It’ll never fly, Orville

The final twenty years of my career was directly involved in disrupting large companies stuck with stale “we are too big to fail” thinking.  Running into a person near my age, as I did at lunch last week, espousing today’s version of “It’ll never fly, Orville Syndrome,” irritated me. Don’t… Continue reading

Get Hooked on the Hunt with John Sandford’s ‘Righteous Prey’

I’ve just completed the latest (32nd) book in John Sandford’s “Prey” series which features cop, detective, Marshall, and sleuth Lucas Davenport.  This series began in 1989 with Rules of Prey, and the word “Prey” is in all the titles.  I’ve become a solid Sandford fan over the years and have… Continue reading

Shocking Tesla Truths – A Perspective

Those following this newsletter know of my Tesla involvement.  I’m a car guy. My initial unpremeditated purchase of the Tesla Model 3 happened in early 2020. No long study or evaluation.  Just boom.  I wrote about that experience in May 2020.  For context, you should read about it here.   In… Continue reading

A One-of-a-Kind Journey

After participating in an international riding competition as a member of the Arizona Precision Motorcycle Drill Team and taking second out of 15 teams, our group of riders split up to ride back to Phoenix from Nashville, TN.  The competition had been held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Teams from… Continue reading

Best Books of 2022 – My ‘must read’ list

This year I read 61 books, about ten more than average, roughly equally split between fiction and non-fiction. As I get older, the number has begun to creep up.  I’ve always been a reader.  A speed-reading class in high school gave me techniques for increasing speed and comprehension, and I… Continue reading

The True Saga of Indian Motorcycle: A Tale of Triumph and Tragedy!

I’ve just finished Frank J. O’Connell’s book, Jump First, Think Fast, and found it more fun, interesting, and inspiring than I had thought possible.  I’ve known Frank and his wife Barb for more than twenty-five years. There was never a doubt Frank’s life and career would make a great story.… Continue reading

Spain, Andorra, Portugal: A Scenic Journey Not to be Missed

In all, we spent 21 days away from Phoenix.  From Sept 20 th to October 10th. Roughly 1,600 miles on a rented 2022 BMW 1250GS with Maggie navigating driver Kim Marin’s rental car, mostly following the seven 1250GS rental bikes with nine passengers across 3 countries. The weather was highly… Continue reading

The Diamond as a House of Worship: A Look at the Church of Baseball

Halfway into Ron Shelton’s book “The Church of Baseball,” we were gifted tickets to the Diamondbacks/Phillies game at Chase Field on August 29.  As we drove downtown, I reflected on the book’s influence on how I may see the upcoming game. Shelton’s recounting of his minor league career revealed aspects… Continue reading