Joe . . . you will be working hard on June 5, at that place you go, earning a reputation, a bonus, another opportunity. In fact, I know it's promising to be one of those 18+ hour days that you have grown so accustomed to grinding through because of another possible acquisition, some secret news that keeps first-year investment banking analysts like you working nearly round the clock. I admire that you are going through the paces, with so much grace and little complaining, taking the last-minute workload surprises in stride and seeing your proverbial glass (of 5-Hour Energy) half full anyway. Thanks for still always squeezing a minute (or ten) in for me on a daily basis. I value those calls! My birthday wish for you this year is that you get some discretionary time soon - to sit on the couch, to breathe in and breathe out, to run by the lake, to enjoy a coffee, a hair cut, a phone conversation, a weekend.
You bring a light to my life, our lives, as you challenge us to new ways of thinking and share vid clips and tips on authors and artists. Twenty-four years ago I couldn't imagine the joy of you. Now I can't live without it. Love you JFM!
|Flowers from Joe|
|There's no place like home, in Milwaukee|
|Our shortest visit: a Friday night when dinner plans|
became a quick Starbucks trip due to unexpected extra work