Wednesday, October 31, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 277

HappyUP!!! - Halloween
Why it happened - it's a calender item, silly
Why it makes me happy - c'mon....those lil kids are adorable. The big kids are goofy....and then there was the Name Tag. How good was that? The kid was a big, "Hello, My Name is......" with the white place to write in his name. Of course, there were a few treats for the hard working guy handing out the goods too!

HappyUP!!! - phone call during Halloween
Why it happened - my friend called me back
Why it makes me happy - we just had a fun, silly chat as we listened to each other pass out candy. We covered the full candy report of our full lives......just childish fun! The Nestle Crunch bar was mutually decided as being in the running as the best candy bar ever.....the Almond Joy/Mounds was in there too. We covered them all.

HappyUP!!! - call from an old friend
Why it happened - the old friend called me
Why it makes me happy - there were good things going on in my O.F.'s life. I love hearing that because, last I heard, there were things going the wrong way in that area.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 276

HappyUP!!! - lunch
Why it happened - we had to celebrate a promotion
Why it makes me happy - c''s a promotion. I even got my boss to join me!

HappyUP!!! - recruiting appointment
Why it happened - I made an inquiry that turned into something special
Why it makes me happy - I may make an unexpected good add to my team

HappyUP!!! - full house at Toastmasters
Why it happened - we had everyone there....and a guest
Why it makes me happy - the entire room feels much differently when we have a full house. Now, we just need to add a few more members.

Monday, October 29, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 275

HappyUP!!! - free flow of traffic to my dinner appointment
Why it happened - I got some great advice...that I asked for
Why it made me happy - I had an important meeting. I thought I knew where it was...but I didn't have it placed in my mind right. Because I left early on the advice of staff, I beat the traffic window. This allowed me time to actually FIND the place that I needed to be at rather than worrying about looking at my watch. I was in a great frame for my recruiting appointment.

HappyUP!!! - meeting my next two employees
Why it happened - one of my direct reports scheduled the interviews
Why it made me happy - I really liked these people. They will be a great addition to the team. My boss approved my offer letters in a hurry. We will get them

HappyUP!!! - golf invitation
Why it happened - I did something great the other day
Why it made me happy - was a golf invitation....from a key business associate....who is very busy. He made the invite. Heretofore, it has been a "let's do lunch" kind of thing. Golf and business....does it get better than that?

Sunday, October 28, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 274

HappyUP!!! - I left the back door open by mistake
Why it happened - I had golf clubs in my hands
Why it made me happy - Shadow took the opportunity of the open door policy and decided she was an indoor kitty. I don't let the S's (Stogie and Shadow) inside. This allowed for some rare recline-in-the-chair-with-kitty-
on-the-lap time. She dug it.......and so did her owner

HappyUP!!! - gorgeous day
Why it happened - welcome to the fall in Northern California
Why it made me happy - I was out in that glorious sunshine all day long...and I mean from 8:30 to 5:30

HappyUP!!! - 36 holes of golf
Why it happened - my golfing partners wanted to go stick it some more
Why it made me happy - I didn't score well. I lost a lot of dough. But, I keep showing some flashes of past brilliance......slow...."take it back slooooow, Nutster." I hit a lot of very, very good shots today. Oh yeah, there were plenty of errant ones but there were some real keepers out there. I wish I could say the putter was working.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 273

HappyUP!!! - mowing the lawn
Why it happened - first time in a few weeks
Why it makes me happy - it's slow growth season so I was able to "go green" and let the carpet grow for a few weeks. It's looking good now....and the weather was gorgeous

HappyUP!!! - seeing my dad
Why it happened - I needed to watch him for awhile
Why it makes me happy - my bro and sis-in-law take care of him. I needed to fill in the gap today. It's the least I could do. I wish that there was more for me to do as dad heads down the final road.

HappyUP!!! - breakfast with the clan
Why it happened - it's almost any Saturday morning
Why it makes me happy - it's just a bunch of fun...and BS.....and good food.

Friday, October 26, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 272

HappyUP!!! - meeting with staff
Why it happened - I called them in
Why it makes me happy - we don't all sit down at one time that much. We got to go over some things that need to happen going forward.

