Monthly Archives: May 2014

Water not optional

We need water for basic survival purposes; so fact that there is currently 33 counties in Texas that have less than a 45 to 90 day supply of viable water remaining supply frightens me!  http://www.kvue.com/news/state/259742391.html 

Meanwhile across the globe in Lima, Peru the University of Engineering and Technology of Peru (UTEC) saw an opportunity, they created a billboard that would generate water utilizing the humidity in the air. Folks, we have got to change the status quo and think about things differently.  

One of the towns affected is Bandera, Texas. This town, if you have never been there is a step backwards in time, it is simply put, a unique experience! I had the opportunity to go there for a day when I worked for a newspaper and interview one of the local ranches about how they were teaching people about riding horses, cattle wrangling, running barrels, roping, riding bulls, and most importantly slowing down and taking it all in! Think old black and white westerns, that is Bandera.  It is unique little town that is frequented by motorcycle enthusiasts for its “Twisted Sisters” ride. This town even though it is deep into Texas has an average humidity of 76%.  

Would this new concept pulling water out of the air benefit Bandera; I am not 100% positive, but it is worth investigating. Could Texas as a state put these billboards closer to the shoreline, possibly near Houston and truck the water to needed towns? Yes, I do believe they could!  

My superpower

I just read the article, “The One Question All Successful People Can Answer Immediately” by Sarah Chang on The Muse you can read it here: https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-one-question-all-successful-people-can-answer-immediately 

This article made me think about what I would consider my superpower; not about what I would like for it be, but what I am exceptionally good at. This made me think about process improvement and while this is something I am truly passionate about, I am not sure I have the “1000 hours” yet to consider this something that I am an expert at.  However, one thing that I am exceptionally good at is empowering others and making them believe in themselves.  

I am 100% a Libra and I naturally have always been very fair and open minded. I truly want others to feel successful.  When I was younger I believed the way that I could do this was by doing things for people; now, I take a different approach and tell them what I need, and if necessary a few steps to help get them going.  For example, I have tutored a few math students, (no, I am not a teacher and I have never been one, but have the most respect for them) when I tutor them I express the importance of memorizing the math vocabulary.  If you can’t read what the math problem is telling you to do, you might get lucky when you solve it; but most of the time, you are going to fail.  Math is all about memorization, to me it is one of the simplest content areas that we study in school. Math is always consistent and has the same solution. 2+2 ALWAYS equals 4. Always. See.. there are no if or whens in that statement.  So when I tutor a math student I focus on the foundation and help them make the connections for themselves.  I owe my strong math background to the hardheaded, sarcastic Mr. Kelly Norman.  He truly has the superpower of teaching! His students respected him, he demanded excellence out of you, all the way down to your behavior in the classroom.  If you yawned, it better have been silent.  

What is your superpower?  

I’m BAAAaccccck!

This past month has been a whirlwind, I tell you, a complete whirlwind! I had my capstone for graduate school, I am finally done! I don’t know if I am excited or sad to have graduated with my Masters. I had the opportunity to learn under some pretty amazing professors and THAT is inspiring.

I have had all these great ideas and new concepts that I have thought of in the last month and meant to write them down so that I could remember to blog about them when I got the chance, but, it is not smart to write when you are driving or showering, although I guess I could steal Mike’s waterproof paper and keep that in the shower, that is usually when my brain starts processing ideas.

A few months ago after moving to Fort Worth there was an ice storm, I fell for its silly sliding pranks and had a one car pile up.. with myself… in a parking lot, with a barrier… twice. Twice! While I had my rental car I took the opportunity to test drive some other vehicles and see if maybe a SUV would be more fitting for living in Fort Worth. If you have ever driven here, you get surprises all the time, in the form of very large scale road dips, that are nearly impossible to avoid. I test drove a Chevy SUV first, it was part of the commercial fleet called the Captivia. It drove nice… but, it wasn’t for me, the gas milage in my opinion was pour and if you are hovering near the five foot tall marker, the vehicle is just not built for you, sitting that close to the steering wheel is dangerous, plus, where are all the bells and whistles? Fleet, right?

My next vehicle was the Ford Edge, WOW was my first impression, I was blown away at the features and the technology in this vehicle. My daughter loved it, she asked immediately if we could keep it. I was highly impressed with just about everything on the vehicle but they fell short, there might be a pun there… wait for it… the cup holders were tiny, meaning I couldn’t even put my standard size travel coffee mug in it; good thing I have one of those AMAZING Contigos that TRULY does NOT leak! Next, shaking my head, very disappointed, I had at best, two inches of space from my knees to the bottom of the dashboard where the steering wheel was located. I had about seven inches between me and the steering wheel, which places me in the “risk zone” if I was to have a crash (head on collision), I would be lucky to walk out of the car, my legs would likely be decimated. In a car that technologically advanced they didn’t have the adjustable pedals for us shorties in mind. We aren’t that rare, are we? So overall, I couldn’t safely drive this car… apparently consumer reports agrees with that the statement direct from their site “Edge has its strong points, but there are better choices”. I truly like the technology development in this car, but if you can’t consider the height of the driver in the design the car fails. My recommendations, add additional seat adjustments like tilt, or add movable pedals for your more petite clientele.

My next test drive will be the Subaru Forester. It is rated much better by consumer reports (by 17 points), so fingers crossed!