Bob Norton Consulting - December 2019

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FROM THE DESK OF Bob Norton

Recently, I was traveling back from Denver and

scheduled an Uber for the ride from the hotel to the airport. The driver who picked

me up was driving a Tesla Model 3!

When I got in her car I said, “I bet you get a lot of questions about your Tesla.”To which she replied, “I sure do.”Then I responded, “Great! Then I won’t disappoint you.”

Here’s a few items I learned about her car:

THEY DO WHAT INWINTER?

Her driving range is around 300 miles, so no long trips.

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The dashboard was a touch-control computer screen and is linked to Tesla’s proprietary network (so Skynet is tracking you!). Also, the car is always on, like your cellphone. In fact, she can start the car with her cellphone. I asked about the autopilot function and she demonstrated by moving a lever behind the wheel to engage the system. Then, she took her hands off the wheel. We drove for several miles like that.

Winter is a time for festive joy when celebrations culminate to carry us through the gloomy weather and keep us cheery about ringing in another year. Sometimes it’s hard to look outside our own traditions because we love them so much, but there’s a whole world out there full of people who have their own wonderfully different ways of celebrating a season that means so much. Here are just a few you might find as fascinating and heartwarming as we do.

RUSSIA: MASLENITSA, OR PANCAKE WEEK

Celebrated at the end of February to denote the passing of winter, this seven-day festival is a time of indulgence for people all across Russia. As the name suggests, piping hot pancakes (or blinis, as they’re called in Russia) are served up every day of the celebration as people stuff themselves to the gills in preparation for Lent. The blinis are golden, fluffy, and come with an array of decadent toppings, like chocolate and fruit, or savory options, like sour cream and caviar. The festival also involves plenty of dancing, winter sports like ice skating and skiing, and culminates in the burning of the Maslenitsa straw figure to signify the forgiveness of any wrongdoings suffered. That all sounds fun and dandy, but they honestly had us at pancakes.

It was fun to experience, but I think I’ll hang onto my Red Barchetta.

-Bob Norton

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