236 Green Lights

Murray Pratt Blog, Current Events, Life

There is a video out in the Web-o-sphere 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, 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 some 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, 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 auld 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-favourite 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 line. They sing that one loudly and mostly mumble the second one, because everybody is hammered by the time they sing it.

Now, when Robbie wrote it I am sure that he was either drunk or that’s the way they spoke and spelled back then – 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 the working lives 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 that keeps 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.

I could wish that they find a way to stay between the ‘rumble strips’ of their lives, find a big load of freight and travel along a route that has 236 green lights so that they get to their destination more quickly, with less hassle, and safely. And they make a lot of money because they use less fuel and they get paid well.

Yep – that’s what I will do!



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