“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developingour wings on the way down.”― Kurt Vonnegut Do something which requires faith I remembered this post while emailing an author acquaintance that I was going to sign the agreement to have The Trier manuscript made into a book. This process is not going to happen... Continue Reading →
New Years Day on November 26th.
New Year's Day this new year This year I celebrated New Year's Day on the day after Thanksgiving on the shores of the Ohio River. That is what I have been doing for the last several years now. If you are a little confused, I will be happy to explain. It not about the calendar.... Continue Reading →
Find a category for your book
'All of spring is found in one bud" Oscar Wilde This post's first bud of spring appears... Continue Reading →
Too easy to criticize Starbucks?
Kevin Knox answers another of my questions Question-In the blogosphere, Starbucks seems to be an easy target to hate on for easy clicks. It tends to bother me. Does it bother you? Or is it deserved? Kevin's Answer-I think most of the criticism is uninformed. Howard Schultz deserves enormous respect on the business side (along... Continue Reading →
Building Starbucks one latte at a time
"Well, I can't chicken out now. I can't use an easy excuse. "You must do the things in life you think you cannot do". Eleanor Roosevelt. That quote. That quote stayed with you all the way through Tripio. You had so many chances to quit. Why didn't you? Honestly, because you couldn't. What the hell... Continue Reading →
A Tripio back in time with Howard Behar – Is Starbucks Cosmodemonic?
"The last time I saw Howard was at my store in Oak Park. I was the manager then. He was with the new Regional Manager- Stu. Yes, Stu Fields. God no. I give Stu hell in Tripio. Not really. But, the whole incident with the spilled mocha on the door and Stu talking into his... Continue Reading →
A Tripio back in time with Kevin Knox-Was Starbucks inevitable??
Question for Kevin-If Howard (Schultz) had stayed at Xerox, would Starbucks have come to be? In other words was a company like Starbucks inevitable to some degree? Answer - Without a doubt Starbucks would have remained regional without Howard. I had a conversation with Jerry Baldwin after the buyout and his move down to Peet’s... Continue Reading →
A Tripio back in time with Howard Behar- Part 2
"It is him." Jay thought to himself. 'Damn if it isn't. Howard Behar. My old boss. Should I say something to him?" Jay was in Palm Springs for work on a fluke brought on by the Pandemic. He hadn't been able to travel for work since he became a single parent around eight years ago.... Continue Reading →
A look back at me in “Back outta the World”
The only pure communication is between you and your work. Recently, I have been resisting working on "Back outta the World. Oh sure, I can tell myself that work has been busy. True. I have been paying more attention to the blog. Also true. This afternoon I spent a good deal of time letting as... Continue Reading →
All the Dude ever wanted
This week was a momentous one on the journey to publish Tripio. In a previous post I detailed the final approval and legal transfer of the art from the locally grown artist who produced the original cover. A few days later, my tech support dropped by and put Tripio in line to be approved for... Continue Reading →