- 14 years ago last Friday was 9/11/2001. George W was president (just barely), I was 3 months done with my first stint with the Navy and working in the shadow of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs and we had barely a 5 month old. Then the twin towers fell, the Pentagon was attacked and heroism reigned aboard Flight 93 over Pennsylvania. As the years tick by, the memories don't seem to fade but the patriotism sure has. Remember how all of a sudden, our country felt united? I wish that stuck every day of the year and not just on days like 9/11 or July 4th or Memorial Day. I wish we were a "team" against radical "anything" and just loved each other like folks sharing a planet and the same air. That'll never be but it's a nice thought. For now, how about we each do our part one-on-one and strive to get along, shed the hate and love on folks? And no matter who sits in the Oval Office, it's still the U.S. of A. and a country to be mighty proud of. Pass that down, too, to tomorrow's generation.
Cathy Tietz Boring. I love it! It was fired twice in her kiln and the color dipping was done in between the two. Every mug she had was one of a kind and unique. So with a new addition, I must give up one (or two) from the cabinet. That shouldn't be too difficult.
- So Apple's main event was last Wednesday and it was, as Donald Trump says, "HUUUUGE!" It lasted 2hrs and 15min and they spent the bulk of their time talking about the new iPad Pro, the upgrades to Apple Watch, the new Apple Pencil (that works with the new iPad Pro), the totally overhauled AppleTV and of course, the upgrades iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. I was driving for a lot of it and streamed it over the speakers as I drove. But if you're like me, you don't have 2hrs, 15min to watch it all so you can find all of the info you need here at appleinsider.com or if you're more visual, go to Apple's YouTube channel and watch the video announcements they showed at the event. That's your best bet, honestly. A few observations: Apple is clearly going after the medical field even more. There are so many features built into AppleWatch and the new iPad Pro that favor the medical community and their presentations highlighted that. For the fourth-generation AppleTV, I see them cueing themselves up to sneak into the gaming community with how the new remote works. Pretty amazing, actually. All around, the new AppleTV is leaps and bounds over what I have in my living room. As for the new iPhones? Well, they did more than just slap an "S" on them. New faster processor and some sweet camera upgrades...but still an entry-level 16GB iPhone which makes no sense. That low-capacity entry level model needs to become 32GB...like yesterday...especially with the new "Live Photo" that will gobble up even more space. All in all, Apple appears to continue to fire on all cylinders and even created another new segment via the ApplePencil.
- If you read last week's M-Cubed, you may recall the veteran pinning I did of the World War 2 Navy veteran who was at D-Day off Omaha Beach. Well, this hero who survived the sinking of his ship and rescued a shipmate passed away a few days ago on 9/11. I still feel so honored to have had the opportunity to meet him, shake his hand and thank him for serving our country. Here's his obituary if you'd like to read it. He will be buried with military honors this Wednesday in Akron. (his obituary is a great read and tells the story from D-Day)
- Looking for another great movie to watch? Write down "McFarland USA" and be sure to watch. What a great film and a true story. Also in movie news, "War Room" continues to crush it! Top 3 over the weekend in their 3rd week of release. In case you forgot, it cost $3 million to make and early numbers from this past weekend put it at $39.1+ million so far. WOW. Go see it!
- That's all I got, friends. Time to get the week moving and enjoy the beautiful, sunny week on tap. Have a GREAT week and remember this: when life hits you upside the head and you feel like you've hit bottom, you sit at a fork in the road. You can choose to soak in the misery of your circumstances and let IT kill you or you can choose to find the good in it, look up, persevere and find strength in those around you, your faith, and choose to overcome. Choose the latter!
Have a GREAT week!