Eulogy for Art Grunder

Daryl Hatton Personal

This speech was given at my step-dad Art Grunder’s Memorial Service Monday May 12, 2014. Speaking notes are below the video. For those who don’t know me, my name is Daryl Hatton. I’m Darlene’s eldest son. From her, I’ve inherited a predilection to cry over sappy commercials on TV so we’ll see how this talk goes. Right now I wish I had more of Art’s emotional calm… My mom had a tough time being single again after her divorce. For a while that period seemed much like a harsh Prairie winter which chills to the bone and makes you wonder …

English as a second language? It is hard enough as a first!

Daryl Hatton Humor

If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world. After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud. Read it aloud: Dearest creature in creation,Study English pronunciation.I will teach you in my verseSounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.I will keep you, Suzy, busy,Make your head with heat grow dizzy.Tear in eye, your dress will tear.So shall I! Oh hear my prayer. Just compare heart, beard, and heard,Dies and diet, lord and word,Sword …

Helping Competitors for Fun and Profit

Daryl Hatton Entrepreneurship

I spent 90 minutes today helping a competitor with his business and I feel really good about it. We discussed challenges, strategies and market opportunities. Afterwards I made some introductions to people I think might be good to add to his team. I also introduced him to two customers we tried to sell on our solution but came up short. Many rational people would say, “What??? Why???” I asked myself the same questions. The answers that came back highlight some of my core philosophy and are worth sharing. Doing the right thing to help someone when you can is rarely …

My daughter McKenna’s poetry

Daryl Hatton Personal, Poetry

Prepared in 30 minutes for a Grade 11 science course assignment. There was a list of required words for the poem. She nailed it. Volatile Here sat an ancient volcanic neck, It stood tall and proud; a stacked card deck. From its peak, a once known crater,  Not what it used to be, now much later. Below lay a dormant vent, A downward shaft, slightly bent. And even more so was the dike, Which sprouted like a warping spike. Abase the tunnel lay the sill, Flat but flowing like’ melted chocolate spill. And even deeper, it rested tranquil, The batholith, …

Ode to a Man, Obsessed

Daryl Hatton Humor, Personal, Poetry

First Performed for my best friend Dave Mason In Front of Friends and Family On Robbie Burns Day January 25, 2003 We know not quite when this affliction first started, Our poor auld man Davie, his senses departed. At first it was hidden, that much must be true, For he married a lassie much like Nancy Drew. She watched and she tested, checked each little thing, Of the man she would marry (though she picked her own ring) Somehow he passed muster, each one of us fooled, Not then did we know, for Scotch how he drooled. It weighed on …

Letting go of expectations

Daryl Hatton Entrepreneurship

It is bloody amazing what can happen when I just let go of expectations and trust it will all work out. We were told on Wednesday, November 21st we had to be out of our office at 321 Water Street by the end of December. Short notice rescinding a previous promise to let us stay until June on a month to month. Grrr… Starting looking – hit despair quickly – most available properties were crap. We really want to stay in Gastown in a place similar to what we have now: brick, glass, wood beams, view… The “feel” of our …