Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Purple Needle Eater Threatens Noble Fir Holiday Boughs and Christmas Trees

Noble fir, the iconic tree of holiday greenery, is under attack by a disease known as purple needle eater. The mysterious disease attacks new growth, causing needles to turn purple and die. 

“A bough harvesting contractor wants to be able to go into a stand of trees and cut boughs like crazy without worrying about disease,” said Christmas tree expert Gary Chastagner. “In some cases, the needle cast problem is so bad there’s virtually no usable boughs at all.”

Monday, November 30, 2015

Driving Mobile with AT&T and ZTE Mobley

For the past couple of weeks, I have been test driving the ZTE Mobley mobile wireless hotspot from AT&T.  It has proved to provide super convenient to have a mobile internet hotspot that will provide service to up to 5 devices at a time.

Installation of the ZTE Mobley was surprisingly simple, easy - and extremely quick.  I just plugged the Mobley into the OBD-II port under the dash in my car and it powered up fast.  Once a device is connected with the Mobley using the security passcode, it will automatically reconnect each time it comes within the Mobley's range.

Washington Restaurant, Lodging Associations announce joint operating agreement

The Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) and the Washington Lodging Association (WLA) have taken a further step in strengthening a partnership that will lead to the creation one of the state’s largest trade associations.

On Oct. 1, the WRA and WLA began operations under a joint operating agreement, combining staff and operational functions in the WRA’s Olympia office. Under the agreement, the associations remain separate legal entities with independent Boards of Directors. However, the two boards will hold joint board meetings and are governed by a joint executive committee.  WRA’s President & CEO Anthony Anton is now also serving as WLA’s chief executive officer.

Washington Capitol Christmas tree-lighting ceremony set for 6 p.m. Friday as AWB celebrates 27th annual Holiday Kids’ Tree program

The Association of Washington Business welcomes the arrival of the 2015 holiday season Friday with a 6 p.m. Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at the Capitol rotunda.

The festive event marks the conclusion of the association’s 27th annual fundraiser to benefit children and families in rural communities throughout the state.

Since 1989, AWB’s Holiday Kids’ Tree project has raised more than $360,000 for families in need.

Just one third of CEOs believe their organization has the resilience to succeed

Global study by the Economist Intelligence Unit for BSI finds that 88% are prioritising investment in resilience to ensure long-term survival
A new report released today (November 30th) by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on behalf of BSI identifies a worrying gap in the capability of firms to maintain long-term growth. The global study of business leaders[1] reveals that just one third (29%) trust that their firms have fully embedded resilience practices, and less than half (44%) expect it to be the case in three years’ time. This is despite 88% believing that resilience is a priority for their organizations, and indispensable for long-term growth (80%).

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Holiday 2015 Survey: A Majority of Americans to Shop on Thanksgiving Day

I really hope that this survey about Thanksgiving shopping is not true.  I know that I will not be shopping at all (except for groceries) during the next 5 days just because of my beliefs against shopping on holidays, "Black Friday", "Cyber Monday" and especially American Express 's "Small Business Saturday".  

REI's response to Black Friday is to #OptOutside , keep their stores closed - and pay their employees to go outside!  How awesome is that?!?  As a tip of the cap to Recreational Equipment Inc (REI Co-op) (and because I just enjoy being outside), I will be spending a good portion of the day outside too - either skiing, snowboarding or enjoying a public park.

Here's the release that claims that most Americans will indeed be shopping on Thanksgiving:  In addition to enjoying turkey and family,  a majority of Americans plan to shop on Thanksgiving day this year. Ebates released the results of its 2015 Holiday survey that examined American’s behavior around holiday shopping. The survey revealed that more than half (55 percent) of Americans plan to shop on Thanksgiving.  In fact, more people plan to shop on Thanksgiving than Black Friday or Cyber Monday.  Forty eight percent of Americans plan to shop on Black Friday and 42 percent of Americans plan on shopping on Cyber Monday.  

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


MainStreet Property Group LLC, the Developer of The Carter Apartments in Redmond, WA, seeks to Procure Art by Local Artist, Dudley Carter, for Potential Restoration and Display

MainStreet Property Group LLC has issued a public call for Dudley Carter artwork, a Redmond artist and woodcarver whose artwork has gained international recognition through his life-long work. The developer plans to display the pieces in a collection of Dudley Carter art at The Carter, a 180-unit apartment complex located in downtown Redmond, WA adjacent to the Dudley Carter Park planned to open in the Fall 2016.