Do You “e-Read”?

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Kindle Paperwhite 3G

I love to read. I prefer a book to a movie (most times). Call me old-fashioned if you like, but there’s just something about spending quiet time and letting your imagination flesh out the image of the author’s words. I understand if you’re a millennial reading this, you may think that I’m crazy (I know my kids do), but I think this stems from being encouraged to read as I was growing up. The fact that there weren’t as many distractions back then likely helped cultivate my love for reading as well.

What do I read? The answer to that is second, probably, only to “What kind of music do you like?”. My book choice depends on what I feel like diving into when I’m choosing my next book. I’ve always been a fan of fantasy novels, so if I had to pick a primary genre, that would be it! I also love a good suspense story, or a thriller or horror, and then at other times I prefer to read something non-fiction – a biography, self-help/ improvement, etc. This brings me to the reason for this post…it seems to be a bone of contention with avid readers:

Do you prefer eReaders or traditional books? I’d love to hear your side of the “argument” in the Comments section… Continue reading

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Believing In Your Strategy

Wow! The last couple of days have been a whirlwind as the BlueStar Canada Sales, Marketing & Management team met offsite for two main reasons:

  • to celebrate the success in 2015 (with many thanks to our loyal customers and manufacturer partners)
  • set the direction for 2016 and make sure everyone has “bought in”

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Let’s face it, the market right now is in a very slow growth mode, but is our team worried? The answer to that is a resounding “NO“! I have never had the pleasure of working for a team that is so focused on helping our partners succeed! Everyone has bought in to a solid strategy for this year, and I believe the major difference from what I have seen elsewhere is that this isn’t just “Managment Strategy”. I believe for companies to have complete buy-in, collaboration is very important so that there is a feeling of ownership with the plan. Our management team has definitely accomplished this, and I can honestly say that in my 22 years in IT distribution, I have never felt so pumped, and even more importantly, in control of where we can go this year! Other companies could take a page out of this book when looking at strategizing and planning for the future.

DIY Meals


So after a great (but very long) day of strategy and planning discussions, we sat down to a superb three-course meal…lo and behold, though, when my sirloin arrived I had to actually cook it myself! Awesome! That stone slab is granite and very hot! Quite the experience 🙂

Hump-Day Ramblings

While I definitely didn’t walk through a space/ time tear today, I had to take a few moments away from a very busy work day to decompress a little. Today is a very busy day getting loose ends tied up with customers before a short trip to Montreal for our Sales Kickoff event. This is an event we all look forward to each year, as it always seems to be in a new location that somehow outdoes the previous year’s spot! That said, I despise having things not done, so today I don’t leave until all my customers are taken care of.

There are a few other things that have popped into my teeny-tiny brain today as well…no rhyme nor reason that I can think of… Continue reading

Semi-Stormy Tuesday

20160112_195345561_iOSThis has been my view for the day while working from my home office. This is as clear as it has been since I sat down at around 7AM. South-western Ontario has been getting on-again/ off-again snow squalls. I suppose we shouldn’t complain too loudly since it’s almost mid-January and we have had the warmest winter to date that I can remember! For me it wasn’t a question of a green or white Christmas last month; it was more a question of whether I could get a bike ride in!

Retro Gaming Time!

I’m a gamer. There. I said it. For as long as I remember, I’ve had a current computer growing up, and I always loved the old-style adventure games that Sierra put out, like King’s Quest and Space Quest, but I must say, if I had to pick a favourite from that era, it has to be the Leisure Suit Larry series.

When I received my email this weekend with the GOG.com promos, these immediately caught my eye!

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What’s this?? I can get THREE Leisure Suit games for $6.57USD?? SOLD!

If you never played a Leisure Suit Larry game while growing up (or growing older) and have no idea what it’s about, Wikipedia says it best in the opening article statement:

The games follow Larry Laffer, a balding, double entendre-speaking, leisure suit-wearing man in his 40s. The game play revolves around him attempting, usually unsuccessfully, to seduce attractive women.

I urge you to give at least the first one a try – you’ll have plenty of PG/ AA laughs along the way, and if anyone can repackage the oldies properly, it’s the team at GOG.com! The promo is until 11:59pm EST Monday, January 11th.