Drinking Cherry Pepsi in a Coca-Cola glass. I’m such a rebel.


The End Of An Era – The Olan Mills Building

For eight years I worked in the Church Directory division of Olan Mills. Many of you are familiar with the name because they were the nation’s best photography studio. You knew you had quality portraits when you saw the gold embossed logo in the corner of your pictures. They also did membership directories for places of worship too. In November of 2011 they were bought out by Lifetouch studios and in 2012 they began the process of merging operations with Olan Mills which meant that name would soon become a memory.

This past week they started the demolition of their iconic building off Shallowford Road in Chattanooga. This was the work home for hundreds of people over the years. I worked there off and on during my time with the company. Coca Cola will now call this property their distribution center in Chattanooga. We will have great memories of this building but its going to have life and new jobs there soon.

Thanks to former co-worker Fred Friday for these pictures.

Diversity is Super


The Super Bowl last night was a great night for the Seattle Seahawks and diversity. Both were big winners. There were two great commercials that showed what modern America looks like.

First there was the Cheerios commercial with a interracial couple who is telling their beautiful daughter she is getting a new sibling, she also wants puppy that her mother is not thrilled about. Second was for Coca-Cola where “America The Beautiful” was sung in different languages of people who came here to this country.

Our diversity makes us better, more interesting and unique. Hey I am a white anglo-saxon protestant and I know that I am just a small part of this country’s makeup, people from all across the world have come here to make their contributions to this land of ours. One day diversity won’t be an issue because it will be the norm, not the exception.

A song once said it takes every kind of people to make this world go round. I believe it. We should forget no one and everyone of every color, ethnicity, orientation and creed should be represented and cared for. No matter what you might have heard, diversity is the present and the future. There is no going back.