when you’re wired as a player

As the year draws to a close I hear so much “gee, I should have done” and “oh, I only wish I could”. It feels like opportunities left in the dust and it’s a depressing way to move into the new year. To put it all in perspective, I asked a friend of mine to write a guest blog for us, and I specifically asked him to tell us why he does what he does.  Why he drives into town late at night  (because that’s when ice time is available) and why he plays.  His story is inspirational. Enjoy. 


When You’re Wired As A Player   by Ray Masson 

            Once, when I was very young, I experienced boredom for the first time. I liked it so little that I promised myself it would never happen again. Ever. And it hasn’t. Not once in my 66 and a half years. Interesting how only the very young and very old count the “halves”. Like we’re quite proud of our age and every segment of it. Continue reading


the resolutions…..I’m gonna go out and “do ’em ’till there’s less of ’em” Jeremy’s way


This year I resolve to handle my resolutions Jeremy’s way…. let me explain. Jeremy was one of the guys I hired in a recent team I led.  A team tasked with a mandate to turn the sow’s ear of too much work to manage into the silk purse of some impressive metrics.

Jeremy had an impressive red/brown beard long before hipsters in Portland started growing them, and clearly the envy of other beard-growing men. (And yes, I love a great beard!) Jeremy had a very deep, low, soft voice more to be felt than heard. Jeremy had what you can only call “chill”.  I’m sure he was dragging around his ball and chain of stress like the rest of us, but he brought a grounding to our team that kept us all away from the ledge as he would look at our impossible workload and say “well…….I’m gonna go out and do ’em ’till there’s less of ’em”.  It became our team mantra.

So here it is the time again  –  when we start again.  Whether we make a list and tape it to the  front of the fridge or just tell ourselves that “this year I will…” I think we all make some promises to ourselves to start/change/do/make/quit something as we hang up our new calendars.

I’m gonna look at my impossible list of resolutions and “go out and do ’em until there’s less of ’em” Jeremy’s way.