Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Rusty Rueff Reading List

2017 was a productive year of reading with the completion of 39 books.

Here are a few of the stats to accompany the list:

19 were read digitally (all on the Kindle)
10 were audiobooks (all through Audible)
10 paper bound

17 Fiction
22 Non-Fiction

March was the most productive month with 7 books completed
November and December the least productive with only 1 book completed in each month

Here is my commentary:

Best Book Overall:  A Gentleman in Moscow (Fiction)
Best Next Fiction:   My Absolute Darling
Best Non-Fiction:    Evicted
Best Next Non-Fiction: H is for Hawk

Most Overrated:  Lincoln in the Bardo

Most Underrated: The Dry

Best Audio Book: Endurance

Most Memorable Fiction: The Sport of Kings
Most Memorable Non-Fiction: The Road to Character

Book I didn't think I would like but did: The Conscientious Conservative

Book I thought I would like but didn't much care for:  Wonder

Most beautifully written:  Moonglow

Best Author Debut Book:  My Absolute Darling

Here's to a Happy 2018 of reading for all!


(d) The Sympathizer: A Novel - Nguyen      F
(d) Born to Run- Springsteen     NF  
(d) Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned...- Wear      NF    
(d) The Dry - Harper     F  
(a) Running for My Life- Lomong     NF      
(d) Whiplash-Ito/Howe     NF    
(a) Shoe Dog - Knight     NF      
(d) Moonglow - Chabon     NF      
(a) Truevine- Macy     NF       
Not I, But Christ- Henderson     NF       
Beloved- Morrison     F            
Mindset- Dweck     NF         
(d) The Vegetarian- Kang     F                
(d) The Sport of Kings- Morgan     F                 
(d) Difficult Women- Gay      F                
The Blood Pressure Solution- Merritt     NF
(d) Lincoln in the Bardo- Saunders      F    
On to the Next Dream- Madonna     NF 
(a) Evicted- Desmond     NF 
The Winning Horseplayer- Beyer     NF      
(d) A Gentleman in Moscow-Towles     F   
On Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses- Corin     F               
(d) Commonwealth- Patchett     F         
(a) The Road to Character- Brooks     NF        
(a) H is for Hawk- Macdonald     NF      
(d) Into the Water - Hawkins     F           
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a... - Manson     NF       
(d) The Conscientious Conservative- Flake     NF       
(d)  Sudden Sea- Scotti     NF      
Sorry to Disrupt the Peace- Cottrell     F           
(d) New People- Senna     F           
(d) My Absolute Darling- Tallent      F         
(d) Swing Time- Smith     F    
(a) What Happened- Clinton     NF        
(a) Troublemaker: Scientology...- Remini      NF     
(a) Endurance- Kelly     NF         
(d) Girls- Cline     F            
(a) Rocket Men: The Epic Story of First... -Nelson     NF      
(d) Wonder- Palacio     F             

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The POTUS Job Creation Gauntlet Has Been Thrown Down

In today's POTUSElect's first Press Conference since the election, the POTUSElect made this statement:

"I will be the biggest jobs creator God ever created".

That is a big claim and one that can be easily measured.  Here is the measurement that we can/should all look towards -

As the statistics show, in the current President's 8 year term, nearly 15MM jobs were created.

There is the gauntlet that has been thrown. I'd be the first to stand and applaud if that kind of job growth can be surpassed.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

IF = THEN, Then Why Not This?

IF the ISIS threat = Build and register all Muslims

IF the Immigration threat = Build a wall between Mexico and the US

THEN the Mental Illness Epidemic = A Gun No-Buy List and More Thorough Background Checks


Monday, January 9, 2017

Repeal and Replace ObamaCare Process Reminds Me of The Old Prisoner - Cobbler Joke

A convict spends 35 years in prison. Upon his release he receives a bag with his personal items that were confiscated and stored when he entered prison.  As he leaves the prison he opens his wallet and finds a few dollars and a claim ticket for a pair of shoes.  Knowing there wasn't any chance the Cobbler would have his shoes, much less still be in business, with nothing else to do, he drives to the shoe store.  Amazed, he sees that that store is still there and open.  He parks his car and walks into the store.  The same bell from 35 years earlier rings as he opens the door and the same Cobbler, much older now comes from behind the curtained back of the store and says, "Can I help you?"

The ex-prisoner says, "I'm here to pick up a pair of shoes I dropped off to be resoled".

The Cobbler looks quizzically at the ticket and says, "Just one moment" and returns to the back.

