Sponsorship Based Business – Auto Racing Edition

You provide value, and your value is all attitude – “We love what we do, we love what our sponsors do and we’re super excited to be able to do this together”

Sponsorship creates a customer/vendor relationship. What value does a race sponsorship bring? It brings recognition to a brand. It brings an attitude of “We chose our sponsor because they are so awesome you really should check out what they do.”  As the vendor serving a customer, your racing team will need to have this attitude permeate its entire culture.  You are creating lasting relationships that benefit you and your sponsors.  This means you do not try to figure out how to maximize a sponsorship or find people who will give you money, you are not trying to talk people into anything. You provide value, and your value is all attitude – “We love what we do, we love what our sponsors do and we’re super excited to be able to do this together”

A lot of what I’ve been reading recently has been about customer-first thinking.  With this in mind, your customer is your sponsor.  This is the relationship to nurture.  Every fan interaction, every media experience must have your customer in mind. In a lot of ways, you’re not in the racing business, you’re in the excitement business and you have to be excited about your sponsors! (See what I did there with that exclamation mark?)

Did you know Starbucks isn’t really in the coffee business?  They are in the real estate business and they are masters of it.  They are so good at it, in fact, that property values of surrounding properties go up.

What does that look like in practice? Let’s look at the historical home value appreciation of areas that now are located within a quarter mile of a Starbucks. A home that is now near a Starbucks would have sold, on average, for $137,000. A home that is not near a Starbucks would have sold, on average, for $102,000.

Fast-forward 17 years to 2014. That average American home has now appreciated 65%, to $168,000. But the Starbucks-adjacent property has far outpaced that, appreciating 96% to $269,000.”  qz.com

In the same way, you’re not in the racing business – you’re in the excitement business.

Life is relational – utilize existing relationships to find someone who is looking to enter into a sponsorship.  Make it known that you’re willing to pay a finders fee.  Make a list of the top 10 people to talk to.  Write 10 different emails.  Send them.  (this is the important part)

Make a 10 item list of the companies you could be super excited talking about. Company or product.  It can’t be fake excitement so be careful.  When you identify these companies, do your research on them.  Take your time, make a presentation just for them. This will take time but it’s worth it.  This could even take months.  Find out who to speak to at the company – there is the potential to have multiple people who have the authority to make a decision – figure out who is the person most likely to understand the value of sponsoring your racing team. 

Once you identify a company don’t go with a beggar’s mentality – you don’t need to beg for a sponsorship – you’re offering a unique opportunity.

This is a business.  You need to have a polished presentation and demographics and marketing ideas etc.  Make a list of 10 marketing ideas for joint marketing efforts – they should benefit you and your sponsors.

Even before you have your first sponsor, start getting excited and posting YouTube videos. Tweet exciting things about the progress of your racing empire.  If you’re going to be in the excitement business you need to start now.  Your first assignment is to come up with 10 ideas for 2-3 minuteYouTube videos.  production value must be high

Ignore facebook for now – you don’t need your friends loving you – they already do.  You need to get strangers to love you.

Think local.  Community banks, local icons (businesses that have been around for at least 30 years).  Local restaurants with multiple locations. Local lowers your cost of travel.

Do some business networking.  Find some meetup groups that are for entrepreneurs.  Ignore anything that is even remotely similar to network marketing or MLM, etc.  You’re looking for groups that are primarily focused on helping each other with support and advice.  It should be free or cheap.  You need to find a group that is comprised of leadership level people – big thinkers.  You want to be in a group where the attitudes reflect a big thinking attitude – where big business is measured by 8 or more digits.  Even though the membership might not represent c-level positions, the group still needs to know how to think big.

Do not attach yourself personally to your presentation and ideas for this.  This allows you to be objective and your delivery or the content of your presentation can improve over time.  If, when you’re done with version 1 of your presentation, you think “This is awesome” you’ve failed.

Talk to business people you know – they might be members of professional networking groups already.  While you may not qualify or be welcome as a member, many times these groups have times where outsiders can come in to make a presentation.  The goal of the presentation might be as a way to let people know of an opportunity, but (and even better if you ask me) it might be a way to help you refine your delivery and content.

“Hi John, are you a member of or know of any professional groups that meet regularly – I’m looking for a group to make a presentation about an exciting opportunity to become a racing team sponsor and would love an introduction.”

Don’t worry about what kind of promises you make, just over deliver.  Deliver radical value.  Do this and the value of a sponsorship will grow, your racing team will be worth more and your revenues will go up and you’ll get better at delivering amazing value.  It’s a virtuous cycle. 

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Get Into Flow

Flow, that elusive state of extreme productivity. Here are 10 ideas to help you achieve the state of flow.

