Sell Ice Cream Instead

“If you want to make everyone happy, don’t be a leader, sell ice cream.” — Nick Saban

This is so fun to explore for me. And really an ingredient important here at Drexel.

You see our mission is to SUPPLY HAPPINESS. And I preach constantly, be like Jesus: serve, love, and care.

But did you ever read the Bible or listen to Jesus’s words? He wasn’t soft.

He didn’t make exceptions. He didn’t say, I understand you are stressed, it’s ok for you, this time, because I enable you. I know here in Jerusalem we do things differently here than in Rome. He didn’t say stuff like that.

NO. he said: I am the way, the path, the light. Follow me.

He was very clear. Very blunt. His short words spoke volumes. He talked in parables.

He had let’s just say, processes and procedures in place, and was completely unwavering.

And if you didn’t follow them, then Jesus, still said, “Well that’s ok… everyone is unique. Right? Or, well, it would be hard to replace you so that’s ok, or I am sorry you misunderstood, so that’s ok, that’s my fault…” RIGHT? No, he literally said you are going to pay for that for eternity. GULP.

Even if you aren’t a very religious person, Jesus is a pretty well respected leader…and remember he did really live… he’s not Santa Claus.

So if you truly want to be like Jesus: 1. SERVE, LOVE, AND CARE. Because without that: you are a tyrant.

But secondly…HAVE IMPOSSIBLE TOUGH STANDARDS, BECAUSE THE CULTURE, THE PEOPLE, YOU, AND THE COMPANY DESERVE THAT.

Yes. That is the way to lead.

Or go sell ice cream.

FACIL,

JOEL

TIME FOR NEW SKIN

GROWTH. Change.

When a snake grows, it has to shed its’ own skin. I’m guessing if not painful, at least UNCOMFORTABLE. But without that mold, that shed, it will die!

Same for an animal with an exoskeleton. Think lobster. They must shed, or literally die because they refused or unable to GROW. That has to feel awkward!

We have to change and grow this year as always at Drexel…and we do and have, and I am always so proud of those teammates that help lead that charge! Some departments more than others, but all of us in some ways! Estimators are in that shed mode right now. The structural team as well. If not painful, at least very uncomfortable. But huge growth will be obtained by those departments. It is the focus of the company right now, helping these two departments change and then GROW.

Shedding that skin.

In what part of your life does your skin need shedded? Like it or not…. it needs to be shed!

It’s part of life, just like a snake. I have a feeling animals don’t even think about it, they know the law of the jungle. It would be wise if us humans don’t use our little minds to think we can avoid the shed!

Joel

Keep Calm and Carry on During the Pandemic

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON.

This now famous saying was part of the marketing campaign in 1939 in Britain to fight the Nazis.  (Side note: It was never released to the public, but rather found in a bookstore in the 1990s and made famous there after.)

Winston Churchill and his leadership team believed the best way to fight the war, was to keep on living during the war.  It had nothing to do with politics, ignorance, false hope, or the economy.  It had to do with mindset.

Truly, I believe the best way to fight that little particle of trouble, those invisible molecules coming to infect your system, the Covid-19, is to Keep Calm and Carry On.

Here is the other side of the coin.  A man living in London explains why he believes this is the worst strategy.   It was posted in the New York Times.  He uses phrases such as, “They look like people lining up to board the Titanic.”  And, “My family reluctantly canceled our daughter’s 8th birthday party — an outdoor get-together with a half-dozen kids from school.”  Taken out of context you would swear it was an ironic story.  It isn’t.  

Mother Teresa said the worst disease she ever encountered was loneliness.  Far worse than all others, including Covid I assume.   Here is a fantastic story on that subject.   

Depression in winter for ANYONE can be overwhelming, now talk about high anxiety and stress going into winter.  It doesn’t look well.  It will cast a large shadow over our pandemic, much worse than any viral disease that you do not die from unless you are very old (3% of all cases are in assisted living centers yet 80% of the deaths are from these places where PEOPLE GO TO DIE), very sick (2 or 3 other issues), or sadly very unlucky.  About 1 in 20 people die from accidents.  A lot of people die every day from being unlucky.  Ask the 17 unborn kids that are killed in the womb every day in Wisconsin.  Those kids are unlucky!    

