Friday, June 24, 2016

Apolitical Donuts


Friends,
Every day that passes, I have a harder time empathizing with politicians. Their petty positions and narrow views feel like a half-hearted attempt at dark comedy gone wrong. It is for this reason I’ve decided to compose this poem for your consideration.
I call it Dialectic Exploratory Missive of Senseless Verses Groaning Over Politics (DEMSvGOP)

If fear and hatred seize the day
and common sense is neither,
you have two sides that must collide,
with selfish mindless riders

Why did the Britons vote to leave
red tape and immigration,
they think a Brexit might just fix it
where’s Churchill’s fabled nation?

But wait, look closer, here at home
the presidential pageant
some voting ‘neigh’ while others bray
dystopian fates imagined

Don Trump will trumpet like an oaf
and Hillary’s hilarious
third party dear, might you appear?
elections are precarious

Yet rain brings rainbows, this is true
dark clouds have silver linings.
So, don’t be nervous for this circus,
and please, don’t turn to whining

For donuts have arrived today
a dozen sweet temptations:
there’s cake and glazed, you’ll be amazed…
a politics vacation

Happy Friday!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Donuts Without Borders


Friends,
I believe going anywhere in the world (so long as you abide by the local laws) should be a human right. People should be allowed to wander freely (or vote with their feet whenever a government alienates them). In this, I fully support Doctors Without Borders’ decision to no longer accept funding from the EU due to their immigration policies. Good for them! That said borders can be useful. Take, for instance national sports teams. If there were no borders, events like the summer and winter Olympiads would not exist. Closer to home, those of you who follow soccer are probably tuning-in to the hundredth edition of Copa America, currently under way. Last night the quarter final opener featured both of the teams for which I've been rooting. Who do you cheer for when you know only one of your teams will advance? You can't root for both or you risk becoming a dispassionate observer, so, you either pick one or choose to narrate the game in English (i.e. no 100 MPH narration or screaming GooooooOOOooooool!!!). I won’t say which team I picked, but the nail biter between Ecuador and the U.S. could have been won by either team (they both had inspired games) and you might as well attribute the U.S. victory to intangibles such as the home crowd at CenturyLink Field in Seattle (by the way, is there a Windstream field somewhere? I think the game should have been played there). With that blood pressure elevating event behind us, you know which team I will be rooting for in the quarter finals.
How does this tie back to donuts? Well, their circular shape reminds me of our planet as seen from space. No borders. So, this morning, whatever your national origin, ethnicity or age, crank-up John Lennon’s Imagine and help make the world a better place by sharing a Donut. There’s a dozen Holy Donuts just waiting to be had.
Happy Friday!

Friday, June 10, 2016

The Problem With Finishing Each Other's Donuts

Finishing other people’s thoughts and sentences, no matter how closely aligned you may think you are, can be risky business. I admit I’ve been guilty of this bad habit –with sometimes unintended comedic consequences. Take the flight attendant on Wednesday’s flight to Atlanta. After telling us cross-check was complete, I mentally finished her next statement and thought I heard “doors are now armed and dangerous” –she probably said "secure". A sign, perhaps, I may have watched one too many action shows on TV.
The same can probably also be said for finishing other people’s donuts and pastries –although in this case, if you’re not careful you risk having a finger bitten off (which, although painful, could prove hilarious in hindsight). Fortunately, this morning we have enough donuts for all, so sharing is optional. So, come start –and finish- your very own donut.
Happy Friday!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Dangerous musings for National Donut day!

Friends,
Progress. That move away from the stodgy and outdated towards the modern and exciting. We seem to have this deep rooted belief that things will inevitably spiral upwards. But what if this is as good as it gets? What if it’s all downhill from here? The Science Fiction genre of writing has often given us views of potential dystopian futures. After all, why must things inevitably get progressively better? The older you get the more nostalgi c you become and all those things you longed to change in your youth you wish you could get back in your old age. Perhaps it’s just change. Perhaps this e-mail has gone too deep into the philosophical realm and it’s time to pull us back to the shallow end. It is, after all, National Donut day (a ‘Hole-mark holiday’ –to quote the sage, Gabe Tuerk). Ironically, I was debating whether to bring-in donuts (our building management is, after all giving-out free donuts). I decided to compromise on a half-dozen donuts. So, before you come get yours here, go get one at the first floor, they will only be there another half-hour.
Happy Friday!
Photo credit: Geoff Levy

Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Donuts


Friends,
Am I the only one who mixes-up Memorial day and Labor day? Seriously, I always seem to be referring to the wrong one. I suppose part of the mix-up is due to the fact we celebrate Labor day in Ecuador on May 1st, which is, of course, closer to Memorial day. Lately I’ve been trying to use this fact as a memory device to help me get it right. If I can pause for a couple of seconds before opening my mouth, I can get the upcoming holiday right. During that time I think about the fact we do it backwards in the States, so if we’re in May it can’t be Labor day. In any event, I hope you have great plans for a lovely three day weekend. To help you prepare I’ve brought-in a dozen Holy Donuts. So come get some concentrated joy to help kick-off the celebration.
Happy Friday!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Of Painters and Sunsets


Friends,
I love sunsets. The climactic end of the day, infused with spectacular colors, steadily building to vibrant scenes that would make any expressionist painter jealous. The sun’s golden rays caress the clouds creating gradations of yellow, orange, red and purple. Multiple tonalities of gray and black are juxtaposed with the blue, aqua and green sky. I love that time of long shadows and rich contrasts. This awe-inspiring show lasts but a few minutes, then the intense colors give way to pastels which quickly bleed-out, bestowing us with a pleasant memory to warm us through the diamond studded royal blue velvet night sky left in its wake.
Speaking of colors, the painters coming into the office today may not have the same luxuriant palate (we’ll find-out on Monday), but they will kick us out of the office at 3 PM. This situation has translated into some folks deciding to work from home today, so come early and come often, but come grab a donut.
Happy Friday!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Lucky Donuts

Friends,
Happy Friday the 13th. I don’t consider myself a superstitious man, although I find the whole idea of mysterious supernatural powers whimsically meddling in human affairs intriguing. Is today an unlucky day? Perhaps. I’ve heard the numeral thirteen’s bad reputation comes from the number of folks present at the last supper (and we all know how that evening ended). You could also blame it on adolescent children. They officially become teenagers at 13 (making it quite the auspicious age). Also, if you consider Sunday the first day of the week, Friday is the thirteenth day in a fortnight. No wonder today has become the lynchpin of superstition. And while I don’t ascribe any weight to this notion, I can’t help but notice that as I’m crafting this note my computer has decided I need to shut down all my open windows and race the clock (on account of a forced reboot). I look up and notice the dial has another ominous number on it. Coincidence? You tell me.



Of course, thirteen is also a baker’s dozen (one can hardly consider an extra donut unlucky). This morning I decided to mix-it-up a tad and bring-in a dozen and a half Dunkin’ Donuts. So come and grab one. I think it’s your lucky day.
Happy Friday!