Lonesome Dove is one of my all time favorite books and mini-series. The story begins in the area of Texas where we will have one of our final creative sessions before wrapping up the book. We will be hanging out, but not like the movie scene above, in and around Bandera, Texas (cowboy capital of the world.). Heavy thinking will be conducted while floating the river pictured above. We have had many working titles and the final will, most likely, be selected by the publisher. The essence of the book is PRINCIPLED MANAGEMENT – The founding theories and philosophies of an American ICON. The final title will convey this in some form or fashion. I am very happy with Mikie’s reformatting and latest draft. Jimmy’s graphics add a nice touch and help set the ‘fish hooks to the brain’ for the reader.

I am very happy to be reconnecting with Friday’s.  Sandy and I will be visiting Nick Shepherd, CEO, Carlson Restaurants and spending a couple of days at his Dallas home. Ironically, his house is near the house I built when I lived in Dallas. We will tour the corporate office, where I am told a conference room has been named in my honor. Wow! I really appreciate Nick doing all of this for me. We will leave Dallas and head south for the ‘Lonesome Dove Summit’ with the brain trust. 

In September I am honored to be attending T.G.I Friday’s, U.K. annual meeting at Wembley Stadium. I have a presentation for Karen Forrester, CEO AND SENIOR V.P.  She has asked me to be the head judge at their bartender competition. While there I will be given the opportunity to teach a class to the senior management and tour a few of the stores in the London area. This experience will give me the final perspective I need to complete the chapter on Karen and her phenomenal success.

On a personal note, I wrote a blog earlier, giving my thoughts on losing weight.  I lamented the blimp I had become while writing the book and becoming addicted to non-stop snacking. I am happy to report I am approaching the forty pound mark………….without Jenny Craig!

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