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!

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Joy of Donuts

Friends,
If you were only allotted a certain amount of happiness over your lifetime, would you spread it evenly? Or, would you dot your chronology with pinnacles of joy jutting out of the doldrums? On one hand, the lump sum payment approach to happiness likely comes with a high tax (is there a circuit breaker that would be overloaded preventing you from fully appreciating that moment? And, how long can that concentrated dose of joy tide you over?). On the other, the peanut butter on toast approach to happiness may seem safe, however, with a steady dose of happiness and no contrasts it may be possible to forget you are happy. As with most things, balance is probably the key and, fortunately, there’s likely no pre-set spending limit on the happiness you can have. Still, there is something to be said for absence making the heart grow fonder. Case-in-point, with no pastries in the office last week, this week donuts somehow seem better. So come reacquaint your taste buds with the joy of a good Holy Donut.
Happy Friday!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Schrödinger’s Donuts

Friends,
Those of you familiar with Erwin Schrödinger’s thought experiment involving a cat may find it comforting to consider that if quantum mechanics were applicable to larger objects, this morning donuts both are and are not in their usual spot on the 10th floor. Of course if you do choose to go into the construction zone that is our office and check, you will quickly discover that I either decided to make the trek into the office despite the remodeling or that I thought it best we all procure donuts on our own today. In either case, I do hope you have a wonderful day and I look forward to sharing the dueling aromas of donuts and new office with you next week.
Happy Friday!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Ecuador and Donuts


Friends,
Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude quake in coastal region of Ecuador has put me in an introspective mood –as some of you are aware, I’m Ecuadorian. With a death toll over 570 people, 7,000 injured and 25,000 living in shelters, this is the worst disaster the country has seen in generations. The way the news broke in my household was surreal (a WhatsApp message to a guest whose family lives near the epicenter), so were the photos coming-in. A building where it appears a giant baby has whimsically smashed the top half onto the bottom, so it sits precariously perched at an odd angle with half of a crumbling middle floor missing. A crackled asphalt road with a five foot gash where a maroon car is impossibly lodged looks like something Salvador Dalí might have painted. A survivor being pulled through an impossibly small hole in the concrete and rebar. When relegated to remote corners of the world like Nepal, Turkey or Haiti, similar images struck me at an intellectual level –I empathized and felt bad for THEM. Now, even though my mountain hometown was spared, it feels personal. There’s a sense of helplessness mixed with the desire to be there in person to help (not just google “Ecuador disaster relief” and pick an NGO). There’s also a realization that life is short and disaster can strike anyone, anywhere at any time. Armed with that knowledge, you should grab a donut –courtesy of Ashley Button. Unfortunately, my week-long pilgrimage through Windstreamland precludes me from being there to partake of this bounty with you –which means there’s more for you.
Happy Friday!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Get Your Donut Fix!


Friends,
Colorado is an odd place. When I first moved here it was illegal to buy booze on Sundays. Now the recreational use of marihuana is legal. Despite the ready availability of the drug, I will confess to never having tried it (not even Bill Clinton style). Still, despite my lack of worldly experience, I’ve learned to recognize the smell and can’t help but wonder whether the second-hand traces of the substance that permeate our air may somehow affect us all. Is Denver mellower and perhaps hungrier than other cities? Perhaps. Perhaps I’ve deluded myself into thinking I’ve never felt this altered state of consciousness. With 4/20 coming-up next week, I thought it would be as good an excuse as any to swing-by Habit Donut and give it a try. So whether you’ve got a hankering for a Mocha Latte donut, a Matcha Matcha green tea glaze or a Pineapple Jalapeño Whatever donut, this is your call to come get your fix. Don’t worry, I understand it is still illegal to infuse these babies with THC, so any buzz you get should be exclusively attributable to the sugar.

Happy Friday!