The Latest Mid-Life Crisis Mobile

Okay, this was fun courtesy of Avis:

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A few ragtop rules in Seattle:

  • Wear a polar fleece.
  • If you don’t open your top because you’re waiting for sun, you’ll never open your top in Seattle. Just be prepared to pull over to the side to put it back up. šŸ˜›
  • Be prepared for strange glances from people with foreign license plates.
  • As to both of the above: always look like you’re enjoying yourself.

When in a convertible, music plays an important part of the entire experience. Be keenly aware that if you’re going to play tracks at sufficient volume to enjoy them, others will have to "enjoy" them as well. In my case, I’m a gray-haired guy; I don’t want to look like I’m in in mid-life crisis mode (I’m not), nor do I want to appear silly.

Hence, I was in a bit of a quandary as to what to play. Wheeling through my Zune, I found (and avoided playing):

There is no Rap on my Zune, and very little Pop. The radio? No.

I settled on Evanescence (described as "The goth-inspired Arkansas rock band" :: cackle :: ), which gave way to Santana (Shaman, of course) and Marc Anthony (Libre; the Spanish version).

I enjoyed the strange glances from people with foreign and domestic license plates all around.

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About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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