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January 29, 2013


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What the living do.


It'll work.


I hope so, treesta, because I've heard from you-know-who that it better.


Core values at TRM's company? Surely you jest. You couldn't show the true core values. Once again you will turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. I wonder how TRM will look as a silk purse. Please send that image to me.


Don't worry about that, Flann. Either you-know-who or sow's ears or silk purses. No matter what is happening with TRM or his companies, those core values are your core values. You believe in them. That's why it will work.


The word in the code thingy was 'care'. Another reason why it'll work. Because you care.


half-a: nice to see you here.

I wrote the core values for TRM's company about 15 years ago. The upper ranks may not practice them, but many in the lower ranks do.

I'm hoping the video makes them "shine" again or at least that the value of them is reflected to the upper ranks. Guess we'll see.

(Also, "you-know-who" in my 6:07 a.m. comment wasn't TRM, but a relatively new associate who, I swear, is going to nickel-and-dime me to death.)


Thanks, treesta.

Yeah, I actually believe in the words in the core values. I can't tell you how many times I've been in meetings with members of the upper ranks and they say, "What's that core value again -- you know, the one about respecting the dignity of every individual?" I never have to worry about that with the folks in the "lower" ranks, which is silly to write because they are at the top in my book.


Love the photo of the guy holding on to truth. I like the idea of having solid core value words to hold on to or to hand to others (though I suppose your more abusive types might hit people over the head with them!) Hopefully, they will hang those words on the wall of the board meeting room when you are done with the video.

I'm interested to see how you use the mirrors. I'm assuming it's to reflect the values in some way and not to reflect that y'all are working in a fun house where all reality is distorted!

Best wishes for your long work day. May it be rewarding and successful!


Flann: I like it. I'm also curious about the panels. Will the panels reflect the employees? Now I know that TRM's business is a business and what he has you doing is to increase profits but there is something good about emphasizing core values like truth and respect.


Call me obvious, but reflecting your legs instead of Mike's would work better.


Flann, hope your day is going well.

I saw Les Miserables today and absolutely LOVED it. I am a fan of musicals anyway and this one is wonderful, but I had never seen it on stage or heard the entire score before. I cried and cried and left the theater mid-afternoon feeling as though I was entering a parallel universe.

Thinking of Matiss, too. I know she will be relieved to return home.


Go see the play, PEACE. It's well worth it. Something about seeing it on stage, live.


Back in my hotel room after another very LOOOOOOOOOOONG day of shooting, including shooting on the roof under the cupola. We dodged a couple of short rain showers.

I gotta tell ya, I just don't have the energy I used to for these shoots, and I have an even LONGER day of shooting tomorrow.

Thanks for keeping me company here in the 'sphere.

I so profoundly miss Matissta.


"Les Miserables" is my favorite musical of all time. I've seen it a couple of times on the stage and would go again.

I have heard that the movie is overblown, but Matissta wants to see it, and Momista would want me to see it, too.

So I plan to go.


All musicals are "overblown" aren't they? Yes, go.

I would love to see it on stage.


You know me, PEACE.

I'll probably start crying about 15 minutes into "Les Miserables" and not quit crying until the next day.



Thinking about you guys. You hanging in there?


I too am thinking about you guys. I hope all your wishes in these moments can be answered in some sweet way over the next few days. Safe travels.


Am just now finishing today's shoot.

Mike is the best shooter/editor.

We are soooooooo pooped.


I got your backs


Thank you, everyone.

What I didn't post last evening because I'm still rather speechless about it, is that one of the TRM associates that we filmed for this core values video is resigning next week which means his interview must be scrapped as well as all the footage we took on top of the roof on Tuesday evening with the senior leadership of TRM's company (including TRM) as well as all of the associates featured in the video. You have no idea how difficult it was to get everyone to show up for a two-hour shoot after regular working hours.

I don't want to think about it, because I am flying home today and so is Matissta, and I want to think about her because she really hasn't yet had a chance to grieve the loss of her beloved Momista.

I have to fly back down to MouseLand next week. Mike and I just kept looking at each other last night wondering how in theeeee hell we were going to get all of this done by Feb. 13.

We need your backs.


Wow. I'm glad you're coming home. For you, for Matiss, and for you to have a chance to step back and breathe, to give a chance for a solution to this dilemma to bubble to the surface. Travel safe. You and Matiss enjoy the comfort of being with each other, and rest well for the next couple of days.


Good Lord, did I need to come across this this morning and I must share it. It's a video that has gone viral -- someone spoofing Anne Hathaway singing, "I Dreamed A Dream" from "Les Miserables". It is spot on and very, very funny:



After a crazy start to the morning, that was a good break for a great laugh. What a good spoof. The last ten seconds made me laugh out loud. Emma Fitzgerald can sing, too.

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