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April 20, 1999 never forgotten…

Fourteen years ago Saturday, my hometown experienced the terror that two teenagers, feeling a sense of hopelessness, can bring to their high school, their community and our nation.  It was considered a rare event back then – unfortunately, it has become increasingly more common today.

Life is hard and can often seem hopeless for all too many youths in their teens and twenty’s.   If you have a son or daughter; grandchildren; nieces or nephews; or neighborhood kids; hug them today.

Tell them you love them and will support them as they make their way in the world to adulthood and self-sufficiency.  And if they are struggling to make ends meet – give them a few bucks.  Help them find a job.  Help them feel they belong.

Let’s reverse our society’s violence.  Let’s use our power of self confidence to increase the sunlight for those heading towards darkness:

It takes the sun to create a shadow – accept that the dark and the light live side by side in all of us.

Chellie Campbell

It’s not just my home town of Littleton – We are all Columbine:

May you feel peace – and share the power of peace with others – today, and everyday!


What is >…

Do you find yourself pursuing more and more and more these days? Can’t get “enough”?  Life is one, big super-sized experience, true?  Technology certainly offers consumers “more”; the Federal Government is the master of the “more”; and today the IRS takes their turn.  (Enough!) 

But what is “more” anyway?  And does, “more better” mean more; better; both; or neither?  Our Unknown Sage suggests: 

            Less is more. 

Is that it?  Is “less” > “more?  My doctor said after I weighed in that it would be better if there were less of me.  Hopefully my readers don’t feel that way! 

People who read me seem to be divided into four groups; Twenty-five percent like me for the right reasons; 25 percent like me for the wrong reasons; 25 percent hate me for the right reasons.  It’s the last 25 percent that worries me. 

Robert Frost 

At work, is your Manager pushing the “more button”?  Companies ask their people to do “more” with less every year, don’t you agree?  Why is that?  Can’t our companies succeed if executives didn’t ask their employees for “more”?  Usually, a reason for asking for “more” is not even offered.  The leaders just say, “We must”, and the followers say, “It is what it is”.  

But in America, we can still take pride in this phenomenon.  Brian Tracy suggests: 

Do more than you are paid for.  There are never any traffic jams on the extra mile.                                 

OK.  I agree that I am capable of doing “more” without having to ask for “more”.  Doing a good job; doing the job right, can often be fulfilling enough, yes?  “Pride” > “more”. 

Our organizations are asking our customers to pay “more” for our products or services, too.  Yep, everybody seems to want “more”.  (And don’t even get me started on the price of diesel fuel.)  But, what is “more” again, and why do we seem to have so much of it? 

The Denver Broncos want “more” for season’s tickets.  Their rationale?  Could be Peyton Manning’s contract; maybe it’s due to the NFL’s flat salary cap year.  (Flat salary cap – how did that happen?)  Could be that it’s simply something they have always done.  (“It is what it is”.) 

My company just completed a hefty price increase (although to be fair, it’s the first price increase in over three years).  It was the justification that caught my attention:  “Customers buy on perceived value – higher list price conveys value better”.  Is that the origin of “more”?  Higher price conveys higher value?  Frank Hayes, in his write-up on Conventional IT Wisdom several years ago wrote: 

Exactly what you want, always costs more than you can afford. 

Perhaps the origin of “more” comes from society’s extreme, recreational preferences.   Careful what we ask for: 

            Phillip’s Law: 

Four-wheel drive just means getting stuck in more inaccessible places.

Unknown Sage           

How about social media?  Is “more” better?  There certainly is quite the din of tweets, posts, and videos.  Viral today; gone and forgotten tomorrow.  Can our Unknown Sage have something when he states? 

Talk less, say more. 

No – in the final analysis, I don’t believe “more” is better; or more profitable for companies; or that “more” pricing conveys higher value; nor is “more” necessarily more fun.  “More” is definitely not “less”.  “More” is simply “more”. 

And if we can’t always have “more”, we will just have to settle for “enough”.  And many times, “enough” is > “more”. 


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Worth it?

I love sports, how about you?  I think I watch a pro, college, or high school game every evening.  I watch more than I participate these days.  You know the old adage:  “I used to be an athlete but now I’m just an athletic supporter.”  And this week is Masters Week in golf – yeah! 

But there is also a dark side to sports; not what the Greeks had in mind when the Olympics were established. 

Golfer Tommy Bolt is known for his sweet swing and foul temper.  While giving a clinic to a group of amateurs, Bolt tried to show his softer side by involving his 14-year old son in the lesson.  “Show the nice folks what I taught you”, said Bolt.  His son obediently took a 9-iron, cursed, and hurled it into the sky.

Thomas Roswell 

Unfortunately, this type of bad reputation seems to be increasingly more common in sports these days.  So bad that it is starting to beg the question, “Is it worth it?” 


Worth (prep.)

1. good or important enough to justify (what is specified):

advice worth taking; a place worth visiting.

2. having a value of, or equal in value to, as in money:

This vase is worth 20 dollars.

3. having property to the value or amount of:

They are worth millions.

4. (n.)excellence of character or quality as commanding esteem:

people of worth.

