Feb 20, 2018
It’s Monday. I return to to work after being out for
about three and a half weeks. My son Devin is still in the
step-down unit at VBGH, and while I feel somewhat guilty about
leaving him there, the simple economics of the matter dictate that
I must return to work. Roley still has a mortgage and bills
to pay, and the other two kids might like food on occasion.
I’m grateful to have the time, and I’ll be able to take more
under the FMLA guidelines, but the reality is that FMLA allows for
up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. Frankly, I’ve come to believe
that this is insane. When you’re caring for a loved one in the
situation my child is in, you ought to be able to stay where you’re
needed, and I just can’t. Not and still have a house when
this is over.
The United States is one of the few—if not the only—country in
the developed world that does this, and I get why: Companies
simply can’t be bothered to look after all their workers in this
situation. It eats into worker productivity. Paying for
man-hours without hitting a target goal for productivity for those
hours…we can’t have that.
We’re a simple commodity, you understand this, right?
Today is February 18th, 2018. I don’t know how I rise
above the trading floor, but today is definitely the day I resolve
to do it.
- Seth Godin hits a spot with me today with
The Changemaker’s Triangle. I spent quite a lot of my
youth being more of the dreamer and instigator for all the wrong
reasons. More of a Rebel Without a Clue. As I get
older, I think I see my role back then as a Disruptor (no, not that
kind, the bad kind). There’s been a lot of reflection over
the past few weeks, and I seem to be gravitating back towards
dipping my toe in the water and watching the ripples. I’m
fighting the urge to do a full on belly-flop, but you never
- Some people think taking a knee during the National Anthem is
disrespectful. You want to know what I think is
disrespectful? Every single one of these 'singers' who feel
the need to do...whatever they do...to the Anthem. It's hard
enough to sing as it is. You're not Whitney, and I hated that
one too. Dial it back, people. There has been one
rendition of the Anthem that was 'different' that I have liked.
one. I will fight you on this.
- It's not enough that we get tech review videos, and we get tech
unboxing videos. Now,
we have a video about an outfit that flies to the other side of
the world, gets the new tech, flies it home, takes it out of the
box, and tears it to pieces. Who needs ____, man? We
got shiny things to destroy! WOOHOO!