Part of the magic that makes life so sweet is contained inside the circular pastries we lovingly refer to as donuts. The Friday Donut Club was founded in June of 2004 and is made-up of a rotation of folks who bring donuts in every Friday. We have three simple rules: (1) four dozen (2) boutique shop donuts (3) by 8:00 am. This blog captures the e-mails sent to club members every Friday morning to remind them donuts are here. Have a happy Friday!
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Of Painters and Sunsets
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.
I’m trying to maximize the time I spend with friends and
family while in Ecuador. My dad had nine siblings, my wife’s dad 15. As you
might imagine, my cousins and their families are fairly numerous (despite the
fact five of my dad’s brothers didn’t marry or have children). Then there’s my
wife’s family and my childhood friends. Needless to say, there is never enough
time to see everyone, despite a valiant effort. Of course, I’m also working
from “home”. Corny as it may sound, working half a world away, I realize I miss
my Windstream “family” and I look forward to seeing you soon. In the meantime,
there are donuts, here today courtesy of John Huddleston. So, enjoy some
comfort food with regards from my Cuenca family (pictured) to you!
Have you ever stopped to consider the profound (and
sometimes unforeseen) impact our actions can have on the fabric of the universe?
The thought occurred to me as I was watching Pablo, my 6 foot something
fourteen-year-old son. He is a smart, likeable, independent young man who is
starting to assert his personal tastes (big Afro) and will, sooner than you
know it, be an adult -fully in charge of his own destiny. If you rewind just a
little, it was not so long ago he was that "I'm cute and I know it"
six-year-old, small enough to sit on daddy's lap, sporting a hairstyle to
daddy's liking. Rewind a little further and he was a twinkle in his daddy's
eye. A decision waiting to be made. An action ready to be taken. Pure
potential. Today, I can’t imagine life without him (or any of my other kids).
Back then, I couldn’t imagine how much he would enrich my life. The same can be
said for so many decisions. Enrolling in University, starting a new project,
I’m surprised that none of those trolling POTUS over the
Covfefe tweet have suggested an acronym-related explanation. After all, he is
the commander in chief, and much like telecom, the military is replete with
acronyms and abbreviations. Here are some plausible explanations. ·A new top secret chemical weapon, inadvertently
referenced due to an innate desire to Brag –it would explain the ensuing “oops”
silence. Referenced by its chemical elements: Cobalt Vanadium di-Iron (CoVFeFe
or CoVFe2). ·He may have been talking about the border wall:
Concrete Obstacle Visioned to Forcefully Exclude Foreign Entry ·It could be that he was contemplating a new
shorthand that packs a high concentration of superlatives. Charming
Outrageously Very Fabulous Extremely Fantastic Eyepopping (which could be
followed by any noun) ·It’s possible he was explaining the rationale
for leaving the Paris accord: Climate Optimistic Views Fiercely Avoiding
Factual Evidence ·It could also be a new telecom techno…