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Next week is the last week of summer, and as my habit at this time of year, I'm going to be taking a bit of time off and returning on Tuesday, September 3, after the Labor Day weekend.

I'm actually going to start my break a day early, to help my daughter out as she goes off to college on Friday. And next week, I'll be doing something completely different ... I'm driving cross-country with Brian, my 24-year-old son.

After spending two years in beer/wine retailing, Brian has decided to follow two of his passions. One, he's moving to Los Angeles, where the weather is more to his liking than in New England. And, he's decided to pursue his dream of a career in sports marketing, management or media ... which is what he studied in college. (Here's a naked parental plea: If you know anyone in Southern California who would be willing to offer him guidance in these areas, please let me know and I'll pass the info on to Brian.) Next week, we'll be driving cross country, seeing some sights, grabbing at least one baseball game, sampling some local foods and beers, and even visiting some stores.

In years past, I would've simply put MNB on hiatus. But. the reaction earlier this summer to the MNB Interview series was so positive that I've decided to continue it while I'm on the road.

Just to remind you ... the MNB Interview series consists of e-interviews with business thought leaders who I like and respect, and who have something to say. "The MNB Interview," which will run tomorrow and all next week, poses the same 13 questions to six different people, with one luminary featured each day. I sent each person the questions, and requested that they answer at least 10 of them; I told them that their answers could be as short or long as they wished, and as serious or irreverent as they liked. What I was looking for was a window into how they think and feel.

I think the whole project is pretty cool ... and I hope you feel the same way.

BTW ... I won't be completely off the grid as we travel from Connecticut to California. As I did earlier this summer, I'll almost certainly be posting reflections and pictures from our travels on Facebook. I hope you'll join me there, and that you'll welcome me back on September 3.
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