After a busy, busy, whirlwind tour with Santa and reindeer, Jolene and Vinh got interviews with Blitzen, Comet and Cupid.  The reindeer team are happy to get a bit of R and R. Blizten said, “The best part of the house visits is teasing the household dogs. These silly creatures don’t know what to do when they […]

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Back in the 80s, Seattle had a local comedy, evening show called Almost Live. Great show. It often made fun of Ballard. Some of the folks we know are here in Seattle like Producer, Bill Stainton and Tracey Conway. The show had a lot of inside jokes connecting with the people live in our communities. […]

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After cleaning out the garage, guess what I found? Big contraptions we used to call “ghetto blasters.” Do you believe we called them this without even thinking about it’s name?  I can’t believe these devices are huge. Two foot by ten inches by ten inches were our “portable music solutions.”  With one cd player/tape deck/radio and […]

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Foods I say DC, but in this case, I am referring to Potomac, Rockville and cities in Maryland, close to DC. How many countries are represented in the this little strip mall complex of 10 places? The answer is 10. What kind of food to you want? Lebanese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Mexican, Indian, Thai, Italian, Ethiopian, […]

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I expected a dense city of diversity. Trees and open spaces were not my expectations. After we arrived to Dulles airport, we took a $77 cab ride to go 35 minutes to a rental car place. The lady “Lisa” who just served upset customers, responded to my map question, “I don’t know how to read […]

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Who do you think? What is the profile? These three characters are a motley crew I danced with last night. A combination of wolverine meets Pippi Longstockings’ Scottish brother from Hawaii The best dancer of the night was with this fella. Picture a guy with plenty of facial hair (chops, beard, moustache) and long brown […]

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The kicker that sparked the change Yes, I love what I do. The line of work I am in is highly creative and keeps me up at night because I love it. My meter is overflowing with motivation which leads to bed time at 3am on most days. My work schedule was 8:30am-3:00am with limited […]

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As I age, as I consult and as I lead, I question my fun factor. Because I am so into efficiency and effectiveness, my fun doesn’t always say “hello.” The people who have met me in the last year may not think of fun when they think of me. It’s about time I ask about […]

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As Sinatra said, “It was a very good year”.  All of the facets of my life are starting to find their home and to weave into a nice fabric instead of individual strands, fraying out in different directions.  My path is clear with a targeted destination in sight. Since I haven’t done newsletters  (in the […]

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