Saturday, December 13, 2008

J3 year in Review -- a LONG post, with no apologies

Not as funny as Dave Barry's Year In Review, but maybe not as long...

After many years of producing a card with the highlights in 6-point font, we decided to try something different, and offer (for those who care to read it) the highlights including links to more photos and words than we can get into a card. Hope you enjoy it...

The Summary: on the family fr
ont, some happy gatherings and high highs (a wedding on the Bradt side; Bat Mitzvah on the Gertler side; our 20th wedding anniversary) and one very sad low (William Lorne Bradt passed away suddenly in March). Lots of speaking gigs and travel for each of us, and the best year for Summit Insight yet.

  • Judy to Winnipeg to launch a client project, trip includes dinner with John Robinson.
  • Judy charges ahead on matchmaking support for Canadian companies visiting Washington in late February, and has a record-breaking number of projects!

  • Judy starts the month by speaking at the National Association of Women Business Owners' Public Policy Days in DC, travels to Montreal to make a presentation, and then to Ottawa for a little business development, some cross-country skiing and a visit with our former boarder and close friend Meredith Denning before returning home in time to...
  • celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary on our favourite island, Petit St Vincent (aka "Camp"). A flight delay on the way back means that if we don't leave LaGuardia airport at one in the morning to catch a 3 am train and get into DC at 6 am, JJ wouldn't make his noon flight to...
  • Singapore for the Air Show as senior industry rep leading the American delegation for the Aerospace Industries Association. Has a cold when he leaves, and a worse one when he gets back. He mostly recovers in time for...
  • His 12th birthday. For this occasion, Judy engages in great subterfuge... JJ awakes to a call from college chum Chris Bohjalian, a stream of email from more friends, and just when he thinks he will have the cake all to himself, "...strange people (that would include his brother Dave and sister Brie as well as his inlaws the Woolley Ones from Peterborough, down for a visit, who love to celebrate) kept ringing our doorbell," and the weekend concludes with a surprise visit from the lovely and talented Meredith Denning. Amidst which, we begin...

  • With the conclusion of our visit with Judy's sister Karen, husband Glenn and our niece Fiona, who came to Washington for Fiona's sixth birthday as well as JJ's 12th. That meant she was old enough for Aunt Judy to take Fiona climbing at Sportrock.
  • Speaking of Sportrock, Judy is also top fund-raiser for the HERA Climb for Life, raising over $3,000 thanks to generous friends who contributed to research to cure ovarian cancer, and making Sportock the regional champion.

  • Judy does her first podcast of what becomes her signature piece, Four Easy Lessons in Free Market Research, which JJ records and edits into a free online webinar!

  • A happy start to a month that shortly brings great sadness with the sudden loss of Judy's father, William Lorne Bradt. Judy spends a week in Canada with family, JJ joins her, and we all mourn his passing while celebrating his life and honouring his memory with photos and song, amidst the comfort of family and friends, and the magical moment of a graveside flyover tribute by a pair of Canada Geese. David McLoughlin provides compassionate chauffer service, and Peter Neilson, Michael McCullouch, Doreen Conrad, and Ruth Bastedo are among those who provide particular solace in the moment

  • Just after we return, we are visited for an evening by the Delaware Gertlers, and also by Moya Vazquez, Judy's friend from Seattle while...

  • JJ heads to Charleston for a conference, then gets to drive his boss from there to Savannah, Georgia, to the Gulfstream factory to see how expensive bizjets are made.

