Sometimes I feel as though my computer and I are joined at the hip. Practically inseparable, I am frequently on my laptop computer finishing projects, developing new professional relationships – or otherwise – faithfully staying connected with established contacts. Clearly, smartphones have enabled us to function and exist with increased mobility. Nonetheless, we all need a 'break' from our seemingly endless world of technology every now and then. Oddly enough, I've met some incredible – and some unlikely – people during those well-needed 'breaks.'
Many moons ago, as I was diligently working on my 'woodburning' desktop computer, I agreed to take a break and meet a friend for dinner. To my surprise, I fortuitously shared an elevator ride and brief conversation with Barry Manilow, who was on the way to his concert. Another time, after spending what felt like an eternity staring at a computer monitor, a friend coaxed me into meeting for lunch. While at the restaurant, serendipity led me to cross paths with Donald Trump – who graciously returned my greeting as I traipsed through the lobby on my way to the Ladies' Room. Then, last week, I took an overdue break to meet a friend at Wrigley Field for an afternoon Cubs game. While sitting in the Left Field Bleachers, I caught a glimpse of a familiar gentleman signing autographs and having his picture taken. Lo and behold, there stood the Cubs owner, Tom Ricketts, mingling amongst the Left Field Bleachers fans. After racing to the top of the stands as quickly as my feet could take me there, I managed to capture this photo with my smartphone. Or, as Tom Ricketts called it, a "Selfie."
Call Me Maybe?! If only I had the opportunity to say more to Tom Ricketts than "Can I get a picture with you?" Being a lifelong, diehard, Cubs Fan, I wish I could have exchanged a few thoughts and ideas with him. You know, the kind of thoughts and ideas that only a lifelong fan and the-relatively-new-owner-of-a-baseball-franchise-that-hasn't-won-a-World-Series-in-104-years could share with each other. Meanwhile, the Cubs might certainly benefit from some positive PR – especially these days. Hey, how about this? I'm a good writer. I'm a proactive, networking extraordinaire. I'm super creative. I love sports, I love baseball, and I love the Chicago Cubs. Not to mention, I own 2 laptop computers and have tons of cool friends. Mr. Ricketts: Perhaps the Cubs Organization could use my help?