Slip Slidin’

January 12, 2009

I slipped and slid my way into 2009. Really. I woke up early on Monday morning, sent a quick email to Cathy and headed out the door. A new year! I had been in Chicago for a wedding on New Year's Eve and when I returned to Boston I had the whole weekend to do nothing but rest and regroup between the holiday festivities and the start of a new year.
Come Monday morning I had only one proverbial monkey left scratching my back. But it was a big one. That monkey was this blog. We were scheduled to go live with this new site upon our return and I needed to get it done.
What would I write about? Topics had flashed through my head for days, but none stuck. I could talk politics, PR or the Patriots. I could discuss the upcoming inauguration. I could welcome people to the site and talk about our plans for the ongoing comic novel. I could share how, when we first started conceptualizing the comic and working with Marc Cote (the genius artist responsible for the comic), it was months ago. As characters developed and the story evolved, we brainstormed names for our band of superheroes. We decided on the “Metis Mavericks” - Not just because it had a nice ring to it but because the book, Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win by William C. Taylor and Polly G. Labarre, influenced Cathy and me early on as we were building the company. (Speaking of books, check out what we're reading these days.)
This was before John McCain and Sarah Palin took the term “Maverick” and overused it to the point where it became a joke. As the election geared up we cringed each time it was overused or mocked, but we were too far in the illustration process with Marc - It was too late to turn back. So, we went with it. We know what it means to us, what it means to be a Metis Maverick.
(For the record, we did get a lot of laughs out of the overuse of “Maverick.” How could we not? In fact, our very own Sara Frain does a Sarah Palin/Tina Fey impersonation quite well. But, I digress.)
Point being, I could talk about anything in this blog. A blessing and a curse, right? Nothing was flowing. So there I was on Monday morning, heading out to hit the gym before work - On track for a new year, full of opportunity and…
When I stepped onto my deck I realized it was icy but I charged on. When I got to the top of the stairs - arms laden with a laptop bag, gym bag, coffee, etc - My feet went out from under me and I started sliding down the stairs. Since my hands were full, I didn't / couldn't try to stop the slide. I got to the first landing and had barely pulled myself up on the railing when my feet went out from under me and I slid down another flight of stairs. No joke. Though it is funny, what a way to begin 2009, right?
When I realized I wasn't hurt at all, I started laughing out loud at myself, all alone on a cold, dark winter morning, just trying to start the year off right. At least it put things in perspective. As I was slipping and sliding down the stairs it all came together for me – I knew what the year would bring and I knew what we would blog about throughout it: The highs and lows of any day, week, month or year. The unexpected defeats and victories that we face each day - On personal and professional levels and on local and global stages.
On that note, here's to the highs and lows of 2009 - Hopefully we can laugh and commiserate with each other through all of them. We hope you visit our site often. We plan to update the comic novel throughout the year, unveiling the origin of each character as we go. And, our entire team will be blogging. So, come back soon.

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