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When you travel internationally you are exposed to a world of fresh food, juices, delicious meats, mineral water, fresh seafood, real coffee, and home cooked (or close to home cooked) meals even when you eat out.

From Lebanon to Italy to Argentina to Japan the world is full of real flavors the likes of which most Americans will never know.

However, walk into just about any grocery store in the USA and you’ll find 15 aisles of processed food in boxes while somewhere over in the corner of the store will be a produce section that takes up a 1/20th…

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The solution to every city and state budget problem is to simply lower taxes. But they won’t do it.

I read the other day that the New York Stock Exchange floated the idea of leaving New York.

Think about that.

I asked myself why in the world would the NYSE leave NYC?

The reason in this case is because legislators in New York (who produce nothing) are looking for new sources of tax revenue to fund their programs because they’re losing tax revenue elsewhere. People and companies are leaving. …

Photo by Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs

Let me paint you a picture.

For most of the 20th century and into the 21st century manufacturing and finance felt heavy. Things were analog, greasy, clunky, slow, manually driven, and a remnant of the industrial and early tech age in offices with cubicles, copiers, and fax machines.

In the factory nothing was connected, and everything was managed using clip boards and moving parts on a wall board.

In the Finance department everything was run off paper, printers, and spreadsheets.

That has all changed.

Digital Transformation & Finance Transformation.

Things are connected today at a level never before seen in manufacturing, and we’re still only…

At the end of 2020, I decided to completely get off Facebook. I emptied out my profile and stopped using the platform.

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It started out nice enough when I first got on the platform in 2007. It was novel and it was a novelty, a place to connect with friends far and near. It was even somewhat useful when traveling to know if any of your friends were nearby.

You will be happier without Facebook stealing minutes from your days (maybe hours for some).

It’s a Useless Time Suck

Then it became nothing but a time suck of people mostly arguing over politics where no opinions are ever changed and bad repetitive advertisements bombard you like spitballs for things Facebook “thinks” you want because you once looked…


If you were to list out the greatest feelings in the world I would hands down put playing in a band in front of a big audience as number one.

The hardest thing in the world is to play music in front of nobody. It’s brutal and every band knows the feeling. But to play in front of a big audience is not only way more fun, it’s also easier.

In fact, the whole process of going onstage is even fun. Preshow backstage is a big hit of anticipation. …

Photo by Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs

With Big Tech like Google, Twitter, Facebook and others acting like sentient overlords on swaths of individuals around the USA (and beyond) it’s time to take control of your online footprint.

When Google started it was a good idea — a search engine to find things on the then nascent internet. People thought about it as a search engine and used it as one. Then Google morphed into a massive big data business harvesting the personal data of millions of people right down to your location. It hasn’t been “just a search engine” for many years now.

Same with Facebook…

Pat Metheny’s Orchestrion

Pat Metheny is the Mozart of our time. This is his Orchestrion project from a few years ago, something he explained that when he put it together was an exercise in pushing the limits in performance.

I’ve been a Pat Metheny fan since the 80’s when I was first introduced to his music when a girl took me to a Pat Metheny Group concert on the campus of the University of Buffalo. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I think I ignored her the whole night while watching the band!

They opened the show with a crazy song called…

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