Sunday morning about 7:15 , a little later than usual, I hit the streets for a walk at leisure-speed, armed and emboldened by a strong – brutally strong – cup of coffee. The path is a typical route of about 4.5 miles (Sharon View to Colony, on to Sharon, a right on Morrison, left on Delaney, another left on Fairview, right on Sharon again, then a left on Sharon View and on to home).
The goal is to get the motor running, think about the day and week, and just get outside.
I had some outside company as my walk neared it’s end. Directly alongside my path and not 10 yards away from four-lane Sharon Road, was a homeless man, asleep. Or at least asleep until I noisily went by. Charlotte has a lot of such tired men.
His interrupted slumber was a metaphor. There is always someone worse off than you. That’s a point my letter made to Ellen and Reid this week – which is my last at the bank. There is always someone worse off than you.
Here is last week’s letter to the kids.
September 20, 2010
Ellen/Reid: My plane hit the ground last night about 11:45 and that ended what was really an incredible trip. It was pretty much the great escape and it was great to see Dave H__________, Bob F___________ and Dave D___________ in Coeur d’Alene. It’s quite the spot. Not real high (alt. 2,200 ft.) but still mountainous and the lake is incredibly clear. The town of Coeur d’Alene is nice although none of us could see ourselves living there. We boated on the lake, drank wine, played golf, drank more wine, golfed again and ate like nobody’s business, followed by still more wine. The town was as you might expect, filled with tourists and mountain people. The golf course was lush and manicured. We had a young guy caddy for us although we were on golf carts. Our group really didn’t spray shots all over the place so that left him to clean clubs, fix ball marks and read putts. Dave H. made a mile of putts on the final day to take the steam out of the rest of us although bob claimed the big bucks. On a side note, the pro shop did a nice job of displaying Pat’s Stonehouse golf prints and they said the prints really sell well. Somehow, I need to think of an appropriate way to thank Jane for her planning and enthusiasm. If you have any ideas, send them my way.
On the way out we flew directly alongside the Bridger Wilderness in Wyoming. From my window seat on the port side of the aircraft I could see the lakes and stream beds where we fished and camped, and other peaks that we traversed or climbed. It’s just an incredible place. I will do everything in my power to swing a trip out there next year and of course you all are invited. As we cruised at 31,000 ft. and the range crept slowly by it seemed to me that of all the places I’ve been to, this is without doubt my favorite spot in all the world. Not entirely sure why that is since there are higher, craggier mountains. But nothing on the scope and sheer vastness of this place.
But now it’s back to the real world. Have an interview later this morning with a local firm and we’ll see how hard they want to kick the tires. I hope quite hard. It’s a media relations job. The firm does environmentally related work and that has some appeal to me. I am ready to work and am anxious for something to pop. It’s all about throwing mud at the wall. There are enough irons in the fire that hopefully something will spring free. All it takes is one. In the afterglow of the trip I was moping on the drive down to the office (I have 10 more days here) until I saw a homeless guy sleeping with his face impressed directly on the brick walkway just down the block from my office. That’s when it occurred to me that there is always someone worse off than you are. That was a pretty indelible image. There’s always someone else worse off than you are.
On the plane I continued to draft what is a business plan and content for what could be my business web site for PR/media relations/content. Reid, I should have that to you in short order after some additional massaging. I’m trying to position myself as something of a hybrid communicator; someone who’s been a writer on the national stage as well as someone who’s been on the PR side of the ledger, too. Hopefully someone will warm to that pitch. That’s my niche. My first client in California likes what I’ve produced so far. They put it to use instantly. I met with a woman last week who’s a few years my senior but has had her own little consulting/process change business the past 15 years and she thinks there are good possibilities. But I have to make hay right now.
Well, that’s about it from Charlotte. Let me know how your holiday plans are progressing and where you will be in November and December. Not sure how I can dovetail with either of you but will make it happen if I can. Hopefully we’ll have other things to celebrate by then.