HappyUP!!! - business opportunity
Why it happened - I had a trainer in town
Why it makes me happy - I have some resources available....this guy may be part of the solution to utilizing them

HappyUP!!! - new strings
Why it happened - a string broke
Why it makes me happy - it's great to have new strings.....but I hate restringing my guitar. The restringing is done and the new, crisp tones are forthcoming.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 271

HappyUP!!! - lunch
Why it happened - an old business colleague called
Why it made me happy - there could be a business opportunity involved. We also had a great conversation.

HappyUP!!! - reading
Why it happened - I took my few minutes to read before going in to the office
Why it made me happy - I was reading about the subject of "choice" and how that fits into the Science of Positive Psychology. It more than fits. The research that has been done shows that it is at the core. It was interesting that a bunch of experiments were set up that validated a pretty simple concept. There was a little bit of an "Aha" moment.

HappyUP!!! - systems
Why it happened - LA Fires
Why it made me happy - once again, the fires are not a HappyUP!!! The things that people do very quickly are. Many people know about the things dealing directly with the fire itself. Others don't know the things that have to be done to function as a business during these times of natural disaster. Though relatively unaffected, my group all learned through a conference call about what has to happen during times like these.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 270

HappyUP!!! - 4 new employees
Why it happened - my managers are out recruiting
Why it made me happy - these ones are coming from a tough competitor

HappyUP!!! - conversations
Why it happened - I talked to all of my direct reports today
Why it made me happy - I had nothing but good interactions today. No problems...none. No complaints. Now, if I got a steady diet of this, I would be scared. In our industry, I am probably one of the only managers that can claim this. I spoke to every direct report!

HappyUP!!! - chili cheese omelette
Why it happened - I had the special
Why it made me happy - when I go to my breakfast place, it's a short stack and a side of sausage everytime. Before I found this combo, I would get a chili cheese omelette at every breakfast place I would go to. My place has never offered this. I saw it on the specials board, ordered it, and it was deeeelicious.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 269

HappyUP!!! - meeting a guy
Why it happened - he was "the courier"
Why it makes me happy - he was actually more than that. He knew my nephew. It was great meeting him.

HappyUP!!! - a cancelled trip
Why it happened - fires in LA
Why it makes me happy - I didn't want to contribute to the problems of So Cal. I am glad that our big meeting was called off. Those fires aren't a HappyUP!!! Not going to LA is

HappyUP!!! - a great lunch
Why it happened - I set it up
Why it makes me happy - I met with a recruit. This person will become a member of my team. With any luck, the person will become a friend for life.

Monday, October 22, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 268

HappyUP!!! - a great client meeting
Why it happened - it was time for me to have that meeting
Why it made me happy - he is a true partner...and a privilege to work with. When I get one on one time, I am appreciative.

HappyUP!!! - good session at the branch
Why it happened - it is my Monday morning routine
Why it made me happy - my employee "gets it" and is learning like a sponge

HappyUP!!! - a call back from a recruit
Why it happened - we managed to hook up after missing one another
Why it made me happy - one step closer to making this big deal happen

Sunday, October 21, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 267

HappyUP!!! - Making Strides for Cancer

Why it happened - I got my fanny out of bed by 6 this morning

Why it made me happy - I raised a little money for a cause, breast cancer, that is worthy. It is one that has hit too close to home for me. It was a little brisk this morning which added to the HappyUP!!! in my book. Sacramento has a gorgeous capitol building. Capitol Mall feeds nicely into it. It just makes for a lovely walk downtown with no traffic on a Sunday.

HappyUP!!! - walking with friends

Why it happened - our company had a team at the walk

Why it made me happy - these are people in another work group. I don't get to see them that often. As a matter of fact, I had only spoken over the phone with one of them. It's always good to put a face with a voice. We had good fellowship.

<<<<<-----------Dave Matthews Wannabe

HappyUP!!! - weight and blood pressure

Why it happened - I did the weekly weigh in and every once in awhile blood pressure check

Why it made me happy - three weeks in a row of maintaining my lowest weight of the year. I am not really trying to lose at the moment. I am thinking about making a run at it between now and Thanksgiving. For now, I am thrilled to have it where it is...while not stressing over it. The BP was 100/70....very issues despite a lack of excercise as of late.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 266

HappyUP!!! - golf
Why it happened - I was invited
Why it makes me happy - 36 holes in one day....doing something I so enjoyed as a child.

