What I Learned – Playing Putt-Putt with Chad Marshall

(This post is part of the continuing series called, "What I Learned." In this series, I keep track of things that sparked my brain during different events and experiences.) I've long said that the Seattle Sounders do more smart things for their fans and supporters than any team I've ever run across. Last week, they held a small event, hosting a …

The Meat-Free Experiment is Underway

I've never contemplated vegetarianism. And no matter how long I live in Seattle, I can never see myself paying an extra $3 for a "sustainable" sandwich. But I like experiments, so I have one underway. From May 17 - May 30, I'm going meat free. I'm trading the steaks for salmon, bacon for yoghurt, and sandwiches for salads. Just to see how my…

Andy vs the Woodpeckers

Round 1: Sometimes in the beginning of a war, only the protagonist knows that the war has started. In the saga of Andy vs the Woodpeckers, this was the case. The evil Woodpecker staged a sneak attack one morning with a small series of annoying, but not overly damaging, pings on the side of the house. It wasn't constant, it wasn't overly obnoxio…

I Went To A Mariners Game… And It Was Fun

We are 4.32% of the way through the MLB season. And your Seattle Mariners are in 1st place. Sure, we still have about 1,395 innings to play. And a lot of things can go wrong during those innings. But for 9 innings yesterday on a rainy April evening, it was FUN to be in Safeco Field. I can't remember the last time I said that. I've "enjoyed m…

The Best Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Relax... this isn't going to become a food blog.  But 'tis the season for candy and jack-o-lanterns. And I took the guts and remains of my small little pumpkin the other day and turned them into something worth sharing. So here's the recipe for the best pumpkin seeds you'll ever eat.  They are so good that people who don't like pumpkin seeds w…

Lessons From Launching New Products

We started toying around with the idea of Relaborate a little more than a year ago, in late 2011. In the beginning, we weren't really sure what was going to happen with it, but everybody we talked to seemed to think it was a really cool idea. These last months have been a great education in learning the differences between a "really cool idea" a…

Speaking Today at Market Mix 2013

I hope to see some of you today at MarketMix 2013. I'll be speaking in one of the Breakout Sessions, talking about how to add Storytelling to your Content Marketing Plan. If that's not enough incentive, I also brought along Rebecca Lovell of Vittana and Billy Pettit of Pillar Properties. If you want to cheat, here's the presentation I'll be g…

Where are all the Blog Posts?

So I'm getting this question a lot. "I thought you were some sort of social media guy. In fact, I thought you were part of a start-up that helps bloggers. What's with your blog with no updates?" Excellent question. Easy answers. There are a few different places where I'm publishing these days. For thoughts on start-ups and content mark…

Man vs Plumbing, or, The Great Kitchen Sink Adventure

It all started innocently enough. It was a Friday morning that looked like any other Friday morning.  Except this time, as I headed through the kitchen on my way to work, I noticed the sink was backed up.  I'm not very handy, so these kind of things fill me with dread.  So, I walked over and followed the process adhered to by every man who su…

2 Weeks to Rock and Roll Half-Marathon

I was recently asked the following. "So, after the lip surgery, funky knee thing, bizarre disc thing in your back, and freakazoid frostbite incident with the dry ice, did you finally accept that the fates are telling you to bail out of the 1/2 Marathon?" Well, I'm actually THAT stubborn. I'm not bailing out.  I just stopped writing about the t…