Madison+Main Weekly Report for July 1st, 2016
Chances are by the time you receive this edition of the Weekly Report, you’ll already be on your way to a beach or a barbecue celebrating America. Even the poor souls in New Jersey who aren’t very patriotic will be pleased that they get a three day weekend (I’m not picking on New Jersey, but they were voted the least patriotic state in a survey this week by Wallethub.com). My beloved Virginia – land of my birth – was voted #1 Most Patriotic state in the Union.
And as we jump into the weekend’s festivities, I want to remind you that Independence Day is more than “baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet.” It’s also about celebrating America with cheap fireworks made in China. #OhTheIrony #USAUSA
Monday, June 27th – The Entertainer
On Monday, I had every single block of my calendar filled from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., so I was mentally exhausted when I showed up at Bravo Music Academy for my half-hour piano lesson with the most patient, caring and encouraging piano teacher in the world, Tonya Cory. Monday marked one year of lessons. 52 in the last 70 weeks since I started playing piano. On Monday, I made it through Scott Joplin‘s The Entertainer. Perhaps some day I will post a video.
Tuesday, June 28th – It Takes A Village
On Tuesday, we had a great meeting with the retail and marketing teams at Village Bank and on the way back, I realized what a phenomenal impact Village Bank has made since its humble beginnings in 1999 in the village of Midlothian. With 11 locations and hundreds of happy employees, they have been the engine for small business and community involvement in RVA. We’re proud to be their agency and especially happy to be a customer.
Wednesday, June 29th – Service Above Self
On Wednesday morning, I met a nice young lady named Katherine Earle — daughter of my friend Tom Earle — who recently graduated from Christopher Newport University. I’m always happy to spend a few moments with a young person who’s interested in the “biz.” She is looking to network with folks in RVA and you can connect with her here on LinkedIn.
After work, I cruised over to Stonehenge Country Club for our annual installation banquet for Midlothian Rotary. Apparently I didn’t get the memo, as I showed up in khakis and a golf shirt and everyone else had a tie and jacket. #DontYellAtMeImAVolunteer Despite my lack of fashion awareness, I was given the Service Above Self award by outgoing Club President, Allen Worley. I was sworn in as President Elect for 2017 alongside this year’s President, Maureen “Magnificent” Patterson. The countdown begins.
Thursday, June 30th – Orientation
Thursday started early with a 7:30 a.m. phone call with fellow board members from Junior Achievement of Central Virginia. At the same time, in Harrisonburg, my daughter Hattie was going through orientation at JMU. It’s hard to believe my little girl will be in college in less than eight weeks. Another countdown begins.
Friday, July 1st
– The First Six Months
Today marks the start of the 2nd half of 2016. There are only 176 shopping days left until Christmas. www.xmasclock.com #
This weekend, we’re taking the whole crew to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Fourth and watch some Nats baseball. On Monday, I will continue my tradition of setting off $200 worth of “bombs bursting in air” in my cul-de-sac for the amazement and delight of my neighbors. #Murica
“If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.”
– Ronald Reagan
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