Perhaps I tend to read too much into the intent of the Prickly Pear. The one I sent to Roy was casting Quixotic shadow puppets. This one seems to be reaching out to slap me as I walk down the sidewalk.
A lot of people have asked about this whole Tucson thing. Why are you moving? Why Tucson? What’s the plan?
The “Why” is more complicated than the “What”, so I’ll explain the why over a glass of red when you come and visit me.
Here’s “what” I’ve found:
I’ve found that turning a page and opening up a new chapter in a life is scary, exhilarating, challenging, boring, depressing and fun.
The low points come in because we’ve chosen as a family to make the move over the next year, so it means some time alone. (I told you the “why” is more complicated).
The high points come in times of discovery. If you watched the videos in Roy William’s rabbit hole this week, you’ll see 2 different kinds of Tucson being presented. This first one is the Chamber of Commerce perspective.
And the second is a peek at the parts of Tucson that the Chamber would rather have you forget.
Of course, BOTH videos are accurate portrayals of the city. You can choose to focus on the cactus or you can focus on the shadow. Let me warn you, too much focus on the cactus, and all you’ll see are problems. Too much focus on a magical shadow and all you will see is fantasy.
WHAT I’m enjoying about Tucson is that reality-bitch-slap of the cactus at the top of this post. I’ve lived in a too-small town for entirely-too-long. It’s nice to stretch my wings for more than a 48-hour visit to a city on a consulting gig. I’m making Tucson my town.
Seriously, come on over for a glass of red.
Coming from the chamber industry, I have real appreciation for your perspective.
Thought I’d share this video about Wyoming. Come by, we’ll arrange a moose ride.
I was wondering… glad y’all have found a new city to call home! May the transition be a smooth one.
Just spent a week in a small MI town, don’t know how folks manage long term outside city life.
We are based in a smallish city in the UK but it has everything we need, bigger cities are not far away and worth a visit once in a while
We are setup in Nottingham and we love it here. Bang in the middle so easy to get to other cities and has everything that we could possibly want.
Tina Sharkey spoke on branding at Umpqua Bank’s flagship store in San Francisco. Customer Development should be about discovering joy. http://alfidicapitalblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/tina-sharkey-pursues-her-joy-at-umpqua.html