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Pre-Season Donuts

Dear Members and Constituents, Last night as I watched the Broncos lose a meaningless game to the Cardinals, I was struck by something the commentator said. Twenty three of the players on the Broncos roster would be let go after the game. All the players on the field (with the possible exception of the kicker) play at a level I could never hope to achieve. Still, with only fifty three slots on the team, tough decisions have to be made, leaving the coach in an unenviable position. The same can be said for our colleagues affected by this week’s reduction in force. Of the names I've heard, not one strikes me as someone who was under-performing or who somehow deserved to be fired. On the contrary, because our company prides itself in hiring the best and the brightest, these are folks who have a strong work ethic and take pride in their accomplishments. It is difficult to see them go, however, given their caliber, I have a feeling they will be snatched-up by other employers very quick…

What if donuts were late?

Dear Members and Constituents, What if. Utter these two words and magic happens. Suddenly, you have permission to suspend disbelief, move past a mental roadblock or impasse and travel the less-trodden road. You're empowered to imagine a world that might be, free from the shackles of pragmatism, tradition and reality. What if you could fly? Where would you go, what would you do, how would you use your newfound power? What if money was not an object? Would you keep the same job, work the same hours, have the same attitude? What if you were born in a war-torn, opportunity-poor country? How would you feel about the immigration debate in the U.S.? What if you were diagnosed with a terminal disease tomorrow? What if you were guaranteed you were never going to die? What if you could do anything you wanted without consequences? What if?
The list of potential questions is as interminable as the answers they evoke. I think even Socrates, (the guy who said ὁ δὲ ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀ…

5,280 Donuts

[Posted by Ed Stocker in JP's absence]
Dear Members and Constituents, We live in the mile high city, but we aren’t the only ones that can lay a claim to 5,280.  Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is 5,280 feet of shopping, shows, museums restaurants and fun.  Grandfather Mountain is home to the Mile High Swinging Bridge 5,280 feet from sea level.  Traveling from San Diego to London?  That will be around 5,280 miles. The all time single season record for passing in the NFL held by Drew Brees is just about 5,280 feet.  I’m writing this email today because JP has taken off for a visit to phoenix, which if he made three round trips would be 5,280 miles.

And now, joining the 5,280 club is “The 5280 Donuts” located at 555 US HWY 287 in Broomfield or www.the5280donut.com on line.  There’s something about their name I really like, maybe its “The” so prominently and proudly part of their moniker that reaches out to me.  Michael Frost originally alerted us to the presence of this new donut purveyor…

PEDs (Pretty Exciting Donuts)

Dear Members and Constituents, As some of you know, I don't get baseball. I understand the rules and love the ballpark experience. I do, however, find the absence of beer and hotdogs can make the game seem rather boring. I've heard there is a strategy angle –a battle of wits between pitcher and batter- which is lost on me. There are far too many games, and the sport seems to relish scandal. I didn't grow up with baseball so perhaps you can blame my upbringing. Then again, I didn't grow-up with donuts and look at me now, pimping the delicious treats Jeff King (donut boy) brought today. There's four dozen here, so no need to take PEDs to beat the competition. Then again they're Krispy Kreme's, so there's a chance we might run-out.
Happy Friday!

Clowns, Balloons, Rainbows and Donuts

Dear Members and Constituents,
What is it about clowns that can evoke both joy and fear?  Their rainbow hair, pasty skin and cherry noses are clearly intended to amuse us. Did Stephen King single-handedly ruin the unicycle-riding, balloon-toting, ten-to-a-VW-bug performers? Or Is this symptomatic of a larger trend? Misunderstandings and differences of opinion are all too common. Siblings bicker, friends become enemies and nations go to war –and everyone's right, of course. We all see the same objective reality from a different subjective angle. Interpretation overshadows intention. Even donuts have occasionally been maligned by health-crazed Nazis. Of course that's not a concern for this group. I fully expect the four dozen donuts Melissa Matthews brought in this morning will be gone by the end of the day. So come get yours while there’s still hope for a rainbow sprinkled, powder covered or cherry-filled treat. Happy Friday!