  1. Eat a delicious salad.  With steak.
  2. Be happy. Don’t have any lingering arguments with the people in your life. Arguments sap your mental and emotional energy.
  3. Go somewhere new. Loud is good. If you can get into flow in a loud place you’ll have the focus to stay in flow for a long time.
  4. Have other important things going on. Ignore them briefly while you’re flowing. This increases the desperation to get focused and productive quickly.
  5. Do something. Anything. Starting is the thing.
  6. When you’re halfway through sometimes you’ll hear a whisper of the “real world” trying to sneak in to distract. Push back against this.
  7. Before starting, take a walk to get your blood moving and your heart pumping.
  8. Stimulate your creativity by writing, drawing or playing a musical instrument… anything creative helps.
  9. Stuck? Shake things up. Go wild – run down the street. Switch desks. Make a change.
  10. Turn your phone off. Delete the Facebook app. Ignore it – you’re flowing. Nothing. Stops. You.

Startup On the Side

Here are my thoughts on a transition plan from full-time employment to full-time unemployment; also known as becoming a founder of a startup.

  1. Never sign an anti-moonlighting or non-compete agreement – ever. Never sign a blanket IP assignment agreement.
  2. Find the smallest iteration you can do. Do it.
  3. Iteration zero: plan the first four weeks of development.
  4. 1 hour of focus each weeknight, 2 on Saturday. 0 on Sunday.
  5. Consider learning to be productive time. This includes reading books.
  6. Create a quiet space in which to work. Have a family? Include them in the planning so everyone has a voice and catches the vision.
  7. Write down on paper and post in your offline life somewhere: “Life is a marathon not a sprint – pace yourself.”
  8. Sleep well, eat well, don’t drink. No sugar, no pop, no diet pop, no candy. You need mental focus.
  9. Maintain old and foster new relationships. Life is relational not just task oriented.
  10. Don’t give equity away. Everyone’s time has the same value no matter what role they play. $200/hr, $100/hr, $50/hr – doesn’t matter what you choose when everyone is the same.  More is probably better later.

Ideas for Improving Tech Startup Speed to Market

  1. More open collaboration between big players. Big players does not necessarily mean companies.  I’m thinking programming language creators, library writers and platforms.  People like: Bjarne Stroustrup,  Guido van Rossum,  Simon Peyton Jones,  Philip Wadler,  James Gosling,  Martin Odersky,  John ResigIsaac Z. Schlueter, These Guys, DHHChris Wanstrath, Linus, AWS, Docker, Vagrant,  This list could be huge.  If you’d like to add to it, please comment.
  2. More open source released from incumbents and startups. Let’s stop solving the same micro-problems over and over. If you’re using, you need to be giving back.
  3. SAAS to support startups. API common web app needs: membership, subscriptions, accounting, legal – basically create a tech startup business in a box erector set or Lego style.
  4. Startup U. Worry about accreditation later. This is education for entrepreneurs and founders.  Focus on practical approaches to launch – level playing field.
  5. Create a foundation to focus on human-scale solutions for the betterment of humanity. This foundation produces white papers and a knowledge base that founders of tech startups can tap as needed.
  6. More cilantro. It makes everything better.
  7. Move beyond agile and into hourly iterations/releases.
  8. Move fast but don’t break things. Breaking things saps our energy. Let’s figure out ways to decrease defect rate while at the same time increasing release rate.
  9. Break mental models apart.  Deconstruct them. Require value from every stage of all processes.
  10. Less iPhone more flip phone.

Mount Everest, Private Social Networking and Story Telling

  1. A private social networking tool to allow mega-connectors to map out their social graph (yes, graphically).  Think relationship discovery tool through graph visualization.  Hyper connectors can find new ways to connect their relationships together. Sigma
  2. (related) Voice recognition conversation analyzer that maps social connections by listening to story telling.
  3. Story telling software that uses interviews and writer-supplied programmed techniques to automatically write biographies and life stories.  SAAS?
  4. Ebook about how to find abundance all around oneself.
  5. Motivational ebook about goal setting and goal achieving.
  6. Ebook about Mount Everest and the Mount Everest’s we face in life.
  7. Formulate a working plan for helping the homeless in my community.
  8. (related) Create a script for asking, “What is your story?” when breaking the ice with the homeless and pan-handlers.
  9. Dream Big. Come up with big ideas, then give them an exponential boost.  Assume ridiculous growth and come up with 5 ideas to achieve it.  Assume anything is possible – utilize magic if necessary.
  10. Create study curriculum for teaching brainstorming to kids (including high-schoolers)
  11. Learn how to make early-stage investments in local tech startups.
  12. Tweet more. Focus on substance in fewer words. Deliver value – people (audience) will naturally gravitate to quality and value.

