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Delta SkyMiles Announcement

July 11, 2014 Leave a comment
Delta Plane

The only thing that soars higher than this plane are my spirits with the addition of Silver Medallion achiever that was bestowed on me by Delta.

I am very proud to announce that I have achieved the first hurdle in my Delta SkyMiles journey. I am a Silver Medallion holder. While Gold, Platinum and Diamond still lay ahead of me I am proud to join a family based on mutual respect for the frequent flyer, exceptional adoration for the plane people, and a status that is achieved by so few in this earthly realm.

While I don’t play into the whole pomp and ceremony of this new designation I would like to highlight a couple of dos and don’ts of interacting with me now that I have been officially recognized as an Emperor of the air.

Do:

  1. Congratulate me for working so hard that I was recognized by an airline.
  2. When greeting me for the first time address me as, “Mr. Silver” after which time you can then refer to me as SkyMiles Roberts or Zone 1 Winner Ben.
  3. Slap my back and say, “Boy, Howdy! That’s some air miles!”

 

Don’t:

  1. Weep for my enemies who were vanquished by not working as hard as I have and flying as many miles.
  2. Look me directly in the eyes.
  3. Cut in front of me during boarding.
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The Gift of Experience – March

May 24, 2014 Leave a comment

We were going to some chili cook-off deal, but it was rainy so instead we got ourselves a patio to enjoy the Florida weather.

 

backyard patio

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United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Third Forum

May 29, 2010 Leave a comment

This week I have been in Rio De Janeiro attending the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Third Forum. It has been a blast. I am a Terana Fellow and so was asked to attend the forum as a Youth Participant, (they consider youth 18-29). I have never given up a free chance to travel and the fact that it was a UN event it was an easy thing to say yes to. The Youth came a day early to discuss the issues that would be discussed by Heads of States in the coming days so that we might contribute to the conversation on such issues ranging from migrant’s rights to the new social media…really interesting stuff. The conclusion of our meeting was a list of recommendations we created to be announced at the opening ceremony of the forum so that the Youth might have a voice.

Long story short at the opening ceremony every head of state exclaimed the importance of listening to youth, but when it came time for the youth presenters to take the stage they were told their role was canceled due to time constraints..womp, womp.

My first reaction was, “Oh well, we’ll post it online.” However this deletion caused my brethren from different parts of the world to become enraged.

I forgot an important lesson from my college days, who we are and how we act comes in large part from our context. Can you imagine traveling to somewhere you will finally be given a voice and a platform only to have it taken away? Even now I am able to speak my voice with no fear of reprucssion. The friends I have made while I am here do not have that same luxury.

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Love for Others

April 12, 2010 Leave a comment

 6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8

I don’t think love is love until it is tested. How can it be? How do we even begin to model this type of love for one another? How do warring cultures put away past wrong to love each other?

I think this principal goes back to global citizenship and the vital importance of finding identity in something more than the boundaries or individual nations. I think what the passage is saying is that there isn’t a scale of right and wrong. We all don’t get a number between 1-10 and everyone 7 and higher is good to go and anyone below 7 looses out. I cannot even begin to wrap my head around how this would work.

 

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Identify and Fix it

April 5, 2010 Leave a comment

There isn’t enough time to put off the junk in your life you need to work on. Identify it quickly and then fix it. If you wait for tomorrow the weakness will bring you down.

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Churchill dresses up

November 4, 2009 Leave a comment

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Churchill was a Squirrel for Halloween.

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Six Pixels of Separation: Everyone is Connected. Connect Your Business to Everyone by Mitch Joel

September 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Book: Six Pixels of Separation: Everyone is Connected. Connect Your Business to Everyone by Mitch Joel

Rating: Meh

Lesson Learned: The internet has closed the gap

This was a good book and would have been a fantastic book had I read it at the beginning of my quest to learn everything about online marketing and building brand awareness. However, I didn’t and so I was re-reading a lot of stuff I had already heard. It seems like the new deal for marketing agencies is to have their higher ups write really good books. I’m down with that. I think the real story here is that if this book was published there are still people out there that don’t know and understand the power of the internet.

Don’t misunderstand me the book is worth reading if you are beginning your exploration into online marketing and understanding electronic community, but if you are in your 20s you have grown up with this stuff.