HappyUP!!! - meeting someone on the golf course
Why it happened - someone joined us on the second 18
Why it makes me happy - he was a nice guy....retired Southwest Airlines pilot...decent golfer...and another person on the planet that I now know

HappyUP!!! - dead tired
Why it happened - probably the 36 holes
Why it makes me happy - I wouldn't want to live this way. I am ready to pass out....and, in a strange way, it feels good.

Friday, October 19, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 265

HappyUP!!! - MC of a contest
Why it happened - I was invited to host
Why it makes me happy - I gave people some entertainment that they would not have gotten....and they needed it.

HappyUP!!! - Breakfast
Why it happened - I schedule it every two weeks with my friend
Why it makes me happy - an employee can be a friend

HappyUP!!! - a deal gone bad and now moving forward
Why it happened - someone screwed up outside of my organization big time
Why it made me happy - my people got it fixed and, despite the inconvenience, they were happy in the end rather than being ticked!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 264

HappyUP!!! - excellent lunch
Why it happened - an employee set it up
Why it makes me happy - I met a couple of very interesting people that one of my employees has gotten involved with in our business dealings. It was an outstanding business lunch.

HappyUP!!! - working on a little project
Why it happened - I raised the flag awhile back
Why it makes me happy - I get to be "in the know" and, if we solution, my team will be some of the first to benefit. If we can solve, it will be something that makes my people happy.....which is what I am all about.

HappyUP!!! - guitar time
Why it happened - it actually happens alot
Why it makes me happy - I'm letting a little ditty ferment a bit. It's coming along nicely and I am getting the chord progressions down better and better all the time.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day263

HappyUP!!! - a good conversation
Why it happened - I made it happen
Why it made me happy - I was the better man. I gave the other person the chance.

HappyUP!!! - a reaction
Why it happened - I made a bold action yesterday
Why it made me happy - a competitor did something stupid

HappyUP!!! - lunch with a branch
Why it happened - I was invited
Why it made me happy - I love talking to the employees two down

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 262....

HappyUP!!! - fixed a broken big deal for an employee and manager
Why it happened - I jumped in on a deal that had gone south
Why it made me happy - I made the company and my employees some money today. The client got what they wanted. There weren't a lot of people that would have had the resourcefulness to do what I did today.

HappyUP!!! - had numbers come in confirming my market
Why it happened - I asked for a clarification
Why it made me happy - it confirmed that I was correct and that I do know my market. That's all I needed to know for my professional satisfaction.

HappyUP!!! - had my offer on a house accepted
Why it happened - I guess the seller is desperate
Why it made me happy - I am getting a rock bottom price and be able to help fulfill a dream that I have had in the back of my head. It's kind of personal. The house isn't for me. This just fills my heart though.


Monday, October 15, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 261...Monday, Monday...

HappyUP!!! - Really funny e-mail
Why it happened - been doing some trading with my Minnesota buddy
Why it made me happy - he has a subtle humor that just gets ya

HappyUP!!! - got my homework done on time

HappyUP!!! - good interaction with a manager working for me
Why it happened - I had a meeting with the manager
Why it made me happy - we are moving things along for this person and doing career development

HappyUP!!! - mac and cheese

HappyUP!!! - gave a great report
Why it happened - it was Monday morning
Why it made me happy - there was a new face at the meeting. I wanted to give a strong report and I did.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day much to pick from

HappyUP!!! - knocked it stiff
Why it happened - I hit a great 7-iron
Why it made me happy - the ball rolled up, gently kissed the flagstick, and settled on the lip of the hole. While it would have been great had it gone in, the birdie did pick me up a substantial amount of bets! Plus, the shot was struck perfectly.

HappyUP!!! - a great bunker shot
Why it happened - years of practice......well, if I am so good, how did I get in the bunker in the first place
Why it made me happy - it took skills.....ones I picked up years ago. The shot came at the perfect time. It was perfect execution and I came really close to holing the bunker shot out.

HappyUP!!! - my new, old putter
Why it happened - I did a hack on it
Why it made me happy - I bought a new putter a couple of years ago. Then, I stopped using it. I like the look and how it set up behind the ball....but it was too light. I got out some lead tape and put some weight on it. I also moved the ball back in my stance a bit......and I was knocking in some putts today!

