Colliding generations of windmills and massive turbines join forces to create some serious wind action on Indiana farmland near Earl Park. The Benton County Wind Farm makes the drive to Terre Haute a lot more interesting, as the highway cuts between row after row of wind turbines that wind their way off to the edge of the horizon.
Thank you, Jason and Rory, for your very thoughtful Valentine's Day gift. We heard the doorbell ring, peeked outside and saw a guy running down the driveway to his car. "I'll bet there's a paper bag on fire on the porch!" I told Chuck. We swung the door open to find a big, sturdy ProFlowers box. Inside the elaborate wrappings were a beautiful bouquet of flowers and heart-shaped box of chocolates, with a very sweet note. What a neat Valentine's Day surprise!
It's hard to tell what Chuck's thinking in this pic, but I'm sure he was enjoying the festive mood in and around his cubicle last week. Notice the black crepe paper, silver and black balloons and pointy hat given to him in honor of his 55th birthday. Yes, it's fun getting old!
Actually, I spent most of yesterday with a good book titled Love the Work, Hate the Job: Why America's Best Workers are More Unhappy than Ever (David Kusnet, John Wiley & Sons). With sharp analysis and a lot of political insight, this book goes a long way toward explaining how people in high-tech industries are approaching and doing their jobs in this drastically changing, increasingly global economy. Corporations are focused on shareholder value and quarterly results. Workers are focused on quality, innovation and creativity. Of course, they are butting heads.
Yes, the global marketplace is changing fast. I don't have the answers, but now I have a slightly better understanding of the challenges of the future.