Archive for November, 2017

Phillips 66’s Aimee Lohr On The Ease Of Working With Bill Rolland

November 29, 2017

One of my favorite clients (very professional but also funny and thoughtful), Aimee always appreciates that I look out for her interests, mostly by attending to every detail.

ACTION ITEM: I try to keep notes on every project, while it’s in progress, on what I may have missed or could do better. I find it keeps me on the track to steady improvement. Now you try it 😉


Empty Plane

November 16, 2017

Had another one of those weird flights (London Heathrow to SFO) where the plane is almost empty. Love getting a row to myself, but it’s a little bit creepy, too.


ACTION ITEM: Spread out

Water Works

November 10, 2017

Talented photographer James Barnett captured this candid of me enjoying the fountains in Parliament Square in Bern, Switzerland (sometimes described as the City of Fountains).


ACTION ITEM: Bring a raincoat


Coffee Pot Museum

November 8, 2017

I spent the last month on virtually non-stop US and international travel – the rest of this week are a few items from that trip.


Outside the location in which I was working (the Washington Hotel) is the little-known but wide-awake American Coffee Pot Museum (warning – autoplay)

ACTION ITEM: Cream, two sugars


Haunted Harvest

November 8, 2017

My Hallowe’en decoration from last week in front of our home. The scariest part was firing up that old 1952 Ford 8N tractor – there’s just no telling what that ancient bucket of bolts will do.


ACTION ITEM: Feel the chil



November 3, 2017

My clients (Kristin Poulton and Jim Barnett, both of QAD, Inc.) patiently waiting at the customs counter at Birmingham Airport (BHX).


Our gear was left on the tarmac for an hour, then another 30 minutes waiting for an agent to appear. Traveling with gear means being an exporter/importer, with all the preparation and paperwork you can imagine that entails. I’ve done it about a dozen times; Kristin and Jim have both become experts.


ACTION ITEM: Do not travel overseas with gear without full documentation, usually in the form of an ATA Carnet.


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