I Voted on the First Day of Early Voting in Nashville. Even the Weather has Been Nice

This is a photo of my bike and me voting in 2015

I voted last Wednesday, October 14, at the Green Hills Branch of the Nashville Library, the 2017 National Gale/LJ Library of the Year

(I threw in that last part because it truly is a most remarkable library — but may be yet another tragic victim of Coved-19 (A topic for later.) (Note: In addition to services available online, the library branches are offering curbside service, as well.) (Info)

Typically, I vote early on any election.

And I’m always impressed with how well-run the voting process is run.

It took me an hour and a half to stand in line and vote. The library has not been open for monthsIt has never taken me an hour and a half to vote. But I would have been glad to spend all day there.

It may be a cliche, but this is the most important election in your lifetime.

Here are all of the early voting locations in Davidson County, which, by the way, also goes by the name, Nashville. And it also goes by the name “Metro Nashville.” And all merged together, the city and county are officially named Metropolitan Government of Nashville?Davidson County.

The following prediction isn’t much of a prediction: Vice President Biden will win rhw Metro Nashville Davidson County vote. But it’s not much of a prediction because Nashville is an island of blue in a red sea.


Watch this and you’ll want to be 60 feet apart, not six. The top one is coughing, the bottom one, sneezing.

Via Khoi Vinh (Subtraction.com) “This video produced by researchers at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar demonstrates the effect on the air surrounding a person when they cough. Starting clockwise at top left, it shows as a baseline the air flow during normal breathing, then while coughing unrestricted, while coughing into the hand, while coughing into the elbow, while coughing into a dust mask, and finally while coughing into a surgical mask.”

Here’s one of coughing if that one wasn’t gross enough for you.

My Favorite Coronavirus Story

I hope this is true. Crain’s New York and other are reporting that the coronavirus pandemic is having a side benefit that I find wonderful (if true). All the dogs and cats in New York and the NYC area have been adopted.

via: Crain’s New York | “Of all the shortages created by the coronavirus pandemic—the toilet paper and the hand sanitizer and the bottled water—the oddest of them all has to be dogs. Oh, and cats too. That’s right, in the New York city area, the epicenter of the disease, there is suddenly a run on pets. At least of the adopted or fostered kind. Muddy Paws Rescue and Best Friends Animal Society are reporting shelters they work with are either all out of or almost out of cats and dogs after a surge in applications of as much as 10-fold in the past two weeks.

I will say emphatically that having our dog at our feet all day brings some comfort to me.

(Getty Images)’

PS: I wonder if our dog, Button, is looking up to us and saying, “why are you people at home all day — why aren’t you out there getting me dog food.”

Your Story (About Surviving a Global Pandemic) Starts Now

(This was published yesterday on Hammock Inc.’s weekly one-article newsletter called Idea Email. The people on the screen are not hired models. They are hired actors. Actually, they are real people who used to come to a Nashville office daily. Except for the one who lives in Birmingham. Oh, and you can subscribe to one of two flavors of Idea Email. To subscribe to the original Idea Email (general marketing ideas), click here. To subscribe to the Healthcare Idea Email (healthcare marketing ideas), click here.)

Many years ago, Hammock Inc. published a corporate magazine for a fast-growing company with more than 30,000 employees. Because much of the company’s growth came from acquisitions, it was a challenge for employees to keep up with all the things the corporation was becoming.

Inspired by National Geographic‘s issue-long photo feature, “A Day in the Life of America,” we suggested creating a corporate version. We told the company’s story through hundreds of photographs in locations across the country—all taken on the same day.

Our not-so-subtle message was this: “We’re all in this together, no matter where we are or what we do.”

Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, that message still rings true: We’re all in this together, and this worldwide health crisis will become a part of your company’s story—and its future.

Start creating your company’s story now.

> Ask your employees to use their smartphones to take photographs and short video snippets of their new home workspaces, video conference screens full of faces, and four-legged “co-workers.”

> Use FaceTime or Zoom to host short video or audio interviews with employees, clients and suppliers to learn how they are interacting and working in a new work-from-home environment. Ask people how they’re staying connected in the age of social distancing or ask working parents how they’re managing conference calls while homeschooling. These interviews may never be a “marketing thing,” but they may become a pillar of inspiration for future employees.

> Ask team members to write guest posts on your company’s blog about their day-to-day routine. What does the work day look like now that the daily commute is only from the bedroom to the makeshift desk in the dining room? How many cups of coffee are consumed every day?

> Take screenshots of humorous exchanges between team members on Slack or Basecamp, or save emails with kind remarks from clients and customers. Archive both the dramatic and the mundane.

Two years ago, Hammock produced a documentary to commemorate an organization’s 75th anniversary. It took nearly a year to collect the snippets of video and photography necessary to tell the organization’s story.

In the end, the most inspiring parts of the documentary were about the “little” things shared by former employees. Almost all of these stories had never been shared.

Capture your company’s story. Today. This week. It doesn’t matter if you use an iPhone camera or an expensive Nikon—just archive as much as possible. These stored memories will one day become a significant part of your company’s history.

Today, you are living the story of your organization’s history.

Today, you are creating its future.

(Photo from Hammock’s weekly Monday morning meeting)