July 21, 2009

The Boy Who Cried Idea

I have plenty of ideas. Tons of 'em.

I also have a propensity to share them with friends, family, and anybody who happens to be within shouting distance. And I'm torn on whether or not that's a good thing.

On one hand, there is something to be said about throwing spaghetti on the wall to see what sticks. On the other hand, there are five fingers. Seriously, though, the flip side to this is that "idea people" have the tendency to be seen as flaky or lacking follow through.

It's not that I lack follow through, it's that I never intended to move forward on that idea. I am an external processor and need some verbal space to work out my ideas, thoughts, and crazy plans.

Anybody relate? Anybody disagree?

July 17, 2009

Weird, I Wrote Something

I know, I know. It's been awhile. Leave me alone - I've been working on transitioning over to samuelrichard.org.

In the meantime, check out a piece I wrote for the Downtown Phoenix Journal. Excerpt below, full post here. Enjoy:

If I Go, There Will Be Trouble

Things happen in threes, right?

Veni, Vidi, and Vici. Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, then Michael Jackson. You get the point.

I often say that we are experiencing something special in Phoenix. A tipping point. That when we look back on the turn of the 21st Century we will see a time of unbridled innovation and leading edge creativity coupled with disciplined growth in infrastructure and sound policy-making. My friend thinks I’m crazy. He says that Phoenix has always been, and will always be, at that tipping point.

I disagreed, until this week.

In three different conversations this week, three different people said they were going to be leaving Phoenix in the near future. Things happen in threes, so I guess it’s time to write about it. One was going to Austin, Texas. Another to Seattle, Washington. And another to Denver, Colorado. All had different reasons for where they were landing, but everyone had the same reason for leaving:

“There’s nothing for me in Phoenix.”

Go here to read the rest. And be on the look out for a feed reader and address change in the near future.

"What may be done at any time will be done at no time."
Scottish Proverb