The Downsize


Jul

21

2017
2 Cookies

2 Cookies

As I write this blog from my hotel room in Monrovia, CA I am reflecting on one of the most emotionally turbulent and travel intensive months I’ve had in a very long time. In the last 20 days, there has been ecstatic joy, profound sadness, unbridled excitement, deep longing, bone tired weariness, and wistful hopefulness. Since the first of the month, I have been to...

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Jul

14

2017
I’ve gone plaid

I’ve gone plaid

Spaceballs is one of the greatest movie spoofs ever made. The Millenials who read this blog probably haven’t seen it–except for my daughter. She’s a Mel Books expert. Towards the end of the movie President Scroob (Brooks), Colonel Sanderz, and Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) are chasing Lone Star (Bill Pullman), Barf (John Candy) and Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga). In order to catch “the fastest Winnebago...

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Jun

30

2017
The Boyz ‘N the Hood

The Boyz ‘N the Hood

Look out Penasco ’cause the Boyz in the Hood are always hard–knowing nothing in life but to be legit. That’s right. It’s guy time at Playa Contreband. For the next couple of days, Dan, Alton and I get to cruise around our ‘hood looking to meet girls (Alton likes 5 year olds–there’s something about older women….), listen to music, get some sun, zip across the...

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Jun

27

2017
INTJ

INTJ

Have you done a Meyers-Brigg personality test? Chances are you have–when I was a senior in high school it was “all the rage” with the guidance counselors. Supposedly this “window into your soul” could accurately predict how you think, your friendships, and even the type of job you’d have when you were “all grown up.” Over the years, I’ve taken the MB test several times–in...

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Jun

24

2017
Postcards from a third world cantina

Postcards from a third world cantina

From my little balcony on the Sea of Cortez, I watch people come and go bringing with them their hopes, their dreams, their frustrations, and their struggles. With remarkable consistency, the same stories play out week in and week out. Every day I see that the events that define us as people transcend the differences in our color, language, social position, or nationality. Here where the...

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Jun

22

2017
The Dip

The Dip

It’s week 4 of my return to respectability.  I can’t believe that’s it’s been a month on the job already. As with most new experiences, the “honeymoon phase” has been pleasant and friendly–if not particularly representative of the “real way” the job works. Now that my feet are officially in the frying pan and I’m no longer the newest guy on the block, the realities...

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Jun

21

2017
Managing by the Minute

Managing by the Minute

A good friend of mine runs a management consulting company where he teaches mid-level career professionals how to engage, lead, and inspire their teams. I was lucky enough to work with Andy for a couple of years and since that our shared passion for sailing, business and writing has kept us in touch. His company is called Xsolvers and you can check them out at http://xsolvers.com/. One...

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Jun

13

2017
Strong Women

Strong Women

I have a type. I like strong women. Those who are independent, opinionated, dedicated, driven and passionate. I guess that started with my mom. Those of you who’ve met her know that she’s a formidable human being. While fighting MS for over 30 years now, she’s consistently demonstrated a verve for life that has inspired me to be the wandering soul that I am. A...

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Jun

12

2017
So give your ID card to the border guard…

So give your ID card to the border guard…

I am a Peacemaker. No, I’m not a Colt 45 or a diplomat, I’m a fan of Arizona’s own homegrown band Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. Roger cut his teeth with his first band The Refreshments in the 90’s and spawned hits like “Banditos” (“Everybody know that the world is full of stupid people…..”) and the theme to the Fox cartoon “King of the Hill.”...

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Jun

09

2017
Cooler than a Pina Colada, Hotter than a shot of Fireball…

Cooler than a Pina Colada, Hotter than a shot of Fireball…

What is it? A Boat? A Fish? A Margarita? NOOOO It’s BEACHMAN! Mixer of the Pina Colada! Sultan of the Sunscreen! And Tanner than your average project manager. That’s my true identity. All I need to transform into my beach bum alter ego is 3 hours in the car, some Buffett and Chesney on the radio, and cruise control…. This week marked the return of...

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