Alec Baldwin & Alex Rodriguez on What’s Good for the Game & Worth Its Weight in Gold – #HometownChat

Hot Shot (Old-School): “Real Talk with Industry Players and Biz Leaders”
– Alec Baldwin, Actor & Comedian

Hot Shot (New-School): “Real Talk with Industry Players and Biz Leaders”
– Drake, Rapper & Entrepreneur


#HometownChat – “Smart Community, Special Service, Civic Dreams”

The baseball season opened this week to wide stares and lawn chairs. Fans are ready to see strikes and homers at bat. For many it’s considered America’s past-time as an evening sit-down at the ball park. These days Alec Baldwin & Alex Rodriguez know what’s good for the game and worth its weight in gold.

Baldwin has been seeing a great surge in popularity with his SNL role playing the ‘Trump’ card. His new movie is off to a great box office start. It wasn’t always this way as he explains in his book. Nevertheless, he’s ready for whatever doors open for him as he puts his passion to work on stage and screen.

Rodriguez has been out and about with his new eye-candy. Now that he and Jennifer Lopez have made it official that they’re dating, it might explain why he’s ready to slide home. Baldwin and Rodriguez now know well that while passion is good for making hits, compassion is the quality that makes for nicer fits.

They’ve bounced back from public blow-ups/blowouts that cost them dearly. Now they’re able to bring a special touch to their respective life’s work as many public figures do to enhance their fame. A-Rod & Alec know if we could bottle that quality and apply it to Community 3.0 it would be seen in those having:

  1. A hustle for business that’s more than just assets and profits.
  2. An economy for sharing that’s more than just nickels and dimes.
  3. A system for excellence that’s more than just bells and whistle.
  4. A heart for people that’s more than just a smile and nod.

Every business enterprise has its unique kind of hustle. It’s kinda like the thing we do to bring passion’s edge to the ledge. It might be seen as the grit people bring to a venture or the mojo they bring to an adventure. When hustle shows up in the game it doesn’t have to be limited to assets and profits.

That’s because while hustle and passion are good for the money that gets doled-out, hustle and compassion are good for the soul of an enterprise that’s rolled-out. That’s likely the difference between Rodriguez of old who made mad money as a pro and the Rodriguez of today working with young players.


Recent public policy proposals have raised concern for the kind of economy we’ll have as a nation. The budget cuts presented seem to leave some worrying about those who might get left out in the cold. Many appreciate the sharing economy as being able to manage/market what they own as new income streams.

We see this with ride sharing and home leasing. But an economy that’s more than just nickels and dimes is one where it’s not about how much folks make but how much they care. While passion tells something about who we think we are as an enterprise, compassion says more about who we really are as a people.

Back in the day when farms were the job havens we’d find people doing back-breaking work to make a living. Some used it as a way to make hay while the sun shined. Others used it as a way to keep people below the poverty line. Then there was a system shift bringing more industrial engineering to the forefront.

It was a case of making efficiency improvements to raise the grade of production. This opened the door to new opportunities for excellence in business. It also made possible more bells and whistles to have and own. A system of excellence for industry and community meets needs and produces seeds of greatness.

One of the most universal forms of social communication is to wink at someone. When a guy winks at a girl it might mean ‘I’m checking you out.’ Even beyond a wink, a smile and nod might show a desire for personal connection. Experts remind us that more communication can happen non-verbally than verbally.

With business and policy initiatives, ‘talking the talk’ is a verbal thing, ‘walking the walk’ is a non-verbal thing. Whether as coach, CEO or community leader, having a heart for people is more than just a smile and nod. It’s in how passion puts us in the race and compassion puts others’ situations in a special place.

In baseball, the ‘squeeze play’ can be one of the most exciting. It’s where the batter tries to get the runner on third-base home. The batter usually bunts the ball expecting to get thrown out at first-base. Meanwhile the runner on third-base is expected to make it home safely. It’s a tricky play that can have mixed results.

As in sports, if the ‘squeeze play’ is used wrongly in business or public service it’ll have negative results. Instead of a community or nation feeling like home, it instead feels like a strange place. That strange place can have facts turned into fake, living turned into lording and pop culture turned into ‘poop culture.’

Passion in its various forms can find itself in careers, in the club, on the block and the field of dreams. It might show up in how we work on self or in how we work on what sells. Passion knows it’s hard to beat a person who doesn’t give-up on self. But compassion knows not to beat-up on a person to gain for self.

Baldwin & A-Rod have seen bad days at home, work and play. They turned the corner in ways that make friends, fans and family proud. They know that a difference between who we say we are and who we are as a Community 3.0 nation is in knowing what’s good for the game and what’s worth its weight in gold.

Block Talkback: Why are ACA Exchanges good for Congress but not for the American People? Is this a case of ingenuity versus inferiority? Ideology versus illusion?

