To borrow an analogy from a cartoon donkey, an onion is the most obvious thing that has layers. But when thinking about how to describe a person, a piece of furniture that has been re-finished or re-painted multiple times is more apt. Each of the layers have been deliberated added to cover up what was visible before. And it is an arduous process to remove the layers and get to what lies underneath.
What’s the first thing you think of when I say Cartoon Bear? Maybe Yogi Bear, or some other simple-minded creature, ambling through the forest without a care in the world. Yogi may be on a mission to find a picnic basket, but he is really living in the moment and trying to fulfill basic desires. I described myself this way, as a Cartoon Bear, to indicate that I am trying to live in the present and don’t have much interest in dwelling in the past.
I was visiting the corporate offices of a large client and their cube-based, open-office floors were so large that they had street signs identifying each row. In both directions just like a city grid.
Often mixed metaphors are used for comic effect, like rocket surgery, but when used well, they can be very expressive and really tell a story. My girlfriend has used the expression “it takes the air out of my knees.” On its face, that almost seems like a silly statement, but the sentiment it conveys makes perfect sense.
I have been doing work for some big clients who need content marketing help, but they really don’t need traditional, top of funnel awareness. They still need this type of helpful content that focuses on the audience rather than the brand, but calling it awareness seems to send the wrong message. Everyone already knows who they are. So I’ve renamed this top of funnel stage. In one case I called it attention. In another I called it awakening.
In 2011 I started running on a treadmill at the gym. I was only running a couple of miles a few days a week. I was also running pretty slowly. But this was the beginning of running regularly. It was the beginning of my transition from someone who runs to a runner. That happened years later, but this is where it started. I started using an app called Runkeeper. When you run on a treadmill, you have to enter the miles into the app manually. Later when I started running outside, it tracked the miles by GPS. I have now tracked 4,000 miles of runs with the app. That’s a lot of miles. A lot of running shoes, broken headphones and a lot of sweat.
It was a warm night and I was tempted to sleep on top of the covers. I just couldn’t do it. This is an irrational fear left over from childhood. I must be covered or the large, slobbering monsters that pace back and forth around the edge of my bed would get me.
I was recently talking about glitter and wondered about edible glitter. With one quick Google search, I learned that traditionally glitter had been made of stone or mica, but these days it is usually made of plastic. And not only is edible glitter available, but I found a recipe so you can make your own.
I was going through security at an airport and the TSA agent was reminding everyone to empty their pockets. She did so by listing all the things that people might have in their pockets. Wallets, keys, cell phones, coins, receipts. I asked her about peanut M&Ms? She said she hasn’t seen that but she’s seen sunflower seeds. And one of the strangest thing to come out of someone’s pocket at security was a set of dentures.
Be careful with each other so you can be dangerous together.