In my column last week, we asked, “Please relate an event or outcome that caught you completely by surprise."
Here are the responses:
> marriage separation
> 9/11/01 and the dip in Capital expenditures (Projects) in the US Pulp and Paper Industry afterwards.
> A P&P mill in Virginia that will make paper out of wheat straw and corn stalks? Create 2000 jobs ? Cost 2 billion dollars ? And this pipe dream will be large financed by the tax payer? Wasn't McAullife Clinton's campaign manager? Maybe they all started smoking hemp !!
> Being blamed for something that was really the fault of the person blaming me.
> Champion's sale of its corrugated group (Hoerner-Waldorf) to Stone.
> TAPPI's Paper Summit 2002 was convened in a very large venue with the expectation that over 1000 people would attend. The meager amount of people that actually came to the event would have fit comfortably into a much smaller venue. No one saw it coming (or at least admitted to seeing it coming).
> Professionally - learning that my boss - a mfg mgr was being moved to sales. Personally - learning that a friend's wife was cheating on him with another friends husband. By now, almost nothing surprises me. Often I am amused by the absurdity, but rarely am I surprised.
> The decline of a machines productivity
> A company downsizing
We also asked, "Do you consider yourself a "deep thinker"?"
Of the respondents, 83.3 percent answered "Yes."
We then asked, "Would you say, over time you have become more of a "deep thinker"?"
100 percent answered "Yes."
Ready for another quiz? Take this week's right here!