Monday, July 24, 2017

When I was nine-years old...

That sounds like a very long time ago, yet when I compare what I knew, my experiences and my insights about the world and those of my nine-year old grandson, the difference is huge.

I knew so little and he already knows so much; it's not even close and the comparison gives me so much hope about the future and my grandson's life!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Learning the hard way!

For the past few days, I've been doing a lot of architectural simulations by using Sketchup, a wonderful 3D drawing program, all about a business project that has been several years in the making.

The space is relatively small and each inch literally counts a lot and I have been doing iteration upon iterations.

Often, my countless “redo's” have been frustrating, because they were traceable to my own mistakes and I've learn so much much in the process that, once more, I was reminded every-time that repeated failure is our best life teacher...

Saturday, July 22, 2017

How good is Trump?

Let's not beat around the bush. If you were a good investor/businessman, would you hire the man? His résumé may speak volumes, but his behavior, management style and inability to get things done are disqualifying the individual after just six month in office.

The man should have never been elected president, the people who voted for him are idiots and the Republican Party that keeps on supporting him is an accomplice engaged in destroying the United States.

Trump, you're fired!

Friday, July 21, 2017

So hard to be consistent...

Sometimes we think we are a certain way and we keep on repeating ourselves that our way is the right one, the best.

That is, until we realize that we're contradicting ourselves. Our actions are straying from the path that we claim to be ours. When we think or when we talk, it's hard to have an eye at all time on what should be our “true north”.

Of course, we first need to define what our true north is before we even conceive of deviating from it.

Truth is, we seldom take the time or afford the honesty to understand the very values we call our own...

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Missing the good old days?

On Sunday a former colleague and friend of mine found a special memento while cleaning his liquor cabinet. It was an unopened 1988 beer bottle dubbed "Park City Silver Reserve" commemorating Park City Ski Area's 25th Anniversary.

It happened as this person was moving out of Park City and returning to his native Idaho to begin a new life adventure. Over the years, many Parkites have done the same, growing sick of what their town has become and moved out, saying they missed “the good old days”, when they skied faster, had tons of fun and were younger looking, I guess.

To them I say, life is filled with change and Park City is no different. From its miner days on to Western Airlines becoming Delta, the Olympics, years of Sundance Film Fest, shorter winter vacations stays making a close-by airport a must, everything has contributed to Park City's dizzying rate of change.

Not much different by the way to what's been happening to Chamonix, St. Anton or Whistler. Whether we like it or not, and through some overzealous marketing efforts, we've all engineered the changes we see today in ski towns, all over the world. Can we still live with them? Some of us won't and will try to settle in some other places, in an effort to start over, some will and keep on enjoying what they have.

I, for my part, still love it, still believe that this place is the very best of all locales I've ever lived in, and almost can't wait to see how, in ten years from now, change will continue to transform Park City for the better...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lindsey Vonn and the boys

The American ski champion would like to race the men on the easy, Lake Louise downhill course in order to add one more feather to her Red Bull cap.

To me, this is pretty silly. I've also felt that the “battle of the sexes” is totally meaningless from a basic bio-mechanical standpoint. If she had the backbone to say “Kitzbühel” or “Bormio”, she'd get more of my attention, but Lake Louise? Give me a break!

She should instead focus her attention on both Lara Gut and Sofia Goggia, with the latter beating her up fair and square on the PyeongChang course last season.

If she doesn't, she might be side-slipping into the ski sunset like Bode Miller just did, by only boasting and not delivering...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How to lose a 40-year customer?

Insurance companies, like a lot of establishments that rely on repeat business, should think twice before become overly greedy.

I had been a client of State Farm Insurance for forty years when my agent decided to make more money off of me, trying to sell me a service that was borderline ethical, that would have made him lots of money, and lied to me in the process.

This is often the situation companies get themselves into when they're intent on “milking” their current customers. Simple, horrible greed.

What also tipped my decision is that State Farm is a member and on the Board of Director of ALEC, an right-wing organization that spearheaded union-busting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, voter-suppression laws in Maine and New Hampshire, and Florida's "Shoot First" laws.

Finally, I even saved a non-negligible amount of money in switching. Morale of the story: If you want to keep your long-time clients, don't oversell them and stay away from joining controversial organizations!