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The measure of a man

Posted by on Thursday, 10 October, 2013

Chivas Regal has been running this commercial the past few days. Normally I’d tune it out or fast-forward the dvr to skip all commercials, but this one in particular caught my attention; not because it’s a whiskey, but because of how the words at the beginning were strung together hinting at a lesson or twist at the end.

This commercial really spoke to me at the end, as I’ve discovered the same truth while dining around Portland where the bartenders and wait staff are awesome. Like my work in social business, humanism is a quality that stands out in a place where it is sadly lacking. Are you unsure of someone’s quality as a person? Invite them out for lunch or drinks; watch how they treat the staff, and soon you’ll have your answer. Well done, Chivas Regal, for airing a commercial that forgoes sex and focuses on quality of the message.

Take a look, and you’ll see what I mean:



Vague blogging

Posted by on Wednesday, 12 December, 2012

Vague blogging is the blog equivalent to vaguebooking: the practice of posting Facebook statuses which contain so little information as to render the reader confused to the point of annoyance. This is one of those posts, I’m afraid.

Behind the scenes work doesn’t typically make for a good blog post. Most often it is all administrative or strategic work that runs from boring to confidential; neither of which are good blog fodder. And that’s what’s been going on recently: lots of 2013 strategic and logistic planning, along with administrative tasks to get the framework and structure all setup and ready to move forward. The coming year is looking to be a huge one for me (and a few others) if these strategies and plans work out as designed.

Since my brain has been full with either boring things or things I just can’t talk about yet (have I noted I follow the IBM Social Computing Guidelines? I’m sure I have 😉 ), I’ll do the next best thing and share an image I’ve been using a lot recently… Hopefully this will be enough to both tantalize and satiate you for the week:


As always, if you enjoy any of my photography and would like a framed print for your home or office, my portfolio at has a large selection of prints in various sizes and framing options, as well as canvas gallery wraps and other specialty products from which to select. And because my fulfillment vendors are seriously amazing, there is still time to order and have the photographs hung for the Christmas holiday or under the tree as gifts.

Gardening has defined my adulthood success

Posted by on Wednesday, 17 October, 2012

img_4310Growing up, my sense of “success” was, as it is for many, rooted in fiscal accomplishment. There are indeed other aspects to success for me that aren’t monetarily based, but those are a post for a different time….

Success for me wasn’t actually ever driven around a particular dollar amount, but rather around the lifestyle I was able to afford. Among the touch points of achieving lifestyle levels were milestones like my first apartment, my first owned condo, and my first owned home. But also among those milestones were smaller touch points that held an equal sense of accomplishment like parking my car in my own garage, having my own driveway, and oddly enough mowing my own lawn. I found a great sense of achievement and attainment of success when I mowed my own lawn for the first time back in 2005; one of those badges of honour which ticked off an unseen and unacknowledged check box of adulthood in my mind.

Monday night I checked off another one of those innocuous boxes that serve to prove some sort of success and adulthood in my head: We hired a gardener to maintain our landscaping. Sounds pretty mild to most of you, I’m sure, but for me this is huge. It is effectively me paying someone else to do something I could (but don’t) do. See, when I was growing up, my family never paid someone else to do something we could do ourselves, aside from one odd year in which we had a maid service and felt like I was living someone else’s life out of a TV episode. Growing up , things like maid service and landscapers were for “rich people”, not us. Mind you we were solidly middle to upper middle class depending on the year, so it isn’t like we were dirt poor… still, TV told me these things were for rich people, and my own experiences of doing it all ourselves affirmed that fact to me.

While Jean and I are nowhere near rich either, as of Monday I now feel slightly more “adult” and tad bit more successful in my life. I realized that for some strange reason gardening has been a central theme in my yardstick of adulthood and success. Silly, the little things that have an impact on your own perspective… Which got me to thinking: I can’t be the only one who has weird little personal markers of success or adult hood. I am not so different as to have this little quirk solely unique to me.

So, what ARE *your* personal yard sticks of success and adulthood? What were those silly little things that stuck out to you as a marker or milestone which others may blow past without second thought?