Archive | June 2009

Happy Father’s Day

Fauxther’s Day

I actually thought Father’s Day was last week. I called my Dad and wished him a Happy Father’s Day. Places seemed emptier than usual because (I mistakenly thought) all of the fathers must have been grilling hot dogs and hamburgers. I saw a man and his father having lunch and thought, “That’s a nice Father’s Day lunch”. Fortunately, I didn’t try getting a free Father’s Day Sundae from Burgerville (don’t worry—I got mine today :-)).

It’s funny how your assumptions color what you see. This is particularly true if you’re an entrepreneur. Because there’s so much risk and uncertainty in starting a company, you almost have to be an optimist to keep going. You have to be able to find the bright side and focus on that to get you through.

Entrepreneurial Father’s Day Movies

I checked out two movies to watch this weekend. One was “Speed Racer” on a recommendation by a commenter on my last post (I very much enjoyed the movie. Not sure why it was so badly reviewed). The other was “Night at the Museum” (I don’t remember why I checked this one out).

Oddly enough, both movies featured fathers who were entrepreneurs. I knew Pops Racer was an entrepreneur. However, I didn’t know Ben Stiller’s “Museum” character, Larry, was also an entrepreneur. As my wife and I watched “Night at the Museum”, the comical scenes involving Larry’s past attempts at starting a company and developing products hit a little too close to home 🙂

UPDATE

My family and I went to Beaterville for brunch the day after Father’s Day. By chance, there happened to be both a “Speed Racer” sign and an Easter Island figure (which was in “Night at the Museum”) right next to each other! What is the Universe saying to this “DUM DUM”? That I’m on the right track? 🙂

Here’s Speed and Son #2:

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And here’s the Easter Island figure right below:

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Speed Racer: The Great Plan

A couple of months ago, my 7 year old son’s school had a library book sale. We picked up a copy of “Speed Racer: The Great Plan” for my 4 year old. It wasn’t a book he could read, but it had pictures on practically every page. Perfect.

Go Speed Racer, Go!

I remember the theme song from Speed Racer as a kid, but I don’t remember any of the storylines very well. I think it’s because it was playing right before school in the morning, so I probably only saw the first part of each episode. I think it was showing on KBHK 44 (remember how awesome that station when it was independent?). It’s funny how the UHF frequencies are now being used for digital TV.

When I was a kid, I related to Speed’s character the most (obviously). Now, I relate more to Speed’s father, “Pops” (especially since my 4 year old identifies with Speed).

The Great Plan

This is a fun episode because it tells the story of how the Mach 5’s engine came to be. It also captures the feeling that every entrepreneur has when they work for another company and realize that it’s time to move on.

There’s a scene where Pops (the entrepreneur) is pitching his idea for a radically advanced engine (the invention). The management team (the status quo) says “No thank you” in that rude cartoon way (think scoffing, yelling, and finger-pointing), and Pops quits because he knows his invention is revolutionary and can change the world.

Still have 46 pages to go

It was interesting to see some echoes in the story of my company and my invention. We’re not done yet, but we’re more than half way there. I’m not sure what will happen next, but I know it will have a happy ending. “Speed” agrees. 🙂

Thinking about replacing your light fixtures?

First of all, just do it! Changing your lights can make a huge difference in your living space for little cost. As home improvements go, I’d rank it right after fresh paint in terms of bang for your buck. For some reason, though, it’s hard to get motivated enough to do. You have to go the hardware store, you have to pick the lights, you have to find your screwdrivers, you need to figure out which fuse goes to each light, you have to steel yourself for the inevitable surprises when the old lights come down. Ok, there are lots of reasons it’s hard to get motivated, but do it —just do it; it’s worth it.

This weekend, I replaced our outdoor lights and two sets of track lights. Each round, of course, had its own challenges. One’s mounting box had to be rotated 90 degrees for the new light. Fine. Just take the nails out, rotate it, and then put the nails back in. One mounting box was broken and wouldn’t hold a screw (so that’s why the light was always leaning!). Fine. Go to Home Depot, buy a new one and replace it. One didn’t specify which drill size to use for the sheetrock anchor. Fine. Drill a hole in the box it came with, and see what works. I’ve got several more lights waiting, several more “fines” to come.

But that’s ok. At the end of the day (literally), things look brighter (literally) 🙂