Groove-tracks: John Legend – Who Do We Think We Are –

Gallant – Weight in Gold –


Alec Baldwin’s SNL Skits Were a Strange Omen for How People See the World Through Their Own Experiences #Hometown Chat


It wouldn’t be a stretch if I said there’re lots of raw emotions these days after one of the most contentious periods in American politics. My eldest daughter was a first-time voter so there was much explaining we had to do before and after. But there’s even more we can learn about America’s social ‘stars & stripes.’

This year will go down in history as one of triumph and of stump. With the past summer Olympics athletes like Simone Biles and Michael Phelps seen as champs. Then we had the Presidential elections. Alec Baldwin’s SNL skits were a strange omen for how people see the world through their own experiences.

As professors, pundits and fanatics try to explain the sequence of events they might consider an Alec Baldwin quote which said “I was taught in college that Americans choose their President like they choose laundry soap, with a knee-jerk brand loyalty devoid of reason.” That makes us go Hmmm (or Amen)!

This might also be a case where race and ratings took the day. It was like a pendulum swing in ‘swing states.’ It was also a case of the election results confirming our social biases, media preferences & pop culture tendencies. People were drawn to the ‘Reality TV’ aspects and if there’d be a train wreck.

Winning or losing the election is like flipping a coin. So we still have to keep rolling as a country. We still have to function and not lose our minds. In order to not become too cynical or counter-political, it’s important to ask ourselves ‘What are we looking for?’ in the next season of governing.

  1. Are we looking for a Superman to fly-in and save the day?
  2. Are we looking for a Scapegoat to blame for not wanting to play?
  3. Are we looking for Solutions to address the broader challenges that are in the way?

There’re many moments we’ll remember for how this campaign unfolded. One group bought into the superman model where what they saw gave new excitement to what they hoped for. Another group bought into the public servant model where the history-making they believed was in what they’d received.


The model that came out ahead was the one the pendulum swing helped to win the day. More people saw themselves with Superman because of wanting to save their town. Plus, when people see their lives in someone who acts, talks and is crudely ‘uncut’ like them they’re less likely give Superwoman a shot.

Over the past eight years effective governing was blocked by partisanship (I wonder why). It was a state of gridlock. But as the holiday season approaches, traffic experts know there’s a difference between gridlock and obstruction. Gridlock tends to happen organically. Obstruction tends to happen intentionally.

There’s a danger in thinking the ‘obstruction favor’ should be returned. Is that a scapegoat response for not wanting to play? Life isn’t fair. Politics isn’t pretty. If we depend solely on politicians there’ll be enough disappointment to go around. So let’s see how ‘decide & prosper’ fairs against ‘divide & conquer.’

There’re issues in our country that have been around for years. Elected officials offer promises that spin our minds like a merry-go-round. What we think we want gets fed to us like candy, sweet for the moment but fades over time. We have a build-up in excitement. But with obstruction, things fade into frustration.

What we need in order to address broader challenges whether in Urban America, Heartland America or Rural America is a social structure similar to how a software company handles change. There’s a platform that handles how things interconnect and there’s an operating system for how things work and play.

Political scientists and pollsters will be pinpointing the results for years to come. The next few months will likely be a bit fragile. But lest we get stuck in a depressed feeling consider this, #YesOurCountry. Yes our country is built on many groups that contribute to its greatness. So we should stick closer to the values and visions for a ride on the ‘Nation One’ love train. It’s been around longer than any other political campaign train.

Groove-tracks: Hall & Oates, Billy Ocean, Maxi Priest – Love Train –

Faith Evans – Fragile –

Alec Baldwin and George Zimmerman, Anger Management Issues or What?


Trivia: Name the President who delivered a historic speech 150 years ago this week? (Answer below)

George Zimmerman and Alec Baldwin made news again, same stuff different day. Zimmerman’s girlfriend called 9-1-1 to report that he threatened her with a gun. Baldwin had his MSNBC show suspended after a skirmish with media. So, do Zimmerman and Baldwin have anger management issues or what?

With his 30 Rock NBC sitcom in local syndication Baldwin must have more time on his hand. In the case of Zimmerman, many feel he has Trayvon Martin’s blood on his hand. Both seem to keep repeating the same old song and dance. Could it be they have some work to do in-season and out-of-season?

Every organized sport or tv show has its season. It’s a period in which they receive a lot more attention than normal. The season provides a certain flow. Maybe that’s part of the problem. For Zimmerman, he’s yet to figure-out his true season. And Baldwin is in between gigs now that the 30 Rock season is no more.

Successful careers have their seasons as well. This is a period where many shine in the spotlight and capitalize on what they’ve sown. So, it’s important to know what you must do out-of-season to reap the rewards in-season. That means growing the fruit of your spirit and ripening the passion of your calling.

Just imagine hearing a fruit on a tree cursing-out another? Or going to the supermarket and seeing one fruit having anger management spats with another? It just doesn’t happen in fruitville. So we can learn a thing or two from the produce-section for why Baldwin and Zimmerman might be falling short of ripe.

Tip: Successful people do some growing out-of-season to be ripe for the pickings in-season.

Answer: Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address