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Remembering Those Who Survived

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on Monday, 21 May 2018
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Back in the 1970’s a high school friend of mine told me a story that I’ll never forget. His father had asked him to go wake up his older brother, an Army veteran who had just returned home after serving a tour in Vietnam. This soldier was still asleep, and it was close to noon. The family wanted to have lunch with him.

 

My pal gingerly opened the door to his sibling’s bedroom. He walked quietly to the side of his sleeping brother and gently placed his hand on the young man’s shoulder to rouse him from what he assumed was a peaceful rest.

 

In the blink of an eye, my friend was lifted from the wooden floor and slammed against the wall that ran parallel to the bed. He heard a picture frame glass break as he became aware of an enormous pressure against his throat, where his brother’s hands were simultaneously choking him and pinning him to the wall.

 

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Unbelievable

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on Sunday, 04 February 2018
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I first heard the phrase caveat emptor (Latin for “Let the buyer beware”) in a business class at Oregon State University many moons ago. For me, that principle was brought to life during my first excursion to purchase a used car.

 

I remember my salesman, with anxiety written all over his face, trudging back to his sales manager to see if there was any way possible that he could get an approval on the miserly offer that I had just extended. Of course, he wasn’t really talking to his sales manager when he walked away. He was trying to create the perception that I was beating him up on the sale price.

 

I just wanted to buy a decent car – not buy a lemon, polished up to look like a million bucks. And to accomplish that, I needed to haggle (or at least pretend to haggle) over a fair price. Buying a car was like a contest. The process was, and in many cases still is, a test of your negotiating skills and your moxie. A lot of people hated it. I actually loved it. I expected the salesman to try to take advantage of me, and my attitude was “give it your best shot.”

 

Fast forward to our enlightened, Internet age. Today product and pricing information is easily accessible online, and with consumer protections in place, much of the negotiating dance has disappeared. However, don’t get the idea that you can let your guard down – because the smarmy car sales guy has been replaced by the fake product review.

 

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Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Better Keep Your Yap Shut?

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on Wednesday, 17 January 2018
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Papa John’s Pizza founder John Schnatter really stepped in it. Like a footprint in the middle of an extra-large pepperoni, his “mistake” was too visible, too easy to criticize for those who wanted to make it a big deal.

 

Schnatter was frustrated, and understandably so. Papa John’s had invested heavily in its partnership with the National Football League, 23 individual teams, and its association with NFL players like J.J. Watt and Peyton Manning. The pizza chain had poured money into game-day advertising. Yet, since December of last year when San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem, and stated, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Papa John’s sales had slowed, and its share price was down roughly 30%.

 

So during the November 1 earnings call, Schnatter got real. He blamed NFL leadership for “not resolving the current debacle” and said it “has hurt Papa John’s shareholders.”

 

“Leadership starts at the top,” Schnatter stated. “And this is an example of poor leadership.”

 

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A Simple Act

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on Thursday, 14 December 2017
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A friend of mine who lives in the Midwest called me yesterday. From the tone of his voice I knew that this normally upbeat real estate agent wasn’t himself.

 

Jim started out by saying he’d been working with a client, a middle-aged lady named Susan, who was going to purchase a home and move into it with her sister Beth. The three of them had been viewing houses for several weeks, and were quickly becoming friends. Susan was bright, kind, sarcastic, funny, loyal, and appreciative of the time that Jim was spending with her. She was the perfect client. For Jim, going to see property with the two of them was more than pleasant; it was fun.

 

Last week Jim emailed Susan about seeing a new property that had just hit the market. Susan didn’t reply. (She had mentioned that December was an incredibly busy time at work.) Then Jim texted her on Monday with a comment that was sure to trigger a quick-witted response. Again, no reply.

 

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For Every One Scumbag Out There...

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It’s been a week since 58 people were murdered in my community. They were shot like fish in a barrel in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest festival…killed by someone who was consumed by evil and who had prepared well in advance to take as many lives as possible.

 

I still can’t wrap my head around the horror and the darkness of the events last Sunday.

 

Las Vegas is my community. My wife Deborah and I have lived here for 17 years. I’ve driven by the Mandalay Bay Resort a thousand times, always imagining the great dining, the gaming and the fun being had by guests from all over the world. But that’s not what will fill my thoughts the next time I travel past it. I’ll be thinking about the victims: the fun-loving crowd of country music fans who went to sing, dance and clap to the talents of their favorite artists, but in the end, were witnesses to a mass execution.

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