Big Lists, Mega #Lists and #Idea #Babies

I recently made an idea list that I didn’t initially publish because I was wanting to create a tool that would generate a cross linked list from the original.

This is the result of that.

I started with a big-list of 25 ideas and thoughts instead of the usual list of 10, but with the goal of eventually combining them into interesting combinations.

  1. Bricks & Architecture
  2. Chairs & furniture
  3. Soap
  4. Art
  5. Lighting
  6. Friends
  7. Food
  8. Community
  9. Antiques
  10. Kids
  11. Home Improvement
  12. Craigslist
  13. Games
  14. Traditions
  15. Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  16. Happiness
  17. Family
  18. Service to Others
  19. Date Nights with the Wife
  20. Crafting / Building
  21. Balance
  22. Travel
  23. Environmental Stewardship
  24. Blue Sky
  25. Exploring

Twenty five ideas combine into a mega-list of 600 combinations aka idea babies.

You can find the full 600 item list at the bottom. Here are the ones I found most interesting.

My Top Ideas

  1. Bricks & Architecture and Antiques
  2. Bricks & Architecture and Crafting / Building
  3. Bricks & Architecture and Environmental Stewardship
  4. Chairs & furniture and Art
  5. Chairs & furniture and Community
  6. Chairs & furniture and Antiques
  7. Chairs & furniture and Traditions
  8. Soap and Art
  9. Soap and Community
  10. Soap and Traditions
  11. Soap and Crafting / Building
  12. Art and Chairs & furniture
  13. Art and Soap
  14. Art and Friends
  15. Art and Food
  16. Art and Craigslist
  17. Art and Games
  18. Art and Date Nights with the Wife
  19. Art and Travel
  20. Art and Blue Sky
  21. Lighting and Craigslist
  22. Lighting and Happiness
  23. Lighting and Environmental Stewardship
  24. Friends and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  25. Friends and Happiness
  26. Friends and Family
  27. Friends and Travel
  28. Food and Bricks & Architecture
  29. Food and Art
  30. Food and Community
  31. Food and Traditions
  32. Food and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  33. Food and Date Nights with the Wife
  34. Food and Environmental Stewardship
  35. Community and Art
  36. Community and Food
  37. Community and Service to Others
  38. Community and Blue Sky
  39. Antiques and Lighting
  40. Antiques and Traditions
  41. Antiques and Date Nights with the Wife
  42. Antiques and Exploring
  43. Kids and Friends
  44. Kids and Community
  45. Kids and Games
  46. Kids and Traditions
  47. Kids and Happiness
  48. Kids and Family
  49. Kids and Service to Others
  50. Kids and Environmental Stewardship
  51. Home Improvement and Bricks & Architecture
  52. Home Improvement and Lighting
  53. Home Improvement and Craigslist
  54. Home Improvement and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  55. Home Improvement and Family
  56. Home Improvement and Service to Others
  57. Home Improvement and Crafting / Building
  58. Home Improvement and Environmental Stewardship
  59. Craigslist and Home Improvement
  60. Craigslist and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  61. Craigslist and Crafting / Building
  62. Games and Friends
  63. Games and Community
  64. Games and Kids
  65. Games and Traditions
  66. Games and Date Nights with the Wife
  67. Games and Exploring
  68. Traditions and Chairs & furniture
  69. Traditions and Friends
  70. Traditions and Food
  71. Traditions and Kids
  72. Traditions and Games
  73. Traditions and Family
  74. Traditions and Balance
  75. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Craigslist
  76. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Balance
  77. Happiness and Art
  78. Happiness and Lighting
  79. Happiness and Food
  80. Happiness and Kids
  81. Happiness and Service to Others
  82. Happiness and Date Nights with the Wife
  83. Family and Art
  84. Family and Friends
  85. Family and Food
  86. Family and Games
  87. Family and Traditions
  88. Service to Others and Food
  89. Service to Others and Community
  90. Service to Others and Kids
  91. Service to Others and Traditions
  92. Service to Others and Balance
  93. Date Nights with the Wife and Bricks & Architecture
  94. Date Nights with the Wife and Lighting
  95. Date Nights with the Wife and Food
  96. Date Nights with the Wife and Antiques
  97. Date Nights with the Wife and Games
  98. Date Nights with the Wife and Traditions
  99. Date Nights with the Wife and Happiness
  100. Date Nights with the Wife and Exploring
  101. Crafting / Building and Bricks & Architecture
  102. Crafting / Building and Chairs & furniture
  103. Crafting / Building and Soap
  104. Crafting / Building and Art
  105. Crafting / Building and Friends
  106. Crafting / Building and Community
  107. Crafting / Building and Kids
  108. Crafting / Building and Home Improvement
  109. Crafting / Building and Traditions
  110. Balance and Art
  111. Balance and Friends
  112. Balance and Food
  113. Travel and Art
  114. Travel and Food
  115. Travel and Antiques
  116. Travel and Kids
  117. Travel and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  118. Travel and Happiness
  119. Travel and Family
  120. Travel and Crafting / Building
  121. Travel and Environmental Stewardship
  122. Environmental Stewardship and Bricks & Architecture
  123. Environmental Stewardship and Soap
  124. Environmental Stewardship and Lighting
  125. Environmental Stewardship and Food
  126. Environmental Stewardship and Community
  127. Environmental Stewardship and Home Improvement
  128. Environmental Stewardship and Happiness
  129. Environmental Stewardship and Service to Others
  130. Environmental Stewardship and Crafting / Building
  131. Environmental Stewardship and Travel
  132. Blue Sky and Art
  133. Blue Sky and Lighting
  134. Blue Sky and Kids
  135. Blue Sky and Happiness
  136. Blue Sky and Travel
  137. Blue Sky and Environmental Stewardship
  138. Blue Sky and Exploring
  139. Exploring and Art
  140. Exploring and Friends
  141. Exploring and Food
  142. Exploring and Kids
  143. Exploring and Traditions
  144. Exploring and Date Nights with the Wife
  145. Exploring and Travel
  146. Exploring and Blue Sky