So I have already heard we are dismissing Christmas, far too risky.  Stay home.  Be alone, together.  Many Christmases are being canceled.  Many events will never happen.  Many grandparents won’t see their kids open presents.  Carols will not be sung.  Worship will not be had.  How many Christmases do you get?  If you are the average person I guess about 70.  That’s not many.  For 3 million people in America this will be their last Christmas.  (About 3 million die a year in the US.)  Have your Christmas, it might very well be your last.  

I don’t know how you prevent it.  You can try, but a virus is gonna find the weak and vulnerable and even the strong.  I’ve heard commercial after commercial with nice music and upbeat actors saying, wear a mask, wear a mask.  I do wish the ads said, GET HEALTHY TO FIGHT IT, GET HEALTHY TO FIGHT IT.  That more than anything seems to stop the harshness of it.   It is a mystery.  Iowa for instance has never had a mask mandate, yet they have never had a surge.  Texas and Florida had strong surges that Wisconsin is experiencing did not do 2nd lockdowns and are now at a manageable rate.  Yes, the goal is MANAGEABLE, you can’t BEAT a virus unless you do the NBA bubble for 7.4 billion people.  (I actually think many people wish we would bubble.)

Keeping Calm, means yes, make good sound choices.   Carrying on, means do it by still holding the door for someone, only wearing a mask when necessary (good question I don’t know what necessary means either), and continue to live our life and make moments and memories.  I wash my hands like a raccoon.  I don’t cough on people.  

I’ve heard ads already, PLEASE SHOP LOCAL, they need us now more than ever.  Yeah right.  Too dangerous to adventure out.  Better safe on Amazon, items sent direct to their home.  Also, most communities I live in, restaurants and bars, yes bars, are the lifeblood of little towns.  They support so many people working 2 jobs, so many good people own them and yes, yes, much fun is had (shame on us).  So support local businesses but not bars and restaurants, they are far too dangerous.

Keeping Calm means: don’t let the kids be the burden of this.  They aren’t dying, no TRULY, not 1 KID IN WISCONSIN HAS DIED FROM IT!   Free them up.  Open the doors.  Keep them in school.   

I ask you to not judge me if you don’t see me and my family at the Kwik Trip with no mask.  Or in church where I like to be totally present.  Oh yes, I see your death stares.  I see you no longer making eye contact with me.  I see your disgruntled eyes.  I see the eyerolls.  I don’t judge you in a mask.  I don’t judge you that you haven’t seen grandma in 6 months because you are trying to protect her.  So don’t judge me that I still hug old people and I still love a good handshake.  

The virus covid sucks, but not being interactive with people sucks more.  Faith is greater than fear.  Love each other.  Keep Calm and Carry ON!  

COVID THOUGHTS…

IF YOU READ THIS…

WOW… this article from jsonline.com is obviously very disturbing. The article states how hospitals are close to full and we are pretty much screwed if it gets any worse.


This image is really a fear tactic. We are OFF THE CHART! Literally! Well the chart goes to 600. I think the chart is too small. Really you can Make the chart bigger! Image if the top of the chart was based on hospital beds available. Now, imagine if that chart at the top was 5.8 million (our state population.) I AM NOT SAYING I think 600 is low… but the fact that this is OFF THE CHART, leads me to think it is OUTRAGEOUS. Is that true? I have no clue…

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I’d love to say I believe the article. I DO believe that 600 are in the hospital with covid, and that must be horrible. I WANT to believe the media. Yet here I am, either an optimist son of a bitch or a CONSPIRACY guy, or a REPUBLICAN HARD ASS, or an IDIOT. I guess pick whichever you want… but I can’t get there, I don’t know why! 600 in the hospitals state wide… many are sick. Health care workers I personally talk to don’t talk or act this way when I ask how it is going. 600 to me doesn’t seem like a lot…but I have never worked health care. Hmmm….

