Not breakfast related but definitely stranger related. We went out last night for a drink at Chameleon Restaurant & Bar here in Portland. Ended up chatting with the owner for a while. Next thing you know, he’s inviting us to his farm next weekend for an all-out birthday bash with 2 DJs, overnight camping, and a group breakfast in the morning. We won’t know another person there but we had to say ‘yes’. Wanna join us? Again, you never know where a conversation with a stranger and being open will lead you.
Sweet! KarmaTube just shared our You’ve Got video! They’ve got a cool website where they not only share videos/stories to inspire others but they also try to get viewers to ‘be the change’ with some simple pledges. Check it out: http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=4015
Hey there! Our wonderful friends at KEEN just donated a coupon for a free pair of shoes to one lucky BWS Facebook fan. Contest starts today! Like or comment on our Facebook post (or a future Keen post) and we’ll put your name in the drawing. Winner announced on Monday. Good luck!
So when we got home and parked the van, we pledged to meet once a week to turn our field notes and blog into a book. Starting in February we put our heads together every Wednesday (usually over a beer) to move the book along. To make the process a bit more fun, we met each week at a different place around Portland. The result: 6 months later we have a first draft we’re excited about! We’ll leak and sneak-peek a little bit here from time to time. Thank you again to all the wonderful people that helped along the way: friends, family, Kickstarter supporters, Facebook supporters, breakfast strangers, random strangers, people who saw on our van on the road and would email us a kind note…. the list goes on and on and on. (Note: the photo is from lovely Madison, WI and not lovely Portland, OR)
AMERICANS LOVE THEIR COUNTRY – AND THEY SHOULD. - Living our daily lives in Portland we didn’t think much about what it meant to be an American. Of course we recognized the obvious, but it’s really amazing how little we had thought about it on a deeper level. So one of the most heartening things about this trip was discovering how many people from the West Coast to the East Coast, young and old, progressive and conservative in some way credited being a citizen of this country for why they were able to pursue their dreams and live fulfilling lives. More than once we heard the phrase “only in America could I….” And while patriotism is often seen as losing its shine with the younger generation, we were impressed by how many people under the age of 35 recognized that they had won the lottery when they were born in this country. When you think about it, which we had a lot of time to do, it’s true. While America might not offer all of the opportunity it promises, it offers more security and hope to its citizens than perhaps any other nation. Dare we say it?: We’re proud to be Americans.
Do you ride your bike? Do you ride it a lot? Every want to bike across the USA and take folks to breakfast? OK, that last one might be a stretch but… The nice folks at the Better World Club have given us a couple of bicycle memberships to give away to BWS fans. Today we’ll give one away to a lucky winner. All you need to do is ‘Like’ or comment on our Facebook post and we’ll draw a winner at random tomorrow. Good luck! More on their Bicycle Roadside Assistance: http://www.betterworldclub.com/bicycles/index.cfm
Another quick update about our pal George and his Walk of Inspiration Across America – EnjoyTheWalk. He’s finished his 4,500+ mile mission and arrived safely in DC. Way to live your dream George! “I left home with the intention that if the Walk could even inspire one person to make one positive change in life–to take one personal step forward–the journey would be well worth it.” — George Throop