The Full List

  1. Bricks & Architecture and Chairs & furniture
  2. Bricks & Architecture and Soap
  3. Bricks & Architecture and Art
  4. Bricks & Architecture and Lighting
  5. Bricks & Architecture and Friends
  6. Bricks & Architecture and Food
  7. Bricks & Architecture and Community
  8. Bricks & Architecture and Antiques
  9. Bricks & Architecture and Kids
  10. Bricks & Architecture and Home Improvement
  11. Bricks & Architecture and Craigslist
  12. Bricks & Architecture and Games
  13. Bricks & Architecture and Traditions
  14. Bricks & Architecture and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  15. Bricks & Architecture and Happiness
  16. Bricks & Architecture and Family
  17. Bricks & Architecture and Service to Others
  18. Bricks & Architecture and Date Nights with the Wife
  19. Bricks & Architecture and Crafting / Building
  20. Bricks & Architecture and Balance
  21. Bricks & Architecture and Travel
  22. Bricks & Architecture and Environmental Stewardship
  23. Bricks & Architecture and Blue Sky
  24. Bricks & Architecture and Exploring
  25. Chairs & furniture and Bricks & Architecture
  26. Chairs & furniture and Soap
  27. Chairs & furniture and Art
  28. Chairs & furniture and Lighting
  29. Chairs & furniture and Friends
  30. Chairs & furniture and Food
  31. Chairs & furniture and Community
  32. Chairs & furniture and Antiques
  33. Chairs & furniture and Kids
  34. Chairs & furniture and Home Improvement
  35. Chairs & furniture and Craigslist
  36. Chairs & furniture and Games
  37. Chairs & furniture and Traditions
  38. Chairs & furniture and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  39. Chairs & furniture and Happiness
  40. Chairs & furniture and Family
  41. Chairs & furniture and Service to Others
  42. Chairs & furniture and Date Nights with the Wife
  43. Chairs & furniture and Crafting / Building
  44. Chairs & furniture and Balance
  45. Chairs & furniture and Travel
  46. Chairs & furniture and Environmental Stewardship
  47. Chairs & furniture and Blue Sky
  48. Chairs & furniture and Exploring
  49. Soap and Bricks & Architecture
  50. Soap and Chairs & furniture
  51. Soap and Art
  52. Soap and Lighting
  53. Soap and Friends
  54. Soap and Food
  55. Soap and Community
  56. Soap and Antiques
  57. Soap and Kids
  58. Soap and Home Improvement
  59. Soap and Craigslist
  60. Soap and Games
  61. Soap and Traditions
  62. Soap and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  63. Soap and Happiness
  64. Soap and Family
  65. Soap and Service to Others
  66. Soap and Date Nights with the Wife
  67. Soap and Crafting / Building
  68. Soap and Balance
  69. Soap and Travel
  70. Soap and Environmental Stewardship
  71. Soap and Blue Sky
  72. Soap and Exploring
  73. Art and Bricks & Architecture
  74. Art and Chairs & furniture
  75. Art and Soap
  76. Art and Lighting
  77. Art and Friends
  78. Art and Food
  79. Art and Community
  80. Art and Antiques
  81. Art and Kids
  82. Art and Home Improvement
  83. Art and Craigslist
  84. Art and Games
  85. Art and Traditions
  86. Art and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  87. Art and Happiness
  88. Art and Family
  89. Art and Service to Others
  90. Art and Date Nights with the Wife
  91. Art and Crafting / Building
  92. Art and Balance
  93. Art and Travel
  94. Art and Environmental Stewardship
  95. Art and Blue Sky
  96. Art and Exploring
  97. Lighting and Bricks & Architecture
  98. Lighting and Chairs & furniture
  99. Lighting and Soap
  100. Lighting and Art
  101. Lighting and Friends
  102. Lighting and Food
  103. Lighting and Community
  104. Lighting and Antiques
  105. Lighting and Kids
  106. Lighting and Home Improvement
  107. Lighting and Craigslist
  108. Lighting and Games
  109. Lighting and Traditions
  110. Lighting and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  111. Lighting and Happiness
  112. Lighting and Family
  113. Lighting and Service to Others
  114. Lighting and Date Nights with the Wife
  115. Lighting and Crafting / Building
  116. Lighting and Balance
  117. Lighting and Travel
  118. Lighting and Environmental Stewardship
  119. Lighting and Blue Sky
  120. Lighting and Exploring
  121. Friends and Bricks & Architecture
  122. Friends and Chairs & furniture
  123. Friends and Soap
  124. Friends and Art
  125. Friends and Lighting
  126. Friends and Food
  127. Friends and Community
  128. Friends and Antiques
  129. Friends and Kids
  130. Friends and Home Improvement
  131. Friends and Craigslist
  132. Friends and Games
  133. Friends and Traditions
