Commentary: Book lovers snatch up books; a proud father; and, a quick shower

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Business Journal reporter Lance Gurwell gets around in Colorado Springs, and sometimes finds, sees or hears things that won’t work in a news story. Periodically, he will air them here. He also has an open ear, so give him a call at 634-3223, ext. 218 if you have an idea.
Being a reporter and loving books kind of go hand in hand, so when the Business Journal recently got on the reviewer list for a major publisher of business books, I wondered how we might make the information available, because we don’t have a staff position for book reviewer. And what a coveted position it would be.
We received a box of books from respected publisher Prentice Hall, and the titles are terrific. One I really liked examined events leading up to major disasters, from the Titanic on. In hindsight, it pointed out where signals were missed or ignored, leading to the disasters. In the aftermath of 9-11, the price of ignoring important information speaks for itself.
Another hardback that caught my eye was on entertainment marketing. Additionally, the one on net sourcing is especially relevant. So many good books, so little time.
Believing book reviews are a great service to the reading community, I decided to try an experiment. Many of our readers are experts in their fields, manage small and large businesses, and probably keep up in part by reading. Probably, they are also good writers.
Therefore, the deal was to take a book from the list we published and agree to write a review. You keep the book, and we’ll print your reviews.
The offer was wildly successful. All the books were spoken for within a couple days of the article appearing. Still, the calls come in. I hope that reviews will follow.
Another group of books is on the way; the list will appear in the next issue. As before, availability is on a first-come basis. Please call with your pick, and we will hold it for you. You must pick the book up at the Business Journal offices at 31 E. Platte, Ste. 300.

Daughter is a grad
My oldest daughter just graduated from Palmer High School. Sara also turned 18 just before graduating. She will go to college this fall. We’re just happy it won’t be a 1,000 miles, or even just 100 miles away. Sara plans to follow in mom’s footsteps as an educator. She couldn’t have had a better mentor as she starts a two-year sign language interpreter program at Pikes Peak Community College. SueAnn (mom) has taught at District 11’s Jefferson Elementary School since we moved here, and has her master’s degree in deaf education.
We are delighted we get to hold on to Sara for a couple more years. After completing the local program, she will probably have to go somewhere else to complete her degree. Maybe it won’t hurt so much to let her go then. I am a proud pop, and applaud her for the work she’s done, and the good job my wife has done to prepare her for the interpreter program. SueAnn has taught both our daughters sign language since they were babies. Sara and Chelsea are already conversant in sign language, and no matter what they may do as their education goes forward, being fluent in sign language will help them throughout their life.

Water situation is bad
Today is our day to water (midnight to 9 a.m., 7 p.m. to midnight, even numbers). About 6 a.m. I kicked on the sprinklers and enjoyed the efforts we’ve made to turn our yard into a water rationing nightmare.
It wasn’t long before boss number one (wife SueAnn) said it would be better to water at night. She’s right of course, but all we’ve watered since Sunday is the flowers, and that was with a hose. I just wanted to see everything looking perky when I leave for work.
So, even though we could water again tonight and risk only a warning letter for violating the once a day rule, we won’t. Maybe it will rain. If not, we’ll go with Friday evening dear, because it’s really a better use of the water.
We’re shower people at our home, employing tubs only when we’re trying to soak away a muscle pain. My wife usually showers at her sports club, so we’ve saved that water. I usually don’t have time for a very long shower. Cutting back would mean I’m out before the soap is rinsed away. But the kids, that’s something else. We joke our Sara and Chelsea know their shower is complete when the hot water runs out. A three-minute egg timer is going in their shower, and they’d better be out before it empties the second time.
Joking aside, the water situation here is critical; far worse, I fear, than many people realize. We can do with just about everything else, but water is a necessity for life as we know it. I’m going to do my best to conserve.