I like watching bad movies. I can’t help it really; I was born this way. Sometimes I’ll be sitting around with my older brothers, and we’ll talk about ridiculous movies, nonsensical movies, movies that are so stupid that they defy logic…and yet…they’re hilarious. “Did you see Tremors?” someone will ask. “Five times… at least!” is the reply. “OMG… really? Me too!” So you can see it’s a genetics issue. Nonetheless, no matter how bad the movie, there’s usually one or two redeeming moments. Maybe a small life lesson buried in the chaos, OR (if I’m lucky) a movie quote that will last a lifetime!!!
Such is the case from the 1976 film, The Gumball Rally. A film with a potluck cast of movie leftovers. All the movies were baked, but they had enough ingredients to make one more. This comedy tracked several international auto enthusiasts participating in an illicit crosscountry race in the U.S., coast to coast. As bad as it was, it did contain an awesome quote from Ferrari driver Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay who says “Whatza behind me, iza NOT important.” Raúl is a Puerto Rican actor, playing an Italian…if that helps drive my point home.
I have used this line many times in my life and my career. All while not believing it one bit! I love the journey. I love to remember and cherish the journey. From time to time I like to appreciate where I’ve been to put context around where I’m going. December marks a full year that I’ve been with ONUG. It’s incredibly gratifying to be working with incredible people within ONUG who make the conferences and working groups a reality. I’m also incredibly impressed with the ONUG membership; enterprise consumers and suppliers working together in the ONUG Collaborative and bringing their thought leadership to benefit the community.
Each working group accomplished so much this year. Let’s take a quick look:
My hope is that you will consider joining the ONUG Collaborative and bring your thought leadership to our efforts in 2023. Then you will see that what was behind us “iza” important.