Swimming with the Sharks – Literally

My sister has a long-standing tradition of watching Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. I don’t understand the attraction but I can appreciate the dedication to a tradition. A segment was dedicated to black tipped reef sharks which reminded me of time that I … ACTUALLY SWAM WITH SHARKS?! LITERALLY!? When I was married a long, longContinue reading “Swimming with the Sharks – Literally”

Thrown Under The Bus

This past weekend was the first time I had visited in-person my family in Spokane since the global pandemic of COVID-19. It reminded me of the story when I was thrown completely under the bus by my Uncle Steve at an Outback Steakhouse in Spokane. Wait! What happened is probably what you’re asking me, or yourself? I’ll tell yaContinue reading “Thrown Under The Bus”

What’s The Difference: Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day?

A few years ago, there was a viral Facebook post about a woman getting a haircut before Memorial Day weekend. She had lost her husband in a Navy helicopter crash months prior. He died on deployment, never having met their youngest son. So, when the smiling receptionist wished her a “Happy Memorial Day” after she had buried her spouse, the wordsContinue reading “What’s The Difference: Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day?”

Tequila, El Capitan and The City: Cancun Craziness

It’s #TacoTuesday and it was recently Cinco de Mayo here in the United States! I thought I would re-live one night in particular on a business trip to Cancun, Mexico … Cancun Craziness In my many years with a travel company, I was given the opportunity to visit and rate several destinations. One of themContinue reading “Tequila, El Capitan and The City: Cancun Craziness”

In-And-Out of Trouble

WCP and I were casually talking on our recent road trip, when she mentioned that the closest In-And-Out Burger location is Keizer, Oregon. That reminded me how I was in-and-out of trouble one particular sunny day in Las Vegas … Sin City In-And-Out Burger I love In-And-Out Burger, but none are in the Pacific Northwest,Continue reading “In-And-Out of Trouble”

Truth or Dare: Dare To Tell The Truth

Recently a conversation topic was discussed with a good friend of mine about lying, and dishonesty, and being able to say you’re an “honest person”. The following from Martha Beck was some powerful insight about this topic … “Does the truth always set people free?” a friend asked me recently. “Or can it be aContinue reading “Truth or Dare: Dare To Tell The Truth”

Happy Easter 2021

Happy Easter from the Evergreen State which is Washington State (NOT to be confused with Washington D.C. which is the acronym for District of Columbia)! While watching the final minutes of the movie, Logan, as the main character, Wolverine using his adamantium claws, brute strength and healing power to berserk his way through enemy soldiers toContinue reading “Happy Easter 2021”

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!”

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”