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Went with a friend this weekend on a white water rafting trip to the Upper Gauley river in West Virginia.   If you ever get a chance to take that trip in the fall when the release of water from an upstream dam creates amazing white water conditions, do it!

My friend booked through River Expeditions and had used them before.  I can’t vouch for how easy it was to make the reservations, but I can tell you that from arrival through the end of the rafting trip, this company made things very easy.

  1. lodging check in was decidedly low tech but seemless.  we had a key in about 90 seconds.
  2. at the check in area for the rafting trip, they had posted on a chalkboard the NEXT day’s group names, number in party, and departure times.   I loved the positive confirmation that we were in the system.
  3. the little restaurant that served breakfast before the trip posted a sign that said “open at 6:30am” and I think they probably opened at 6:25am.   certainly not 6:35am.
  4. check in for the trip was super easy, as was their process for renting and getting gear.
  5. the bus left exactly on time.   there were probably 60 people in our group, and everyone was able to check in and get outfitted without hassle.
  6. on the way to the put-in, the trip leader gave a comprehensive briefing about how the day would go, and it ultimately went according to plan.

This company saved the adventure for the river.   No adventure, no drama, no hassle leading up to it.   Awesome.


Catching a cold

Disappointed that I’m catching the same cold my spouse is dealing with too.  No other post today.


Amazon and Global GDP

I listed to the Recode/Decode podcast this afternoon.  Kara Swisher was talking with Chamath Palihapitiya, founder of Social Capital.  One of the more interesting comments that Chamath made (of many):  “Facebook is about consumption and advertising.  Google is about intent and advertising.   Both are huge businesses (of course) but are probably limited in terminal revenue to the 100s of billions of dollars.  Amazon is about consumption – which is really GDP – and global GDP is trillions and trillions of dollars.”



Basecamp / Jason Fried

I find myself agreeing with almost everything that Jason Fried writes or says, including this short interview with the New York Times.


New Year

In many ways, for those of us with school-age kids (and my sons are in college and high school), the day after Labor Day is the start of the new year.  After a short break we start many familiar and some new routines all over again.   I am hoping to start new routines too.   I’ve owned this domain and have paid for WordPress for years, and I want to get in the habit of posting my thoughts and observations often – daily if possible – to see how that habit can change me.

I’m also going to take more active steps to shed 10% of my body weight.   I think I know the equation – make calories out > calories in, eat healthy, natural foods, and exercise to increase cardiovascular health, strength, and flexibility.