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Brian Patrick Cork is living the Authentic Life

texting and driving to death


I am deeply troubled. And, on my knees, figuratively and really, over this. Perhaps my perspective is based on having been a fire fighter in Colorado. I was often witness to the tragic result of automobile accidents. The sight of only one child splayed out across the hood of a car will always be enough.

That was public service video, but it’s happened to someone’s daughters, some where.

According to a feature rich study I found, an accident is likely to occur twenty three (23) times more often if a driver is texting behind the wheel (read the facts here).

I understand these efforts circle and permeate the internet and our email boxes daily. But, it’s part of our culture to become quickly enured to things – even the horrific – until they crash our own lives in dramatic fashion. Then we feel hopeless within a society that simply moves on.

Oddly, that youtube video has and will likely haunt me. In fact, I am choking up a bit as I tap furiously, reader, away at this Blog post.

texting and drivingWith some simple on-line research we can quickly find many examples of videos and television shows and public announcements regarding driving while speaking on cellular telephones and texting (and, emailing). The focus is almost always the horrific results. To drive the point home, we see the emphasis on children.

This is not gratuitous shock. Nor is it taking reckless advantage, and exploiting children for profit.

I have witnessed angry men using children as human shields. But, here, we have man, at least trying to save children from windshields.

I keep thinking of Haley Anne and her friends (Shockers?). In the truck all the way to and from soccer practice Wednesday night. All they did was text. It’s what they do.

That (probably by now) 17 year old girl in the above video courtesy of Dr. Phil (a trained ambusher as opposed to teacher) simply had no clue. Ignorance is the key word there. Simply no perspective. No pain in her life. No example. Much of what she was saying was more defensiveness possibly driven by some tiny inner voice telling her she is “bad”, but not sure how to conduct herself.

My own Haley Anne does that.

This is a great opportunity to teach her and other kids before they get into those cars and kill one another.

But, it’s also what adults are doing. And, it’s getting worse.

And, anyone that drives while speaking into a cellular telephone crammed under their chin – or, worse yet gripped in one of their sweaty hands, as opposed to managing a steering wheel also needs to understand this must stop NOW. The statistics associated with accidents and fatalities and texting are even worse. It has to stop NOW.

Imagine some corporate CEO angrily focused on his Blackberry when he looks up, only at the last moment, and see’s my Haley Anne’s horror-stricken face as he plows into her car because he wandered into her lane.

Haley Anne wants me to drive her to school more often. Its a good time for she and I to chat (we just can’t do Strawberries and Cream from Starbucks every morning). I saw the Wales-originated texting video late yesterday. As I was driving with Haley Anne this morning I was “situationally aware” of people all around me in the traffic. I was noticing that most people were on cellular telephones, and I imagined they were texting as well.

Catastrophe is all around us just waiting to come out of no where.

I believe I am preparing to embark on a cause. Surely you must all agree with me that the improper use of a cellular telephone or texting while driving should be, in no uncertain terms, illegal. By the time I see this through – and, oh, I shall, I want to feel like I had, if only small, a part in such a law seeing its way through legislature and my community.

This Blog gets a lot of attention. And, I want to use that power and influence for continued good. I have never requested this before… Please forward this post to people you know – perhaps with an emphasis to parents, and avid texters (of all ages).

So… Going forward, I will only speak on my Cellular telephone if I can use my hands-free systems (and, I wonder if that might still be problematic). And, I refuse to text while driving at all (actually this is fairly easy for me as I text as little as possible any way). I deeply value my family, friends and clients. But, I am more committed to their personal safety.

And, if I have the chance to ask someone I see driving and speaking on a cellular telephone (and, I suspect they are texting) I will say something to them – politely, but certainly firmly.

“When you look at something like cellphone use or texting, most people already know these behaviors are not safe, but they do them anyway,” said Anne T. McCartt, senior vice president for research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit research group financed by auto insurers. “But the challenge in highway safety is that we do unsafe things day after day and don’t end up in a crash, and so I think, over time, people go back to their everyday behaviors.”

God help anyone foolish enough to harm my family if they choose to be so unreasonably selfish.

I am a father; certainly a determined fellow. And, when provoked, I am formidable.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork


I’M a Tornado!


I suppose this is JUST WRONG

NOTE: Updated on 10/18/2011. It looks as though that particular skit has been pulled. It’s probably just as well. It was realized in extremely poor tatse.

However, we have all laughed at worse.

On the other hand, there is also: Being Larry.

Brian Patrick Cork


4:15 Mile


I had more than a measure of success running the mile in High School.

A runner churning out seven-minute miles /1 will never know how quickly his arms and legs have to move to run a sub five-minute mile.

You can’t practice by running slow. Interval running is crucial to faster running and peak fitness.

The Kenyan runners who always win marathons never jog. So, I train at 80 percent of my maximum heart rate until I am exhausted. This has always taught my body what Mike Hildebrecht, one of my High School coaches, called “recovery endurance” through a sequence of sprints and rests. Over time, you will still need to give your body a break to optimize gains (consider cross training), but this ability to push yourself to the brink of collapse and recover quickly is essential for top aerobic athletes.

This training philosophy served me well as a Runner, Lacrosse Player, professional Triathlete, and a Volunteer Fire Fighter.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

1/ The average man of decent fitness runs 8 minute miles during training runs.


Bold and Fearless?


I have been asked a good number of times this week why I am getting so bold (okay, and opinionated) in some of my Blog entries.

Consider this…

In 1994 I found myself trapped with my fire team /1 in the basement of a house that was going to burn to the ground.

The alarm on the air bottle of one of my guys started to sound off and I caught myself thinking:

“is this really it; why the $#@% am I here”?

Through the magnificent din of the moaning fire; our Fire Chief screaming in my headset; and, my own heart pounding, I clearly heard a voice quietly say:

“you are needed” /2.

Later, a different Battalion Chief, reminded us all to be:

“Part of the Solution and not the Problem”.

This was unrelated to the basement adventure. But, it has inspired me in business and life and driven my passion and heart towards every thing I do ever sense.

So, if I take the notion that I really am a “Cultural Architect” – and, the meaning of that evolves daily for me, I need to motivate people and inspire them to action daily. I must be bold and fearless in my views. And, willing to defend them each and every hour. If you care, you let people know – with every action you take.

I raise my hand every day because I really do want to help.

You gotta be a “Love Kat”.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters

Brian Patrick Cork

1/ From 1993 to 1998 I served on the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department in Colorado.

2/ Okay… It might have been saying “you are stupid”, but that would be less dramatic and impactful – and, my life might be VERY different today.

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