The ex-prisoner stands there, waiting and looking around wondering if he has any recourse if the shoes have been lost or thrown away.  Just as has convinced himself that he should just leave rather than have to explain why its been 35 years, the cobbler comes out from behind the curtain.  The ex-prisoner speaks first.

"Do you have them?", he asks?

"Yes", says the Cobbler.  "They will be ready tomorrow."

And this is how I feel about the replacement of The Affordable Health Care Act.  The Republicans have voted how many times to repeal the Act and promised it would be there for signature on Day One of the President's new term.  That means there have been nearly eight years of time to have a replacement bill ready to go.  Instead, the answer is, "We will have something to consider within six months".

Sounds very familiar to the Cobbler and the shoes, "They will be ready tomorrow."

It's one thing to joke about what we can expect from the stereotypical Cobbler, it's another thing to expect more from those who represent us and govern us.

We should expect more!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

My 2016 Life Highlight Reel

2016 Life Highlight Reel - Events throughout the year that stood out!

January -       Patti's 60th Birthday Celebration in Sonoma
February-     "Champions" @ SF Jazz
March -         Khaled Housseni @ our House to preview "A Thousand Splendid Suns"
March -         Cuba Trip with President's Advisory Committee on the Arts
April -           Rollout weekend of Life Apps 2.0 @ Cornerstone
April -           Seeing "Hamilton" and "The Humans" on same day in Manhattan
May -            Kentucky Derby 142
May -           Weekend at Clear Lake
June -            Speaking @ HireVue Disrupt in Park City
August -        Sandra and Bobby's Wedding
August -        Rhode Island weekend with Ram's Gate event
August -        First "Impossible Burger" @ Momofuku Nishi in NYC
September-   Victor's 50th Birthday Party
September-   The Spicer Mansion
September-   Kennedy Center National Symphony Season Opening Gala
October -      Hawaii visit + Kona Shuttle
October -      Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize Award weekend - co-chairing the event
October -      Criminal Trial Jury Service - 4 days
October -      Beginning of the releases of Hamilton MixTape
November -  LifeApps 3.0 Series @ Cornerstone
November-   Election Night 2016 @ Ro Khanna for Victory Celebration
November-   Napa Valley Film Festival (Big Sonia, Lion, Burn Your Maps)
December -  Kennedy Center Honors
December -  Patti Birthday Dinner @ Manresa
December - White House Holiday Celebration (last foreseeable one for us)
December -  Christmas Trip Home to Indiana

2016 Rusty Rueff Reading List

My 2016 Reading List:

Between the World and Me - Coates - NF                             
(d) Fate and Furies -Groff - F                               
(d) The North Water: A Novel - McGuire -F                             
A Separate Peace -Knowles -F                              
Oracle Night - Auster -F                                
(d) Mr. and Mrs Doctor -Iromuanya -F                                
(d) Everybody Rise: A Novel -Clifford -F                                
(d) Strong and Weak -Crouch -NF                             
Heels Over Head - Small - F                                 
(d) American Nations:  A History of Eleven Rival Nations - Woodard - NF             
(d) The Underground Railroad -Whitehead -F                                  
(d) The Fifth Season - Jemison -F                                  
(d) The Nix - Hill -F                                  
(d) Hillbilly Elegy - Vance - NF
(d) Racing the Rain: A Novel     Parker   F

Only 15 books in 2016 (started The Sympathizer in December and will be a 2017 finish)

73% Digital

73% Fiction

Best Non-Fiction: A tie between Between the World and Me and Hillbilly Elegy (just coincidence that I began and finished the year with these two cultural bookend books).

Best Fiction:   The North Water: A Novel.  Surprised me given I thought I would rate The Underground Railroad, Fates and Furies and The Nix above it. It didn't get the recognition it should have. But, Underground Railroad and The Nix, and Fates and Furies still great reads!

Knowledge referenced the most throughout the year: American Nations.  A great primer to HillBilly Elegy and the rest of the understanding of political and economic understanding.