  134. Friends and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  135. Friends and Happiness
  136. Friends and Family
  137. Friends and Service to Others
  138. Friends and Date Nights with the Wife
  139. Friends and Crafting / Building
  140. Friends and Balance
  141. Friends and Travel
  142. Friends and Environmental Stewardship
  143. Friends and Blue Sky
  144. Friends and Exploring
  145. Food and Bricks & Architecture
  146. Food and Chairs & furniture
  147. Food and Soap
  148. Food and Art
  149. Food and Lighting
  150. Food and Friends
  151. Food and Community
  152. Food and Antiques
  153. Food and Kids
  154. Food and Home Improvement
  155. Food and Craigslist
  156. Food and Games
  157. Food and Traditions
  158. Food and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  159. Food and Happiness
  160. Food and Family
  161. Food and Service to Others
  162. Food and Date Nights with the Wife
  163. Food and Crafting / Building
  164. Food and Balance
  165. Food and Travel
  166. Food and Environmental Stewardship
  167. Food and Blue Sky
  168. Food and Exploring
  169. Community and Bricks & Architecture
  170. Community and Chairs & furniture
  171. Community and Soap
  172. Community and Art
  173. Community and Lighting
  174. Community and Friends
  175. Community and Food
  176. Community and Antiques
  177. Community and Kids
  178. Community and Home Improvement
  179. Community and Craigslist
  180. Community and Games
  181. Community and Traditions
  182. Community and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  183. Community and Happiness
  184. Community and Family
  185. Community and Service to Others
  186. Community and Date Nights with the Wife
  187. Community and Crafting / Building
  188. Community and Balance
  189. Community and Travel
  190. Community and Environmental Stewardship
  191. Community and Blue Sky
  192. Community and Exploring
  193. Antiques and Bricks & Architecture
  194. Antiques and Chairs & furniture
  195. Antiques and Soap
  196. Antiques and Art
  197. Antiques and Lighting
  198. Antiques and Friends
  199. Antiques and Food
  200. Antiques and Community
  201. Antiques and Kids
  202. Antiques and Home Improvement
  203. Antiques and Craigslist
  204. Antiques and Games
  205. Antiques and Traditions
  206. Antiques and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  207. Antiques and Happiness
  208. Antiques and Family
  209. Antiques and Service to Others
  210. Antiques and Date Nights with the Wife
  211. Antiques and Crafting / Building
  212. Antiques and Balance
  213. Antiques and Travel
  214. Antiques and Environmental Stewardship
  215. Antiques and Blue Sky
  216. Antiques and Exploring
  217. Kids and Bricks & Architecture
  218. Kids and Chairs & furniture
  219. Kids and Soap
  220. Kids and Art
  221. Kids and Lighting
  222. Kids and Friends
  223. Kids and Food
  224. Kids and Community
  225. Kids and Antiques
  226. Kids and Home Improvement
  227. Kids and Craigslist
  228. Kids and Games
  229. Kids and Traditions
  230. Kids and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  231. Kids and Happiness
  232. Kids and Family
  233. Kids and Service to Others
  234. Kids and Date Nights with the Wife (not a chance!)
  235. Kids and Crafting / Building
  236. Kids and Balance
  237. Kids and Travel
  238. Kids and Environmental Stewardship
  239. Kids and Blue Sky
  240. Kids and Exploring
  241. Home Improvement and Bricks & Architecture
  242. Home Improvement and Chairs & furniture
  243. Home Improvement and Soap
  244. Home Improvement and Art
  245. Home Improvement and Lighting
  246. Home Improvement and Friends
  247. Home Improvement and Food
  248. Home Improvement and Community
  249. Home Improvement and Antiques
  250. Home Improvement and Kids
  251. Home Improvement and Craigslist
  252. Home Improvement and Games
  253. Home Improvement and Traditions
  254. Home Improvement and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  255. Home Improvement and Happiness
  256. Home Improvement and Family
  257. Home Improvement and Service to Others
  258. Home Improvement and Date Nights with the Wife
  259. Home Improvement and Crafting / Building
  260. Home Improvement and Balance
  261. Home Improvement and Travel
  262. Home Improvement and Environmental Stewardship
  263. Home Improvement and Blue Sky
  264. Home Improvement and Exploring
  265. Craigslist and Bricks & Architecture
  266. Craigslist and Chairs & furniture
  267. Craigslist and Soap
  268. Craigslist and Art
  269. Craigslist and Lighting
  270. Craigslist and Friends
  271. Craigslist and Food
  272. Craigslist and Community
