My bud Jim Gekas is celebrating his birthday today. As usual, that call for the JohngysBeat.com treatment.
I should rephrase that. The usual treatment would be fill;ed with sarcasm and the famous backhanded compliments. Today, Jim gets a free pass and deservedly so.
I am very fortunate to have Jimmy as a friend. He has been a coworker, teammate, adviser, friend and more. He is like part of my family. (I think my sister Nancy likes him more than she likes me!).
Jim never ceases to make me laugh, even when I am in the crappiest of moods. He has been there for me time and time again and I appreciate his friendship.
I know he will eventually read this and probably give me a smarty remark. Actually, I am counting on that. By then, his birthday will have passed and I can go back to my normal self and reply just as sarcastically.
However, as I wrote, today is Jim's day. Happy birthday Jim!
Jim Gekas, Steve Stumpf and me in Minneapolis, MN-Summer 2011.