Sunday Column (143)

“Wow Wow Wow” were supposedly Steve Jobs’ last words. I read his Biography over the last few weeks, 600 pages, and I couldn’t put it down. This man is fascinating. He sold me Apple from his grave. The product, the philosophy, the perfectionism and that attitude make a lot of sense. I suppose he had a lot of bad sides, and I was told that as an employee of Apple you weren’t suppose to talk or look at him unless he looked at you, but his idea of perfection was phenomenal. I suppose almost on the “sick” side. But as people say, the line between genius and insanity is a very fine one. Easy to cross. Buddha bless my Buddhist friend Steve and I am confident that I will be the proud owner of at least two new Apple products next year: the iPad3 and and iPhone5. We shall see. Everyone who has seen me being transformed from Blackberry to Android to Apple thinks I am stark raving mad. And they might be right 🙂

Another highlight this week was Thursday. Not because my wife felt that ill but that I worked from home in the afternoon. As usual I took Colin to school but this Thursday I also picked him up. I wanted to take him out for lunch but town was too far, and the local Indian was closed. I spend so much quality time with him on Thursday, I really enjoyed it. Still, I managed to keep on top of my work and had a relaxing night in. Not what I was planning this week, and my weekend plans were smashed too, but family is more important than anything else. I sometimes wonder what I would be like if I was single: workaholic, alcoholic, fat. Thanks for being there for me: family!

The whole family is also joining us for Christmas. The idea of not having a car is growing on me. Not only do I save money on petrol, insurance and car tax as well as MOT but I also get the whole family to Beckenham for Christmas. Happy days ahead. We are really looking forward to it. And my MIL and I got along fine when she was down last week.

Now this is it really. I went to Berlin this week to speak about my work and had a fantastic night in great digital marketing company. I love my work, my industry and of course my employer 🙂 Seriously, I sometimes think I have the best job in the world, or I am the luckiest guy in the world. The only problem is that I seem to have too much drive to move forward. I am constantly pushing. But that works in my favour I supposed. Onwards and upwards.

To the last 4 weeks before Christmas. The last 4 weeks of work for the year, filled with lunches, diners and great parties. Filled with lots of work, long hours, and good company. But also filled with great family moments and good friends, warm fires. You gotta love Winter and Christmas.

Have a great one.
Volker