HappyUP!!! - a solid round of golf

HappyUP!!! - nice people to golf with

HappyUP!!! - an intense guitar session

HappyUP!!! - a gorgeous day

HappyUP!!! - top down on a gorgeous day

HappyUP!!! - a burgeoning friendship

HappyUP!!! - getting a project done

HappyUP!!! - dinner with family and friends

HappyUP!!! - some time with my dad

HappyUP!!! - e-mail trades with my Minnesota friend

Saturday, October 13, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 259

HappyUP!!! - haircut
Why it happened - I get one every once in awhile
Why it makes me happy - the barbershop is a good place to shoot the crap. More importantly, my hair was looking really good....went a little shorter than normal this time.

HappyUP!!! - saw a buddy that I hadn't seen in awhile
Why it happened - he needed to borrow something
Why it makes me happy - we were close. Then we drifted away. No animosity...just heading down different paths in life. It was great to see him again. Hopefully, we'll get to play some music together soon.

HappyUP!!! - "that's not the kind of rash you can's the kind you can get."
Why it happened - I was out amongst the population
Why it makes me happy - well, this one just made me laugh. I laughed because I overheard the comment above from some people I didn't know. I probably should have been scared because you don't want to be within earshot of someone having THAT kind of conversation. I was too busy laughing because of the content. Think about it....whatever rash they were talking about is one you can give.....otherwise, how did you GET it? Someone had to give it to you!

Friday, October 12, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 258

HappyUP!!! - finding that the error that I suspected existed
Why it happened - I went and audited the guy that did the report
Why it made me happy - some complex numbers were being sold to me as being "the truth" about my marketplace. If true, it means that I don't know my market......self doubt started to creep in. Finally, I said, "this doesn't make sense....something is wrong," to myself. Sure enough, I went to the guy that put the reports together and he had double counted A MAJOR portion of the market. Big implications on this.

HappyUP!!! - taking off a couple of hours early from work
Why it happened - I made it happen
Why it made me happy - come on.....a couple of free hours....just to relax and knock around. Heaven

HappyUP!!! - meeting a long time competitor for the first time
Why it happened - one of my managers recruited him
Why it made me happy - after all these years, I found out that he is as nice a guy as I thought he was. I like good, professional competitors in the marketplace

Thursday, October 11, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 257

HappyUP!!! - e-mail from the big guy
Why it happened - he has class...he acknowledged a "Thank You" note
Why it made me happy - so many reasons. I inter-office mailed this on Wednesday. His office got it on Thursday. By mid-day, he had opened it and acknowledged it via e-mail. You, "no big deal." I can only tell you that this is a VERY big business person we are talking about. Maybe this is how he got to be so BIG. Amazing!

HappyUP!!! - manager meeting
Why it happened - we do it monthly
Why it made me happy - we addressed some "elephants in the room." It was done well. Everyone understands where we need to get to. People are excited. It's awesome.

HappyUP!!! - breakfast burrito
Why it happened - I was at the Chevron
Why it made me happy - besides being delicious, it gave me another story to tell about eating at the Chevron. This gas station has the best little grill inside of it. Everyone laughs about our lunch stories from when the gang would eat there. Now, I have a good breakfast story. What's the story? It was around 6 a.m. when I went in........and there was a line waiting for their burritos. Half of the people waiting were Hispanic! It has to be good.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 256

HappyUP!!! - stress free commute
Why it happened - I left for downtown early
Why it made me happy - it was raining. I don't usually start my day in Sac. I beat the traffic by about 20 minutes or so

HappyUP!!! - meeting between recruit and boss
Why it happened - I set it up
Why it made me happy - it almost didn't happened. She was going to put it off and miss the oppty to meet my boss.

HappyUP!!! - acknowledged at breakfast
Why it happened - I had my boss mention my 20 years
Why it made me happy - the PRESIDENT of the entire company....BIG company....shook my hand during the photo op and said, "twenty years with mortgage...all here in California?" Yes, it is his job to be smooth...and he was....but he noticed. It made me happy.


