Rochester Blues

by Mark Forman on April 23, 2018

The Tweet below reminded me of a personal experience in elementary school in Brooklyn. I'm guessing around 2nd or 3rd grade. We had a new student named Kenneth who joined the class after the school year was in progress. Kenneth was an odd kid. He told us how he often took trips in rocket ships and that he was actually older than his parents. He also complained of regular headaches. Maybe these 3 things are all related. In any case-I didn't believe him about being older than his parents.🚀👴👵👽



by Mark Forman on April 16, 2018

A friend of mine I met in church invited me over to his house a few months back. I discussed the need for a contact for a project I was working on. He proceeded to politely throw cold water on my planned project by explaining to me how he like me once put in much time on different opportunities only to realize they were a waste of time. He proceeded to encourage me to slow my roll and wait for the big opportunity. It was discouraging to say the least. He got into my head a little bit. I didn't feel I was being personally attacked but it caused me to doubt myself some. I knew he had a lot of business experience but I also knew he came from money. That fact contributed to his philosophy and his own ability to take his time and wait for the big play. The sad thing to me was that while my friend was truly well-intentioned in his suggestions and comments he was fairly oblivious to a fundamental truth. That being that people and chocolate chip cookies are not the same thing.

The point of my cookie metaphor is people are inherently individualistic. While we all have much in common we are all wired a little differently. Different likes/dislikes, aptitudes and abilities,etc. Unfortunately it is in our nature and partly hubris to assume we are the standard and therefore right. Consequently all other should do as we do or they are wrong. If everyone was a 1%er (not saying my friend has reached that lofty height) who would flip burgers, manage the sewers, make running shoes, teach our children, etc.? So I needed to come back 180° filter and regain a balanced perspective. Friends and life often ignorantly albeit well-intentioned (or not) ask us to throw out the baby with the bath water. I did get some good for thought while avoiding a personal existential crisis.

I encourage everyone to explore not just in professional or economic pursuits but personal interests as well. Find the things you enjoy and the people you enjoy doing them with  and grow together.



Toy Story

by Mark Forman on February 27, 2018

What's the story Jerry? Well my story is about going to Xitou one of the most beautiful natural spots in central Taiwan. I didn't go anywhere over this years late Chinese New Year holiday. My friend and I will walk through the forest and take some photos,talk some talk, and dream some dreams. How about you? Have you been able to get out and clear your head and get some exercise. I've been making progress on some new projects and am most excited about my newest one-no not because it is the newest! I admit people tend to love the new and get bored with the old-in this case my new project is really a new iteration of an existing business that has been going on for almost 20 years. My partner and I originally produced special performance TPE materials-a kind of synthetic rubber type of materials which we also processed/molded for components that customers required. Now we are branching into selling the raw material so many more people can use the material and provide new materials/products for the marketplace. Please feel free to share what new things are going on in your life.




02.05.2018 by Mark Forman

Confession-I always loved playing football-on the streets of Brooklyn with 3 manhole covers measuring the length of  field, in between the occasional car coming down E.27th St., when we'd wait for the car to pass and move to0 the side. I have never been  a lover of watching football on TV or playing organized team […]


Gotta Go For It!

01.28.2018 by Mark Forman

It's been a while since I've shred anything here. Happy New Year (belatedly) and early for the upcoming Chinese New Year (Year of the Dog). Firstly-totally enjoyed Muscle Shoals documentary all about the ridiculously talented, prolific and influential team of producer Rick Hall and the Swampers with too many famous hits too mention:soul, r&b, rock, […]