5. usefulness or importance, as to the world, to a person, or for a purpose:

Your worth to the team is unquestionable.

6. value, as in money. 

“Important enough to justify; excellence in character; usefulness as to the world.”  Do these attributes come to mind when you think of sports?  Or does, “value, as in money” dominate sports today? 

Think back on our sporting headlines: Rutgers University’s abusive basketball coaching videos; accusations of payola and grade fixing in Auburn University’s football program; the National Baseball League’s 50 game suspensions for performance enhancing drug abuse; Lance Armstrong; Tiger Woods.  There seems to be no end to lightning rod images in college and professional sports. 

Even at the parental level, sports can morph into bad situations.  It used to be that kids played sports for the fun of it.  Is back-to-back, competitive baseball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, 365 days a year, year-in and year-out worth it?  It’s not unusual to hear the story of teenagers dropping out of their sport because they’re “burned out”; as a teenager!  Really – was it worth it? 

Thankfully for many of us, there still is a positive place for sports.  And thankfully, there are still sports men and women who believe in the precepts of teamwork, fair play, and character building through competitive lessons, true?  It’s still worth it. 

And for those of us whose playing days are over, there remains great entertainment value in watching, reading and debating the highlights of the day’s teams (whether today, yesterday, or yester-year is our paradigm).  Here’s an example – Who is the greatest basketball player of all time?  LeBron James (today’s paradigm)?  Michael Jordon (yesterday’s paradigm)?  Wilt Chamberlain (yester-year’s paradigm)?

Recently, one of my college basketball teammates shared this 2 minute and 42 second YouTube video.  It’s a clip from a high school basketball game and reinforces the positive power of sports:


In our world of me-first; trash-talking; win-at-any-cost; if-you-ain’t-cheating-you-ain’t-trying; athletics – the perspective of these high school kids in this game is what I would call worth it! 


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April 1st; weather; and baseball…

Ahh, springtime in the Rockies!  What a wonderfully eventful time of the year.  Today, of course, is April Fools’ Day.  What pranks and practical jokes have been your favorites over the years? 

Spring Break you say?  Do you have something planned for April?  Cruising is a popular option.  Except for Carnival Lines – they seem to be offering a continuous parade of April Fools’ pranks lately.  Reminds me of this tale from Roger Smith: 

There is a story about a little boy who was frightened coming aboard a famous cruise ship.  He asked the first sailor he saw, “Sir, do ships this big sink very often?”  “No”, the sailor said, “only once.” 

They say that April showers bring May flowers.  Of course, in Denver we’re still “in play” for snow.  In April of 2005, we were the recipients of a 30” blizzard that shut the city down for a few days.  At least my horses enjoyed it:

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April is also a very exciting time in the sports world.  The NCAA basketball tournament wraps up shortly.  (March Madness spills over into April these days, I guess.)  The NBA is winding down their regular season and gearing up for the playoffs.  Collegiate hockey; spring lacrosse; NHL; indoor, professional lacrosse; the NFL draft; collegiate spring football; you name it. 

And yesterday was Opening Day for the 2013 Major League Baseball season.  The Houston Astros made their American League debut beating the Texas Rangers 8-2.  “American League debut?” you ask.  Me too: 

A reminder: The Houston Astros, members of the National League since their inception in 1962 (though back then, they were the Colt .45s), move to the American League West this season. We mention this because, frankly, if we didn’t, the 2013 Astros might scarcely have drawn your attention, beyond the likelihood that they’ll lead the major leagues in losses with a total higher than 100. 

 Tristan H. Cockcroft |

But mostly, April weather reminds me (and our Unknown Sage) of my Chicago roots: 

Life in Chicago 

60° above –   Floridians wear coats, gloves and wooly hats.  Chicago people sunbathe. 

50° above –   New Yorkers try to turn on the heat.  Chicago people plant gardens. 

40° above –   Italian cars won’t start.  Chicago people drive with their windows down. 

32° above –   Distilled water freezes.  Lake Michigan’s water gets thicker. 

20° above –   Californians shiver uncontrollably.  Chicago people have their last cook-out before it gets cold. 

15° above –   New York landlords finally turn up the heat.  Chicago people throw on a sweatshirt. 

Zero –    Californians fly away to Mexico.  Chicago people lick the flagpole. 

20° below –   People in Miami cease to exist.  Chicago people get out their winter coats. 

40° below –   Hollywood disintegrates.  Chicago’s Girl Scouts begin selling cookies door-to-door. 

60° below –   Polar bears begin to evacuate Antarctica.  Chicago’s Boy Scouts postpone “Winter Survival” classes until it gets cold enough. 

80° below –   Mt. St. Helen’s freezes.  Chicago people rent some videos. 

100° below – Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.  Chicago people get frustrated when they can’t thaw the keg. 

297° below – Microbial life survives on dairy products.        Illinois cows complain of farmers with cold hands. 

460° below – ALL atomic motion stops.     Chicago people start saying, “Cold ’nuff for ya?” 

500° below –  Hell freezes over. The Cubs win the World Series! 

Hang tough, Die Hard Cubs Fans.  2013 is our year! 


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