Today, I was in a conference room in Lucerne for eight hours.
No sunshine. No city views. No sightseeing.
But after dinner, I again was charmed by my hotel and the square it overlooks.
In the daylight, the front facade of the Hotel des Balances in Lucerne is awash with color, the figures and ornate border giving the building an almost candy-colored glow.
(They stand behind this sugary start by delivering a customized oval of chocolate on our pillows each night.)
When the sun sets, the hotel and the other painted buildings in the square loose their characteristic colors but not their charm. Most businesses close by seven o’clock, so there is only the sound of foot traffic on the cobblestone, and the street lights make the architecture appear more whimsical.
I took this photo from my hotel balcony, which overlooks the front entrance.
And because many of you couldn’t concentrate after you read the word ‘chocolate,’ here is that mint I mentioned.
Pretty snazzy, huh?
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Business travel can suck…
but not when they send you somewhere breathtaking.
I arrived in Zurich this morning and hopped a train to nearby Lucerne, a beautiful city that has everything you probably associate with Switzerland.
Moutains. A gorgeous lake. A slice of history around every corner. And a slice, too. (There are a lot of pizzerias…not that I’m complaining ).
I spent the day walking around this compact little town. I quickly abandoned my map and decided to see what I would see.
I saw an amazing art installation at a local school.
And a proud pup or two. (This is Figo.)
I also noticed that, in this pedestrian city, no one jaywalks. They don’t smile at passersby, either. And the church bells peal on the hour, which was rather beautiful.
Tomorrow I have to work (what?) and there is talk of rain, but I hope to fit in some indoor sightseeing during my brief visit.
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I am at a training program in Dallas, and all the materials include my middle name.
Oh, the humanity.
I have seen a lot of articles of late on how to achieve the desired posture while sitting at my desk.
I didn’t use to have to worry about this kind of thing.
The folks who requisitioned my office furniture did.
But I home office — like more and more workers out there — so now the ergonomics of our home office space is up to us.
You can spend a lot of money on desks and chairs and ‘strategery’ your layout, but some spine czars say simple things like putting a pillow behind your back can make a big difference.
My favorite piece of advice?
Put a book on your head. Your body automatically aligns itself to maintain balance. I’ve tried this one, and it works — on me, a little too well.
You see, my head is really flat. I can slump and the book stays.
(That’s why I like this method so much.)
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Back in my improv comedy days, we had a mantra:
There are no mistakes. Use everything you are given.
The members of the Pinellas County sheriff’s department in Largo, Florida subscribe to the same motto.
Their office recently garnered big media attention for a misprint in a logo in their department carpeting — “In God We Trust” had become “In DOG We Trust.”
And it took two months for anyone to notice.
With a ‘no mistakes’ attitude, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri just announced that the rug will be sold at auction with the proceeds benefiting a local animal rescue organization.
Appears the rug was right all along.
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