Every Now And Then (The Martyn House)

Every now and then you find something that truly gives meaning to the word ‘special’.

This weekend I found ‘The Martyn House Espresso Bar and Bistro’ in Ellijay, GA.

If I had the ability to pull from my mind all the thoughts, dreams and ideas of what would make my perfect coffee shop, they have been found at the Martyn House.

Often, when one finds a ‘best kept secret’ they want to keep it just that, a secret…something to keep to themselves.  However, this is not in this case.

I want everyone to experience this amazing and unique coffee shop.  I want it to thrive and flourish.  I want it to be tough to find a seat but worth the wait.  I want to run into fellow coffee lovers and it somehow come up in the conversation and I want to get excited when I walk in the door each time I visit.

Most of all, I want it to stay exactly the same.

Visit their website by clicking here

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Time Flies

Holy cow, it has been well over a year since I last posted something on here.

I am sipping a cup of afternoon coffee, in the mountains of north Georgia after four days of getting caught up on the reading I promised myself to read…and for me, reading is what makes me want to write.

This will be short but I at least wanted to dust off this space and publicly profess to try to visit here more often.

In the meantime, I still have a bit more reading to do to fully accomplish all that I wanted to do on this trip so I will end for now.

More soon…I hope.

A Return To Paradise

Tonight, I will be heading back to the best place on Earth…Athens, Georgia.

Not only will I be going back to Athens, I will be going back with my brother and two great friends.

Not only will I be going back to Athens with my brother and two great friends, we will be eating cheeseburgers at The Grill

Not only will I be going back to Athens with my brother and two great friends, eating cheeseburgers at the Grill, we will be hearing live music.

Not only will I be going back to Athens with my brother and two great friends, eating cheeseburgers at the Grill, hearing live music at the Georgia Theater.

Pretty cool!

Is It Just Me…

…or is the pollen pushing the point of a global disaster?

I usually have a sneezing binge or two each April but holy cow, my eyes feel as if they are rolling around inside an hour glass. Not good!

Please pass the local honey.

Dust In The Wind

Just shy a the one year mark since my last post, I am dusting the ole blog site.

Duster

Hopefully, I can make posting on here a more frequent event.

In the mean time, I am going to get my Daddy and have him hang out with us for the day.

Rock on!

Bobby ‘D’

An Open Letter To James Richardson of AGLA (American General Life Insurance Company)

Dear James/Jimmy,

I just received, yet again, another email from you regarding the opportunity to work for AGLA.

Allow me to begin my response by saying I don’t know how many times I have contacted your company regarding your disingenuous approaches to me but I do hope this will be the last.

Now, I fully understand you are just trying to put some warm bodies in seats with the hopes of them making you money, I get that. However, I receive these emails from you/your company what seems like a few times each month and here is why I call them ‘disingenuous’.

You James/Jimmy, state: “I recently reviewed your resume on the internet (sic)”.

If you did indeed review my resume then I suggest you look into a reading comprehension course or maybe try this approach:

“I did a query of updated resumes on Monster and without really looking at your resume, it did pop up because certain keywords matched and therefore, I thought I would spam you with this canned intro.”

Why the need for a reading comprehension course? Because the very first paragraph of my resume states:

HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS: Over 20 years of business development, management, account management, operations, project and product development experience. My career has been built upon skills in, project management, strategic partnering, corporate development, building strategic alliances, consultative and relationship sales, sales & marketing, customer relationship management, mergers & acquisitions, research, project management, P&L responsibility, data mining & development and training. (NOTE: If you are contacting me to buy a franchise, sell insurance or ‘financial services’, then you did not read my resume very well.)

If you, James/Jimmy, are even a real person, which I doubt (No profile on LinkedIn which, for someone in your stated position, should cause any candidate worth their salt to further question your dubious approach.) then please inject a little integrity into your solicitation for new hires.

I fully appreciate you wanting to hire and grow your business and it is my sincere hope that you find the best candidates and they make a lot of money for themselves and for your company. I genuinely want all companies to succeed but your approach appears to me to be less than honest and since I am not a good fit, please do not contact me again.

Thanks,

Bobby Darnell
Principal
Construction Market Consultants, Inc.
3651 Peachtree Parkway
Suite E-275
Suwanee, GA 30024

The Good Ole Enthusiasm Meter

There is one rocking cool display of ‘gift cards’ where we shop for groceries. Being one that others may say is difficult to shop for; I am a fan of gift cards. A gift card shows that you did put in some effort and a well considered choice should reduce the fear of being ‘re-gifted’.

Display

Anyway, as I was zipping by this display, one card in particular caught my eye and I could not help to ponder. Granted, the following is not based on anything objective but comes from my own personal conclusion.

Of the dozens and dozens of cards available at said display, I cannot help but to wonder if we were line them up and found a way to rank each on how much they moved the ‘enthusiasm meter’ as a result of the reaction of the recipient, I have to believe the good ole $15.00 Subway Birthday Gift Card has to be in the lower half of the rankings.

Subway

But that’s just me…

(As always…hip me to any errors!)

