The More You Know

“Knowledge is power”

“One to grow on”

“The more you know”

From Francis Bacon to public service announcements, knowing things has always seemed like the secret to success for me. As a student, I had wonderful teachers. When I first entered the workforce, I noticed that my bosses who had everything under control also had an easy confidence – they knew everything about their business. During my time in the military, the NCOs and officers whom I admired always had the right answer to whatever it was we were doing. These were the kinds of leaders who left a mark on me.

That must be it. Knowledge is the key. Want to be a great leader, in whatever you’re doing? It’s all about knowing things.

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When It Comes To Scambaiting, I Can Do This All Day

There are few pleasures in life as pure as messing with scammers. If I also waste some of their time in the process, all the better! I’ve shared the fruits of my labor-of-love in the past across a few different platforms including a recent call where the scammer got to talk to Captain America aka Steve Rogers.

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Ten Years Old

We just turned ten years old! 

This thing we have. Me writing and sharing my serious, silly, provocative, and (sometimes) inspirational thoughts. You reading them and (sometimes) sharing how they resonated – or didn’t – with you. So happy birthday to us!

I started this blog ten years ago. It was an exercise in pursuing a long-hidden dream of writing and working to free myself from the fear of failure. As we are celebrating our entry into double digits, this seems like a good time to reassess.

I’ve just left Colorado, helping my now-married oldest son and his wife move into a new place. Although his profile pic in my phone is a photo of a much younger child, I am impressed with the man he has become. He and his darling wife both serve our country in the armed forces, continuing a tradition for each of their respective families. The word “proud” seems inadequate for my emotions.

My two youngest sons, always amusing from before the beginning of this blog, have grown into the teenagers that my oldest was at the start of this. I find myself amazed and delighted as I see them becoming their future selves more each day. For all of the many challenges of parenting, this seems a fitting reward. I’m optimistic and excited for thier continued growth.

My wife, the Fox, my Queen – remains ever as enchanting as she was the day I met her. She is more formidable today as she proudly runs a business that itself turned ten just a few months ago. It’s probably for the best that she was still developing herself when we met all of those many years ago. I certainly would have been too intimidated to try charming her as I (apparently) did in that too-hip nightclub in Times Square. That she is still the most important person in my life is my good fortune. 

It’s not possible to check in with all of the amazing family and friends I account as the people I love and who love me in return. Thank you, all of you. I will continue to wish I could share my thoughts on who I adore each and every one of you.

Finally, I turn this reflection inward. The clearest skill honed on this blog and in my life these last ten years has been the process of introspection. I am well aware of my (far too many) faults and gaps. I remain a work in progress as I have often humorously (but sincerely) described myself on these pages. On the whole, I am content with the progress made even as I continue to strive to improve.

My own mid-life crisis has seen two job changes in less than a year with the first leaving a company where I have spent the majority of my professional life – almost 16 years. Once again, I consider myself a lucky man. After supporting my wife’s work as she built her own business I am now reaping the same benefits myself. I am able to pursue work that speaks to my most-deeply held beliefs. She has supported my dream in pursuing my own work – something I expect I will be sharing more with you in the coming months.

I write less today than I did at the start. I undertand why. I have another creative outlet for my mix of humor, insight, and curiosity. I’m proud that the podcast my best friend approached me to start with him is in the closing episodes of its fifth season.I’m working on incorporating the lessons learned as I’ve spoke, wrote, and podcasted these last years into this new endeavour. It is work that strengthens who I am and the values I cherish.

Thank you, my readers, for coming with me along this journey. I know that my words have resonated with some people. I hope to continue to lean in on a mantra now tattooed on my right arm – “do Good”. I’m proud of the road behind us and excited for the road ahead. I hope to see you out there with me on those next steps.

Happy birthday to us!

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When a Federal Agent Calls Steve Rogers

Warning: neither federal agents nor Steve Rogers appears in this phone call.

I don’t like scammers. Given the opportunity, I will try to engage them and waste their time. Way back when this blog started I shared an encounter with an online scammer that was all via Facebook messenger. My Facebook friends have seen screenshots of other similar engagements over the years. I like wasting their time and I especially like seeing how ridiculous the story can get.

This morning I received a robocall from “OFFICER” at “LEGAL DEPARTMENT”. This sounded serious so I pressed 1 to be connected to “OFFICER”. I was near my computer so I quickly started recording via the laptop mic. It’s not my finest work but I feel that if “OFFICER” had just been a bit more patient with me we really were getting to some good stuff.

Warning: “OFFICER” uses some NSFW language. I really shocked my delicate sensibilities.

I’m just a kid from Brooklyn, after all.

Scammer Talks to Steve Rogers 2-18-2022


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Let’s Agree That We Disagree

Oh, hello.

It’s been a while. I haven’t posted lately. The podcast I co-host has just wrapped its 4th season. (We talk A LOT!!) But my lack of content here doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about the topics that keep popping up in this blog.

Like Diversity, Inclusion (and now, adding Equity to that list!) and how those topics will destroy the world. Except, of course, they won’t.

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