This past weekend, my family and I attended a 30th business anniversary celebration. It was a very happy occasion filled with memories of 1989. A gallon of gas cost $1.12 then, a stamp cost a quarter. Taylor Swift was born that year and the Berlin wall came down. Toyota launched a luxury brand called Lexus and George Bush Sr. was president. 'Dead Poets Society' and 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' were hot at the box office.
Much can change in 30 years - the cost of goods and services, the median household income ($28,906!), which team won the World Series and Super Bowl (Oakland A's and the SF 49rd), but some things will never change, like:
- The importance of family and friends who are like family
- Loyal employees and customers
- Shared history and stories
- Conversation over text
- How good food and music can bring people together
- Wisdom gained from looking back
- The importance of planning for the next 30 years and beyond
Cheers to 30 years and congratulations to Rich Boden and others who have made Laseter's Tavern the 'Cheers of Vinings!' Here's to many more!