Moves To The Left
These days my energy waxes and wanes like an ocean with a schizophrenic tide.
The hustle continues, but I am acting out a plan most of the time, not writing the script.
Shortly, I am going to have to accelerate into overdrive.
October and November will see Arborway Imports, my wholesale wine and beer company, begin to distribute Three Heads and Slum Brew in Massachusetts. Arborway employs seven wine salespeople who have been learning about selling beer by selling Clown Shoes, as well as a beer manager/Clown Shoes Brand Manager in the person of Sean Geary.
Another extremely exciting development is that, if all goes according to plan, this December or January Shaun Hill will send us product. It will be draft only and Shaun will be the final word on where the beer will land.
Texas, opened up last Month, is shipping a third truck load of Clown Shoes this week.
New York City is receiving a thousand cases of volume of Clown Shoes just before I spend a week in the city launching the brand, starting October 17th.
These markets will require consistent energy in 2012. To this effect help has been enlisted, including my wife and Texas Brand Manager, Sakina Berman, my Massachusetts brand Manager, Sean Geary, and Mark Metzger, the president of my brokerage firm wine division.
Clown Shoes feet on the street in 2012 increase from 2 to 8.
Ok, on to… basketball.
Warehousing used to be spread over three locations and was a logistical nightmare. Recently we moved to a 10,000 square foot facility in Burlington, MA. In this facility we have a basketball net.
Each morning and some afternoons I shoot and challenge my employees, salespeople and warehouse workers alike, to play HORSE.
Why did basketball not present itself to me before?
Is it because I am a 5 foot 8 inch white guy who is thick and slow? Well, I don’t care.
Basketball is therapy.
So far I have developed a bank shot with spin that works from long or short distance. I can also hit a twenty foot shot from the corners with decent regularity. What I can’t do very well is dribble with my left hand and move to my left. The last few days I have been dribbling more and more with my left and have tried a few lay ups from the left side. A couple went in… awkwardly.
Yeah, I need some moves to the left.