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Welcome to the Open Mike Blog where author and comic Mike Carlon shares reflections on life, liberty, and the pursuit of laughter. Sometimes the joke is on him.

Dare to be Great

Dare to be Great

In March of 2004, I was working for Unilever and was fortunate enough to attend our annual sales meeting. It was held in Kiawah Island, South Carolina that year and the theme was Dare to be Great. I’m not sure who came up with the theme, but remember Mark Bernard...

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His name is Mike and he likes computers

His name is Mike and he likes computers

When my wife and I were going through premarital counseling, we had to attend a workshop with other engaged couples. On the first night of that workshop in 1998, all of us had to introduce our future spouses to the group. When it was my wife's turn to introduce me,...

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The set designer expertly recreated what I remember from my childhood and I found myself getting emotional during the film. I watched Mr. Rogers Neighborhood religiously as a kid in the 1970s. It got me thinking of how much simpler of a time it was then the time in which our kids are living.

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Aug Stone

Aug Stone

Look up the definition of Renaissance man in the dictionary and I’m pretty sure you will find a picture of Aug Stone. He’s a singer/songwriter, author, and comic whose alter ego Young Southpaw has been described as a character who traffics in short, memorized bursts...

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An Aha Moment

An Aha Moment

This was an aha moment for me because I can now go back to my clients and tell them that they are not only making the handling of certain tasks more efficient for their users, but they are also shaving time off of someone else being hungry.

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Nick Breen

Nick Breen

Nick Breen is a Connecticut Based comic who, on the surface, appears to be a passenger on the crazy train, but once you get to know him you realize he’s in complete control of the ride. He’s one of the most ambitious comics on the Connecticut circuit and perhaps one...

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