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Game of Donuts

Friends, The Game of Thrones’ final season was destined to disappoint no matter what they did —expectations were too high. The only sure thing was that, as with all things, it had to come to an end. Rather than dwelling on the show and risk spoilers, I’ll dwell on the ‘coming to an end’ part. Entropy will eventually get everything —literally. The Earth will burn in five billion years as the sun’s outer layers reach Mars’ orbit. The sun will go from yellow dwarf to red giant to white dwarf to planetary nebula to... nothing. Even light will disappear after the last star burns-out some 100 trillion years from now (give or take). Sometime after that black holes will evaporate and all matter will dissolve. Of course we’ll be long gone by then. Earth will become uninhabitable in a mere billion years —a rather ironic phrase coming from a creature with a lifespan of under a century. I know this all sounds rather glum, but it’s not my intent to bring you down. Rather the opposite. For, if you…
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Magic Donuts

Friends, I’m glad Denver decriminalized hallucinogenic mushrooms. It’s not that I think the status quo was in need of repair —at 11 arrests and 3 prosecutions last year, it’s the poster child of a corner case. It’s also not that I want ’shrooms around my kids —I really don’t. It’s certainly not that I intend to try them —I’ve never done drugs and don’t intend to start now. The reason I like the idea is because the next time I tell someone where I live, the response won’t be innuendo about marihuana. It will be innuendo about magic mushrooms. Think of all the bad jokes! I’ve heard Denver’s homeless problem is... mushrooming. What are the most popular rooms in Denver? Mush-rooms! Granted, the pizza topping joke shift from oregano to mushrooms won’t be as clever, still, all things considered I welcome the shift. While you think-up your own bad joke, have a donut. I find they help the creative juices. Also, feel free to share any groaners you create. Happy Friday!

Happy International Space Day

What better way to honor International space day than with Hostess pastries. After all, they are sweet, have donut-like treats in their portfolio and are made from non-biodegradable space-age materials (suitable for long term space travel). This week, on a quick trip to Walmart (I know), I noticed a stand that read “the world could use more hostess”. Ironically, all the shelves were empty –I suppose all that empty SPACE is proof that the world could use more. So as you kick-off a space themed week (not only is it space day today, tomorrow is Star Wars day and Monday we have the Aquariid meteor shower on a near-moonless night!), stock-up on some Hostess donettes and prepare to geek-out. Happy Friday!

Spring Fever

Ever get impatient for Spring? All the signs are there. Milder weather gently appears while green blades of grass sneak-up on us. Still, one wonders whether trees will ever grow back leaves. Then, one day out of nowhere, once barren sticks are suddenly flush with white or pink -a flowery explosion of life. The air loses its harsh bite, inviting us to the great outdoors. It’s is a wonderful thing! Sure, old man winter still has a couple of parting spats to give us, but the threshold has been crossed. We’ve passed the tipping point. Spring has asserted itself!  Time to dust-off the shorts and T-shirts, grab a donut and plan that first camping trip. Happy Friday!

Moments, Endorphins and Donuts

Ever wish you could save some moments in a bottle so you can pour them out at a later date? Times you could just eat-up the whole sky. Instants when the light is just so, the temperature like yay, the mood so right. One wishes to capture these fleeting feelings and preserve them forever. It’s times like these you whip-out your smartphone and take a pale snapshot that doesn’t come close to doing reality justice. So, you pause, take a deep breath and take-in as much as you can. Fortunately, if you’re attentive, these moments are more commonplace than you’d think. I think it comes down to having the right attitude. An openness to receiving each moment as a gift. A gratefulness for life. Having a donut can help put you in the right state of mind. So sit back, relax and enjoy.
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Worthwhile Donuts

Friends, “I have plowed in the sea and sown in the wind”. These are the words a disillusioned Simon Bolívar allegedly used to describe his legacy. If the man who liberated five South American nations; the George Washington of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú and Bolivia could feel this way, I suppose we mere mortals can be forgiven for occasionally indulging in such thoughts. We come into work, power through innumerable meetings, work on accomplishing our goals, push the company forward and when we take stock of our progress, wonder whether there has been any. Are our efforts truly appreciated, fully valued and properly rewarded? When these thoughts come, I find it helpful to take a step back and put things in perspective. While weekly progress may seem glacial, these small contributions add-up over time. Looking at a quarter –or a year—can open our eyes to the magnitude of our achievements. Our work makes a difference. Our teams and stakeholders rely on the small contributions we …

Random Friday Ramblings

Friends, When thunderstorms darken the sky, the torrents released ravage the earth. Streams engorge roaring rivers --the rocks they carry churning as they roll. Nature's wrath grinds relentless, reminding us of our frailty. Abruptly, the rain subsides, revealing the rainbow's royal colors. Red and orange, green and purple. Like frosting on a sugary treat. Which reminds me... have a cruller or perhaps a marble-frosted raspberry bizmark. Whatever you do, remember to rejoice this ravishing day. Happy Friday!

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 Torrential Rain
Roaring River
Regal Rainbow