The Lobster Shift

The Lobster Shift is the Chaddsford Planning Associates blog, authored by its general partner, Bob Bucceri. It provides news, commentary and analysis on business issues in the electronic payments and marketing segments – but like a lobster that shuffles along backwards, The Lobster Shift looks at issues from a different perspective, sometimes in contrast to how others are looking at the same topics. While Bob has been hard at work recovering from his stroke and moving, as I like to say, semper avanti, or "always forward", the Lobster Shift has been on hiatus. But it has been coming back online with a more regular cadence of posts over the past few months. Today’s post offers Bob’s thou

The Simple Joy of Car Washing

Bob has always been a car guy. There was a time, before stroke, that I would roll my eyes as Bob would head out to the garage to spend his entire Sunday washing and polishing our cars. “Isn’t that why God gave us car washes?” I’d ask as I followed him out to the garage waving my own list of high priority projects. All I’d ever get was a look of incredulity. My own list of Sunday candidate projects ignored, we had the cleanest cars on the block. And invariably, when the Blue Rocks ran their “Dirtiest Car in the Parking Lot” contest during a ball game, Bob would lean over to me and in a low voice declare, “They’d better not pick our car”. Imagine what it must have been like for him to liv

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