A smooth stress free commute in the rain
Free parking
Breakfast speaker
The speaker acknowledging me
Seeing co-workers at the function
Opportunity to present on a call
Evening appointment
Finishing a pro-forma budget

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 255

HappyUP!!! - call from a friend
Why it happened - he likes me
Why it made me happy - he was sending me a piece of business....AND inviting me for golf on Sunday! Plus, I like this guy

HappyUP!!! - my new account rep called from Sweetwater
Why it happened - they switched account reps
Why it made me happy - Sweetwater is an "order by internet" music store. I have bought some things from them before so they always have an account rep call me to make offers or see if I need anything. They aren't irritating. My new account rep has his own recording studio.....he was able to make some suggestions as to why something that I am doing isn't working. Awesome!

HappyUP!!! - two recruiting appointments
Why it happened - it was my job
Why it made me happy - they both went well and I have some interest.

Monday, October 08, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day's about the food

HappyUP!!! - Lunch
Why it happened - I set it up
Why it made me happy - well, when two same middle age buddies get together and cute little 20 year old Julie is the waitress with just two weeks of waitressing under her garter come together for lunch, it's going to be a HappyUP!!! Actually, it was just good to visit with a guy in the business. (...and Julie, despite her age and experience, was phenomenal)

HappyUP!!! - a lunch invitation
Why it happened - a guy left me a message
Why it made me happy - this is a pretty upbeat guy and a friend in the business. He left me a message. We'll have a good time later this week.

HappyUP!!! - a sushi invite
Why it happened - an acquaintance and I share similar tastes
Why it made me happy - I'll be having some sushi this week!

NOTE: I had trouble coming up with HappyUP!!!s from memory today. Warning! Warning! Warning! It means I am not looking hard enough during the day and catching them in the now.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 253......Excitement

HappyUP!!! - helping Dad
Why it happened - I was over at my bro's
Why it made me happy - my bro was in the middle of doing some of the "caregiver" work. From experience, I know it is easier with two people so I got to help my dad and my bro

HappyUP!!! - chat with my nephew
Why it happened - my bro and I are going to make him a real estate mogul
Why it made me happy - I could go on and on about why this little guy is one of the heroes in my life. This kid got dealt a bad hand health wise from the start. He has battled through that....never complained....and is doing OK. With a little help from his uncle, he won't have to rent anymore. (Wow....I almost just started to cry. There are a lot of good reasons to do these HappyUP!!!s

HappyUP!!! - talking with a real estate buddy
Why it happened - he is going to help put the deal above together
Why it made me happy - we got to catch up. We hadn't talked in a long time. I have known him for over 20 years and I have never used him on a transaction (I have only done a couple personally). Anyway, times are a little slow and I am sure he appreciates this piece of easy business.

HappyUP!!! Day 252....Sat Nite with George Carlin

HappyUP!!! - George Carlin live
Why it happened - I made a decision to go
Why it makes me happy - I have always believed that George Carlin has a brilliant mind. Some would label him a contrarian ...I am sure he would say, "thank you." Last night, he unabashedly went down the line of BS that gets sold to people. This makes me happy because it is always great to find a kindred spirit. Carlin was trying out new material in prep for his upcoming 14th HBO Special. Some of his "new" material has been a takeoff of things that I already have made note of in this blog! George, have you been taking my stuff again?

HappyUP!!! - George Carlin seating
Why it happened - I bought at the last minute
Why it makes me happy - I called ahead. "All we have left are the less expensive seats but you will have a great time," the lady on the phone said. I showed up at the box office as the lights were flickering in the lobby signifying that the show was about to begin. "Would you like seats right up front?" the HELPFUL person asked. "Yes...I would like to sit where I deserve," was my reply. Orchestra Pit....row 3....just off to the center of stage left. Awesome

HappyUP!!! - taking an underprivileged kid shopping at Mervyns
Why it happened - I was invited by the Apostolos Fund to help out
Why it makes me happy - these kids would probably be wearing hand me downs from a thrift store. There is nothing wrong with that in my book. Yet, other kids can be brutal. These kids already have disadvantages to overcome just because of where they were born in life. Mervyns ain't Nordstrom so it puts these kids on a par in appearance with most of their peers. From there, the kids are on their own to overcome the challenges. At least this gives them one piece of assistance. Personally, I think a little adversity is good. It makes you more resourceful. Unfortunately, everyone isn't me (...and don't even say that was a typo that should have said "fortunately").