  273. Craigslist and Antiques
  274. Craigslist and Kids
  275. Craigslist and Home Improvement
  276. Craigslist and Games
  277. Craigslist and Traditions
  278. Craigslist and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  279. Craigslist and Happiness
  280. Craigslist and Family
  281. Craigslist and Service to Others
  282. Craigslist and Date Nights with the Wife
  283. Craigslist and Crafting / Building
  284. Craigslist and Balance
  285. Craigslist and Travel
  286. Craigslist and Environmental Stewardship
  287. Craigslist and Blue Sky
  288. Craigslist and Exploring
  289. Games and Bricks & Architecture
  290. Games and Chairs & furniture
  291. Games and Soap
  292. Games and Art
  293. Games and Lighting
  294. Games and Friends
  295. Games and Food
  296. Games and Community
  297. Games and Antiques
  298. Games and Kids
  299. Games and Home Improvement
  300. Games and Craigslist
  301. Games and Traditions
  302. Games and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  303. Games and Happiness
  304. Games and Family
  305. Games and Service to Others
  306. Games and Date Nights with the Wife
  307. Games and Crafting / Building
  308. Games and Balance
  309. Games and Travel
  310. Games and Environmental Stewardship
  311. Games and Blue Sky
  312. Games and Exploring
  313. Traditions and Bricks & Architecture
  314. Traditions and Chairs & furniture
  315. Traditions and Soap
  316. Traditions and Art
  317. Traditions and Lighting
  318. Traditions and Friends
  319. Traditions and Food
  320. Traditions and Community
  321. Traditions and Antiques
  322. Traditions and Kids
  323. Traditions and Home Improvement
  324. Traditions and Craigslist
  325. Traditions and Games
  326. Traditions and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  327. Traditions and Happiness
  328. Traditions and Family
  329. Traditions and Service to Others
  330. Traditions and Date Nights with the Wife
  331. Traditions and Crafting / Building
  332. Traditions and Balance
  333. Traditions and Travel
  334. Traditions and Environmental Stewardship
  335. Traditions and Blue Sky
  336. Traditions and Exploring
  337. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Bricks & Architecture
  338. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Chairs & furniture
  339. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Soap
  340. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Art
  341. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Lighting
  342. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Friends
  343. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Food
  344. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Community
  345. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Antiques
  346. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Kids
  347. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Home Improvement
  348. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Craigslist
  349. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Games
  350. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Traditions
  351. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Happiness
  352. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Family
  353. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Service to Others
  354. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Date Nights with the Wife
  355. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Crafting / Building
  356. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Balance
  357. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Travel
  358. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Environmental Stewardship
  359. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Blue Sky
  360. Frugality & Bargain Hunting and Exploring
  361. Happiness and Bricks & Architecture
  362. Happiness and Chairs & furniture
  363. Happiness and Soap
  364. Happiness and Art
  365. Happiness and Lighting
  366. Happiness and Friends
  367. Happiness and Food
  368. Happiness and Community
  369. Happiness and Antiques
  370. Happiness and Kids
  371. Happiness and Home Improvement
  372. Happiness and Craigslist
  373. Happiness and Games
  374. Happiness and Traditions
  375. Happiness and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  376. Happiness and Family
  377. Happiness and Service to Others
  378. Happiness and Date Nights with the Wife
  379. Happiness and Crafting / Building
  380. Happiness and Balance
  381. Happiness and Travel
  382. Happiness and Environmental Stewardship
  383. Happiness and Blue Sky
  384. Happiness and Exploring
