Archive for July, 2011

Assorted Thoughts

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

The work week is full of things to be done, as always, but this week is fuller, as next week I’ll be on vacation.  Of course, depending on your view of vacation, it may or may not qualify as one.  I’ll have my BlackBerry nearby in case of work emergencies.  I’ll spend the first few hours of the morning working and most likely an hour at night.  However, during the bulk of the day I plan to leave my laptop closed and explore a new region with my family.

As I prepare myself and WMG for next week, I thought I’d share a few random thoughts:

  • The world of politics continues to amaze me.  Instead of working together, the infighting and arguing over who is right seems to dominate the budget discussion.  No, I don’t think it is easy to find the correct way to balance the budget, but there has to be a better way than to throw barbs at your colleagues.  Maybe that is why a show like The Colbert Report is so popular.  A little sarcasm sure can make the news easier to swallow.
  • Last week’s heatwave was monumental, making July quite a hot month.  In fact, almost 2,000 heat records have been set across the country in this month alone.  For those fortunate enough to have air conditioning, going home was a relief.  For others, solace was sought at the beach, the mall, or anywhere a cool breeze could be found.  For the next heatwave, perhaps kayaking (even in the city) could be a new solution.
  • I was reminded last week why I love Apple products.  After one of my children had an issue with an iTouch, we headed to a local Apple Store for advice.  After troubleshooting the device, it was determined that the issue was hardware, and a new iTouch was provided.  What amazes me isn’t only that we received a new iTouch but also how well they work with customers.  As the client was a young teen, I was impressed with the time the support person spent speaking with my child and educating on the problem and the steps involved in solving it.  Of course, you want to make sure that if you are going to an Apple Store, it is a real one.  Check out our humor publication, Giggle Chuckle, to see exactly what I mean.

Next week at this time, I hope to have my laptop closed and be on my way to the day’s adventure.  I’ll be back to Editorially Yours in two weeks!

Congratulations!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Two weeks have passed since we launched our third birthday charity contest.  With four charities, Share Our Strength, Cancer Research Institute, ShelterBox, and Reading Tree, chosen for this contest, our readers had the opportunity to decide which would receive a donation in celebration of WMG’s birthday.  I am proud to announce that the article, Preparing Your Home for a Natural Disaster, on ‘Bout Home received the most Likes, making ShelterBox the winner.

We are pleased to know that through this donation, ShelterBox will be able to help more families in times of crisis by providing shelter and supplies.  They explain, “We deliver the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.  Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.”

In other parts of Wasabi Media Group, there were more winners this week.  One of our music columnists won tickets to a Soundgarden concert, which he kindly wrote about for our reading pleasure.  To learn more about the winner of this past Sunday’s NASCAR race, check out this article.  Finally, free gum, free baseball tickets, and a few other items seem like a win to me, wouldn’t you agree?

Whether you voted on the contest or will be reading about how to get a free “win” of your own, we thank you for being part of the WMG community.

Be Gracious

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

I spent most of last week in Manhattan on a business trip.  As Manhattan is a long drive from my base office, I spent the week at a DoubleTree Hotel.  What amazes me about every stay I’ve had at this hotel chain is the unbelievably kind customer service they provide.  Having stayed at boutique hotels with room rates double (or more) than the rate here, none of them come close to the gracious manner with which they run the hotel.

As an example, I started my days in Manhattan in my typical fashion, with a workout.  One morning, as I was waiting for the elevator, an employee came to wait for the elevator also.  Wearing hotel attire but no name tag, he appeared to be at the end of his shift.  Regardless, he greeted me warmly and asked about my stay.  As we talked, I learned that not only was he going home after working overnight, but he also was fighting off a cold.  He could have stood silently or given a nod, and I would have thought he was polite.  However, all staff members at these hotels make it a point to greet hotel guests and engage in small conversations.  While it may be a small gesture, it makes one feel less like a guest and more like a part of the family.

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, all of the hotel staff has made me, and my family, feel welcomed.  When I say all staff, I truly mean all.  In all of my stays, I have never once met an employee at this hotel chain that wasn’t friendly and welcoming.  It speaks well for their brand and encourages me to return.

Reflecting on the gracious nature of the DoubleTree led me to thinking about how nice it is to treat others and be treated in such a way.  All too often we see people who don’t behave with such civility.  In last weekend’s sporting events, we did see this behavior, both in Derek Jeter’s humble acknowledgement of his achievement and the generous return of the ball hit.  Unfortunately, in the winners and losers of politics, there wasn’t quite as much graciousness, but we can hope.

Maybe the spirit of the DoubleTree staff will encourage their guests to follow suit.  I know it inspired me.

 

Hiking Tips 10

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Before your hike, it is best to increase your walking/running and general physical activity before undertaking a hike to insure that your body is ready for the physical demand.

Hiking Tips 9

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Whenever possible, hike with a partner.

Hiking Tips 8

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

If you plan on taking a longer hike, you should invest in a good pair of hiking boots, as sneakers don’t provide enough stability.

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