December 2017

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Friday, December 29th, 2017

Baby It's Cold Out There

Maybe I am getting old, or maybe I am getting less stupid.

 

But looking out of the aft cabin hatch for a quick run from Slaughter Beach to a ship at Big Stone Anchorage, I did worry a little about the ice building up on deck.

 

I started thinking, "Am I nuts? Are we all nuts for doing this?"

 

Ice building on deck, freezing water, a down wind trip so the waves will be bigger at the ship, and the return trip is in the dark.

 

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I have been making these lists since 2012, and so I feel compelled to add another one this year. Maybe I have not been paying attention as closely as usual, but somehow I did not see as many milestones as prior years. This should not be interpreted as gloom and doom. I just think that 2017 was a pregnant pause.

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I wrote this story many years ago, back when .PDF readers were still very confusing to use and cell phone systems were analog. It deals with what, today, I call "hyperventilation control," a timely subject, I would say.

 

I hope our clients, colleagues, associates, friends, and family will enjoy it as a heartfelt Martin & Ottaway holiday present.

 

Happy Holidays and a Prosperous 2018 to All!

 

 

There once was a King who tried very hard to be just and fair. But, because he tried to be just and fair, he was often asked to judge.

 

This King originally held public court on Monday mornings, but once his subjects discovered that their King would try to be just and fair when he held court, more and more subjects appealed to him to resolve their grievances and disputes.

 

Soon he was holding court deep into Friday afternoon. He already had to stop playing golf with his advisors and ministers on Thursdays, and he realized that in a few more weeks he would not be able to play with his kids over the weekend.

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