  385. Family and Bricks & Architecture
  386. Family and Chairs & furniture
  387. Family and Soap
  388. Family and Art
  389. Family and Lighting
  390. Family and Friends
  391. Family and Food
  392. Family and Community
  393. Family and Antiques
  394. Family and Kids
  395. Family and Home Improvement
  396. Family and Craigslist
  397. Family and Games
  398. Family and Traditions
  399. Family and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  400. Family and Happiness
  401. Family and Service to Others
  402. Family and Date Nights with the Wife
  403. Family and Crafting / Building
  404. Family and Balance
  405. Family and Travel
  406. Family and Environmental Stewardship
  407. Family and Blue Sky
  408. Family and Exploring
  409. Service to Others and Bricks & Architecture
  410. Service to Others and Chairs & furniture
  411. Service to Others and Soap
  412. Service to Others and Art
  413. Service to Others and Lighting
  414. Service to Others and Friends
  415. Service to Others and Food
  416. Service to Others and Community
  417. Service to Others and Antiques
  418. Service to Others and Kids
  419. Service to Others and Home Improvement
  420. Service to Others and Craigslist
  421. Service to Others and Games
  422. Service to Others and Traditions
  423. Service to Others and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  424. Service to Others and Happiness
  425. Service to Others and Family
  426. Service to Others and Date Nights with the Wife
  427. Service to Others and Crafting / Building
  428. Service to Others and Balance
  429. Service to Others and Travel
  430. Service to Others and Environmental Stewardship
  431. Service to Others and Blue Sky
  432. Service to Others and Exploring
  433. Date Nights with the Wife and Bricks & Architecture
  434. Date Nights with the Wife and Chairs & furniture
  435. Date Nights with the Wife and Soap
  436. Date Nights with the Wife and Art
  437. Date Nights with the Wife and Lighting
  438. Date Nights with the Wife and Friends
  439. Date Nights with the Wife and Food
  440. Date Nights with the Wife and Community
  441. Date Nights with the Wife and Antiques
  442. Date Nights with the Wife and Kids (not a chance!)
  443. Date Nights with the Wife and Home Improvement
  444. Date Nights with the Wife and Craigslist
  445. Date Nights with the Wife and Games
  446. Date Nights with the Wife and Traditions
  447. Date Nights with the Wife and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  448. Date Nights with the Wife and Happiness
  449. Date Nights with the Wife and Family
  450. Date Nights with the Wife and Service to Others
  451. Date Nights with the Wife and Crafting / Building
  452. Date Nights with the Wife and Balance
  453. Date Nights with the Wife and Travel
  454. Date Nights with the Wife and Environmental Stewardship
  455. Date Nights with the Wife and Blue Sky
  456. Date Nights with the Wife and Exploring
  457. Crafting / Building and Bricks & Architecture
  458. Crafting / Building and Chairs & furniture
  459. Crafting / Building and Soap
  460. Crafting / Building and Art
  461. Crafting / Building and Lighting
  462. Crafting / Building and Friends
  463. Crafting / Building and Food
  464. Crafting / Building and Community
  465. Crafting / Building and Antiques
  466. Crafting / Building and Kids
  467. Crafting / Building and Home Improvement
  468. Crafting / Building and Craigslist
  469. Crafting / Building and Games
  470. Crafting / Building and Traditions
  471. Crafting / Building and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  472. Crafting / Building and Happiness
  473. Crafting / Building and Family
  474. Crafting / Building and Service to Others
  475. Crafting / Building and Date Nights with the Wife
  476. Crafting / Building and Balance
  477. Crafting / Building and Travel
  478. Crafting / Building and Environmental Stewardship
  479. Crafting / Building and Blue Sky
  480. Crafting / Building and Exploring
  481. Balance and Bricks & Architecture
  482. Balance and Chairs & furniture
  483. Balance and Soap
  484. Balance and Art
  485. Balance and Lighting
  486. Balance and Friends
  487. Balance and Food
  488. Balance and Community
  489. Balance and Antiques
  490. Balance and Kids
  491. Balance and Home Improvement
  492. Balance and Craigslist
  493. Balance and Games
  494. Balance and Traditions
  495. Balance and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  496. Balance and Happiness
  497. Balance and Family
  498. Balance and Service to Others
  499. Balance and Date Nights with the Wife
