France

As France is so close to Switzerland we had a chance to pop into France for some petrol. Unfortunately no stamp on our passport due to open borders between Switzerland and France.

Wolves

The photo is a a selection from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson, To Edward Carrington Paris, on Jan. 16, 1787

No matter if you are on the left or right, I would suggest that we the people of the USA are responsible for the government we have. Will we change our ways, about not caring what goes on in government or even complaining about a government policy but failing to get involved whenever possible? All this stuff happens off of Facebook folks. Protests are not the answer Facebook rants are not the answer.

Rather staying informed, asking for and showing up at town hall meetings, participating in local government, and especially voting in every single election where you have a right to vote. There are things we will disagree on and should have discussions about but let’s seek common ground wherever possible.

Franklin County Republican Caucus

I participated in the Franklin county Republican caucus this morning for the very first time in my life. It was fascinating to see the formation of ideas and policies that are at-least supposed to eventually end up in Washington DC. I still have my doubts, but I was impressed in a new way just how much freedom we have been granted in this country to even meet to even discuss issues of law, government, business and the freedom(s) to live life in an organized fashion. We have so much to be thankful for.

One of the interesting things I noted was the members of my precinct that attended. The precinct is about 10-15 blocks by 10-15 blocks square. People who atleast in one point in time would be the normal pool of people that your friends and neighbors came from. I didn’t know of any of them despite living in the Mid-Columbia Region for over 25 years. In yet because of a Franklin county political caucus I had the opportunity to meet new people, and get out my comfort zone.

I know some people reading this may not agree with my political views, but its not just about the politics. Do you know your neighbors? Do you thank God everyday for the freedoms which we have in this country, and then pray for those people who don’t? Are you availing yourself of opportunities to be involved in your government, and if not why not? Are you happy with the priorities that the answer to the previous question just told you about yourself?

Return to the Ranch

Towards the end of May, I had the chance to sit down with my old bosses at Ranch and Home and ask for my previous job. Thankfully after some deliberation they accepted. After six months at Amazon I have learned a lot. Of all the Fortune 500 companies that I could work for, I am happy I got the chance to work for Amazon. Their drive to constantly improve is legendary, and having seen it from the inside its actually true. I was amazed and impressed as to how much trust and authority they give to their customer service associates with the expectation that they will solve the customers problem at all costs, even to the company.

The comparison to Ranch and Home though was stark, with no fault to either company. I realized that for me, I enjoy working in smaller companies where its actually possible to talk to the owner and get a decision made right then and there. Its an amazing feeling to know that you are working for one of the leading members of your own hometown and knowing that you will be respected and appreciated for the individual contribution one makes to the company, even if its only a wink, smile, and a firm handshake.

Of note, we also bought a newer used car. Its a 2002 Ford Taurus in mostly good shape with right around 100,000 miles. The body is in good shape, and we are working on getting some necessary repairs done.

Five Dangerous Things To Do With Those You Lead

While I would never suggest purposely placing your child, employee or subordinate in danger, it is interesting to ask ourselves are we purposely choosing to be protectively in such a way as to be counter-productive? While there is every reason not to be reckless, encouraging those under us to explore the world around them with a view towards understanding it can prove helpful in a number of places and situations. In my own personal experience, the main places and times I have learned have always been outside of my comfort zone. This video provides some context.