Monthly Archives: March 2015

“The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson

100 Year Old ManThis book looks excellent and has been well received. I’ve had a few friends read it and recommend to me. Bucket list for sure:

A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it”s not too late to start over. After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he”s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn”t interested (and he”d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant). It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himselfinvolved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle. Quirky and utterly unique,The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.

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Simple Minds “Alive and Kicking”

Simple MindsAnother 80s song to jog your memory. The British pumped out such great bands in the 80s. Released 1988.

Love this live version as they are still performing it so well.

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Day 188 – The Joy in Connecting

Joy of ConnectingMaking connections can be so inspiring. I have met some incredible people this week and it has made me feel like everything is guiding me to a certain purpose. All leading towards where my new company is going to direct me.

It is often said that Victoria is not six degrees of separation but more like one degree. It is almost scary how quickly you can make a connection with someone.

A mother of one of the boys from my son’s rugby team dropped something off at my house the other day. As we stood talking we narrowed it down to the fact that our fathers new each other. In fact, we’re pretty sure they went to high school together in Vancouver (Dad, if you are reading my blog right now, remind me to ask you about this!).

At another meeting this week I made the connection with the owner that his sister is someone I’ve known for 20 years through my old job.

I did a photo shoot with a woman who is starting a really fun blog (which I’ll talk about more once my role in it is announced) and after reading her “about section” I realized that she grew up in a really small community back east and I have actually been there and spent quite a bit of time there for work. We probably know a number of mutual people because of that. But what are the chances of that happening.

The best thing about making these kinds of connections is that it opens the door for conversation. I thoroughly enjoy talking with people and hearing their stories. Those connections are such a key component to having lasting business relationships.

I don’t want business relationships with anyone that I wouldn’t want to be friends with first. If I can’t call them a friend, then there truly isn’t a reason to work with them.

So making connections, however it may be, is what I feel is so important. Surrounding yourself with people that will help make your dreams come true.

I know I can feel mine starting to come true.

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