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Category: Elevator Pitch

Things That Make Me Say Yes

August 25th, 2015
Elevator Pitch

Parenting can so easily veer off the positive path and down the road of wagging one’s finger and clucking one’s tongue at things not allowed, that I’m always delighted to discover those things that make me say yes. Can I have carrots with dinner? Yes. Can you turn off the TV? Yes. Can I go […]

Ping Pong

August 5th, 2015
Elevator Pitch
ping pong

I know my daughters have been watching too much baseball when they start asking for a new ping pong ball every time the one they’re using hits the ground. It’s gotten comical in baseball. Pitch in the dirt… new ball. Foul ball… new ball. Ground ball to third… new ball. New inning… new ball. In […]

All Business

July 30th, 2015
Elevator Pitch

I’ve known the guy for over two years now, and at lunch on Tuesday is the first time I have ever seen him smile. OK. That’s not completely true. The first time I saw him smile was three weeks ago when he became past-President in our community service organization. And at lunch this week he’s […]

Oxygen Masks

July 15th, 2015
Elevator Pitch
Royal Australian Air Force Leading Aircraftswoman Adele Taylor gives a safety brief to passengers aboard the KC-30A Multi Roll Tanker Transport (MRTT) before a flight in support of Cope North 13 on Anderson Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 13, 2013. Cope North is an annual air combat tactics, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise designed to increase the readiness and interoperability of the 
U.S. Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Air Force.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/Released)

My five-year-old daughter’s questions about the JetBlue safety talk turn out to be surprisingly difficult to answer. How do you explain oxygen masks? It’s a fine line. To explain the safety equipment Without making her unnecessarily fearful of which might go wrong. “If the cabin pressure drops, we need oxygen…” What’s cabin pressure? What’s oxygen? […]

3 Elevator Pitch Tips from my Noisy Neighbors

June 23rd, 2015
Elevator Pitch

My normally mild-mannered wife, who is always friendly first, is ready to call the police on our neighbors who are playing their outside stereo so loud it’s shaking our daughters’ bedroom at bedtime. I try to walk over, and am waylaid by darkness, overgrowth, poison ivy, and a high fence. I try to go around, […]