Summer. Not Sumner. I feel sure Evan Shapiro was chortling over the early Cruise coverage. But, never you mind. Summer’s gone. Left a dust bowl in the upper plains states. Left behind (thank goodness) some vicious heat waves. Even left a dusting of snow on the Gore and Ten Mile Ranges in my county. Early for that. But the year I left the Army and enrolled at the University of Colorado Graduate School of Journalism to learn how to ski (really, did that; didn’t finish the other), it snowed eight inches on the first morning of classes after Labor Day. I don’t really know whether or not it is so-called "global warming" (though the vast preponderance of scientists seem to agree with one-time cable nemesis Al Gore), but I do know the root problem is "global people." Too many of ’em. Random Notes *Yesterday: Was Labor Day; hope you didn’t. Nice to take a break as kids go back to school and a month or so of routine work and business travel (Hell Week, you now) fits between now and budgeting season. *Paddled: Took the opportunity to do a little paddling across Lake Dillon again. Nice early morning flat waters. We’ve got these inflatable kayaks (with rigid tracking bow and stern plus skeg) that actually behave like regular sea kayaks (no rudder, though). We’ve got two one-man and one two-man. The nice part is that after a half hour or so to inflate, outfit, launch and then fiddle around among some islands, it takes a couple of hours plus to paddle from the Frisco marina to the Dillon marina on the north side of the lake. Once there, a Tiki Bar with pretty good drinks and food beckons… and there’s a water taxi that takes us (with the Ropers this time) back to the Frisco marina with our deflated and stowed-in-their-bags boats. Nice way to spend a day. Also headed back to Nova Scotia on Oct 1 to paddle along the coast going inn to inn (getting a little old to sleep on the beach every night) west of Halifax on an every day gourmet hunt. *More NAMIC Promotion: Yeah, I know. I’m like a broken record on diversity (but not quite as strident as my colleague Curtis Symonds; just as disappointed, though). Next Tuesday morning, following the NCTA’s Kyle McSlarrow, I’m at NAMIC in the Waldorf Astoria along with (so far) Sean Cunningham, president & CEO of CAB; Mark Walton, EVP- sponsorship & corporate development for The Africa Channel; Eglon Simons, EVP-ad sales operations for Rainbow Media Holdings; Phillip Woodie, Director-Multicultural Sales, Comcast Spotlight; and Wendell Scott, VP-multiplatform ad sales for ESPN (who, by the way, returned our daughter to us safe, sound and much the better for her experience with them this summer in New York City). We’re the opening general session, and we’re going to talk about the theme of the conference (the 20th looking at: Growth by Multiples: Multi-Media, Multi-Platforms, Multi-Ethnicity) and how ad sales folks might… should… oughta be more diverse. Great theme for the conference… and the week. Those multiples might just keep multiplying given the changes digitalization keeps seeding. *Thanks: To some of the NAMIC sponsors: Bloomberg – Court TV – Univision – TuTv – Oxygen – Scripps – BET Jazz – The Walter Kaitz Foundation – VarietyCareers.com – American Life TV – OlumpuSAT – and MTV. Yeah; looks like filler. It is… but sponsors shouldn’t go un-recognized!