Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Personal Side of Trinkets

In my office, I keep a collection of trinkets collected over a 25+ year career in development.  Every trinket has a story.

Two trinkets came from my Dad.  The button was something he used during his time at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).  During his five-year tenure there, he was a bit of a bull in a china shop and the buttons were his attempt at breaking the bureaucracy a bit.

When he left in 1996, the going away gift from the sign shop was a bigger version of his bureaucracy-busting message.  When he passed away in 2004, I got both.

So, imagine my glee when I visited the ODOT headquarters yesterday for a meeting and what should I see?  One of the ODOT people was wearing a well-worn version of the button around his name tag.

It brought a smile to my face.  Sometimes it's personal, not business.

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