Life’s Playlist…. Power of the Dream performed by Celine Dion

Twenty-one years ago the eyes of the world focused on Atlanta, GA for the start of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

The stage was set and after almost ten years of planning, Atlanta welcomed the world.

I lived in Atlanta during the build-up and celebration of the Centennial Olympiad.  It was a heady time filled with the most incredible displays of athletic prowess I have ever seen.

Those days and years leading up to the Games also showcased a spirit of community that all of us who lived in Atlanta, and worked on the Games, could be proud of.

Unfortunately, the actions of a mad man tarnished the magnificence of Atlanta 1996, but his actions cannot and should not be what we remember when we think of that magical summer.

I will always remember those days for the joy we felt as years of planning came to fruition.  I will remember the friends I made from around the world, and I will remember the unity of the athletes proving that we as a world can  co-exist, even if only for a couple of weeks.

Atlanta 1996 was a resounding success and 21 years later, the differences the Games made on the City are still evident.

Atlanta’s Olympic flame shone bright and still does today.

 

Tis the Season…..

On November 5th, 1996 I moved to West Palm Beach, I packed up everything I owned in Atlanta shortly after the 1996 Summer Olympics in search of a new adventure…… I found it!

The past years have been the most remarkable of my life, I have made friends that changed me for the better.  I found a career that challenges and satisfies me in ways I never knew possible and I have grown up.

While I will always be a Georgia boy and God’s Country will always be my home, south Florida has proven to be the next best place I can dream of being, some would even call it …… Paradise.

When I moved to West Palm, one of the first things I learned was the term “season.”

Many of us think of “season” as Summer, Winter, Fall or Spring.  Some of us think of “season” as the days leading up to Christmas and others think of “season” a Football, Baseball or Basketball.

While all of those are perfectly fine examples of “season” what I learned when I moved to south Florida was there are only two seasons…….  Season and NOT Season.

Season for South Floridians was historically defined as the time between Thanksgiving and Easter each year.  During this time wealthy Yankees would invade the southern coastline to escape harsh northern winters.

As time has evolved, these “guests” have come to be affectionately called “snow birds.”  While no longer relegated to Yankee aristocrats, “snow birds” are usually retirees from around the country moving to the warmer weather for an active life during the winter months.

After moving to south Florida, my parents became snow birds and if my ideal plan comes true, one day I will do the same.

Season in south Florida, for those of us who live here, is the time when our days become increasingly busy.  The roads become increasingly congested and the cash registers ring.

One of the lessons new businesses learn here is the ability to save.  A south Florida business will easily do 75% of their sales during season, therefore the necessity to save for the leaner summer months become quickly evident.

While season is now more about retirees than aristocracy, there is still that element.

I got my first lesson involving season the first week I moved here.  I had secured a job with a catering company and the first event we were doing was at the home of a world-renowned attorney, one of the attorney’s who represented OJ Simpson in his murder trial.

My reality of this how the other half-lives hit me in the face when I walked into his home, through the staff entrance, to see wall to wall glass doors overlooking the infinity pool on the point of an exclusive island sandwiched between the Intracoastal and ocean.

That same year, I had my first visit to Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago with gold gilding and floor to ceiling ceramic tile walls.  Sightings of Rod Stewart and Rush Limbaugh and Regis Philbin and Matt Lauer and Celine Dion and and and…. were commonplace and Rolls-Royce sightings became nothing of note.

In addition to the positive effects season has on cash registers, the effects on charities from around the world is also dramatic. Cocktail parties, fashion shows, dinners and galas are held nightly for every possible cause; spotlighting the importance of season.

Season has changed in the years since I moved here, it is no longer relegated to the strict calendar dates of Thanksgiving to Easter.  With the busy social calendar stretching far outside those months, season officially began this year on November 1st with a number of “must attend” social engagements that night.

Now season is upon us, for the regular Joe like me it means an even busier workday and weekend and night work.  For the snow bird it is a time to relax and remain active, for the aristocrat it is a time to give back and for all of us it needs to be a time to RELAX, ENJOY and COEXIST!

Season is here, let’s make it a good one!

Tuesday 10 ~ Kendall Rumsey

TuesdayToday we begin a new feature here on the blog…WOOHOO!  The Tuesday 10, what is the Tuesday 10 you ask?  Well thanks for asking, let me explain.

The Tuesday 10 is a way for us to get to know some of the readers of the blog, people I respect in business, faith, life….  people I want to know more about.

The format is simple.  I developed 10 questions that I sent out and will continue to send.  Everyone gets the same 10 questions, but I think the answers will tell us something about the respondent.

I will share a different respondent each Tuesday…… hence, the Tuesday 10.

I thought it was important that I be the first to share, so here goes.

1)    Excluding family members, who inspires you? I am inspired by many people, I am inspired by people who take a stand, by people who can make me laugh, people who believe it is more important to give than to receive.  I aspire to be more like those who make a difference in the world in big and small ways.

2)    What is your guilty pleasure? Reality Television.  There is not a Housewife, or Survivor or Biggest Loser that doesn’t hook me.

3)    If you were to write a book, who is one person you would want to list in the acknowledgements and what would you say? I would definitely list my family, but in addition to my family members, I would list my former Pastor, David McEntire.  David taught me more about grace than any person ever has, I owe much of my faith walk to David.  What I would say is “thank you Rev. David McEntire for teaching me that God doesn’t make mistakes and grace allows us to walk WITH each other and not in front or behind.”

4)    What is your favorite sandwich? Banana on white bread with mayonnaise.  The banana has to be perfectly ripe, not mushy but a little crunch, the bread has to be fresh and the mayo needs to be Dukes. 

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