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Yes The Economy Is Horrible. The Question Is, What Did You Learn?

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Six months ago I asked the question, "What has the economy taught you?" Six months later the economy is still horrible–yes all of us still have friends who have lost their jobs and know companies that have had major layoffs and even some that have gone out of business.

The question is, what did you learn over the past year? I truly believe that every situation is a learning experience and clearly there are many learnings from the past year.

Did the last year teach you:

  • That you should have saved more money for a rainy day?
     
  • To stay in touch with industry contacts?
     
  • To make sure you are improving your skills every day?
     
  • To work harder and smarter at work?

For me the last year taught me about speed–that I wasn’t making decisions as quickly as I should. When things are going well it’s easy to put off decisions that you should make – and I fell into that trap. This is a mistake I will try and learn from.

Now your turn.

What did the last year teach you?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Do You Miss Drive-In Movies?

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Last night I was flipping around the stations (like most nights) and landed on Grease. I will admit it I love that movie and the music. During the scene I was watching, Sandy (Olivia Newton John) and Danny (John Travolta) were at a drive-in movie. He was trying to get his ring off as a sign to go steady and then in a minute or two Danny breaks out in a song that starts "stranded in a drive-in, branded a fool" or something like that.

This gave me a chance to pause and thinking about my childhood and going to drive-ins. I remember there was a drive-in theatre in Braintree and Westboro MA as well as a number of them down the Cape. What great memories. Would go with my friends and have a ton of fun. We would go and watch a double feature and laugh all night. Since we didn’t have a ton of money, I remember bringing in our own food and drinks and taking forever to figure out how to get the volume right in the car. Those were the days! 

Frankly I miss going to the drive-in. I think if there was one close I would go. 

  • Do you miss going to a drive-in theatre?
     
  • By any chance is there one near you now?
     
  • What is your favorite drive-in movie story?

 I look forward to reading your comments.