Thank You USPS

Soooooo, it’s invoicing time at the office.  I realized that I needed one more stamp.  You know how it goes.  You are at work and stuff needs to be mailed out.  You prep everything and pull out your roll of stamps.  Oops, you are 1 short.

I dread going to the post office (especially during the holiday).  I finally make my way to the counter and ask for a “roll of stamps”.  For those who don’t know, “Roll of Stamps” equals 100 stamps that come in a single-file roll.  The roll fits into a little stamping machine.

Guess what — USPS is OUT OF ROLLS OF STAMPS.  What’s up with that?  Now, I have to buy flats of stamps (2 X 10 sheets).  Each sheet holds 20 stamps.  There are 5 “sheets” of stamps in my drawer.

I am a little miffed that I have to track 5 sheets instead of 1 roll.  I get back to the office, still pondering the issue.  Then it comes to me.  Just e-mail the office invoices instead of snail-mailing them.  (yep, we are late to this idea).

Why the delay in coming to the idea of e-mailing invoices?  Not sure.  We have been watching that commercial about Steve Jobs saying “rethink everything”.  We “rethought” how we get our invoices to our customers.  It saves both time and money.

So, in the name of productivity, I am reducing my trips to USPS.  Thank you.





Co-working OOT Review

Well, it has been a couple of hours.  Not sure if I was “MORE” productive, but I did have fun.

AND… I DID eat 1/2 a brownie, a pop and an expresso.  I got through what I wanted to get through but I am not sure if I was MORE productive.

My view was the back hall, the Exit door and the barista station.  Would it have been different if we sat near a window?  Not sure.  The view would have been of the street and I might have just watched traffic pass by.

I want to know if YOU have ever just decided to go to a co-working place or coffee shop to do work you could have done at the office or home.


  • WHY did you do it?
  • WERE you more or less productive?
  • WOULD you do it again?

Post a comment below and let me know.  Thanks in advance.  Jude

Co-working OOT

Hi All — this is MY first post.  Mike has been reading lots of articles and posts about other developers who work (OOT) Out Of Town.  Mainly, it has to do with productivity — programmers are more productive in different surroundings.

Soooooo, I decided that we should give it a shot this Memorial Day Weekend. Spend a few hours on training, then

Here we are, in Morganton, NC at a great little coffee shop called The Grind Cafe — @grindcafe.  Great little place.  Free Wi Fi.  We got a brownie.  Wished that they had frosted it, but it is still good. (PS — I don’t think that I have EVER had a “bad” brownie).

Have to keep this short.  Got to continue my training in javascript.  I’ll let you know how “productive” I am in a few hours.

Just a quick note to let everyone know how grateful we are to be able to sit here in a cafe and work and how thankful we are to those who gave their lives in defense of our country — military and police and fire.  They really make it possible for the rest of us to do what we do.



Adapt or Die: On the Decline of Membership in the Masonic Fraternity

As all masons are acutely aware, membership throughout the masonic organization has been declining for some time. Blue lodges are closing or consolidating with other area lodges, Scottish Rite valleys are selling their large buildings and moving to much smaller buildings or are going mobile by conducting meetings in area blue lodges or hotels and event venues. The York Rite and even the much heralded Shrine temples are downsizing as well. Continue reading “Adapt or Die: On the Decline of Membership in the Masonic Fraternity”

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