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I'm not cool enough.

This kind of truck, is what I’m talking about. This kind of gas station.

Friends. I cannot believe it. Somehow I have made it to a Moth Grandslam Championship in Portland, Oregon. How?? I qualified at a Moth Story Slam in September by telling a story about how I can make a strange snapping sound with my index finger. It’s that thing people do when they say booyakasha! or pack tobacco while sitting on the tailgate of a pickup truck in the town I grew up in. I was not one of those guys on the truck. They would not let me hang out with them because — at the time — I couldn’t do things like drive stick shift or pack tobacco with a “limpy.”

But now I get to speak at The Moth, which is even better than the tobacco and the pickup. The theme is FIRED UP. And I am. You can get tickets for $25 here or just kindly leave me a comment to bolster my courage. Woohooo!!!

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hult-center-interior-2014-touched-up-1It is an honor to be invited to give the keynote speech at ABAE’s BRAVA Breakfast on Friday, November 4.  My topic will be: “Where the Wild Things Are: Taking Risks in Business and Art.”

The event takes place from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM. Early, right? So I am making a No Bullet Point Promise ™. No small fonts. No terrible handouts. No Death by Power Point. There will be risks, interactive mayhem, music, and — naturally — a few references to the work of Mr. Sendak. And coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. If you’d like to attend, there may still be a few seats available. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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