Friday, October 05, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 251

HappyUP!!! - trading e-mail with a back east buddy
Why it happened - I got an e-mail at work and asked him for his private e-mail
Why it makes me happy - he is back in Minnesota. We have only seen each other a couple of times. I have always liked him, though. I am now pretty much assured that I will stay in some kind of contact with him for many years to come......and it doesn't go through the corporate screening! He already cracked me up.

HappyUP!!! - work done...and
Why it happened - I got it off my desk....and so did two other people
Why it makes me happy - I can bring some new playmates on-board because these are offer letters

HappyUP!!! - leftovers
Why it happened - I had more lunch than I could eat Wednesday
Why it made me happy - I worked a little late tonight, came home, did a few things, and said, "man, I am hungry." Knowing that I hadn't been to the store in forever, I was confident there was nothing to eat. I went to the fridge. "Hellllooooo Doctor!" I said to that paper bag of leftover Indian food. Exceptional...even reheated.


Work done and
Having stats back me up
Trading e-mails with a buddy back east
Crackin and needling one of my employees
Busting another employee

Thursday, October 04, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 250

HappyUP!!! - lead on a recruit
Why it happened - I did a guy a favor
Why it made me happy - I made a guy look good so he gave me the name of a recruit. He had been trying to recruit the person but now he felt like he was being ducked. I called with a chipper voice and...boom...I have an appointment next week with someone that I knew nothing about before.

HappyUP!!! - several pieces of key work off my desk
Why it happened - I NEEDED to get the work done
Why it made me happy -, I caught some errors that the staff made. While I didn't like the errors, I was happy that I caught and had the acumen to make the fixes

HappyUP!!! - dinner
Why it happened - a friend of mine had nothing happening
Why it made me happy - great dinner, conversation, and lots of laughter.....does it get better than that?

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 249

HappyUP!!! - lunch
Why it happened - I needed to congratulate an employee
Why it made me happy - my employee had his best month in his recent career. The Indian cuisine was over the top. Curry is not my favorite.....except at this place.

HappyUP!!! - getting the information in the correct hands
Why it happened - I received a very suspect marketing package using our company's logo
Why it made me happy - this outside firm used our company' s branding in their material to promote their agenda and sent it to me. I saw the material, identified what was going on, and got it into the hands of someone that will do something to stop the process. I love our brand and was it's protector today

HappyUP!!! - chat with a friend
Why it happened - I made the call
Why it made me happy - sometimes it is just good to have a call with some silliness in it.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 248

HappyUP!!! - my employees
Why it happened - they are great
Why it makes me happy - this one is personal. All I can tell you that, on a day like today, I KNOW

HappyUP!!! - meeting with the partners
Why it happened - they have an initiative they need driven
Why it makes me happy - there aren't a lot of company's that pull together like mine.....and that is a good thing.

HappyUP!!! - Toastmasters
Why it happened - it was Tuesday
Why it makes me happy - we had two great speeches....even though we were short on attendance today.

Monday, October 01, 2007

HappyUP!!! Day 247

HappyUP!!! - "would you like to see me naked?"
Why it happened - a lady busted what another guy said while we were in a meeting
Why it makes me happy - I was in a meeting. The excercise the group was going through was, "what are some good sales questions?" The sales agents were blurting out various questions they ask customers. Then, one of the women said, "or, you can ask the one Paul (name changed to protect the guilty) called me up and told me in preparation for this class, 'do you want to see me naked'?" Everyone was busting up...including "Paul." The schtick just went on from there with me chiming in, "...and I think that casual Friday has just been taken to a new level." It was a very funny part of my day.

HappyUP!!! - lunch with an Assemblyman
Why it happened - I was invited by the company that I was with to sit in with this politico
Why it makes me happy - it gave me a little insight into the political system and what politicians have to do. In a way, I guess I admire it because, somebody has to do that and there is no way I could ever do what this guy does. I could never appear to be that gracious.

HappyUP!!! - my admin came back from maternity leave
Why it happened - it was time for her to come back
Why it makes me happy - she just has a smile that she always wears and a very cheerful presence. I missed it the last few months.