Donuts are part of the magic that makes life so sweet. I founded the Level 3 Friday Donut Club in 2004 and ran it until my departure in 2015. It had a three year run at Windstream and is now virtual, but at its peak, we had a rotation of 50+ folks who brought donuts every Friday. We had three simple rules: (1) five dozen (2) boutique shop donuts (3) by 8:00 am. This blog memorializes these e-mails to share my thoughts (and, once upon a time, announce the donut arrival). Have a happy Friday!
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I Wonder What Folks in LPR do for Donuts?
Have you ever wondered how the Arkansas capital got its
name? Little Rock. I mean, if I were the one doing the naming, I would have
probably gone with some massive or impressive landmark or feature –think
Mammoth Hot Springs or Grand Prairie (I’d even accept Boulder as
semi-legitimate name). But Little Rock? Wouldn’t there be LOTS of little rocks
(i.e. pebbles) in the same vicinity? So, of course, on my trip to HQ earlier
this month I was determined to find-out from the locals. Fortunately, an opportunity
presented itself at happy hour –admittedly, not the best time for a history
lesson— so, take this with a grain of salt. While there were different versions
(details such as whether it was the French or the Native Americans who gave the
place its name), the consensus was that the French had settled “Le Petite
Rocher” (a clever French toponym meaning “The Little Rock”). The name itself
derives from a small outcropping of rock where the Arkansas river could be
forded (in contrast to the Big Rock, a 200 foot bluff just upstream). This
knowledge makes me slightly more comfortable with the name and has inspired me
to set forth a proposal for your consideration. Ready? I would like to start
abbreviating Little Rock as “LPR” (short for La Petite Rocher). Not to toot my
own horn, but I think it’s genius! It hails to the city’s roots, has the
familiar “L” and “R” at the beginning and end, making it intuitive and the
added letter “P” gives it a distinguished cachet (think FDR or JFK). Granted,
three letter acronyms don’t always work (I wouldn’t try one for LPR’s most
celebrated child, Bill Jefferson Clinton –something about “BJC” just doesn’t
sound right). So next time you need to refer to the beloved city where our
headquarters resides, casually throw-in an LPR and see what happens.
Of course, the real reason I’m writing you today is that
donuts have arrived in DEN. Not to say we’re holier than thou, but a dozen
delicious Holy Donuts are sitting in their usual spot . So come grab yours. Now
if only there was a Round Rock donuts less than 900 miles away from here, that
would have been perfect. Happy Friday!
Friends, My predawn attempts to watch the planetary alignment have thus far been met with cloudy skies. The weather forecast through the end of the cosmic event suggests I shall not witness it. And yet, my futile attempts have been rewarded in other ways. The chorus of birds, frogs and insects singing in anticipation of the sun’s glorious rising complement the river’s steady churning. The crisp, fresh air in a desolate town whose citizens are still bidding Morpheus “adieu” caresses my skin while the sweet aroma of petrichor fills my lounges. Deep shadows of centenarian eucalyptus trees slowly recede and give way to the imperceptible progress of the brightening skies. Sure, witnessing those tiny bright spots lined-up in the sky would be pretty cool —like sprinkles on a donut. Speaking of donuts, if you’re ever in Cuenca around the feast of Corpus Christi (which ended yesterday) you need to try the Huevos Chilenos (Chilean Eggs) —think of them as less sweet donut holes. And, if like me t
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 narra
Friends, The weekend is upon us; time to relax your inhibitions and howl at the moon (or bark , if your name is Ozzy). Skies should clear-up by 7 PM, revealing the wolf moon —January’s full moon. For extra effect, you could go to Moffat county in northwest Colorado, where a pack of wolves has set-up shop for the first time in seven decades. Or, there’s Canada, where gray wolves never left (I suspect that’s why Meghan left Harry alone with his bombshell). Of course, if you’re feeling really brave, you can go to Chicago, where they had two coyote attacks on Wednesday. In addition to howls, you might get some other sounds in the wide coyote repertoire , including huffs, yips and barks —which should satisfy even Mr. Osborne. I think I’ll put on my wolf hat and go stock-up for tonight. Some bear claws feel appropriate. Happy Friday!