  • April
    • Geoff Buerger visits, we have dinner, laugh a great deal and remember our fathers and how much we miss them. We manage to help him bring his class of students visiting from Alaska to the almost-opened Newseum.
    • Lorne, Corinne, Chloe and Simon (see photos here!) visit for a few days, and see the Air and Space Museum THREE TIMES as well as walk the Mall and enjoy the zoo.
    • Sue and Sarah Gertler come back from Delaware to hike Old Rag, in the Shenandoah Mountains, with Judy (see more pix) and Judy pauses for a moment to appreciate that running her own business means she can take a day off for something great like this!
    • JJ runs straight from chairing a panel at a big missile defense conference (which he gets asked to do every year by the head of the Missile Defense Agency) to the airport to catch a flight to San Diego, where he chairs a panel on export controls at the COMDEF conference.
    • Judy begins May with a speaking gig in Toronto for Women Entrepreneurs of Canada, visits with Richard Outerbridge for a couple hours as we raise a glass of scotch to the memory of our fathers. Bill Denning also drops by. Judy overindulges on mixed nuts and sleeps very uneasily, promising the food gods not to do that again, honest.
    • JJ runs, back to back, a national conference on the future of the aerospace workforce and
    • For the second time, the world's largest rocketry contest, where he is interviewed for the CBS Evening News (left.) Biggest thrill was when JJ, on handheld radio, directs the actions of a $500 million B-2 bomber, whose pilot is terrified to do anything other than what JJ tells him in order to not be taken out by a stray $20 toy rocket.
    • JJ off to Williamsburg for a meeting of AIA's CEO's. Judy misses all this because after...
    • Judy gets back from Toronto, she heads to Seattle to wait what was supposed to be a couple days and became a hostess-trying week waiting for five other pilots to arrive in Portland Oregon to begin the eastbound leg of the Congressional Flying Club's Coast-to-Coast trip.
    • In order to prevent guesticide, Judy takes a two day bus trip up to Vancouver and back to see long-lost Debates Committee friend Victoria "The Vickster" Yehl, now a gold mining geologist for COMINCO.
    • In mid-May, she catches up with the contingent and spends two weeks flying airplanes across America west to east. Judy is the group's official blogger and publishes her own pix (Waiting in Oregon, up the Columbia River Gorge to Walla Walla for five days of being weathered in, and Beyond WallaWalla to Gaithersburg MD) as well. Truly the trip of a lifetime.
    • (Even if she misses out on the Success in the City movie premiere of the Sex in the City movie, while stuck in Sheridan Wyoming that day.)

    • Judy starts the month with a client group in Montreal, and then hops to Ottawa for visits with friends old and new, including Janice Templeman, Robert McLardy, Sarah Taylor, Sarah Quigley, and Meredith Denning, and clients before returning home to unpack and pack...
    • ...then to Phoenix to speak at the Arizona Biltmore (a few months ahead of John McCain) for the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) conference.
    • JJ starts the Race for the Cure as part of his radio station's team, but has to peel off early in order to actually get to the station to do his broadcast.
    • Sam Jelinek visits us in DC on her way to catch a flight to the Netherlands -- yet another person we indeed don't see often enough and are always glad to be with!

    • At 3:45 on 6-7-08, a happy occasion brings us to Woolley Wonderland Farm, hosted by Karen and Glenn in Peterborough for (see all the rest of the pix of) Lorne and Corinne's wedding.
    • JJ, Judy, and her brother David sing and play her Dad's (now her) guitar (which David is playing in this picture), and has the little picture of Dad and his folk group looking back at her as we sang.
    • Oh, and we do make en-route stop in Oshawa for Swiss Chalet lunch with David, Brenda and Chris McLoughlin.
    • After a year of acting as VP at AIA, they finally find someone permanent for the job JJ doesn't want, which means someone ELSE gets to go to the air show in Bangalore in 2009.
    • A sad farewell to Angela and Brett Dark, who return to Ottawa.

    • Areturn to our Summer Camp -- new league record, to go twice within 6 months -- and came back to discover that...
    • After 2 years, the radio station that carries JJ's show is folding, and with it goes the show. JJ gets Saturdays back for the first time since 2006, and is today still agog at the luxury of a full weekend. JJ also publishes an AIA paper on the need for defense modernization.
    • Judy's long travails with a software implementation finally finish and she gets a marketing outreach system running about ten months later than she had planned. Her assistant, Dawn Middlestead, does heroic work on this and everything else all year long, including...

