A parkway and a wedding: Connections in life

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herb gray story
The $1.5 billion Herb Gray Parkway will ultimately connect Windsor to Detroit through a new bridge. Herb Gray's widow shared observations with me at a wedding dinner last night
herb gray story
The $1.5 billion Herb Gray Parkway will ultimately connect Windsor to Detroit through a new bridge. Herb Gray’s widow shared observations with me at a wedding dinner last night

Ahh, for disruptions.

We attended an out-of-town Sunday wedding, requiring an overnight stay and resulting in not much business (including blogging at the regular time) today. Of course, the business continued, with delegation. And when I arrived home, I gave priority to physical exercise — the summer process includes a 15 km (7.5 mile) bike ride to the gym, weight exercise, and a return home. I’m only now getting down to work — at 9:00 p.m.

Not much construction. Not much marketing. Still, enlightening moments and light-hearted celebrations. As an example, I sat at the reception dinner next to the wife of the late Herb Gray, a long-time Liberal cabinet minster and political leader. There’s a major highway under construction leading to the planned new U.S./Canada border crossing at Windsor to provide an alternative to the Ambassador Bridge. The road has been named after Mr. Gray.

“I met some young people in the area, and one person remarked: ‘You share the name of the highway’,” she said. It seems people in the area born after Gray left office think of him in terms of the road, rather than his political heritage.

It is good to put our construction marketing experiences and objectives in context. We have lives beyond the mechanics of our work; and so do all of our current and potential clients. It doesn’t help to be sidetracked from our goals; but equally, there are times when it makes sense to put the whole process aside and enjoy our lives outside of work.

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