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Fredo, I know it was you… at KronosWorks!

May 16, 2013

finnegan's bar and grillLast week I was in a meeting on KronosWorks 2013 planning, and someone asked what the “big customer event” would be. The conference is in Orlando this year, so the theme parks are a draw. A fun “New York Street Party” we threw at Universal Studios came up, and guesses on the year began. “2004,” I said, deadly serious. “It was 2004.” “How can you be so sure,” I was asked. “I’ll tell you how.” It is seared in my memory that KronosWorks 2004 was in Orlando, and the big street party was right outside Finnegan’s Bar and Grill… It was October 26th to be exact. I was in Finnegan’s with my friend, Barb. It was a beautiful night outside, but Game 3 of the World Series was on inside. As a member of Red Sox Nation, I reeked of nervous energy. The Sox were up 2 games to none, but they could still blow it, right?

Larry Walker out in game 3 assist to MannyThe St. Louis Cardinals had a runner in scoring position when Jim Edmonds cracked a hard single to left. Manny “Just Being Manny” Ramirez, not an elegant fielder, charged and scooped the ball, then threw a dart to home plate just in time for catcher Jason Varitek to tag out Larry Walker to end the first. “YES!!!” I yelped while pumping a fist of solidarity into the air. Then I saw him. The Godfather…

aron and fredoHe wore a sports coat, and a menacing smile as he approached me from the bar. My joy receded to fear as he came close, very close, and cupped my face between his hands, Michael Corleone style. I knew he was still heartbroken over his Yankees coughing up a 3-0 ALCS lead to the Sox, so I braced for Luca Brasi with his piano wire from behind. Brasi never arrived. The Godfather looked into my eyes and tapped my cheek twice gently with his right hand. No words were spoken, but I still heard, “Fredo, I know it was you…” That’s how I’ll never forget it was 2004.

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I’m not sure if we’ll have a “Godfather II” sequel to that “New York Street Party,” but KronosWorks2013 is sure to be bigger and better than ever. My team is responsible for managing content for over 30 technical sessions from report writing, to the very popular “Workforce Timekeeper Tips & Tricks,” to upgrading best practices, and Kronos cloud services. Plus we’ll have Kronos TechKnowledgy courses over the weekend, education workshops, product and industry best practice sessions, and the expo, where you can talk to experts, visit Kronos Global Support, and get your hands around all our latest products.

All these years later, every once in a while I find myself in the Godfather’s office. The framed Yankee pinstripes hang ominously from the wall like a horse head. He’s always very friendly, and loves talking cloud. Hell, it’s been nine years. Still, I’ll never accept an invitation from him to go fishing…

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