Wednesday, November 28, 2007

November 28, 2007 Bonus Blog
Stopped into Black Mountain Feeds this morning to get a big bag of scratch (chicken feed): $11 plus a $1 tip for the guy who put the bag in my truck. Drove home and fed both sets of chickens. One of the Silkies got out (dug under the wall) and was running around trying not to get pecked to death by the big white hen. Saved her silky-assed beak and shoved her back in with her brothers and sisters. Of course, she didn't appreciate it and as much as told me I was a big, fat jerk. Chickens!

The Source Book came in this morning (office copies). Very clean and striking cover. Thankyou Daniel Harshberger! It includes our Sixth Annual Best of The West awards and guess who got Best Living Artist? If you're a subscriber you should be able to answer that any day now.

I had a fun lunch with Deena down at Earl's on Frank Lloyd Wright. Left here at 11:30 and drove down Pima. Traffic horrible starting at about Pinnacle Peak Road. Sat outside on the patio and she had green chile stew and I had a Caesar salad and a cup of the green chile, and a glass of wine. Deena had hot tea.

She's flyiing to Peru tomorrow to visit her brother and she's very excited, although she caught a cold and is trying to kick that. I brought her a thumb drive Kathy bought to deliver to T. Charles.

We talked about story telling and how much she loves to tell stories. She told me when she comes back from being on the road everyone crowds around her desk to hear her stories. This made me proud and I told her she is a story teller and that some day she'll make her living telling stories. I also told her she is more talented than I am. Told her about Robert McKee and his theories about story telling. And that Deepak Chopra says, "It's all story."

The server kind of messed up on our order, so the manager came by and comped the two soups, so it was only $17 for the entire lunch (I paid $33 plus $6 tip for Saba's yesterday) and when I got the bill Deena reminded me I had to leave a tip on the original total, so I tipped the guy $7. Having been a server herself, she was looking out for the working stiff. Not sure where she got that.

Here's the jewelry ad I poached the border idea from. I'm always looking for inspiration and invariably rip two or three things out of the paper every morning:

As you can see, I kind of went border crazy (below, right-hand page) and it's too much. Like doing this blog, it only works in moderation.

FYI: The Best Living Artist for 2007 is Thom Ross (reader's choice: the guy who did the sketches, above, in bed).

"The only certain means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be. This is a habit followed by all successful people since the beginning of time. Therefore the surest way to doom yourself to mediocrity is to perform only the work for which you are paid."
—Og Mandino

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