Reflecting on Fortune’s article “Howard Schultz Has Something Left to Prove”

I’m an alum of Starbucks, having worked at the SSC (Starbucks Support Center) from the time Orin Smith was at the helm, through Jim Donald’s tenure, and then getting laid off with 300 of my colleagues a few months after Howard returned. Starbuck’s history overlaps with key parts of mine. I still care quite deeply Read More …

Mt. St. Helens Erupted 37 years ago yesterday

On May 18th, 1980, I was in Lynnwood, just north of Seattle. I remember being in my garage, probably cleaning up my stuff after delivering papers when I heard a rumble. Caught my attention, but with Boeing’s Paine Field facility and such a few short miles away, I attributed it to that. When I went Read More …

My Mother’s Day Weekend

​Spent the evening with my folks celebrating Mothers Day. I love that I’m physically close to them, so can keep an emotional closeness. Though, at times, it’s surreal to be back in Lynnwood, within sight of the home I grew up in.  Many, many memories can and went. Stories told with my son, developing the Read More …

Seattle Big Blog Meetup Reunion And Such

Several years ago Monica Guzman, then with the Seattle PI’s Big Blog, started hosting Big Blog meet ups. I stumbled upon one my posts from one, pinged the folks in the picture, and the discussion shifted to having a re-union. So, we’ve launched the discussion. Part of the purpose for this post is to have Read More …

Well, yesterday’s weather in Seattle was quirky as heck

Yesterday’s weather was certainly quirky. Earlier in the afternoon, it was nice enough in Marysville to get a 20 minute walk in. As my weight’s been creeping up, this was quite welcome Not too much later the thunderstorm rolled through. My son and I planned to hit the gym, but the weather knocked the power out Read More …

Seattle’s “Network After Work” Event on Wednesday, March 22

Hey Seattle-based chums, Any of you planning on attending “Network After Work Seattle at Amber“? It’s Wednesday evening right by Pike Place Market. For me, driving to downtown mid-week/evenings is a bit of a pain. Back when I worked at Starbucks it was easy (it’s only a few minutes north, and, ostensibly, on my way home). Read More …

God help me, a snowy day in Seattle

Today’s schedule had plenty of driving. As snow started falling, I felt the normal dread Seattlites feel regarding snow. This region is pretty daft when snow falls and I can’t figure it out.  Some elements make sense. We have significant sized hills, and lots of them. The weather patterns around here make the snow structurally Read More …

A Comic Discovery: Underground Seattle

While cleaning up today, I found this well outside of where it’s supposed to be…far from it’s bookshelf. So, I was delighted to find this gem and, so much for the work I wanted to get done, I set myself down and re-read it. Behold: “Underground Seattle”! I found this gem at the Edmonds Bookshop, Read More …

Thoughts about Amazon and Seattle 

Back in the mid-90s I worked a short project at Amazon.  The gist of it: assembling work stations in a new call center.  It was a unique place to be. Most striking: this guy who had his corgi at the office. About once an hour, he would throw a ball down the hallway. The dog Read More …