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March 21, 2011

Now That’s What I Call a “Management Retreat”

The beauty of being involved with a small successful company is occasionally we have to get together, away from the daily grind to establish some plans for the future of the company… oh… and take a bit of a breather.

The two senior executives decided it would be good to get away for a bit, and were nice enough to bring the two Junior Executives along…

It was 5 days of roughing it, but hell… I’ve always been know to take one for the team!  Here’s some idea of how brutal our meetings were…

view from the lobby

Yep… 5 days at Cabo Del Sol – Fiesta Americana Resort!  With plenty of activities thrown in for good measure!  Like:

The Beach…


The Pool!


The Beach…

Cabo Del Sol Beach

Oh… then of course we had to play golf… 


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cabo del Sol golf pano

And then… back to the hotel… to watch some of the locals swim by…



All to be up in the morning for the next day’s efforts!


Four ATV at the Beach

ATV Pano

But again we had to watch how long we let these meetings run so we could make our dinner meetings too…

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Out to see the sights…

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Tip of Baja


Oh, and whilst we were on our little cruise, wouldn’t you know it? The damn sun went down!

Sunset 1

Ship Sunset

sunset 3

We just had to head back to the hotel and enjoy the evening…


Poolside Night

Night Beach

Night overlook

We turned in early in preparation for a rough day… Fishing…

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Oh sure looks peaceful and serene now…


But once around nature’s natural breakwater… uh… notsomuch!

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However… Sandy and Ryan took it all in stride…

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Me?  I was loving it!  I loved being at sea again!  Especially in 10 footers!  But hell… I had fish to catch!… so I did!


Not big… But fun!  We ended up catching 3 Sierra Mackerel like these.  I caught one and our “Fishing Virgin” of the bunch Ryan (that’s right NEVER caught a fish before… not even on a pond!) caught 2 more.  (If you look close below you can even see the fish breaking the water near the top of the left image as Ryan reels him in.)

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We got shut out the rest of the day… but that’s ok too… time on the Pacific is ALL GOOD!

One of the most shocking things we saw was as we entered the harbor.  I looked over at another returning fishing boat and was surprised to see something other than a mermaid on the swim deck!


Yep that’s a full grown California Sea Lion!  Probably in the neighborhood of 4 or 5 Rosie O'Donnell’s… (ok maybe only 2…) but a good 1,500lbs at least!  Once he tired of their boat he made a bee line over to our transom!



Amazing!  But alas this was not the only native that knew a returning boat often bears great treats.  Upon our arrival at the slip we were greeted by a few pelicans (my personal favorite bird).


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All in all it was a great trip… and I want to thank Sandy, Kevin, Ryan, for a fun and successful first Management Retreat!


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Ioms... that was on the first tee of the Golf Course, the Hawaiian Tropic Girls mistakenly thought you were playing with us... and wanted to be there to give you the "Wave".

Posted by: JCAS | May 16, 2011 8:27:10 AM

Where are all the girls you were telling me about ?
I heard them in the background when you called.

Posted by: Timmy | May 15, 2011 4:03:34 PM

I do not know how you managed. Five days of having to suffer like that and I might just need to stay for another five just to recover.

Posted by: JW | May 6, 2011 2:15:53 PM

Now get back to work! :-)

Posted by: Sandy | Apr 11, 2011 9:42:52 AM

If you ever need someone to carry your luggage, call Hans. I'll come along to make sure it does it correctly. BTW, I know that quote is authentic because 'Ole Abe tweeted it to me yesterday !

Posted by: ~sWaMpY~ | Apr 6, 2011 7:33:32 AM

"...I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but then they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire... "

Posted by: Ken | Mar 24, 2011 10:23:32 AM

haha - you may not ever say you're tired of working again. At least for another 12 months....

Posted by: Jeff | Mar 22, 2011 8:35:40 AM

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