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The Drive That Gets Lost

A few years ago, when I was in the construction industry, at one point, the company I worked for had over twenty field employees. We were constantly hiring, trying to keep up with attrition and the manpower needed on larger and larger jobs we took on. Because of this,...

Business Lessons From The Godfather

For those of you who’ve seen it, it’s almost not even worth mentioning that The Godfather is one of the best movies ever made. Yes, it’s a gangster movie. Yes, it’s full of blood, killing, sin and sorrow. And yes, it’s full of astounding...

Canceling My Wells Fargo Account

Last week, I did what I’ve wanted to do for years: I closed my Wells Fargo account. It felt good. Wells Fargo is an extremely convenient place to bank at, because they have branches and ATMs all over the place, but to them, I was just a number. Probably a number in...

Kozmo.com – Overdue for Extinction

You know how there are some things in life that sound good on paper, but turn out to be not-so-great in real life? An idea where, when put into practice, you’re confounded by why it didn’t work, because it seemed so brilliant? Kozmo.com was one such idea....

Ace Hardware Is Awesome

I’ve noticed something in the past year or so: there are a lot of Ace Hardware stores popping up in Colorado Springs. Funny thing too—I thought Ace was on the verge of bankruptcy just a few years ago. And I thought, for sure, Home Depot would have buried them...

Understanding Your Internet Bill

I got a letter in the mail from my internet service provider last week. Inside it was my bill. Also inside it was a tri-fold brochure called “Understanding Your Bill.” I noticed two strange things about this. First, their bill is so complicated that they...