Last week, my sister Anita and I traveled to our shared Alma Mater, Auburn University, on our way home from Pensacola. Neither of us had visited the campus in almost a decade.
A couple of years ago, I started an online gallery selling my images of Scenic locations. It included lots of photos from Tuscaloosa, but none from the Loveliest Village on the Plains. With these new images, I have remedied that.
Anita and I drove around to take note of the changes. Lots of parking decks that would’ve been nice when she and I walked a mile to Haley Center. We also noticed how the students have tiny backpacks, presumably filled with tablets instead of the 40-pounds of textbooks that we used to lug around.
Auburn’s season opener in college football is this coming weekend, a rematch of the 2010 National Championship Game that we won. Wish I could travel to watch it, but not in the cards right now. I’ll be watching on TV and yelling, “War Eagle”!
I received the nicest endorsement last week from a former client, Mark Oldham of Oldham Properties. He’s a former client because I no longer employed full-time with the marketing agency through which I performed work for him.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
To Whom It May Concern:
This letter is being written on behalf of Steven Stiefel.
Steven handled my various accounts while he was employed with Riverworks Marketing in Chattanooga. We owned 2 inns and 2 restaurants during his tenure there — StoneFort Inn, TerraMae, as well as Dancing Bear Lodge and Appalachian Bistro in Townsend, Tennessee.
Amongst other things, Steve wrote a ton of copy, “word-smithed” many ads, responded to complaints in the most incredibly professional manner (which we still miss to this date), brainstormed ideas, and generally was a fantastic person with whom to deal on all aspects of our marketing.
When my older brother Mark was a pimple-faced, overweight teenage boy with zero prospects of dating a real flesh and blood woman, he pinned iconic posters of sexy female celebrities like Farrah Fawcett and Loni Anderson all over his bedroom walls. These voluptuous babes — their firm breasts threatening to burst out of their bikini tops at any moment — were accompanied by classic beauties like Jane Seymour.
The display essentially surrounded him on all sides by the women who eluded him in real life outside of that room and provided him with an outlet for the adolescent angst he felt by the societal constraints on doing what comes naturally to teenage boys.
I would visit his room to listen to albums he owned and talk about science fiction TV shows we liked – all an excuse for me to marvel at the exceedingly beautiful faces and bodies on display like a Sistine Chapel of the Erotic.
I’m starting a new blog series called “Stories Behind the Images.” I’ll share select images from the archives and reveal details from its creation.
This is Alois Schweda, a man I met in the early 1990s when this portrait was made to accompany a feature story I did about him for the Times-Journal newspaper.
“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”
– Tony Robbins
Having the information you need to determine whether a new business idea is practical begins with asking the right questions.
Starting a new business often begins with a desire to create something unique that we can control instead of spending the rest of our careers reliant upon someone else making decisions that affect our livelihoods.
The spark, the entrepreneurial fire, begins with an idea and a desire to create something. Maybe it is buying a popular franchise and bringing it to your community before someone else does. Or perhaps it is starting something from scratch and shaping it into whatever you want.
It has finally happened. That little baby who totally changed my life 18 years ago today is an official adult.
I was 33 years old when I became a father. My child lived in the pre-9/11 world for 42 days. She arrived before we had iPods, iPhones, and iPads.
She’s now old enough to buy a lottery ticket, enlist in the Army, get a tattoo or piercing, serve jury duty, drink alcohol in most European countries and Canada, go to jail, and vote for president.
The Impact of ‘Blade Runner’ on Visual Art in Popular Culture
I was sad to hear of his passing and realizing that this will be, as of this November, a movie set in the past, joining such futuristic visions as “2001: A Space Odyssey“, “2012“, “Back to the Future II” (set in 2015), and “Escape from New York” (set in 1997). The book on which “Blade Runner” was based was set in 1992.
I want to welcome all of the out-of-town guests to my hometown. We appreciate you visiting to celebrate our hometown boys, their music and the small southern community from which we are rooted.
There are lots of fun activities planned this week, including:
- Teddy Gentry’s Singing with the Stars is Thursday, June 20 at Northeast Alabama Community College.
- Jeff Cook’s Fan Daze is Friday, June 21 at the DeKalb Theatre in Fort Payne.
- The Fan Appreciation Weekend Show is Saturday, June 22, at the Alabama Band Fan Club.
- Randy’s Fandemonium at the Farm is Sunday, June 23.