One of Lake Oswego Youth Rugby's Grade 5/6 teams won the State Championships last weekend. After finishing the regular season in 4th place, the Musketeers faced an undefeated Portland West Crusaders in the Semi Finals.
After regular play, the game was tied up 20-all so we went into sudden death extra time. After losing the toss and kicking the ball off, the Musketeeers regained possession and Alex, one of our wingers scored a try to win.
After a two hour break, the team lined up against the Bombers - last year's Champions and a team they had not yet encountered. The Bombers were brimming with talent and coached well by a fellow Aussie.
Kick off and the kids were extremely focused. They managed to run in 4 tries in 10 minutes. At the break and up 20 - nil, we had a good huddle and the team went back out to seal the deal. They let two quick tries in and then spent the rest of the half defending grimly on their own line. They eventually won possession but were still unable to get out of the try zone. Thanks to safe passes and a good eye, our winger Caitlin found the gap and scored a length of the field try right on fulltime, completing a 25 - 10 victory. The kids were elated!
Scoring 50 points over two games was a remarkable effort as was the fact that the Musketeers include 4 girls who featured prominently all season and particularly this past weekend. Their opposition on the day were all-boy teams.
We farewelled Alex who is moving to Sweden by making him Captain for the day. He made a great speech at the presentation.
That night I took them all to California Pizza Kitchen for a celebration dinner.
Until next season!
As some of you may know, we have a blog series, highlighting families who use g's in unique circumstances. We are following a family living 10,000' above sealevel in Colorado and another living in a cabin in Maine.
Perhaps our most adventurous family though is currently living on the high seas. Jess, James and brand new baby Rocket are loving their g's as they circumnavigate the planet. It's the perfect, plastic-free solution. What would you do with bagfuls of used plastic disposable diapers on a boat in the middle of the ocean? (Hint - ask our oartners, 5Gyres - they know too well what happens to all the plastic we consume).
Here's baby Rocket, having a nap:
Jess writes a great blog about their adventures here.
So I was a little taken when I read a story this week of a young family rescued from their yacht in the Pacific ocean. I thought that maybe Jess, James and Rocket had come a cropper in the deep blue sea.
Alas no, it was another family. But then I saw a post on Facebook and lo and behold this family also uses gDiapers.
I think we need a new maritime division of gDiapers, to service this class of customer...with an office in Tahiti?
If you're not watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Fox (ironic, I know) you and your kids are missing out. It is simply brilliant. The host, Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a fantastic host (and astrophysicist). The kids are mersmerized by a subject that previously passed them by.
For me, I am still reeling from last night's episode dealing with Isaac Newton and all he achieved. As a god-fearing citizen he also dabbled in the ancient art of alchemy and was of course a brilliant scientist who established the existence of gravity and posited that if you fired a canon hard enough it would do a complete lap of the earth, setting up space travel...incredible!
Spring Break this year has shaped up to be one of the most complicated travel experiences yet in 9 years of living in the US.
Here’s how it is unfolding. As always, we sort of totally forgot it was coming. The kids mentioned they were off school for a week and that's when the penny dropped. We also saw we had a really important meeting with a big customer in NYC right in the middle of it. Who sets up meetings in the middle of a holiday we always forget?
And then just last week, we realised that if we could pull it off, we wanted to catch up with some other work-related folks in Ventura, CA on the Sunday (today) before Spring Break. So we thought we could engineer a Spring Break around two work things and bring the kids.
This is what the last 48 hours looked like.
Friday - Fynn gets a bait to going skiing for three days so he is gone baby, gone.
Saturday – I coach rugby, Harper plays rugby. Kim drops the dog off at a last minute doggy day care solution (phew) and picks us up from rugby and we head right to the airport. Change out of rugby gear in the car park. Kim and Harper check in and jump on Jet Blue Portland – Long Beach. There, they meet up with Sydney friends, hit the aquarium and check out some Parkour.
Due to a whole bunch of reasons, I can’t get on the same flight. My route is via Seattle. Yes – fly north to go south. So I head 2 hours in the opposite direction. In Seattle airport, I bumped into our old CFO – Hi Sam! And my flight to Long Beach is delayed an hour. Neighbours mention on Facebook that they too are in Seattle and will be flying back to Portland the following day. I leave them a secret note under the seat I am in in the terminal and leave them clues to find it on Facebook. Blow me down if this morning they send a picture of them with the note - see below!).
I finally land in Long Beach, meet Kim and Harper and a rental car. We drive an hour north to Ventura. The daughter of the family we are meeting is taking Harper to Santa Barbara zoo while we meet. Tonight we drive back to Long Beach where I drop off the wife and Harper who will spend tomorrow with aforementioned Sydney friends.
I fly back to Portland tonight for a day of meetings tomorrow, rugby practice and to track down Fynn. Tuesday morning it is back to the Airport with Fynn to fly back to Long Beach (I just love the place) where Kim and Harper join us and we fly to NYC.
Wednesday we see some of NYC, have lunch with other Sydney friends and squeeze in a meeting with Every Mother Counts, a non-profit we support. Thursday we meet with our customer then drive to the depths of Vermont to catch up with another set of Sydney friends (we really have to stick together, especially when we are all 10,000 miles from home!) to get 4 days of skiing done (this is the "break" in Spring Break kids - enjoy it!).
Fly home Sunday night. Back at work bright-eyed and bushy tailed on Monday.
And that’s what happens when a married couple run a company together with two kids in the US of A. And I wouldn't change a thing except maybe the one hour delay in Seattle. That was kind of sucky .
From the get-go, Kim has been more than just the President / Co-founder of g. She is also the "keeper of the brand". That might sound amorphous but the below from Seth Godin nails it. We missed that last year when she was on sabbatical but it's 2014 and she's back! Let the delighting return.
When designing a new product or program, it's pretty clear that a successful organization will invite:
The lawyer, so you don't break any laws.
The CFO, so that you'll understand how much this thing will cost and how well it will pay off.
The CTO/Tech folks, so you'll spec something that can actually be built and will work.
And probably designers, marketers and lobbyists--all the people you need to bring the thing into the world.
But where's the person in charge of magic?
In our quest to get it done, to survive the project, to avoid blame, to figure out a solution, it's magic that gets thrown under the bus every time.
Who is obsessed with creating delight, with building in remarkability, with pushing the envelope (every envelope--money, tech, policy) to get to the point where you've created something that people will be proud of, that will change things for the better, that will make a dent in the universe?
It won't happen on its own. It never does.