“The blessings we receive when we welcome strangers into our lives greatly outweigh the risks.” ~ Garth Poorman Our most recent breakfast with a stranger was in our home this past weekend when we hosted Garth for 3 days. In 2009, he walked from West Hebron, NY to New Orleans, LA and stayed with over 100 people & families during his walk. Check out his blog: www.poormanwalking.com and this YouTube clip below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mqyaea6fwk
All good things must come to an end: In the coming week we’ll be cleaning, scrubbing, and polishing the USS Pancake to get her ready to go on the market. Now that we’re back in Portland we have no excuse to have an extra vehicle. Plus, I don’t think she’ll pass European emission standards if we ever plan 50 Meals Across Europe with strangers. She will be missed.
The other week we had a crew from AOL’s online series ‘You’ve Got‘ visit us here in Portland to film us for a segment about Breakfast with Strangers. Gotta say it was an awesome experience and the crew couldn’t have been nicer. We’ll have a date soon on when it will air and keep you posted. We’re extremely grateful for the opportunity.
Our goal is to send a letter/s to President Obama inviting him to be our final breakfast interview. Think we’ll get a response? We’re asking him for 30-40 minutes of his time, Giving him a four year window to make good on the meal, And we will fly anywhere in the country to meet him. Any thoughts or suggestions on how best to proceed? If so, please email us email@example.com.
The journey continues… While we’re keeping it more local these days we’re still on the move. In the last three weeks we’ve temporarily lived/slept in three spaces on four occasions while we wait to move into our next place on January 18th. A few things this trip has taught us: 1. We can get along even when confined in a small space. 2. It is better to spend your money on your dreams than stuff. 3. When life presents you with an opportunity – say ‘Yes!’ What else… We’ve downsized from renting a three bedroom home with a yard to a 817sq ft. apartment (much bigger than our van). We’ve also started to sort & sift through all the notes and photos as we prepare to figure out how to turn this wonderful project into an even more wonderful book (anyone know a publisher?). Our story and the stories of our strangers keeps on spreading! We recently got an invitation from the folks at AOL/Huffington Post to be on their ‘You’ve Got‘ web-series later this month and next week we’ll be doing a homecoming interview with MORE Good Day Oregon. We’ve still got a bunch of breakfasts we’ve yet to publish so expect a new person each week on the site. Even though the USS Pancake is Oregon bound for a while, we hope you’ll stay in touch as we’ll endeavor to keep the BWS spirit alive and well. Best to you all, M&C