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Hoes And Hookahs; From Garden Sheds To Smoking Bars, And Beyond

By Art van Bodegraven | 03/13/2016 | 7:37 AM

The Kid has been undergoing some trauma, a blue nevus that requires a biopsy and plastic surgery repair. Completing his last consult visit, he asked if he were going back to school. His uber-Mom thought it over, and said, "Let's just play hookey today!"

At breakfast, the perky server expressed surprise that the lad was out for a late breakfast. The Kid responded, "Oh, we're just playing hooker today." The server rushed off, and the sounds of unrestrained laughter soon erupted from the kitchen. His Mom snorted a quantity of wretchd coffee through her nose, and The Kid, unperturbed, continued to study his menu.

Our work lives are pressure-packed, deadly serious, and sprinkled with trauma, both greater and lesser. As much as I promote excellence and dedication, the elusive work/life balance demands - for physical well-being and sound mental health - that we occasionally play hookey.

Common sense and prudence dictate that we choose our days in the sunshine with some care, but never quite getting to the task is a short cut to a dangerously unsatisfying life. So, get over it, and get out of the trench warfare for a bit.

An afternoon at Wrigley Field, for example, could be the best investment you've made in yourself for a while. And, a day at the zoo with the kids wouldn't be a bad choice, either.

Probably best to forget the hooker option, though.

For the curious, hookey (also spelled hooky) comes to us from the clever Dutch, whose word "hoekje" (pronounced similarly) meant a form of hide and seek. Our language would be noticably poorer without the infusion of Dutch that was rooted in pre-English colonial times.



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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.


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