2,400 rusty screws

When I lived at the Oregon coast, my wife proved to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that she is a patient, determined badass. We had paid an out-of-work unlicensed contractor to build a deck for us. The deck was 60′ long, 10′ deep, and made from 3″ wide Ipe decking and pressure-treated wood … Read more…

KaBOOM!

The water heater at my house blew up yesterday, and it made me think of you. My wife and I live in a smallish house with two cats and my ancient dog Malcolm. Because the house is on the small side, the gas-fired hot water heater is located in a metal enclosure outside the house. … Read more…

Hawks have to hunt even when it rains

In Sonoma County, CA where I live, there are a lot of hawks. It’s been raining a lot here lately, and I noticed today that even when it was raining some hawks were circling above an apple orchard hunting for food. The relationship between project work and lead generation activities can be so loosely coupled … Read more…

Two mysteries centered on The New York Times

I actually don’t know everything, even about the areas of expertise I’m 100% focused on in my business. … … OK, now that you’ve cleaned up the coffee you just spit out on your phone or keyboard, allow me to explain… Of course I don’t know everything there is to know about positioning, lead generation, and email … Read more…

Funky Hummus

I got food poisoning this weekend. At least, that’s what I think it was. I woke up at 11pm on Sunday night needing to barf, and then had a wicked fever from 2am until a few hours later. While I was lying there shivering uncontrollably under four blankets (not kidding), I began to try to isolate the cause. I … Read more…

Inappropriate power frames

List member Lee said some nice things about an email I wrote last week and then asked this question: — At some point could you write a post or email about your philosophy on asking for a reply with each/most/many of the emails that you send? I ask because I see the “Hit Reply and … Read more…

The language of Eden

You’ve gotta check out this Quora Q&A I came across recently: — Q: If 2 babies were left alone on an island and they survived, would they create their own fluent language or would it be more like different grunts? A: King James IV tried it in the 15th century. He put twin babies on an island … Read more…

It’s not really there

After I shared that Bruce Lee quote with you last week and asked what your “one kick” is, list member Fuad sent me some Youtube videos of him breaking some boards with his unalloyed Karate badassery. I asked him if it hurts to kick through a wooden board and he dropped this amazing life lesson … Read more…

Please kick me

I think I was wearing one of these signs in January: I got kicked in the ass by time management issues as I took on some new projects and moved into my new office. I felt like I was running just to stand still the whole month. My friend Marcus Blankenship is running a Time … Read more…

Wild Ox Moan

I’ve been obsessively listening to this song Wild Ox Moan recently. This brings up an important question I need your help with… Is “wild ox moan” some kind of code word for sex? The history of this particular song is kind of obscure. The best I’ve been able to dig up is this: http://research.culturalequity.org/get-audio-detailed-recording.do?recordingId=12919 It seems like … Read more…