Drug, Sex and Manufacturing Systems... ...ok, I lied about the Sex
(My newsletters are always 3 times too long. So I've cut this one to 1/3 the length... but will publish the next one 3 times as fast. Improvement? Let me know.)
So Drugs! The problem with the word is that it is so broad as to be almost meaningless. Melatonin is a drug; so is strychnine...and amoxicillin, fentanyl and various cannabinoids. Any substance that does something when absorbed into a biological system pretty much counts.
That said, there are some specific substances, used mostly non-medically, that have had a profound effect on the early Outdoor Industry...some good, some bad, mostly mixed.
How about you? Care to join the thread? Send your stories on in. Be sure and note whether you intend them to be published or not and whether you want to be anonymous or not. Just to be sure, I'll check for your explicit permission before posting anything.
I know there are plenty of tales out there. Some are as colorful and blatant as a face plant into spaghetti. Others are as clandestine as a Outdoor Biz Lifer on the lam.
One last one. Shortly after Columbia bought MHW, the head of IT at Columbia flew down for a visit. He and my IT Department went out to lunch. We were studying the menus; he was studying us. Abruptly he asked, "How did you people pass the drug test?"
Well, how did we?
Coming in September: fewer drugs, more manufacturing systems. I know you can't wait.