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Amy Campbell

Amy Campbell


Velocity Raptor

Sometimes things change so quickly around here, it's like trying to ride a roadrunner ... except much bigger and far more dangerous. I like to call it "the velocity raptor." Hang on tight and pray for your life. This week, we entered production on our November 2007 issue, which is our annual finance edition. Of course, the primary concern expressed by many of our writers regards the changes ...
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The Golden Egg

[A guest blot spot by ISS Editor Drew Whitney.] In the springtime, as you may recall, my family proudly adopted six chicks. We turned one of our barn stalls into a coop, nailed chicken wire to posts to form a safe, outdoor pen, and began reading profusely about chicken care, which requires hardly more than providing food, water and shelter. Although these fluffballs did little more than walk ...
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Fortune Cookie Economics

[A guest blog spot by ISS Managing Editor Elaine Foxwell.] I am once again putting together the annual Inside Self-Storage U.K./Europe supplement issue. I approached this project with anticipation and a little trepidation. How will we be received this year? The value of the dollar has dropped against many currencies. The pound is at a high I haven’t seen in 20 years or more. While this is good ...
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Wonderfully Weightless, or Just Whack?

It happens before every long weekend ... work will be progressing (or not progressing) as normal ... every cog and wheel churning along at its usual, pedantic pace ... then Thursday hits. Suddenly, many of your previously polite co-workers and customers have seemingly sprouted horns and a pitchfork overnight. They're calling you twelve times a day. You've got 2,465 e-mails, all flashing "urgent." ...
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A Roundabout Tale of How Addictive Television May Have Changed This Blog

Warning: This is a rambling, roundabout tale. But it does eventually have a point—a point to do with an epiphany I've had about this very blog. If you're looking for insightful storage news, I'm afraid this entry will disappoint. But if you're a regular "Storage Speak" reader, stick around ... This might interest you ... I'm not what I would consider a "TV watcher." Don't get me wrong—I spend my ...
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After the Funeral

[A guest blog spot by ISS Editor Drew Whitney.] I recently attended a funeral for a person who passed away at the age of 50. He was a rather nomadic character who had lived out West and in New England. His death was shockingly unexpected, as he seemed to be the picture of good health. He was not married but had a girlfriend of 10 years, and three siblings, who loved him dearly. I only met the man ...
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Living in a Box

It's not unheard of for a person to be living in a storage unit, and it's not always a homeless person or a prostitute or some criminal on the lam. I well remember, back in college, dating a guy who bunked out in his band's rented practice space after he and his roomates were ousted from their apartment. (In fact, on any given night, there was many a colorful character who could be found drooling ...
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