"I wish I was . . . homeward bound"
Though my friends (and the data) say Iím crazy, I still think Iím more likely to experience a flight cancellation or seriously delay in summer than in winter. Trip home from Michigan not going so well this afternoon, but Concourse D in Clevelandís airport is more comfy than most.
The actual visit I just finished in western MI was great. Breakfast session with nine chamber leaders, followed by podium appearance at the regional policy summit. As everyone knows, the most dangerous place in the world to stand is between Mick and a microphone.
Today was a bit of an exception because I had trouble adapting to such a diverse audience. Most of the time, this job calls for addressing chamber professionals, not ďcivilians.Ē It didnít kill me, so it must have made stronger, right?
What made the trip cool was witnessing the resilience and can-do attitude of the oft-battered Michigan gang. From Amway executives to insurance brokers, the company people I met were impressive and determined. From Muskegon to Kazoo to Saginaw, the chamber people find genuine reasons for hope. They also work to get/maintain every job. They also fight hard together at all levels of government to improve the business climate and investor appeal of their region and state.
In this, they are like the chamber people I meet all across the country . . . only more so. Congratulations, Jeannie Englehart on a great event and all yíall on MIís west coast for your indefatigable spirit. I think I will need similar character in order to get home tonight.