Before the fun and games kick off today, I have to take a minute to address something that continues to affect many of my fellow Californians.
Even though the pictures and videos from the disaster paint a dramatic image t’s hard to get a sense of the devastation that the ongoing wildfires have had on everyday people just by watching the news.
I was actually planning a visit to an area that has been affected by the frighteningly intense blazes to visit a prospective client. We had spoken a few times, and developed such a rapport that I feel like I already know her personally.
A day or two before the scheduled meeting, I was concerned about reports of power outages in the area–computers running on electricity and all–and reached out to her to make sure everything was set to run smoothly.
The news she gave me was honestly pretty terrible…not only had the outages temporarily shut down her agency, her home also burned to the ground in the disaster. The silver lining is that everyone was fine, but it’s obviously a less than ideal situation for her.
If you’re curious, the meeting had to be postponed, but I really hope for a better update when I finally do make her acquaintance official. Best of luck.
In the meantime, the California Fire Foundation does great work for the families of fallen firefighters in times like these, and since what they do is such an important part of keeping us safe in this state, I strongly believe in supporting them.
If you also believe that running toward a fire is one of the most heroic things a human being can do in service to his fellow man, you can learn more about the program here.
Humans Helping Horses
People who save animals also have a special place in my heart, it’s encouraging to see that altruism can be shared between two lives whose backgrounds couldn’t be more different. I especially like when people band together to help large animals because it adds teamwork to the equation, and in that spirit, here is an uplifting video showing people running horses out of a burning barn.
Better than a Tin of Cookies
If you’re looking for a can’t-miss stocking stuffer, I don’t know a single person who would complain about getting a notebook PC. I’m a big fan of Chromebooks, and if you’re feeling indulgent this holiday season you could surprise someone special with the best model on the market, the Google Pixelbook.
Some folks are more comfortable with the classic PC experience, and there’s nothing wrong with that. You are still a valuable person with plenty to offer the world.
That’s why you deserve a slick hybrid PC like the newest Microsoft Surface, which shows off one of the most pleasant-feeling keyboards I’ve ever interacted with thanks to a special coating along with your choice of 4 refined tonal shells that give it a truly high-end look. Très chic.
If you don’t go in for the Madison Avenue talk, don’t worry…I’ve got an option for you too. I get it, money isn’t always easy to get, you don’t want to just go throwing it everywhere. Savings savvy individuals like us might be more interested in these Chromebooks, which deliver much of the performance without all of the price.
Role Reversal: Review Request
Do you want to be the one to tell me about a piece of software for a change? Well, here’s your chance. You see, I’m a geek in salesman’s clo–you know, even that’s a stretch. I’m just a geek, I could never pull off salesman’s clothing.
I need all the help I can get in that arena, and I’ve been considering Chorus as a helpful resource. For the uninitiated, it’s an app that allows sales superstars to record, transcribe, and analyze meetings in real time, so you get a clearer picture of what works and what doesn’t.
Still, as I mentioned, sales isn’t really my department, so I’m not sure anything would help. I haven’t been able to talk myself into pulling the trigger, but I know there are a few of you out there using it successfully so I’d really appreciate your thoughts.
The Last Word
All right, that’ll just about do it for this episode. Thanks as always for making time early in your weekly routine for another thrilling installment of “Brad’s Blog!” Next edition should be out Tuesday morning, which should be enough time to address all the requests for Christmas Chromebooks that are sure to come from family and friends who read this.