Saturday, July 13, 2024

Upfront: Fond memories

Welcome to September. The summer is coming to a close, and we are all looking back on it thinking “man, that went quick.” Seems like the older I get, the more I say that. I was lucky enough to spend a lot of this summer with some dear folks around the state. Here’s a little taste:

  • I watched my family members pull in wahoo from the Gulf Stream on a charter and dine on them that same night.
  • I got to sit on the banks of Lake Gaston with friends and family and play guitar with a buddy who was 10 when we started playing together; he’s now 26. 
  • I got to play a new golf course with my two boys and watch the sun set over eastern North Carolina.
  • I visited an old friend at his mountain house in Mitchell County and hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail.
  • I spent a long weekend with my wife of 25 years near Floyd, Virginia, where we visited a local brewery and listened to a band play old Grateful Dead songs while we drank pilsners. 
  • I went on a crazy Myrtle Beach golf weekend for the first time in 20 years with about 50 people (45 of whom I didn’t know) I made a lot of new friends and a little bit of money. 

Please know I’m not telling you all this to brag. I think it’s a good exercise to take stock of the positive things in your life and use them to reflect on every now and then. There’s enough bad news that we are confronted with on a daily basis, so I like to go back to these reflections from time-to-time. 

Also, how lucky are we to be able to do things like this and all within a day’s drive at most? 

I always keep harping about our state and how incredible it is, but it bears repeating because we should never take this place for granted. I hope you had a similar experience
this summer and are looking back on it fondly. Here’s to fall and hoping you can
do the same. 

Ben Kinney
Ben Kinney
Ben Kinney is publisher of Business North Carolina magazine. You can reach him at

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