I wanted to start this post with a short explanation about Saturday’s post. With Coronavirus cases ramping up in Connecticut and around the country, several people have voiced concern (mainly through private channels), about visiting the bar in person. Please understand that I am doing my best to avoid any dangerous situations. I have always visited the bar during their slowest period on Saturday.
The restaurant that the bar is in is on three levels, the bar is on the center. It is small, and seating is limited to the ends of the bar or at one of two tables in opposite corners. Masks are required until your initial order has been given to the server/bartender, and any time you’re walking in the restaurant. There is an entrance door and an exit door, and there are hand sanitizer stations at both. There is a plexiglass barrier between customers and the bartender along the full length of the bar.
If there is no seating available in the bar, I place a takeout order and wait in my car. If the parking lot is extremely crowded, I don’t even bother going in, I call in a takeout order—I have Corona at home.
I’m not suggesting that these visits are failsafe, nothing in 2020 is failsafe. I am more comfortable with takeout food than delivery, and we are trying to support the restaurants we like. There will always be a post from the bar on Saturday, but I won’t always be at the bar.
In other news, 37 years after he died, I realized yet another thing I learned from my dad.
When I went outside on Saturday to start raking leaves, the back yard was covered. I started, like I always do, raking a square of about 15′ (4.6m). I rake the leaves into a pile, bag the pile and start on another square. I work this way because my dad taught me to work this way. Whether it was raking leaves, sweeping the driveway or mopping a floor. Of course, this isn’t earth-shattering, until I realized that I used his technique of breaking overwhelming tasks into manageable chunks was a big key to my success in business.
As a consultant, as a systems developer and as an information manager; big, complicated, long-duration projects defined the world I operated in. With every project, I looked for ways to deliver small chunks.
My graduate degree is in Operations Research. I was schooled in the science of project management. While I appreciate the elegance of a PERT Chart or a CPM Diagram, the deliverables on those charts are often very far apart. People on teams work better when they feel good, and nothing feels as good as success. Small success, big success, it barely makes a difference—it just feels good to scratch something off the list.
This carried over into my projects at home. When I installed the siding on our house and garage, I picked a stopping point each day. I didn’t want to get “part way across the front,” I wanted to say, “I got over to the door.”
I hope everyone can stay safe, well and sane, as we enter week (whatever week this is) of this pandemic. Thanks for spending a little of your time here.