We Need to Solve the Stinky Problems

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. — Albert EinsteinurbanProblems

It is very compelling to imagine going to the top in Washington with a superior plan for one of our stinky problems and winning the hill with this solution and revolutionizing America. The mental image of this rings with a pseudo Jimmy Stewart like personal with a vision and courage. The actual truth is that in this state of national government nothing worth while will ever take place, no matter the value, promise, or future. Sad, very sad. Thank you Albert for seeing this one coming.

Where the problems, or the results of failure which is producing the problems exist, is often not the place where visionary problem solvers are headed. Why, because it is stinky there. The problems there stink. They stink because of too many causes, not enough results, and lack of fresh air and ideas.

Now with that said, many folks do with open hearts and since clean hands go and take care of the aftermath of the problems, the people and places left behind from the continual fallout. But the result is still the same, stinky problems exist.

Where are the problems? Follow your nose, not your ears.

There are a couple of really stand out stinky problems today. Here is one, the outrageous cost of medical care. Not fancy facelift care, but common care for colds, cuts, hearts, heads, and blood. Basic stuff. I don’t know what to do here, but it isn’t what Washington is doing. My opinion, what is happening now with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the rest will go down as one of the most expensive and costly mistakes of our stupid bi-partisan government. No incumbents should be allowed back in office in 2018. Just my humble opinion.

This is a stinky problem for many folks. If you work (and work hard) but you do not have health insurance, that stinks. If you are a small employer and can’t afford to pay for health insurance for your employees, that stinks. Granted both here pay taxes and more to the government. What do they get back, news material ( I use the word news lightly) for the cable channels. This stinks.

Jobs. Indeed is full of jobs. Jobs that not many folks want to do or can do. That is another stinky problem. Education for real world Americans. Another stinky problem. The problem is here among use at our level. It is right here. When I drive through town it is all of the blighted areas I cross over to get to work. It is the poor and over used emergency rooms because of the lack of clinics that can stay in business. It is the busting job lists with lots of folks who want to work, but education or their home situation when they were in school failed them. You know what also stinks, multiple generations of folks who haven’t worked full time stacked up like sandbags in a flood. This really stinks.

It really stinks.

This all really stinks. While the news and the town crier are bellowing out the pablum of the masses, real stinky problems exist. I wish I knew what to do about them. I am starting with doing some thinking everyday about them and writing about them as I dissect and discern them. I am going to start something. Something that helps. Something that may take away some of the stinky problems. I will need more who can start thinking as well to create something to solve a stinky problem. We can’t throw money at it but we can do something to solve it.

Go ahead, follow your nose, and there you will be soon to find a stinky problem looking for you to solve it.



A project, because old work is dying…


Note: This was also published on medium.  Not all of you are on medium, so this lives here as well.


There are a few very strong topics that if I get going seem to be front and center of my thinking mind, and there I have lost about everyone who was reading. But wait there’s more….

This is not a soap box, diatribe, or online rant. I am not complaining nor digital grumbling. Please don’t take this for that.

I am writing this because of the need to get started on a project, or projects which will consume the next few years of my life. That is all this is. This is the stone tablets, the declaration, and the charter. I don’t want to make this more than it is but I really need to put a few things in writing and describe them then let you go. Thanks for reading by the way.

I don’t have many answers but see a work worth doing. That is what is on my mind. In 1999, I had a few things happen which were a true life changer for me. I had a handful of simple goals, and felt like with hard work and some providence they would be goals to work on for the rest of my life. One goal was to write an actual software program. I have never coded but fell in love with computers a few years earlier and really felt like I could do this. Another thing was to have a high paying day job doing something I enjoyed. Very nice. The last thing was to finish my unfinished and tarnished college degree.

Since then I have been able to transform my life with software development and have written thousands of programs, modules, interfaces, entire software systems, and have redesigned and developed modern business systems. This was also coupled by the software development providing goal number two, a high paying day job doing something I enjoyed. Midway through the software development career path I went back to college, gained my bachelors and graduated Magna Cum Laude. I did not stop there and went on to get my MBA as well. No cheering, it was all hard work, a supportive family, and very little rest. It does not come easy, free, nor for everyone.

Now today, I am looking to put some new things into the mix and push them as things to start planning a project around. These things have been consuming me for some time and I am putting them out there so they will form and become a plan for the future.

These thoughts consume my mind:

  1. Engineering and design are paths to the future. Very few people get introduced to them properly and thus miss the chance to find their space in this forward moving way of working. Old work is dying. This is new work. And in America, we are starving for engineers. Software, mechanical, structural, chemical, process, design, metal, energy, and you name it. Old work is dying. New work is emerging and those who need to benefit from it the most are being left behind because they are not being introduced to it properly and they feel they can’t do it. That is rubbish.
  2. I want to introduce people to careers in information technology. I fight to find qualified candidates to work for me. I should be flooded with qualified candidates but I’m not. We do not get people connected with careers in information technology the right way. It’s not all geeky nerd stuff. It’s business and a whole lot more. Too many smart people work at crappy jobs because they have not been introduced to how the future is going to work. Remember old work is dying.
  3. Writing is the new currency. It’s about time. Reading, writing, and arithmetic. Writing by hand and cursive are dying. They are so important. Typing and keyboarding is important too. Being able to read, write, and understand math is golden. This importance is not taught much and I see it all over the place. You must read to gain facts and intellectual knowledge to develop thoughts and a viewpoint of your own. There are billions and billions of lines of stimulating and engaging written words by the greatest minds of all time growing cold as minds consume babble and click bait. And writing is the new currency.
  4. As a society, we are not focusing on actually taking care of ourselves and rely on broken and corrupt governments to do this with policy and spending our money. I don’t know what to do here but it is front and center of my mind.
  5. I believe in local first, and go from there.

There they are. I am trying to figure out how to get them into a project or projects for the next phase of my life. I am also glad your read through all of this to this point. Most of all, I believe….

In honest hard work and a few dreams now and then.


These things don’t change

I found the image below in my Evernote journal. I wrote this 3 years ago. It is still very much real today. The work I do is real and difficult with many challenges strewn in for good measure. I want to work hard, but I should also work smarter and with organization to the efforts. Still words and thoughts to live by.

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