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Archive for March, 2008

Snowing on March 26? This wasn’t in the brochure.

Seattle is killing me. I thought the dreary days with cold wet weather were waning now that Spring is here. But no such luck for me. It’s past Easter and it is snowing. Right now, right outside my window. Ugh. This wasn’t in the brochure. I’m holding Kelli personally responsible for this — she’s was my cruise director on this shipwreck of a move to this town!

Snow in Seattle March 26

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About Hoax Emails

A friend of mine forwarded an email to me asking me to review it & help them discern whether or not it was an email hoax. It was. Specifically, it was a hoax about a virus… but it could have been about anything scary. Last week I received the email hoax about carjacking from someone else. Anyway, below, you’ll find a snippet of my response to this type of email. Typically, I included a link to in an effort to educate the rube.

Here’s 2 hints for detecting hoax emails:

  1. Any email that requests that you forward it to your friends is
    almost always a hoax of some kind.
  2. If the email is written in a colored, big font, with lots of exclamation points, it is almost guaranteed to be a hoax. Serious people who
    write about really important or really scary stuff usually do it in a small black font… no extra emphasis, no exclamation points, and with little or no emotion. On the other hand, if it sounds like it was written by a Vulcan lawyer, maybe it is real.

I can’t save the world, but I try.


On Reaching a Tactical Goal

As part of the Body-for-Life Challenge, I set a tactical goal of squatting 135 pounds. The last time I was squat 135 was July 23, 2002.

Last night, I squatted 135 for 2 sets of 10 reps.

I can honestly report: I am as strong as I have ever been.


On Reaching a Strategic Goal

Over the weekend, I completed work on a strategic goal, so I’d like to take a moment to share.

For the past 2 years, I have been participating in a course called the Business Professionals Course. It is an in-lieu-of MBA program, that is recognized as equivalent to an MBA by companies such as GE and Sprint. On Saturday, after completing an oral and 2-part written examination, I graduated from BPC class #39.

The course isn’t right for most people, but it was exactly what I needed at this point in my life. I can honestly say that this course has been a good investment. I am much more calm and focused. My ability and capacity to transact at work and in life has increased dramatically. Although many of my colleagues produced significant gains in income (the average compensation increase of the class was 97%), I haven’t produced significant financial gains as a result of my career moves over the past 2 years. However, I have learned a lot about money, currency, and value. I met a lot of high performers and really good people.

I’m now moving to another phase of the practice, called the LEIP program. LEIP is an acronym for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and accumulating Power. It is a way for me to continue working with the wonderful folks that I met in the program, and a way to continue practicing the ideas that I had been learning the past two years.


Warming, a sunnier Seattle

Seattle is warming…. spring is almost here. The change to daylight savings will undoubtedly brighten my spirits: a few more minutes of sun each day.

When we moved here I had no idea that I’d be a candidate for Seasonal Affective Disorder, but I found myself experiencing a slight case of SAD this winter. With the sun out more, I’m sure I’ll have a sunnier disposition.

Seattle Space Needle

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