The languages we speak

The languages of the world.
The languages of the world.

 

 

Years ago I was invited by King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia to review their oil reserves.  After a whirlwind tour of the country we met back at the main offices of the Armco facility that controlled production for the entire country.  There we met the oil minister (Ahmed Zaki Yamani and a number of other people.

Our goal was to better understand the oil reserves and how they would be drawn down over the years to come.  The meeting began early in the a.m. and went on past lunch.  Whereupon the oil minister asked that we all take a break.  Not that kind of break.  Instead, he asked that everyone around this very large conference table to: restate their name, their title, the company they were with, where they went to school, the degrees they held and finally the number of languages they spoke.

I was the invited guest sitting immediately to the left of the oil minister.  Conversation worked its way around the table.  There were people from all over the world and most held multiple degrees including Ph.Ds and spoke many languages.

I knew I was going to be embarrassed, I just didn’t know to what extreme.  When it was my turn I answered all of the questions and when it came to the languages I spoke I answered, “I speak English.”

Almost immediately, a chap from England (the U.K.) said, “Excuse me Sir, you do not speak English, you speak American!” [Read more…]

My biased view of America

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By devine decree I was born an American. My business and lifestyle have allowed me to travel (many times) around the world. Therefore, my opinion of America has evolved over time. As an imigrant family my forefathers moved to America at the request of the King of England. One served as the Govenor of New York and another was the Secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. As a homeless boy of eleven I learned everything in America should be earned.

Everyone has a chance to become or do anything they want. We can accomplish any goal to which we are solidly committed. The many freedoms we enjoy allow us to dream, build and accomplish our goals.

I served in the Air Force and fought in Vietnam for America because my country needed me to do so. One of my three sons and one of my three daughters served and fought for the very freedom that America provides all of us. My son Doug, retired from the Army. We (my family) have followed in the footsteps of our forefathers that have participated in every major war including our country’s independence.

America requires that we ALL participate in the process of voting, serving or fighting for our way of life. All over the world we see examples of what happens when you don’t participate in the process.

I believe that this country can, does and will continue to stand as a beacon of hope for people all over the world. My country [America] is not perfect. It is better than any other government because we must all be our country’s keeper.

My view is that I’m blessed, fortunate and experienced enough to know that there is NO other country better than America.

Please God, continue to bless America, the land and people I love.