I haven’t had much time to blog, but I have run into many crazy situations and learned a lot over the past few days. Here are a few random things.
I’m reading the book 7: Mutiny Against Excess. (a) I should have written a book about all of my challenges and experiences. Shane Claibourne is my hero too. I also think the world will someday be like a scene from the Book of Eli. (b) This book very much parallels with this challenge. It’s a really good read. It will mess you up, in a good way.
A post-apocalyptic world. My kids have started watching a new show called The Colony. Yes, I know, 2009 is not new, but it’s new to us. We only have Netflix. The program follows some people who must survive in a simulated post-apocalyptic environment. No, I didn’t make them watch it. They started watching it and insisted I watch it with them. It’s a good follow-up to MacGyver, Pawn Stars and Mythbusters. They have to live off waste and old junk.
I need new shoes. I use the word “need” loosely here. My old ones have holes in them (hello big toe), the back is ripped out and my feet slide off the soles when I play racquetball. These shoes got a lot of weird looks as I was trying on new shoes yesterday. I cannot buy the shoes if they come in a box. That rules out 99% of them. If I choose not to take the box, they they’ll just throw it away. At least if I take it, I can place it in a recycling bin.
All that to say, I did not purchase a pair of shoes. I just couldn’t find that one pair to replace these. I want one pair that are a color I like, a style that is comfortable, preferably not a name brand that has sweat shops in China, a pair that doesn’t cost a lot and a pair that is not made by a company that copies TOMS. I hate shopping. What a beating.
Bag only, please. Fast food places seem to all be good with accommodating my odd request of no packaging, just a 100% biodegradable bag. Chick-Fil-A was great yesterday. I was doing errands for work and was offered to go to a fast food place. I still REALLY miss ketchup.
Disposable art. I knew several years ago when I designed this, that one day it would need to come down. This is a huge collage mural, a circle of compassion photos with a 10′ diameter. I really struggle with any art being disposable. In the marketing world, I realize that’s a must. I guess Apple couldn’t have an iPad 1 on a billboard when there are 4 newer models now.
I didn’t have a choice. I bought some plastic crap. My kids texted me from school in panic. “We need white cotton t-shirts for art. Today. It’s a major grade.” Of course I got them shirts, after severely harassing them for making me do this on short notice. I drove to Target. My only options were in plastic bags. I could have spent a lot of time driving to stores and looking for these elsewhere, but I’m guessing that would have not yielded any different results. I would have just been late(r) for work and have less gas in the car.
I guess that’s all for today, or I suppose I should say the last 2 days. Time is not on my side. Maybe that should be my next challenge.