And you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking, racing around to come up behind you again… --Pink Floyd, Time

So here we are again, presenting our year-end Q&A issue. It seems like just yesterday that we started publishing Camp Business (we're actually in our sixth year).

Yeah. I know. The "seems like yesterday" line is a bit of a cliché, but danged if it isn't too true! It's scary true.

I'll never forget sitting at in a Chevy's Mexican Restaurant in Aurora, Colo., with a newborn son sitting in a car seat on top of the table, blissfully asleep, while I took the "seems like yesterday" cliché into the future.

"You know," I said to my wife as we waited for our waiter. "Next thing you know he'll be asking for the keys to the car."

"Don't say that," my wife retorted. "We'll be (a pause while she does the math in her head, drumming the years on her fingers on the table)… 44!"

Oh, the horror! Our lives flashed before our eyes, and we quickly ordered a bucket of Pacifico.

Now we're about halfway there. Well, more than halfway, as that once tiny infant is now almost nine years of rumbling, stumbling boy.

I suppose there's nothing you can do about time. I also suppose you could fight it every inch of the way, but with every inch you gain, you lose two. So I figure, you might as well enjoy it while you got it, and not fret it so much. And, oh, if I could only take my own seemingly simple advice!

I don't want to trivialize anything any of us do, but we might as well have a good time doing. Doesn't mean it'll be easy, or not challenging at all. But, in fact, we ought to relish challenges. Why do we play sports and games anyway? Is it because it's easy to win? I don't think so.

So we're inviting you to join us next year at our interactive, hands-on training event, LIVE!, Sept. 19-20, at Deer Creek Resort & Conference Center, just 20 miles or so southeast of Columbus, Ohio. Building on this past year's excellent event (see Camp Business, November, page 22 for a full recap), we're putting together one heckuva training opportunity.

We're putting the final touches on two days of relevant, helpful and fun presentations, plus other events and activities, to ensure an event that reaps lasting benefits for your camp. We'll keep you regularly updated here and on the Web site at www.northstarpubs.com/LIVEmain.html.

But why tell you about it now? Space is limited, and we're already getting close to capacity, so make sure you get in before it fills up. You know that time has a funny way of getting by too quickly.

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions regarding LIVE!, and the magazine in general.

Regan D. Dickinson


E-mail: editor@northstarpubs.com

Phone: (830) 257-1012

Fax: (830) 257-1020

PO Box 291773, Kerrville, TX 78029

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