Archive for January 5th, 2009

The 85 year old garlic farmer, writer, teacher and X-ray tech

January 5, 2009

Sipping coffee this morning and listening to Weekend Edition, I heard a story about a remarkable guy named Chester who lives in California. Whether you’re young, old or somewhere in between, this guy’s story is worth an attentive listen. Here’s the link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98990276

When I started in the ad business, I had a typewriter and a case of White Out (couldn’t type). Then I landed the very first edition of a Mac.  I had a Tascam 4 track, a copier and a fax machine. Woo-Hoo! There were no bloggers, no email, no digital anything.  Things have obviously changed and will continue to do so.  Embrace it or be left behind.  I’m dipping a toe into blogging, trying to expand my writing skills, learn, and interact with people far outside of Hooterville.  Who woulda thunk it?

Chester’s story made me wonder what I still have to look forward to.  I’m still a baby (well, compared to Chester) All I know is what I’ve done for the last 26 + years (plus a 5 year stint in the thankless world of radio sales before that). Chester did what he had to do, when one door closed, another one opened, he reinvented himself. We should all have the chutzpah to do the same.

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