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Stopped by a favorite hangout while up in Michigan this past weekend. I wanted something other than a burger so I ordered "chicken nuggets" and got a children's "dino nuggets."  So, in the spirit of Firefly...

"Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"

(I added the ketchup for that special touch....
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Even the safety guy needs to cut loose a little.  
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I will be in the Houston area presenting the workshop "PSM for Research Organizations" for a client in May.  We're also attending the Houston Area Lab Managers Association May 2014 meeting on the 7th, presenting the Ask Dr. Safety symposium.
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PSM = Process Safety Management
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Egads!  I've went from receiving Younger Chemists Committee newsletter to "Senior Chemists Newsletter."  
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Being a part-time consultant since 1996 has allowed me to analyze, to a degree, both the yearly and long-term business cycle for Midwest Chemical Safety.  I have found two general statements to be true:

• Things are “slow between mid-November and January 1.  When I say “things” I mean many things.  Clients are a bit slower to pay (usually getting October invoices paid right at the end of the year) and they put off discussions for additional projects until after the first of the year.  Likewise, vendors and professional organizations want to dig a little deeper into my pocket at the end of the year as well. Nearly all professional organizations to which I belong have their fees coming due in December.  So, prior planning is very important during this time of the year to ensure that cash flow remains adequate.

• Likewise, it appears as though (at least as far as MCS is concerned) that EH&S consulting services lag the overall national economy by about 18 months.  I went full-time consulting at what I, and many of my mentors and colleagues see as about 6-months into the overall economic upturn and business has been very good, so far.  I am cautiously optimistic regarding the next 6-12 months and I have a number of proposals on the table and I’m following up on a number of leads as well.

December is a slow time for this independent consultant.  However, “slow” does not necessarily mean “time off.”  I’ve got a number of projects that have been waiting in the wings – two big ones are for American Chemical Society Regional Meeting Workshops for 2014 and beyond. 

At the request of the 2013 participants, I’ll be revising some of the hugely successful and well-received Essential Information workshop to include more in-class risk assessments for both academic and industrial laboratory settings.  In addition, I plan to offer a follow-on workshop, “Research-scale chemical process safety analysis” that will dovetail out of the Essential Information workshop.  

Other short projects include a guest-blog post that I’ve been owing +AnnMullen for about 6 months and working with a colleague in St. Louis on a Scout project. I also need to figure out Google+ somehow.  As it stands, I’ve got a personal account, +HarryElston, a Google+ for my company +Midwest Chemical Safety, LLC  and also a company page on LinkedIn and I’ve shamelessly cross-posted this on all three. I know that Google+ is hugely popular – certainly not the “next Facebook” as Google believed, but LinkedIn seems to have some potential to reach potential clients and other chemical safety professionals.  If you’re on LinkedIn, consider following Midwest Chemical Safety  for company updates.
Welcome to the company profile of Midwest Chemical Safety, LLC on LinkedIn. Midwest Chemical Safety, LLC (MCS) is a full-service Environmental, Health and Safety consulting...
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Loki would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!  And he found the Duck this way.
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So what's new at Casa del E?  War-o-the-Leaves 2014.  I think every oak tree within 5 miles of us dumps on our yard. It was a good harvest this year - a bumper crop!
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Funny....and a little creepy at the same time...
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I think I saw +CJ Chemjobber on a job in Indiana.  Evidence suggests CJ was here....
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So the CEO of ATT has come out and said that "subsidies" must end for smartphones.  Excuse me? "Subsidies?"  I don't think that word means what he thinks it means.

Every time one upgrades a smartphone and signs a 2-year locked in rate, they are essentially paying for that phone over time (and much more than the retail price of the phone if purchased outright).  Most people, myself included, don't want to shell out $600 for a phone but are willing to pay extra per month.  As for me, ATT makes out like a bandit because I don't upgrade my phone every 18-24 months (like their model suggests) - I hold onto my phone until it simply no longer functions, historically about 3 years.

Folks need to understand that locked-in contract pricing is not, in the long-run, a "subsidy" of their phone.  They are paying for the tech, just over time and less painfully than cutting a check to ATT for $500+ dollars for a new phone.
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