30 July 2010

Sunset Sailing

in Key West - free champagne, margaritas, and Yuengling on board

23 July 2010


Derrynane Beach in County Kerry, Ireland.

19 July 2010


I have six tomato plants growing: three grape, a roma, a beef steak, and a mid-sized slicing plant. I can't wait until we can eat these. I might pickle some of the green ones for the winter too.

16 July 2010

Perfection is Overrated

When I came back from Ireland, the yards were out of control. Two weeks of wet and warm weather was just enough for everything to mutiny. Twelve hours later, and there are still weeds to pull, plants to prune, and other various yarding to do. Leading me to wonder why I actually want a yard, and thinking that good enough is, well, good enough.

I’ve never been a true perfectionist, but I come closer than others. Perfection is an unattainable target - a target that drives people insane. At some point, the weed bucket, pen, whatever needs to be put down. Sure, there are more tweaks that could be made, but the project needs to be finished.

This attitude towards perfection is something I’ve learned to embrace over the past year in starting our own businesses. You can’t make money unless you have something to sell. Just do the best you can and get something to market. The product will evolve from there. I’m not advocating cutting corners, or producing something that is not quality. The goal should still be to produce the very best you can.

At some point, though, analyzing the smallest details is no longer productive. It will slow you down, inhibit you from acting, and even prevent you from entertaining new opportunities. You can get more done, if you do the best you can, and leave the small stuff alone. It’s important to understand when attention to detail is critical, and when it’s not. Most of the time it’s not.

Fear of failure, or worrying about perfect results also keeps people from acting. We learn from failure, but if you never try because you can’t get it perfect, you’ll never know if the idea would have worked or not.

We struggled with the marketing of our starting a brewery books, and realized that we needed to take action faster rather than sitting around theorizing about ways to market the books. By trying out more of our ideas, we learned quickly what would work and what would not. We’ve gotten better at it, not perfect, but, we have accomplished something that we wouldn’t have if we had kept concentrating on finding the perfect methods.

Practice makes perfect, right? But, to practice you actually have to do something, and forget about getting it perfect. Learn from the failures, and move on. Goals should propel you forward, not keep you back as you figure out the perfect way to attain them. My goals are things I strive to do well and that I can get a sense of satisfaction from.

from the back yard - looks pretty good to me!

12 July 2010


This time two years ago, we took a trip around New England: mostly Vermont, but also New Hampshire, Maine, and Boston. The picture above is from Stonington, Maine, where B spent some summers.

I was surprised by the heat. Heavy oppressive heat that gave way into thunderstorms every three or so days. But, I also loved the towns we visited - and the fresh fruit and lobster weren't bad either.

04 July 2010

Happy Fourth

This time last year we were in Key West. We watched the fireworks over the Atlantic from the beach. Tonight we're heading to the city park to watch the fireworks. We could climb onto our roof to watch them, but that would require me getting over my irrational fear of ladders (at least temporarily). So, we'll walk to the park to see what it's all about here in Fort Collins. In the mean time... here are some things I miss about Key West, the best place I've lived.
I saw this every morning running along Smather's Beach

we dodged the chickens everywhere we went

and we saw these guys every day too - so painfully cute I can't believe we didn't leave with one

I miss kayaking on Sundays, quick access to Eastern European food, getting great sandwiches at the laundromat..... I miss Key West.

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