Last weekend I was making some conversation stones for our reception counter. Disney encourages making a personal connection with your customers (guest). Thought this might be another way to get to know them better and in return they get to know us better. Just a little something different and something fun.
At an appropriate time you ask the guest to randomly choose a conversation stone which have sayings on them like; what was your first car; what is your favorite hobby; who was your favorite teachers; etc etc etc.
While preparing these stones, it got the wheels turning. Who was my favorite teacher? Sadly, I couldn’t think of a favorite teach nor one that made a big impact on my life. I don’t think that is, in itself, a bad thing. They were all fine teachers, just did not make a big impact.
But then I realized there was someone that did make a big impact on my career. I don’t believe he knows how important he was to my future. His name is Ro Chabot and he held my hand many years ago when I was learning how to manage databases and beginning programming. I remember more than once calling him crying because I had tried everything I could think of and could not fix the problem and he would laugh and walk me through it. At the time I did not know how valuable this education was going to be but I now make a living managing databases all day long in our bulk mail business.
I never regretted learning DOS, dbaseII and 123 (which is now called Excel) way back in the early 80’s. This old knowledge comes in handy every now and then.
Thank you Ro Chabot for all the knowledge you shared with me, your patience with my inexperience and your lasting friendship. You may not have been a teacher in my formal education system, but you were truly my most valuable educator. Thanks also to your lovely wife “Jo” for always being my friend.
(BTW the stones have only been out a week and we have had so much interesting conversation because it them.)
Have a Flan-tastic Day,
Random me: From shorthand in 1970 to WordPress in 2010. Who knew?