Monday, February 3, 2014
Big Little Change Digest - February, 2014
battling the winter blues. Discovered two helpful strategies to not go nuts while out of power in the biting cold. 1) While still at home today, working off the laptop and hotspot battery, was posting my Hootsuite promos for the next week. The animals and I were all collectively huddled around the woodburning stove at the time. As I scheduled each promo - the day from now, three days, five days, a week - I kept reminding myself that when these promos actually go out, I will remember this as just a fun wintry adventure, nothing more. The power will get fixed, we will get through this with plenty of blankets and our trusty woodburning stove. 2) Brought my ultra-mega power strip with six outlets to Ingles with me in order to charge EVERYTHING while I worked. Someone else came in - also without power and trying to stay warm, saw my set up, asked if he could plug in his phone and his Kindle to charge. Before you know it, I am an official Henderson County charging station, and people are walking away relieved - they now have their phones and their reading devices to last another day. One of those things that are simple, awesome, and life-changing for many. A little late, but if you still have your tree out there, some great ideas there. We should all have a football team who loves and defends our choices. This group of boys is a class act! When we can, we do. For my husband's birthday, we went to have dinner and stay at the lovely Pine Crest Inn. It's a wonderful bed-and-breakfast in Tryon, NC, with the second best wine cellar in North Carolina and an amazing restaurant. While we were at dinner, two older ladies took a table next to ours. They ordered steaks. My husband also ordered a steak, which was perfectly prepared and delicious. As soon as one of the ladies started cutting her steaks, she started complaining very loudly, "This is horrible! Completely overcooked. This is inedible." First of all, like I said the restaurant there is superb - I can understand how the chef may have messed up a little bit, but I am having trouble believing it was "inedible". Second, I think when these things happen, most of us would wait for the waiter, discreetly hail him and say, "Hey, I am not sure what happened, but this is not very good, could I get this replaced or order something else?" Most restaurants, and particularly a place like Pinecrest would be happy to oblige at no cost. And it's steak - it takes just minutes to make - so the substitution could have been done very quickly. Then this woman proceeded to get up, go into the kitchen area, all the while yelling, "Hello! Hey! Man! Dude! Waiter!" When the waiter came out, she kept saying, "This is horrible. I can't eat this. My dinner has been ruined." She then demanded to see the manager and owner - with the same message, and finally demanded another double scotch (another - I wonder how many she had before dinner and whether it affected her behavior), and went to her room. Her friend looked embarrassed, but didn't say anything. We called the waiter over, told him that we felt really bad for him and gave him an enormous tip - since he obviously didn't get any from the rude woman. We also went over to the owner and told him that it absolutely was not the waiter's fault, and that the woman's behavior was inexcusable. It was really great to be in position to set something right for someone. Public service announcements Never too early to do a little spring planting research - heirloom seed suppliers. Some really great ideas when you are strapped for space, in which to grow stuff. Soldiers spend a lot of time waiting and even more - feeling isolated and forgotten. Authors Supporting Our Troops is a grassroots project to supply the troops with new books.