Magazine / Pacifico Reflections

  • Can Do – Must Do

    Mike McGough
    January 2018
    He sat at his desk looking tired and haggard. He was exhausted, and it was 9:30 on a Tuesday morning. A co-worker noticed him and asked if he had had a bad night. He replied that it was not a bad night but a bad month or maybe a bad year. “I ca...
  • Just A Penny

    Mike McGough
    December 2017
    As she and her Mother walked the busy streets, she spotted a penny. It shined through the icy slush along the curb of the street. She bent down, picked it up and dropped it into her coat pocket. It was not special in any way; it was just as ordina...
  • Professional Jealousy

    Mike McGough
    November 2017
    The challenge that came to the firm was a big one. It would provide them with an opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities and their potential in the field of contemporary architecture in a very real and enduring manner. The design team had bee...
  • Mirror

    Mike McGough
    October 2017
    It was a garage—nothing more and nothing less. But it was his garage, so he decided to personalize it. Over the past half century he had accumulated a great deal of stuff. He had a sense of history and he was a bit of a sentimentalist, so discard...
  • Accepting Me

    Mike McGough
    September 2017
    She had known her for years as a timid, pessimistic, unmotivated soul who wore her shortcomings like a lead weight. Then all of a sudden, she went through this metamorphic change. Her outlook was brighter, her level of initiative had soared, and sh...
  • Leading Or Performing

    Mike McGough
    July 2017
    Just like the folks in River City, Iowa, as featured in the Meredith Willson musical Music Man (Warner Bros. Pictures, 1962), folks in a similar small town decided that a town band was what they needed. It didn’t have to be a large band to fit the...
  • Caveat Emptor

    Mike McGough
    June 2017
    There were other restaurants in town, but none served breakfast. Folks who frequented the place had fallen into a rather predictable pattern. There were the early folks who had to be to work at 7:00. They showed up at six sharp right when Mae turn...
  • Drop The Shovel

    Mike McGough
    March 2017
    When confronted with what she had done, her first impulse was to try and cover. The embarrassment was great and fear of the ramifications that would surely follow produced a knot in her stomach. She was clearly outside the zone of comfort in which ...
  • Something Good

    Mike McGough
    February 2017
    It was an ugly scene. There was an icy coldness in the air. It was dark and ominously foreboding in every stark detail. Absolutely no one wanted to be there. It was horrible by any and all descriptions, and it was completely impossible to think...
  • The Do-Nothing Option

    Mike McGough
    December 2016
    The phrase, “Doing nothing is not an option,” has a long history. However, there is an assumption and a resulting misunderstanding to be considered when thinking about do-nothing options. Consider the following scenario. The Oakville Recreation...
  • Bungees And Other Kindnesses

    Mike McGough
    November 2016
    A hundred feet of steel cable to hang some outdoor lights was what I had originally stopped in to buy. This hardware has just about everything. It’s convenient, friendly, and right between my house and my cottage. More often than not, when I pas...
  • Play Like a Kid

    Mike McGough
    October 2016
    His season was off to a crummy start. As a pitcher he had started three games, lost two, and didn’t get the decision in the other one. His speed and accuracy were fine--90 miles an hour plus and only two walks. But there was something missing. ...
  • Be Yourself

    Mike McGough
    September 2016
    Although brief, the wisdom behind this two-word bit of counsel is massive both in intent and potential applications. This is an old piece of advice that never seems to be diminished by its age. It is universally applicable, and there is little or n...
  • Be Yourself

    Mike McGough
    June 2016
    Although brief, the wisdom behind this two-word bit of counsel is massive both in intent and potential applications. This is an old piece of advice that never seems to be diminished by its age. It is universally applicable, and there is little or n...