The Glass Is 2/10’s Full!

OK, so the stock market has had sixth straight days of triple digit losses, there is talk of a depression, my retirement funds are getting the crapped kicked out of them but I cannot help but to see the glass 2/10’s full and it is for one very simple reason.

It is October!

Soon it will be sweatshirt weather. The brutally hot days of summer are behind us, the leaves will soon be changing and Thanksgiving and Christmas are heading our way. When ‘the months have ‘R’s’ it means oysters are in season, football is back, we go to the mountains more, we enjoy fires on the deck and in the house and we have already gone camping with another weekend on the books for early November.

This is the time of the year we burn candles, drink hot chocolate, roast marshmallows, no longer have to cut the lawn, mosquitoes go away, the sky at night seems much clearer, we sleep with the windows open and watch movies in our ‘movie room’ under blankets.

We make our annual visit to the Cumming Fair this Sunday, eat apples from north Georgia, listen to more music, read more because the days are shorter, rent a cabin in the mountains and make homemade soup.

Plus, there is a rumor that my favorite songwriter of all time will soon have a new CD…the first one in a while.

This is the time of the year I live for the other nine months. So, in spite of the dismal economy, I refuse to let it get me down!

Bobby “D”

Selling Honey On The Side Of The Road

My goal in doing this is to give myself an outlet that is not business related but that is proving difficult so I will try to marry the two on this post.

Given a choice between a mountain cabin or a condo on the beach, I will take the cabin every single time. Not that I don’t like the beach but my fair complexion does not fare well near the ocean. I was born beside the water and grew up visiting some of the greatest beaches in this country but, like some comedian once said, “Me on the beach is like sticking a fork in the microwave.” There is much more shade in the mountains.

Though I love what I do there are times when one is churning the wheels of commerce that the very nature of the biz requires certain aspects of a project to be “beyond one’s control”. When that happens, in a nutshell, it can be a major drag.

This week has been but one of the many examples that, in my mind, I see a vision of me, on the side of some cool mountain highway, sitting in an folding chair………selling honey.

That simple enterprise would allow me to continue to scratch my “entrepreneurial itches” while, with the exception of the actual production of the honey, remain in pretty much total control.

Marketing – I would be able to select the style of the jar and create an appealing label.

Inventory – How many jars will I take with me today?

Sales – “Yes, the small jar is nice but you get a much better value if you purchase the large jar.”

Scheduling – Do I set up the chair at 9:00 or 10:00 AM?

Networking – I could find someone who may be selling homemade bread by the side of the road and we could swap cards.

Advertising – “Honey 4 Sale Ahead”

Yes, there are many aspects of this venture that is appealing and today happens to be one of those days when I would love to be sitting in my “branch office”, churning the wheels of commerce.

On Becoming More Blissfully Ignorant

For those who know me, they are aware of my love of networking and the free enterprise system. I love entrepreneurs and I love seeing companies grow. With the advent of “social networking” on the Internet, be it “MySpace”, “Facebook”, “LinkedIn”, “Plaxo” or others, I have reconnected with old friends and made a few new ones.

My love of networking is based upon my love of what I do for a living, helping companies grow. It is because of that that I try to keep those personal beliefs, the “taboo two” – Politics and Religion”, to a minimum. Not that I am ashamed my stand on either topic, I truly enjoy discussing each topic but more so with someone who disagrees with me.

I use to listen nothing but news and talk radio when I was in the car. However, I made a promise to myself that this year would be the year I rediscover music. Less AM, more FM.

I have been playing my guitars more, buying more music and am much less aware of campaign promises and why we need change in Washington and to be honest, I am loving it.

I just “discovered” a new band called Back Door Slam and they are amazing. I believe the oldest is the 20 year old guitar player and he is incredible.

I am eagerly awaiting a new album by Pat Terry, the amazing songwriter and artist who was a huge influence on me during my formative music years.

I have been spending money like crazy on iTunes getting some music by:

John Fahey – The Best of John Fahey 1959-1977

Great, stripped down guitar playing

Good Vibrations – 15 Carolina Beach Music Classics – Discs 1 and 2

Ahhh, reconnecting with the music of my college days. Digital smiles all around.

The Tam – Soul Masters

I actually got to sing onstage with The Mighty, Mighty Tams in Statesboro, Georgia once. It was just one song and I am sure for them, one song too many. They help keep me young, foolish and happy.

Trisha Yearwood – Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love

She is a perennial favorite but I have not had much of a chance to listen to this one yet.

Kelsey Payne – A World Away

Kelsey is the daughter of some dear friends, Larry and Lori Payne. Don’t let the fact that Larry is a zillionaire fool you…this gal has some pipes and a very mature sound for someone so young.

One of the great things about iTunes is you can listen to sample of the song and purchase, in most cases, single tunes. So I have been doing some catching up on this as well.

Frank’s Wild Years – Tom Waits

Little Martha – The Allman Brothers

Romeo’s Tune – Keith Urban (Neat cover version of the Stevie Forbet classic)

Wondering Where the Lions Are – Bruce Cockburn

Ain’t Got No Home – Clarence “Frogman” Henry

Just a Song Before I Go – Crosby Still & Nash

We Just Disagree – Dave Mason

Learn To Fly – The Foo Fighters

That is about it for now. I will wrap this up with “Heaven” by Los Lonely Boys, the sun shining outside after some wonder rain, tapping my toe, a smile on my face and a bit more blissful than this time last year.

Bobby “D”