This is my first blog. I realize that I’m about 20 years too late; as so much has happened since the term “weblog” was coined in 1997. But I always like to ensure that all the mistakes have been made and all the money has vanished from the scene before tepidly walking onto the stage. Unlike most of the population, I have difficulty providing too much information (TMI) and shy away from attaining 15 minutes of fame. The reason I mention this is that I expect my writing to be cautious and guarded for a while. I anticipate that at some time in the future, I’ll open up, depending on the topic.
The reason I’ve decided to blog is that I’m going on a trip to Bogotá Colombia and I’ve been asked to share my experiences as they happen. I work for IBM and was selected to participate in the Corporate Service Corps program (#ibmcsc). You may read more about it here: IBM Corporate Service Corps
I will travel to Bogotá on August 20, 2016, and will return to the States on September 17, 2016. While there, I plan to blog about my daily experiences both culturally and professionally. I will be joined by 11 other IBMers that will be arriving from Hungary, India, South Africa, Italy, Japan, Canada, and China. I have a slight concern that my humor and pop culture references might be lost in transition, so I plan to be low-key to kick things off (sort of like this blog).
The title of this blog hints at the premise of the overall blog theme: Saturday the 14th. Many have heard that Friday the 13th can be a scary day. According to urban legend, the sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times. Their inevitable conjunction from one to three times a year portends more misfortune than some credulous minds can bear. So if you make it to Saturday, you are doing okay. Did you know that there was also a movie made about Saturday the 14th? It currently has a two-star rating: Saturday the 14th. Although it’s not highly rated, I’ve always enjoyed this movie as it pokes fun at horror. The point is that nothing is as bad as it seems and even if it is, eventually it will end one way or another. It’s amazing how we can become so focused on a point in time that we fail to understand that whatever the issue is, its outcome is not absolute and time changes perception. So if your day is not going as planned and things seem to be spinning out of control, take comfort in knowing that the day after Friday the 13th is a day to celebrate.. making it through many of life’s storms.
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