I stopped into Walgreen’s yesterday and noticed a big display with pumpkin and fall stuff. I have a hard time discerning the season changes here in the south since it’s still 96 degrees outside. It still feels hot as hell to me, even if tomorrow is September 1st.
I love FALL. We got married outside in October. Just beautiful. I love the colors. I love the flavors. Last year I made pumpkin cheesecake. It turned out pretty good if I do say so myself! So, that’s a good thing.
Our house is up for sale and we had an “open house” on Sunday. Nobody came. We cleaned the heck out of that house and our yard in preparation. It’s like the open house that cried wolf. I won’t work so hard the next time!
I am really trying to be better about blogging. I got really lazy. There’s a lot of things I’d like to be doing more of. Biking. Reading. Breathing. It’s just that I’d really rather be doing them somewhere else.
As an example, there is one Schwinn bicycle dealer in the entire Nashville area. There are over 90 in the NYC metro area. Over 90!
Well, I’m trying to be positive and this is going nowhere. Enjoy fall everybody. It’s here whether it feels like it or not!
Recently, after watching the documentary Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead my wife and I got a juicer. I’ve been attempting (with pretty fair success) to replace two out of three meals a day with fresh juice that I make myself. This morning, for example, I made carrot/peach/apple/kiwi/ginger juice. It’s a great way to start the day and I’ve pretty much stopped drinking coffee as a result. I have a lot of energy and I feel good about what I’m putting in my body.
As much as possible I’m also trying to buy local fresh organic produce. We’ve been picking up a box of fruit and veggies from Green Door Gourmet, a local CSA farm that is about 20 minutes from our house. It’s been a totally rewarding experience and I wish I had done it a long, long time ago.
I made fresh salsa for the first time recently. The first time was with tomatoes from our garden and the next time was with tomatoes from the local farm. Delicious! Why did I not do this a long time ago.
This has been a long journey for me. It started years ago when I read the book Fast Food Nation. It continued as I saw documentaries like Food, Inc. and Tapped and read books like The Omnivore’s Dilemma. I guess I’m getting to the age where I really have to make better decisions about where I’m getting my food. I’ve had two or three borderline diabetic blood tests. I’m on blood pressure and cholesterol medication. It would be a lot better for me to just eat right.
Everybody says eating this way is more expensive. And in a way, it is. But we’re eating less so our grocery bills have pretty much been the same. The difference is we don’t feel like crap about what we’re eating.
There’s also a fantastic local farmer’s market here in Nashville. We’ve picked a few things up there as well.
Anyway, I promise not to be one of those annoying food evangelist people. I know I’m not the only one of my friends who is attempting to alter their diet and choices in this way, so I thought they would be encouraged. Sometimes it just takes a while (like forever) to turn knowledge into action. I’m way overdue in this department. Oh, and I’ve lost almost 10 pounds too. That feels great!
Here’s a few photos from the last week or so.
Right now there are about a dozen charities and/or charity brands participating. But we hope to add a lot more in the future. In addition to the money from your purchase going to the cause you are supporting an additional 5% from every sale will go to the New Dawn School in Kenya – so you do double the good!
I think the slogan “No Regrets”, which has gained in popularity in recent years is a dumb one.
Who doesn’t have regrets? People who are not aware or mature enough to know that they should regret things they have done. I am also not a fan of rationalizing regrets by saying “I learned from my mistakes, therefore they are not mistakes…no regrets.” What kind of logic is this? Who doesn’t have regrets? I sure do.
I bet the guy who got this tattoo knows what regret is…
1. to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, disappointment, etc.): He no sooner spoke than he regretted it.
2. to think of with a sense of loss: to regret one’s vanished youth.
I’m not arguing semantics here. Just simply trying to point out that living a life “without regret” is pretty much impossible. And if you make mistakes or do something you didn’t want to do, I think it’s ok to be remorseful. Remorse, the very close cousin of regret.
Speaking of regrets, do you think it’s regretful to lose a $75,000 earring in the ocean? Or is it worse to even own an earring that costs that much?
