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Judging Books By Tattered Covers

By Art van Bodegraven | 05/14/2017 | 10:26 AM

I may have recounted The Kid's earnest plea upon encountering Fierce (Aunt) Betty and Uncle Slick's decrepit bulldog, the Latino Lothario, Toro.  Overcome, The Kid whispered, "Please don't eat me, Uncle Toro!"

Toro, our little Penny's hopeful, if mutilated, paramour was, to The Kid, just another Uncle.  Somewhat raggedy, Toro was missing some patches of hair, and had fewer remaining teeth than the average West Virginian.  He would occasionally topple over, as well.

But, during our latest cold snap, Toro, sapped of will and desperate, snagged his blanket with a remaining tooth, and dragged his chenille scrap over toward the fire.

In short and in sum, our Toro was a rumbling, stumbling contradiction.  Clumsy, and apparently a bit dim, he was smart enough to get warm.

The takeaway: don't underestimate a dog dressed in his underdrawers, the canine equivalent of a union suit.  This applies to working colleagues, neighbors, your kid's friends, and people with drawls.

btw, a childhood friend's first wife was/is the creative and nurturing force behind Denver's legendary Tattered Cover independent bookstore, rising above and beyond the strictures of a Purdue education.

Don't judge, lest ye be judged . . .



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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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