Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Rock

Today I found out that Larry "King" Solomon has Prostate Cancer. You know it's serious disease when it hits someone you know. Larry and I worked for 12 years together at Road Runner Sports. He still works there. I titled this post "The Rock" because that is what Larry is to us. First of all he's the guy who can forecast like nobody I know. If you need to know how many running shoes to buy, give Larry a nod and a few key details on what you like or don't like about a shoe and he'll hit a forecast. Can you say inventory Turn? Besides that Larry is the guy you go to for a good word. He's the guy you go to just to chat. He's the guy you go to for direction on what's important. For Larry it's his kids. Both kids are simply great models of what a kid should be. Obviously Mrs. Solomon has a great deal to do with this too but Larry devotes his life to those kids. On a regular basis, Larry gives this big Sigh. Not the Sigh like a Black Lab just before he falls asleep. But the Big Sigh that says it's time to get to work. When you here it, you simply want to join in and get to work with him.
Now I say I worked with Larry for 12 years. I think he's worked there for more than 20 years. He's one of the many at that company that nobody knows about, but those who have dealt with the company have dealt with something or someone who has been touched by the Larry "King" Solomon. The next time you go to that huge retail store in San Diego or you order something from that monster website, give a big thanks to Larry and send good vibes his way. He's in for the fight of his life.

Larry my personal message to you is fight it and live it like you do everything. Put your head down and get it done. We'll be with you physically or emotionally the entire way. Oh and may your Chiefs play better for the rest of the season. Did I really just say that? We love you Larry.

It's a good life...

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