Sunday, August 29, 2004

Luke is 2!! Happy birthday Penguin (ask Drew)

Luke turned 2 today. Wow time flies. I almost don't know where the time went. He got a new bike, he's a pro already having ridden Drew's bike quite a bit. He also got a two wheel scooter. Yes, his big brother has that too. Keeping up with Drew is getting Luke interested in a lot of stuff at an early age. Wholly age inappropriate but you can't stop this kid. He's obstinate. I like that.

We kept it low key, cake with the four of us, Samantha and Dominic. We celebrated last week when Mom and Dad were up and we're doing a bigger deal next weekend on Long Island.

We got to spend a lot of time at the pool earlier in the day. It was fitting that Luke's birthday fell on probably the best weather day of the year. The boys had a blast.

Drew's already gearing up for his birthday. Nov 19 isn't too far off.

Happy birthday Luke Robert.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Sales

I just finished The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cold Calling. I'm getting my game plan together. After reading the book, which I found very helpful, it dawned on me that there truly is a science to sales/selling. Considering how essential selling is to every business (without it there is no biz), you would think sales training would be taught earlier in an academic/vocational setting. But it isn't (as far as I recall). Certainly each industry/product has its uniqueness, but I would venture to say a top rate salesman could sell anything once he/she is up to speed on the product/service. It really is all about the process and I think that could be taught in a general sense in an academic setting. Dad was an entrepreneur, but at his core he was a salesman. And a damn good one. And I couldn't be more proud. Now I just want to harness his mojo and sell baby.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Once around the park

We took advantage of the great weather today and packed up the tribe for a day in Central Park. We've done this a handful of times and it is always a great time. The kids brought their scooters along today to do some riding. I should have taken a picture of the stroller - - the Ironhorse as I like to refer to it. Two kids, loads of bags, bike helmets and scooters all contained in or hanging off the stroller. But hey, Susan and I didn't have a thing in our hands, it works like a charm.

We parked on 75th & Columbus, great spot two blocks from the park. We entered just north of Strawberry Fields, right above where the Guitar Man plays. Had a nice walk to The Mall where we spent some time. Saw a guy with a HUGE bermese python draped over his neck. Talked to him for a bit, kids petted the snake. I didn't want to stay near it too long, in case it got hungry! Went down to the fountain then stolled down The Mall and stopped to listen to an assortment of street musicians. The kids scootered their way down.

We stopped into the Dairy for some info the stopped for a potty break, Drew and me. Then we went into Victorian Garndens at Wollman Rink. This is an amusement park for the kids located on what will be the ice rink this winter. Pay one price and the kids can go any all the rides as many times as they want. It was great, not too crowded. Drew really like the "magic carpet ride." Had lunch here then made our way back to the mall. We got ice cream and listened to some music.

Then we went to park, I think #153 on the Central Park map. Kids enjoyed it. Drew loved the sprinkler and got soaked. Just as we were about to leave Luke got knocked over by an older kid who barreled past. We found out about 10 minutes later that he got a pretty nasty scrape on his elbow. The kid is tough, he never led on that anything was wrong. We just thought he was ticked the boy knocked him over.

It was time to get going so we headed to our car. Along the way we passed the "acrobats," the street performer who jump, dive and flip for the crowd. We liked them more the last time we saw them. Today the show never seemed to get going and the duo was keen on passing the hat for cash. We took off. Passed Guitar Man but it was too late in the afternoon to stop and Luke had dozed off in the stroller.

Got home in no time and enjoyed Mr. Chu's for dinner, bathed the kids and lights out for the boys. Susan and I did some work. She's going to Ohio Wednesday for some deps.

All in all today was a wonderful family day outdoors in the Big Apple. If I get some pics I'll post them along with this.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Neil Young's "I Am a Child"

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I had this on at work today. It really touched me. I imagine something similar is running through the minds of our boys. You guys can't conceive of the pleasure in our smiles!

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Principles of Leadership

These are JetBlue's 5 primary principles of leadership. They make up a pretty solid foundation:

1. Treat your people right.
2. Communicate with your team.
3. Inspire greatness in others.
4. Encourage initiative and innovation.
5. Do the right thing.