It’s been a rough winter so far here in Colorado. Denver and the surrounding areas along the Front Range usually experience only occasional snowstorms and cold spells separated by mild temperatures and sunny days. Not this year. We’ve had record amounts of snow and days upon days of single-digit temperatures. It was during the worst of this weather that we had to finalize all 2006 business.
Like many of today’s businesses we’re fortunate to have laptops, VPN connections, and all the other trappings necessary for employees to work from a “virtual office” when the roads aren’t passable. We’re also lucky to have dedicated employees who don’t neglect deadlines, drop support issues, or otherwise miss a beat when working from home. Thanks to technology and fantastic people, we were able to successfully close out 2006 despite the fact that our office was closed for three of the final ten business days of the year!
While everyone at OpenLogic did a great job during those hectic wintry days, one person deserves special recognition. Rod Cope, our CTO and founder, was scheduled to fly to San Francisco on December 21—the very day that the first major storm of the year was moving in. Rod miraculously made it to the airport, caught one of the last flights to leave town, arrived at his meetings on time, and then found himself stranded 1,200 miles from home just days before Christmas. With all return flights cancelled, Rod managed to find a rental car and make it home in time to open his stocking.
In recognition of Rod’s special efforts during those hectic days, I presented the following “Ode to Rod” during our recent 2007 kick-off meetings. I hope you’ll enjoy….
T’ was the day of the storm and all around the town
no one was moving he saw with a frown!
He dashed to the airport, seeking the sound
of a flight to the bay, where partners are found!
He taxied and turned to the gates all around
this one will get me the heck out of town!
He spoke and he demo’d and sold with a clatter –
we can deliver, resources don’t matter!
He turned to the prospect and smiled as he said
I’m off to the mountains before the flights are all dead!
At the airport he arrived and met the remark
flights to Denver …. a shot in the dark!
He thought and he wondered, what will I now do
oh Hertz #1 Gold, how I need you!
He grabbed a one-way and exclaimed as he drove out of sight
Denver by Christmas, to heck with the flights!
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