Why I built Sears Corn Holes by Hand
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men and women to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
While, the Nebuchadnezzar, a hovercraft used to navigate the earth’s underground network was manned before The Matrix even starts — Morpheus doesn’t tell Trinity to hack into Neo’s computer or meet him at a rave party. He doesn’t direct Neo to take the red pill. He just teaches his crew — including Neo that they are destined for more than the matrix.
So last year, when I shared an idea with our office’s social committee to create a bags tournament in our office. I did not start by explaining why I love The Matrix trilogy or why I have the code as my desktop background image. I sold everyone on the idea of how fun it would be to challenge each other to a best of 3 in bags. So when the start of the tourney came around, I brought in a handmade Sears Corn Hole set that I made from scraps of wood found at a now shuttered Sears in Chicago. It was fun.
In hindsight, I could of saved money or probably spent the same amount to make these corn holes myself, but It was about sharing our passion for the work we do a Sears and embracing a community of teamwork.