What I want to be good at
1. Packing a picnic
2. Travelling lightly with two kids…I’m pretty good at this one
3. Not letting a difficult experience make everyone miserable…without being annoyingly optimistic
4.identifying plants and animals where we live
5. Celebrating special occasions
What I want to be good at
I was looking at Twitter. G walked in and thought I was playing a game because of the game like cloud background.
This is the one of the biggest tools/networks/services for protest/advertising/communication the world has ever seen… and to a four year old it looks like a game.
- if you ask somebody to drive your standard car, make sure they know how to drive standard.
- anger is incredibly stupid.
- never let your gas tank get below half full.
- The Consortium exists to be useful to The Consortium
- There are a limited number of seats in The Consortium
- It costs money to buy a seat. (But you can also sell your seat.)
- The goal of each member of The Consortium is to be useful to every member of The Consortium. To create life perks for other group members: use my vacation home, use my truck, get discounts at my grocery store, get exclusive access to my portfolio strategy.
- At each meeting, The Consortium votes gratitude to it’s members. The person who has the most gratitude gets to be The Grace.
- The Consortium vote to kick members out. if somebody is kicked out of The Consortium, The Consortium gets to sell the seat and the money goes to The Grace.
- Every member wants to increase the value of and prestige of The Consortium as a whole because it increases the value of every seat in the consortium, increasing the value of their investment in a seat.
- Every member wants to be the most useful because then they get the money of The Grace.
So the company I work for (Tapstream) has dispatched me to San Francisco for the rest of the year. We threw our kids in the car and are spending the month as homeless gypsies. Two weeks at my parents, a week for the drive down (longer than needed unless you have a 3 month and 3 year old) and a week with a guy I met last time I was in SF. We take over our home in August.
We’ve spent the last couple days in Oregon, and I wanted to write down a couple observations. To be honest, some of these might be drawing on our brief trip through Washington, and some might be about America at large, but mostly it’s an Oregon thing. Really, it’s a coastal Oregon thing- apparently on the other side of them mountains is a desert, and we haven’t seen that.
- Portland. Always heard it was an incredible city. Not surprised- it’s true. REALLY like that city and only spent a very brief time there. (24 hours.) What I didn’t realize is that it’s mountain town, for some reason I always thought it was flat, and for some reason that matters.
- Target. I’ve honestly seen more of these than McDonalds. I knew of Target but didn’t know what a force it was. Comparatively we’ve only seen two Walmarts.
- Fred Meyers. Hooooooly shit. Biggest building I’ve ever been into in my entire life. We legitimately thought it was a mid sized strip mall- it was ONE store. UNREAL. These things are as common as Target, if not more so. Also, the drive through pharmacy.
- Gas. It is illegal to pump you own gas in Oregon. Apparently New Jersey is the same. When I asked the gas attendant why she honestly didn’t know, all she could come up with is “jobs” and she didn’t sound very convinced.
- The coastal highway, at least the part that we’ve done, really isn’t all that coastal. When it is, it’s stunning, but a lot of driving through marshes, forests and mountains with the ocean no where in sight.
- BJ’s Ice Cream. Seriously. Seems like a ridiculous idea in a trick daddy video, but it’s real.
- The ecology here is amazing. The plant life seems alien and awesome. Half Okanagan, half Gulf Island. Really, really beautiful.
- Portions. It’s been said before and I’m not trying to beat a dead horse here, but portion sizes for food are completely and utterly out of control. America has an obesity problem and it’s a real problem, and there’s zero fucking mystery as to why.
- Paying for things. Debit cards don’t ask what account you want to use and you still sign visa receipts. One coloured money is completely stupid. From a UX perspective this is a massive fail. Paying for things here feels like stepping back in time somehow, regressive. (This is not a seal of approval on Canada’s horrendous new plastic money- that stuff is terrible.)
- Christian Radio is really interesting. They are highly convincing in everything they say, and EVERYBODY is a doctor. It is the only genre of radio I’ve been able to find consistently on the dial and I can’t stop listening.
UPDATE: Liquor. BC’s liquor laws can only be described as draconian for a variety of reasons. Until a couple years ago you couldn’t buy real liquor in private stores- only beer and wine, the good stuff you had to get from government outlets. Oregon is even crazier. Apparently the liquor stores, where you go buy your 40% and cigarettes, aren’t allowed to sell beer or wine, for that you go to the grocery store. So much head scratching.