Can’t make this stuff up #2

Just wanted to share some more random and entertaining stuff overheard on the ACE train.  All of these actual comments were collected from one continuous 20-minute conversation between 2 guys sitting behind me.  To the best of my knowledge, there were no drugs involved. You know the name of the company Google? It’s not an…

Recession pep talk #3

Has the death of Michael Jackson pushed the recession out of the headlines, or are things really getting better?  I’m not talking about leading economic indicators.  I’m wondering what’s going on inside your mind.  Aren’t you tired of worrying and behaving like things are going to get worse? I’m not being naïve – there are…

Encounter bats

No… it’s not an episode of “When Animals Attack.”  I’m talking about a confrontational therapy tool from the 70’s.  These cloth-covered foam encounter bats were used for anger and aggression release, allowing two people to have a “safe and fair fight”. They could also be used to hit pillows, chairs and in my case… little…

Which tree do you see?

There’s a famous Barbara Walters interview question – “If you were a tree, what kind would you be?”  Or maybe it was Gilda Radner making fun of Baba Wawa on SNL.  Whatever. This dead tree caught my eye during my morning commute.  I had to pull over and take a photo; maybe it was the…

Talk to me

Marketing is about show business.  You spend time and money to put on a show that will hopefully lead to business.  But is your company really welcoming customers with open arms when they arrive? In his blog post on the “Death of Retail”, Stephen Richardson makes the point that big retail chains are trying to…

Life tasting

Connoisseurs know how to taste fine wine.  You look at it, swish it, smell it, say something intelligent, close your eyes, take a sip, let it sit on your tongue and then… spit it out?  What’s up with that?!  Apparently this practice allows you to taste many more wines at the same sitting without getting…

Father’s Day fish story

Click to watch this 8-minute “story with a point” video.  I’d like to dedicate it to my father, Jim Goad, who organized a memorable fishing trip in March.  Added bonus:   My dad’s stated secret to happiness… “Looking forward to waking up each day, and finding something positive to be thankful for.”  Thanks Dad!      …