“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.”
—Hector Berlioz, French composer, born December 11, 1803
What should InCommN do about Don’t Eat Lunch Alone? We schedule it twice a month in Easthampton, Greenfield, and Northampton. We get pretty thin turnouts. Maybe the DELA idea has gotten stale and we need to try something else. Any suggestions for what you would like to see (if anything) would be welcome. All of us are pretty busy and it’s often not possible for any of us to show up to host the various lunches. We don’t like doing that.
A couple of possible variations:
- Meet once a month
- Fewer venues
- Consolidate Easthampton and Northampton DELAs
- Cancel if we get fewer than 5 RSVPs
Please tell us what you’d like to see. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413 489 1818 (my Google Voice number).
By the way, this is the common birthday of my father, my dear friend Michael Forman, and my dog, Boojum.
I often find myself quoting my dad, who left us in 1995. He had a strong systems sense, a robust preference for empiricism over theory, a keen eye for bullshit, and a lifelong desire to keep learning.
My friend Michael was one of the funniest men I ever knew. We met in college, fell out of touch around 1980, and reconnected through Facebook, of all things. Michael fell victim to scleroderma a few years ago. He was a gallant man, not least in how he went out of the world.
Boojum was a beautiful male cocker spaniel with a handsome black and white coat. Not terribly long on brains, and too self-willed to be a really “good” dog, he was a funny and loving companion for fifteen years. I miss his enthusiastic romping and devoted affection.
Today and Tomorrow in #westernma
|7:30–9:00AM||Holyoke||Holyoke Chamber Holiday Business Breakfast|
|11:30AM–1:00PM||Springfield||Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield Lunch and Learn|
|12:00–1:30PM||Northampton||Click Workspace Brown Bag Luncheon|
|3:00–4:30PM||North Adams||Free Information for Small Businesses to Start and Grow|
|5:15–7:30PM||Springfield||Valley Venture Mentors|
|5:00PM||Northampton||Northampton Area Young Professionals Networking Social|
|6:00PM||Southwick||Expand Your Network Western Mass|
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The Last Word
“With a kiss let us set out for an unknown world.”
—Alfred de Musset, French writer, born December 11, 1810