Calm Carlos In Crisis Management

Two mass shootings have occurred in the past week in the cities of Atlanta, Georgia, and Boulder, Colorado. It saddens me to acknowledge the phrases “active shooter”, and “mass shootings” have entered our daily lexicon. To me, that means crisis management as a response. A few years ago I shared my top 5 near-death experiencesContinue reading “Calm Carlos In Crisis Management”

Showtime Ready!

As a 18 year employee at Costco, one of the first bullet points I read on an Annual Performance Review was being … ‘showtime ready’. Meaning that by the time the WAREHOUSE doors open for business that all the merchandise is fully stocked, all tools are cleared from the floor, and swept and clean aislesContinue reading “Showtime Ready!”

COVID-19 Chronicles: Day 433

Today five states — Texas, Mississippi, Iowa, Montana and North Dakota — have ended, or soon will end, statewide mask mandates, despite the looming threat of COVID-19 and highly transmissible variants. They’re joining 11 other states — Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Tennessee — that never required face coveringsContinue reading “COVID-19 Chronicles: Day 433”

The Fate of the Sapphire Sled

Many years ago I dubbed my 2004 Acura RSX Type-S, the #SapphireSled, because of the factory color of Arctic Blue. In 2004, I was celebrating my first year of marriage as well. So this wasn’t a mid-life crisis vehicle purchase, or divorce present for myself. However, the narrative did change over the years. I wantedContinue reading “The Fate of the Sapphire Sled”

Are You a Geek or a Nerd?

Of the many labels I’ve been given, the one I don’t agree with is “nerd”. Not because of the oppressive nature of it, or how insulting it is. Not at all. In my mind, it’s flat out inaccurate. I pride myself on actually being a “geek”. And a “geek” of all sorts. The following explanationContinue reading “Are You a Geek or a Nerd?”

COVID-19 Chronicles: Day 408

A year and some change we’ve been coping with the global pandemic of COVID-19. Now the question we’re trying to ask is: Who’s gonna readily step up for the vaccines available for it? We already know the anti-vaxxers that won’t. They should, but they won’t. Let’s focus the conversation on the majority that will. MyContinue reading “COVID-19 Chronicles: Day 408”

Words *DO* Hurt

The Morgan Wallen video posted is a painful reminder that words, certain words, do hurt. I’m confident that a career ending video like that, with the subsequent collateral damage field it created will haunt him for the rest of his days on Spaceship Earth. I can only pray that he uses it as motivation toContinue reading “Words *DO* Hurt”

Paradigm Shift of Priorities

On January 1, 2020, I turned over my iPhone named J.O.A.N. [Just Open And Network] to watch the phone line end to a nasty conversation I had spoken two words in: Hey stranger. In that moment, I decided that I will make a fundamental change in my life. A paradigm shift of priorities … notContinue reading “Paradigm Shift of Priorities”

COVID-19 Chronicles: Day 381

My head hurts. My heart wants to cry. There’s so much in my head that it takes all my self discipline that I can summon not to spew it all out at once like word vomit. “When This Virus Is Over … “ This phrase concerns me because the person(s) that say it don’t realizeContinue reading “COVID-19 Chronicles: Day 381”