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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!

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 an…

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,…

Dark Donuts

Friends,
Scientists have been known to use the word “dark” to sound smart when they’re really talking about phenomena they can’t properly explain (give something a name and it appears a lot less mysterious).
·Dark Matter is used to describe missing stuff we believe must be there to produce the requisite gravity needed to hold galaxies together. ·Dark Energy is used as a crutch to explain the force driving the Universe’s inexplicable accelerating expansion. ·Dark Flow is the observed drift of thousands of galaxies, being pulled towards what might be a super-massive object outside the observable universe (perhaps a sibling universe?), somewhere between the constellations Centaurus and Vela. If scientists can do this, why not common folk like you and I? Here are a few I can think of: ·Dark Homework is that assignment you swear you turned-in yet somehow your teacher has no record of having received. ·In the world of telecommunications, Dark Fiber must be an idealized transport method customers …

Friday Bagels!

Friends, As I pondered the selection for this morning's donut run I started thinking –dangerous, I know, but in this case I had a revelation. Why donuts? They're not the healthiest of snacks. Heck, I don't even like them all that much. Why not something healthier and, arguably, more delicious. Nothing too extreme –kale shakes and soy milk seemed like too much of a departure. Something torus-shaped (the shape of a donut) and which uses flour as its main ingredient. This morning, we’re starting a new tradition. Bagels. That distant, healthier cousin of the donut. Einstein brothers had a delectable selection of raisin, plain and everything donuts. So come help yourself to a healthier treat. And, to quote Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory, Bazinga! As you recover from the mild panic attack the preceding sentences may have induced, come help yourself to a Holy Donut.
Happy April Fools’ Friday!