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“Looks like we’re open.” It’s after hours, our store is brightly lit and I’m muttering to myself as I drive past.  Someone forgot to turn off the lights. In a perfectly managed business lights are turned off every night, orders called in on time, and the aprons are always clean. But even in a well-run store these items can be missed. The...
It was the call of adventure. America, in the mid-1860s as the Civil War ended, was ready for new life and the West, known as the Wild West, was wide open. But it was not for the faint of heart. Western pioneers had to be hardy, determined and agreeable to risk in the pursuit of life in the American frontier. The call appealed to the daring,...
They can do some damage. Comets, made of ice and dust, come in all sizes. A typical comet measures 10 miles in diameter but its tail can be 1 million miles, even up to 100 million miles, long. The tail is made of ion gas and dust. It can do no harm. We had both comet and tail in recent conversations about retail inventory. Inventory decisions can...
The 4:40PM flight from Cleveland puts us into Denver at 6:15. A half hour to retrieve luggage, a half hour to get rental vehicles, and a two-hour drive to Breckenridge - and we'll be in bed at a decent time so we can be up bright and early for our first day of skiing. Weather can interfere, but on this trip, weather was not the problem. It was the...
They say, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.”  I hope “they” are not the surgical team performing heart surgery. But food and affinity do go together; affinity can grow into love, and love into a life-long relationship, like marriage. It’s not just men; women have this same affection for food. All this because of food? We so...

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