Just finished a good book: On the Water - Discovering America in a Rowboat by Nathaniel Stone. This guy (Not the guy in the picture) rowed from Brooklyn, NY east to Lake Erie, down the Allegheny, Ohio and Mississippi to New Orleans, east to Florida along the Gulf, around Florida and up to Maine. Great story about the kindness of strangers and the primacy of experience over the accumulation of stuff.
I helped a lady with her website yesterday. She makes memory bears. At first, I thought it was a little creepy, but now I see it's not really creepy at all. The teddy bears wear clothing that used to belong to someone who passed away. Sometimes the clothing is ratty, worn - but that probably doesn't matter to the bear owner. I was told sometimes the clothing still smells like the loved one. People get through grief in different ways. And if this works for folks - why not? It is sort of like a memorial to someone lost, and that's not a bad thing at all. She also makes personalized teddy bears to promote or commemorate an event - it's not all about grieving. So, what I initially thought might be a little creepy turns out to be a sweet thing, a good thing. Check out her site at: http://www.hadibears.com/.
I put a cute little tavern here in town (Stop Lite Inn) on the internet yesterday.
I used Blogger as the platform. They didn't want to spend any money, and I couldn't really see a reason they should. However, it is a bit unconventional and I am curious to see how it works out.
Does putting a small, local brick and mortar business on the web really generate more business? What is the ROI? I couldn't find any hard facts to build a case. My intuition tells me there is a cost to NOT being on the internet. I believe the internet is the 21st century version of the Yellow Pages. But I don't have a strong story for spending a lot of money on a website for these small retailers.
My favorite place to stop for lunch, or sometimes just a drink, is OBriens in Batavia. The bartender is always friendly, the food is good and the atmosphere is mellow. There's outdoor seating when the weather is nice. It's close to the east side of the bike path, so it's a great place to stop for a refreshing drink. Give it a try.
It's a stunning morning. I have been fretting the last few days about where to go to take some pictures before springtime ends. Silly - all I needed to do was take my camera for a walk in my own neighborhood this morning.