A Man I Will Miss

It is with great sadness that I recently learned of the passing of my friend and long-time colleague Tom Quigg. Tom had been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer a few months back and it took him Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 12:50 pm.

Tom was an employee at my first company DDA and came back as a consultant for Nicom a few years back. He was fanatical about his passion for excellence and he held the bar high for us all. He was honest and courageous, and always courteous and respectful in his dealings with people.

A man of great faith, Tom went about his life with great optimism and belief in the goodness of people. Even a mere two weeks ago we exchanged messages and he never let on the end was this near.

He will be missed.


On Networking and Smart Mosquitoes

It still is all about networking. We have social media networking, but that’s only part of it. You still need to get out of the office once in a while and network with your peers. (I’m so old I used to network before it was actually called “networking”. When I first heard the term I decided it wasn’t for me because I was always too busy chatting with people.)

Whenever I do network, I always meet up with someone I haven’t seen in a while and we make plans to get together and who knows where that will all lead to? If nothing else a nice, usually overdue, chinwag.

Everyone has personal and professional networks. Not only do we use them to get help and guidance, but they serve a human need we all have to interact with one another. And it’s not an old-timers’ game. My university-age daughter was born into the social media era, but the minute she’s home for the summer, she and her friends start making plans to get together.

Oh yeah, the mosquitoes. One of my new networks is the “cottage country” network. Last year we bought a cottage and managing it was all so new and somewhat overwhelming, but now I’ve managed to get to know people who can help me with obtaining firewood, how to get a shallow-well jet pumped primed and working efficiently, and what are the best mosquito zappers on the market.

I’ve never seen so many mosquitoes in my life! And smart. We went up for a week last year with a utility trailer, and as I was unhooking it, I was live bait for the mosquitoes. We slathered ourselves with repellants all week, and when I went out on the last day to hook the trailer up again, I swear they were already hovering around the hitch, just waiting for me. Not this year…