Christmas Shipping

Blended in with the holiday cheer and traditional holiday shows that ignite our holiday spirit we are Grinched with holiday warnings to expect shipping delays and will be charged loan shark level express shipping rates to “kind of” guarantee (will refund your shipping cost) Christmas delivery.  But maybe we, not the shippers,  have created this problem by waiting until the last minute to overload and overwhelm Santa’s sleigh.

I can’t remember shipping problems when I was a kid mainly because all our givers and givees lived within 20-miles of each other.  Our family got together Christmas eve to exchange presents and after the circus-like celebration all traveled home to their own beds, presents in hand.

But all our cute little kids matured into adults and realized that there was a big world out there with all sorts of opportunity.  Now family has spread across the country from New York to Florida to California requiring more planning to deliver that special present–hello UPS, FedEx, DHL, and Express Mail.

In addition to our geographic family shift, our lives have become busier and taking time out of our busy schedules to shop multiple stores to maybe find that perfect gift is low on our priority list.  How many times did we have to settle for that last minute, destined to be a re-gift, item in the wrong color, size, or need.  It was amazing how good those chia pets and “naming that star” started looking the day before Christmas.  This opened the door for the Amazon model offering any item you wanted in any size or color that could be dropped at your door in two days or less.  But the system is a victim of it’s own success promising to fulfill a massive amount of orders at warp speed and as we know the faster we do anything the more chance for crashes.amazon drone cartoon

But like autos, we aren’t going to stop driving because of a few crashes when we can just get the car fixed and go around.  In today’s world of geographically challenged families and friends, shipping and traveling to loved ones is the norm so dealing with occasional shipping problems is inevitable.  It’s all worth it when you balance wayward packages with the amazing unlimited storefront in the sky—anything for anyone at any time,

So, whether I am one-clicking a gift from Amazon or sending a unique local jewel I can’t avoid the shipping crap shoot so the key is to ship early or if all else fails just celebrate Christmas a little later—” on the twentieth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…” MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Time for Old Energy Firms to Become New Energy Firms

DECEMBER 7, 2017 – GE Power (NYSE: GE) today announced that it plans to reduce its global headcount by approximately 12,000 positions…The plans announced today are driven by challenges in the power market worldwide. Traditional power markets including gas and coal have softened. Volumes are down significantly in products and services driven by overcapacity, lower utilization, fewer outages, an increase in steam plant retirements, and overall growth in renewables. WTF!!!

GE is the father of energy, starting with Edison’s light bulb, growing to one of our largest corporations with a huge research and development department managed by executives who make millions to steer the ship.  I’m thinking these big-time managers, with their lack of innovation, planning and a stubborn bond to yesterday’s energy sources like coal, fell asleep because they let down those laid off employees.  A corporate executive’s main job is to be on top of future trends and make sure the company is positioned to be the leader in new technology to both profit the company and insure a stable workforce.

GE and other traditional large energy companies have been treading water when it comes to alternative energy.  How can a startup like Tesla have the latest and greatest battery technology while a giant like GE burns coal and natural gas, continuing to squeeze out the last of the fossil fuel money.  Tesla’s battery innovations got a Puerto Rico Hospital powered up after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Where were the other major energy companies and why is there a Space X and not a Space GE?

It’s time for all our energy companies to embrace the future and use their vast resources to give us all the latest and greatest clean alternative energy.  With a more visionary energy policy and the right leadership, all the major players have the tools to rocket us into a whole new energy era.  Imagine a world with no vulnerable, inefficient power lines and each home or business having its own clean energy generator leaving the coal supply for Santa to fill up the stockings of the alternative energy obstructionists.cartoon-santa putting coal in trump stocking

Christmas Stocking Stuffer

If you or yours are runners, walkers, bikers, any kind of exerciser or wannabe exerciser and are looking for a great Christmas present, stocking stuffer or just a fun read, my book Ipeaked, A Reluctant Runner’s World is for you.  This is about my 30+ years and over 30,000 miles of Ipeaked book coverrunning.  It’s not your typical runner’s book since my passion is more about quality of life than running.  I am truly a reluctant runner who embraces and enjoys the benefits of the world of running rather than the act.  I am very competitive, but have a training regimen which keeps me fit without making exercise torture.

Meet my guardian angels, race and train with me, share my life with family and friends, and learn a few things about running (run walk method, paying forward, training schedule, how NOT to run a marathon and more), cross training (biking and swimming), first triathlon, beginning road biking, and runner gift suggestions.  I have mastered the balance of being competitive while adhering to a “don’t hurt yourself” training mantra.  It seems to have worked since I’m still at college weight, my butt hasn’t fallen off yet, and most of my family and friends are still talking to me.

Some reader reviews:

This book is well written with much humor. You can actually relate to the actions of the author and although I am not a runner after reading this book it makes me want to be one. I REALLY ENJOYED IT

This is a must read for all wanna-be road warriors and experienced runners!! I found this to be both entertaining and informative!

This was first published in Fall, 2012 but the read is timeless with a blend of motivation, advice, how-to’s, inspiration, and mostly fun with my cartoons illustrating the stories.  It’s a quick read and the paperback (kindle downloads available) can be purchased at Amazon (click here).  $10 for a unique, cool stocking-stuffer ain’t bad and with 999,500 more books sold I can hit 1,000,000!Santa leaving book in stocking