Monday, January 30, 2012

Mixed Messaging

I guess you have to be in the know for this not to be a mixed message.

Monday, January 16, 2012


Brucie, back in the day. Inspiration for Tebow?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Being Pinteresting

So the challenge of posting something in photo form everyday is proving to be a challenge already. By way of compensation (to myself) I've finally updated my page to include a 'follow me' link to Pinterest. I've been a member for a while and I love it - just haven't pinned very much up as yet. But it is on the to do list for 2012. My intention (and we're full of those this time of the year) is to curate my own architectural library of interesting architectural features as I've decided it's now my thing. Fingers crossed!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Puppet Fun (or why simple always wins)

Après ski activity, après ski school session two, lesson one. Kids happy hour as well as adult happy hour, courtesy of Ripperoo, Keystone. Simple strategy that pulls in kids, adults, and their wallets. Proving that simple is always a winner.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Sad. Men At Work

Construction in the office. The specificity of this sign made me laugh. We males do like to advertise when we are doing hard graft and to make it clear to everyone in the vicinity exactly who is wielding the big hammer.

It's 2012 and sad that such sexism still runs rife in our cultures and our work places. Or perhaps that's being too sensitive to political correctness. Perhaps it is actually just a statement of fact. But did it need the gender specification?

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Teaching Kids about Money

This is an interesting recent PBS news piece on how Colorado schools are meeting their obligations to improve financial literacy in the public school system under a new law that came into effect in the autumn of 2011.

I think it is a great initiative for the state schools and the film really speaks for itself. Take a look and see if you agree, but I think that if the last few years in the global economy have shown us anything it is that many people around the world could have used this kind of education when they were in school.

Have to make some disclosures on the film though. My son is in it along with his class mates and his utterly marvelous and totally fabulous 4th Grade teacher, Kristin Berstien, who is doing a fantastic job of leading her kids to a bright future. School and parents alike are all grateful to Great West (who also happen to be a client while I am in full disclosure mode) for their donations to schools in support of this initiative and the great work it is enabling.  


Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Small But Meaningful Gestures

Back to work today, and one of my wonderful colleagues gave me this small gift of Fruit Pastills - a small taste of the home land. The small gifts, small gestures are always the ones that touch us most. Something many organisations could learn from in their brand behaviours.

Monday, January 02, 2012

So That Was Christmas

Lights down for another year. If the number of lit houses and the number of lights on those houses were any kind of economic indicator then our neighbourhood told us this holiday season that 2012 won't be any easier or better than 2011. No worse either which has to be the good news.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The Game of Life

New Year's day 2012. Education for the children. Always such a good game when I was a youngster it's interesting watching my own children deal with life choices. It's a great strategy training game for all ages (well at least 8 and up) as we've not quite made it to Risk yet.