Biggest head snapper:  Hillbilly Elegy when I realized that JD Vance not my age but 20 years younger and his life pattern is still the same as my generation's experience.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

My 2014 Life Highlight Reel

And here's to what 2015 might bring:

  • January - Attending Ray Dolby's Life Memorial Service
  • January - GRAMMY Special Merit Awards and being on the GRAMMY telecast
  • January - Being at the taping of the Beatle's 50th Anniversary of the Ed Sullivan appearance
  • March - Marathon #8 at Phoenix Marathon
  • April - Masters Tournament with Stuart
  • May - Kentucky Derby weather and seeing California Chrome win like he did
  • May - Visit to the 9/11 Memorial in NYC
  • May/June - Walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain  
  • June - AFI Awards Honoring Jane Fonda
  • June - Speaking weekend at Cornerstone Church
  • July - Visit to Jackson Hole, WY
  • September - Bill Hedden Ireland golf Trip
  • October - Purdue Week as Entrepreneur in Residence
  • October - Ro Khanna Debate with Mike Honda
  • October - Mark Twain Awards at Kennedy Center and first PACA meeting
  • November - 20th Anniversary Trip to Savannah, Charleston and Kiawah
  • December - Kennedy Center Honors week

2014 Rusty Rueff Books Read and "Best Ofs"

I am pleased to share my 2014 Books completed list.

I've also included what I felt were my "The Best Ofs" for the year.

Another year to also compare reading Statistics/Mediums:

17 Books read (a down year for me due to lots of writing on my own second book)
71% read digitally (d) - that's up from 66% in 2013 and 25% in 2012

71% were Fiction

(d) The Goldfinch - Taart   *predicted its Pulitzer win from the first page.  Loved it.                      

(d) Americanah-  Adichie  *If Dave Eggers says read it, then must be good. It was!               
(d) Bark - Moore   *Best Short Story collection                
(d) The Silkworm - Galbraith (Rowling)
(d) Brave Girl Eating - Brown *Most eye-opening book of the year                  
(d) I am Pilgrim: A Thriller- Hayes  *Best page-turner (and first time author)                   
(d) The Son - Meyer                  
The Defector -Silva                    
The Fallen Angel - Silva                
Boys in the Boat - Brown  *Best non-fiction and want it to be a movie            
The Big Burn - Egan              
The Soundtrack of My Life -Davis           
(d) Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - Shafer                  
(d) The Art of Stillness - Iyer             
(d) 10:04 - Lehrer  *Best to not live up to its hype                
(d) Citizen's Creek -Tademy  *Best fiction based on truth that made me want to know more          
(d) All The Light We Cannot See - Doerr *Best book of the year! Can't believe I got the gift to start the year with The Goldfinch and end with All The Light We Cannot See - 2015 Pulitzer?! Think so!  

2013 List:

2012 list:

2011 list:  

2010 list:

 A decade of reading - 2000-2009:

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Cough

Want to be "superhorse", California Chrome, has a "cough".  As he prepares for the second leg of the Triple Crown tomorrow in The Preakness Stakes, everyone is talking about the coughs that he had as he came off the racetrack yesterday after training.

It's clear, no one likes to hear a cough in a racehorse, in a person, or in a company.  A cough signifies nothing but bad to come. Sometimes, it's nothing and a little tickle in the throat passes, but when we hear a cough, we begin to worry and even step aside to not catch the cold ourselves.  Last year, while traveling in Costa Rica, one of the locals told me that when America coughs, Latin America gets pneumonia. 

No one likes a cough and more often than not those coughs that we see in the market, or with a company, or in a team are the beginning of something and shouldn't be ignored. 

How many times have we heard the cough, ignored it and and then later kicked ourselves for not seeing what later were so obvious signs?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Chefs or Short-Order Cooks?

For most things at work, or in life, we can approach things in one of two ways: as a Chef, or as a Short-Order Cook. 

A Short-Order Cook takes orders and fulfills the assignment just as it is given to them.  They operate quickly, efficiently and can be counted on to deliver on time.  A Chef sees things differently, always considering options and other ways to achieve the order.  Creativity trumps efficiency sometimes and there is an anxious anticipation of the customer of what might arrive.  Because of this, a Chef gets a little more time and more leeway than the Short-Order Cook.  The similarity is that both know their customer.  For the Short-Order Cook; it's the waitress/waiter who is standing at the hot table waiting.  For the Chef, the wait staff are just a delivery vehicle to their ultimate customer; the diner. 

Seldom does someone ask the Short-Order Cook to come out and meet the table to receive their lauds.  But, also seldom does someone applaud the Chef who makes the table wait too long for their food.  The balance is tricky and it all gets messed up when someone tries to take the opposite role when to everyone else it is pretty clear what is expected. 

Which are you? 

Which does your company reward and recognize? 

Is your organization in balance with the right amount of Chefs and the right amount of Short-Order Cooks?