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If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

As I lay on my couch recently, watching something uplifting on TV (probably Downton Abbey) something about the light in the room took me back to my youth, and for a moment our home reminded me of my childhood home. I remembered watching TV on […]

Holding Others to a High Standard

Dec 27th, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

I can be kind of a jerk at work. That’s the conventional thinking, anyway — the guy who takes work seriously, who doesn’t mind holding you accountable for your actual work responsibilities. I have fears about how I communicate with people in other parts of […]

The Holiday Party

Dec 20th, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

It’s that time of year — Holiday Party time. The time of year when you revisit time-honored traditions such as forgetting to reserve a space for the Holiday Party until nothing is available beyond the corner booth at the local Denny’s, so you end up […]

Health Insurance — Follow the Money

Dec 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

We recently had a representative from our benefits company come to talk about our health insurance program here at work, and he gave us some information on the Affordable Care Act as well. There are a lot of opinions flying around out there about this […]

Romance and the Towing Industry

Nov 29th, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

I was at a local chamber of commerce event recently — working a table at a sort of mini-trade show — and across from me was a husband-and-wife realtor team. They were having a blast. I also recently wrote about an interesting documentary about a […]

Major League Baseball and Driver Schedules

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

ESPN started a documentary program a few years ago called 30 for 30, and some of the best documentaries I’ve ever watched have come from this program. Included in the program are “30 for 30 shorts”, films of 10-20 minutes that focus on a limited […]

Dealing with Phone Solicitors

Nov 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

How many phone solicitations do you receive on a weekly basis? How many spam emails? Think about the philosophy of spam. It costs so little to send (apparently) that it justifies a 0.000000000001 percent success rate (that’s an unscientific number, by the way.) Companies are […]

Technology and the Sox

Nov 8th, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

I don’t know where they’ll be when you read this, but right now, the Red Sox are preparing to play game 1 of the 2013 World Series. I have been a Red Sox fan since 1975 when I switched allegiance from the As, who had […]

Warning: Humor Snob

Nov 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

I like to be funny. I like to think of something funny, and I enjoy comedy, but I don’t laugh a lot. That’s my problem, because I’ve heard that laughing out loud increases your life span. I acknowledge humor, but I don’t often laugh out […]

Entering the World of the Non-profit Youth Sports League Board

Oct 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

Over the past six months, I talked myself into running for president of our local youth baseball league, the league my son has played in for five years (he has at least four years left, if we can keep him interested). I started out like […]