04/19/15

Where Does Failed Diplomacy Leave Us?

Big Red Car here. The Boss is in Cashiers, NC enjoying the rain.

Nice road trip with a delightful Cajun dinner in Monroe, Louisiana. The spiciest Cajun food ever but the mud bugs, jambalaya, crawfish etouffe — cher, that it the real deal.

So today we talk about diplomacy and what happens when it fails.

Enemy advancing, retreat
Enemy entrenched, harass
Enemy exhausted, attack
Enemy retreat, pursue

Who said that, beloved reader and what does it mean? First commenter to get it right gets a $50 gift certificate to Red Lobster.  Continue reading

04/16/15

Thoughts on Hiring

Big Red Car here in the beautiful ATX. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we have a day like today and a day like yesterday.

On Earth as it is in Texas!

Hiring is one of the things about building a great startup that is alluded to with a backhanded swipe of the founders’ hands.

It is an essential consideration. [Do tell, Big Red Car. Give us more, please.] Continue reading

04/7/15

The Obama Doctrine or the Easter Bunny Approach to Foreign Policy

Big Red Car here in the lovely ATX looking forward to another day in paradise. Going to be warm and sunny today. Ahhh, on Earth as it is in Texas, y’all!

So I was talking to a little Mercedes Benz convertible yesterday over near Medici, The Boss’s sometimes favorite coffee shop over on West Lynn.

We got into a discussion about President Obama’s recent turn of a phrase describing his foreign policy as the Obama Doctrine. She was critical and seemed to make a lot of sense to me. Continue reading

04/6/15

Texas Bluebonnet Tour — the Willow City Loop

Big Red Car here. What a day it is going to be in the ATX. Also, don’t forget the Final Four Championship game tonight. Like you might forget, right? Go Badgers!

So, if you live in central Texas, you take your annual bluebonnet tour at the end of April to the beginning of March. If you live in Austin, you can take the Willow City Loop tour. [This is a huge secret. Do not tell anyone who has just moved to Austin from say California or Milwaukee. They have to discover it themselves.]

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04/5/15

Inevitability — The Final Four

Big Red Car here in the glorious ATX where it is the best time of the year because of the azaleas, the weather, the bluebonnets and the Final Four.

Inevitability anyone?

In all of this is a lesson for entrepreneurs struggling with their startup businesses — an excellent lesson. A lesson of hope.

As an aside — Easter? Happy Easter! Talk about a lesson of hope, y’all? Easter is the big one — the triumph of life, love, redemption over sin. Wow! Continue reading

04/4/15

Permitless Concealed Handgun Carry Legislation

Big Red Car here. Another great day in the ATX. Do yourself a favor and just move here — we both know you want to.

So forget about The Boss, he’s busy thinking about the Final Four semifinals tonight. Screw him.

I want to talk to you today about the curious phenomenon of permitless concealed handgun carry. This is not a diatribe in either support or defense. Make up your own mind. Continue reading

04/4/15

Azaleas, Metaphor for a Startup

Big Red Car here in the glorious ATX where the weather is perfect and the azaleas are in bloom. Click on the photo below so you can see it in a larger scale.

Azaleas are a little finicky in the Austin soil which tends to be alkaline and not quite acidic enough for perfect conditions. This is true for both azaleas and magnolias. Also startups? Continue reading

04/3/15

The D Theory of Life

Big Red Car here. Wow, it is unbelievable here in the ATX — weather, scent of spring (except for the killer pollen), and the flowers. The azaleas are spectacular.

So The Boss has a theory about life. It is a protective theory. Read about it here. The D theory of life.

Happy Easter to all! Continue reading