Bobby Darnell’s – ‘Plug-In Play Collaboration Modules’

I have been very fortunate in my life to be surrounded by very creative people.  Several of my friends make their living by being creative, others like Dr. Michael Kinsley, a friend since childhood, express their creativity on a part-time basis.

Years ago, Michael started ‘Center Stage For Christ’, a local theater group, and has written several plays that have made it to the stage.

Theater

As much as I would like to have a few screenplays under my belt, time seems to be limited. However, Recently I was able to carve out some time and created something to help scratch that itch.

Introducing – Bobby Darnell’s ‘Plug-In Play Collaboration Modules’

(Get it!?  Plug in Play!)

Since I don’t have time to write an entire play, I created these small tidbits that can be used in a play, movie or whatever.  They will not disrupt the feel or mode of the scene but will add a bit of flavor beyond the main author.

Let me know what you think:

Pencil Please

Character A:  “Oh, by the way, do you have a pencil I could borrow?”

Character B:  “A pencil…how about a pen?”

Character A:  “Well, I know beggars can’t be choosers but, yes, a pencil if you have one.”

Character B:  “I could be wrong but I am pretty sure I don’t have a pencil.”  (Looks around for a pencil)  “Nope, sorry, no pencil, here’s a pen.”

Character A:  (With a furrowed brow and a shrug)  “Uh, OK…thanks.”


Windy Day

Character A:  “Oh, excuse me, but real quick…before I forget, did you notice how windy it was yesterday?”

Character B:  “Windy…not really.”

Character A:  “Are you kidding me, it was pretty amazing!”

Character B:  “Well, I really only went out during lunch.”

Character A:  “I am not kidding you, it was very, very, unseasonably windy.  Now, what were you saying?”


Guess Who?

Character A:  “Don’t let me forget to tell you who I saw last week.”

Character B:  “Go ahead and tell me now because I doubt I will remember to ask.”

Character A:  “Carol.”

Character B:  “Carol, Carol who?”

Character A:  “You know, Carol from the Office Supply store.”

Character B:  “I have no idea who you are talking about.”

Character A:  “Hmmm…I thought you knew Carol.”

So, feel free to have me as a co-writer anytime, royalty free!  Pretty cool eh?

(We can hash out the credit details later.)

To learn more about Michael’s Group click here

As always, feel free to hip me to any typos…thanks!

The Bulldozer

We all have seen them, sitting by the side of the road, patches of rust scattered here and there, day after day after day…all alone at some apparently stalled construction project.

When I see one of these I cannot help but to think of the following scenario.

Setting: A small conference room table at a small, but growing, civil contractor’s office.

Ned – Owner: “Well guys, I have some good news! I just got back from our accountant’s office and it looks like we are going to be able to buy that new bulldozer.”

Sam – Foreman: “This is great, now we can price more, and larger, projects.”

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Fast forward to the local bulldozer dealer and we see Ned and Sam looking over the latest models, eagerly asking questions, soaking in all the information and learning about all the latest features.

Hours go by and, buzzing with excitement, they finally pull the trigger on a new bulldozer!

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Fast forward to the first day on the job for the shiny new ‘dozer: Ned, who rarely ‘gets dirty’ any more puts in a full 9+ hours running the new machine. He is thrilled!

The day ends and Sam and the crew help Ned get the new bulldozer situated back on the trailer to return to the shop where it will be hosed down and put under cover much like a prized thoroughbred.

From Showroom Floor to Forgotten

From Showroom Floor to Forgotten

Fast forward to today, where we see what was once a shiny new bulldozer, sitting on the side of the road so far removed from the ‘fresh off the assembly line’ look of days gone by. Sitting alone with just the elements as company.

I like to think about how many jobs that bulldozer did, how many weeks passed before Ned found his ROI, how many stories are now told because of this magnificent piece of equipment.

Then…what I like to think about is this: There was one day, one single, solitary moment, when Sam, after a finite number of projects and long days and much effort of guiding the new machine back on the trailer to return the shop finally said, “Ahhhh…fergit it, let’s just leave it out here, no one’s gonna do anything.”

And then…they left the bulldozer on the jobsite for the first time.

The day that happened, I wonder what Ned had for breakfast that morning.

To Be A Sparrow

Though this is not always an annual event, every few years it seems we have a group of turkey buzzards stop and hang out here in the ‘hood on their way to wherever they are going. These birds are huge and for the most part don’t cause any problems unless they decide to congregate on your roof.

Turkey Buzzard I

Turkey Buzzard II

(Source: http://www.wikipedia.org)

So, each morning, out behind our house, anywhere from 20 – 40 of these huge birds begin their day by gathering in the trees, drying their wings on damp days but mostly, just hanging out before they begin scanning the ground for some breakfast.

Turkey Buzzards

(Source: My cell phone camera)

As I watch these enormous birds sit in the tree, chatting amongst themselves, I cannot help to but think how cool it would be if I was a tiny little sparrow and I flew amongst them, perched right in the middle of everyone, looked around and said, “So, what’s going on?”

I would just love to see the look on their faces when I did that!