236 Green Lights…. and Happy New Year from Tailwind!

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Green lights

There is a video out in the web-o-shpere of an Uber driver driving along and hitting 236 consecutive green lights! Wow!

If I did the same video I am sure that I would hit 236 red lights straight.

Today I have to think about what momentous thing I need to say so that our company, our customers, and the industry are inspired in the new year.

It’s the Day before New Years’ Eve  – and I have to come up with it now because I am not at work tomorrow – but we always have a Support person available on an emergency basis, which makes me very proud of our business and thankful that I work with such a committed group. We aren’t a big group but we have a lot of customers around North America, and sometimes it’s only when things are quiet that they like to jump into their software to invoice customers or pay bills, etc.

Well, I might seek inspiration in Robbie Burns and see that his song gets sung by everyone at midnight every year. It’s a great song. He wrote it in 1778 and they still sing it today!!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o’ lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu’d the gowans fine,
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot
Sin’ auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl’t in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin’ auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine,
And we’ll tak a right guid willie-waught
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye’ll be your pint’ stoup,
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne!

But I am not sure everyone understands the lyrics. I have even asked Mark, our second most favorite local Scottish import after Glenfiddich – and he doesn’t even know what all the words mean. But for sure – everyone can sing at least the first couple lines. They sing those loudly and mostly mumble the next ones because everybody is hammered by the time they sing it.

Now, when Robbie wrote it I am sure that he was drunk. Or maybe that’s just the way they spoke and spelled back in the ancient tymes as mae kiffds wyould saye!

But I am working on something enduring – something that would befit the work of all the people at our small trucking software company – something befitting to the passion and effort that all our customers give to their work almost every day of the year. I am wondering what I could wish for everyone.

Do I wish for less regulation and rules? Hmm – well, a lot of those keep us safe. Some want more and some want less. Hmm…

Hey – I could wish that everyone stays safe. Yep, that’s a good one.

I could wish that each person achieves greater enjoyment out of their professional and personal lives. Yep – that works too.


Yep – that’s what I will do!


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