Saturday, March 04, 2006

Back from Washington

What a trip! Let's start with the weather...brutal driving conditions going down, even worse coming back. Closed highways, rain, snow, sleet, ice, sand, snowplows and many many vehicles in the ditch. Luckily I was able to navigate through all of it and make it home to my loving wife and 11-month old daughter safe and sound. My trip, working for a client, took me through Idaho and into Spokane, then off to Seattle, down to the Washington State Capitol of Olympia, back to Seattle, back to Spokane through the Snoqualimie Pass and then returning the way I came through Idaho up to Canada, the Crowsnest Pass, north to Calgary and eventually Edmonton.

Now on to the really fun and exciting topic of business. There is an incredible amount of to be had and done down there. Washington is filled with friendly, smart and engaging business people. At each step along the way we had several meetings with terrific people, including Washington State Representative John McCoy.

Rep McCoy is a deep feeling and thoughtful man who feels very strongly about the things that matter most, our children and the quality of education they receive.

We were able to set in motion or continue in person multiple discussions worth millions of dollars, this is really exciting and empowering work.

Helping people always is!

The hospitality from the folks we met was tremendous and I look forward to a return trip to follow-up with all the work that exists as a result of our successful efforts over the last week and a bit. The phone has been ringing off the hook since I returned with questions, comments and discussions on moving forward. Now it's simply a matter of continuing to make sure the rubber meets the more ways than one.

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