The Downsize


Sep

12

2017
Get up, Stand Up, Don’t give up the Fight

Get up, Stand Up, Don’t give up the Fight

I can honestly say I’ve been changed in the last 6 days since Hurricane Irma decimated my island home. Though I am not there right now, I have been in daily communication with many friends on St Thomas. They tell me that the situation is bad. Very bad. 80 percent of the homes on STT were destroyed and nearly 100 percent of the homes on...

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Sep

08

2017
Operation Save the Painkillers

Operation Save the Painkillers

I am not a doctor, a nurse, a carpenter, or a welder. But I am a project manager and I know how to get stuff done. We have been actively planning a response to the disaster in St Thomas and St John for the last 24 hours. Our friends need help. We’re calling it Operation Save the Painkillers. The US Government has already mobilized 700...

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Sep

07

2017
Devastation

Devastation

As I sit here tonight I am numb. Though I no longer reside on St Thomas, I am, and always will be, a Virgin Islander. Today I have been glued to my computer watching updates from StormCarib, Facebook, and YouTube. I’ve been anxiously checking for posts from friends hoping to hear that they’re ok. As of this evening, we’ve heard from several but many remain...

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Aug

30

2017
Cool Haircuts

Cool Haircuts

It’s hot here in Penasco. On Monday the temperature reached 100 degrees with 70 percent humidity. Right next to the water it’s probably closer to 90 and the sea breeze is taking a little of the edge off the sweltering heat. Oh, and our AC isn’t working. We’ve known that we’ve been running on borrowed time with the AC since we bought the condo 3...

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Aug

28

2017
Thoughts on Home

Thoughts on Home

As I was driving back to Mexico yesterday that Philip Phillips song “Home” came up on No Shoes Radio. Now normally, I’m not a fan of people who’s name is really just 2 first names–they always seem phony to me. Especially when they have the same first name and last name. Think Doug E Doug or Marky Mark (PRE-movie star days–Mark Wahlberg is the shit...

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Aug

25

2017
The Dog Days of August

The Dog Days of August

The saying goes that as you get older, time seems to move much more quickly. I find that particularly interesting because now that I live in Mexico, my days have less stuff crammed in them. I’m doing the same amount of work I did a few years ago, but for some reason the physical passage of time to do that work seems to move much...

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Aug

05

2017
If you couldn't live like JB--you can at least retire like him...

A Pirate Looks at 37….

This time of the month many of us are spending our first-of-the-month paychecks on bills, groceries, home repairs, and other “life things.”  It’s no different down here on the beach. The bills come and go–just some are in pesos, not dollars. We watch our accounts go up and down just like everybody else. Life in “paradise” has the same challenges and experiences as it does...

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Aug

04

2017
You should complain about work "where everybody knows your name"

The Golden Rule

If there is one Golden Rule in business, it’s “do what you say you’re going to do.”  This simple mantra has seen me through every conflict I’ve had at work–whether they were with my bosses, my customers, or my direct reports. This is a rule we’re supposed to learn in elementary school. For me, it was losing my TV privileges (no Transformers!) when I forgot...

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Aug

01

2017
Real tortillas look like this.

Fresh Tortillas

After my conference calls this morning I was ready for a break. The role of a modern software project manager seems to be “Apologizer in Chief” and today I got to do so with 3 of my customers. What was particularly frustrating was that these issues were my company’s own doing. Two of my consultants forgot to tell me (and the customer) that they were...

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Jul

26

2017
No Solo Cups

No Solo Cups

I was hard at work yesterday (really!) prepping for several meetings and writing a requirements document for my customer when I heard a banging coming from the condo above. For the last several months, each of the balconies in our building has undergone a grind and re-paint of the deck railings. Ours was refinished about a month ago. “No Problem, mon,” I thought. The banging...

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