a long hard day I had to do,

slug it out because I knew Friday night I would be spending it with friends,

I stayed indoors, got the work done, as I knew soon enough I would be having fun,

happy and relieved as I submit my work, say goodbye and farewell to faces,

check my phone, first time today, and see that everyone has cancelled dinner and drinks,

This may not be great, but as I step outside and walk through the park,

I think about how that false promise go me through the day.

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STB extends comment period for proposed Great Lakes line, proposes rate case rulemaking


The Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) has extended the public comment deadline on a draft environmental study for Great Lakes Basin Transportation Inc.’s proposed freight-rail line from June 15 to July 15.

In April, the OEA issued a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement and initiate the scoping process for the proposed 278-mile line, which would run through Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. The office later extended the public comment period from May 16 to June 15. However, no additional extensions will be granted, STB officials said in a decision issued June 10.

Great Lakes Basin plans to construct the line around the Chicago area — from LaPorte, Ind., through Illinois to Milton, Wis. — to speed up freight transportation moves and provide additional capacity for growing rail traffic, according to the company’s website. The line would alleviate shipping congestion by creating a bypass…

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More Things Steve Jobs Can Teach Us About Delivering a Powerful Presentation


You don’t have to reinvent the computer to become great at giving speeches.

Who wouldn’t want to give a presentation as great as the ones Steve Jobs delivered?

He didn’t just announce a new Apple product; he found ways to get the audience as excited as possible while masterfully making that Apple product the next “must have” item. Don’t believe me? Check out his 2007 iPhone launch speech. Replace Jobs with a popular music act and the audience would be just as amped.

Thankfully, you don’t have to invent the next hot tech gadget or wear a black turtleneck to present as well as he did. There are some key takeaways from his speeches that anyone in business can sprinkle into their own communications.

Whether you’re pitching to a VC, trying to sell to a customer, or just getting your team amped up on a Monday morning, incorporate these…

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