But yet surely, I know they are not lying. It is THEIR REALITY. And we pray for them!

Before I/we just start freaking out, I hope we are like the following states, just lagging behind. I hope people see these and realize maybe the GRAPH DOESN’T KEEP GOING UP. Iowa is interesting, they have never embraced masks. Does Science KNOW IF WE ARE FOLLOWING THESE GRAPHS HERE IN WISCO? WHO CAN TELL ME? WHERE ARE THE LEADERS TO HELP ME?

So based on this… maybe we are peaking and we just need to not freak out keep on keeping on and by Thanksgiving we are back to that 400-500 daily cases.

Interesting stuff.

I don’t have a conclusion to this article, SADLY none of us do…

Joel

COVID CASES IN WISCONSIN SOAR, BUT NOT HOSPITALIZATIONS OR DEATHS

NEW RECORD COVID CASES TODAY

(I predicted we would peak around 2500 about 4 weeks ago)

and we are APPROACHING THAT

more testing, more positives, more, more, more.

Hospital stays as % of growth is ALARMING AS WELL, although that is misleading… only 500 people out of 5,8 million are in the hospital.  Incredibly sad but incredibly low.

ICU people the very very sick are still stable around 100…

And deaths…well deaths are really low… a handful a day.

 

MY OWN CONCLUSION BASED ON MATH (I am numbers not SCIENCE)

PEOPLE ARE GETTING IT, AND MANY MANY MORE ARE FORCED TO GET TESTED, then 30 days ago…

BUT THE INCREASES IN SEVERELY SEVERELY SICK hasn’t been noticeable (still very sad)

SO… Kids are getting it, but not getting very sick and have not spread it to the most vulnerable at the same rate.  Not even close.  Which is very very very good news.

People call me AN IDIOT to think like this…but it’s math.  That’s all.

 

KILLING MEMORIES AND MOMENTS- KILLS, LITERALLY

I’ve mentioned before and in my video… memories and moments for children and their mental health.

 

THIS ARTICLE USES SCIENCE, YES SCIENCE, TO EXPLAIN IT.

WE MUST LET THE KIDS BACK TO BEING NORMAL!  NOW!  NO MORE LOCKDOWNS OR MODIFICATIONS.

 

Cook Children’s Sees ‘Alarming’ Rise In Suicide Patients, ‘Nearly A Child Or Teen A Day’ In August

YOU WILL DIE- BUT NOT FROM COVID MOST LIKELY IN 2020 OR 2021

MODELING DEATHS

CDC just came out with their new death forecasts.  Boy that is pretty dark stuff.  But people die every day.  We always forget that.  17 die a day from Abortion.  Several die a day from car accidents.  And old people in homes over 85… yeah about 10% of them die every year with or without the “help” of Covid.  Truly morbid stuff.

Anyways, here are weekly models.  If they hold true the odds of you dieing are MUCH higher from something else than COVID.  That is not SCIENCE, those are the NUMBERS that science use.

When looking at the graphs, please not 40 a week might seem high to you…any death sucks, however 80% will be very sick and old people (not culling the herd, but they weren’t’ getting healthy anytime soon).  So 8 will die a week that aren’t in this category out of 5.8 million.  Holy crap that is  A LOW NUMBER.  It looks that in the first year of COVID if these numbers hold we would be about 2,000 deaths, 80% from those old and vulnerable…

SO 400 DEATHS IN WISCONSIN IN YEAR 1 FROM COVID.

THIS IS FROM THE CDC’S OWN WEBSITE.

Click to access Consolidated-Forecasts-Incident-Cumulative-Deaths-2020-09-21.pdf

WOW.

PRAY, HOPE, NO WORRY.

Saint Padre Pio…

suffered a ton in his life, like a crazy struggle…yet he said…

PRAY, HOPE, NO WORRY.

