Either because of your own failures of those you love? Here's what you do:

You tell yourself that it was a different person.

I'm 100 percent dead serious. That doofus that did such-and-such?

That wasn't me. That wasn't who I am right now. And that's a key point.

It's not about failing to own up to your responsibility. It's about not beating yourself up about the past ... something about which you can do nothing to change.

Do your best. Try hard. Fix what you can.

And ... literally ... forget the rest.

All The Best,

-- Don

UML

I love the UML. It makes life so much better for me.

I just wanted to share that.

All The Best,

-- Don

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Thirty Six Years Later ...

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

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

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Don't Use Weather.com

Weather.com 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
 

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

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