Saturday, August 27, 2011

Update on little dude...

Little Dude has appendicitis, thus the vomiting and perpetual pain. At Doernbecher tonight, surgery in the AM. Prayers for a safe surgery and recovery....

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Summer Sickness

So our little dude is sick as heck today, and I have come down with a head cold. Now that summer has finally arrived in the NW (it was 88F today) we've decided to get sick. Love it. Way to go out with a bang.

Why is it the late summer cold strikes just when I might get out and swing a fly this weekend? Why, I ask? Since I don't med-up often I typically ride these out, challenging my sinuses with brutal workouts to try to sweat it out. I always feel better when I do, so I know where I am off to first thing in the AM. By about 9am I will be tired and groggy, and then ready for a nap. Oh well... Doubt I'll be worth much tomorrow.

Quick update - Our outstanding sales pro, Joe, has once again experienced a setback in his fight. Joe fell Tuesday night and broke his hip, undergoing surgery last night to repair the bone and looks like a few weeks of rehab. Joe, we love you and wish you well...

New Bluefig site launches sometime next week. Awesomeness abounds!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


There's something cool about Bremerton. Standing at the Kitsap Convention Center, overlooking the Sinclair Inlet, Navy vessels on both sides staring down the glow from the sunset. Cool breeze blowing and seagulls crying. Just a neat picture.

I love to visit Seattle. Riding the ferries across the sound from town to town, smelling the sea air and watching time move slowly. I grew up fishing with my dad near San Francisco, the remotely familiar scent of Puget Sound reminds me of those days. Wrangling salmon and being exhausted after 10 hours near the Farallons. Now every time I visit Seattle I think of those times, and a slight smile comes to my face.

Visited a client in SODO Wednesday. Boy, is there a lot going on in our industry near Safeco and that area. Love to visit and sometimes hate to leave.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


LUSB is continuing LEAN manufacturing activities. This is continual improvement folks, not a short term cycle of events, but a long term investment in our future. It means that as we grow bigger, we are better equipped to deliver goods and services in a more efficient manner. Now I must say, the skepticism around the office was somewhat overwhelming. Change is hard, people dislike change. I am guilty of it, too, but give credit to the team - They have taken it on like a freight train through a desert. Whatever that means.

Any interest in LEAN for your business? Try checking in with the Columbia River Economic Development Council. They assisted us and it sure makes the transition easier!