This post isn`t dedicated to business but can certainly include it. This is about moments in life that you`ll never forget. It`s just an opportunity to share a story for a smile, a laugh, a tear, a doh!, a wow!, or just a head nod or two.
To kick it off, I`ll share one moment that I`ll never forget.
"The Roof Dogs of San Miguel"
A few years back, I was in San Miguel, Mexico, a very historical colonial Mexican city.
I was swept away by the charm of the town on my first day there. As night fell, the cathedral was lit up by floodlights, and the sound of couples meandering and talking along the narrow cobblestone streets wandered in through my B&B window.
But the unforgettable moment occured shortly after falling asleep... and then awaking... to the sound of barking.
It was my first exposure to the roof dogs of San Miguel.
Sitting up in the hard bed, no screens on the open window, it was impossible to ignore that not one dog was barking, not two, but what sounded like a hundred.
After a few minutes, strangely, the barking just stopped. Then one dog would bark once, sharply, and another would answer from a distance, then another, and all of sudden, dogs by the dozen would chime in. There were big dog barks, little yapper barks, and it would start and stop throughout that night.
Breakfasting in the bed and breakfast courtyard the next morning, I inquired with the waitress about what was going on last night. Her English skills weren`t very good, so instead she just pointed behind me to the flat rooftop of the B&B.
Standing there, leaning over the edge with hanging jowls and tongue was a huge Rottweiler looking down on the breakfast eaters.
The waitress then pointed the other way, across the street toward the opposite roof. Two stout Jack Russel Terriers were looking over the rooftop edge.
After breakfast I headed back into town to tour the shops. But this time I kept peaking upward. And yes, dogs were everywhere... on the flat rooftops.
I guess, because there are no yards in San Miguel, "letting the dog out" in San Miguel actually has come to mean, "letting the dog up".
Pets play on the flat roofs in San Miguel. And they rule the night from their perches.
That`s one I`ll never forget.
Rich Sloan , Co-Founder, Chief Startupologist, StartupNation