    • When Our Meredith (well, the Dennings' Meredith, but they share) returns for an all-too-brief visit before vanishing overseas for a year, including flightseeing with Judy and JJ over Maryland to Lancaster, Pennsylvania and returning for lunch afterwards.
    • Judy goes to NYC for Fashion Week with fellow Divas of Success in the City, some of whom also learn to climb at Sportrock with her later that month!
    • Judy celebrates her 49th birthday with friends at Co Co Sala, a splendid restaurant based on chocolate.
    • Judy flies commercial this month, starting with Chicago for a NAWBO meeting and a visit with Natalie Cornell, former Trade Commissioner and now chief of Cornell Health and Nutrition.
    • She then heads to Orlando TWICE in ten days -- to speak at Go for the Greens, led by Diane Sears, for NAWBO, and for the Small Business Development Center. She gets reimbursed for one gig, paid for another one, and wins an ACTUAL CLIENT from all that.

    • Judy hears tell of Tom Gough appearing as Gloucester in a Hart House production of King Lear, and with David McLoughlin's help gathers a delegation (see photos) that includes Brenda, Chris and Andrew McLoughlin, Lorrie Lowes, Peter Neilson, Robert McLardy, Ann Mowat, and Bill and Elise Denning to see him.
    • That also left time for family visiting (more photos here.)
    • David McLoughlin decided to drive Judy home and road trip to Washington to visit for a most pleasant two days that included some touring (pix) and an evening with other friends and comedienne Paula Poundstone.
    • JJ travels to upstate New York to test the latest cars from "General Motors," which was in the auto business back then.

    • Something about a federal election. A dramatic evening, and emotional to watch. Obama certainly means change for America; not sure yet what that means for us. JJ starts to get calls from people in the outgoing Administration who want his help getting new jobs while he works with the transition team to find one for himself. About a dozen people from his online humour writing community all want to stay at our house for the inauguration. We consider either leaving town or holding an essay contest to choose who gets to stay. Then reports of 4.5 million visitors, a jammed subway system, cold, crowds and inconvenience suddenly discourage demand down to zero. Joe Pollender drops in for dinner while on a short notice trip to burn use-or-lose vacation.
    • JJ gets paid to do a book review for the first time, of the latest Harlan Coben novel, for the Amherst Alumni magazine, thanks to Chris Bohjalian who kindly referred the job to him.
    • Judy does an overnight indoor camp at Sportrock with Girl Scouts who climb until 5 am, thus pulling her first all-nighter in about 30 years. She is then totally wiped out the next day, and now knows expect from an all-nighter when you're pushing 50.
    • Big event is a happy and rare gathering of Gertlers and Kosts in Delaware for both Thanksgiving and for Sarah Gertler's Bat Mitzvah.
    • Two days after returning from Delaware, Judy gets back in the car to drive eight hours (to Ft Monmouth NJ and back) at the invitation of the U.S. Army to give a 40-minute presentation. At least it's not snowing. Judy thinks a lot about her Dad, who loved long drives, and not so much about her presentation the next day (which also goes well) at George Mason University.
    • JJ goes to San Antonio to tag-team a presentation about the aerospace workforce to an audience of 1400 Texans, many of whom may be armed.
    • Judy moves her business blogging into high gear, and gets her first-ever business lead because somebody read her blog! Wow! She gallivants around at selected holiday receptions, including offering climbing lessons and flightseeing for the American Small Business Coalition silent auction, and steps up using social media to promote her business. (DO visit the blog and sign up for RSS Feed!!) A grand experiment; we shall see what works and what doesn't.
    • JJ publishes a paper on the future of the aerospace workforce.
    • And then it's off to Calgary for Christmas!


    Anonymous said...

    The only thing wrong with this blog is that it lists only ONE visit by Sam Jelinek to J3, and NO visits by J3 to Williamsburg! We must remedy these atrocities! Come to Williamsburg! Let's do lunch! When are you off to/back from Calgary?

    woolley ones said...

    I know that the woolley ones were also very much at the 12th birthday bash with many surprises and gertlers. Well worth the trip with much hospitality and trips to museums as well as aforementioned rock climbing for missy's birthday.
    But then it would be about US not about YOU!

    Anonymous said...

    While procrastinating at a Starbucks I feel like I just don't do enough in a week. Just thinking about what these guys do in a year poops me out.

    Anonymous said...

    Great Blog...I wish I was a leapster babe!