"Leave My Noodles Alone" - Have you ever gone car shopping, seen a car you liked and then noticed them everywhere you go? That happened to me following the blog two weeks ago when I spoke of rebranding.
"We are all in this together" - It may be too early to have a conversation about spring, but it was warm today, pitchers and catchers reported to Red Sox spring training this week and last night at 5:20 the sky was still light out. I am feeling optimistic. On top of that, it feels as though time has sped up. The best plans we make are outdated the day we make them, so I am hoping to get ahead of the curve on this topic.
"The Pot O' Gold" - Shortly after my wife Amy and I were married and settled in to our new home with our combined family, we decided to embrace every possible holiday to the fullest. We not only overdid everything on major holidays, we also went big on the minor ones. I played tricks on April Fool’s Day (one of my favorites), waved flags and ate red, white and blue cupcakes on the 4th of July, enjoyed tacos on Cinco de Mayo and even partied to Dixieland during Mardi Gras.
"Where the heck are you going?" - HAPPY NEW YEAR! Okay - it's a bit late for that, but now I have your attention. Eight weeks ago we celebrated the start of a new year and many of us chose to make "New Years Resolutions." It's likely that close to 80% of us have given up on those goals already. In fact, we do the same thing each year. We take that opportunity to start fresh and identify some things that we want to see changed in our lives.
"Feeling Lucky?" - Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day. Those of you who celebrated may have had a hard time getting out of bed this morning. As Americans, we are quick to celebrate the wide variety of minor holidays that dot our calendar. Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo, etc. Many of these over the years have developed into a reason to drink and eat, St. Patrick's Day being one of the most prominent. In fact, over 13 billion pints of Guinness were consumed yesterday.
"I don't always write a blog, but when I do..." - As I sit down each week to write these blogs, I contemplate what my readers (that's you) may want to hear about. I have been writing these for over a year now and have written well over 50 blogs. I will admit that I am running a bit thin on new creative ideas.
"A Walk To Remember...." - As a young, enlisted air crewman in the Navy, I was fortunate to go on several "detachments" (very short trips) to rather unique places. One of these trips was a 2-day trip to a city called Nimes; France. If you are not familiar with Nimes, it is a major city located in southern France with a population of roughly 140,000. As you can imagine, this crew of 12 guys was focused on the nightlife in this foreign town.
"Put down the phone and slowly back away..." - I had to yell at three employees this week. Well, to clarify, it wasn't yelling, I never raise my voice, but it was a stern talking to.
"Hidden Treasures" - My father keeps everything. I mean everything. Don't get me wrong, he does not reach "hoarder" status, but I think that's only because he is smart enough not to keep it all in one place. He believes that everything will become useful someday. If you wander into his garage, you can find coffee cans full of nails (used of course), every possible tool you ever needed, magazines from decades ago and countless knick knacks that are of unclear value. He has, in the past, had as many as five storage units at once. As much as we nag him about his habit, I will admit to being comforted by the fact he can lay his hands on anything I need anytime I ask. It just takes a bit of searching sometimes.
"Time to make the donuts" - I am a big fan of processes. I am also a big fan of donuts. Have you ever wondered how a donut is made? It’s one thing to make them in the kitchen; that’s a little messy but relatively straight forward. When you are making hundreds of thousands of donuts at a place like Krispy Kreme or Dunkin Donuts, the process is a bit more complex. There has to be mixers, bakers, frosters, fillers, packagers and much, much more. I saw similar processes when I toured the Wicked Whoopie factory in Gardiner last year.
"One Step at a Time" - "Get moving Cunningham!" That voice, screaming in the back of my head, was none other than Gunny Sergeant Sullivan: The meanest Marine I have ever met. He was our exercise drill sergeant in a Boot Camp style course I went through many years ago.