Should we as Americans regret that while Libya’s government is being overthrown, there’s a famine in the horn of Africa and our own economy is in danger of a “double dip” recession a news story about a very regrettable famous-for-nothing waste of ether is one of the most read stories at HuffingtonPost.com?
Today’s title is taken from a blog by my brother, Ryan Rado. Ryan has been struggling with a number of health issues that are really hard to imagine. You owe it to yourself to check out his blog and videos by Ethan Luck about his current treatments. I encourage you to read, watch and if so led, to donate. I find Ryan’s vulnerability, honesty and fortitude to be completely inspiring and uplifting. Even when he’s being raw and down. My thoughts and prayers are with Ryan and his wife, Christina. Lovely people who are dealing with things far beyond my skill level. For your convenience, I have posted the videos here below. You might want to get a box of tissues handy. And don’t forget to read his blogs. Ryan is indeed, a CHAMPION!
When it comes to business, schools, clubs, churches and just about anything I can think of – bigger is almost never better.
I read a book a while back which explores this idea way more completely than I could ever do. It’s called The Downsizing Of The USA. I really enjoyed it. And I think about the concept, a lot.
All my favorite things are small.
Sure, there are a few exceptions. But we’re not talking about the exception. Small food places, for example. Almost always better. Small menu. One specialty item (ie. burgers, pizza, cupcakes, etc.). Usually the bigger the menu, the less quality the food and experience is. This one reason why food trucks are so popular. I think we live in an age with too many choices. Sometimes we just want to have things narrowed down a bit. There’s a lot of things that could use a lot of narrowing!
Never get excited for mergers at your workplace. They almost never result in making things better. More people, more confusion. More middle managers. More red tape. More problems. Why do you think so many entrepreneurs build businesses and then sell them or move on to other gigs? Because everybody knows it’s the best when it’s smaller.
The first few years I went to Warped Tour it was awesome. 2 main stages rotating and 1 side stage. And only about a dozen vendors + band merch tents. Now when you go, it’s a circus. In the beginning I saw bands like Quicksand, CIV, Hot Water Music, Social Distortion, etc. at the fest. Now (with deference to any friends and colleagues who may or may not have been on said tour) there are a lot more “popular” bands like Blood On The Dance Floor – who nobody should be listening to…ever.
I know I’m coming across as one of those snobs who years for the old days when his favorite bands weren’t popular and when coffee wasn’t $6 and named something weird. That’s not what I’m saying.
I wonder how many mega-churches who started as small Bible studies with a close knit group of people think having thousands of people now is better? I doubt very many do. Sure, the tithe must be nice. But it’s all a wash because the expenses are so much higher. And now we have Churches that are so big that they broadcast to audiences in movie theaters in different cities. Is that really what we want? Isn’t small group of people who can interact with their pastor better?
And just look at the dismal state of our country. Name a problem. Anything. Most of them are at least contributed to by having too much stuff, too many people, too big of a system. Smaller is better. Smaller is easier to manage. Smaller costs less.
All the money that was given to the Red Cross for Haiti has been tied up in committee and politics. Most of the money is not even getting to the people. Meanwhile a friend of mine and some others flew to Haiti, rented a truck, got some rice and fed a bunch of people. Even charity is better when it is smaller. Lots of small specific groups working together toward one purpose is great. Several big monopolizing monoliths – never good.
We should all attempt to do more with less. As much as is possible I try to support small local businesses with my money. But further than that I hope that I can encourage people to run their operations (whatever you’re doing) in a more sustainable and small way. Bake a loaf of bread, sell the bread, bake another loaf. Does everybody have to franchise? Does everything need to be everywhere? No, it does not.
I love this quote by Ian Mackaye (of Fugazi and Dischord Records) which sums this up perfectly…
“American business at this point is really about developing an idea, making it profitable, selling it while it’s profitable and then getting out or diversifying. It’s just about sucking everything up. My idea was: Enjoy baking, sell your bread, people like it, sell more. Keep the bakery going because you’re making good food and people are happy.”
Keep it small. Keep it local. Keep it simple.