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Mom’s 80th

Mom’s 80th

Today, my mother turns 80 years old. Exactly 39 years ago, she received a birthday present she would never forget; she gave birth to me and my twin brother Jimmy.  The doctor told her that she was having a large baby girl. My my where they surprised when she came home...

Making Optimism Contagious

Making Optimism Contagious

Honored to have my latest piece published by The Stamford Advocate. http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/opinion/article/Carlon-Making-optimism-contagious-4670795.php We have a member of our family who, while loved and adored by many people, is wrestling with some serious...

The Misuse of Independence and Freedom

The Misuse of Independence and Freedom

Happy July 4th everybody. When I was a kid this was by far my favorite holiday for a few reasons: It is in the middle of the summer and summer is my favorite time of year We always had family and friends over to celebrate and I love a good party It meant I got to blow...

The Necessity of Sacrifice

The Necessity of Sacrifice

As another busy week comes to an end I am grateful for the fact that a new client has entrusted me with their insight needs.  This week I was fortunate enough to conduct 12 ethnographies; a fancy word for research that is part observational and part Q&A conducted...

Arthur Verses – Gone but Not Forgotten

Arthur Verses – Gone but Not Forgotten

Today we say our final goodbye to a very special family member, Arthur Verses. I'll explain the relationship so you understand; my wife Nicole has a brother named Pete. Pete Married Karen. Karen's mother Joann married Arthur Verses. In total, Arthur had nine...

What Baba O’Riley taught me about myself

What Baba O’Riley taught me about myself

Last night I was coming home from “Date Night” with my wife and The Who’s Baba O’Riley came on the radio. Its hard not to love that song; from the keyboard intro to Pete Townshend’s repetition of the D, A, and G chords, it is a song that is the embodiment of a perfect...

Handle With Care

Handle With Care

On my flight out to Arkansas this morning I listened to one of my favorite songs, Handle With Care, by the Traveling Wilburys. The refrain goes as follows: “I'm so tired of being lonely I still have some love to give Won’t you show me that you really care?” Today, for...

Self Absorption

Self Absorption

As many of you know, I interview people for a living. It's not a bad gig really - I get to travel, listen to interesting stories, and consult with my clients on what it all means.  To quote my father, "You get paid for that?"  Yes, I do dad. And sometimes within 60...

Injustice at the Courthouse

Injustice at the Courthouse

  Yesterday, I spent the morning at the courthouse. Wait, let me explain. The Fairfield County Bar Association sponsored “Law Day” in the city of Stamford yesterday as an attempt to excite our youth about the legal profession. As part of this monumental...

What were my parents thinking?

What were my parents thinking?

I keep a stash of mementos in a little jewelry box next to my bed. It includes such items as my high school ring, a U2 concert ticket stub, and this picture of my twin brother Jimmy and me.  It was likely taken around 1980 in the family room of our home in Plantation...

What happened to me?

What happened to me?

When I was younger I had a lot of patience; in fact, people used to tell me that I had the patience of Job. In addition to slowing down our metabolism, against apparently chips away at our patience like my kids chip away at the candy jar (little by little so mommy...

Excuse me, I speak movie.

Excuse me, I speak movie.

On Thursday night my clients and I were treated to dinner by Blink UX, the owners of the usability lab we were renting to conduct our work. I was sitting across from Bob, my lead client. I think Bob and I get along so well because we have similar senses of humor and...

Not Sleepless in Seattle

Not Sleepless in Seattle

Our short Easter Vacation down in Florida came to an end on Tuesday. I flew with the family back to JFK and then they took a car service home while I hopped on a plane to Seattle.  Little did I know I would face a three hour delay at the airport before takeoff.  I...

Coming Home

Coming Home

I am currently in Ft. Lauderdale visiting my parents for Easter.  I feel at home down here because I was born only 15 miles west of here in Plantation, FL.  I loved growing up in south Florida and have many fond memories of a simpler time.  My parents did not always...

My Father, My Self

In my professional life, I am hired by large and small companies alike to uncover market insights designed to identify new opportunities for my clients be they product innovations, communication platforms, or in many cases, simply a better understanding of a group of...

Do you shop at a dollar store?

Traveled to Columbus Ohio this week followed by Phoenix Arizona. Some interesting experiences along the way. I was conducting in home interviews amongst hardcore dollar store shoppers. These people tend to have incomes under $40K a year but apparently have enough...

Ode to the Waffle House

This week I had the pleasure of running a series of focus groups and accompanied shops in Kansas City. Ironically enough, all of my flights departed and arrived on time. This is noteworthy given the fact that I departed from and returned to Westchester County Airport....

RIP Jeff Indusi

When you have a career that takes you away from your family on a somewhat regular basis, you tend to find ways of coping with the loneliness.  Fortunately, my job has me interacting with people; mostly our focus group / interview respondents.  In addition to those who...

The Man with One Suede Shoe

When people find out that my wife and I are the parents of triplets, we are reminded that our professors and managers were wrong; there are such things as stupid questions.   Consider the following questions/statements that are posed to us on a somewhat regular basis:...