Monthly Archives: June 2010

Please sir…

Just saw an article pop up on Twitter about waiting in endless lines for food and totally agree.  I think it is all about the anticipation, the feeling that you’re all in it together and that if everyone else is waiting it’s obviously going to be amazing.

And certainly I think this only applies to food and to crazy retail buzz like Harry Potter or the iPhone 4.  I mean, who in their right mind likes waiting in line at the airport?  Or in traffic?

It’s most certainly about the fact that you’re going to be rewarded with something super awesome when you get to the end of this line.  Tasty food, crazy electronics, whatever.

It’s certainly interesting to think about: the reason people wait.

The simple life

I’ve had a ton of really great articles pile up in my room over the last few months and I finally got around to reading through them all.

My mom shared this one with me, and something about it, on a conceptual level, spoke to me.

The author follows some kids that are living the Freegan dream out east.  I’d never heard of this movement until this article.  Effectively these folks believe that our society wastes too much and they live off of that excess.

At the core I love this.  Waste not, want not.  Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could all grow our own food, share what we don’t need for the things we don’t have and blissfully float along in life?

I often wonder why it is that jobs where you spend most of your time active, on your feet, and moving around are often the jobs that pay you the least.  While I hate retail, at least when I worked at Peets and left at the end of the day I felt like I actually accomplished something.  Whereas when I sit in an office all day a lot of the time all I have to show for what I’ve done is an item crossed off a check list.  Way less satisfying.

I wonder what it is about our culture that has made us value so much these jobs where human interaction and activity is so limited.  I would love nothing more than to spend all my time outside or working with my hands than to be cooped up on a windowless office poking away at a computer.

Sadly, I don’t have much faith that things will change anytime soon.  It’s great to see all this attention being paid to sustainability and slow food and buying local, etc.  But it’s not like Huge Company Inc is going to let their profits slide in favor of supporting a simpler way of life.  I feel like breaking down the system is going to take a crap load of work and I just don’t know that I’m going to see that happen anytime in my lifetime.

Need a penny?

Not too long ago I saw an article about Panera pop up on Facebook and was really intrigued.  Instead of paying for your food, you’re given the option to donate money for your meal.  The donated money is sent off to a good cause.

Now, part of me wants to believe that this will work.  It’s not really that innovative of an idea, it’s basically “need a penny, take a penny; have a penny, leave a penny” but on a larger scale.  People that can leave money for their food can and those that can’t can donate their time.  I love this concept in theory, but I’m anxious to see how it actually works out in real life.

I tend to lean towards the cynical end of the spectrum and that part of me thinks that people will just take advantage.  Not everyone has a guilty conciseness and won’t feel bad about just free loading.

I guess we’ll have to stay tuned and find out…

Really?

So this is something I’m surprised to say I’ve noticed.  I would say that I see someone with some sort of foot/leg injury at least every other day.  What is it about this time of year that causes people mess up their bones?

I doubt it’s the fact that the weather has gotten better, it’s still not really summer here.  Not to mention that you can basically do outdoorsy stuff year-round in the bay area.

Is it the fact that I now have a broken foot that I’m noticing everyone else’s?  This certainly didn’t happen last year.

If there are any theories out there, I’d love to hear them.

It actually works!

So it seems that my loyal 2.5 readers may have temporarily grown just a smidge after I posted my blog on Facebook and Twitter.  If nothing else, it certainly produced huge spikes according to my Stats graph.  I would say that we can consider this social media experiment successful.  But it’s clearly up to me to actually maintain that success, no surprise there.

Screw positive thinking

I’ve been sitting on this link for some time out of sheer laziness.  But today I had a conversation with my coworkers that reminded me of it.

Lately I’ve found that no matter what I do it’s seemingly not good enough.  I’ve been trying and trying to achieve specific goals I set for myself, but to seemingly no avail.  Rereading this article shifts my thinking in a way that makes everything seem not as a huge fail, but a step in the right direction.

At the core, Rao is saying that we have been conditioned to think of certain things as bad and by labeling them as such we experience them in a negative way.  The key is to conditioning yourself to think of things quite simply as they are and finding ways through them instead of getting wrapped up in how awful a certain situation might be.

Case in point: I broke my foot while training for a ride I was really looking forward to and now I can’t participate.  This royally blows but now I get to work in the office full-time doing exactly what I want and loving every minute of it.  So instead of dwelling on the fact that I seem to break a foot every spring, I just see this for what it is: an opportunity.