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Online Edition - August 2000

Issue Highlight - Homeward Bound
--- Peter Block offers some practical reccomendations about how to create balance and harmony in your life.
These recommendations are guaranteed to work or your time back."

In This Issue...
The Economics of Choice
Children: A Blessing or a Lucky Taxbreak
Welcome to the Wild West
The Struggle to Have It All

Peter Block Column
Day In The Life Stories
Views for a Change

Heard on the Street
Letters to the Editor

A Day In The Life...

Distance Living

 In the midst of a major relocation, Terry Hobbs' life is far from sane. As a project manager for The Timken Company, he has found himself called to another position... in Kentucky. With his wife, Rosie, busy at home preparing their house in Galion, Ohio, for sale, Hobbs' living situation is not ideal. Living out of a hotel, his main connection to his wife, two sons and granddaughter is a telephone. How does Hobbs continue his success in business and family when the two are currently so separated? Continue reading to see how one man is balancing his job and his family... separated by hundreds of miles.

  5:00 a.m. - Wake up and grab a quick shower. Watch CNN to catch up on some current events while getting ready for the day.

  5:30 a.m. - Do a little work, review yesterday's documents in order to prepare for the day.

  6:00 a.m. - Leave the hotel, go to work.

  6:30 a.m. - Arrive at work. Getting in early is beneficial because it provides a chance to talk to all of the shifts. The night shift is still in; the day shift is just starting. Walk through a section of the plant to say good morning to everyone. Every day different sections are chosen. This provides a chance to see everyone and make sure the plant is running smoothly.

  7:00 a.m. - Check all mail and begin reviewing the production processes for the morning meeting.

  8:00 a.m. - Attend morning meeting. Review yesterday's work and discuss planning for the week.

  9:00 a.m. - Review the responsibilities of one manager to gain a clearer understanding of his job. This too is a daily activity. Every day, a different manager is chosen in order to gain a deeper understanding of the plant's situation.

  12:00 p.m. - After reviewing printouts of the plant, grab a quick lunch.

  12:45 p.m. - Return to office and check messages. Receive a message from oldest son, Brian, in Atlanta. Call him back immediately, but get no answer.

  1:00 p.m. - Attend a meeting with the personnel manager dealing with overtime scheduling.

  1:15 p.m. - During the meeting, the phone rings. It is Brian calling back. Pick it up out of curiosity for why he had called. Brian announces he, his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Callie, are officially buying their first home. Talk quickly (and quietly) about this exciting news, rejoin the meeting.

  4:00 p.m. - After several other meetings, go back out on the floor to answer questions/concerns.

  5:20 p.m. - Leave work and return to the hotel.

  6:00 p.m. - Get home and call wife, Rosie. Talk about day's activities, read and tune into CNN.

  6:15 p.m. - Rosie calls back to discuss selling the house and Brian and Andrea's new home.

  6:30 p.m. - Call Brian back to talk some more. Rosie calls because Matt, our youngest, has been calling. Call him back but get no answer.

  7:00 p.m. - Go to the driving range, eat dinner and drive though a housing development to explore the Lexington area.

  8:30 p.m. - Call Matt to talk about his final semester in college and his current internship.

 9:00 p.m. - Wind down. Watch some TV, read some material for work.

  10:30 p.m. - Go to sleep in preparation for tomorrow.

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