  500. Balance and Crafting / Building
  501. Balance and Travel
  502. Balance and Environmental Stewardship
  503. Balance and Blue Sky
  504. Balance and Exploring
  505. Travel and Bricks & Architecture
  506. Travel and Chairs & furniture
  507. Travel and Soap
  508. Travel and Art
  509. Travel and Lighting
  510. Travel and Friends
  511. Travel and Food
  512. Travel and Community
  513. Travel and Antiques
  514. Travel and Kids
  515. Travel and Home Improvement
  516. Travel and Craigslist
  517. Travel and Games
  518. Travel and Traditions
  519. Travel and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  520. Travel and Happiness
  521. Travel and Family
  522. Travel and Service to Others
  523. Travel and Date Nights with the Wife
  524. Travel and Crafting / Building
  525. Travel and Balance
  526. Travel and Environmental Stewardship
  527. Travel and Blue Sky
  528. Travel and Exploring
  529. Environmental Stewardship and Bricks & Architecture
  530. Environmental Stewardship and Chairs & furniture
  531. Environmental Stewardship and Soap
  532. Environmental Stewardship and Art
  533. Environmental Stewardship and Lighting
  534. Environmental Stewardship and Friends
  535. Environmental Stewardship and Food
  536. Environmental Stewardship and Community
  537. Environmental Stewardship and Antiques
  538. Environmental Stewardship and Kids
  539. Environmental Stewardship and Home Improvement
  540. Environmental Stewardship and Craigslist
  541. Environmental Stewardship and Games
  542. Environmental Stewardship and Traditions
  543. Environmental Stewardship and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  544. Environmental Stewardship and Happiness
  545. Environmental Stewardship and Family
  546. Environmental Stewardship and Service to Others
  547. Environmental Stewardship and Date Nights with the Wife
  548. Environmental Stewardship and Crafting / Building
  549. Environmental Stewardship and Balance
  550. Environmental Stewardship and Travel
  551. Environmental Stewardship and Blue Sky
  552. Environmental Stewardship and Exploring
  553. Blue Sky and Bricks & Architecture
  554. Blue Sky and Chairs & furniture
  555. Blue Sky and Soap
  556. Blue Sky and Art
  557. Blue Sky and Lighting
  558. Blue Sky and Friends
  559. Blue Sky and Food
  560. Blue Sky and Community
  561. Blue Sky and Antiques
  562. Blue Sky and Kids
  563. Blue Sky and Home Improvement
  564. Blue Sky and Craigslist
  565. Blue Sky and Games
  566. Blue Sky and Traditions
  567. Blue Sky and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  568. Blue Sky and Happiness
  569. Blue Sky and Family
  570. Blue Sky and Service to Others
  571. Blue Sky and Date Nights with the Wife
  572. Blue Sky and Crafting / Building
  573. Blue Sky and Balance
  574. Blue Sky and Travel
  575. Blue Sky and Environmental Stewardship
  576. Blue Sky and Exploring
  577. Exploring and Bricks & Architecture
  578. Exploring and Chairs & furniture
  579. Exploring and Soap
  580. Exploring and Art
  581. Exploring and Lighting
  582. Exploring and Friends
  583. Exploring and Food
  584. Exploring and Community
  585. Exploring and Antiques
  586. Exploring and Kids
  587. Exploring and Home Improvement
  588. Exploring and Craigslist
  589. Exploring and Games
  590. Exploring and Traditions
  591. Exploring and Frugality & Bargain Hunting
  592. Exploring and Happiness
  593. Exploring and Family
  594. Exploring and Service to Others
  595. Exploring and Date Nights with the Wife
  596. Exploring and Crafting / Building
  597. Exploring and Balance
  598. Exploring and Travel
  599. Exploring and Environmental Stewardship
  600. Exploring and Blue Sky

10 Places I’d Like to Visit

  1. Alaska – Homer to  be exact. Although Sadie Cove looks interesting too.
    Old Town Homer AK
  2. India – Homestay sounds interesting
  3. Greenland
    Photo by Mads Pihl - Visit Greenland
    Photo by Mads Pihl – Visit Greenland
  4. NYC during Christmas

    Credit: gigi_nyc
    2014 Bryant Park – Credit: gigi_nyc
  5. Rural Japan Read How Not to Travel in Japan
  6. Parma, Italy (Ham and Cheese!)
    Parma Italy
  7. Paris
    eiffel-tower-768501_1280 louvre-530058_1280 arc-de-triomphe-517899_1280
  8. China.
    Specifically I’d like to visit rural China – Guilin to be exact

    Li River
    Li River connects Guilin and Yangshuo County – Credit Chensiyuan
  9. Australia I have friends here. I’d visit them, but I’d also like to get into the outback.tree-392068_1280 melbourne-79216_1280 twelve-apostles-302024_1280
  10. Angel Falls – The water fall that was the inspiration for the falls in the movie “Up”.