"Small Is Beautiful"
As It Was For
This Mixed Bag of Characters
I thought this title very appropriate given the small quaint yet very thought provoking, motivating and even inspirational group of male misfits that were in attendance at what seems to have become Jeff Dowler CRS and my quarterly co-hosted tradition during the past few years.
As the title suggests we didn't have a sell out crowd at our "Spring Into Action Active Rain Springtime Meet-up." But it was indeed a very interesting group of folks
In fact when I arrived I went to check in with the hostess to let her know that our party of 8 was waiting to be seated. She asked me, "which party of 8 might that be Jeff Dowler or John Arendsen?"
Looks like great minds think alike as I turned around and saw two waterfront tables set up right next to each other each with a table setting for 8. What a hoot that was. Apparently that wasn't a problem, however, as our small group of 5 were one of very few present on the deck top of the Lighthouse Oyster Bar & Grill overlooking the beautiful Oceanside Harbor.
I have to say that "Small Is Beautiful" once again resonated with me. Sure there's a lot of fun in a large group as it's always fun doing some gladhaning and biz card mingling at events and meeting lots new folks. But noting beats a few skulls full of mush getting together and exchanging some serious and light hearted thought provoking philosophies which was exactly what the five of us did for well over two hours.
As others, Bill Roberts, Jon Kolsky, and Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, who were in attendance for our intimate but informative little confab have stated whence we got our quick real estate exchanges out of the way we got right down to solving all the World's problems. I'm confidant we resolved everything from Google jumping into bed with us at night to global warming and even a little grandchildren rearing.
Interestingly though I don't think politics ever came up and there were no blows thrown, pepper spray, interrupting, talking over one another or terse remarks being bantered about. Just a bunch of guy talk from a small group of folks, many of whom met for the first time yesterday and from a vast array of backgrounds.
Yep, no doubt about it "Small Is Beautiful" in so many meaningful ways and for those of you that have never heard of this book it's truly a great read and even after all these years it's still as thought provoking as when it was first published in 1973. No doubt E.F. Schumacher was a visionary way ahead of his time. It reminded me so much of the group of characters I had the privilege of spending such a beautiful day in a beautiful place with.
Doncha just love AMERICA??!!