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Goals For This Wonderful Season

Oct 18th, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

It’s that wonderful time of year again — deer season. As you are reading this, I am likely in the woods somewhere, wondering where all the deer are. My hockey-playing daughter broke her leg at practice two weeks ago, so my goal this year is […]

Taking Care of Ourselves

Oct 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

You get old, and if you have half a brain, at some point you start to analyze how you are taking care of yourself. Here in America, taking care of yourself isn’t always taught to us as we’re growing up. Maybe that’s changing. I know […]

Dropping Off the Grid

Oct 4th, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

I got to have my car towed this week. It overheated. We were in the middle of three days of 90-degree heat, which is a little odd for this time of year in Oregon, and I thought my A/C was acting up until I noticed […]

Life Imitating Art

Sep 24th, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

I staggered into a case of life imitating art last night. Two nights ago, my wife and daughter returned a Redbox movie and apparently you can’t return a Redbox movie without getting another one so she brought home “Silver Linings Playbook” and tossed it on […]

Fouling the Water Supply Helps No One

Sep 13th, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

Dividing our parts warehouse from our production shop there is a wall with a counter and a slide-up door. The idea is that the production workers come to the counter and ask for what they need, rather than casually wandering into the warehouse and just […]


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

I survived my short vacation earlier this month. The vacation was a breeze – it’s returning that’s the hard part. I didn’t take my laptop with me this time. I had my Blackberry, but I confined my work to maybe an hour a day. And […]

Aging and Group Power

Aug 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

My daughter got me to wake up at 4:50 a.m. this morning and participate in what’s called a Group Power class at the health club. She’s 18, at the peak of her physical conditioning, she swam competitively for years, she learned how to play ice […]

Rocks, Pebbles and Sand in My Jar

Aug 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

If there were 36 hours in a day, and we still only had to sleep eight good hours to function optimally, could we get everything done that we want to get done, or would we still have a task list that carries over every day? […]

Best Way to Get a Job? Connections

Aug 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

I worked for four tow companies over a span of 21 years. I started with a four-truck operation that ran service station calls mostly, and some county police tows. When I had been there about 18 months, the company was purchased by a larger tow […]

Life is Messy — Embrace It

Aug 12th, 2013 | By | Category: Nick Kemper's Blog

My office is a disaster. I take full responsibility. It’s diabolical, how it happens. I love being in a neat, clean environment. With three kids and pets, it’s hard to keep our house clean, but we do a pretty good job. What tends to happen […]