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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Our building remodeling project has delivered a new
“feature”: the parking garage elevator button configuration. Seated deep within
a hole, it reminds me of the Flash Gordon rite
of initiation into manhood. You know, that hollow log where young men must
choose a hole to put their hand into (and hope the green slug wood beast
doesn’t sting their hand). Even though I know this test does not involve the
potential for a maddening death, there is some primal fear that gives me some
pause every time I have to push the dreaded button. In a way, it makes sense.
In nature, you don’t want to put your hand into the den of a burrowing
creature. Whether it be a bear or a badger; a snake, a spider or a scorpion,
the resulting encounter is unlikely to go well for you. So we are
conditioned to be weary. I wonder if the design is intentional. Personally, I
think they should make this a permanent fixture –and build on it with some
additional sensory feedback. Perhaps some dangling nylon strings between you
and the button so something rubs against your hand while attempting to find the
knob. A minor electric shock when you push the switch? A motion-activated honey
badger growl?? So many possibilities come to mind. Fortunately, donuts don’t
come in long narrow tubes, so grabbing one is a lot less stressful. There are a
dozen Holy Donuts here ready to be consumed, so come reward yourself for
braving the elevator call. You’ve earned it!
By the way, if you’re looking for some adventure, I am
looking for four brave volunteers who are willing to bring a dozen donuts into
the office. Let me know if you are up to the challenge.
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…