I like that a lot.

Empathy, patience… realizing God has a bigger plan.

 

Do we challenge authority? Jesus of course says YES.  But at times we must SERVE as well…

which is right?  which is wrong?

Prayer.  Hope.  Don’t Worry.

I think that helps a bit.

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Serious, serious question….do you… do your kids…. do those around you…?

LAUGH MORE

LAUGH THE SAME

LAUGH LESS

then we did before the March Pandemic.

I’m not a mask wearer… do you have belly laughs in masks, AGAIN SERIOUS QUESTION?

I would rather DIE then not laugh… I am dead serious.

Even I would have to admit I think I laugh less… what a FU***NG SHAME.

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OK.. COVID NEWS.

MAN CHARTS CAN BE MISLEADING.  HERE’S THE POSITIVE… DEATHS ARE WAY DOWN.  What I don’t like is HOSPITALS ARE UP.

Now I don’t use the words way up… check out the chart… THEY LOOK WAY UP.  As a percentage is way up…

but let’s imagine if the chart was at 5,800,00 at the top of the chart.  These numbers wouldn’t even appear at the bottom they would be so low… The top of the chart is the highest number so it looks huge!

If I make a chart from 1-10… you will see wild swings from 3-7.  Now what if that chart was 100, 1000, 1 million?  See… what wild things numbers can do…and charts…

 

 

 

SMILE.  LAUGH.

FACIL,

Joe

COVID JOURNAL DAY 1

Here we are…

I will use my website to organize my thoughts for my own good.  If you want to read along fine… but do know it is more for my own benefit then yours (just how many rapid brain uses to control my madness…)

I will try to talk Covid…now all things can’t be covid, i will give that son of a bitch only the attention it deserves…

It will be random but here we go…

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We need to accept that 3 million Americans will die this year and we can’t keep everyone alive forever no matter how hard we try – And that our bizarre fixation on making every decision as if #Covid deaths are the only societal outcome that matters is profoundly wrong.  (Alex Berenson, who I follow on Twitter).
Here’s the thing, it’s our addiction to material goods and our own lives that have got us here.  People don’t want to believe or hear we are going to die… and perhaps very very soon.  Or that 17 people a day in Wisconsin are killed as babies in the womb, called to mimic the murders.. abortions.   We must believe in God.   Does Covid suck?  You bet your sweet ass it does…but it should shut down SOCIETY!
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#MEMORIESANDMOMENTS should not be left behind… for ANYTHING… we must LIVE…and living is taking risks… kids playing sports… and much much more!   It is risky, a bit?  99.96% chance you live…about a 99.5% chance you won’t have to go to the hospital with it… but it is A RISK.   LET KIDS WHO WILL NOT, WILL NOT, WILL NOT DIE OF IT… DO THEIR LIFE!  20 YEARS FROM NOW… THEY WILL BE ALL MESSED UP OTHERWISE!
IF YOU DON’T AGREE, KEEP YOUR KIDS AT HOME.  THAT’S FINE.
I am personal freedom guy… I believe people in America have a choice on most things… the government shouldn’t MANDATE to us… educate, advise, police bad things… but MANDATE… not so much…that’s on the person.
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Do I know if masks work? No. Do you? No.  They can’t hurt.  Correct.  Do they dehumanize people and cause depression.  Maybe.  So make your own choice I say.
Here are some numbers I go back too…
5.8 million in our state of Wisconsin.
400 hundred are in and out of the hospital  (sucks really bad)
about 5 a die with it, most very old people most in old age homes.
THOSE NUMBERS ARE REALLY REALLY SMALL.  REALLY SMALL.
WE CANT MAKE EVERY DECISION BASED ON COVID!
All that information is posted daily HERE.
Today… IF YOU ARE TOO LAZY TO CLICK OVER..

CASES UP 46%, DEATHS DOWN 40%!!!!!

young kids getting it… but not dying.   THAT SEEMS TO BE OBVIOUS.

 

THAT’S ENOUGH FOR TODAY.