the pictoral life No Comments »

Here’s one of the few pictures I took at Cindy and Kait’s wedding. Baby James looks like that ummmm ALL the time. It’s his only look. The picture’s unedited just resized.

A Modern Parable

the working life No Comments »

I got this as forwarded email and decided to read it.

A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (General Motors) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River . Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race. 

On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile.

The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat. A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action. 

Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 8 people steering and 1 person rowing.

Feeling a deeper study was in order, American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion. 

They advised, of course, that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

Not sure of how to utilize that information, but wanting to prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team’s management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 3 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager. 

They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 1 person rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder. It was called the ‘Rowing Team Quality First Program’ with meetings, dinners and free pens for the rower. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses 

The next year the Japanese won by two miles.

Humiliated, the American management laid off the rower for poor performance, halted development of a new canoe, sold the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses and the next year’s racing team was out-sourced to India .. 
Sadly, The End.

Here’s something else to think about: Ford has spent the last thirty years moving all its factories out of the US, claiming they can’t make money paying American wages. 

TOYOTA has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants inside the US.

The last quarter’s results:

TOYOTA makes 4 billion in profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in losses.

Ford folks are still scratching their heads.


When I finished reading this I couldn’t help but smirk at Ford losing its edge after 30 years. Come to think of it it’s ironic the company I work for has become an 8-person steerer and one-person rowing company. It happens almost everyday, a supervisor tells me one direction while engineering draws up another. Vice President positions are created to put people in positions they know nothing about. The head honcho of our group learned what we did after he was promoted. Construction and even engineering is outsourced. The best part of it is that we don’t have a company like Toyota fighting in the same territory else we would have fallen years ago.


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AA batteries is a warehouse item. We stock batteries for misc things such as a tape writer. Often times during Christmas time the batteries are out of stock due to battery operated toys. So when coworkers ask if I have spare AA batteries I know it’s 80% probability it’s going home. To beat them to the punch line I respond, “no, they’re in my WiiMotes.”


the active life No Comments »

This weekend was the first day in two months I was active. Barefooted I’m able to just about anything, which is why I suggested volleyball. Yesterday was also my first volleyball outing in about six months. I wasn’t able to hit the volleyball as I was able to back then, but I didn’t care, I was active. There was quite a bit of people out at the park.


the sedentary life No Comments »

Walking is always a challenge for me.

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