"Lightning Fast" - As a kid, I used to race electric cars on a racetrack. I thought these were the coolest things ever. What intrigued me the most were the little copper connectors on the bottom of the car that connected to the metal track. You could get the cars to go fast enough that they would fly off the track on the turn. To win, you had to reduce your speed approaching a turn to stay on the track. Often, the copper on the bottom of the car would get dirty. This would cause the car to slow and eventually, stop. The child scientist in me would take out a pencil eraser and clean the connections. That was one of my favorite things while racing these cars; finding newfound speed after cleaning the connections. Inevitably, however, the cars would slow down overtime and eventually come to a stop again.
"Diamond in the Rough" - Spring is here, and flea markets and garage sales are beginning to pop up all over this great state. I love going to these things. I'm not sure the people who run them are happy to see me, as I rarely buy anything. I go because I love hunting for the treasure that other people have overlooked. Finding that one or two items that for some reason ring important to me or seem significant. When I do bring things home from this type of event, it's often met with a sideways glance from my family as they don't see the significance of the item I've recently purchased. The true beauty of the flea market, is that it is full of items you didn't know were there. Items that are incredibly valuable but simply not noticed before.
"The Doctor Is In" - My daughter and I are Whovians. There, I said it. I watch Doctor Who. In fact, I watched it quite a bit when I was much younger (the 4th Doctor), but only recently introduced it to my daughter and we have been catching up on the newer version of this show. My daughter is a geek by most definitions: she's good at math, loves science and has her head in a book most of the time. When you introduce a geek to Doctor Who it often leads to in-depth, scientific questions.
"Was Blind But Now, I See...." - During the first week of Boot Camp, I was informed that I needed glasses. The Navy, of course, handed out pairs with large black rim frames -the ugliest things you ever saw. After I had been in the service for several years, a process was developed called PRK surgery. This involves the use of a laser to actually burn your cornea with a laser, to fix the shape of your cornea with a laser and remove your need for glasses - by burning your eyes with a laser.
"Helping Our Heroes" - Many people change jobs, and even professions, numerous times over the course of their careers. I would imagine very few of you are in the same career in which you started; or even for which you received a degree. There is nothing wrong with that: as people grow and change, their focus changes and they choose a new career path.
"The Junk Drawer" - I think I was 10 years old when I saw my first true meltdown situation, where a parent was clearly in the wrong. I was at a neighbor's house, and if my memory serves me, the mom was trying to make a roast. In order to make the roast she had to tie it up. Traditionally, one uses string to tie a roast. On this day, the mom, Joanne, could not find the string. I sat at the kitchen table with my neighborhood friend, and watched as Joanne slowly fell apart looking for the string. As the time ticked way, the dinner got closer, and the roast was still not in the oven she began screaming "Where in the hell is the string?" I can't type in this blog all of the colorful language that was used on the fateful day that Joanne could not find the string. After about 10 minutes of over-the-top explosion about the string, my neighborhood friend got up and walked over to their family junk drawer, opened it, held up the string, and said "Mom, it's right here, in the string drawer." The rest of us practically fell out of our chairs. The story remains a classic among our family friends.
"Pomp and Circumstance" - It's graduation season. You can't do a thing on Facebook without bumping into a post about someone's children and their graduation. College graduations, high school graduations, and even elementary school graduations are popping up everywhere. I don't recall graduating from elementary school. I'm sure I did, I'm not still attending, but I don't think we had a graduation. I do recall graduating from high school, and receiving both of my university degrees. What I don't remember, after all these years, is anything that any of the guest speakers had to say. I'm sure that it was appropriate, motivating, and probably even helpful if I had taken notes. In fact, I think William Cohen was the guest speaker when I graduated from the University of Maine.
"Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" - This morning, I cleaned out my truck. While doing that, I had a slight twinge when I threw away two or three returnable water bottles. I know they are worth a nickel and I know it helps the environment, but I really wanted my truck to be rid of the trash.
"Ch Ch Ch Changes" - Last January after attending a wonderful Annual Awards Dinner, I took a step back to ask myself how I can put a different spin on the event in 2016. I thought about the goal of the event and the many reasons that people attended. I knew there were a number of traditionalists who would balk at change and I also knew there was a growing excitement for something new. I was confident, that following the year of transition; the community would be open to a new idea. I am thrilled to report that it worked and I want to thank you all for embracing the new Kenney Awards.